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“Humanity is being replaced on a daily basis”—Inside Russia’s propaganda machine

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An expert on Russian propaganda says the Kremlin is using two main strategies to legitimise atrocities in Ukraine

Adam Servera, an analyst from the Kremlin watch program, has told Ticker NEWS of the two main strategies Russia is using to control its population with propaganda.

The first strategy involves support for Russia’s aggression, which has been displayed since the start of the war. Servera points to Russian accusations of Nazism in Ukraine as an obvious example of this.

He says when you look at the diversity of ethnic groups defending the nation you can see how ridiculous this assertion is.

“You can just see It’s a Kremlin tabulation, and sort of this … parallel universe,” says Servera.

The second strategy may be less familiar to Western eyes. Its main focus is to distract the population from the war.

This type of propaganda is targeted at both older and younger generations, and is spread amongst the population via music videos, and on social media platforms such as TikTok.

Servera says this propaganda usually emphasises Russian imperialism and Soviet sentiment.

A recent example is of a viral online song, Wellerman by Nathan Evans, which has had the original lyrics altered to reflect Russian nationalist messages.

“It refers to a great state, strong spirit, rich nature and white plains, which I personally find very funny because Putin’s regime has done its best to devastate Russian nature.”

Adam servera

The video clip features women dressed in traditional Russian World War One nurse outfits who dance in a ‘Z’ shaped formation. This refers to the notorious Z symbol which has been used by Russians to support the war in Ukraine.

“The Kremlin’s propaganda obviously has no limits. Humanity is being replaced on a daily basis by the virality of the content that is supposed to justify and legitimise the atrocities that Russia is committing in Ukraine,” says Servera.

Do Russian people believe Kremlin propaganda?

Servera says it is difficult to know for sure whether Russian citizens believe the propaganda they are fed because of the climate of repression in the nation.

But official reports from the Kremlin reveal most Russians see the war as part of a historical struggle against Nazism.

Russian war supporters expect “a decisive victory over fascism” says Servera.

According to Meduza, which is a Russian platform not tied to the government, President Putin’s media team has concluded there are no good prospects for ending the war.

There is no way “to both meet public expectation and preserve Putin’s popularity,” says Servera.

200,000 people pack a Moscow stadium to support the war in Ukraine. PHOTO: ABC NEWS

This point was raised by Australian journalist Peter Greste on Ticker NEWS. He says Russian propaganda was “going to make things more difficult for Russia to back down, not easier.”

However, despite this speculation there is still no way of knowing for sure how Russian citizens really feel.

“Various sociological surveys have been published on Russian attitudes towards the war, many of which show overwhelming support for Putin’s aggression.”

“However many experts point out that given the strong influence of propaganda and repression in the country, these polls are unlikely to reflect reality,” says Servera.

Will Russian propaganda finish with Putin?

Servara doesn’t believe Russian propaganda will finish when Putin eventually relinquishes power.

He says Russia has a long history of oppressions that stretches beyond the reign of Putin.

“My grandfather in 1945 saw Russian or Kremlin tanks invading Slavic countries. My father saw them in 1968. And I now heard them when we were being evacuated from Kyiv.”

Adam Servara

According to Servara, change will not be achieved by simply overthrowing the leader. Instead, there has to be an evolution of the entire governmental mechanism.

“It’s very hard to see a change coming anytime soon” he says.

Bryan Hoadley contributed to this article.

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Six dead in Sydney shopping centre stabbing

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Six people have lost their lives in a horrific attack at Westfield in Sydney’s Bondi Junction.

The incident, which unfolded at approximately 3:20 pm on Saturday afternoon, saw a man in an NRL jersey randomly stabbing shoppers, leaving many more injured.

The chaos and panic that ensued as families ran for their lives were captured in the harrowing scenes.

Hero mother

Amidst the terror, a heroic mother, who fought to save her nine-month-old baby’s life, tragically succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.

Witnesses described the assailant as a man in his 30s, wearing an Australian Rugby League team jersey, wielding a 15cm-long knife.

His indiscriminate attacks left a trail of devastation, with five people confirmed dead at the scene.

The sixth victim, the mother of the nine-month-old baby, battled to save her child despite her own injuries, ultimately succumbing to them later.

The situation could have been even more catastrophic if not for the courageous actions of a senior female police officer, who bravely confronted the attacker alone and ultimately brought him down with a single shot to the chest.

Witnesses recounted stories of bravery and resilience, with some throwing tables and chairs at the assailant and others engaging in physical confrontations with improvised weapons like bollards.

As emergency services worked tirelessly to save lives, the scene inside the mall was one of horror and desperation, with blood splattered across multiple stores.

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Specialists highlight importance of water in daily routine

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Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being.

From regulating body temperature to aiding in digestion and nutrient absorption, water plays a crucial role in keeping our bodies functioning optimally. However, many of us often overlook the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to incorporate more water into your daily routine.

