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Consortium News - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version

If the paeans to McCain by diverse political climbers seems detached from reality, it’s because they reflect the elite view of U.S. military interventions as a chess game, with the millions killed by unprovoked aggression mere statistics, says Max Blumenthal.…

Consortium News - 2018-08-24 - Original post - cached version

This month Consortium News launched Consortium News Radio. Today we begin a second radio show in collaboration with Pacifica Radio’s Flash Points, a biweekly interview program with Consortium News writers. In collaboration with Dennis Bernstein, host of Pacifica Radio’s syndicated…

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Consortium News - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Besieged for four years with charges of anti-semitism, Jeremy Corbyn’s allies in the Labour leadership have largely lost the stomach for battle, one that was never about substance or policy but about character assassination, says Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook…

Consortium News - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version

The Israelis’ war on the leader of the Labour Party is really a war on free speech that’s meant to silence critics of Israel in the U.K. and elsewhere, argues As’ad AbuKhalil. By As’ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News In…

Consortium News - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version

Senator Elizabeth Warren was pushed to her limit at the National Press Club, entrapped by a system she says she wants to debate, but clearly can’t, as Sam Husseini explains. By Sam Husseini Special to Consortium News Senator Elizabeth Warren…

Consortium News - 2018-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Fifteen year ago Donald Rumsfeld said Afghanistan was pacified and George W. Bush said the U.S. mission in Iraq was “accomplished.” Fifteen years later the disastrous neoconservative assumptions are in full view, says Chas Freeman. By Chas Freeman Fifteen years…

Consortium News - 2018-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Not admitting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Kiev is like barring the Pope from Rome, but that is just what the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government has done, explains Dmitry Babich. By Dmitry Babich in Moscow Special to Consortium…

Consortium News - 2018-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan died on Saturday. The following is a look back on his tumultuous ten years in office by Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria, writing for The Boston Globe on Dec. 29, 2006.  By Joe Lauria, for The…

Consortium News - 2018-08-18 - Original post - cached version

The European Union has accused British intelligence agencies of disrupting Brexit negotiations—creating a new public dispute that could poison further an already toxic situation, says Annie Machon.  By Annie Machon in Brussels Special to Consortium News Just after midnight on…

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Consortium News - 2018-08-17 - Original post - cached version

In our political and personal lives many of us have been conned. Here’s how to recognize how politicians and people manipulate us and how to stop them, according to Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Humans are hackable. Ask any conman.…

Consortium News - 2018-08-17 - Original post - cached version

The new Italian government is taking comfort in some of Trump’s positions, especially on migration, trade and Russia, says Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News During the 2016 United States election campaign, most of Italy’s…

Consortium News - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Hundreds of mainstream newspapers on Thursday have coordinated editorials against Trump’s attacks on the press, but as Sam Husseini explains, the major media need to do some soul-searching itself.  By Sam Husseini Today, hundreds of newspapers, at the initiative of The Boston…

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Consortium News - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

At war with current and former intelligence officials since before he was elected, Donald Trump on Wednesday moved to strip Barack Obama’s CIA chief of his security clearance, though worse may be in store for John Brennan, says Ray McGovern.…

Consortium News - 2018-08-15 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration is dismantling Temporary Protected Status, a program that protects people from deportations to countries destabilized by war, civil conflict, or natural catastrophe. One group is fighting back. By Dennis J Bernstein The Trump Administration, with Attorney General…...

Consortium News - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version

A USS Liberty survivor who was arrested by Israel this month trying to break the Gaza blockade joins Episode 2 of Consortium News Radio.   Joe Meadors was a signalman on the USS Liberty surveillance ship on June 8, 1967 when…

Consortium News - 2018-08-14 - Original post - cached version

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism, comments Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence…

Consortium News - 2018-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Newly released declassified documents prove once and for all that CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw torture in Thailand, which the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee knew all along, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News…

Consortium News - 2018-08-11 - Original post - cached version

The election of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s new president further underscores America’s futile military strategy in the region, argues Graham Fuller. By Graham Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering…

Consortium News - 2018-08-10 - Original post - cached version

In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship, argues Caitlin Johnstone in this commentary. By Caitlin Johnstone Last year, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were...

Consortium News - 2018-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Defenders of Israel are using flawed logic in trying to tar supporters of the age-old tactic of boycotts as anti-semitic, argues Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson If you search the topic boycotts on Google you immediately realize how historically common…

Consortium News - 2018-08-09 - Original post - cached version

INTRODUCING Consortium News Radio, an ongoing series of radio interviews with newsmakers and Consortium News writers intended to delve deeper into stories published on Consortium News. On the premiere edition of Consortium News Radio we speak with Peter Van Buren,…

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Consortium News - 2018-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Defending their illegal blockade of Gaza against what they see as infiltrators rather than activists bringing aid and making a point, Israeli soldiers physically assaulted a number of delegates and arrested them, including a USS Liberty survivor.  By Ann Wright…

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

A little-noticed Senate bill would give Donald Trump blanket permission to launch wars in violation of the Constitution, says John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Have you ever heard of Senate Joint Resolution 59 (S.J.Res. 59)? Neither…

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

The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in a memo to the Twitter board of directors questions its decision to suspend the account of one of its members without due process. August 8, 2018 TO: Twitter Board of Directors FROM: Veteran…

Consortium News - 2018-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and investigative reporter John Pilger takes the gloves off on the continuing attempts to upend WikiLeaks and arrest its founding publisher, Julian Assange, in this interview with Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico. Pilger talks about Assange’s deteriorating…
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Consortium News - 2018-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Memorandum for: The US Embassies of Ecuador and the United Kingdom, and the U.S. State Department From: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Subject: Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange For six years, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been effectively imprisoned without…

