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07 декабря, 18:30

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The Left Sees the Rise of a Rival Consciousness and is Becoming Afraid. Tony …

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The Left Sees the Rise of a Rival Consciousness and is Becoming Afraid. Tony Blair, for one, has stopped regarding what the press terms the “populist revolt” as a mere aberration and come to see it as a actual, threatening historical development. Little by little the Left is starting to realize that a […]

07 декабря, 05:45

PR + «Теория заговора» = хорошие инструменты информационных войн

На сайте TOPWAR постоянно рассказывается о различных видах оружия и… PR или «связи с общественностью» - одно из них и, кстати, очень эффективное. Сегодня мы продолжим рассказ о технологиях управления общественным мнением и расскажем о так называемом «специальном событии» (special event). Например, совершенно ясно, что, организуя PR-кампанию, специалист по связям с общественностью должен, прежде всего, не забывать, что новость, «высосанная из пальца», стоит немного, ничего не стоит и ложная информация. А вот информация, в основе которой лежит «специальное событие», это уже нечто.

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07 декабря, 03:09

John Key was known as the smiling assassin. And people still liked him | Alex Frankel

Like another poster boy for trickle-down economics – Tony Blair – the New Zealand prime minister had the Teflon gene. Even while presiding over record levels of child poverty, his popularity remained highJohn Key’s legacy will not be defined by great policy achievements; it’s his success as the model of a neoliberal leader – a poster boy for trickle-down economics – that he will be remembered for. Key presided over increasing and gross social inequality with all the glibness of the banker who was known as the “smiling assassin” in his Merrill Lynch days. And people still liked him.In this regard, Key was like a Tony Blair of the South Seas: a certain level of personal charisma and a socially inclusive façade allowed both Key and Blair to sell the nasty side of neoliberalism. Continue reading...

06 декабря, 23:01

America Still Hasn't Felt the Weight of the Iraq Disaster

Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East The Iraq War should have permanently ruined more reputations in DC. By all objective measures, former prime minister Tony Blair was one of the most successful British politicians in the modern era. He led the Labour Party to three straight general election victories, had an iron grip on his party for a decade and at times carried on as if the Tories were a permanent minority-party nuisance. The invasion and occupation of Iraq, however, would eventually come crashing down on Blair’s shoulders like an anvil. As Iraq descended into sectarian chaos, as more UK soldiers lost their lives, and as additional information came to light that exposed the flimsiness of the Labour government’s case against Saddam Hussein, a man who was once one of the more popular prime ministers in British history transformed into one of the most reviled. In the nine years since Blair resigned as prime minister, the mistakes and hubris of Iraq have haunted him wherever he goes and whenever he makes a public appearance. The conclusion of the exhaustive, seven-year investigation into the Iraq war led by Sir John Chilcot must have come as a shock to Blair and the Blairites who continue to serve in the Labour Party. Surely Blair knew that Chilcot’s inquiry would be a hard pill for him to swallow, but even he must have been surprised by the report’s findings. Everything that Blair feared would be included in the inquiry was indeed included: Blair, the report said, dominated the war proceedings and neglected to take dissent into account, overstated the prewar intelligence in favor of a political narrative, was woefully unprepared for an insurgency once Saddam Hussein’s regime was overthrown, and appeared to be committed to a military solution in Iraq months before all diplomatic options were exhausted. Indeed, eight months before the first bombs were dropped on Baghdad, Blair wrote a private letter to George W. Bush that the UK would be with him “whatever.” Read full article

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06 декабря, 21:43

The Guardian view on the Pisa tests: slicing them up | Editorial

The OECD’s pupil survey is full of facts but not much enlightenmentTony Blair wanted to be remembered for his education reforms, and the latest results from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment – Pisa – the triennial survey of the skills of 15-year-olds suggest that if only he had concentrated on his domestic agenda, he probably would have been. The Pisa scores are notorious for revealing no consistent message, but it is striking that England’s 15-year-olds are performing about as well as three years ago, where Scotland and Wales, where reform was rebuffed, are in decline.Overall, the UK’s performance is almost unchanged: a little above the OECD average, still a long way behind Singapore, Japan and Estonia, but well ahead of Italy, Israel and Iceland. There is a marginal improvement in the UK’s ranking, despite a slight decline in scores. It is unhappy reading for Tories who only last year pledged in their election manifesto to make Britain the best place to study by 2020; but when the individual countries of the UK are broken out from the overall UK result, it becomes clear that Mr Blair’s aggressive focus on English education appears to have paid off. Education specialists argue that it takes about a decade for changes to affect outcomes on a large scale. In science, reading and maths, England now outperforms the rest of the UK. Wales and Scotland both opted out of league tables and other Blairite reforms in the early 2000s. Now they are playing catch up. In particular Scotland, for so long the top performer in the UK, has suffered an unexpected fall in outcomes since 2012. No wonder the SNP now suggest the results “strongly reinforced” the case for change. Continue reading...

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06 декабря, 20:57

Why Not Centrism?

Chris Dillow: Why not centrism?: Some people want to revive centrism. Tony Blair wants to “build a new policy agenda for the centre ground”. And the Lib Dems’ victory in Richmond Park is being seen as a warning to the...

