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US Bombs Syria & Ridiculously Claims Self Defense
Caitlin Johnstone | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Feb 2021 – So we are being told that the United States launched an airstrike on Syria, a nation it invaded and is illegally occupying, because of attacks on “U.S. locations” in Iraq, another nation the U.S. invaded and is illegally occupying. It is impossible for its actions in either of those countries to be defensive. The U.S. is always necessarily the aggressor.

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MLK’s Warning of America’s Spiritual Death
Gary G. Kohls, MD | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

From the Archive: A half century ago, The New York Times accused Martin Luther King Jr. of “slander” for decrying the Vietnam War and The Washington Post detected “unsupported fantasies” in his speech, recalled more favorably by Gary G. Kohls–originally published on 19 Jan 2014; slightly edited for time element.

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Biden’s Nominee for CIA Director
John Kiriakou | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

11 Jan 2021 – If there must be a CIA, I feel better with Bill Burns being in charge of it.

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A Pandemic of ‘Russian Hacking’
Ray McGovern and Joe Lauria | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

19 Dec 2020 – The hyperbolic, evidence-free media reports on the “fresh outbreak” of the Russian-hacking disease seems an obvious attempt by intelligence to handcuff President-elect Joe Biden into a strong anti-Russian posture. Neither the actor, nor the motive, nor the damage done is known for certain in this latest scare story.

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Two Massive New Leaks Show Dirty Underbelly of Empire
Lee Camp | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

12 Oct 2020 – Most Americans don’t know reality. They know their personal reality, which is detached from the real one. Shhhh, don’t tell them about the Blue Leaks and the Syria PR Leaks. The mainstream media’s virtual blackout must mean they aren’t supposed to know.

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What’s the Difference between ‘Villain’ Assange and ‘Intrepid’ Woodward?
Lee Camp | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

23 Sep 2020 – The completely fair super awesome trial of Julian Assange is a beautiful blend of the works of Kafka, Stalin and Joseph Heller. The next time you see a mainstream-media talking-head fawn over Woodward, just remember that if they had any backbone, any moral core, they would be fawning over Assange instead.

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Julian Assange, Prometheus Bound
Pepe Escobar | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

8 Sep 2020 – This is the tale of an Ancient Greek tragedy reenacted in AngloAmerica. Amid thundering silence and nearly universal indifference, chained, immobile, invisible, a squalid Prometheus was transferred from the gallows for a show trial in a faux Gothic court built on the site of a medieval prison.

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Premiere: The War on Journalism — The Case of Julian Assange
Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

28 Aug 2020 – Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and editor Assange’s extradition is being sought in a hearing to begin 7 Sep for publishing documents that exposed U.S. government war crimes and human rights abuses. There is a war on journalism and Julian Assange is at the centre of it. If this precedent is set then what happens to Assange can happen to any journalist. MUST WATCH!

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Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy
Ray McGovern | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

28 Jul 2020 – Quick. Somebody tell Mike Pompeo. The secretary of state is not supposed to play the role of court jester — the laughing stock to the world. There was no sign that any of those listening to his “major China policy statement” last Thursday at the Nixon Library turned to their neighbor and said, “He’s kidding, right? Richard Nixon meant well but failed miserably to change China’s behavior? And now Pompeo is going to put them in their place?”

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BOUNTYGATE: Scapegoating Systemic Military Failure in Afghanistan
Scott Ritter | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

5 Jul 2020 – The story of the alleged “bounty scheme” grew up in the context of top U.S. brass blaming Russia for America’s defeat in Afghanistan. Research shows that 99% of Americans never have seen the material in this article. Understandable – it can be highly contagious and carries a high morbidity rate for those with pre-existing biases.

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Politicians Call on UK to Release Assange
Consortium News | Popular Resistance - TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 22 Jun 2020

16 Jun 2020 – A group of members of the European Parliament, and former members of Congress and local legislatures have written to Britain’s secretary of state for justice urging that Julian Assange be released from Belmarsh prison on compassionate grounds. The text of the letter signed by former British MP Chris Williamson, former U.S. Mike Gravel and former Congressman Ron Paul among other political leaders:

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Don’t Railroad Julian Assange to Virginia
Consortium News | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

22 Oct 2019 – The WikiLeaks legal team has a strong case to throw out Assange’s extradition request after the government that wants him extradited got hold of surveillance video of his privileged attorney-client conversations.

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The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy
Joe Lauria - Consortium News, 30 Sep 2019

26 Sep 2019 – The most crucial aspects of the Trump-Ukraine “scandal,” which has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, are not being told, even by Republicans. What’s not being talked about in the mainstream is the context of this story, which shows that, politics aside, Biden should indeed be investigated in both Ukraine and in the United States.

