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Gonzalo Lira is missing. Is the intrepid on-the-ground Ukraine war correspondent being held, perhaps being tortured and murdered, by UkroNazis incited by the Daily Beast? In this three minute audio recorded March 21, Gonzalo Lira tells us that if he ever disappears, The Daily Beast is to blame.

We hope and pray that Gonzalo Lira is still alive and that making this video go viral can help pressure the Ukrainian authorities to make their gestapo release him.

(Republished from Substack by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Media, Censorship, Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. Biff says:

    I always thought Gonzalo should’ve gtfo weeks if not months ago.

    • Agree: George, BaronAsh, Aedib
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  2. Chris Moore says: • Website

    The Propaganda Class is responsible for Neolib/Neocon crimes, and the crimes of their puppet regimes, in the same way that Goebbels or the Soviet commisars were responsible for the crimes of their respective regimes.

    This applies to the conflict in Ukraine, and the many crimes perped in the Mideast under cover of MSM propaganda.

  3. Gonzalo is an attention whore and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s having a week’s holiday to see if anybody cares. If you’re in a foreign country and don’t know the language and don’t blend into with the locals then it wouldn’t be hard to spot him. He understands this so will be relocating due to the upcoming cauldron around the Donbas.

  4. Dumbo says:

    Let us hope not… But his Telegram channel is silent since Friday. What is the current situation in Kharkov?

    • Replies: @George
  5. Is it The Daily Beast who is to blame, or is it the author ‘Mark E. Hay”, apparently an alum of Columbia University (private Ivy League)?

    https://muckrack.com/mark-hay

    https://markehay.com/

  6. Wokechoke says:
    @Jon7357954346

    It’s possible he’s been Auffed.

  7. j1 says:

    the ukros have shot and killed several journalists so far, which is why they all stay in Lvov now

    the only journalist on the frontlines is patrick lancaster on the russian side

  8. George says:
    @Dumbo

    There appears to be some sort of bombardment of a northern suburb.

    На Харківщині російські загарбники скинули з безпілотника бомбу на м. Дергачі, є загиблі й поранені. (In the Kharkiv region, Russian invaders dropped a bomb on the drone in Dergachi, killing and wounding.)

    https://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-regions/3439402-na-dergaci-skinuli-bombu-z-vorozogo-bezpilotnika-e-zagibli-ta-poraneni.html

  9. The Daily Beast, a telltale name.

    He, I suppose, has been kidnapped. Yes it is true that a lot of people have been tortured and murdered in Ukraine for not being enough pro-Ukrainian. He should have left that place a long time ago, or at least keep his opinion to himself because it is indeed dangerous, to do what he has been doing.

    Ukrainian MMA Fighter Tortured
    https://www.mmanews.com/2022/03/ukrainian-mma-fighter-tortured/

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  10. Dumbo says:
    @Biff

    Yeah, but where? He probably wouldn’t be able to leave the Ukraine once the war started.

    Perhaps he could have gone into DPR or Russian-controlled territory.

    In any case, it was reckless to stay in Kharkov posting videos and stuff. Someone would find him sooner or later.

    If they got him, the best hope is that they keep him alive perhaps to try an exchange. As an American citizen he may be a valuable hostage. Who knows…

    But he could also have been victim of shelling. Apparently there’s fighting going on in Kharkov now.

    All kinds of things could have happened. The best hope is that he just lost his phone and has no Internet…

  11. @true.enough

    Blame the editors too. MSM = MainStreamMurderers.

  12. Wielgus says:
    @Jon7357954346

    Even an “attention whore”, which I don’t think he is, can attract the malevolent attention of people with guns in a war, and I doubt whether anyone can freely move from Kharkov to Donbass, least of all a foreigner.

  13. @Jon7357954346


    “Gonzalo is an attention whore and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s having a week’s holiday to see if anybody cares.”

    This is also my suspicion. He is no loss anyway. His videos were rambling, disjointed, and torturously repetitive. Each could be condensed 95% with no loss of content.

    His first two or three videos caught viewers’ attention by seeming to offer alternatives to the lies of politicians and corporate media outlets. The resulting explosion in popularity surprised Lira himself. He reveled in his sudden “stardom,” and he became an attention addict.

    Desperate to have something to say, he quickly degenerated into rehashing his life story over and over, and boasting about how brilliant he was.

