Friday 29 September 2023
CBS EYE ON THE WORLD WITH JOHN BATCHELOR
#CA :At the passing of Diane Feinstein, eyes on Gavin Newsom. Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution
#NYC: Evicting migrants at 60 days. Harry Siegel, TheCity.nyc
#SmallBusinessAmerica: Slowdown and 2024 IRS concerns. @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
#SmallBusinessAmerica: Consider buying an ongoing enterprise. @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
#PacificWatch: Presidential hopeful Gavin Newsom signs a $20 per hour bill for fast food workers. @JCBliss
#GOP: Nikki Haley emerges in New Hampshire & What is to be done? SalenaZito.com
#ISS: 371 days in orbit. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
#Mars: Ingenuity #60 sets a speed record in the light winds of Mars. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com
1/4: The Red Hotel: Moscow 1941, the Metropol Hotel, and the Untold Story of Stalin's Propaganda War by Alan Philps (Author)
In 1941, when German armies were marching towards Moscow, Lenin’s body was moved from his tomb on Red Square and taken to Siberia. By 1945, a victorious Stalin had turned a poor country into a victorious superpower. Over the course of those four years, Stalin, at Churchill's insistence, accepted an Anglo-American press corps in Moscow to cover the Eastern Front. To turn these reporters into Kremlin mouthpieces, Stalin imposed the most draconian controls – unbending censorship, no visits to the battle front, and a ban on contact with ordinary citizens.
The Red Hotel explores this gilded cage of the Metropol Hotel. They enjoyed lavish supplies of caviar and had their choice of young women to employ as translators and share their beds. On the surface, this regime served Stalin well: his plans to control Eastern Europe as a Sovietised ‘outer empire’ were never reported and the most outrageous Soviet lies went unchallenged.
But beneath the surface the Metropol was roiling with intrigue. While some of the translators turned journalists into robotic conveyors of Kremlin propaganda, others were secret dissidents who whispered to reporters the reality of Soviet life and were punished with sentences in the Gulag. Using British archives and Soviet sources, the unique role of the women of the Metropol, both as consummate propagandists and secret dissenters, is told for the first time.
At the end of the war when Lenin returned to Red Square, the reporters went home, but the memory of Stalin’s ruthless control of the wartime narrative lived on in the Kremlin. From the weaponization of disinformation to the falsification of history, from the moving of borders to the neutralisation of independent states, the story of the Metropol mirrors the struggles of our own modern era.
2/4: The Red Hotel: Moscow 1941, the Metropol Hotel, and the Untold Story of Stalin's Propaganda War by Alan Philps (Author)
3/4: The Red Hotel: Moscow 1941, the Metropol Hotel, and the Untold Story of Stalin's Propaganda War by Alan Philps (Author)
4/4: The Red Hotel: Moscow 1941, the Metropol Hotel, and the Untold Story of Stalin's Propaganda War by Alan Philps (Author)
#MrMarket: Calling all welders and truckers and healthcare workers. Jim McTague, former Washington Editor, Barrons. @McTagueJ. Author of the "Martin and Twyla Boundary Series." #
#Pakistan: "Every country for itself:" All against all. Josh Rogin, Washington Post.
#Italy: Struggling with migrants and growth for all the EU. Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation
#Ukraine: Greenpeace derides the IAEA for misrepresenting ZNPP. The return of city-busting nukess. Henry Sokolski, NPEC