By Roger Annis, A Socialist In Canada, Jan 20, 2018
A two-part documentary film titled ‘Putin’s Revenge’ premiered on the PBS network in the U.S. on Oct 25 and Nov 1, 2017. It aired on the PBS program ‘Frontline’. Now Canada’s state-run broadcaster, the CBC, is airing it, on January 14 and 21.
Putin’s Revenge elicited many reviews in mainstream media when it premiered three months ago. All of those echoed the documentary’s false and undocumented propaganda claims that the Russian government and its president interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and affected–somehow, someway–the election’s outcome.
The CBC chimed in with an editorial commentary/review on October 28 by Diana Swain, whom the CBC describes as a “multi-award-winning journalist and senior investigative correspondent for CBC News”. In her review, she speculates ominously that that ‘maybe’ Canada, too, has seen its electoral processes disrupted by Russia. She began her commentary with:
Two years from now, Canadians will be mulling over the results of the latest federal election slated for Oct. 21, 2019. It seems inevitable that no matter the result, some will wonder whether our election was subject to any of the fake news interference that many now believe afflicted the 2016 U.S presidential election…
Swain offers this ‘troubling’ scenario by way of citing no less than the producer and one of the directors of Putin’s Revenge, Michael Kirk: “If Putin is doing it [disrupting foreign elections], what is China and other people, other countries, what are they doing as well, if democracy is that insecure?”
Omigod, this from a man who resides in the United States, which has a record too long to enumerate in this short commentary of causing ‘insecurity’ to democracy in foreign countries–also known as ‘staging or supporting violent, bloody coups overthrowing popular or elected foreign leaders’. And from a journalist (Diana Swain) who resides in a country (Canada) which is no slouch itself in supporting violent coups–Haiti in 2004, Honduras in 2009, Libya in 2011, Egypt in 2013 and Ukraine in 2014. Did we mention Canada’s support to the ‘electoral coup’ in Brazil in 2016 and its ongoing agitation in support of the violent political opposition in Venezuela?
Here is PBS‘ lengthy promotional write-up of Putin’s Revenge. And here is an excerpt from the write-up:
Now, in a special, two-part documentary, ‘Putin’s Revenge’, FRONTLINE tells the epic, inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy, how U.S. intelligence came to believe he targeted the 2016 presidential election, the fallout under President Obama and now in the Trump administration, and the implications for the future of American democracy…
In July 2017, U.S. writer and antiwar activist Rick Sterling wrote a review of an earlier, anti-Russia documentary which aired in five parts on PBS‘ ‘News Hour’ broadcast in July 2017. It was titled ‘Inside Putin’s Russia’. Here is Sterling’s review; it was originally published on Consortium News. The review provides much insight into the twisted logic and reporting that passes for mainstream journalism in the age of the anti-Russia new cold war.
Coincidentally, or not, CBC Radio One‘s ‘Day Six’ Saturday newsmagazine program aired an interview on January 20, 2018 discussing the ‘false alarm’ of an incoming missile attack against Hawaii which military officials in that state issued on Tuesday, January 16. A copy-cat, ‘incoming missile’ alarm was set off in Japan one day later. The Day Six interview features an editor of the right-wing, anti-Russia U.S. magazine The Atlantic. In their discussion, the program host and his guest ‘normalize’ a claimed need for missile warning systems and, even more alarmingly, they discuss the need to ‘upgrade and modernize’ such systems. Apparently, the age of the internet requires and provides for more effective missile warning systems.
Of course, ‘missile warning’ systems and the need to ‘modernize’ them go hand-in-hand with the ‘modernizing’ of nuclear weapons and missles themselves. ‘Modernizing nuclear weapons’ is a soothing and polite way of describing the renewal of a nuclear arms race which began under the war regime of Barak Obama and allies (2008-2016) and continues under the war regime of Donald Trump and allies.
Just what a world of growing social inequity and catatrophic global warming needs: more armaments and more threats of global and nuclear war. Not.
* Peace should be integral to the upcoming women’s marches across the United States, by Cindy Sheehan and Rick Sterling, published in CounterPunch, Jan 19, 2018 There is one thing missing from publicity and philosophy of the upcoming Women’s March in Washington DC and cities across the U.S.: the urgent need for peace not war!
* The new nuclear arms race. For in-depth analysis of the new, nuclear arms race undertaken by the U.S. government and its allies in the NATO military alliance, see this feature on the New Cold War.org website: Nuclear war danger.
* In Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow says history will judge harshly those countries rejecting anti-nuclear weapons treaty, report on New Cold War.org, Dec 11, 2017 (with extensive related readings about the historic vote at the United Nations General Assembly on July 7, 2017 approving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons)