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Consortium News - 2018-07-14 - Original post - cached version

The indictment of 12 Russian ‘agents,’ which included no collusion with Trump’s team, is essentially a political and not legal document because it is almost certain the U.S. government will never have to present any evidence in court, reports Joe Lauria. …

Consortium News - 2018-07-14 - Original post - cached version

COMMENTARY: FBI agent Peter Strzok may be soon “thrown under the bus” in the ongoing investigation into Clinton’s emails and his alleged role in the Russia-gate investigation, comments Ray McGovern.  By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News If FBI agent…

Consortium News - 2018-07-13 - Original post - cached version

In its reporting of supposed North Korean “violations”, the corporate media is once again found to be pushing a political agenda, as Gareth Porter explains. By Gareth Porter In late June and early July, NBC News, CNN, and The Wall Street…

Consortium News - 2018-07-12 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s bluster at the NATO summit only has to do with money, not whether the alliance serves any genuine security purpose, says Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall Special to Consortium News The usual NATO summit begins and ends with…

Consortium News - 2018-07-11 - Original post - cached version

With Donald Trump about to meet Vladimir Putin in their first summit on July 16, prominent academics, journalists, politicians and activists call for a lessening of dangerous tensions between the two nuclear powers.  An Open Letter:  Common Ground For Secure…

Consortium News - 2018-07-11 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Supreme Court is riven by political division and the nomination process riddled by partisan battles, unlike Europe’s highest courts, argues David Orentlicher.  By David Orentlicher United States President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-10 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s policies are shaping America’s relationship with the world in major ways even if those policies don’t exhibit a consistent strategy, observes Paul Pillar. By Paul Pillar The urge within the commentariat to describe every president’s foreign policy in terms…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-09 - Original post - cached version

In the midst of tepid Western criticism, Israel is finally realizing its decades-old goal of splitting the West Bank in two, while putting an end to the fiction of a two-state solution, observes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth…

Consortium News - 2018-07-09 - Original post - cached version

A survivor of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 U.S. sailors has joined the Freedom Flotilla headed towards Gaza, as Joe Lauria reports. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News Joe Meadors, a survivor of the…

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

John Pilger asks where the spirit of rebellion has gone that once led to numerous uprisings at a female prison factory in Australia where his great-great grandmother was once interned. By John Pilger  Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets.…

Consortium News - 2018-07-06 - Original post - cached version

The Supreme Court majority ignored two treaties and customary law in upholding Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, which the president himself said targeted Muslims, reports Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn The Supreme Court’s opinion last month in Trump v. Hawaii, affirming Donald…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-05 - Original post - cached version

U.S. corporate media spent years dismissing the role of neo-Nazis in Ukraine’s 2014 coup but it is suddenly going through a conversion, as Daniel Lazare reports. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Last month a freelance journalist named Joshua…

Consortium News - 2018-07-04 - Original post - cached version

Americans celebrate their independence 242 years ago today from Britain with little thought it seems about who rules them now, comments Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Today America celebrates its liberation from the shackles of the British Crown and the…

Consortium News - 2018-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Prominent journalists and politicians seized upon a shabby, politically motivated, “intelligence” report as proof of “Russian interference” in the U.S. election without the pretense of due diligence, argues Jack Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador in Moscow. By Jack Matlock Did…

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

For decades, the specter of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has haunted Mexico’s ruling elites. His triumph on Sunday could change the country’s domestic, regional, and international outlook, says Dan Steinbock. By Dan Steinbock International media touted the neoliberal reforms of…

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Consortium News - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

A tribute to Robert Parry, the founder and editor of Consortium News, was held in Berkeley last month. Here is the video of the event and excerpts from the speakers who celebrated Bob’s life. By Rick Sterling Event Photos by…

Consortium News - 2018-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Bernard Lewis, seen by some in the West as a giant of Arab and Muslim scholarship, left behind a legacy of falsehoods and politically-motivated distortions, as As’ad AbuKhalil explains. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News There is no question…

Consortium News - 2018-06-29 - Original post - cached version

Stunned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, the Democratic Party establishment is trying to contain the rebellion challenging its class interests and may try to stem the tide with a compromise on super-delegates, as Norman Solomon reports.  By Norman Solomon Conventional wisdom…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-28 - Original post - cached version

In this interview with noted author and editor, Vijay Prashad, Dennis J. Bernstein discusses the recent streetside assassination of journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Kashmir. By Dennis J Bernstein Large crowds gathered in Kreeri village in Kashmir last Monday to honor the…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-27 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. was in talks for a deal with Julian Assange but then FBI Director James Comey ordered an end to negotiations after Assange offered to prove Russia was not involved in the DNC leak, as Ray McGovern explains. By…

Consortium News - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

While key members of his administration oppose him, Donald Trump seems intent on forging ahead with plans to create a sixth military branch–in outer space, as Renee Parsons reports.  By Renee Parsons At a recent meeting of the newly-revived National Space…

Consortium News - 2018-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have won another five-year term in elections on Sunday. But what does that mean for the future of Turkish democracy?, asks Aydogan Vatandas. By Aydogan Vatandas  When the Justice and Development (AK) Party…

Consortium News - 2018-06-25 - Original post - cached version

There is a direct connection between gun violence and suicide rates in the United States and America’s aggressive foreign policy, argues Will Porter. How America’s Gun Violence Epidemic May Have Roots in Overseas War Zones By Will Porter Special to…

Consortium News - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

The failure of the Italian Left has left Italy dominated by the ‘free market’, just as a European Union commissioner said it would, according to Attilio Moro. By Attilio Moro in Brussels Special to Consortium News At the end of…

