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Richard Falk - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Burning Amazonia, Denying Climate Change, Devastating Syria, Starving Yemen, Ignoring Kashmir

 

The World Order Backdrop

 

Arguably, even before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there was a widespread sense that a state-centric form of world order was morally...

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

Happy Do Nothing Day. By Edward Curtin edwardcurtin.com  In a country with Mount Rushmore that celebrates ruthless and frenetic westward expansion, it might be a bit naïve to suggest a Do Nothing Day. National holidays are great – so many…

Consortium News - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

As`ad AbuKhalil analyzes the calculations behind the recent attacks, which the Western press covered with the usual lack of realism.  By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News There are two realities about Israel in the world: one projected by Western…

Consortium News - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

A new film depicting the whistleblower Katherine Gun, who tried to stop the Iraq invasion, is largely accurate, but the story is not over, says Sam Husseini. By Sam Husseini Special to Consortium News Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is…

Consortium News - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

It’s a billionaire’s world and the biggest of them all is in the thick of it, as Eric Zuesse explains. By Eric Zuesse Strategic Culture Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post, which leads America’s news-media in their…

Consortium News - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

In need of a “collusion” connection, top FBI officials have now been shown to be behind the false portrayal of an unregistered lobbyist as a spy. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Much has been written about Maria Butina,…

Consortium News - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

The UN’s warnings are dire, but they are still likely overestimating the time we have to act, writes Arn Menconi. By Arn Menconi Special to Consortium News The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released a report earlier…

Consortium News - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Woody Guthrie might not have been perfect, but we don’t need to “cancel” him, writes Will Kaufman. Woody Guthrie. (Al Aumuller/Library of Congress) By Will Kaufman The Conversation  In recent years, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has become…

Consortium News - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Daniel Lazare analyzes the Trump-Bojo attacks on democracy and equality. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News It’s tempting to describe President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and their ilk as the new Vandals.  But that would be unfair…

Consortium News - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Trump and Netanyahu thought they were pulling a fast one on two U.S. congresswomen, but it has blown up in their faces, as Marjorie Cohn explains. By Marjorie Cohn Truthout During Congress’s August recess, a group of 41 Democratic and 31…

Consortium News - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Michael Brenner considers the dearth of #MeToo outrage at the foul activities of the 25-year-long Epstein-Maxwell operation. By Michael Brenner Why have the howls of outrage not echoed through the media? Why has the trumpet’s call to action been silent?  Why haven’t the halls of Congress…...

Consortium News - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version

A clause in U.S. immigration law that restricted those “likely to become a public charge” has made a disturbing comeback, reports Laurel Leff.  AP Photo/Seth Wenig By Laurel Leff The Conversation During the Nazi era, roughly 300,000 additional Jewish refugees…

Consortium News - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin Johnstone discards the high-flown dogma around space colonization and challenges readers to accept themselves and life on planet Earth.   By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com It’s rare to get a billionaire to share their grand plans for the future, which is…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

As things stand, the EU prohibition on relocating embassies to Jerusalem will fall on Nov. 1, writes Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Following U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton’s talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ministers in…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Marjorie Cohn says Democratic contenders should commit to immediate troop withdrawal and to cooperate with international  investigations of U.S. war crimes.  By Marjorie Cohn Truthout On July 30, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported that the Afghan government and...

Consortium News - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Death, sex, power, intrigue, murder, suicide — these are the staples of the 19th century penny press, mass media and the CIA, writes Edward Curtin. By Edward Curtin edwardcurtin.com  When phrases such as “the deep state” and “conspiracy theory” become staples of…

Consortium News - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

The ferociously anti-Chinese network behind the demonstrations has been cultivated with the help of U.S. funding and a Washington-linked local media tycoon, reports Dan Cohen.   By Dan Cohen    The Grayzone President Donald Trump tweeted on August 13 that he “can’t…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-19 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. and other Western powers are working to preserve a capitalist dystopia and manufacture consensus for long-term conflict with China, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  PopularResistance.org Hong Kong is one of the most extreme examples…
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Consortium News - 2019-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Trump has taken an insane U.S. policy towards Iran and make it even crazier, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Traffic accidents normally take just a second or two.  But the coming collision in the Persian…

Richard Falk - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Banning U.S. Congresspersons from Israel

The decision to ban, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, two sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives, disgraces the leaders of both the United States and Israel, confirms the illegitimacy of both political parties by their tepid responses,...

Consortium News - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

As one door  bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina, writes Vijay Prashad. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research As one door sharply bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina. That is the nature of our struggles.…

Consortium News - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Phil Rockstroh muses on how the impulse to possess an unlimited number of firearms fits into the late-imperium scheme of things.  By Phil Rockstroh  The U.S.  is less of a nation than a collective, psychotic episode. Within day-to-day life in…

Consortium News - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

If Jeffrey Epstein’s death turns out to have been self-inflicted, it would represent a complete breakdown in the system that was supposed to protect him. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News A cottage industry has been spawned over the…

Consortium News - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Craig Murray delves into allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and another suspicious death that the case recalls.   By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former presidents and prime ministers where the inhabitants have a little…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

The only problem with the term is the meaningless use of it as a pejorative, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Plutocratic propaganda outlet MSNBC has run a spin segment about the medical examiner’s determination of the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s death…
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Consortium News - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Three scholars look at what can be done for U.S. farms, where bankruptcies were already at a 10-year high before the floods this past spring.  Jeff Jorgenson looks over a partially flooded field he farms near Shenandoah, Iowa, May 29,…

Consortium News - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Ronnie Cummins challenges the widely used official estimate of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. agriculture. By Ronnie Cummins Independent Science News for Food and Agriculture The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Given the roll call of high and mighty involved, Michael Brenner inspects the many dead ends investigators are likely to hit.     By Michael Brenner Jeffrey Epstein is dead. An alleged suicide who was found strangled in his prison cell Saturday morning…

Richard Falk - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version
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[Prefatory Note: This post is an edited version of an interview on 11 August 2019 by an Iranian journalist, Nozhan Etezad, and published in Iran Newpaper. It addresses various aspects of the troubled recent relationship between Iran/U.S.]

