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The Real News - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

By Gareth Porter / Consortium News

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report.

Israeli Prime Minister...

The Real News - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.


Credit: Newsrescue.com

With US President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day...

The Real News - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

By Richard Greeman / Socialist Project.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the wave of radical revolts and revolutionary uprisings that startled the world in 1968 and which – although ultimately crushed by the forces of reaction that dominate the world to this day – left in its...

The Real News - 2018-05-03 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.


Credit: Qatar Tribune

The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar is escalating in discreet but no less worrisome ways that effect major third-party commercial interests and could increase...

The Real News - 2018-05-01 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.


Credit: KUNA

Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative and subtle ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure.

The shifts involve...

The Real News - 2018-05-01 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon / Truth Dig.

Then-President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett at the White House in July 2010. Obama was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between...

The Real News - 2018-04-26 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.


More than 60 cadets were killed in 2016 attack on Quetta police academy / Credit: Dawn

Twin attacks earlier this week on Pakistani security forces in the troubled province of Balochistan cast a light on a sustained and violent campaign...

The Real News - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon / Truth Dig.

A supporter holds a picture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a demonstration in March outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has gone silent on social media after his internet connection at the embassy was unplugged because of...

The Real News - 2018-04-21 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to...

The Real News - 2018-04-19 - Original post - cached version

by Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Elvert Barnes | CC BY 2.0

There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies.

These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S....

The Real News - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

By David William Pear. April 17, 2018

[First Published by The Greanville Post]

In their book Manufacturing Consent Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky distinguished between two kinds of victims:  the worthy victims and the unworthy victims.  The “worthy victims” are the victims (real...

The Real News - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

By Mohamed Elmaazi / Open Democracy.

Britain and its ‘Allies’ have helped arm warring Syrian factions, fuelled conflict, spurned refugees. Now they want to punish Assad’s alleged war crimes by committing war crimes of their own.

Image: Kobani during bombing by US-led...

The Real News - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Richard Fidler, Stewart Phillip and Serge Simon

At the 2015 Paris COP 21 climate conference Justin Trudeau pledged his newly-elected government would help “to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as well as pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5...

The Real News - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

By Raju Das / Socialist Project.

India is experiencing something like a national emergency. This is in the form of persistent, nation-wide attacks on the basic democratic rights of ordinary citizens, by hyper-nationalist and communal forces which are supporting, and which are supported...

The Real News - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon

Politicians, pundits and activists who’ve routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging...

The Real News - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

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By Socilaist Project.

Thousands have been pouring onto Vancouver streets, as well as protesting across Canada, against the...

The Real News - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to ultra-conservative strands of the...

The Real News - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version
I've been advised that I can expect to be terminated from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression this coming Tuesday evening and have pre-emptively been removed from my social media roles and the organization's website back-end. The cause for this termination, I have been informed, will most...
The Real News - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base...

The Real News - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

by Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Busy Beaver Button Museum | CC BY 2.0

Jerry Rubin, a “founding father” of the Yippies, is widely credited with having come up with the slogan “don’t trust anyone over thirty.”  He no doubt did say that, many times back in the day, but...

The Real News - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version
By Vijay Prashad / The Hindu. The curious saga of Lula da Silva that has undermined democracy in Brazil

Over the weekend, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva turned himself in to the police after having been charged with corruption under the wide-ranging Lava Jato (Car...

The Real News - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey

Edited remarks at The Beautiful Game? Identity, Resentment, and Discrimination in Football and Fan Cultures conference, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, 12-13 April 2018

The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and...

The Real News - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

By Socialist Project.

For the second time in three years, CUPE 3903 — representing contract faculty, TAs and GAs at York University — has been forced to go on strike. The fight for accessible education and job security at York University is not an isolated phenomenon. Whether it’s...

The Real News - 2018-04-09 - Original post - cached version

By Greta Zarro / World Beyond War.

The culture of war is pervasive in our society, through military-funded Hollywood films and video games, the militarization of the police, and JROTC and ROTC programs in our schools.

Members of the Patch High School drill team compete in the...

The Real News - 2018-04-07 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Iranian leaders are struggling, three months after anti-government protests swept the Islamic republic, to ensure that environmental issues that helped sparked a popular uprising in Syria in 2011 leading to a brutal civil war don’t threaten the clergy...

The Real News - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

By Greg Shupak / The Electronic Intifada

A Bedouin woman watches as Israeli bulldozers destroy her shelter in the village of al-Araqib, August 2010. The village has been razed more than 100 times.

Oren Ziv ActiveStills

Crucial to Israeli...

The Real News - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

by Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Rich Misner | CC BY 2.0

Among the reasons why MSNBC, CNN, NPR (its slogan should be: “my choice for conventional wisdom and pro-regime propaganda|”), the handful of comparatively progressive columnists whom The New York Timesand...

The Real News - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

By John Clarke / Socialist Project.

For almost three decades, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) has been fighting against neoliberal austerity, especially that aspect of it that has involved systematically degrading systems of income support. The underlying motive in this...

