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Consortium News - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Officially, the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to the negotiating table, but just last month President Trump said that talks with the Taliban are off the table, indicating an incoherent policy, as Jonathan Marshall notes.…

Consortium News - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and stirred controversy with inflammatory statements on gay rights, opposition to Martin Luther King’s tactics of civil disobedience, and support for U.S. wars, died Wednesday. Cecil Bothwell reflects here on his life and legacy.…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Without solid economic, political and ideological bases, the U.S. lacks the legitimacy and authority it needs to operate beyond its borders, argues Nicolas J.S. Davies in this essay. By Nicolas J.S. Davies I recently reread Michael Mann’s book, Incoherent…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

The Watergate scandal may have been rooted in Richard Nixon’s alleged efforts to sabotage the 1968 Paris peace talks, but this story has never fully been told – partly because the Washington Post remained silent on it, explains Garrick Alder. By Garrick…

Consortium News - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Highlighting the U.S.’s long history in meddling in other countries’ elections is not “whataboutism,” but rather a highly germane point to understanding the context for the allegations of Russian meddling in Election 2016, Caitlin Johnstone observes. By Caitlin Johnstone There…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

The 2018 Munich Security Conference continued the trend of promoting a New Cold War while diplomats openly disparaged Russia and fretted over the Trump presidency, Gilbert Doctorow reports. By Gilbert Doctorow The annual Munich Security Conference is to geopolitics what…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Laura Ingraham’s complaints over LeBron James’ political commentary – focusing on the grammar of his statements rather than their substance – reflects a general elitism in the pundit class, Andrew Spannaus observes. By Andrew Spannaus Is LeBron James ignorant? Laura…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-19 - Original post - cached version

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes has stated that “DOJ and FBI are not above the law,” and could face legal consequences for alleged abuses of the FISA court, reports Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Throwing down the gauntlet on…

Consortium News - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

Privatized intelligence operations have become a favored practice of the U.S. and other Western governments, but the tactics of so-called spies for hire are often unethical and possibly illegal, explains George Eliason. (Read part one here. Part two here.) By…

Consortium News - 2018-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 alleged members of a Russian troll farm is leading to calls for escalation with Russia, exacerbating tensions that are already at historic – and dangerous – lows, observes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone U.S.…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

New U.S. policy on nuclear retaliatory strikes for cyber-attacks is raising concerns, with Russia claiming that it’s already been blamed for a false-flag cyber-attack – namely the election hacking allegations of 2016, explain Ray McGovern and William Binney. By Ray…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The Russiagate narrative has taken a turn toward the surreal with a report in the New York Times alleging that U.S. spies paid a “shadowy Russian” $100,000 for dirt on the president, explains Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare A Russian national…

Consortium News - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

From the Archive: In the wake of the latest gun massacre in the United States, we republish an article by Robert Parry debunking some of the right-wing myths about the Second Amendment that have prevented common sense gun laws. By Robert…

Consortium News - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

In the wake of another deadly school shooting in Florida, the lessons of past massacres in Vietnam can teach us about U.S. violence and the need to reform unchecked gun culture, discusses Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson Back in October…

Consortium News - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

An interview by Dennis J. Bernstein with writer, activist and regional expert, Kay Jay Noh, about the big-power politics swirling around the Olympic Games now being held in South Korea. By Dennis J. Bernstein By many accounts, the Koreans –…

Consortium News - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

From the Archive: Today is the 15-year anniversary of what was described as “the largest protest event in human history” – the Feb. 15, 2003 coordinated day of demonstrations against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. On this occasion we republish…

Consortium News - 2018-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Despite an organized and active grassroots movement, Honduran politics have been repeatedly steamrolled by the self-interests of international ruling elites, as journalist and filmmaker Jesse Freeston explained to Dennis J. Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein For weeks following its stolen…
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Consortium News - 2018-02-14 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. has employed all of its regime change tools in Venezuela and although so far they have failed, there is still a chance that a military attack is in store, warn Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and…

