Grey Propaganda and Insidious Operations

23 05 2018

Disinformation employed by certain groups is increasing. Negating them is required. It is essential for every country to have a strong state system and citizens should maintain national loyalty in the face of any attack whether from external or internal enemies

It is no longer a secret that in modern times, wars, internal strife, coups and uprisings are largely incited towards a certain end. Street riots, including the Arab Spring, were fomented in various countries that occasionally resulted in a change of Governments or, as it was with Yugoslavia, in the fragmentation of countries, have turned out to be orchestrated and manufactured by organised masterminds. Of course, there are a variety of reasons behind this, such as causing instability in countries that are planned to be exploited for their natural resources; toppling undesired or rogue Governments; and sparking wars.

For certain circles, wars are considered a necessity to stimulate the economy during times of economic crises or to reinvigorate the weapons’ market. To this end, sectarian disputes are instigated, previously unmentioned ‘democracy’ movements are organised, or as it was in Iraq, actions are taken under the pretense of ‘possession of chemical weapons’. And the method employed is to wage a disinformation propaganda effort involving the use of media, particularly  social media, to further this goal.

In wars, conflicts and uprisings, propaganda always plays a key role. Propaganda can be grouped into three categories: White, black and grey. White propaganda has a clear source; and regardless of its content, it never poses a serious threat. Black propaganda is the type of propaganda that comes from a friendly source but is conducted with a hostile attitude. Grey propaganda, however, is the most insidious among them. In addition to having an ambiguous source, it usually relies on fabricated stories, in other words, disinformation. It is produced by enemy sources and conducted via the use of collaborators within. The aim is often to smear and disparage the enemy and to defeat the adversarial party by arousing public interest.

One of its most distinct examples was seen in the Gulf War. The oil-covered cormorant frequently featured by certain international mainstream media outlets became the symbol of the period. Through this said cormorant, a fiction was created over the ill-effects of Saddam’s oil on the world; and the image effectively paved the way for the Gulf War which would result with the US’s victory.

But the true story behind the cormorant photograph was revealed only after the war. As it turned out, the said photograph was taken after a petroleum tanker had foundered off the French Coast. The cormorant was covered in the oil spilt from a tanker off the French coast; it had nothing to do with neither the Gulf nor Saddam.

Another example of this kind of propaganda is the disinformation that was used as an excuse for the Iraq War. The Chilcot Report, disclosed in 2016, revealed the fact that chemical weapons, presented as a justification for the Iraq War, had actually never been in Iraq’s possession. The apology offered by Blair, the perpetrator of the said attacks, could not prevent the loss of two million innocent lives.

The Libya War, just like the one in Iraq, emerged as a part of the ‘New Design of the Middle East’ project. The fact that this war, just as the Iraq War, was “based on lies, bogus intelligence and NATO supported and armed rebels in Libya” was confirmed by a report of the British Parliament. However, until the disclosure of the report, British warplanes, acting upon false justifications, took off from Britain’s Akrotiri and Dhekelia bases on Cyprus and dropped bombs on 15,000 civilians in Libya. Once again, the British Government admitted to the falsehood of the situation only after the damage had been done, and this scenario came at the expense of 15,000 martyrs and a Libya that would never recover its stability.

The Mossadegh coup d’etat in Iran and the subsequent unsuccessful coup attempts against Gaddafi are other prominent examples of grey propaganda. It needs to be emphasised here that these examples provided are in no way intend to justify dictatorships like those of Saddam or Gaddafi; they are only to reveal the horrifying anti-democratic, particularly violent method spread by gray propaganda and its organised conduct. The coup attempt of July 15 that took place in Turkey was also subjected to grey propaganda in support of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation through fake news. While the coup attempt was still underway, the fake news that the coup attempt was successful began appearing on certain international mainstream media, while certain well-known names disseminated the news that President Erdogan had fled the country. As the coup attempt went on, New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, The Washington Post, The Times and Der Spiegel, in particular, many media outlets made numerous supportive broadcasts in favour of the coup attempt. These news reports, that were essentially presented in an apparent confidence towards the imminent success of the coup attempt, were met with a massive public outcry in Turkey.

Lately, there has been a conspicuous effort of intensive disinformation and grey propaganda that is also pursued within the scope of the Afrin operation conducted by Turkey in Syria. The fake news being disseminated over social media, in particular, is a picture that we have come to know from the Gezi incidents. Likewise, the propaganda articles, particularly those published in mainstream media outlets that denounce the Afrin operation — and Turkey in general —are all part of an organised effort conceived against Turkey’s perfectly justified operation.

This is not the first, nor will it be the last time we are faced with the methods of disinformation employed by certain groups. We sincerely hope that these will not lead to massive wars and uprisings in the future. We hope that the people of the Middle East have learned from their experiences and no longer fall for these schemes. There are also ways to negate disinformation. The chief among them is the immediate disclosure of the fake news and all kinds of propaganda, especially at the hands of the Government that is subjected to it. The second and the most vital method is by way of winning people’s hearts and building a national awareness.

Against the Turkish people who have developed a national awareness, the disinformation efforts proved utterly ineffective in the Gezi incidents, the coup attempt of July 15 and the Afrin operation. In nations with a developed national awareness, people retain an unswerving allegiance to their State that no external influence can undermine. This is why it, is absolutely essential that every country has a strong State system and people maintain keen national and spiritual loyalty in the face of any and all attacks carried out both externally and internally through insidious spies.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


3rd International Conference on the Origin of Life and the Universe

10 05 2018

3rd International Conference on the Origin of Life and the Universe jointly organized by the Technics & Science Research Foundation, the Foundation For the Preservation of National Values and the National Values Foundation under the Honorary Presidency of Esteemed Adnan Oktar was held this year in Fairmont Quasar Hotel, Istanbul and hosted 8 senior scientists from the USA, Austria and Italy.

