Look, Russian media mogul takes over after Murdoch's crash

In his most creative nightmare Alfred Hitchcock would not imagine what happened to the free press. Coordinated leftist attack on Rupert Murdoch conservative media opens door to the disaster. It looks like former Soviet Union's intelligence services, KGB, influence is being used to buy out free Western media. Am I mad?

If you do not believe it look at this.

The full profile may not be worthy of your money. It seems to be written rather as a support for the Russian mogul and not a critical report. I would say it is a piece of  classic propaganda.

A journalist reveals some details:


Lebedev's the Evening Standard readership is 1,5 mln per issue. This increase of 16 percent from 2010. The newspaper has bigger audience than The Times, The Independent and The Guardian.

Links to Kremlin: 

Both him, Evgeny and his father, KGB officer, Alexander have links to current Russia's political elites, Evegeny Lebedev is organizing fundraisers for Gorbachev's foundation. His father is going to join Vladimir Putin's All-Russia Front.

Origins of Mr. Lebedev's fortune:

Mr. Alexander Lebedev, British newspaper owner's father, was high rank KGB operative. "His fortune is $ 3,6 billions in assets alone (in airlines, banking and potato's farming)". He also "has major holdings in Gazprom and Soviet airlines Aeroflot."

Article contains several pieces of misinformation including quotes of Mr. Lebedev's statements on "civilized role of KGB and its bad stereoptypes".

Perhaps it is interesting that author reveals Mr. Lebedev's editorial policy. He made editor of Evening Standard "to apologize to readers for former negativity". British paper now is focused on social issues: "disposessed" of London and on literacy.

It brings to mind the Soviet/Russian editorial policy of newspapers where optimism fills columns to that extent that it covers reality.

Regardless whether the reporting is fully accurate the article should be discussed.

It is unfortunate that West allowed to converge its economy with Russian fortunes. It is even more terrible that KGB operatives-turned businessmen have such an influence on Western  market. Raised under totalitarianism they do not understand the essence of human liberties let alone free market system. They were programmed to perceive West as its enemy and its culture as inferior to great Russian/soviet spirit. In fact they were rooted in hatred towards capitalism and liberty.

West should have take over Russian institution after dissolution of Soviet Union like it had happened in Japan after 1945. Only then a free Western institutions might had have emerged, on this nonhuman land as once observed historian, former GULAG prisoner, Jozef Czapski.


Propaganda offensive played role in increasing sanctions on Iranian regime

Israel and the United States may successfully harm Teheran through the overt propaganda operation. It was launched last week by Israeli daily Yediot Ahoronot. And it was carried by Israeli politicians for few days. It appears to be coordinated effort of Israel and the Western states.

All parties want to avoid another costly and unnecessary military conflict in the Middle East. Therefore they may have decided to block and isolate Iran completely.

The propaganda offensive started with revealing the Iranian secret site for its centrifuges. It also made real possibility of military intervention of Israel. The United States highest politicians confirmed that Iran is growing threat. Last week during Congressional hearings Pentagon representatives were encouraging to attack Iran. Finally the least expected signal came from president of France Nicholas Sarkozy, who stated that his country will not be passive if Israel is threatened.

This propaganda offensive was intensified days before the publication of new International Atomic Agency's report about the Iranian nuclear programme. And days after House committee voted to introduce much more severe sanctions on the Iranian regime.

Congressmen decided that the Iranian-Libya Sanctions Act (1995), Iran, North Korea, Syria Nonproliferation Act (2006) the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (2010) are not sufficient to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. That is the sanctions on foreign investment in Iranian petroleum to hinder its ability to attract material, capital and technical support. The bill includes:

Any such action against Iran’s central bank – which serves as a clearinghouse for nearly all oil and gas payments in Iran – could make it more difficult for Iran to sell crude oil, its chief source of cash, by blocking companies doing business with it from also working with US financial institutions. Some Iranian officials have likened such a step to an act of war.Among many other things, the bill would also forbid American diplomats any contact with Iranian officials without advance congressional approval, and raise the bar further for exports of any US-made item – which would include civilian aircraft parts, an especially sore point for Iranians and their crash-prone domestic fleet of aging planes.

However some experts argue that military intervention cannot be excluded.


Poland supports Israel during current crisis

Poland will not participate in a shameful vote over so-called Palestinian state at the United Nations on Thursday, September 22nd.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk clearly stated that Polish government will not send its representative to that meeting.

“If the content of the resolution can be negotiated so that it moves the Palestinian matter forward and not pose a threat to Israel, and it appears there is a shadow of a chance for compromise, we will be prepared to vote for this,” Mr Tusk was quoted as saying by the Polish Press Agency.

“Poland will certainly not vote on a resolution that will directly affect the security of Israel,” Mr Tusk said.

Here is intelligent explanation why such decision should be made by other countries:

“As current president of the European Union, Poland’s decision to opt out of this lamentable gathering is particularly significant,” said American Jewish Congress Executive Director David Harris, reacting to a Polish Foreign Ministry statement announcing Poland’s decision.


Arab Spring unlike Solidarity Summer

Solidarity leader Lech Walesa leads shipyard workers in prayer
Big Peace published my article on the Christian origins of transformation in Poland. I tried to point at the difference between the Solidarity movement and the Arab revolutions. Here is an excerpt. 

the Solidarity movement was not aimed against anybody. Its first goal was to unite and reconcile people fragmented and isolated by the operations of Communist secret police and Communist propaganda. During the strikes, workers publicly forgave their oppressors. Secondly, workers demanded rights to freely organize themselves (free unions), inform (free speech) and to express their faith (freedom of conscience).

Anna Walentynowicz acknowledged the key role of John Paul II in the formation of Solidarity. She said: “I cannot imagine it without our pope”. Likewise Polish historian, Marek Lasota, who specializes in the history of 1980’s, concurred with the Solidarity leader: “The movement was born in the hearts of Poles during the first pilgrimage of John Paul II to his Fatherland in June 1978”. This pilgrimage had critical significance for the formation of Solidarity. Polish workers were inspired seeing themselves in mass public prayer meetings for the first time on a such a grand scale. Other Solidarity leader Krzysztof Wyszkowski explains: “we understood that there is more of us than them.” Polish workers rejected fear from their hearts. In this moment the Communist regime lost its power of influence because fear is a fundamental element of a totalitarian system.

Solidarity workers emphasized in their speeches and documents that they acted for the common good of man. The movement was not a political organization but a moral force for the renewal of society. Its ethics may be difficult to understand today.


Gorbachev praises Obama and admits that he did his best to save Soviet Union

An amazing interview with the top communist apparatchik Mikhail Gorbachev. He repeats, although this time quite clearly, that in fact he was fighting to keep the Soviet Union alive. He did his best to defend the Soviet Union. Gorbachev explains that perestroika succeeded but it was disrupted. Soviet Union "could have existed longer today as the community of the sovereign states".

 As a good communist he quotes Lenin's ("Lenin whom I respect" - he says) understanding of a chaos. Gorbachev says after Lenin: "Do not be afraid chaos". According to comrade Gorbachev "chaos produces new life".

Gorby adds that Obama is doing still a good job. 

It is difficult to say "enjoy" here. So rather watch carefully this interview

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