#CBC Propaganda Challenge 7: #Harper vs #cdnpoli vs #Ukraine vs #Russia vs #NATO

Before we issue our latest CBC News Propaganda Challenge and before it gets bumped by the next several updates listed in the “Recent Posts“, we would like to present the latest article published yesterday by our long time contributor Bear Cat titled “Harper Party Spies“. We would also like to remind everyone to review our previous summaries as well. Since we have been requested to provide the actual content of the previous summaries, we’ll be do that throughout the day today.

Before we move forward we would like to advise everyone that this has been a very hectic week and following along, archiving and preparing the summary results of these “articles” has been very time consuming. For this reason we will be posting a series of summaries over the next several hours or so, that will cover the corresponding days individually. Since we are obviously not “journalists” this info and data is being presented raw so that others may utilize and disseminate it further in a more professional way.

One should also keep in mind that the “cease fire” was broken very early on by the latest shelling of civilian areas by the Ukrainian Armed Forces backed by attacks by the various oligarch funded militias on Saturday. This was something that was NOT reported via the CBC since the only “article” of the day mentioned that the cease fire was holding. It is also noteworthy that a lot of the info being propagated is coming directly from the “volunteer” oligarch funded Azov Battalion (see below), along with the other oligarch funded ultra-far-right militants that seem to be directing the mandate and narrative as opposed to Poroshenko’s Regime in Kiev that has absolutely zero control over the Civil War being fought in the East.

For this challenge we are going to focus on the propaganda of the day that was published on 02 September 2014 and like the others, this “article” was “updated” and edited several times to spin the narrative throughout the day at various times. While this may seem insignificant to a certain segment of those that have been following along as well as newcomers, one must keep in mind a few things that are more than relevant. Since Canada has 6 time zones and our summaries are utilizing the Eastern Time Zone, they should be considered and referenced along with the “updated” timestamps. To get everyone familiar with these time zones, below is the official chart posted via the National Research Council Canada:

Time zones & daylight saving time via the National Research Council Canada
National Research Council Canada
Daylight saving time zones

Another thing that should be considered are the “comments” posted on the “articles” we are presenting along with the known trolls that seem to repeat the same narrative and spins throughout the day. At some point we’ll be putting together a summary of who the most prominent narrative spinning trolls are but it doesn’t take very long for anyone to notice who they are. It is also worth mentioning that judging by the various comments over the past week, many long time CBC commenters have mentioned that they have contacted the Ombudsman and CBC directly to address their concerns with regards to the odd way this “topic” is being reported. As of this time, none have received a reply from either.

We do realize that the CBC News has been spoon feeding us reports from 2 “wire” services but has also interconnected them within the same article in many instances, sometimes swapping one out for the other midstream. Not only that but they are utilizing these “reports” within their various broadcasts during the day and evening. The trouble with this game is that they can claim plausible deniability with regards to bias reporting. In addition, the uppers echelons and hierarchy within the CBC News can still claim to be a “free press” when in fact they are merely parroting what all of the others within the “West’s” war-mongering narrative are. This level of unprecedented subversive and dangerous media consolidation poses a big conundrum for “We the People” that rely on “freedom of the press” to hold our “elected” officials accountable.

How “free” is that “press” when they all republish the same narrative based upon unproven speculation from the same source(s)?

As always, we will present the basic general info within a numbered list that will include the title, author, posted and last updated time-stamps, plus the shares, comments and url “wording” at the time of the page snapshots that follow the list. Please note that this really is the same article and once again was drastically changed and edited throughout the day as you can plainly see.

Also worth noting, as mentioned above, is the timing of the updates and how the entire context of the “reports” gets shifted throughout the based upon the images, titles and subtitle headers. This also affects what we see and hear via the CBC News Network and Radio along with local broadcasts.

Truth, accuracy and factual reporting for “We the People” seems to be essentially dead on arrival, period.

