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Michel Chossudovsky (born 1946) is a Canadian economist, author and conspiracy theorist. Michel Chossudovsky is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Ottawa, and the President and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), which runs the website GlobalResearch.ca [<< disinformation source!] and publishes conspiracy theories. Michel Chossudovsky has promoted conspiracy theories about 9/11.
In 2017, the Centre for Research on Globalization was accused by information warfare specialists at NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOM) of playing a key role in the spread of pro-Russian propaganda. A report by the U.S. State Department in August 2020 accused the website of being a proxy for the Russian disinformation campaign.
Michel Chossudovsky is the son of a Russian Jewish émigré, the career United Nations diplomat and academic Evgeny Chossudovsky, and an Irish Protestant, Rachel Sullivan. Raised in Switzerland, Chossudovsky moved to Canada and joined the University of Ottawa in 1968. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Michel Chossudovsky's academic research kept him "on the margins of mainstream academia," but won praise from anti-establishment intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky. In 2005, shortly after Michel Chossudovsky began writing about terrorism, the Citizen reported that Michel Chossudovsky was "a popular figure among anti-globalization activists," and that some of Michel Chossudovsky students referred to him as "Canada's Chomsky." At that time, some colleagues were becoming uncomfortable with Michel Chossudovsky's ideas, with one professor describing them as having "a conspiratorial element."
In 2005, Michel Chossudovsky published the book America's "War on Terrorism." According to The New York Times, the "conspiracy-minded book... argued that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were simply a pretext for American incursions into the Middle East, and that Bin Laden was nothing but a boogeyman created by the United States." The book was found on a bookshelf in Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan compound. According to the Vox website, the book's theory is that "9/11 was a United States government conspiracy to start the Iraq War and enable a 'new world order' to help corporate interests. Bin Laden was, at best, a pawn in CIA interests."
Michel Chossudovsky has contributed to the French magazine Le Monde diplomatique. Michel Chossudovsky is frequently quoted by or appears on the Kremlin-backed RT (formerly known as Russia Today) or in material issued by the Sputnik news agency. The Centre for Research on Globalization regularly reposts content from both outlets. Michel Chossudovsky was interviewed in the documentary film "The Weight of Chains," which was partly sponsored by the Centre for Research on Globalization.
In 2001, Michel Chossudovsky founded the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), becoming its editor and director. Located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it describes itself as an "independent research and media organization" that provides "analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media."
The Centre for Research on Globalization promotes conspiracy theories and falsehoods. It has reported that the September 11 attacks were a false flag attack planned by the CIA, that the United States and its allies fund al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and that sarin gas was not used in the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, which GlobalResearch.ca articles characterized as a false flag operation orchestrated by terrorists opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Other articles published on the site have asserted that the 7 July 2005 London bombings were perpetrated by the United States, Israel, and United Kingdom. Michel Chossudovsky has himself posted articles on the site which suggested that Osama bin Laden was a CIA asset, and accusing the United States, Israel and Britain of plotting to conquer the world. The Centre has also promoted the Irish slavery myth, prompting a letter by more than 80 scholars debunking the myth.
According to PolitiFact, the Centre "has advanced specious conspiracy theories on topics like 9/11, vaccines and global warming." Foreign Policy magazine has commented that the Centre "sells books and videos that 'expose' how the September 11 terrorist attacks were 'most likely a special covert action' to 'further the goals of corporate globalization.'" A 2010 study categorized the website as a source of anti-vaccine misinformation. The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab described it as "pro-Putin and anti-NATO." The Jewish Tribune described the Centre as being "rife with anti-Jewish conspiracy theory and Holocaust denial." Writing for The New Republic, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, lecturer in digital journalism at the University of Stirling, describes the Centre's website as a "conspiracy site."
In November 2017, The Globe and Mail reported that the Centre's website was "in the sights" of NATO information warfare specialists investigating "the online spread of pro-Russia propaganda and of disinformation." According to the Globe, NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOM) believed that the site was playing a "key accelerant role in helping popularize articles with little basis in fact that also happen to fit the narratives being pushed by the Kremlin" and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The report described the site as an "online refuge for conspiracy theorists" and suggested that NATO specialists viewed it as "a link in a concerted effort to undermine the credibility of mainstream Western media -- as well as the North American and European public's trust in government and public institutions." Asked to comment on the report, Michel Chossudovsky responded through his lawyer, saying that the Centre did not have ties to pro-Russia or pro-Assad networks, was not "affiliated with governmental organizations" and did not benefit from their support.
An August 2020 report by the U.S. State Department Global Engagement Center stated that Global Research is, by a significant margin, the most accessed proxy website allied with the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign. By the estimation of report's authors, it has accumulated 12.4 million page views, with around 351,247 readers for each article. Michel Chossudovsky is a board member of other pro-Russian websites which attempt to spread conspiracy theories.
The CRG has been accused of spreading Chinese propaganda. An article on Global Research making the false assertion that the Coronavirus pandemic was not real was carried by 70 other outlets, according to the August 2020 State department report. Earlier in 2020, Michel Chossudovsky's list of 10 questions was tweeted by the foreign minister of Iran. They included the claim that the United States government was responsible for the international coronavirus pandemic. Global Research published an article entitled "COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US" was posted on social media by a senior official in the Chinese foreign ministry. Chinese state media have reported such unfounded speculation which has been carried by Michel Chossudovsky's website with, according to The Globe and Mail, misattributed sources. Reportedly, the two articles on this theme have since been removed from the GlobalResearch.ca website.
Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia, 2014.
[CBC.ca, 2020-10-21] Canadian professor's website helps Russia spread disinformation, says U.S. State Department. Ahead of U.S. elections, State Department identified site as major "Kremlin-aligned" proxy. | reddit (2020-10-21)
As U.S. authorities guard against dirty tricks from foreign adversaries in the run-up to the Nov. 3 2020 presidential election, an unlikely source has come under new scrutiny as a major conduit of Russian-linked disinformation: a Montreal-based website run by a retired University of Ottawa professor. The platform, Global Research [GlobalResearch.ca], features a Canadian domain name and offers an ever-expanding collection of conspiracy theories, such as the myth that the 9/11 attacks and COVID-19 pandemic were both planned in order to control the population. GlobalResearch.ca website also hosts articles experts have attributed to a Russian spy agency.
With more than 275,000 Facebook followers and a potential readership in excess of 350,000 per article, GlobalResearch.ca has the biggest reach among "Kremlin-aligned" disinformation sites, according to the U.S. State Department. "This is part of a larger effort to sow disarray and distrust within Western democracies," said James Andrew Lewis, a senior researcher at the Washington, D.C.-based think-tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. ...
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