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Consortium News - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The Russia-gate hysteria has witnessed a widespread collapse of journalistic standards as major U.S. news outlets ignore rules about how to treat evidence in dispute, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry A danger in both journalism and intelligence is…

Consortium News - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

The tens of thousands of American deaths from drug overdoses are a measure of the hopeless desperation left behind by the soul-starving socio-economic system of late-stage capitalism, writes poet Phil Rockstroh. By Phil Rockstroh According to a nationwide study conducted…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: In joining Israel and the White House selling military intervention in Syria, the CIA and international inspectors hid key evidence that would undermine the case, says Gareth Porter in a second part of a two-part series. By Gareth Porter…

Consortium News - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

During the “war on terror,” the U.S. government has understated the number of civilians killed (all the better to manage positive perceptions back home). But a new report underscores the truth, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R.…

Consortium News - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The Iraq WMD fiasco wasn’t the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth…

Consortium News - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The world’s most prominent freedom-of-the-press case remains the legal pressure on WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, still in Ecuador’s London embassy amid signs of U.K. prosecutorial misconduct, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein A British court proceeding on a…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

French President Macron has invited Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Paris, a possible opportunity to determine whether Hariri’s sudden resignation, announced in Saudi Arabia, was coerced, as Dennis J Bernstein reports. By Dennis J Bernstein The strange case of…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

President Trump and his son-in-law bet that the young Saudi crown prince could execute a plan to reshape the Mideast, but the scheme quickly unraveled revealing a dangerous amateur hour, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke. By Alastair Crooke Aaron Miller…

Consortium News - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The Russia-gate hysteria has jumped the Atlantic with Europeans blaming Russia for Brexit and Catalonian discontent. But what about Israeli influence operations or, for that matter, American ones, asks Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Ever since the U.S. government…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Claiming the right to launch preemptive wars and fighting an ill-defined “global war on terror,” the U.S. government has slaughtered vast numbers of civilians in defiance of international law, says Nicolas J S Davies. By Nicolas J S Davies…

Consortium News - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

As the U.S. and its Western allies lurch into a new and dangerous confrontation with Russia, the different sides don’t even have a thorough understanding of the history behind the tensions, warns Alice Slater. By Alice Slater NATO’s recent provocative…

Consortium News - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Tom Cruise’s portrayal of drug-smuggler-turned-government-informant Barry Seal is a fast-paced visit back to the Reagan era’s shadowy world of the CIA, cocaine and secret wars, writes James DiEugenio. By James DiEugenio Barry Seal’s life has become the stuff of  legend. And…
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Consortium News - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: President Trump’s vow to “drain the swamp” was just one more empty promise as he adds to the muck with military contractors in key Pentagon jobs and other industry lobbyists at regulatory posts, says Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall…

Consortium News - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment was surely a campaign gaffe, but she wasn’t wrong about Donald Trump’s exploitation of white grievances and other ugly attitudes, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson There is more to being civilized than being a citizen…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Arriving behind the anti-Trump “resistance” and the Russia-gate “scandal” is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry A stark difference between today’s Washington and…...

Consortium News - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

In the shadows, the U.S. special operations war on “terrorists” keeps on expanding around the globe, now reaching into Africa where few detectable American “interests” exist, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall If national-security reporters are ever replaced by robots…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. territory on Sept. 20, remains slow and spotty with continued power outages, unsafe water and school closings, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein It’s been nearly seven weeks…

Consortium News - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: President Trump is getting mocked for “trusting” Vladimir Putin’s denial about “meddling” in U.S. politics — and not accepting Official Washington’s groupthink — but ridicule isn’t evidence, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern If the bloody debacle…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

The holiday now celebrated as Veterans Day – to thank American soldiers  – started as Armistice Day, a time for reflection on the horrors of war after millions died in World War I, as Gary Kohls recalls. By Gary Kohls…

Consortium News - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Saudi Arabia’s monarchy is bombing Yemen, locking up domestic rivals and stirring up trouble in Lebanon, while a slow-burning confrontation continues against Qatar which could split the Gulf Cooperation Council, says Paul Cochrane. By Paul Cochrane Five months after the…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

As Israel continues to occupy Palestinian lands and threatens a new war against Lebanon, much of this turmoil traces back to Great Britain’s Balfour Declaration during World I, a century ago, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Great…

Consortium News - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

Furious over defeat in Syria, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince is gambling again, arresting rivals at home and provoking a political crisis in Lebanon, but he may lack the geopolitical chips to pull off his bet, says ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.…

Consortium News - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

Facing defeat in its proxy war for “regime change” in Syria, Saudi Arabia undertook some startling moves, including staging the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Last weekend during a visit to Saudi…

Consortium News - 2017-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Special Report: Buried deep inside a new U.N. report is evidence that could exonerate the Syrian government in the April 4 sarin atrocity and make President Trump look like an Al Qaeda dupe, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry A…

Consortium News - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

U.S. propaganda claims Iran causes Mideast instability, but the truth is that Saudi Arabia – from backing Islamic extremists to blockading and bombing Yemen – is the real culprit, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar…

Consortium News - 2017-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Neither the Democrats nor President Trump learned the right lessons from the 2016 election, leaving the nation divided at home and bogged down in wars abroad, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry One year ago, the American electorate delivered…