Article Titles and General Details

  1. NEW Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian rebels move closer to Mariupol
    Trenches dug in defence of industrial seaport
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 7:03 AM ET
  2. Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian rebels move closer to Mariupol
    Number of Ukrainians displaced by conflict exceeds 1 million, UN agency reports
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 8:44 AM ET
  3. Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian rebels move closer to Mariupol
    Number of Ukrainians displaced by conflict exceeds 1 million, UN agency reports
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 9:10 AM ET
  4. Ukraine crisis: Russian forces reportedly seen in rebel cities Donetsk and Luhansk
    Number of Ukrainians displaced by conflict exceeds 1 million, UN agency reports
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 9:57 AM ET
  5. Ukraine crisis: Russian forces reportedly seen in rebel cities Donetsk and Luhansk
    Number of Ukrainians displaced by conflict exceeds 1 million, UN agency reports
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 11:37 AM ET
  6. Putin to the West: ‘If I wanted to, I could take Kyiv in 2 weeks’
    Russian president muses about forces sweeping into Ukrainian capital to European Commission president
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 12:49 PM ET
  7. Ukraine conflict: Putin muses on Russian forces taking Kyiv
    Russian president muses about forces sweeping into Ukrainian capital to European Commission president
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 1:06 PM ET
  8. UPDATED Ukraine conflict: Ukrainian troops routed as Russia talks tough
    Putin’s statement that Russia could take over Kyiv in 2 weeks apparently ‘taken out of context’
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 5:13 PM ET
  9. Ukraine conflict: NATO seeks to ward off more Russian aggression
    Putin’s statement that Russia could take over Kyiv in 2 weeks apparently ‘taken out of context’
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 6:47 PM ET
  10. Ukraine conflict: NATO seeks to ward off more Russian aggression
    Putin’s statement that Russia could take over Kyiv in 2 weeks apparently ‘taken out of context’
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 02, 2014 6:23 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 02, 2014 10:58 PM ET

Article Snapshots

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Brief Summary Observations

There are pretty much 3 actual versions between the 10 versions archived. Versions 1 thru 3, versions 4 thru 7 and versions 8 thru 10 might be considered updated if published separately if we leave out the fact that even those titles and urls were systematically changed.

The most striking abuse and manipulation of the media within these 10 version of the same “article” can be noticed on Version #6 that was highly propagandized and repeated throughout the day and following days. Version 6 also sees an odd drop in the “shares” as well.

Below you will find the excerpt of the narrative correction that was published on 04 September 2014 that can be found behind the Wall Street Journal’s pay-wall. It would seem as if only those with “power and privilege” that don’t get their “news” from the MSM are allowed to view some form of the truth:

EU Moves to Temper Putin ‘Two Weeks to Kiev’ Row
EU Official Says Comments Were Made Public Out of Context
By Laurence Norman
Sept. 4, 2014 7:57 a.m. ET

BRUSSELS—The European Union moved to dampen the latest diplomatic row with Moscow, with a spokeswoman for the bloc saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reported comments about sending forces into Kiev were “made public out of context.”

Italian newspaper La Repubblica was the first to report that European Commission President José Manuel Barroso had told fellow leaders at Saturday’s EU summit in Brussels that Mr….

source: http://online.wsj.com/articles/eu-moves-to-temper-putin-two-weeks-to-kiev-row-1409831828

Further Research

It is always a good idea to know who the Harper Regime is “sponsoring” in Ukraine with OUR tax dollars. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that it is the “People of Ukraine” when in fact it is not. It is in fact a select few oligarchs backed by violent extremist militias that do NOT answer to Kiev. While there are literally dozens of articles about the Azov Battalion throughout the MSM, below you’ll find the latest Wikipedia entry as it appeared on 07 September 2014 at 13:54:24 GMT.

Azov Battalion
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Azov Battalion (Ukrainian: Батальйон «Азов») is a paramilitary Territorial Defense Battalion of Ukraine[3][4] volunteer unit of the National Guard, operated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Journalist Alec Luhn has described the unit as openly Neo-Nazi.[5] The Ministry has denied any link between the Battalion and Neo-Naziism.[6] The battalion is based in Mariupol in the Azov Sea coastal region.[7] The battalion’s commander is Andriy Biletsky (Ukrainian: Андрій Білецький), the head of the social-nationalist[8][9] political groups Social-National Assembly and Patriot of Ukraine.[1] The Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs special police company is led by Volodymyr Shpara (Ukrainian: Володимир Шпара), the leader of both the Vasylkiv’s Patriot of Ukraine and the Vasylkiv’s Right Sector organizations in the Kiev region.[10][11][12]

The battalion is also referred to as the “Men in Black,” and is one of a series of paramilitary forces that operate in Ukraine.[3] More than half of the battalion’s members are Russian-speaking eastern Ukrainians,[13] and its professional English-language social media pages, and far-right ideology, have attracted extremist fighters from other locations in Europe.[14]

[caption width="120"]Logo of the Azov Battalion. Logo of the Azov Battalion.
Recent emblem with Wolfsangel and Black Sun
Recent emblem with Wolfsangel and Black Sun
Flag of the Social National Assembly
Flag of the Social National Assembly


Arsen Avakov, the new Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine after the overthrow of the Yanukovich government, issued on April 13, 2014 a decree authorizing creating the new paramilitary force from civilians up to 12,000.[15] Anton Heraschenko (Антон Геращенко), MVS, Avakov’s deputy, was tasked with overseeing the process of establishing of the new security force.[16]

