Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Subscriber Podcast 15 - White Helmet Supremacy

Subscriber Podcast 15 – White Helmet Supremacy

On this month's subscriber-only podcast I explain my criticisms of 21st Century Wire and Patrick Henningsen in particular.  I outline their disturbing habit of denying the suffering of non-white people, often by claiming they are mere 'crisis actors', their implicit and explicit endorsement of white supremacism, and their martyr-lite marketing ...
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That time Margaret Thatcher was briefed about the Sex Pistols

That time Margaret Thatcher was briefed about the Sex Pistols

In 1987, as part of a typical politician's attempts to seem down with the kids, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did an interview with the pop magazine Smash Hits.  There was just one problem: Thatcher knew absolutely nothing about pop music, or anything even close.  So her advisors drew up ...
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ClandesTime 131 - The Science and Entertainment Exchange

ClandesTime 131 – The Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) has consulted on over 1300 films and TV shows in less than 10 years, but outside of Hollywood few people know who they are and what they do. This week we pull back the curtain to look at their activities and their agenda ...
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The Pentagon and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Pentagon and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Officially, the Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) is the outreach program of the National Academy of Sciences - a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit honorific body who give awards and the like.  In reality it is a government-funded entertainment liaison office who work closely with the military to help them accomplish ...
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ClandesTime 130 - Fake News and the Postmodern Condition

ClandesTime 130 – Fake News and the Postmodern Condition

What is fake news? Where did it come from and why is it so profitable? In this week’s episode I consider whether fake news is a new thing, or simply a newly-popular name for methods of deceit that have existed for centuries. I explore the idea that it is simply ...
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Disney's Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

Disney’s Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

In 2015 Admiral Robert Papp, the State Department's Arctic envoy, spoke multiple times about trying to broker a deal with Disney to use characters from Frozen to promote climate change issues to children.  Recently released State Dept. documents show that negotiations broke down because of conflicts with Disney's corporate messaging, ...
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ClandesTime 129 - History by Hollywood

ClandesTime 129 – History by Hollywood

This week I welcome Martin Darlington, co-host of the History by Hollywood podcast, which reviews and analyses films claiming to be based on real events. We talk about Martin’s adopted homeland of Qatar, his views on history and politics, how he and his co-host Andrew prepare and produce the podcast, ...
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Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Long answer: probably, with an ‘if’. Short answer: yes, with a ‘but’. A recently-published report into the terrorism in Britain in the run-up to this year’s general election has found that the Manchester bombing might have been prevented. The review says that MI5 had planned to discuss the potential threat ...
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ClandesTime 128 - The FBI in Hollywood

ClandesTime 128 – The FBI in Hollywood

Of all the US intelligence agencies, the FBI has the longest-running relationship with Hollywood. From spying on A-listers as to helping blacklist screenwriters, through to manipulating scripts for PR and propaganda purposes, the Bureau’s influence on Tinseltown is very broad. Using documents from throughout the FBI’s history, today we’re going ...
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Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

I am proud to announce that Critical Sociology have today published an article I co-wrote with Matt Alford that sums up the major findings from our research for National Security Cinema.  Titled 'New Evidence for the Surprisingly Significant Propaganda Role of the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense in ...
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