Consortium News - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has forced the ugly practice of sexual harassment into the public square, where private companies have proven to be more responsive than the political world, reports David Marks. By David Marks The multiple sexual-harassment allegations against…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

As information warfare becomes a hotter topic, journalists have become bigger targets for repression and even assassination, a troubling trend that is spreading across the globe, reports veteran war correspondent Don North. By Don North Amid a surge in violence…

Consortium News - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

President Trump has blamed NAFTA for eliminating manufacturing jobs for U.S. workers but it also caused economic dislocation in Mexico, driving some desperate Mexicans northward to the U.S., as Dennis J Bernstein reports. By Dennis J Bernstein During his campaign…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Special Report: Many American liberals who once denounced McCarthyism as evil are now learning to love the ugly tactic when it can be used to advance the Russia-gate “scandal” and silence dissent, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The New…

Consortium News - 2017-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: By echoing the Israeli-Saudi bellicosity toward Iran, President Trump is repeating the same mistakes of his predecessors and inviting wider Mideast wars that could enhance Iran’s position, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall Behind only North Korea, Iran is…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-05 - Original post - cached version

President Trump has brought the boorish bigotry of right-wing talk radio into the White House, as shown again by his ugly reaction to the terror attack on a New York bike path, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By…

Consortium News - 2017-11-05 - Original post - cached version

As Israel threatens an expanded war against Syria and Lebanon, an emotional justification is the alleged April 4 sarin attack that was blamed on the Syrian government despite huge holes in the evidence, as Rick Sterling reports. By Rick Sterling…

Consortium News - 2017-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Facing defeat in the proxy war in Syria, the Israeli-Saudi tandem is planning a new front against Hezbollah, presaged by Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri’s sudden resignation, as ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke explains. By Alastair Crooke It seems that matters are…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Native American activist Dennis Banks, who died Oct. 29 at 80, leaves behind a legacy that includes a reenergized movement that reminded America of its original sins of genocide and deceit, as Dennis J Bernstein reports. By Dennis J Bernstein…

Consortium News - 2017-11-03 - Original post - cached version

Since the 1980s, Republicans have insisted that tax cuts for the rich will benefit working people, but the rich just sock away their money and national needs are neglected. Yet, the same cycle is back again, says JP Sottile. By…

Consortium News - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

To understand why the 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan continues to fail requires a look from the ground where Afghans live and suffer, a plight breeding strong opposition to the U.S. presence, explains Kathy Kelly. By Kathy Kelly On a…

Consortium News - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: A Washington axiom holds that that when power and truth clash, power usually wins, but the contest can be complicated by competing personal agendas, as James DiEugenio notes about a new Watergate movie. By James DiEugenio Bob Woodward and…

Consortium News - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

As the Palestinians seek unity between their two rival factions, Israel stands ready to obstruct the process and thus maintain its complaint that the Palestinians remain divided, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar The latest attempt…

Consortium News - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Despite the chaotic appearance of President Trump’s Mideast policies, they actually represent a troubling consistency in U.S. subservience to Israel and Saudi Arabia, as ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller explains. By Graham E. Fuller Washington media, think tanks, various commentators…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Another part of the U.S. mainstream media’s rash of Russia-bashing is to claim that Moscow is arming Afghanistan’s Taliban, but again the evidence doesn’t match the accusations, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall News flash: The United States is…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Stunned by the defection of working-class whites, many Democrats respond by calling these Trump voters “stupid” and hoping that Russia-gate will be the “deus ex machina” to restore Democratic power, as poet Phil Rockstroh explains. By Phil Rockstroh Recently, Democratic…

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Consortium News - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

California’s wildfires, like the hurricane devastation in Texas and Florida, compounded human rights concerns about the Trump administration’s treatment of the undocumented amid emergencies, as Dennis J Bernstein reports. By Dennis J Bernstein Even as Northern California’s massive wildfires are...

Consortium News - 2017-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media finally has its “smoking gun” on Russia-gate — incriminating information from a junior Trump campaign adviser — but a closer look reveals serious problems with the “evidence,” writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Russia-gate special…

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Consortium News - 2017-10-30 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. government may pretend to respect a “rules-based” global order, but the only rule Washington seems to follow is “might makes right” — and the CIA has long served as a chief instigator and enforcer, writes Nicolas J.S. Davies.…

Consortium News - 2017-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: Fifty-four years after President Kennedy’s assassination, the CIA and FBI demanded more time to decide what secrets to keep hiding – and a chastened President Trump bowed to their power, observes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern It…

Consortium News - 2017-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Many working-class Americans voted for Donald Trump believing he would address their needs, not those of rich Republicans. But all pols, it seems, end up conforming to their political group’s priorities, as Lawrence Davidson explains. By Lawrence Davidson In 1956,…

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Consortium News - 2017-10-29 - Original post - cached version

As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the “scandal” started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, notes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria The two sources that originated the allegations claiming that…

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Consortium News - 2017-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: In pursuit of Russia-gate, the U.S. mainstream media embraces any attack on Russia and works to ensure that Americans don’t hear the other side of the story, as with the Magnitsky myth, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry As…

Consortium News - 2017-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton blames others for last year’s electoral defeat, never recognizing that many Americans — both Democrats and Republicans — found her public record appalling, as Dennis J Bernstein discusses with John Pilger.   By Dennis J Bernstein Because of…

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