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Consortium News - 2018-08-06 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to want to militarize life beyond Earth. But that is a bankrupt approach, believes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall Special to Consortium News When Donald Trump declared it was time to Make…

Consortium News - 2018-08-04 - Original post - cached version

A nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al Ahmad became Damascus’ secret liaison to the West and has quietly been dealing Syria’s grinding war to a close, reports Rhania Khalek. By Rania Khalek Gray Zone Project After seven years of grinding…

Consortium News - 2018-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Why did NATO attack Yugoslavia in 1999, killing perhaps as many as 2,500 civilians? Here are some possible answers as Vladimir Golstein reflects back on that ugly episode. By Vladimir Golstein in Belgrade Special to Consortium News Right across the…

Consortium News - 2018-08-01 - Original post - cached version

As drums beat again for war — this time on Iran—-the VIPS’ warning is again being disregarded as it was before the Iraq debacle and this time VIPS fear the consequences will be all-caps CATASTROPHIC.  August 1, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran…

Consortium News - 2018-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Julian Assange’s lawyers fear his extradition to the U.S. where they believe a sealed indictment in Virginia is awaiting him.  In a rare move by a U.S. politician, a state senator in Virginia has come out in support of Assange.…

Consortium News - 2018-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has nothing but contempt for international law. But he has shown uncritical deference to executive power, particularly in the so-called war on terror cases, argues Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn The two primary sources of…

Consortium News - 2018-07-30 - Original post - cached version

UPDATED: Israeli forces have violently boarded a ship, being followed by Consortium News, that was headed to Gaza bringing humanitarian aid. A survivor of the USS Liberty is now in Israeli custody. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News Israeli…

Consortium News - 2018-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Ahed Tamimi and her mother were freed from prison on Sunday. Ray McGovern looks back on when he met the Tamimi family last year in their West Bank village and reflects on the spirit that drives them. By Ray McGovern…

Consortium News - 2018-07-27 - Original post - cached version

As Edward Snowden confirmed beyond doubt, we live in a world where our most intimate moments can be seen by would-be extortioners and, more alarmingly, by our governments, says Annie Machon. By Annie Machon in Brussels Special to Consortium News…

Consortium News - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

The British Establishment wants to protect the expanded privileges it inherited from Margaret Thatcher’s neoliberal legacy but appears clueless about how to deal with an increasingly rebellious British public, as Alexander Mercouris explains. By Alexander Mercouris in London Special to…
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Consortium News - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Hammering on Russia is a losing strategy for progressives as most Americans care about economic issues and it is the Republicans and corporate Democrats who stand to gain, argues Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon Progressives should figure it out. Amplifying…

Consortium News - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Though The New York Times itself has not reported it, it’s No. 2 lawyer told a group of judges that the prosecution of Julian Assange could have dire consequences for the Times itself, explains Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special…

Consortium News - 2018-07-25 - Original post - cached version

COMMENTARY: Former CIA agent John Kiriakou argues that no former intelligence official should be allowed to keep their security clearances when they leave government, especially if they work in the media. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Libertarian senator…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-25 - Original post - cached version

In an interview with Consortium News, an independence leader and member of the Spanish parliament tells Attilio Moro that Catalonians are not finished seeking separation from Madrid. By Attilio Moro in Barcelona Special to Consortium News “Freedom for the political…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-24 - Original post - cached version

In a new book Obama’s deputy national security adviser opens up about Pentagon interference in policy, Obama’s political calculations and his own ignorance of the Middle East, as As’ad AbuKhalil explains in this review. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium…

Consortium News - 2018-07-23 - Original post - cached version

The meaning of a crucial text message between two FBI officials appears to have been finally explained, and it’s not good news for the Russia-gate faithful, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News Former FBI attorney…

Consortium News - 2018-07-22 - Original post - cached version

FROM THE ARCHIVES: As Israel in the past few days helped evacuate 800 “White Helmets” from Syria, en route to Britain and other Western countries, we look back at an article published by Consortium News in Oct. 2016. By Rick…

Consortium News - 2018-07-21 - Original post - cached version

FROM THE ARCHIVES: In pursuit of Russia-gate, U.S. mainstream media embraces any attack on Russia and works to ensure Americans don’t hear the other side of the story, as with the Magnitsky myth, reported Robert Parry on Oct. 28, 2017. By Robert…

Consortium News - 2018-07-20 - Original post - cached version

They actually held a Russian-American summit in Helsinki on Monday to talk about life and death issues, though you wouldn’t know it from the corporate media. Alexander Mercouris explores some of those other issues. By Alexander Mercouris The summit meeting…

Consortium News - 2018-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi has worked with WikiLeaks for nine years on the Podesta emails and other revelations. Here’s an insider’s view of the publisher, which has incensed rulers around the world, desperate to hide their corruption. By Stefania Maurizi…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Amidst the backdrop of increased U.S.-Russian tensions and even talk of war, long forgotten is the time the U.S. actually invaded, explains Jeff Klein. By Jeff Klein Special to Consortium News Amid the bi-partisan mania over the Trump-Putin Summit in…

Consortium News - 2018-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans don’t buy the media’s bellicose spin, as Norman Solomon explains. By Norman Solomon Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki,…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-17 - Original post - cached version

The media’s mania over Trump’s Helsinki performance and the so-called Russia-gate scandal reached new depths on Monday, says Joe Lauria By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump ahead of Monday’s summit.  With Friday’s indictments of Russian intelligence officers, Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump making clear that…

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