    Moreover he had several annoying tics (e.g. that little “mmm?” sound between each sentence).

    He was empty, boring, and disorganized, with nothing unique or unusual to offer.

    I quit watching him long before he stopped posting.

    • Replies: @aleksander
  14. @A little boy in the crowd

    You sound like another Reddit armchair mercenary.

    Gonzalo Lira was reporting a more balanced view of the conflict as it was unfolding. Telling the truth is dangerous especially around Nazis supported by Jews.

    He’s got guts at least. A lot more than a keyboard warrior.

  15. martin_2 says:
    @aleksander

    Indeed. Mr Lira sticks his head above the parapet close to the front line to give us his take on what’s going on and our keyboard warrior finds the way he speaks annoying.

  16. Alrenous says: • Website

    Note that encouraging your pro-social members to do reckless things means you get all your courageous killed and end up with a society of cowards.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  17. teo toon says:
    @Jon7357954346

    Lira lived in Kharkov, He has a wife and two children: a daughter 8yo. and a son 6 yo.
    Lira is worthy of respect.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Aedib
  18. @A little faggot in Mommy’s basement

    Fixed! 🙂

  19. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Chris Moore

    The Propaganda Class is responsible for Neolib/Neocon crimes

    As well as the BLM crimes and the out of control black violent crime rates.

  20. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @teo toon

    I read on Telegram a reference to Gonzalo Lira Lopez being a contractor for the CIA (“green badger”). Apparently there is another CIA op in Kharkiv— Sarah Ashton-Cirillo— who has spent a lot of time smearing Gonzalo as a Putin Russian asset (see recent tweet below).

    This bizarre twist is plausible but the complicated spy game gets very dangerous when working in a place like Ukraine with extremist morons calling a lot of the shots (pun intended). Don’t forget the SBU screw up of assassinating triple-agent for CIA, Denis Kireev. 🤦‍♂️

    • Agree: Ulf Thorsen
  21. @Chris Moore

    When I day-dream of a future world made safe from Western malevolence and working to preserve Life on Earth, not destroy it for profit, my favourite reverie is the trials for crimes against humanity committed by the Western MSM presstitute vermin.
    No capitalist punishment, of course, but justice, swift and condign, and lengthy, the fitting ‘…for the term of its unnatural life’, sentences. It warms the cockles of me ‘eart, it do.

    • Agree: nosquat loquat
  22. @Jon7357954346

    Another NO recent history pos. Like intestinal worms.

  23. Wokechoke says:
    @Here Be Dragon

    It’s a reference to Evelyn Waugh’s fictitious London newspaper in Scoop and Black Mischief. The Daily Beast.

    Audio version of Basil Seal’s greatest adventure in Azania.

    • Thanks: Here Be Dragon
  24. @true.enough

    …or is it the author ‘Mark E. Hay”, apparently an alum of Columbia University (private Ivy League)?

    Oookaaay… but how exactly is having gone to a private Ivy League relevant at all to the matter at hand?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @true.enough
  25. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @DavidKnowles

    Oookaaay… but how exactly is having gone to a private Ivy League relevant at all to the matter at hand?

    Gonzalo Lira went to Dartmouth.

    • Replies: @DavidKnowles
  26. Wielgus says:
    @Alrenous

    A Frenchman named Sieyes wrote a pamphlet, called “What is the third estate?” that some consider to have set off the French Revolution. Years later someone asked him what he had done in the years following that. He replied, “I stayed alive.”

  27. @aleksander

    As I noted above, Lira’s first couple of videos offered alternatives to the standard lies, but they quickly degenerated into stream-of-consciousness blather that was confused, disjointed, and endlessly repetitive.

    In many videos he rambled incoherently about everything but Ukraine. His drivel became useless to the point of being unwatchable.

    You know this, but you pretend that it’s not true.

    Your b.s. convinces no one but yourself.

    • Troll: aleksander
  28. “Lira was Chilean.”

    Lira was born 29 Feb 1969 in Burbank CA. He briefly followed his parents to Chile for a few months in 1985 and he stayed long enough to finish high school at age 16. Then he spent the next 18 years in Miami and New York City. In 2002 he claimed to have moved to Chile at age 34, but he continued to spend most of his time in the USA.

    Did he renounce his U.S. nationality and formally obtain Chilean nationality?