Consortium News - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The bloated military budget is justified on the assumption that the United States can and should police the entire world, but this approach is fundamentally unsustainable, warns Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall President Donald Trump’s latest $4.4 trillion budget…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Intel-for-Hire is a multilayered phenomenon that’s undermining the integrity of U.S. intelligence, argues George Eliason. In this installment, he looks at the second tier of this system. (Click here for part one.) By George Eliason In part one of this series,…

Consortium News - 2018-02-12 - Original post - cached version

“Gaslighting” can be an effective tactic to instill confusion and anxiety in people, causing them to doubt their own logical abilities, but it can be countered by remaining confident in our judgments, argues Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone The dynamics…

Consortium News - 2018-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Privatized and politicized intelligence is undermining the mission of providing unbiased information to both high-level decision makers and the American public, explains George Eliason in this first of a three-part series. By George Eliason Back in 1991, during the dissolution of…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-11 - Original post - cached version

From the Archive: Just before Trump took office last year, ex-British intelligence officer Annie Machon wrote about the battle he was facing with U.S. intelligence agencies. As Russia-gate morphs into Intel-gate, we re-publish her prescient article today. By Annie Machon (first published…...

Consortium News - 2018-02-10 - Original post - cached version

As Consortiumnews.com forges ahead with publishing incisive articles offering fresh takes on current events, we also continue to develop a long-term strategy to ensure that Robert Parry’s vision for independent journalism lives on. By Nat Parry For the past few…

Consortium News - 2018-02-10 - Original post - cached version

Despite President Moon’s efforts to encourage diplomacy, the childish anti-diplomatic behavior of Vice President Pence undermined an opportunity for peace diplomacy at the opening of the Olympic Games, writes Kevin Zeese. By Kevin Zeese President Moon Jae-in said at a…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Hundreds of thousands have pledged to take to the streets if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is removed, reflecting misplaced priorities and some fundamental misunderstandings, report Coleen Rowley and Nat Parry. By Coleen Rowley and Nat Parry With Democrats and…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version

The key allegations of election meddling at the heart of Russiagate continue to lack supporting evidence, while on the other hand, evidence of overreach by investigators undermines the narrative of Trump-Russia collusion, reports Philip Giraldi. By Philip Giraldi The so-called Nunes Memo ...

Consortium News - 2018-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Syria’s White Helmets have been boosted by the West as a trusted humanitarian organization, but their origins and motives remain murky. Now, the White Helmets effort appears to be spreading to other countries, Caitlin Johnstone notes. By Caitlin Johnstone I…

Consortium News - 2018-02-07 - Original post - cached version

“Containment” has long been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in dealing with countries that are seen as threats to U.S. interests, but today some countries are applying the same principle to the United States, observes Graham E. Fuller. By Graham…

Consortium News - 2018-02-07 - Original post - cached version

Paul Ryan’s recent trip to the Gulf reiterated the U.S. government’s support of the Saudi-led assault on Yemen and a bellicose stance towards Iran, which has created a watershed of human suffering, writes Kathy Kelly. By Kathy Kelly On January…

Consortium News - 2018-02-07 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Although the North Korea crisis has largely faded from the headlines, the chances of war breaking out are still unacceptably high – requiring greater attention from both the peace movement and Congress, notes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall Like…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-06 - Original post - cached version

From the Archive: As the U.S. blames Damascus and Moscow for recent chlorine gas attacks in Syria, we re-publish a report by Robert Parry providing useful context regarding a chemical attack last April. By Robert Parry (first published Nov. 9,…

Consortium News - 2018-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Since Vladimir Putin became president of Russia in 2000, there has been a steady barrage of negative press and hostility from the West. With Putin up for reelection this year, Sharon Tennison tries to separate fact from fiction. By Sharon Tennison Russian…

