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Consortium News - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Washington doesn’t like its Muslims or Arabs to take pride in their heritage or oppose the Israeli occupation, writes As’ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Washington was not expecting the arrival of Reps. Ilhan Omar or Rashida…

Consortium News - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Chelsea Manning has done a great service in finally stripping away the last vestige of excuse from the figures who refuse to support Julian Assange, says Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk On International Women’s Day on March 8 Chelsea…

Consortium News - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Whether Biden can win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will largely depend on how little voters know about his actual record, writes Norman Solomon. Biden is No Friend of the Working Class; Solidly Backed Invasion of Iraq in 2003  By…

Consortium News - 2019-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Despite growing Trump administration tensions with Venezuela and even with North Korea, Iran is the likeliest spot for Washington’s next shooting war, says Bob Dreyfuss for TomDispatch. The Trump Administration is Reckless Enough to Turn the Cold War With Iran…

Consortium News - 2019-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Local food and seed systems must be rebuilt for Africans, write Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis. By Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis  African Centre for Biodiversity in Johnnesburg Inter Press Service Africa is facing dire times.…

Consortium News - 2019-03-08 - Original post - cached version

As Chelsea Manning is jailed for refusing to testify against Julian Assange, watch the discussion on 19th online vigil for Julian Assange.  The guests included Greg Palast, Brian Becker, Lee Stranahan, John Kiriakou, George Szamuely and hosts Elizabeth Vos and…

Consortium News - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

The 18th Unity4J vigil for Julian Assange was held Friday evening. In this edition we broke down Trump lawyer Michael Cohn’s testimony regarding WikiLeaks, Australia’s repressive press law, as well as other news. You can watch it here:

Consortium News - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

It’s called the “Mail Cover Program” and it’s run by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Yes, even the Post Office is spying on us, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News You may remember that last year…

Consortium News - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

Heavy-metals pollution threatens indigenous agriculture throughout the region, reports Edgardo Ayala. By Edgardo Ayala in San Salvador Inter Press Service Like an octopus, metals mining has been spreading its tentacles throughout Central America and dealing a blow to the region’s agriculture…...

Consortium News - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

Current policies often favor large farms at the expense of small growers who produce most of the world’s food, writes Jomo Kwame Sundaram.  By Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service For two centuries, all too many discussions about…

Consortium News - 2019-02-28 - Original post - cached version

Nomi Prins tracks the acute worsening of inequality since the 2008 financial crisis.   By Nomi Prins TomDispatch.com Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

Opening the litigation floodgates would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more, writes Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn Truthout The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

A poem by the late Salvadoran radical Roque Dalton helps to clarify what is going on in Venezuela, writes Vijay Prashad.  By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research As the United States and its allies put pressure on Venezuela, a…

Consortium News - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

A quintessential DC insider is likely going to jail on a minor charge and it’s good he’s not getting away with it, says John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Federal prosecutors last month stepped up their investigation…

Consortium News - 2019-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Marco Rubio and coup leaders are accusing the Venezuelan National Guard, but Max Blumenthal lines up opposing evidence.   By Max Blumenthal in Caracas Grayzone The Trump administration’s coup against Venezuela culminated on Feb. 23 with U.S.-backed opposition attempting to ram several…
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Consortium News - 2019-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Recently published book by Carter official says the president was initially hostile to Sadat’s initiative toward Israel because Carter saw it as “the end of any hope of a comprehensive peace,” says As’ad AbuKhalil in this review. Carter Worried Bilateral…

Consortium News - 2019-02-23 - Original post - cached version

The reporter as clown — for whom the truth is too difficult to report —may be the final stage of much of mainstream journalism’s degeneration, writes John Pilger for Consortium News. By John Pilger Special to Consortium News Travelling with…

Consortium News - 2019-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world, write Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. By Anis Chowdhury in Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Hail, Donald J. Trump, we who are about to read your latest tweet salute you! Tom Engelhardt pens an obituary for the republic. By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome…

Consortium News - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

A CNN star reporter should not be shocked to learn that U.S. allies are consorting with Yemeni terrorists, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News A recent CNN report about U.S. military materiel finding its way into Al…

Consortium News - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become “warriors,” emulating a group of…...

Consortium News - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

In the era of forever wars, recruits who are lured by substantial rewards can sign up for more than they realize, writes Rebecca Gordon. By Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch.com A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard. She’s a…

Consortium News - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

If the objective was to further isolate the U.S., the two officials could not have done a better job last week, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News What a job Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary…

Consortium News - 2019-02-19 - Original post - cached version

Today, war means so much more than military combat, writes Michael T. Klare. It can take place even as the leaders of the warring powers meet to negotiate.  By Michael T. Klare TomDispatch.com In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, “Destined for War,” Harvard professor…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-18 - Original post - cached version

What the U.S. faces with China is not a new Cold War but a contest unlike any it has known before, says Chas W. Freeman, Jr. By Chas W. Freeman, Jr ChasFreeman.net Five hundred years ago, Hernán Cortés began the…

Consortium News - 2019-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a “60 Minutes” interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” said…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

There are several factors for Venezuela’s economic crisis, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to U.S. leaders or following corporate media, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Consortium News - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

It acted as a restraint on the settlers’ worst excesses, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers…

Consortium News - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

The 17th vigil for Julian Assange, now a weekly event every Friday, was aired today on Consortium News. Watch the replay here. The Unity4J vigils will continue until Assange is free. The guests were Garland Nixon, James Cogan, Elizabeth Vos,…

Consortium News - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

An era-shaping threshold is being crossed at a weapons plant in the high plains country of the Texas Panhandle, writes James Carroll. By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Last month, the National Nuclear Security Administration (formerly the Atomic Energy Commission) announced that the first…...