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06 декабря, 19:20

Tony Blair Warns "Fragile" Western Democracies Are In "Peril"

A few days ago we wrote an article asking how stable the world's democracies really were and noted the opinion of at least one Harvard historian who saw extreme risk related to the global wave of anti-establishment sentiment (see "How Stable Are The World's Democracies? - 'Warning Signs Are Flashing Red'").  Apparently Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, agrees that the political upheaval from Brexit to Trump to the collapse of the Italian government on Sunday signal the most dangerous time for Western democracies in decades. Per the USA Today, in speaking to a group of business leaders at the No Labels conference, Blair noted being startled by the number of people "longing" for an authoritarian leader saying "it's amazing how many people you will find who will reference a style of leadership of (Russian) President Putin in a positive way." "It does feel perilous, actually, because I think there are decisions that are being taken of vast moment in circumstances where systems are fragile," he told Capital Download on Monday. "And that is troubling."   Of particular concern to him is a "longing" for an authoritarian leader.   "It's amazing how many people you will find who will reference a style of leadership of (Russian) President Putin in a positive way," he told USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series. "I think people want their country moving and they think that if the present system is not moving it, and not making the changes that they want to see, then maybe someone who just says, 'I don't care what anyone thinks; I'm just going to go for it, and this is what I'm going to do' — that has a certain attraction.   "If the center isn't a place of strength and vitality, and it looks kind of flabby and just managing the status quo, then you're at risk of someone coming along and doing that."   Blair also noted an "immense amount of anger at the established ways of doing things," something he attributed, at least in part, to social media and the rise of "fake news."  Blair went on to warn that the new wave of media "locks people into conversations with people who just agree with them, and who then have a general conspiracy-theory view of the rest of the world."  Yes, we suspect that the new wave of media would be frightening to established politicians who are used to exercising complete control over the media narrative.  "There is immense amount of anger at established ways of doing things," Blair said. "There is, I think, a whole group of people who feel ignored by those in power, that is for sure true. There is more anger around in politics than for a long time." While issues such as immigration aren't new, there is "much greater skepticism towards globalization and the benefits of it."   What's more, "social media is a revolutionary phenomenon," he went on. "It changes the way politics works. It changes the way the media works. If we're not careful, it locks people into conversations with people who just agree with them, and who then have a general conspiracy-theory view of the rest of the world." In the end, Blair expressed greater concern for European democracies many of which, he said, are at a "point of fragility that troubles me." "I'm less worried about America than I am about Europe; I'll be very frank with you," he said. "America is such a strong country and you've got so many checks-and-balances and you've got such resilience in your economy and so on; you guys will do fine, I'm sure. In Europe, we have systems that are at a point of fragility that troubles me." In summary, people around the world are pissed off and it's loosely attributable to "fake news" and Russia.

06 декабря, 19:00

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**Should-Read:** The swipe at Tony Blair is, I think, undeserved. If the Athenian *demos* can vote to reverse its previous-day's massacre decree before upon being convinced by [Diodotos][] son of Eukrates that that vote was a mistake, the sovereign Queen-in-Parliament of the United Kingdom can--and I believe should--reject the narrow...

06 декабря, 15:04

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Бывший премьер-министр Великобритании Тони Блэр в понедельник заявил, что результаты референдума Великобритании о выходе из ЕС и итоги референдума Италии по внесению поправок в конституцию говорят о том, что для западной демократии настало самое опасное время.

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06 декабря, 02:14

Tony Blair calls for 'strong and vibrant' centrist voices during Washington visit

Former British prime minister warns ‘weak centre’ in politics cannot prevent the rise of authoritarian figures but avoids pessimism over Donald TrumpTony Blair brought his crusade to revitalise the political centre ground to Washington on Monday, warning that the rise of strongmen such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines threatened the foundations of liberal democracy. The former British prime minister told a gathering of politicians and businesspeople that, to combat the new surge in populism, centrists could not afford to shy away from widespread concerns over immigration and globalisation. Continue reading...

05 декабря, 21:57

The Market Sentimentalist: Political Economy Redux

Once upon a time it used to be enough for investors to spend the majority of their time pondering economic trends in order to anticipate the future direction of financial

05 декабря, 12:49

Антироссийские политики опаснее русских

Однажды мы, возможно, поймем, как и с какими целями был создан милитаристский альянс, который в Европе близок одновременно благомыслящим и благонамеренным левым и самым циничным и развязным неоконсерваторам. В 2003 году мы наблюдали, как этот альянс участвует в ужасном англо-американском вторжении в Ирак, неслучайно проходившим под руководством прогрессиста Тони Блэра (Tony Blair) и консерватора Джорджа Буша (George Bush). В 2011 году он принял участие в не менее ужасной кампании против Ливии полковника Каддафи (под руководством трио Обама-Кэмерон-Саркози). Сегодня он задействован в демонстрации антироссийских настроений. Подробнее читайте на нашем сайте www.oilru.com

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01 декабря, 23:18

It won’t be easy to stop Brexit. But here are four ways to do it | Martin Kettle

Chip away, every day. This is a long game but, as harsh reality bites, time will be on the side of the remainersThose of us with only a smattering of knowledge about the ancient world know one thing about Cato the Elder. During Rome’s long wars against Hannibal, Cato ended every speech in the senate with the same words: “Carthage must be destroyed.”“Brexit must be stopped” is unlikely to last as long as Cato’s catchphrase has managed to. But it focuses the mind. Those who think Brexit must be stopped are not the majority. But they have a case and a cause, and they are right. So how might stoppage be achieved? Continue reading...

