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Post time 2007-2-19 23:25:53 |Display all floors

CIA propaganda machine in 35 countries

http://www.reference.com/browse/ ... or_Cultural_Freedom

The Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) was an anti-communist advocacy group founded in 1950. In 1967, it was revealed that the United States Central Intelligence Agency was instrumental in the establishment of the group, and it was subsequently renamed the International Association for Cultural Freedom (IACF). At its height, the CCF/IACF was active in some thirty-five countries and also received significant funding from the Ford Foundation.

Involvement of the CIA
In 1967, the magazine Ramparts and the Saturday Evening Post reported on the CIA's funding of a number of anti-communist cultural organizations aimed at winning the support of Soviet-sympathizing liberals worldwide. These reports were lent credence by a statement made by a former CIA covert operations director admitting to CIA financing and operation of the CCF. Today, the official website of the CIA states that "[t]he Congress for Cultural Freedom is widely considered one of the CIA's more daring and effective Cold War covert operations."
Theories about the Australian arm of the IACF have abounded since 1975, when then Australian Governor-General John Kerr, an IACF member and, according to William Blum, as cited by John Pilger, a member of the executive board of the Australian branch, dismissed the government of then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This move has been described by a few as a coup d'etat engineered from the United States,

In December, 2005, the Washington Times published a commentary by Paul Greenberg , in which Greenberg praised the activity of the CCF and equates it with the recent activities of the Bush administration, where government money was used to purchase the services of Iraqi and American journalists and editors, in order to publish stories favorable to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Greenberg freely admits that the CCF was funded through CIA fronts, and singles out for praise the role of Professor Sidney Hook, who founded the U.S. predecessor to the CCF, Americans for Intellectual Freedom. Greenberg also notes that at the founding conference of the CCF in Berlin, the honorary chairmen included John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, Benedetto Croce, Karl Jaspers and Jacques Maritain.


With so much deceit and manipulation of facts by the nastiest of imperalist... I wonder how much of our 'known' history is the result of their work.

[ Last edited by northwest at 2007-2-19 11:48 PM ]
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Post time 2007-2-19 23:40:12 |Display all floors

Reply #20 --- northwest's post...

I would say 'cherish' both.

Honor the intelligence and creative mind/effor which discovers/invents the previously unknown.

But also honer the practical ingenuity that applies that discovery in ways that will benefit all.  

(I am going to digress here to say that applying new science in ways that can kill more people is not a benefit to all, and that these people are better forgotten or demonized.)

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Post time 2007-2-20 20:08:43 |Display all floors
The most influential historians dealing with Chinese culture tend to be foreign.

Many western sinologists as well as historians have had a great influence on the theory of chinese history and culture.

Some examples of foreign historians:

John King Fairbank may be one of the well-known for its political influence on sino-american policy.
Jonathan Spence is fast getting popular in china after his books were translated by a taiwan publishers.
Matteo Ricci's contribution during Ming Dynasty was formidable and unbelievably respected by the confucius scholars of the his difficult time.

Can these Chinese western-culture experts with their background really enable them to analyse Chinese culture with a fresh and different perspective?
I am Chinese and Proud of it!

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Post time 2007-2-21 21:58:28 |Display all floors

Reply #32 --- changabula's post...

Can Chinese culture experts born in China (or anywhere else) with their background really enable them to analyse Chinese culture with a fresh and different perspective?

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Post time 2007-2-22 00:58:58 |Display all floors

Your Lies Appear to be Getting Quite Desperate

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Post time 2007-2-22 01:07:50 |Display all floors

Stupid Question

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Post time 2007-2-22 01:38:58 |Display all floors

As George Orwell said

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