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“Brazilian Discontent Ahead of World Cup” – Most Brazilians oppose having football event in their country [Pew Research Center]

Posted in Brazil, Pew Research Center on June 11, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

-President Rousseff Gets Poor Marks on Key Issues-

June 3, 2014

The national mood in Brazil is grim, following a year in which more than a million people have taken to the streets of major cities across the country to protest corruption, rising inflation and a lack of government investment in public services such as education, health care and public transportation, among other things. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 72% of Brazilians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country, up from 55% just weeks before the demonstrations began in June 2013…

Brazilians are also concerned about the impact that hosting the World Cup, which begins June 12, will have on their country. About six-in-ten (61%) think hosting the event is a bad thing for Brazil because it takes money away from schools, health care and other public services — a common theme in the protests that have swept the country since June 2013…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/06/03/brazilian-discontent-ahead-of-world-cup/

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War Propaganda in Ukraine – The Big Lie and lots of little lies [Workers World]

Posted in Black propaganda, CIA, Corporate Media Critique, EU, European Union, Fascism, FBI, Iraq, Media cover-up, Media smear campaign, Mercenaries / "contractors", NATO, Nazism, Pentagon, Pew Research Center, Psychological warfare, Russia, State Department, Ukraine, UNSC, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, Yugoslavia - former FRY on May 14, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Sara Flounders

May 7, 2014

The U.S. corporate media are in lock step lying and distorting the events in Ukraine. These are many little lies leading to another version of the Big Lie, as explained by Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels and used to justify U.S. aggression from Vietnam to Iraq and Libya.

The good news is that despite all the lies about Ukraine, every opinion poll shows the U.S. population wants no active involvement there.

Every news feed and articles on Ukraine here are saturated with references to “Russian dominance,” “Russian schemes” and “Russian operatives.” Those who resist the illegal Kiev coup regime might be called “forces,” “terrorists,” “separatists,” “militias” or “saboteurs,” but always with the adjective “pro-Russian” or “Russian-speaking.” They confront “Ukrainian soldiers seeking the unity of Ukraine.”

In news articles, commentators and politicians will use these terms often 10 times or more, even though all the resistance fighters are Ukrainian citizens and many have ethnic Ukrainian names. It is no accident that the media characterize workers who have lived for generations in Ukraine this way.

This ploy is accompanied by massive corporate media demonization of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He is called “scheming,” “domineering,” “secretive,” “authoritarian,” “manipulative,” “two-faced,” “overbearing,” and on down the thesaurus list of pejoratives. Pundits call Putin “solely responsible for the crisis” and demand he end it by submitting to Washington’s demands that Ukraine sign the Association Agreement and join the European Union and NATO.

They also want Putin to disarm the eastern Ukraine’s popular resistance to the fascist gangs that just burned 40 people to death in Odessa.

The Kiev coup regime — a completely illegal right-wing grouping that overturned the elected government to seize power in Ukraine — is neutrally described as the “Kiev government” or “Ukrainian government.” The corporate media call the fascist Right Sector and other neo-Nazi forces running this regime’s police and army, “government officials.”

These “officials” meet other officials in the White House, with the United Nations Security Council and with the EU to agree to austerity without the media challenging their legitimacy.

Every U.S. official who discusses the danger of Russian troop movement — within Russia — gets air time. Little to nothing is even reported of U.S. destroyers deploying in the Black Sea, NATO troop deployments eastward, jets and missile bases in eight countries encircling Russia or scheduled “U.S./NATO war games” in the region.

NATO’s expansion of military bases and interlocking U.S. dominated military commands with 28 NATO countries have been relabeled as a Russian campaign to expand its borders.

There are repeated warnings, without proof, about secret Russian agents, but little about CIA head Brennan’s visit to Kiev or the FBI agents and military advisers there.

= Past Lies =

U.S. imperialism has the world’s most powerful media, aimed during the buildup to war to saturate popular consciousness with justification for coming criminal actions. The challenge for corporate power in every war is that it must always hide with a saturation of slanders and non-facts repeated relentlessly this basic reality: Its endless wars are for profits, and the conquest and control of markets and resources.

The corporate media’s role is to set the terms of debate by using an unrelenting bias and a conscious distortion of even well-recognized facts, thus laying the ground for a fraudulent war provocation…

= Majority in U.S. oppose war =

This time the lie campaign is failing. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who sold the murderous Iraq sanctions and the bombing of Yugoslavia, criticized the U.S. corporate media for this failure to sell the conflict with Russia.

On April 30, she told an audience at the militarist, neocon think tank of “foreign policy and business leaders” called the Atlantic Council, “There is not enough of an explanation to the American people as to how important it is to deal firmly with Russia’s attacks on Ukraine. … I am very troubled by today’s poll published by the Wall Street Journal,” which confirms other surveys showing that “Americans want to worry about themselves” so that fewer than one-fifth of the U.S. population want more active U.S. “engagement in Ukraine.”

A USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll released on April 28 reported that the U.S. population opposed by more than 2 to 1 the idea of sending arms or military supplies to the Ukrainian government “to bolster its defenses against Russian forces.” So even with the most twisted, inaccurate and loaded wording on this poll, the best spin the media could put on these figures was that half the population would support economic sanctions.

The slipping position of U.S. imperialism and the growing hardships faced at home do not mean less media war propaganda, but more likely expanding it to a “Big Lie” to prepare for a serious war provocation.