The Azov Battalion was formed on May 5, 2014 during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine. Among the patrons of the battalion are a member of the Verkhovna Rada Oleh Lyashko, and an ultra-nationalist Dmytro Korchynsky.[16] The battalion started in Mariupol where it was involved in combat,[3] and was soon afterwards relocated to Berdyansk.[17]

On June 10, the battalion dismissed deputy commander Yaroslav Honchar and distanced themselves from him after he made criticizing statements of the ATO [Anti-terrorist operation].[18]

On 11 August, Azov battalion, backed by paratroopers, captured Marinka from pro-Russian rebels and entered the suburbs of Donetsk clashing with DPR fighters.[19]

In early September 2014, the Azov battalion was engaged in the defence of Mariupol.[20] Regarding the ceasefire agreed on 5 September, Biletskiy stated “If it was a tactical move there is nothing wrong with it… if it’s an attempt to reach an agreement concerning Ukrainian soil with separatists then obviously it’s a betrayal.”[21]


Key figures in the battalion include the commander and deputy, Andriy Biletsky and Ihor Mosiychuk.[1]

A 16 July 2014 report placed the Azov Battalian’s strength at 300.[1] An earlier report stated that on June 23 almost 600 volunteers, including women, took oaths to joined the “Donbass” and “Azov” battalions.[22] Recruits receive a salary of $360.[23]

The political party led by the battalion’s leader Biletsky calls for the expansion of Ukraine, the “struggle for the liberation of the entire White Race,” and seeks to “punish severely sexual perversions and any interracial contacts.”[1] Volunteer Mikael Skillt told the BBC that while the Battalion did include others sharing his views – those calling themselves national socialists or adorned with swastikas – not all agreed, and one member was even “a liberal.”[1]

Interviewed while engaged in military operations in eastern Ukraine, one member stated that the unit was on edge because they were “behind enemy lines” and opposed by “the police, the army and the people,” whom he said they did not trust.[3] According to London’s Sunday Times, the Azov Battalion was deployed against militants by the Ukrainian government because it feared its regular forces were infiltrated by Russian sympathizers.[3]

National socialist ideology

The Azov men use the symbol that resembles Wolfsangel (Wolf’s Hook) symbol on their banner and members of the battalion are open white supremacists, or anti-Semites.[14] The battalion commander Biletsky wrote that the historic mission of Ukrainian nation “is to lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival against the Semite-led Untermenschen.” A former member of the battalion also claims that only men with National Socialist views may join.[24]
Foreign membership

In mid-July 2014, the BBC reported that the battalion had recruited the former Swedish Army and Swedish Home Guard sniper Mikael Skillt.[1] Skillt, a Swedish white supremacist, joined the Azov Battalion for ideological reasons.[1] Anton Gerashenko denied this but did claim “foreign journalists, from Sweden, Spain and Italy, who have come to report on the heroic achievements of the fighters in their struggle against terrorism” were accompanying the unit.[1] Gerashenko insisted he had never heard of Mikael Skillt.[1] Asked about Skillt in a late-July interview with Swedish Radio, Gerashenko pointed out that it’s forbidden by law for foreign citizens to fight and asked for understanding that he’d “stay tight-lipped” about the topic.[25] Ukrainian political scientist Anton Shekhotsov told the Swedes that at this time four Swedish neo-Nazis were fighting with Azov, while the Swedish national police confirmed “several”.[25]

According to The Telegraph, the Azov Battalion’s extremist politics and professional English social media pages have attracted foreign fighters.[14] Azov’s leader, Biletsky, states that he has received recruits from Ireland, Italy, Greece and Scandinavia.[14]

According to French volunteers fighting for the insurgent side, Azov Battalion has a French instructor named Gaston Besson who tried to recruit them over the internet.[26]

The Russian and Ukrainian security expert at New York University, Mark Galeotti, has described groups like the Azov Battalion as magnets attracting violent, fringe elements from around and outside Ukraine, warning that they will continue to play an outsized role in Ukrainian affairs after the war.[14]