The conference held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, where the false claims of the theory of evolution were refuted and the scientific evidence for the Fact of Creation was demonstrated, were attended by 600 valuable guests, including scientists, academics, chancellors, ambassadors, presidents of various institutions and organizations, representatives from the most prestigious universities of Turkey, think tanks, artists, athletes, reputable executives from the business world, journalists and writers.

Presented by Mr. Bülent Özveren, the conference began with the Turkish National Anthem and One Minute of Silence for Our Martyrs. Following Mr. Altuğ Berker’s opening speech, a brief introductory film about Mr. Adnan Oktar, the Honorary President of the Technics & Science Research Foundation, the Foundation For the Preservation of National Values and the National Values Foundation, giving details as to his scientific and cultural efforts, including over 300 books, more than 5000 conferences and documentaries based on his works translated in 73 languages, and over 250 articles published in foreign media organs, as well as live broadcasts.

The scientific conference, which lasted about 9 hours and consisted of 2 separate sessions included following activities:

  • 8 foreign scientists with worldwide renown backgrounds discussed the scientific invalidity of the theory of evolution with supporting scientific evidence
  • Through the living fossils exhibition, it was demonstrated how all life forms that have been created throughout the history of the earth did not undergo any evolutionary process and how they remained unchanged since the very first moment of their creation
  • The film ‘The Origin of Life’ offered a concise view of the signs of God’s Creation observed both in the heavens and the Earth.

The conference, which brought diverse scientific fields together, also featured dance and music shows in spectacle of the various fields of art. After a percussion show and a dance performance by Istanbul Dance Factory, the conference program continued with a luncheon, where the attendees and the prominent figures of the scientific world came together and exchanged ideas in a culturally and scientifically charged atmosphere.

In the Plaque Ceremony held at the end of the conference, the speakers and the honorable guests of the 3rd International Conference on the Origins of Life and the Universe were awarded with plaques by the presidents of the Technics & Science Research Foundation, the Foundation For the Preservation of National Values and the National Values Foundation.

Following are brief biographies of the scientists who attended the conference as speakers:

Anna Manja Larcher

  • Larcher is an alumni or graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, USA, where she has obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Theoretical Psychology.
  • She worked closely with Dr. Richard N Williams, the president of the Wheatley Institution for Social and Cultural Research, At Brigham Young University.
  • Williams and Ms. Anna are the co-authors of the paper they have exclusively composed for this conference.
  • Larcher also has a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University, USA where she was a graduate student of Dance and Choreography, wrapping up her many years of professional experience as a Ballet dancer.
  • She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Dr. Bijan Nemati

  • Nemati received his Ph.D. in high energy physics from the University of Washington.
  • He joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
  • He is currently working on telescopes that directly image planets around other stars.
  • His areas of expertise include high-precision metrology, stellar astrometry, and the modeling of advanced astronomical instruments.
  • He is also the Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Optics in the University of Alabama.

Dr. David Snoke

  • Snoke is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Pittsburgh University.
  • He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University in 1983.
  • He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois.
  • He was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute between 1990 and 1992.
  • He has authored 5 books and published numerous articles.

Fabrizio Fratus

  • Fratus is an Italian sociologist and activist.
  • His doctoral thesis was on “Scientific Creationism” and “New scientific discoveries about the origin of life and men”.
  • He is the founder of the Anti-Evolutionist Committee in Italy.
  • He has authored 5 books including “The Lie of Evolution” and “Science and Faith.”
  • His activities include raising public awareness about moral corruption in society, the family institution becoming increasingly degraded, and the increasing loneliness of people.

Dr. Fazale Rana

  • Rana is the Vice president of Research and Apologetics at Reasons to Believe (RTB), California.
  • He graduated with highest honors from West Virginia State College with a BS in Biochemistry and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry from Ohio University, where he was twice awarded the Donald Clippinger Research Award. He pursued postdoctoral studies in the biophysics of cell membranes at the Universities of Virginia and Georgia.
  • He writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology.
  • He also authored 3 books.
  • In addition to television and radio interviews, Mr. Rana has given lectures and speeches at over 500 universities, conferences and churches in various places around the world.

Dr. Hans Köchler

  • Köchler is the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Köchler is the Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • His expertise includes phenomenology, existentialism, anthropology, human rights, philosophy of law, theory of international law.
  • He authored 29 books along with over 250 published articles.
  • He is also among the leading advocates of the rights of depressed countries.

Dr. Kenneth Keathley

  • Keathley is the Senior Professor of Theology and the Jesse Hendley Chair of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • He is the Director at L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, a center that seeks to engage culture, present and defend the Christian Faith, and explore its implications for all areas of life.
  • He is the co-author of 40 Questions About Creation and Evolution.
  • He is also the co-editor of Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation?: Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos.

Dr. Oktar Babuna

  • Babuna is a Neurosurgeon.
  • He graduated from Istanbul German High School and Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine.
  • He completed his neurosurgery residency at NYU and studied molecular cell biology at UCSF, Department of Medicine and UC Berkeley.
  • A9 TV in particular, he appeared on many programs on national and international television channels including CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC.
  • He held over 2,000 conferences worldwide.

Prof. Richard N. Williams who worked with Ms. Larcher and has participated in our conference through his article

  • Williams received his Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences from Purdue University.
  • Williams is a Professor of Psychology and currently Director of the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University.
  • His scholarly interests include the conceptual foundations of psychological theories and the relationship between traditional and postmodern perspectives.
  • He has published over 70 articles in various scholarly journals.
  • He has authored one and edited three books.