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/05/07/war-propaganda-ukraine-big-lie-lots-little-lies/

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Public Sees U.S. Power Declining as Support for Global Engagement Slips – America’s Place in the World 2013 [Pewresearch.org]

Posted in Economic crisis & decline, Pew Research Center, US imperialism, USA on December 19, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Dec. 3, 2013

– Overview –

Growing numbers of Americans believe that U.S. global power and prestige are in decline. And support for U.S. global engagement, already near a historic low, has fallen further. The public thinks that the nation does too much to solve [sic] world problems, and increasing percentages want the U.S. to “mind its own business internationally” and pay more attention to problems here at home…

Full article link: http://www.people-press.org/2013/12/03/public-sees-u-s-power-declining-as-support-for-global-engagement-slips/

“Major opinion shifts, in the US and Congress, on NSA surveillance and privacy” by Glenn Greenwald [Guardian]

Posted in National Security Agency / NSA, NSA, Pew Research Center on August 8, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

+ Pew finds that, for the first time since 9/11, Americans are now more worried about civil liberties abuses than terrorism +

29 July 2013

Numerous polls taken since our reporting on previously secret NSA activities first began have strongly suggested major public opinion shifts in how NSA surveillance and privacy are viewed…

Full article link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/29/poll-nsa-surveillance-privacy-pew

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America’s Global Image Remains More Positive than China’s [Pew Research Center]

Posted in China, Pew Research Center, USA on July 29, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

* But Many See China Becoming World’s Leading Power *

July 18, 2013

= Overview =

Publics around the world believe the global balance of power is shifting. China’s economic power is on the rise, and many think it will eventually supplant the United States as the world’s dominant superpower.

However, China’s increasing power has not led to more positive ratings for the People’s Republic. Overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China. Across the nations surveyed, a median of 63% express a favorable opinion of the U.S., compared with 50% for China.

Globally, people are more likely to consider the U.S. a partner to their country than to see China in this way, although relatively few think of either nation as an enemy. America is also seen as somewhat more willing than China to consider other countries’ interests. Still, both of these world powers are widely viewed as acting unilaterally in international affairs…

…Countries Surveyed

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United States, Venezuela…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/07/18/americas-global-image-remains-more-positive-than-chinas/

U.S. Public Remains Opposed to Arming Syrian Rebels [Pew Research Center]

Posted in Pew Research Center, Syria, US imperialism, USA on June 28, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

– Six-in-Ten Say Opposition May Be No Better than Current Government –

June 17, 2013

= Overview =

Broad majorities continue to oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria. Last Thursday’s announcement that the U.S. would aid the rebels has not increased1 public support for action, and majorities of all partisan groups are opposed.

Overall, 70% oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria; just 20% favor this. Opinion is little changed from December of last year (24% favor) and support is down slightly from March, 2012 (29% favor).

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted June 12-16 among 1,512 adults, finds a major factor in overall attitudes about Syria is the impression that the U.S. military is already stretched thin. About two-thirds (68%) say the U.S. is too overcommitted to get involved in another conflict, and just 27% disagree. The public also has questions about the opposition groups in Syria: 60% say that they may be no better than the current government…

Full article link: http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/17/public-remains-opposed-to-arming-syrian-rebels/

Will China and U.S. fall into limited confrontation? [People’s Daily]

Posted in Bourgeois parliamentary democracy, Obama, Pew Research Center, Protectionist Trade War with China, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on November 2, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

October 25, 2012

Economy [sic] has always been a major topic for U.S. presidential elections, particularly so for this year’s election. China has been blamed for U.S. economic problems more times than in any other of the six presidential races after the Cold War.

The rising protectionism in the United States is the biggest obstacle to the establishment of fair China-U.S. trade and economic relations. For example, the United States has banned exports of high-tech and dual-use products to China, exacerbating bilateral trade imbalance.

The 2012 U.S. presidential race has three noteworthy points indicating that no matter who is elected president, the country is highly likely to continue its confrontational economic and trade policy toward China.

First, protectionism may take bigger part in the trade policy of the United States no matter who wins the presidential election. Exports account for 30 percent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP), and 15 percent of that of the United States. As China is much more dependent on exports than the United States, the White House is highly likely to continue tough trade policies against China.

Second, the U.S. government and public are most concerned about China’s growing economic strength when it comes to China-U.S. relations. A poll on China policies published by Pew Research Center on Sept. 18 showed that more than 70 percent of Americans consider the large amount of American debts held by China, the U.S. trade deficit with China, and U.S. investment in China to be the most worrying problems.

Republicans and Democrats are equally concerned about China, but 17 percent more Republicans are concerned about China-U.S. economic and trade relations than Democrats…

…Third, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have seldom talked about diplomatic, military, and strategic policies toward China during their presidential debates.

Traditional diplomatic, human rights, and security issues facing China-U.S. relations have been downplayed, indicating that the Republican and Democratic parties have reached consensus on ways of handling these controversial issues, and on continuing tough security policy against China.

It is highly likely for a U.S. government that belittles cooperation with China in diplomatic and strategic fields to favor economic and trade confrontation with China, and to even prepare for limited trade and security confrontation with China.

Read the Chinese version: 美国大选后,中美会局部对抗吗?[access link through link provided below]; Source: Global Times; Author: Zhu Feng

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/7991773.html