It’s not the first time that celebrity gossip has overshadowed significant news.
Our obsession with celebrities — their bodies, their clothing, their lives — distracts us from what’s important during an important time for humanity. The entertainment industry has strayed from the art to becoming a tool of mass distraction and manipulation.
With so little mainstream media coverage of important revelations, it’s essential that we continue to share information that too little people are exposed to. Information that can help us see our world differently, which begins conversation for solutions.
Below are 3 things that happened while the world obsessed over the Kim Kardashian assault.
1. Pentagon Paid Pr Firm Over $500 Million To Create Fake Terrorist Videos
Employees of a PR firm were given specific instructions for creating fake terrorist videos as part of a top secret propaganda mission paid for by the Pentagon. It costs half a billion dollars, and the story recently came to light thanks to a former employee of the firm, Martin Wells, who came forward to talk about his time working on the project.
Bill Pottinger is the name of the firm, and they are well-known for having many controversial clients, including the U.S. military, for whom they created propaganda in a secretive operation. The firm reported to the CIA, the National Security Council, and the Pentagon during the project.
Their mandate was to portray Al-Qaeda in a negative light and track suspected sympathizers.
Both the White House and General David Petraeus, the former general who shared classified information with his mistress, signed off on the content produced by the agency.
The Bell Pottinger operation began not long after the U.S. invaded Iraq following 9/11. It was at this point that promoting the “democratic elections” became the focus of the mission. Not long after, the priority shifted to shooting and editing video content for psychological and information operations.
Martin Wells, who found himself working in Iraq after being hired as a video editor by Bell Pottinger, told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that within 48 hours of being hired, he landed in Baghdad to edit content for secret “psychological operations” at Camp Victory.
The firm created television ads showing Al-Qaeda in a negative light as well as creating content to look as though it had come from “Arabic TV.” Crews were sent out to film bombings with low quality video. The firm would then edit it to make it look like news footage.
You can read more about this story HERE.
2. Wikileaks Revelations
As the political campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue in the United States, the battle for presidency has begun to resemble reality television more than genuine politics.
While both presidential hopefuls have already endured significant scrutiny, it appears as though Hillary Clinton may be in line for the next devastating blow, though she has already been victimized by the stealthy work of Julian Assange on several occasions:
The latest leaks, which emerged at the same time that the Kim Kardashian story broke, came in the form of a live video link in Berlin, where Assange hopes “to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks,” dropping more bombshell documents pertaining to war, arms, oil, Google, and the United States elections.
A few days prior to this, Assange revealed that Obama and his team, along with other international heads of state, were pressuring Clinton’s State Department to cut off Assange’s delivery of the classified documents, and, if that effort failed, to “forge a strategy to minimize the administration’s public embarrassment over the contents of the cables.”
Thus Clinton met with other state officials to suggest ways to “stop, slow or spin the Wikileaks contamination.” You can read more about that here.
3. The Colombia Peace Treaty
While this story was covered in the news, it was still shadowed by the obsession over Kim Kardashian.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) had been engaged in conflict with Colombian forces for decades until earlier this year, when the government and leaders of FARC halted the violence. But after four years of negotiations, voters rejected the deal. Despite this fact, FARC has assured the public that peace is here to stay. This is still concerning for many in Colombia as not agreeing to be at peace with one another is a big deal.
According to the Guardian: “Reeling from the stunning defeat for the deal that took four years of arduous negotiations to conclude, both the government and the Farc have said they will persist in seeking peace for the country after 50.2% of voters rejected the agreement, to 49.7% who approved it.”
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