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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 - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Elizabeth Vos reviews the unsavory history of intelligence agencies providing protection to child sex-trafficking rings.   By Elizabeth Vos Special to Consortium News The alleged use of sexual blackmail by spy agencies is hardly unique to the case of Jeffrey…

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 - 2019-08-20 - 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 - 2019-08-19 - 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…

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 - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

As`ad AbuKhalil reviews Middle East rulers’ reasons for distrusting their own militaries.    By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News A close association between armies and politics has pertained in the Middle East for a long while. Army leaders have…

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 - 2019-08-13 - 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 - 2019-08-08 - 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 - 2019-08-02 - Original post - cached version

To be a law-abiding nation, the U.S. must grant self-determination in areas it has stolen, write Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.   By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers PopularResistance.org The results of centuries of U.S. empire, which began with Manifest…

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

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

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 - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Edward Curtin contemplates the longstanding and savage complicity between church and state. By Edward Curtin in Lisbon edwardcurtin.com  As I sit on the small balcony on the top floor of an old house in the working-class neighborhood of Alfama in…

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

Lockheed Martin’s government contracts rival the operating budget of the State Department, writes William D. Hartung. And now it’s about to have company. By William D. Hartung TomDispatch.com When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the…...

Consortium News - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Michael T. Klare offers an overview of oil’s enduring sway in U.S. policy in the Middle East. By Michael T. Klare  TomDispatch.com It’s always the oil. While President Donald Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at…

Consortium News - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

A new book attacking the French scholar for his views on Israel and Zionism spurs As`ad AbuKhalil to provide his own assessment. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The French Orientalist Maxime Rodinson was by far one of the…

Consortium News - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Johanna Ross spoke with David Miller, a propaganda researcher, after the recent publicity of U.K. civil service murmurings about Jeremy Corbyn’s “fitness.” By Johanna Ross in Edinburgh, Scotland Special to Consortium News A couple of weeks ago, The Times of London published…

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Consortium News - 2019-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Jonathan Cook explains why the wave of pro-Zionist preachers taking an interest in Israel is bad news for Palestinians and loaded with ominous historic precedent.   On Monday Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the…

Consortium News - 2019-07-03 - Original post - cached version

There were Egyptian elections before Mohammed Morsi, who underestimated the anti-democratic impulses of Arab tyrannies, and assumed Western governments wouldn’t stand for an overthrow of a democratically-elected president. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The death of Mohamed Morsi...

Consortium News - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

There’s nothing new about a U.S. president assuming that Palestinians can be bribed into cooperating with Zionist ambitions, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson  TothePointAnalysis.com President Donald Trump’s peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or at least the economic...

Consortium News - 2019-06-29 - Original post - cached version

With Julian Assange facing possible extradition from Britain to the U.S. for publishing classified secrets, Elizabeth Vos reflects on the parallel but divergent case of a notorious Chilean dictator. By Elizabeth Vos Eight months from now one of the most…

Consortium News - 2019-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Ann Wright recalls that a U.S. military warship shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988 and Washington insisted afterwards that it was correct in doing so.  By Ann Wright Code Pink The Iranian military shot down a U.S. spy drone…

Consortium News - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin Johnstone says the correct response to North Korea having nuclear retaliatory capability is simple: leave it alone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Half of the responders to an innovative new survey of 3,000 Americans conducted by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists…
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Consortium News - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

While the media are concentrated on Tory shenanigans, Labour Party members must seize the chance to turn Corbyn’s insurgency into a decisive force, says Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Sometimes we do not know when small actions could have…

Consortium News - 2019-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Amid a looming succession question concerning the current sultan, Mark Curtis reviews how the Gulf state became, in effect, a giant British military and intelligence base. By Mark Curtis British Foreign Policy Declassified Sixty years ago, Britain won a long-forgotten war in Oman,…

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Consortium News - 2019-06-18 - Original post - cached version