See also
Right Sector


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ukraine conflict: ‘White power’ warrior from Sweden, BBC News (16 July 2014)
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e Pancevski, Bojan (11 May 2014). “Kiev lets loose Men in Black; Shadowy bands of paramilitaries are taking over in eastern Ukraine as the regular army falters. Bojan Pancevski meets the leaders in Mariupol”. The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  4. ^ Katie Stallard. Ukraine Militia ‘Ready To Take On Separatists’, Sky News, 25 May 2014.
  5. ^ for_war_with_ukraine_s_fascist_defenders_of_freedom “Preparing for War with Ukraine’s Fascist Defenders of Freedom”. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  6. ^ Newman, Dina (16 July 2014). “Ukraine conflict: ‘White power’ warrior from Sweden”. BBC News. “The Azov Battalion was formed and armed by Ukraine’s interior ministry. A ministerial adviser, Anton Gerashchenko, [was asked] if the battalion had any neo-Nazi links through the Social National Assembly. ‘The Social National Assembly is not a neo-Nazi organisation,’ he said. ‘It is a party of Ukrainian patriots….’”
  7. ^ “Separatists fired on a bus with fighters of special purpose police battalion “Azov””. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). 7 May 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  8. ^ Ishchenko, Volodymyr (21 Oct 2011). “Fighting Fences vs Fighting Monuments: Politics of Memory and Protest Mobilization in Ukraine”. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge) 19 (1-2). doi:10.1080/0965156X.2011.611680. “Framing them as “just” Ukrainian patriots, forced to violate the law for a just cause, concealed their authoritarian and xenophobic ideas reflecting the tendency to ignore the problems of the rise of xenophobia (O‘l‡mqqm 197–214) and a splash of racist attacks in 2007–2008 (Kht‘veb 12). After the notorious death of Maksym Chaika in a fight with antifascists in Odessa in April 2009, Yushchenko unambiguously supported the far right interpretation of the accident claiming the victim to be “an activist of a patriotic civic association” consciously murdered by “pro-Russia militants” ignoring Chaika’s connections with rightist football hooligans and his membership in the “SICH” (“Glory and Honor”) organization, a participant in the Social-Nationalist Assembly (http://sna.in.ua/) together with the neo-Nazi group “Patriot of Ukraine.””
  9. ^ Volodymyr Batchayev; Oleg Martynenko, Association of Ukrainian monitors on observance of human rights, Ukrainian Law Enforcement, Yevhen Zakharov, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. “12. Protection against discrimination, racism and xenophobia”. ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS • HUMAN RIGHTS IN UKRAINE 2009-2010. Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union. Retrieved 12 May 2014. “On the public request, the authorities stopped the musical festival «Traditions of Spirit» near Kyiv, scheduled for June 26–27, 2010, under the aegis of the radical «Social Nationalist Assembly» with the goal to promulgate among the youth the ideas of neo-Nazi and chauvinism. During the festival, the performances of ultra-right musical bands were planned («Sokyra Peruna», «Seitar», «Nachtigall», «White Lions»), who in the lyrics of their songs openly approve and show in romantic light the skinhead movement, promote Hitlerist aesthetics, and encourage to harass national minorities.”
  10. ^ (Ukrainian) Павєл Шеремет. Командир батальйону “Азов”: Найстрашніша помилка влади – політичні переговори з сепаратистами, Українська правда (Ukranian pravda), June 17, 2014.
  11. ^ (Ukrainian) Володимир Шпара очолив «Правий сектор» в місті Васильків та Васильківському районі
  12. ^ (Russian) Командир батальона «Азов» Владимир Шпара: «Мы пришли не за властью, а защищать свою Родину», June 12, 2014.
  13. ^ “Driven by far-right ideology, Azov Battalion mans Ukraine’s front line – Al Jazeera America”. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  14. ^ a b c d e Parfitt, Tom (11 August 2014). “Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists”. The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  15. ^ (Russian) Для урегулирования ситуация на Юго-Востоке МВД создает спецподразделения по охране общественного порядка, Arena.in.ua, 15 April 2014.
  16. ^ a b Anna Nemtsova. War and Murder in Eastern Ukraine, The Daily Beast, 27 May 2014.
  17. ^ Azov Battalion announced signing of new warriors, TSN, May 20, 2014.
  18. ^ “azov-vidkhrestyvsia-vid-krytyka-ato-yaroslava-honchara”, 5.ua
  19. ^ “Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists – Telegraph”. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  20. ^ Fergal Keane (5 September 2014). “Ukraine crisis: Heavy shelling in hours before ceasefire”. BBC. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  21. ^ “Ukraine crisis: Ceasefire is ‘largely holding'”. BBC. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  22. ^ Will Stewart and Sara Malm. Ukraine’s women sign up to fight as top politician claims number of children killed is ‘ten times higher than official toll’, UK Newsday, 23 June 2014.
  23. ^ “reinforcements-for-azov”, euromaidanpress.com, 2014/06/24.
  24. ^ “«Азов». Мариуполь. Зачистка – Вести. Репортер – Вести”. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  25. ^ a b Swedish neo-Nazis join fight in Ukraine, The Local Sweden, 30 July 2014.
  26. ^ Французский шарм ополчения Донбасса, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 26, 2014 (Russian) – Video of the Interview, with English subtitles on YouTube

External links

Oath of Enlistment – Battalion “Azov” on YouTube, 3 May 2014.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azov_Battalion

To be continued…



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