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Pretexts for an Attack on Iran
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 27 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Ray McGovern probes the step-up in U.S. belligerence towards a country posing the same non-existent strategic threat as Iraq.

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How Much of Venezuela’s Crisis Is Really Maduro’s Fault?
Steve Ellner – Consortium News, 25 Feb 2019

15 Feb 2019 – The Venezuelan opposition frequently argues that neither the sanctions nor depressed international oil prices are to blame for the nation’s economic difficulties, only the mismanagement of the economy. 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.

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Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! (Part 2)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – Consortium News, 21 Jan 2019

“Hotel Rwanda” is a touchstone of interventionist ideology. Debunking that script helps show why the closure of the assassination case against Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame serves Western interests.

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Giuliani Says Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted
Joe Lauria – Consortium News, 7 Jan 2019

31 Dec 2018 – Donald Trump’s lawyer said today that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange should not be prosecuted and he compared WikiLeaks publications to the Pentagon Papers.

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United States Will Bring Assange to US in Chains
Ann Garrison – Consortium News, 26 Nov 2018

It appears increasingly likely WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government.

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Turning on Russia (Part 1)
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould – Consortium News, 7 May 2018

29 Apr 2018 – With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the creation of the so called Wolfowitz Doctrine in 1992 during the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush, the United States claimed the mantle of the world’s first and only Unipower with the intention of crushing any nation or system that would oppose it in the future. The New World Order, foreseen just a few short years ago, becomes more disorderly by the day.

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The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign
Gareth Porter - Consortium News, 7 May 2018

3 May 2018 – 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.

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Turning on Russia (Part 2)
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould – Consortium News, 7 May 2018

How Neo-Conservatives, Behind the Scenes, Took Control of U.S. Foreign Policy

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An Alternative Explanation to the Skripal Mystery
Gareth Porter - Consortium News, 30 Apr 2018

An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about.

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Trump Attacks Syria with Chemical Experts on the Way
Joe Lauria - Consortium News, 23 Apr 2018

13 Apr 2018 – President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred.

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Trump Supports ‘Space Force’ for War-Making and Dominance in Space
Dennis J Bernstein – Consortium News, 26 Mar 2018

20 Mar 2018 – Calls by Trump for a new ‘Space Force’ could further the potential of an armed showdown between US and foreign powers, such as China and Russia, reports Dennis J Bernstein in this interview with peace activist Bruce Gagnon.

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Syria’s White Helmets Go Global
Caitlin Johnstone – Consortium News, 19 Feb 2018

Syria’s White Helmets have been boosted by the West as a trusted humanitarian organization, but their origins and motives remain murky. Now, the White Helmets effort appears to be spreading to other countries.

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Robert Parry (24 Jun 1949 – 27 Jan 2018): His Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews
Nat Parry – Consortium News, 29 Jan 2018

28 Jan 2018 – Robert Parry, editor and publisher of Consortiumnews.com, died peacefully Saturday [27 Jan] evening. In this tribute, his son Nat Parry describes Robert’s unwavering commitment to independent journalism.

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Russia-gate’s Litany of Corrections
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 18 Dec 2017

As much as the U.S. mainstream media insists that the Russia-gate scandal is growing, what is undeniably growing is the list of major corrections that news outlets have been forced to issue.

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The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 27 Nov 2017

20 Nov 2017 – A danger in both journalism and intelligence is to allow an unproven or seriously disputed fact to become part of the accepted narrative where it gets widely repeated and thus misleads policymakers and citizens alike, such as happened during the run-up to war with Iraq and is now recurring amid the frenzy over Russia-gate.

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America’s Renegade Warfare
Nicolas J S Davies – Consortium News, 20 Nov 2017

Claiming the right to launch preemptive wars and fighting an ill-defined “global war on terror,” the U.S. government has slaughtered vast numbers of civilians in defiance of international law.

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Catalonia and the ‘Europe of Regions’
Andrew Spannaus – Consortium News, 16 Oct 2017

Catalonia’s bid for independence from Spain had a curious twist, a readiness to take its place within the supranational European Union, a further challenge to traditional nation-states.

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Trump’s Mendacious Speech on Iran
Paul R. Pillar – Consortium News, 16 Oct 2017

President Trump, in decertifying the Iran-nuclear deal, trotted out all the tripe about the “world leading sponsor of terrorism” and ties to Al Qaeda. But his new policy is one of dangerous incoherence, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

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North Korea’s Rational Nuclear Strategy
Ted Snider – Consortium News, 2 Oct 2017

A favorite tactic of U.S. war propaganda is to label a foreign adversary “crazy” to justify a military attack — as is now happening with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un although his nuclear program really makes logical sense.

