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September 30 2019

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Hong Kong Is Winning the Global Public-Opinion War With Beijing - The Atlantic

«The relative success of Hong Kong’s protest movement is all the more significant because it’s occurring alongside Beijing expanding its propaganda efforts globally, as state-owned outlets trumpet China’s vision of the world in multiple languages. This global campaign is the biggest challenge to China’s rulers by the territory since 1989, when, still a British colony, its residents took part in demonstrations in solidarity with protesters in Tiananmen Square, while also providing financial and material support.

From Oslo to Osaka, Congress to the United Nations, Taiwan to Twitter, Hong Kongers have taken their DIY approach to protest to a global audience. Celebrity supporters testify in high-profile settings; highly targeted, crowdfunded media campaigns aim to keep the issue in the spotlight; and viral videos, catchy slogans, and even a movement anthem and flag help magnify the message on social media.»

«…the tendency of Chinese nationalism to backfire on the foreign stage has hampered the Communist cause. Among these incidents are violent Chinese-student reactions to pro–Hong Kong demonstrations at Australian universities, with the Chinese embassy expressing support for the students’ actions on social media afterward. Debate in Australia regarding the ability of China to control public speech there has since intensified. Elsewhere, Montreal’s Pride parade excluded Hong Kong participants after receiving threats from “pro-Communists.” At the parade, many onlookers were aghast when, during the moment of silence for those who have died from HIV/AIDS, Chinese participants sang their national anthem.

“The most basic weakness of the external communications of the Chinese party-state is the fact that foreign audiences, and their values and interests, are never truly considered,” David Bandurski, co-director of the China Media Project, told me. “Sure, the messages are directed at foreigners, but the language is still the internal and insular language of the party-state.”

In this sense, Bandurski said, these propaganda efforts are not really external at all.

“Try as it might to raise the volume on China's singular, restrained voice, the party-state is still talking to itself, or shouting at its own wall,” Bandurski said. “The louder that voice becomes, the more uncompromising and aggressive it sounds.”»

September 27 2019

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NYT: China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.

«The private account by the Malaysian diplomat, reviewed by The New York Times, contradicted China’s contention that the Uighurs were voluntarily attending the re-education centers.

“Delegates could actually sense fear and frustration from the students,” the Malaysian wrote after his December visit with a dozen other diplomats from mostly Muslim nations. “China may have legitimate reasons to implement policies intended to eliminate the threat of terrorism, especially in Xinjiang. However, judging by its approach, it is addressing the issue wrongly and illegitimately, e.g. preventing Muslim minors from learning the Quran.”

The diplomat referred to two cities in Xinjiang — once-bustling Kashgar and Hotan — as “zombie towns,” saying the streets were virtually empty and that China was probably “using the threat of terrorism as an excuse to ‘sanitize’ Uighur Muslims until they become acceptable Chinese citizens.”

The report was never made public. At the time, Malaysia was working hard to repair relations with China over a troubled infrastructure deal. It has also become increasingly dependent on China for purchases of palm oil, its biggest export.

“The $100 billion in annual bilateral trade is enough to focus the minds of Malaysian policymakers,” said Shahriman Lockman, a senior analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur. “China is too big a market to lose.”»

September 23 2019

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“The office [of the Commissioner of the Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong] said in a statement that anyone without bias will acknowledge that the people of Hong Kong are enjoying unprecedented democracy, rights and freedom under the law.”People’s Daily Online

September 12 2018

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US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict

“The Wall Street Journal has just published a bombshell on Sunday evening as Russian and Syrian warplanes continue bombing raids over al-Qaeda held Idlib, citing unnamed US officials who claim “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold.”

And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russia and Iran this time around.”

