USA fälschen im Unkranie-Konflikt erneut Satellitenbilder


Wie schon zur Rechtfertigung der völkerrechtswidrigen Invasion des Irak unter Saddam Hussein fälschen die USA erneut Satellitenbilder im Ukraine-Konfikt.

Quelle: Russia Today

‚Fake‘: Russian Defence Min rebuffs US sat image claims

Published time: July 28, 2014 11:29
Edited time: July 28, 2014 12:25

Courtesy of US State Department

Courtesy of US State Department

Russia’s Defense Ministry has stated that “fake” satellite images of alleged shelling of Ukraine from Russian territory were created by US counselors “with close links to Ukraine’s Security Council.”

The authenticity of the images is impossible to prove, the ministry added.

The Defense Ministry stated that the images posted by the US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt on his Twitter account, allegedly proving the shelling of Ukraine from Russian territory, are “fake,” ITAR-TASS reports.

“These materials were posted to Twitter not by accident, as their authenticity is impossible to prove – due to the absence of the attribution to the exact area, and an extremely low resolution. Let alone using them as ‘photographic evidence’,” Igor Konashenkov, the official representative of the ministry, stated.

“Pictures” like this, the general continued, “have also been provided by Kiev representatives as an excuse for the usage of heavy artillery and other weaponry by the Ukrainian army – against the country’s civilian population.”

“Last Friday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Geletey again tried to add a sensational side to photo collages like this in the Ukrainian media – in vain. But on Sunday, the US ambassador to the Ukraine joined in, posting those satellite images on his Twitter page, which secured him the attention of the loyal Ukrainian media,” the Russian ministry said.

This scheme is called “an informational merry-go-round,” Konashenkov added, using an expression commonly uttered in Russia relating to feeding the information to the media.

“It’s no secret to anyone that fakes like this are made by a group of US counselors staying in the Kiev building of the Security Council, led by General Randy Kee,” he noted.

The general outlined the cycle as follows: the US counselors in the Kiev feed the disinformation to the Ukrainian media, with the news being taken by the Washington official representatives and presented as statements.

Afterwards, the Ukrainian media cite the US authorities and publish articles like as “objective.”

Ukrainisches Fernsehen bricht Live-Interview mit Human Rights Watch Repräsentantin ab, als diese es ablehnt, die „russische Agrression“ zu bestätigen


Ukrainisches Fernsehen bricht Live-Interview mit Human Rights Watch Repräsentantin ab, als diese es ablehnt, die „russische Agression“ zu bestätigen

Quelle: Russia Today

Ukraine TV cuts live interview after Human Rights Watch representative refuses to admit ‘Russian aggression’

Published time: July 29, 2014 00:40

Local residents in a house damaged during a rocket and mortar attack on Horlivka, Donetsk region. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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A live interview with an HRW representative on Ukraine’s Hromadske TV came to an unexpected close when the host terminated the conversation after the guest refused to validate claims of Russia’s alleged “indisputable war crimes.”

Hromadske TV journalist Danilo Janevsky abruptly cut off a live interview with Tatiana Lokshina, a representative of Human Rights Watch (HRW) after she refused to provide what she called a “political assessment” on the situation in eastern Ukraine.

HRW is tasked with the objective reporting of human rights violations as set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These impartial reports do not produce a political verdict; rather, they are used as the basis for drawing international attention to abuses.

The interview – which began on a predetermined note to blame Moscow for the internal armed struggle in Ukraine – ended with the sudden, uncommon practice of cutting the guest off live on-air. It happened just as Lokshina was about to provide an impartial assessment of the abuses in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict.

“How does [the HRW] estimate rocket, heavy artillery and air attacks on the territory of the bordering sovereign state? Does it constitute a war crime, from your point of view? Yes or no?” Janevsky asked his program’s guest.

Lokshina tried to explain that Human Rights Watch does not comment on matters of political responsibility.

Just as she began to say “If you want to hear what we have found…,” the conversation was abruptly cut off by Janevsky. “Thank you very much, our conversation is over,” he said.

That was Janevsky’s last attempt to force the HRW representative to lay the blame on Russia during the course of the interview – but the journalist relied on a clearly anti-Russian rhetoric from the very beginning.


A local resident near an apartment building damaged by a rocket and mortar attack on Horlivka, Donetsk region. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

A local resident near an apartment building damaged by a rocket and mortar attack on Horlivka, Donetsk region. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

“How are Human Rights Watch and you personally estimating the atrocities of the Russian military thugs and their accomplices among the local population, who have been torturing, kidnapping and killing people for months and bombing international airlines?,” was the host’s first question. He then drew his own conclusion that “there are no war crimes that they haven’t already committed.”

The Russian HRW spokesperson reminded viewers that the situation in Ukraine has been qualified as an “internal armed conflict,” both by HRW and the International Committee of the Red Cross – which of course was fervently rejected by the interviewer, who tried to get the conversation back on track by mentioning “Russia’s aggression against Ukrainian people.”

“What does [internal conflict] effectively mean? It means that right now during the conflict, there are international humanitarian laws, the rules of war, which should be observed. These rules ban certain actions. And they are banning them for all sides in the conflict,” Lokshina tried to continue.

