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Consortium News - 2019-04-07 - Original post - cached version

On Thursday Daniel Lazare wrote a review of a book about how intelligence agents set up aspects of the “collusion” story. But in May 2018 Lazare had already begun figuring out the story for himself. By Daniel Lazare Special to…

Consortium News - 2019-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Unity4J held an online vigil from Friday and through Monday morning after two sources in the Ecuadorian government told WikiLeaks it can expect Julian Assange to be expelled from the London Embassy within “hours or days.”    Among the guests…

Consortium News - 2019-04-05 - Original post - cached version

WikiLeaks has quoted a “high-level” Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News…

Consortium News - 2019-04-05 - Original post - cached version

In a tweet, Wikileaks quoted a high-level Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently kicked out of the London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him. WikiLeaks warned in a…

Consortium News - 2019-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos’s book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-04 - Original post - cached version

VIPS warn that Trump’s policies regarding Venezuela appear to be on a slippery slope that could take us toward war in Venezuela and military confrontation with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Avoiding War with Russia…...

Consortium News - 2019-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Rajan Menon looks at two recent scandals and what they show about the nexus between wealth and power in America.  By Rajan Menon TomDispatch.com Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right. One source of…

Consortium News - 2019-04-03 - Original post - cached version

 Two articles from Jonathan Cook:  Reaction t0 footage of British soldiers using a poster of Jeremy Corbyn as target practice; and a look back at when a sitting prime minister was a real target of the British army.  By Jonathan Cook…

Consortium News - 2019-04-03 - Original post - cached version

Ecuador’s president is threatening to soon decide on Julian Assange’s refuge after his government falsely accused WikiLeaks of publishing files about a scandal that threatens to bring the president down, as Elizabeth Vos reports. By Elizabeth Vos Special to Consortium…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

For more than two years, led by our founding editor, Bob Parry, Consortium News consistently challenged the Russia-gate “collusion” story, which has now been officially dismissed. Please support us to keep our record of unique journalism going as we launch…

Consortium News - 2019-04-02 - 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, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

The simplicities of the postwar order have just begun to pass into history, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Xi Jinping’s visits to Rome, Paris and Monaco…

Consortium News - 2019-04-01 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. and EU may worry about Rome joining the New Silk Road, but it’s their fault, writes Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News Italy caused a political firestorm in mid-March when it announced that…

Consortium News - 2019-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week.   By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-29 - Original post - cached version

The 22nd Unity4J online vigil for Julian Assange was webcast on Friday with guests Tim Canova, Lissa Johnson, Cassandra Fairbanks and more. Watch it here. In addition to journalist Cassandra Fairbanks, who discussed her bombshell report from inside the Ecuadorian…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-29 - Original post - cached version

The idea that Westminster is the “mother of all parliaments,” representing a democratic model for the world, is a cultivated myth, writes Mark Curtis.  By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified On Tuesday in the British parliament, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Once a Washington groupthink takes hold, as it has in the fervent belief about Russia-gate, respect for facts and logic fly out the window since all these important people can’t be wrong, wrote Robert Parry on Dec. 5, 2017. The…

Consortium News - 2019-03-29 - Original post - cached version

On this date in 2018, the Wikileaks publisher was cut off from the work of journalism, reports Elizabeth Vos.  By Elizabeth Vos Special to Consortium News One year ago Thursday, Ecuador’s government under President Lenin Moreno silenced Julian Assange. WikiLeaks…

Consortium News - 2019-03-28 - Original post - cached version

When masses of students from all over the world mobilize around a utopia, adults become uncomfortable, writes Roberto Savio. By Roberto Savio in Rome Inter Press Service If we ever needed proof of how the political system has become self-referential…

Consortium News - 2019-03-28 - Original post - cached version

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, wrote Robert Parry on Nov. 20, 2017. The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate By Robert…

Consortium News - 2019-03-27 - Original post - cached version

The Iraq wars and their consequences have been callous, bipartisan campaigns that have profoundly altered Arabs’ views of the United States, says As’ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News It has been sixteen years since the U.S. invasion of…

Consortium News - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Criticizing Israel is considered bad form, writes Daniel Lazare, but keeping mum about Saudi crimes is fine as long as the donations continue to flow. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News In a week when the GOP flaunted its…

Consortium News - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

As the annual AIPAC conference wraps up in Washington on Tuesday, historian Walter Hixson looked back on the Israel Lobby’s origins in this speech last Friday to the “Israel Lobby & American Policy Conference” at the National Press Club. By Walter Hixson…

Consortium News - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Jonathan Cook analyzes what progressives can glean from a major squabble between different wings of the same neoliberal establishment. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net Here are three important lessons for the progressive left to consider now that it is clear the inquiry…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Peddlers of Russia-gate have boosted the U.S. president’s re-election campaign,  writes Caitlin Johnstone.   By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com After news broke that Robert Mueller had turned in his final report without recommending any further indictments, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow began...

