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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…

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

Primaries are a way to replace passive liberals with progressive boat-rockers, writes Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com Earlier this month, both Politico and The New York Times  reported that freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was ruffling the feathers of fellow...

Consortium News - 2019-01-24 - Original post - cached version

The North Korea leader obviously wants a deal, writes Patrick Lawrence, which gives the U.S. a historic opportunity next month. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News President Donald Trump’s announcement late last week that he will meet North Korea’s…

Consortium News - 2019-01-24 - Original post - cached version

Lawyers for the WikiLeaks publisher want the OAS independent body to keep Assange from being sent to a courtroom in the U.S. and to end his isolation. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News Julian Assange’s lawyers have filed an…

Consortium News - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

The two sides have long agreed to keep their hostilities covert, writes As`ad AbuKhalil, but Israel would like that to change.   By As`ad AbuKhalil in Beirut Special to Consortium News David Hale, the U.S. under secretary for political affairs, went…

Consortium News - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

As each timeline emerged in the story, it seemed to offer a correction to an earlier version that muddied the moral of the story in its rush to judgement, says Corinna Barnard. By Corinna Barnard Special to Consortium News Consumers…

Consortium News - 2019-01-23 - Original post - cached version

The most obvious and significant culprit in ‘Trump Anxiety Disorder’ is the mass media, which has been fanning the flames of panic, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com A new, updated data set is now available on a psychological phenomenon that…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-22 - Original post - cached version

Elected officials are not having a collective epiphany about capital punishment, writes John Kiriakou. But for other reasons executions are still going down.  By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Will 2019 be the year that the death penalty is…

Consortium News - 2019-01-21 - Original post - cached version

To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day a group of academics, journalists, lawyers, Hollywood artists, activists, researchers and intellectuals, including two of Robert F. Kennedy’s children, are calling for  reinvestigation of four assassinations of the 1960s. On the occasion of…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

On Thursday BuzzFeedNews delivered the latest “bombshell” Russia-gate report to fizzle within 24 hours of its publication, one in a long series of wrong Russia-gate stories that have the media begging for forgiveness, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Chalk up another failure for a rabid media desperately trying to prove the Russia-gate story, this time a piece by a reporter with a history of failure, as Joe Lauria reports. In their haste to prove they are right after…

Consortium News - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

The Five Eyes, a part of what the NSA calls internally its “global network,” have their dirty fingerprints all over the latest spying scandal engulfing New Zealand, writes exiled Kiwi journalist and activist Suzie Dawson. NZ Spy Scandal:  Elephants In The Room;…

Consortium News - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Watch Friday’s broadcast here on Consortium News that discussed the latest news on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks publisher continues to resist pressure to leave the Ecuador Embassy and be sent to the U.S. for prosecution, even as he has been…

Consortium News - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

NewsGuard is led by some of the most virulently pro-imperialist individuals in America and its agenda to shore up narrative control for the ruling power establishment is clear, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The frenzied, hysterical Russia narrative…
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Consortium News - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Even if China’s rise heralds a new space race, not all consequences will be negative, writes Wendy Whitman Cobb. What will China discover on the far side of the moon? (BeeBright/Shutterstock.com) By Wendy Whitman Cobb, Cameron University The Conversation China became…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

When a legitimate review of a politician’s voting record draws charges of “doing Trump’s bidding” that’s demagogic, writes Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com Well-informed public discussion is a major hazard for Democratic Party elites now eager to prevent Bernie…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

These installations exist somewhere between light and shadow, writes Nick Turse. While acknowledged as foreign military outposts, they are excluded from the official inventory.  By Nick Turse TomDispatch Within hours of President Trump’s announcement of a withdrawal of U.S. forces from…
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Consortium News - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Sam Husseini writes that the news agency ignored the nominee’s link to a major U.S. scandal broken by its own investigative reporter at the time, the late Robert Parry, founder of Consortium News. By SamHusseini FAIR A president facing a…

Consortium News - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Netanyahu demands a TV showdown with his corruption accusers and Roseanne Barr prepares to address the Knesset. The poverty of public discourse has never been more apparent, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu commandeered…
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Consortium News - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s promise of an insurmountable barrier between the U.S. and Mexico is an exercise in proven futility, writes Greg Grandin in this guided tour of fortification efforts over several decades.  By Greg Grandin TomDispatch The point was less to actually build…

Consortium News - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Was former FBI Director James Comey pulling a Hoover on Trump to keep him in line? asks Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News For those interested in evidence — or the lack of it— regarding collusion between…

Consortium News - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world, writes Vijay Prasad from Kerala, as social unrest grows in Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria and Los Angeles.  Workers Around the World Greet 2019 With Wave of Demonstrations By Vijay Prashad…

Consortium News - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Historian and U.K. analyst Mark Curtis checks out the Twitter accounts of journalists whose names have been associated with the Integrity Initiative, a British “counter disinformation” program. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified The U.K.-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by...

Consortium News - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium…

Consortium News - 2019-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Thank you readers. Consortium News far surpassed its Winter Fundraising goal. Thank you also for voting on the top 10 stories of 2018. Here are the results. Thanks to the generosity of our readers Consortium News blew past our $5o,000 Winter Fund Drive…

Consortium News - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Consortium News broadcast the 12th Unity4J online vigil for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange on Friday, hosted by Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria. Julian Assange is a wanted man because he published classified information that revealed the crimes and corruption of…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

A cockeyed analysis from 2012 publicized by Wikileaks—which has been overlooked due to apparent errors of dating—unleashed a catastrophe, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News A Hillary Clinton memo that Wikileaks made public in 2016 has…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

“Hotel Rwanda” is a touchstone of interventionist ideology, writes Ann Garrison. Debunking that script helps show why the closure of the assassination case against Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame serves Western interests. By Ann Garrison Black Agenda Report Most Westerners believe…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Adam McKay’s movie may be flawed, but it’s still must-see for his depiction of how Cheney amassed power by exploiting Watergate, an inexperienced president and 9/11, writes James DiEugenio. By James DiEugenio  Special to Consortium News  In 2015, director Adam…

Consortium News - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

After mobilizing a disinformation campaign across Europe, documents show that the Integrity Initiative is now infiltrating the U.S., report Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames. By Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames Grayzone A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after…

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Consortium News - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

How can people enjoy a corporate retreat knowing they are near a vast indoctrination camp for ethnic Uighurs? Lawrence Davidson analyzes capitalist conditioning in response to a New York Times article about McKinsey & Co. By Lawrence Davidson  TothePointAnalysis.com  On…

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