Following the awkward interview, which has drawn much criticism in social media, Janevsky wrote on his Facebook page that he considers it “unacceptable” for guests such as Lokshina to “deny the reality of eastern Ukraine, humiliate our soldiers who bleed in the Donbas, deterring the Russian aggression.”

Screenshot from facebook page

Screenshot from facebook page

The post, written in Ukrainian, has already received more than 2,400 ‚likes,‘ with most comments approving Janevsky’s harsh line of questioning of Lokshina. Some users accused her of being on a Russian government payroll for her refusal to provide a political assessment of the bloody conflict.

A small minority of comments said that Lokshina was just doing her job. That assessment seems to hold ground, as HRW did designate Ukraine’s conflict to be “an internal, or non-international, armed conflict under international humanitarian law (the laws of war).”

In its recent report on Ukraine, HRW confirmed that the Ukrainian army is using indiscriminate Grad missiles to attack densely populated areas in Donetsk – which violates international law – while blaming the local militias. HRW did not report any evidence that militias were responsible for any Grad attacks on civilian-populated areas, but warned that they should avoid operating in those areas.

ZDF manipuliert bei „Deutschlands Beste“


Quelle: N-TV

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Über vier Millionen Menschen sehen Anfang des Monats die  ZDF-Show „Deutschlands Beste!“ – 17,3 Prozent der Fernsehzuschauer. Doch nun stellt sich heraus, dass der Sender massiv bei der Rangfolge der „Besten“ manipuliert hat.

In der ZDF-Show „Deutschlands Beste!“ ist gezielt manipuliert worden. Die Redaktion hat nach Angaben des Senders Veränderungen an der Rangliste der Prominenten vorgenommen, die aus einer Forsa-Befragung hervorgegangen war. Die Redaktion habe bestimmte Prominente aufgewertet, um sie ins Studio einzuladen. Das teilte das ZDF mit.

Der Sender hatte bereits am Dienstag eingeräumt, die Redaktion habe „methodisch unsauber“ gearbeitet, dies jedoch auf eine Vermischung eines Online-Votings und der Forsa-Studie bezogen. Programmdirektor Norbert Himmler sagte dazu: „Die Veränderungen am Ergebnis der Forsa-Umfragen sind ein grober Verstoß gegen die Programmrichtlinien des ZDF.“ Es würden „arbeitsrechtliche Konsequenzen“ geprüft, kündigte Himmler an.

Wen die Redaktion in der Liste heraufsetzte, ist noch unbekannt. Eine der eingeladenen Promis war Helene Fischer, die ihren Sommerhit „Atemlos“ sang. Sie belegte in der Sendung den fünften Rang der Frauen-Wertung. Ganz vorn lag Kanzlerin Angela Merkel, bei den Männern ihr Vorgänger Helmut Schmidt.

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ABC airs Gaza bombing devastation images – says it’s in Israel


Quelle: Russia Today

ABC airs Gaza bombing devastation images – says it’s in Israel

Published time: July 11, 2014 13:22

A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands amidst destruction following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)

A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands amidst destruction following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)

On July 8, veteran ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, 68, opened up a news segment, entitled Under Attack, with the following introduction: “We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today, as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky, all part of the tinderbox, Israelis and Palestinians [sic].”
In two images that accompanied Sawyer’s narration, she says, “Here are two Israelis trying to salvage what they can, while a woman is standing speechless among the ruins.”


There was just one problem: The images of wide-scale physical destruction and human suffering shown in the images were not from Israel, but rather from the Gaza Strip, where the locals have been enduring days of aerial bombings.

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed four more Palestinians on Friday, raising the death toll from the four-day offensive to at least 85. Missile lobs into Israel have so far caused no fatalities, due in part to Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system.

Following Sawyer’s introduction, ABC correspondent Alex Marquardt commented on Israelis „running in terror as sirens wail.“

According to Peter Hart, a commentator with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), ABC incorrectly identifying the real victims in Gaza, where dozens of people are dying, is less an error in judgment than a “reflection of a worldview.”

“[T]here’s a pretty well-established pattern of corporate media trying to paint the conflict as between equals, a type of false balance that treats the threats to Israeli lives and Palestinians lives as similar,” Hart wrote in his blog. “There are no reported Israeli deaths. But the fact that dozens of Palestinians had died, including several children, by the time ABC aired its report apparently did not cause them to consider this more newsworthy than Israeli fear.”

This is not the first time Western media has reconstructed the world map. CNN, which has had its share of embarrassing geography blunders, mistakenly relocated the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk all the way south to the Crimea, the peninsula that voted in a referendum in March to join the Russian Federation following the outbreak of political strife in Ukraine.

CNN map places East Ukraine’s Slavyansk in Crimea

In Dec, 2011, Fox News provided footage of riots in Athens, showing protesters throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles.The problem with that news report – which painted a terribly inaccurate picture of the post-election atmosphere in the Russian capital – is that Fox said the events were happening in Moscow, even though the shops pictured in the report clearly had Greek signs and infrastructure.

In May 2012, the BBC faced heated criticism after it accidentally posted a photograph taken in Iraq in 2003 to tell the story of children being killed in Syria.

The picture, posted under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows,” shows a young Iraqi child jumping over multiple white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

The photographer of the grim picture, Marco di Lauro, said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image, claiming he was “astonished” at the failure of the media to check their sources.