Consortium News - 2018-06-24 - Original post - cached version

The attempt by the Italian president to install an outsider from the IMF to be prime minister symbolized an end of national sovereignty in Europe, reports Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News By invoking his…

Consortium News - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

After North Korea agreed in principle to get rid of its nukes, the U.S. continues to ignore its obligation under the NPT to also eliminate its nuclear weapons, as Marjorie Cohn explains. By Marjorie Cohn A powerful economic incentive continues…

Consortium News - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

U.S. policy in Honduras, particularly during the Obama administration, is directly responsible for part of the immigration crisis now gripping the U.S., argues Joseph Nevins. By Joseph Nevins Central American migrants – particularly unaccompanied minors – are again crossing the…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Media coverage of the Trump-Kim summit has highlighted a political reaction that threatens to torpedo any possible U.S-North Korean agreement on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, says Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News An implicit coalition of…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

U.S. media routinely repeat Pentagon talking points about the accuracy of U.S. bombing, but how precise are these attacks, asks Nicolas J.S. Davies. By Nicolas J S Davies Special to Consortium News Opinion polls in the United States and the United Kingdom have found that…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

It failed to make headlines, but the recent change in name of the U.S. Pacific Command is an ominous sign of a coming U.S. confrontation with China, argues Michael T. Klare. By Michael T. Klare U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis…

Consortium News - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

A battle between regulated immigration and a utopian vision in line with international finance is splitting the German Left Party, giving an opening to the right, as Diana Johnstone explains. By Diana Johnstone in Paris Special to Consortium News Freedom…

Consortium News - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Courageous publishers like Julian Assange and principled churchmen like Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty are a rarity: Neither would be silenced; and both had to seek asylum; but the similarity ends there, explains Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News During World…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange’s six years’ confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. By John Pilger The persecution of Julian Assange must…

Consortium News - 2018-06-16 - Original post - cached version

As Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policy intensifies, an organization founded in 1986 has stepped up its efforts to help families under attack, as Dennis J. Bernstein explains. By Dennis J Bernstein America’s “National Pastime” used to be the heart of the…

Consortium News - 2018-06-16 - Original post - cached version

While Western media decried Hizbullah’s victory in last month’s election, any notion that the Shi`ite party can dominate Lebanese politics is at best an exaggeration, says As’ad AbuKhalil. Part One of this article can be read here. By As`ad AbuKhalil…

Consortium News - 2018-06-15 - Original post - cached version

A British elite challenged by large parts of the British population is rallying around trumped-up fear of Russia as a means of protecting its interests, as Alexander Mercouris explains. By Alexander Mercouris  Special to Consortium News in London  Hostility to…

Consortium News - 2018-06-14 - Original post - cached version

The summit has already relaxed tensions but the reason is not because of a lessened threat from Pyongyang, as Jonathan Marshall explains. By Jonathan Marshall Special to Consortium News Scads of analysts and pundits have weighed in on the Trump-Kim…

Consortium News - 2018-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Changing the intentions the U.S. and North Korea have towards each other in the long run is more important than possession of nuclear weapons themselves, argues Graham Fuller. By Graham E. Fuller The fascinating, elaborately choreographed diplomatic pas de deux in Singapore between Donald…...

Consortium News - 2018-06-13 - Original post - cached version

In 1972 Democrats were able to praise Nixon for going to China, but the reaction to Trump’s summit in Singapore shows how far we’ve come since then, says Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News When Richard Nixon returned…

Consortium News - 2018-06-12 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. and North Korean leaders have ended their historic summit in Singapore temporarily silencing the naysayers but only time will tell whether it will bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, reports Joe Lauria.  By Joe Lauria  Special to Consortium…

Consortium News - 2018-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Establishment media was either unwilling or unable to accurately cover the intricacies of the Trump-Kim summit as well as Pyongyang’s serious diplomatic efforts, says Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Britain’s new counter-terrorism initiative builds on Stasi-like methods to create a potentially Orwellian present for British citizens, as former MI-5 officer Annie Machon explains. By Annie Machon Special to Consortium News in Brussels British Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled a…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

A new French law to combat so-called “fake news” fits in all too well with the growing establishment campaign to censor dissident opinion by one means or another, argues Jean Bricmont.  By Jean Bricmont The French government of Emmanuel Macron…

Consortium News - 2018-06-11 - Original post - cached version

This community of truth tellers and committed advocates for peace is truly amazing. Less than a week after we launched our $5,000 Spring Fundraising Challenge Grant, we’ve exceeded that goal. You’re making online independent journalism work in this digital age…

Consortium News - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Julian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuador’s London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work, as John Pilger discusses with Dennis J. Bernstein. By Dennis J…

Consortium News - 2018-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Don North was part of an ABC News team on the route from St. Patrick’s in New York to Arlington Cemetery of the funeral procession of Robert Kennedy who was buried 50 years ago today on June 8, 1968. Here…

Consortium News - 2018-06-07 - Original post - cached version

A day after she was elected president of the UN General Assembly, the Ecuadorian foreign minister said Julian Assange would remain incommunicado in Ecuador’s London embassy, as James Cogan explains. By James Cogan On Monday Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda…

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Consortium News - 2018-06-07 - Original post - cached version

More than two years after the allegation of Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was first made, conclusive proof is still lacking and may never be produced, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News If…

Consortium News - 2018-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Robert Kennedy was shot on June 5 and died June 6, 1968, fifty years ago today. A new examination of evidence is forcing human rights organizations — including the OAS— to consider probing the case. By Dr. William Pepper and…

Consortium News - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version

A just published book on the RFK murder re-examines the evidences and asks what the world might be like if the four 1960s assassinations never occurred. By James DiEugenio Special to Consortium News Authors Tim Tate and Brad Johnson begin…

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