Will Trump’s War-Mongering Lead to War with...

Consortium News - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Craig Murray offers a guide to a judge’s conclusion that claims made as the basis of Russiagate are insufficient to even warrant a hearing.  By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and…

Consortium News - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

The gun lobby has hijacked the Second Amendment, which was intended for citizen militias to provide domestic “security” without a standing army. The amendment is a dangerous relic, never clearer than  after El Paso and Dayton, writes Joe Lauria. By…

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

About the only thing the Defense of Democracies’ founder does not love about war is fighting it himself, writes Daniel McAdams. By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute To say that Clifford May, founder of the Foundation for the Defense of…

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

“First, I would advise you against using the words ‘win’ and ‘winning’ to describe war, especially from a U.S. perspective,” begins Habib Ahmadzadeh. By Habib Ahmadzadeh Mint Press News Dear President Trump, In a recent Tweet, you claimed that “Iranians never won…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-07 - Original post - cached version

The closer we get to victory, the more politicians in the service of  profiteering industries will pitch marketing scams, write Kevin Zeese and  Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  PopularResistance.org In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Act. Within a…...

Consortium News - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

In a nation afflicted by fads, crazes, manias and rages, mass murder is the jackpot for nihilists, writes James Howard Kunstler. By James Howard Kunstler Clusterfuck Nation In a nation afflicted by fads, crazes, manias and rages, mass murder is…

Consortium News - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

Mass shootings by white supremacists should not be exploited to further militarize the police and lose more civil liberties, says Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Two mass shootings have rocked the United States in less than 24 hours, leaving dozens…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-05 - Original post - cached version

The populist League party may be joining the ranks of other entities and individuals who have been discredited for not aligning with NATO’s anti-Russian posture, writes Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News A meeting with Russians, allegations…

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Richard Falk - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Context Matters Except for the Palestinians

 

Just imagine the Israeli reaction to a peace plan put forth by a future U.S. president elected to pursue the agenda of ‘the squad,’*[*]appointing Noam Chomsky, the head of CAIR, and Medea Benjamin on assuming office to lead its moves...

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

Establishment narrative managers distracted attention from a notable antiwar contender, seizing instead the chance to marshal an old smear against her, writes Caitlin Johnstone.     In the race to determine who will serve as commander in chief of the…

Consortium News - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Only Bernie and Tulsi walked the walk in 2016, says John V. Walsh. By John V. Walsh Dissident Voice The current round of presidential debates is packed with plans, programs, promises, claims and counter-claims.  The question, as always, is which candidates…

Consortium News - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Attorney General Bill Bar will have a new deputy sheriff to go after those responsible for Russiagate, if John Ratcliffe is confirmed as new DNI, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News Shortly before President Donald…

Consortium News - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Any deal with the Taliban will resemble the other retreats from the anti-colonial and counterinsurgency conflicts the U.S. has fought since  1945, writes Danny Sjursen. By Danny Sjursen TomDispatch.com Could President Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know…

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Consortium News - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Arresting an Iranian ship and then threatening war when Iran commits precisely the same illegal act is the height of hypocrisy by the U.K., writes Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk The British seizure of the Iranian tanker off Gibraltar…

Consortium News - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Amid all the 50th anniversary commemorations of Apollo 11, As`ad AbuKhalil finds little mention of the pioneering contributions of the Soviet  space program.  By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News It was Noam Chomsky who once said that NASA was the…

Consortium News - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Oliver Boyd-Barrett looks at who benefits from having the corporate media suffocate their public with a puerile narrative for over two years.  By Oliver Boyd-Barrett Organisation for Propaganda Studies For over two years Russiagate has accounted for a substantial proportion…

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Consortium News - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Boris Johnson ushers in the most right-wing British government since 1832, writes Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk I can only imagine that the media people who are saying Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet is the most right-wing since the…

Consortium News - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Roberto Savio confronts an era of greed, fear and “populocracy.” By Roberto Savio in Rome Inter Press Service When all is said and done, it appears that Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century English philosopher who had a dire vision of man,…

Consortium News - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump says he’s ‘okay either way’, whether there’s war with Iran and Tehran seems to be okay  with that too, warns Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Paris Special to Consortium News All bets are off in the geopolitical…

Consortium News - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Robert Mueller appeared to have difficulty understanding and answering questions during his day-long hearings on Wednesday but snapped to attention to make political points, says Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News Former Russiagate special counsel Robert Mueller’s…

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Consortium News - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

From a vantage point in the not-too-distant future Andrew J. Bacevich looks back on 2019 as a year when, in retrospect, it was clear the United States had  passed a point of no return. By Andrew J. Bacevich TomDispatch.com [Editorial note:…

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