    Chile only recently started allowing dual nationality (provided that the other country also allows dual nationality).

    Lira is a would-be novelist and a would-be script writer for video games who seems to relish cultivating a persona of “international man of mystery.”

    That’s fine, but his routine became tiresome. He spent half of one video claiming over and over that he had a genius I.Q. As his videos decayed into rambling gibberish, I prayed that Lira would scribble an outline before recording, so he could stay on point. But why do that when he could see that so many viewers had built him up in their imaginations, hanging on his every word no matter how meaningless? He admitted to being amazed and gratified by the attention.

    Anyway his videos became unwatchable, well before he disappeared for whatever reason. You know this. I very much doubt that any of you could watch every one of his videos to the end – unless you had his videos droning in the background while you played computer chess or something.

    Many of you squeal like liberals when I note these facts. Whatever. Squeal away.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Wielgus
  29. Dumbo says:
    @A little boy in the crowd

    So?

    I didn’t watch his live YT videos, as I’m not a fan of long livestreams in general, but he posted a lot of interesting material from different sources on Telegram.

    The fact that his videos were “rambling” doesn’t justify his disappearance, nor anything. Many people appeared to like his videos, so this is just, like, your opinion, man.

  30. If you’ve never seen his videos, then nothing I have said will make sense. So be it. I just feel that the praise was a bit overdone. Anyway I hope that Lira is okay.

    Speaking of opinions, my opinion of you is very high. You’re one of my favorite commenters here (maybe my favorite of all). I appreciate the “Big Lebowski” reference. It made me smile.

    • Thanks: Dumbo
    • Replies: @gsjackson
  31. Aedib says:
    @teo toon

    He should have fled from Kharkov months ago. You can’t criticize the totalitarian Ukrainian regime without risking your life.

  32. Never heard of him, but in my opinion, anyone who goes into a war zone without approval of either side to report is a lunatic and is just as stupid as someone who knowingly walks in front of a moving truck.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Kevin Barrett
  33. @Anonymous

    Gonzalo Lira went to Dartmouth.

    Yeeesss, that’s true… but again, what is the point of stating what is apparently a mere coincidence — the relevance of which is still not at all clear to the matter at hand?

  34. @DavidKnowles

    Oookaaay… but how exactly is having gone to a private Ivy League relevant at all to the matter at hand?

    “Mark E. Hay” is an establishment hack. He is not an ‘undercover’ or ‘dissident’, ‘hipster’, ‘alternative’ journo working at a fringe media outlet.

    His Ivy League (I hate that phrase) background reinforces what many have suspected after reading his efforts to dox and otherwise target those who counter the ruling class narrative(s).

    IMHO that makes it relevant, if a bit tangential, to the matter at hand David.

    So we hope and pray for Gonzalo Lira!

  35. gsjackson says:
    @A little boy in the crowd

    Well, we can’t show just a small part of one of the funniest scenes in movie history and not include John Turturro’s masterful performance:

  36. Wielgus says:
    @A little boy in the crowd

    If the SBU did something to him (and that seems the most likely explanation at this juncture) it wasn’t because his videos were “rambling”.
    I think enough of what he said was right over the target, and that is notoriously the most dangerous place to be. He may have paid the ultimate price for being an “alternative media source”.

  37. Wielgus says:
    @Joe Paluka

    In the James Ellroy novel LA Confidential the character Inez Soto expresses contempt for slick careerist police lieutenant Edmund Exley precisely because he is the type to look both ways before he crosses a road.

  38. @Joe Paluka

    A journalist who goes into a war zone with the approval of one side or the other becomes a propagandist, not a journalist. The only real war journalists are those who do exactly what you think is “stupid.” I think they’re courageous, not stupid. And I think you’re cowardly, not smart.

  39. If you want to cross the street without looking, work under a car without using jack stands or changing a plug without turning off the power, your perfectly welcome to do it, but I still think a person is stupid for taking the chance, not brave.

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  40. @Joe Paluka

    There is no benefit from working under your car without jack stands or changing a plug without turning off the power. But a journalist who reports independently from a war zone is performing a critically important service to humanity. So the guy crushed by his car or electricuted by his plug is an idiot, while Gonzolo Lira is a hero.

  41. Lira was picked up by the authorities and had his tech confiscated.

    Here:

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