Western media hysteria over Russia caused by East West divide
NATO is reporting unprecedented levels of Russian activities in European air space, which whips up hysteria in Western media. Besides the ‘plane story’, Russia is blamed for ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, hacking White House computer networks and even yesterday’s explosion of the Antares rocket.
RT:Some major broadcasters have started the hysteria over Russia again. It appears that Russia is the ultimate bad guy, flexing its military muscle and hacking computers in Washington.What do you make of this narrative?
Tony Gosling: What we have got at the moment is a tussle going on between the Western power blocks and the East, that includes China obviously and the BRICS countries. We have had what looks like the beginning of the end of the International Monetary Fund, with people losing confidence in the dollar. This is, I think, the origin of all this, and the ways it’s playing out is only in different types. We have got energy wars going on, BP and Rosneft just announcing massive losses because of the lack of cooperation going on between East and West. So we’ve got trade wars, energy wars, also, of course, the war of ideas. This is starting to become a bit of a media war, and that’s what we are seeing here. We have had a lack of investigative journalism, really failing to look into some of the big crises of the last 20 years or so – the death of Diana, 7/7 London bombings. Now we have got the breaking out the White Hall sex abuse scandal, which is also being kicked into the long grass: A real failure of justice and democracy, so that’s why we are seeing this. This is starting to be a bit of battle of wits and a battle of ideas across the East and West.
RT:One concern in NATO is Russia's increased air activity, though the alliance admits there've been no violations of European airspace. So what is it actually worrying about?
TG: I think this sort of thing has been going on from both sides for decades. And it is just a question of what do we want to point the finger at now. You were absolutely right when you said word the “distraction.” Fascism comes in many forms. We have started to see it breaking out in Kiev and hopefully what with the recent democratic elections there will be less of that. We have seen this, for example, in Greece as well. Benito Mussolini actually said: “Fascism should be called corporatism.” That means when the big corporations start to control the government, and we have seen corporations doing extremely well, the banks particularly, certainly since 2008 nearly a trillion pounds just in UK bail-outs. So they are doing extremely well. What they started to do is to buy up the competition. The competition is our democratic institutions and also our London press, which is afraid of taking on the big banks and the big corporations.
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