Consortium News - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria predicted on Nov. 5, 2016 that should Clinton lose, the Democrats would blame Russia to try to remove Trump from office, even without evidence. It was the birth of Russia-gate.  Joe Lauria wrote that if…

Consortium News - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

From the “scandal’s” outset, Consortium News adopted journalistic skepticism, led by founding editor, the late Robert Parry, with Ray McGovern, Daniel Lazare, Patrick Lawrence, Gareth Porter, Joe Lauria & VIPS debunking much of the mania that seized the land.  In the wake…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration’s foreign policy may be easily deconstructed as a crossover between The Sopranos and late-night comedy, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Bangkok Special to Consortium News Is this the Age of Anxiety? The Age of Stupidity?…

Consortium News - 2019-03-24 - Original post - cached version

A mysterious flight of a U.S. rendition plane to London and increase of plainclothes British police outside the Ecuador embassy has heightened concern for the WikiLeaks founder, as Elizabeth Vos reports. By Elizabeth Vos In four days, it will be…

Consortium News - 2019-03-24 - Original post - cached version

With concern growing about the latest possible moves to illegally extract Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy, Elizabeth Vos discusses the latest WikiLeaks news and interviews Ecuadorian journalist Jose Rivera in the 21st Assange vigil held on Friday. Watch the…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Even a labor group currently at odds with Caracas opposes foreign interference in the matter of the presidency, reports Ivar Andersen. By Ivar Andersen in Stockholm Inter Press Service More than 60 countries have recognized Juan Guaidó as legitimate interim president.…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Ann Wright reports on the launch earlier this month, in D.C. and New York, of the worldwide “Korea Peace Now” campaign. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News While U.S.-North Korean contact is stalled, relations between North Korea and South…

Consortium News - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

America’s senior generals find no exits from endless war, writes William J. Astore for TomDispatch. By William J. Astore TomDispatch.com “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Then-Secretary of State…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

UPDATED: The Twitter account of Julian Assange’s mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Telesur English Hit By Same Restrictions Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange,…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

From Paris, Léa Bouchoucha reports for Consortium News on two sets of demonstrators, some of whom are mingling while others keep a distance.  By Léa Bouchoucha in Paris Special to Consortium News Some had hoped the two marches in Paris…

Consortium News - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

The social media giant has given no reason to Christine Assange who had turned to Twitter to campaign for the liberty of her son. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News The Twitter account of Christine Assange, the mother of…

Consortium News - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Racism in the U.S. Congress nearly derailed Hawaii becoming the 50th state, as Sarah Miller Davenport reports.     By Sarah Miller Davenport  University of Sheffield The Conversation  Sixty years ago, Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation making Hawaii America’s 50th state.…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

It won’t be “full and thorough” and Democrats will continue to look for political payoff from Russia-gate, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Last week gave us mounting indications that Robert Mueller has finished his two-year…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Out of fury against President Trump, many liberals have enlisted in the ranks of the New Cold War against Russia, seeming to have forgotten the costs to rationality and lives from the first Cold War, warned the late William Blum.…

Consortium News - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Marty Gottesfeld is a reminder of the Justice Department’s determination to silence truthtellers, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Last year I wrote about a whistleblower from New England who took direct action to save a child’s…

Consortium News - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Anis Chowdhuryand Jomo Kwame Sundaram confront the notion that British rule helped “develop” the empire. By Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur and Anis Chowdhury in Sydney Inter Press Service As the possible implications of Britain’s self-imposed “no-deal” exit from the European Union…
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Consortium News - 2019-03-17 - Original post - cached version

UPDATED: Demonstrators for and against regime change in Venezuela converged on the White House on Saturday and there were some angry scenes as D.C. mounted police took their positions in Lafayette Park. Updated to include video of the entire anti-coup…

Consortium News - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

While intelligence agencies were looking in all the wrong places, a conspicuous target slipped through the cracks, writes Suzie Dawson.  By Suzie Dawson Special to Consortium News Now that the bodies of 49 innocent human beings are lying in a…

Consortium News - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

With Chelsea Manning still in jail for refusing to testify about Julian Assange, who remains arbitrarily detained in London, the 20th webcast vigil for Assange took place on Friday. Among the guests were Australian broadcaster Mary Kostakidis, James Cogan of the…

Consortium News - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Allegra Harpootlian links gun violence at home to U.S. wars abroad. By Allegra Harpootlian TomDispatch.com In the wake of the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff members,…

Consortium News - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

This executive order disregards some valuable historical lessons, writes Daniel R. Brunstetter. An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth) By Daniel R. Brunstetter, University of California, Irvine The Conversation When it comes to drones and...

Consortium News - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation’s recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country’s foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind…

Consortium News - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Birgitta Karlström Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlström Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa.…

Consortium News - 2019-03-13 - Original post - cached version

The final Mueller report should be graded “incomplete,” says VIPS, whose forensic work proves the speciousness of the story that DNC emails published by WikiLeaks came from Russian hacking. March 13, 2019 MEMORANDUM FOR:    The Attorney General FROM:   Veteran…

Consortium News - 2019-03-13 - Original post - cached version

The group that trained Juan Guaidó and his allies laid out plans for galvanizing public unrest in a 2010 memo, Max Blumenthal reports for Grayzone. By Max Blumenthal Grayzone A September 2010 memo by a U.S.-funded soft power organization that helped train…

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