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

To truly avoid a conflict of interest, the Boeing executive appointed acting secretary of defense would have to avoid many significant decisions, write Mandy Smithberger and William D. Hartung of Tom’s Dispatch.  By Mandy Smithberger and William D. Hartung Tom’s Dispatch The way…

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

While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Milan Special to Consortium News We…

Consortium News - 2019-02-03 - Original post - cached version

Tony Kevin, a former Australian ambassador, defends Julian Assange & WikiLeaks & reveals a plan to get him safely from Ecuador’s London embassy back to Australia. He is interviewed by CN Editor Joe Lauria for Unity4J.

Consortium News - 2019-02-01 - Original post - cached version

Consortium News webcast the 15th Unity4J online vigil on Friday. Watch the replay here. Guests: Brian Becker, Cathy Vogan, Gareth Porter, Lee Stranahan and Tony Kevin.  

Consortium News - 2019-02-01 - Original post - cached version

Howard Thurman travelled to India and returned to the U.S. intent on bringing nonviolence to the struggles of African Americans, writes Walter E. Fluker. Howard Thurman’s image on Howard University chapel’s stained glass window. (Fourandsixty from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA) By…

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Consortium News - 2019-02-01 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli prime minister’s ease with neo-Nazism and revisionist Holocaust history are not as surprising as they might seem, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a soft spot for rightwing…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

We have so little time, but still the old guard wants to block any possible path to salvation, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent…

Consortium News - 2019-01-31 - Original post - cached version

Judge Leonie Brinkema has denied an application from the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press to unseal the U.S. government’s complaint against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News A U.S. federal judge has ruled…

Consortium News - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

Barack Obama was not an outlier but the norm when it comes to the tokens who are paraded by Democrats to represent faux-progress and counterfeit diversity and Kamala Harris is the next in line, says Teodrose Fikre of the Ghion Journal. By Teodrose…

Consortium News - 2019-01-30 - Original post - cached version

The Washington favorite has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization, write Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal of Grayzone. By Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal Grayzone  Before the fateful date of Jan. 22, fewer than 1-in-5 Venezuelans had…

Consortium News - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. secretary of state is a Christian zealot who sees the U.S. as incapable of doing ill, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson TothePointAnalysis.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started out the new year—the date was Jan. 10—preaching…

Consortium News - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version

From the Archives: Russia-gate mania spread beyond a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or removing him from office into an excuse for stifling U.S. dissent that challenges the New Cold War, reported Joe Lauria on Dec. 4, 2017. By Joe Lauria…

Consortium News - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

A former army chief may present a challenge to Benjamin Netanyahu, but his campaign’s exultation of destruction and oppression is chilling, reports Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net With April’s elections looming, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-28 - Original post - cached version

Written in 2014 during the Obama adminstration, this article by Eva Golinger gives insightful background to the current crisis in Venezuela and Washington’s role in stirring it up. By Eva Golinger Chavezcode.com Anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-27 - Original post - cached version

As the U.S. declares a new government in Venezuela, we look back at how the Reagan administration promoted human rights violations in Guatemala, including genocide inflicted on Indian villages, as the late Robert Parry reported on Feb. 21, 2013. By…

Consortium News - 2019-01-27 - Original post - cached version

On this day last year Consortium News lost its founder and editor Robert Parry, who succumbed to cancer at 68. We look back on his life in this video of his memorial service in Arlington, VA on April 14, 2018.…

Consortium News - 2019-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Unelected U.S.-backed coup leader Juan Guaidó immediately moved to try to restructure Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and seek financing from the neoliberal IMF, reports Ben Norton of The Gray Zone. US Anointed ‘President’ Moves to Seize National Petroleum Company By…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Not since the Cuban revolution, has the U.S. government played such an overtly activist role in Latin America, writes Steve Ellner. By Steve Ellner Special to Consortium News Washington’s recognition of the shadow government headed by Venezuelan National Assembly president Juan…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Julian Assange’s lawyers filed a petition with the Inter-American Court for Human Rights and WikiLeaks is mentioned in a new Mueller indictment unveiled Friday, two of the topics that were discussed on the 14th Vigil on Friday.  Guests included Peter…

Consortium News - 2019-01-25 - Original post - cached version

A contradiction is unfolding inside the party as it pushes for a Green New Deal, writes Steve Horn. By Steve Horn  The Real News Network The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has hired a former fracking lobbyist to lead…

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