The Real News - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

By Nick Cunningham / Oilprice.com

Oil prices seesawed at the start of the week before jumping close to multi-year highs on geopolitical concerns, with Brent hitting $70 and WTI at $65. However, geopolitical pressure is only able to influence oil prices to such a degree because the...

The Real News - 2018-04-02 - Original post - cached version

By Ashley Braun / Socialist Project.

A sweeping new report released on March 23rd emphasizes just how intertwined the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity truly are.

The Paris Climate Agreement and several other United Nations (UN) pacts “all depend on the...

The Real News - 2018-03-30 - Original post - cached version

The federal judge called Exxon's claim that its free speech rights were being violated by the state investigations 'a wild stretch of logic.'

By John H. Cushman Jr. and David Hasemyer / Inside Climate News.

The attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts are...

The Real News - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by ASACP RTA | CC BY 2.0

There is no doubt about it: Stormy Daniels is a formidable woman.  Karen McDougal is no slouch either, though she is hard to admire after that riff, in her Anderson Cooper interview, about how religious and...

The Real News - 2018-03-28 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey

Two headlines this month beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan stand up, please?

Pakistan’s The News reported that the government had designated Islamabad as a pilot project to regulate...

The Real News - 2018-03-26 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Debilitating hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, not least who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa. While attention is focused on ensuring that continued...

The Real News - 2018-03-26 - Original post - cached version

By Charles Benavidez / Safehaven

Wall Street is shocked, but it shouldn't be: Tariffs targeting China should have been a given, and now the market's tanking on trade war fears as if it just crept up on everyone, but Trump's been very clear on this.

Wall Street is known for being...

The Real News - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Acid Pix | CC BY 2.0

As public support for the Vietnam War waned, and as all LBJ could do about it was send more troops, he would periodically announce, for the flimsiest of reasons, that victory was at last in sight; that “there was...

The Real News - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

UE General Executive Board

President Trump’s recent announcement that he intends to impose a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum is not a new or effective strategy for reviving American manufacturing. George W. Bush imposed tariffs on steel in 2002 and quietly removed them...

The Real News - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

By David Swanson / World Beyond War.

“Imagining that Donald Trump can’t do something worse each day than the day before has been doomed to failure since long before John Bolton’s appointment,” said David Swanson, director of World BEYOND War. “But this one is stunning. Trump just...

The Real News - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

By David Mandel / Socialist Project.

This article examines the bases of popular support for recently re-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin. Although this support is strenuously “cultivated” by the regime by various illicit means, it nevertheless has a genuine basis that needs to...

The Real News - 2018-03-21 - Original post - cached version

No women at the table

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative...

The Real News - 2018-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Indeed, partly because it has no prying co-op board, Trump Tower in New York has received press attention for including among its many honest residents tax-dodgers, bribers, arms dealers, convicted cocaine traffickers, and corrupt former FIFA officials.65

One typical example involves...

The Real News - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.

Steep commercial terms for China’s investment in infrastructure projects across Eurasia related to its Belt and Road initiative may give it control of key ports and other assets as recipients of Beijing’s largess find themselves trapped in debt. Yet,...

The Real News - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

By Sean Sweeney / Socialist Project.

Puerto Rico is now at the center of the global debate about climate resiliency, the potential of renewable energy technologies, and the best way to transition away from fossil fuels. To some extent, it has compressed the struggle for the world’s...

The Real News - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

By James S. Henry / The American Interest.

Did the American people really know they were putting such a "well-connected" guy in the White House?

"Tell me who you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are."

- Cervantes

"I’ve always been blessed with a kind...

The Real News - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance

US empire is in decline. Reports of the end of the US being the unitary power in world affairs are common, as are predictions of the end of US empire. China surpassed the United States as the world economic leader,...

The Real News - 2018-03-16 - Original post - cached version

By Robert Scheer / Alternet.

"They drank the Kool-Aid and thought they were saving freedom"

Photo Credit: MuckRock

Joel Whitney’s new book, “Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers,” explores how the CIA influenced acclaimed writers and...

The Real News - 2018-03-15 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.


Why is the American political class so intent on reviving the Cold War?   Why does Israel have it in for Iran?

These are complicated questions; many factors are involved.

But there is “a fact of life,” as it were, that bears on the...

The Real News - 2018-03-15 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad.

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to you from Beirut, Lebanon, where the sun is shining brightly and the air is crisp. Not far from here, in the east of Damascus, the war in Syria continues. It is not a war that has disappeared from the consciousness of people...

The Real News - 2018-03-14 - Original post - cached version

By Jane McAlevey / Socialist Project.

Dignity and respect are the root cause of every serious labor struggle. This was certainly the case in West Virginia’s unprecedented nine-day statewide education strike. When the workers won this past Tuesday, singing and dancing erupted among the...

The Real News - 2018-03-12 - Original post - cached version

By Kubilay Cenk / Socialist Project.

On February 21, a notice was released in Turkey’s Official Gazette (Resmi Gazete) stating that bids will be collected for Turkey’s state-owned fourteen sugar plants. According to Directorate of Privatization Administration’s (OIB) announcement,...

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