July 17 2018

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morality police in Iran

from iranian-diaspora.tumblr.com (Jul. 14 2018):

… she [Masih Alinejad] has posted multiple videos of “morality police harassing women in Iran” for their attire. She has spread the following video (i’m not tech savvy and idk how to embed videos from twitter so here’s a GIF):

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She has tweeted this video saying that the two women on the right are members of Iran’s morality police and were harassing the woman on the left for not dressing properly, so she removed her hijab in response. The women on the right are not members of Iran’s morality police and considering Alinejad has lived in Iran, she should know what members of the morality police look like:

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Women in the morality police wear dark green veils under their chadors and also wear a badge signifying their status. While I do not agree with policing women for how they dress and do not support the compulsory hijab law, I also don’t like fake, self-proclaimed activists such as Alinejad who are funded by western media outlets, which are controlled by pro-war politicians, who use and spread these lies to justify war/regime change in Iran.

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Iran: protests in Khoramshahr

from iranian-diaspora.tumblr.com (Jul. 14 2018):

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On June 20th 2018, protests in Khoramshahr due to water shortages turned violent as Iran’s police forces shot at two ~protesters~.

I’ve seen both Shahi and MEK propagandist outlets on social media decontextualizing this, saying that Iran’s police forces shot at the crowd and killed two protestors.

If you look closely, you can see the two “protestors” are armed. It’s extremely difficult for civilians in Iran to attain guns, which is why it’s important to be critical of these reportings. The man shooting on the bike at the police gets shot, and his partner, instead of helping him, abandons him and takes the gun.

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The people were armed (which is highly suspicious) and got shot at after shooting at the police. It’s safe to say the police shooting was provoked by terrorists. It’s likely that these ~protestors~ are affiliated with the MEK or considering this is in Khoramshahr, they could also be Arab separatists. Arab separatists have very little support, and this is not the majority belief of Iran’s Arab population.

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Terrorists hijacking protests born from legitimate grievances and frustrations in order to instigate a regime change fueled by corrupt self-interests isn’t exactly an unfamiliar ploy (*cough* SYRIA..HELLO.. *cough). Pro-regime change puppets who are funded by war-mongering politicians who seek to imperialize the region (Masih Alinejad, shahi & MEK propagandists) circulating such propaganda isn’t unfamiliar either.

I’ve seen a lot of people on social media spreading these lies unknowingly, which just goes to show that they didn’t pay attention to what happened with Syria and Iraq because the exact same ploy is being used with Iran.

Regime change has very little support in Iran, even amongst the people protesting due to the crumbling economy because of ^^^this^^^ exact reason. What would be best for Iran right now would be to relieve the sanctions, but those were purposely re-imposed to instigate these protests, so they can again be hijacked by terrorists who will instigate a civil war.

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  • catchymemes: Morality Police in Iran tells a woman she’s not wearing hijab correctly. So the woman takes her hijab off completely.

  • emvampyre: Hope she’s still alive.

  • iranian-diaspora: These women are not morality police, they are regular civilians. This lie was spread by Masih Alinejad, who receives funding from Western media outlets which are controlled by anti-Iran politicians who advocate for war with and regime change in Iran.

  • iranian-diaspora: Here is another propagandist lie spread by Masih Alinejad. Again, she falsely labels the three women on the right as morality police, despite being fully aware of what morality police look like. These women are just regular civilians. Again, I do not agree with policing women for how they dress, and Iranian women should be free to dress how they want, but these lies are peak western-feminism, which appropriates misogyny in Iran to justify regime change wars for installing favorable puppet dictators, and imperialism.

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May 20 2018

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October 16 2017

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‘Mad dog’ Trump flyers ‘blown in’ from N. Korea found in Seoul (PHOTOS) — RT News

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  • @TheRandomUniver: Their posters are pretty well made though.

  • @PeakLyon: NK: Where retro propaganda posters aren't retro

  • @PoppaBearUK: Anti-Trump flyers dropped by CIA and blamed on NK. So 1960's

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“ Anti-Trump propaganda leaflets have been found strewn across the South Korean capital, including near the presidential residence. Reportedly blown in from North Korea, the colorful flyers depict the US leader as ‘a mad dog,” and wish gruesome death to the ‘old lunatic.’