Protesters in the Sudan and Algeria have learned from the counter-revolutions and know it is not enough to oust a single tyrant, writes As`ad AbuKhalil. Leaders May Fall But US Maintains Tyrannies  By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News The…

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

After the three-summit confluence in Mecca, As`ad AbuKhalil assesses the consistent role of such gatherings as factories of rhetoric. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News As soon as the news emerged three weeks ago that two oil installations in…

Consortium News - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

The tech monopoly giants have a lot to learn from the railroad monopolies of the 19th Century during the First Gilded Age, writes Richard White.  Southern Pacific steam engine No. 1364 in 1891. (Wikimedia Commons) By Richard White  Stanford University Late…

Consortium News - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

Looking beyond classical economic models, Vince Taylor sees vast, private fortunes that belong mostly to society at large. By Vince Taylor Znet Hundreds of commentators have warned that extreme concentration of wealth threatens democracy and social stability. Not a day…

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Consortium News - 2019-05-31 - Original post - cached version

The real tyrants are U.S. allies in the Middle East (not Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua), writes Danny Sjursen. By Danny Sjursen TomDispatch.com American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military…

Consortium News - 2019-05-29 - Original post - cached version

When James Carroll learned that the U.S. was sending B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf he was swamped by memories of one anti-Vietnam war protest in particular.  By James Carroll TomDispatch.com Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group — the massive…

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Consortium News - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Coverage of the 2016 elections and the ensuing Mueller investigation provided a showcase of American exceptionalism, writes Tom Engelhardt. By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it…

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Consortium News - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

The 1979 occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran shows why Venezuela now requires support in protecting its Washington embassy, says Alfred de Zayas.  On Thursday morning Kevin Zeese, one of the activists who remained inside the embassy, reported: “The…

Consortium News - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Francis Boyle positions sabre-rattling at Iran squarely inside the catastrophic saga of U.S. imperialism.     By Francis Boyle The author delivered this speech at the Perdana Global Peace Forum 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 22, 2006. That year…

Consortium News - 2019-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Ray McGovern probes the step-up in U.S. belligerence towards a country posing the same non-existent strategic threat as Iraq.  By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News An Iraq-War redux is now in full play, with leading roles played by some of…

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 - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

After decades of global integration, Dan Steinbock sees imperial presidential policies based on “national security interests” producing majestic mistakes. How Carl Schmitt Took Over the White House By Dan Steinbock Special to Consortium News             As the controversial German jurist Carl...

Consortium News - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

The refurbished peace boat set sail on May 1, with its first leg taking it to Hawaii, reports Colonel Ann Wright. ‘Wave Maker’ Found Derelict in 2011  By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News A refurbished peace boat that left…

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 - 2019-04-22 - Original post - cached version

The answer is clear if you read U.S. documents published by WikiLeaks in 2006, writes Kevin Zeese. By Kevin Zeese PopularResistance.org With his landslide victory,  Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who won 73 percent of the vote,  will become the president of…

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 - 2019-04-12 - 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 - 2019-03-26 - Original post - cached version

As the annual AIPAC conference wraps up in Washington on Tuesday, historian Walter Hixson looked back on the Israel Lobby’s origins in this speech last Friday to the “Israel Lobby & American Policy Conference” at the National Press Club. By Walter Hixson…

Consortium News - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Racism in the U.S. Congress nearly derailed Hawaii becoming the 50th state, as Sarah Miller Davenport reports.     By Sarah Miller Davenport  University of Sheffield The Conversation  Sixty years ago, Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation making Hawaii America’s 50th state.…

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Consortium News - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Anis Chowdhuryand Jomo Kwame Sundaram confront the notion that British rule helped “develop” the empire. By Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur and Anis Chowdhury in Sydney Inter Press Service As the possible implications of Britain’s self-imposed “no-deal” exit from the European Union…
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Consortium News - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version

This executive order disregards some valuable historical lessons, writes Daniel R. Brunstetter. An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth) By Daniel R. Brunstetter, University of California, Irvine The Conversation When it comes to drones and...

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

Birgitta Karlström Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlström Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa.…

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