 

  1. Start your day right: Begin each morning with a refreshing glass of water. After hours of sleep, your body needs hydration to kickstart its systems and replenish fluids lost overnight. This simple habit can set a positive tone for the rest of your day.
  2. Stay equipped: Invest in a reusable water bottle and carry it with you wherever you go. Having water readily available makes it easier to stay hydrated on the move, whether you’re at work, running errands, or exercising.
  3. Set reminders: In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to forget to drink water regularly. Set reminders on your phone or computer to prompt you to take regular water breaks throughout the day. These gentle nudges can help you stay on track with your hydration goals.
  4. Make smart swaps: Replace sugary beverages like soda and juice with water during meals. Not only does this reduce your sugar intake, but it also ensures that you’re hydrating your body with the purest form of liquid it needs.
  5. Get creative with flavor: If you find plain water boring, experiment with natural flavorings like lemon, cucumber, or mint. Infusing your water with fresh fruits or herbs adds a burst of flavor without any extra calories or additives.
  6. Pre- and post-workout hydration: Before and after physical activity, be sure to drink plenty of water to support your body’s performance and recovery. Hydration is especially crucial during exercise, as you lose fluids through sweat.
  7. Keep it accessible: Make water easily accessible by keeping a pitcher or dispenser filled in your home or workplace. Having water within reach encourages you to drink more throughout the day.
  8. Eat your water: Incorporate water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelon, and strawberries into your diet. These hydrating foods not only contribute to your daily fluid intake but also provide essential vitamins and minerals.
  9. Listen to your body: Sometimes, feelings of hunger are actually signs of dehydration. Whenever you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and see if your cravings subside. Your body might just be asking for hydration rather than food.
  10. End your day on a hydrated note: Finish off your day with a glass of water before bedtime. Hydrating before sleep helps replenish fluids lost throughout the day and ensures that your body stays hydrated overnight.

 

 

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Nature calls for urban dwellers looking for something new

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Celebrating the less commonly featured destinations alongside popular ones.

There’s been a collective yearning to reconnect with nature, to rediscover the beauty and tranquility that lie beyond our concrete jungles in recent months.

In this quest for solace and serenity, travelers are venturing off the beaten path, seeking refuge in destinations that offer a respite from the bustling crowds and frenetic pace of modernity.

From the serene lakes of the United Kingdom’s Lake District to the untamed wilderness of Australia’s Kimberley region, each of these locations beckons with the promise of natural splendour and rejuvenation. Join us on a journey to explore these hidden gems, where the rhythms of nature reign supreme and the soul finds solace amidst towering mountains, pristine coastlines, and ancient forests. It’s time to escape the chaos and embrace the timeless beauty of the great outdoors.

 

1. United Kingdom: Instead of the bustling streets of London or the historical charm of Edinburgh, let’s focus on the serene beauty of the Lake District. Nestled in northwest England, this region boasts stunning landscapes of lakes, mountains, and forests. Visitors can explore picturesque villages, embark on scenic hikes, or simply unwind amidst nature’s tranquility. The Lake District offers a peaceful retreat away from the usual tourist crowds.

2. Singapore: While Singapore is often associated with its futuristic skyline and vibrant city life, Pulau Ubin offers a delightful escape from the urban hustle. This small island, located off Singapore’s northeast coast, is a haven of rustic charm and natural beauty. Visitors can cycle through lush greenery, spot wildlife in its natural habitat, and experience the simple pleasures of island living. Pulau Ubin provides a glimpse into Singapore’s quieter side, away from the glitz and glamour of the city.

 

3. New Zealand: While cities like Auckland and Queenstown often steal the spotlight, the Catlins region on New Zealand’s South Island offers a lesser-known but equally enchanting experience. Characterized by rugged coastlines, dense forests, and abundant wildlife, the Catlins is a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors can explore hidden waterfalls, encounter seals and penguins, and marvel at dramatic coastal vistas. With its unspoiled beauty and peaceful atmosphere, the Catlins offers a truly off-the-beaten-path adventure in New Zealand.

 

4. Ireland: Instead of Dublin’s bustling streets or the iconic Cliffs of Moher, let’s shine a spotlight on the charming town of Westport. Located on Ireland’s west coast, Westport combines scenic beauty with rich history and lively culture. Visitors can stroll along the picturesque harbor, explore historic landmarks such as Westport House, and enjoy traditional music in cozy pubs. Surrounded by stunning countryside and the rugged coastline of County Mayo, Westport offers a quintessentially Irish experience without the crowds.

 

 

5. Australia: While Sydney and Melbourne are popular destinations, the Kimberley region in Western Australia offers a rugged and remote adventure unlike any other. Covering vast expanses of wilderness, the Kimberley is renowned for its ancient landscapes, dramatic gorges, and vibrant Aboriginal culture. Visitors can embark on epic road trips along the Gibb River Road, cruise through the stunning gorges of the Kimberley coast, and encounter unique wildlife in its natural habitat. With its raw beauty and sense of adventure, the Kimberley is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered in Australia.

 

 

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