One of the flyers depicts Donald Trump as a dog with a human face, standing behind a podium with ‘UN 2017’ written on it. The caricature holds a bomb in its mouth, which is inscribed with the words: ‘Totally destroy North Korea,’ according to Reuters.

‘Will kill 25,000,000 people in North Korea,’ the ‘mad dog’ says, while two men in suits, reminiscent of Japan’s Shinzo Abe and the South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, comment: ‘He’s gone completely insane’ and ‘If we let him be, there will be war.’

The leaflet apparently alludes to Trump’s address at the UN last month, in which he threatened Pyongyang with total destruction in the event of an attack on the US or its allies.”

— RT News: ‘Mad dog’ Trump flyers ‘blown in’ from N. Korea found in Seoul (Oct. 16, 2017)

September 21 2017

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“In his address, Trump also accused the Iranian government of exporting ‘violence, bloodshed and chaos.’

‘Iran must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.’”

— PressTV: Trump calls Iran nuclear deal an 'embarrassment' to US (Sep 19, 2017)

Give your condemnation first to the Saudi regime before Iran, Mr. President.

August 01 2017

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@statedeptspox [US State Department Spokesperson]: We stand w/ millions of #Venezuelans who've rejected efforts to weaken democracy & condemn violence by #Maduro regime against its citizens.

July 16 2017

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July 06 2017

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#OccupyCNN

from krxs10.tumblr.com (Apr. 4 2016):

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ATTENTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Protest Breaks out Against the Lack of Sanders Coverage Outside CNN Studio In Hollywood California, And Not One News Network Is Covering it

On Sunday, more than 1,000 protesters voiced their anger over CNN’s lack of Bernie Sanders coverage and the medias blatant bias towards Hilary Clinton, at the network’s Los Angeles headquarters.

And yet….not one Major or Local new station is covering it….

Protesters gathered together in a peaceful sit in, holding up bernie signs and chanting “Clinton News Network”. Since CNN’s first Democratic presidential debate program this election season, the network has put Clinton front and center and fawned over her performance, even when Sanders gained more followers.

This #BernieBlackout is no coincidence or accident. it could have something to do with the fact that Time Warner Cable owns CNN. Time Warner, of course, has donated over $400,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns.

Despite his last six wins in a row, and the fact that Bernie’s managed to pack arenas with over 27 thousand people, Sanders has been largely ignored by the network. Ironically, CNN continued to run segments on an upcoming travel show even as the large mob chanted outside the building.

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON TV. REMEMBER: WE ARE HIS MEDIA

#StayWoke

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Virtual Embassy Iran

Why Virtual Embassy Tehran?

This place is for you, the Iranian People…

The Virtual Embassy Tehran, which includes this website and our USAdarFarsi social media properties, is the primary official resource for the Iranian people to get information directly from the U.S. government about U.S. policy and American values and culture. We created this platform, and work hard to keep it updated with fresh content, to provide information about travel to the U.S., educational opportunities, and our policies towards Iran and the rest of the world. We have grown over the past few years from a simple website to a whole variety of online properties, including our USAdarFarsi accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram and Telegram. This amazing growth is thanks to you, our audience. This website is not a formal diplomatic mission, nor does it represent or describe a real U.S. Embassy accredited to the Iranian Government. But, in the absence of direct contact, we hope it can serve as a bridge between the American and Iranian people.”

