Last Sunday, one of the most respectable British newspapers upped the ante in the British stand-off with the Russian government. An establishment outlet that it is, the Times lashed out at Sputnik, a Russian government-funded news website, for its coverage of the hack of the Integrity Initiative (II), a British-funded operation to manipulate social media in a way favorable to London.
The newspaper also published names and photos of Sputnik staff members in what appears to be an attempt to shame them over working for Russia.
In the case of the slowly unfolding Integrity Initiative scandal, it was the Russian media like Sputnik and RT, which did their job informing British citizens about a matter of public interest while their British counterparts ignored the story, independent journalist Luc Rivet, the former chief editor of the Belgian news website Le Peuple pointed out.
“It was true what was revealed by RT and Sputnik [about II] and that is the role of the press, even if the government doesn’t like it. The British government sponsors stooges,” he told RT. “It is the war of secret services at best or at worst. So what’s wrong? The Russians have won [this round].”
The II modus operandi is apparently to connect paid or unpaid individuals willing to back narratives that the British government likes and coordinate their efforts on social media to peddle them. Ironically, the Times branded Sputnik, an outlet that makes no secret of its affiliation with Russia, a “Kremlin stooge” in the headline, citing the words of a Scottish legislator.
Calling the other side names and accusing them of bias is a common thing in an “information war” and there is one currently underway between Russia and Britain, believes Russia analyst Marin Mccauley.
ALSO ON RT.COMIntegrity Initiative is the biggest story of 2018 – but not because of anything it did“Russia is the main target in Europe, so it’s not surprising that Sputnik is being picked out as RT had been in the past for their reporting. Many in the British media and establishment don’t like the point of view and opinions, that are being expressed [there],” he said.
He added that the job of organizations like the Institute for Statecraft, the parent organization of II, “is to come up with arguments, which would negate what Sputnik has said, to counter Sputnik’s arguments and analysis. One way to do this is to say that Sputnik people are not all that bright, they are stooges and not well informed. Unfortunately this is normal tactics nowadays.”
ALSO ON RT.COMWhy is paid Integrity Initiative hitman Ben Nimmo still used as ‘independent’ expert by MSM?Amir Oren, a veteran Israeli journalist, told RT that the Times journalists got involved in very questionable actions with the controversial publication, from a journalistic point of view.
“[They] are apparently not acting in a collegial way. The Times and other papers have chosen to present themselves as foes of their Russian colleagues,” he said, calling the apparent shaming of Sputnik employees “shady.”
China showcases composite combat drone designed to use smart weapons (VIDEO)
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the latest in the line of ‘Pterosaur’ drones, performed its first 30-minute flight from an undisclosed location in western China on Sunday afternoon, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said in a statement.
The multi-purpose drone features a fully composite structure and boasts an optimized aerodynamic profile, as well as a high-powered engine. Designed primarily for reconnaissance missions, the Wing Loong I-D also has four pylons and is capable of carrying up to 10 precision strike missiles.
The design allows the drone to fly for 35 hours without the need to refuel even when carrying an external payload of up to 400 kilograms, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported.
If you like this story, share it with a friend!
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has once again reiterated the Islamic Republic’s principled policy to support Palestine, urging all countries in the Muslim world to boost their unity to defend the Palestinian cause.
“We hope that some Muslim countries that have pinned their hopes on the support of the Zionists and the US will return to the Muslim world and realize that the Zionists are not a trustworthy friend or partner for anybody,” Zarif said in a meeting with a Palestinian parliamentary delegation led by senior Palestinian lawmaker, Mahmoud al-Zahar, in Tehran on Sunday.
The Iranian foreign minister added that efforts to counter the Palestinian resistance are unfortunately being made from inside the Muslim world, saying that all countries and Islamic movements are also under such pressure.
Back in May, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said resistance is the sole way to save the oppressed Palestinian nation.
In response to an earlier letter from Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Ayatollah Khamenei reaffirmed Iran’s unwavering support for Palestine and Palestinian fighters, noting that strengthening the resistance front in the Muslim world and intensifying the fight against the occupying regime of Israel and its supporters were the solution to the Palestinian issue.
In a Saturday meeting with Zahar, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stressed the importance of making more efforts to expose brutal crimes committed by the Israeli regime against the oppressed Palestinian nation.
“Criminal measures by this regime (Israel) should be exposed to the world and such disclosure of issues will lead to more support for the Palestinian cause,” Larijani said.
- Palestine, Muslim nations will eventually eliminate Israeli apartheid: Iran
- Iran opposes US-drafted resolution against Palestinian resistance Hamas: FM
- Iran FM slams Israel for massacring Palestinians ‘in cold blood’
- Iran will never compromise on Palestinian cause: Zarif
For his part, Zahar, who is also the co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip, hailed Iran’s real support for Palestine and expressed hope that the Palestinian people’s resistance and the Muslim world’s support would put an end to the Zionist project as soon as possible.
He pointed to a plan by President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the parliament and said under the Palestinian constitution, the parliament should not be dissolved under any circumstances, even in an emergency situation, until its term is finished.
On Saturday, Hamas slammed the parliament’s dissolution plan, saying the move will only add to the internal divisions between the Palestinian factions.
“The decision by Abbas deepens the internal Palestinian division and destroys the Palestinian political system,” said Yehya Musa, a senior Hamas leader and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).
Internal corruption will be Israel’s undoing: Shamkhani
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said internal and extensive corruption of the Israeli leaders, the awakening of the nations and their awareness of the Zionist regime’s conspiracies and oppression against humanity would lead to Tel Aviv’s destruction.
In a meeting with Zahar, the senior Iranian official added that support for the Palestinian cause and the liberation of Jerusalem al-Quds are the most important priorities of the Muslim world.
“Any move that will lead to a deviation in the course of the fight against the Zionist regime as the main threat to the Muslim world is considered as a betrayal of Muslims in the world,” Shamkhani said.
He criticized the United Nations for failing to fulfill its commitments on reconstructing Gaza and meeting the basic needs of the Palestinians in the besieged enclave, and underlined Iran’s firm support for the oppressed people of Palestine and the continuation of aid delivery to them.
Zahar, for his part, appreciated Iran’s assistance to the Palestinian resistance and said Hamas regards Israel as an occupying and illegitimate regime and rejects any move, which leads to recognition of the Tel Aviv regime and overlooking the Palestinian people’s right to take their lands back.