Consortium News - 2018-02-06 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s first year in office brought an escalation of military aggression abroad as he built on the interventions of previous administrations, but there are steps America can take to move towards a more peaceful future, writes retired U.S. Air…

Consortium News - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Recent policy directives raise concerns over new U.S. postures towards great power conflicts and developing “tactical” nuclear weapons, underlining the need for a revival of the U.S. antiwar movement, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

A recent court decision in Connecticut overturned a mandate that would have addressed inadequate education funding for poorer communities, a historic problem of the U.S. educational system, which relies on local resources instead of federal wealth, as Jonathan Kozol and…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

NBC News’ hiring of former CIA Director John Brennan is the latest in a wave of intelligence community stalwarts being given jobs in the media, raising concerns over conflicts of interests, reports Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone “Former CIA director John…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The Kurds find themselves caught in the middle of a power struggle between the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria — a familiar situation that follows decades of geopolitical strife in their region, explains Ted Snider. By Ted Snider The only thing…

Consortium News - 2018-02-04 - Original post - cached version

Following a well-established script, anonymous U.S. officials are making unsubstantiated claims about weapons of mass destruction – this time in Syria – while the media fails to ask tough questions, reports Rick Sterling. By Rick Sterling It’s the WMD story…

Consortium News - 2018-02-04 - Original post - cached version

Perpetual war is leading to a host of societal ills, yet debates on war and peace are almost entirely absent from public discourse, Robert Wing and Coleen Rowley observe. By Robert Wing and Coleen Rowley Last October marked the 16th…

Consortium News - 2018-02-04 - Original post - cached version

From the Archive: With Moscow saying that U.S. proposals in its new Nuclear Posture Review to develop “tactical” nukes are “confrontational” and “anti-Russian,” we republish a 2016 article by Robert Parry. By Robert Parry (first published on Oct. 3, 2016)…

Consortium News - 2018-02-03 - Original post - cached version

The most important revelations of the Nunes Memo relate not to its content, but the political establishment’s response to its release, argues Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone It’s fitting that the ever-tightening repetitive loops of America’s increasingly schizophrenic partisan warfare…...

Consortium News - 2018-02-03 - Original post - cached version

A recent false alarm in Hawaii had citizens in a state of panic over an impending nuclear attack, which, as Ann Wright speculates, may have been the point. By Ann Wright Are you ready for nuclear attack warning sirens in…

Consortium News - 2018-02-03 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The newly released “Nunes Memo” reveals felony wrongdoing by top members of the FBI and DOJ for misrepresenting evidence to obtain a FISA warrant and may implicate other intelligence officials, writes Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern The long-awaited House…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-02 - Original post - cached version

Neoliberal economic policies have created a system of forced migration for many people but the Trump team is planning to ramp-up its assault on immigrants and those who advocate for migrants rights, activist Nativo Lopez explained to Dennis J Bernstein.…

Consortium News - 2018-02-02 - Original post - cached version

Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all, notes Alastair Crooke. By Alastair Crooke Setting aside for the moment President Donald Trump’s animus to Barack…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-02 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The mainstream media’s nonstop Russiagate coverage and its embrace of #TheResistance has undermined its reputation for objectivity in Europe, reports Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus Pick up a major newspaper or watch the television news in a European country, and it’s…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-02 - Original post - cached version

From the Archive: In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump announced that he had signed an executive order to keep the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open. On this occasion, we republish an article from 2012 by…

Consortium News - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

In this op-ed, Caitlin Johnstone responds to Bernie Sanders’ promotion of unproven allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. By Caitlin Johnstone In an otherwise fine video response to Tuesday night’s vapid, flag-waving State of the Union address, Bernie…

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Consortium News - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

Through his efforts to implement a police state and restore the Ottoman Empire, President Erdogan of Turkey has squandered his once-strong position as a regional leader, argues Alon Ben-Meir. By Alon Ben-Meir It is difficult to fathom why Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip…

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