Consortium News - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

In a strangely old-school, Catholic, sense, they chose not to look back or question the assassinations of the 1960s, writes Edward Curtin. By Edward Curtin edwardcurtin.com  Growing up Irish-Catholic in the Bronx in the 1960s, I was an avid reader…

Consortium News - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Consortium News webcast from Sydney, Australia a production of politicsinthepub.org of an event Thursday on Whistle-blowing, WikiLeaks and the Future of Democracy. The speakers were Caitlin Johnstone, James Cogan, Cathy Vogan, Ambassador Tony Kevin and CN Editor Joe Lauria from Sydney. You…...

Consortium News - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Sanders is in step with most Americans, says Norman Solomon, and that bothers the defenders of oligarchy. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com With a launch of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign on the near horizon, efforts to block his trajectory to the…

Consortium News - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

The decision has set up a standoff between the president and the courts, writes Luis Gómez Romero. López Obrader wants to cut salaries for all government workers in Mexico, including himself. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell0) By Luis Gómez Romero, University of…

Consortium News - 2019-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Coverage of this episode by The New York Times and CNN further stigmatizes any dissent from new Cold War policy toward Russia, writes Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The New York Times and CNN led media coverage last month of…

Consortium News - 2019-02-13 - Original post - cached version

The newly minted presidential candidate is serving as a lightning rod for the debate about U.S. warmongering, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com When Hawaii’s Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced her plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, I predicted that it…...

Consortium News - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Interference by Gulf and Western governments in Beirut’s affairs has been increasing steadily, writes As’ad AbuKhalil for Consortium News. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News After nine months of delays and political feuding, Lebanon finally has a new government.  The…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s backing of Juan Guaidó’s shadow government could weaken the opposition’s longstanding support among the majority of Venezuelans, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner NACLA Since its outset, the Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Venezuela and radicalized its positions.…...

Consortium News - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

This story of seeming failure is surprisingly hopeful for the future of labor, writes Steven C. Beda. Seattle shipyard workers in 1919 as they walk off the job. (Museum of History & Industry, CC BY) By Steven C. Beda, University of…

Consortium News - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Organizations ranging from the ACLU to Human Rights Watch condemn the practice as “inherently cruel, inhuman, and degrading,” writes A. Naomi Paik. Protesters depicting detainees of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) By A. Naomi…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Modern institutions that hold back the rise of barbarism are being weakened, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson  To the Point Analysis.com Several recent events suggest that global warming is not the only thing threatening our future. As if they are…

Consortium News - 2019-02-09 - Original post - cached version

The process that ended Prohibition provides a template, writes former Senator Mike Gravel. By Senator Mike Gravel Special to Consortium News In the interest of full disclosure, I have been on the board of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., for five years,…

Consortium News - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Unity4J presented the 16th online vigil for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday. You can watch the replay here. Guests: Mike Gravel, Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, Brian Becker, Teodrose Fikre and more. Among the topics discussed were the Geneva city parliament voting…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Mark Curtis reviews the expediency that for many decades has marked U.K. policy toward Iran. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Forty years ago, the Iranian revolution sent a shockwave through the Middle East, overthrowing the Western client, Shah Mohammad…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

A major spill of jet fuel in 2014 should have shut down this aging, leaking, storage complex, says Ann Wright. By Ann Wright in Honolulu Special to Consortium News The North Korean missile scare in Hawaii a year ago was…

Consortium News - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

The Japanese island hosting U.S. military bases and training sites is a forerunner in exposing the contamination, writes Pat Elder.  Fire-Fighting Exercises Spread ‘Forever Chemicals’ By Pat Elder World BEYOND War Contaminants are being detected in water samplings in communities…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-07 - Original post - cached version

The Jewish community has a special responsibility to fight Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, says Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn Truthout As a progressive Jew, I find that many of my family members and friends are still what we…

Consortium News - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Divisions in the coalition could reduce turnout in April and strengthen the right-wing bloc under Netanyahu, reports Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net A political coalition representing Israel’s Palestinian minority – currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament,...

Consortium News - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Dan Ellsberg has given us a book that shows the urgency of re-engaging on nuclear disarmament, writes John V. Walsh. With Two Minutes to Midnight, Time Is Running Out By John V. Walsh Anti-war.com  “From a technical point of view,…

Consortium News - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Destabilizing other nations in gross violation of international law will no longer go unopposed, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News The Venezuela crisis worsens by the day. Early last week the U.S. sanctioned PdVSA, the state-owned…

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