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Consortium News - 2019-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Despite the seemingly escalating risks of war, last week also produced an unexpected drift toward the mahogany table.  By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News There was no shortage of alarming incidents in and around the Persian Gulf last week.…

Consortium News - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump pulled back from igniting a potentially disastrous war in the Persian Gulf on Thursday night with just 10 minutes to spare, but the super-hawks he surrounded himself with will probably try again, writes Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria…

Consortium News - 2019-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Rather than preventing ballistic missile proliferation in the region, the U.S. seems more intent on seeing Saudi Arabia strengthen its military muscle against Iran, explains Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News The U.S. has obtained intelligence that…

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Consortium News - 2019-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Saudi and UAE pressure on Qatar to embrace a tougher stance against Iran have left the Arab Gulf states divided as the U.S. builds tension with Teheran, writes Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Expectedly, no major…

Consortium News - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Giorgio Cafiero explores Ankara’s various reasons for granting the imprisoned leader of the PKK access to his lawyers for the first time since 2011.  By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Since his capture in Kenya 20 years ago, Abdullah…

Consortium News - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

The president’s advisers are orchestrating policies that have quickly destabilized the world and jeopardized the security of the United States, says Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News For a person who claims to be a deal…

Consortium News - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Berlin, Paris and London assumed Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the promised economic rewards.  Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar…

Consortium News - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version

Attilio Moro explains why the EU’s only directly elected legislative body is mounting such an energetic voter-turnout campaign.  By Attilio Moro  in Brussels Special to Consortium News As the EU approaches what are considered to be the most important elections…

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

The Trump administration should set aside its disinformation campaign and start looking at reality, says Fulton Armstrong. By Fulton Armstrong Special to Consortium News The Trump administration’s approach to Venezuela have both policy and intelligence failure written all over them.…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-29 - Original post - cached version

Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo’s withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers.  A Decisive Defeat in Long-Running Battle with Foreign Policy Minders By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Secretary of State Mike…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-24 - Original post - cached version

As’ad AbuKhalil explains why Palestinians will see through the latest U.S. illusion of a Middle East “peace process.”   By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News There is great speculation about the “Deal of the Century” for the Middle East,…

Consortium News - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

The new Ukrainian government is faced with reopening an inquiry into evidence of an organized mass killing in Kiev that Poroshenko stonewalled. Ivan Katchanovski investigates. By Ivan Katchanovski Special to Consortium News Five years ago, the Maidan massacre in Kiev,…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-19 - Original post - cached version

The Swedish and U.S. claims are vastly different, writes Jonathan Cook. But the public conversation in the U.K. is simply about which has first dibs on Assange.  By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net In a previous blog post, I warned that the media and political…

Consortium News - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s demagogic ploy with the freshman lawmaker raises the more serious question of who and what led to the “Day of Planes,” writes Max Blumenthal. By Max Blumenthal Special to Consortium News As Donald Trump sharpens his re-election messaging, he…

Consortium News - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Patrick Lawrence eyes the U.S. president’s difficulties with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton as he tries to resume peace talks with Pyongyang. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Moon Jae-in’s Oval Office meeting…

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Consortium News - 2019-04-12 - Original post - cached version

One of the few towering figures of our time was reduced to nothing more than a sex pest and scruffy bail-skipper, writes Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorean…

Consortium News - 2019-04-12 - Original post - cached version

The view is no different from how South African blacks regarded elections of whites in apartheid South Africa, writes As’ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Israeli elections are treated by U.S. media as an American affair.  It…

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

The simplicities of the postwar order have just begun to pass into history, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Xi Jinping’s visits to Rome, Paris and Monaco…

Consortium News - 2019-04-01 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. and EU may worry about Rome joining the New Silk Road, but it’s their fault, writes Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News Italy caused a political firestorm in mid-March when it announced that…

Consortium News - 2019-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week.   By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-28 - Original post - cached version

When masses of students from all over the world mobilize around a utopia, adults become uncomfortable, writes Roberto Savio. By Roberto Savio in Rome Inter Press Service If we ever needed proof of how the political system has become self-referential…

Consortium News - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

America’s senior generals find no exits from endless war, writes William J. Astore for TomDispatch. By William J. Astore TomDispatch.com “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Then-Secretary of State…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation’s recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country’s foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind…

Consortium News - 2019-03-13 - Original post - cached version

The group that trained Juan Guaidó and his allies laid out plans for galvanizing public unrest in a 2010 memo, Max Blumenthal reports for Grayzone. By Max Blumenthal Grayzone A September 2010 memo by a U.S.-funded soft power organization that helped train…

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 - 2019-02-27 - 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 - 2019-02-21 - 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 - 2019-02-19 - 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 - 2019-02-15 - 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 - 2019-02-14 - 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 - 2019-02-12 - 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 - 2019-02-11 - 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 - 2019-02-08 - 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 - 2019-02-06 - 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 - 2019-01-29 - 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 - 2019-01-28 - 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 - 2019-01-24 - 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 - 2019-01-18 - 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 - 2019-01-16 - 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 - 2019-01-14 - 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 - 2019-01-11 - 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 - 2019-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Xi Jinping’s state media was strangely quiet about its historic lunar landing, writes Patrick Lawrence in this look at the U.S. effort to maintain primacy over advanced technologies. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News When China landed a space…

Consortium News - 2018-12-30 - Original post - cached version

The outcry against Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria reveals an appetite for regional hegemony, writes As’ad AbuKhalil. It also minimizes the capacity of native militia to defend territory for which they fought and died.    A Wise and…

Consortium News - 2018-12-21 - Original post - cached version

French protesters are furious with EU champion Emmanuel Macron while Rome battles Brussels over its budget. Amid all this, Andrew Spannaus discusses why organized labor isn’t seizing the moment.  Yellow Vests, Italian Budget Battles & Silent Labor Unions By Andrew…

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