01 декабря, 21:45

Architect of universal credit Lord Freud retires from government

Welfare reform minister, whose overhaul of benefits system has been beset by delays and glitches, steps down after six yearsLord Freud, who as welfare reform minister was the architect of the controversial universal credit system, is stepping down from government after six years, Downing Street has said.David Freud, 66, is a former banker who was brought in by Tony Blair’s Labour government to advise on streamlining the benefits system. Continue reading...

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01 декабря, 19:04

Tony Blair Institute 'to focus on making globalisation work'

Tony Blair sets up an institute to give "thought leadership" and a centre-ground policy agenda.

01 декабря, 17:11

Tony Blair to launch new institute for centre-ground politics

Former PM says the organisation will be a response to the growing global forces of right and leftwing populismTony Blair has announced that he is to launch a new institute for centre-ground politics in response to what he said were growing concerns about the global forces of right and leftwing populism. Related: Tony Blair wonders what’s gone wrong with politics. How sad he can’t see it | Owen Jones Continue reading...

01 декабря, 16:52

Blair did not deceive Parliament to take Britain into Iraq war - MPs

British MPs have overwhelmingly blocked plans for a new investigation, into whether former Prime Minister Tony Blair lied in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Over 400 lawmakers voted against the motion, brought by former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Only 70 were in favour. We heard from Conservative party MP David Amess, who backed another inquiry. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

01 декабря, 16:32

Британский парламентарий: Мы добьемся того, чтобы Блэр ответил за вторжение в Ирак

Британский парламент абсолютным большинством голосов отклонил инициативу о расследовании участия бывшего премьер-министра страны Тони Блэра во вторжении в Ирак. Однако, как заверил член парламента от Консервативной партии Дэвид Эймесс в интервью RT, он сделает все возможное, чтобы экс-премьер понес ответственность за свою ужасную ошибку. Подписывайтесь на RT Russian - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=rtrussian RT на русском - http://russian.rt.com/ Vkontakte - http://vk.com/rt_russian Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/RTRussian Twitter - http://twitter.com/RT_russian Periscope — http://www.periscope.tv/RT_russian/ Livejournal - http://rt-russian.livejournal.com/ Odnoklassniki - http://ok.ru/rtnarusskom

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01 декабря, 15:57

Cherie Blair on women, sexism and power

Cherie Blair on gender equality, sexism, Hillary Clinton, the Cherie Blair Foundation, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

14 сентября, 10:51

WSJ: военная операция Британии в Ливии была основана на ложных домыслах

Военное вмешательство Великобритании в Ливию в 2011 году было основано на "ошибочных предположениях и неполном понимании" ситуации, пишет издание Wall Street Journal со ссылкой на доклад законодателей, который должен быть опубликован в Британии в среду.   По мнению парламентариев, авиаудары Британии и Франции по Ливии в 2011 году привели к политическому и экономическому коллапсу, гуманитарному и миграционному кризису, межплеменной вражде, а также к расширению террористической группировки "Исламское государство" (запрещена в России) в Северной Африке. Они полагают, что существовали и другие политические решения, благодаря которым можно было избежать подобных последствий.   Международный комитет британского парламента считает, что правительство страны, которое на тот момент возглавлял премьер-министр Дэвид Кэмерон, должно было знать заранее, что экстремистские группировки попытаются воспользоваться восстанием против главы государства Муаммара Каддафи. Отмечается, что комитет не нашел никаких доказательств того, что правительство провело надлежащее изучение ливийского восстания. Власти также не смогли установить, представляет ли режим Каддафи угрозу для мирных жителей, и приняли диктаторскую риторику за чистую монету.   "Действия Великобритании в Ливии были частью непродуманного вмешательства, последствия которого разворачиваются до сих пор", — заявил глава международного комитета парламента Великобритании Криспин Блант.   МИД Великобритании заявил, что решение о военном вмешательстве было международным. Кроме того, в ведомстве отметили, что у Каддафи были средства и мотивация для осуществления своих угроз.   После свержения и убийства Муаммара Каддафи в октябре 2011 года в Ливии возникло двоевластие: с одной стороны — избранный на всеобщих выборах парламент, заседающий в Тобруке на востоке страны, с другой — происламский Всеобщий национальный конгресс в Триполи. При этом ряд районов Ливии вообще не контролируется центральными властями, а на территории страны активно действуют боевики ИГ.   В июле был опубликован доклад о расследовании вторжения британских войск в Ирак в 2003 году. Тогда специальная комиссия также признала, что правительство Тони Блэра приняло решение на основании ошибочных разведданных.   Источник:  РИА новости 14.09.2016 Tweet сентябрь 2016