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Pars Today: 国連特別報告者

  • 国連特別報告者、イランに対する根拠のない疑惑を提示 (2017年3月8日)

    “イランの人権問題を報告する国連人権理事会のジャハーンギーリー特別報告者が、イランの人権状況に関する最初の報告で、イランに反対する根拠のない疑惑を提示しました。

    ファールス通信によりますと、ジャハーンギーリー特別報告者は、イランに反対する報告の中で、イランにおける死刑の数は懸念すべきものだとして、イランに対する内政干渉により、イランに対して死刑を停止するよう求めました。

    また、イランに対して麻薬対策法の改正プロセスや死刑の代替となる他の制度の制定の迅速化を勧告しました”

  • イラン国会人権本部、「国連は、芝居の舞台と化している」 (2017年3月9日)

    “…〔イラン司法府人権本部のラーリージャーニー書記は〕イランの人権に関する特別報告者を決めることは、正当化できず、国連人権理事会の規約に反するものだとし、特別報告者に対するイランの反対は、一人の人物への反対ではないと語りました。

    ラーリージャーニー書記はさらに、国連特別報告者の最近の立場表明を批判し、「同報告者は、報告の中で、イランの反体制派テロ組織モナーフェギン、テログループ・リーギー、2009年にイランで暴動を起こした活動家を人権の擁護者と呼んでいる」と語りました”

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Islamic Republic News Agency: on UN special rapporteur

June 26 2017

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“조선인민과 꾸바인민 사이의 전투적친선단결 만세!”

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June 13 2015

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To U.S. leaders, he [Noam Chomsky] explained in an interview with Russia Today, any news outlet that ‘does not repeat the U.S. propaganda system is intolerable,’ he said.

Chomsky argued in the interview that the U.S. doctrine defined the international community and the ‘West.’ He touched on the current nuclear talks taking place between Iran and the world powers regarding Iran's nuclear program and argued that the standard line on that program is defined according to the interests of the U.S. and its allies, the well-being of the world notwithstanding.

‘The West means the United States and everyone else that goes along,’ he said. ‘What’s called the international community in the United States is the United States and anyone who happens to be going along with it. Take, say, for example, the question of Iran’s right to carry out its current nuclear policies, whatever they are. The standard line is that the international community objects to this. Who is the international community? What the United States determines it to be.’
US Democracy in Serious Decline, Says Noam Chomsky (teleSUR English, Apr. 17 2015)

June 04 2015

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“In a statement on Monday, Israel's mission to the United Nations condemned the move by the 19-member UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to recognize the UK-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC).

The statement was issued after the UN committee on Monday voted 12 to 3 in favor, with three abstentions, of recognizing the PRC as a permanent NGO with access to many fora of the world body.

The Israeli mission claimed that the PRC ‘promotes anti-Israel propaganda in Europe’ and that senior members of the Palestinian NGO have links to other organizations which transfer funds to Hamas.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor castigated the decision, saying, ‘The UN has gone one step further, giving Hamas a grand welcoming at its main gates, allowing it to be a full participant.’

Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, China, Cuba and Venezuela were among the countries that supported the PRC application at the United Nations while the US, Uruguay and Israel voted against. India, Russia and Greece abstained, and Burundi was absent.”

UN recognition of Palestinian NGO angers Israel (PressTV, Jun. 2 2015)

  • Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) response to the dangerous, unfounded Israeli claims at UN (prc.org.uk, Jun. 1 2015)

    “We would like to remind the distinguished delegations that the Palestinian Return Centre is a UN NGO member of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) for more than 10 years. The CEIRPP is composed of 25 Member and 24 Observer States and dozens of NGOs. We express our deep frustration and anger by the statement made by Israel which in essence questions the credibility of the UN which has agreed on our CEIRPP membership years ago. We believe that the only reason that Israel is launching this huge campaign against us is due to the simple fact that we defend the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”

    “The practice of the Israeli delegation before the NGO committee is dangerous and is entirely refused where it blatantly accused PRC of being a member of Hamas. All these allegations stated by delegation of Israel are false and unfounded and they are only circulated by Israeli intelligence, Israeli NGOs, Israeli politicians and Israeli watchdog organisations. Thus, the Israeli claims have Zero credibility. All the sources used by the Israeli delegation lack credibility since they are either funded by the government of Israel or funded by the many pro Israeli lobby groups worldwide. We know these sources one by one and we are certain that the Israeli delegations will not be able to reveal them as they solely Israeli ones.”
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