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Hurricanes Blow Away Climate Change Denial
Paul R. Pillar – Consortium News, 11 Sep 2017

The startling landfall of two giant hurricanes – feasting on especially warm water off Texas and Florida – crashes into the climate change denialism that has been politically popular on the Right, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

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How History Explains the Korean Crisis
William R. Polk – Consortium News, 4 Sep 2017

Many Americans simply view North Korea and its leaders as “crazy,” but the history behind today’s crisis reveals of a more complex reality that could change those simplistic impressions, as historian William R. Polk explains.

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Seymour Hersh Honored for Integrity
Ray McGovern- Consortium News, 4 Sep 2017

1 Sep 2017 – An organization led by former U.S. intelligence officials has selected legendary journalist Seymour Hersh to be the recipient of an annual award for integrity and truth-telling, named for the late CIA analyst Sam Adams.

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The Logic in North Korean ‘Madness’
Ann Wright – Consortium News, 24 Jul 2017

North Korea’s nuclear deterrent is a logical – not crazy – reaction to U.S. “regime change” wars in Iraq and Libya, two countries attacked after they surrendered their WMD stockpiles.

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Moral Corrosion of Drone Warfare
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 17 Jul 2017

The U.S. government uses drones to eliminate risk to its soldiers and thus domestic opposition to war, but that heightens the moral imperative to challenge the remote-controlled killings, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

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Ignoring the Human Disaster in Yemen
Alon Ben-Meir – Consortium News, 17 Jul 2017

The West’s protestations about human rights sound hollow when one looks at Yemen where the U.S. and U.K. place profits from arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the carnage those weapons are inflicting.

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The US Hand in the Libyan/Syrian Tragedies
Jonathan Marshall – Consortium News, 12 Jun 2017

The Obama administration’s “regime change” debacles in Libya and Syria are spreading terrorist violence into Europe, but they have inflicted vastly more bloodshed in those two tragic nations.

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Oliver Stone Honored with Press Freedom Award
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 8 May 2017

4 May 2017 – Though most people know Oliver Stone as a famous screenwriter and movie director, he has also lent his talents and resources to a number of documentary films that embrace the core journalistic idea that there are usually two sides – if not more – to a story.

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Intel Vets Voice Doubts on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack
VIPS-Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity – Consortium News, 1 May 2017

26 Apr 2017 – Two dozen former U.S. intelligence professionals are urging the American people to demand clear evidence that the Syrian government was behind the April 4 chemical incident before President Trump dives deeper into another war.

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The Bait-and-Switch ‘War on Terror’
Gareth Porter | Middle East Eye – Consortium News, 24 Apr 2017

22 Apr 2017 – New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on April 12 calling on President Trump to ”back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria.” The U.S. “war on terror” has always been a bait-and-switch scam on the American people, with Washington putting the desires of its Mideast allies ahead of defeating Al Qaeda and ISIS.

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MLK’s Warning of America’s Spiritual Death
Gary G. Kohls – Consortium News, 17 Apr 2017

4 Apr 2017 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Riverside Church speech was titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” It was delivered exactly one year before his April 4, 1968 assassination in Memphis. The New York Times accused him of “slander” for decrying the Vietnam War and The Washington Post detected “unsupported fantasies” in his speech.

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Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 10 Apr 2017

The U.S. government and the mainstream media rushed to judgment again, blaming the Syrian government for a new poison-gas attack and ignoring other possibilities.

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How US Flooded the World’s Media with Psyops
Robert Parry - Consortium News, 3 Apr 2017

25 Mar 2017 – Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the past three decades – have created an alternative reality both for people in targeted countries and for American citizens, a structure that expanded U.S. influence abroad and quieted dissent at home.

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Tulsi Gabbard vs. ‘Regime Change’ Wars
Ann Wright – Consortium News, 27 Feb 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a rare member of Congress willing to take heat for challenging U.S. “regime change” projects, in part, because as an Iraq War vet she saw the damage these schemes do.

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NYT Advocates Internet Censorship
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 28 Nov 2016

In its lead editorial on Sunday [20 Nov 2016], The New York Times decried what it deemed “The Digital Virus Called Fake News” and called for Internet censorship, taking particular aim at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for letting “liars and con artists hijack his platform.” But the Times ignores its own record of publishing “fake news.”

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Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 24 Oct 2016

Note how differently The New York Times prepares the American public for civilian casualties from the new U.S.-backed Iraqi government assault on the city of Mosul to free it from the Islamic State, compared to the unrelenting condemnation of the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on neighborhoods of east Aleppo held by Al Qaeda.

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The NYT’s Neocon ‘Downward Spiral’
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 10 Oct 2016

Every day, The New York Times – America’s “paper of record” – sinks deeper into the swamp of propaganda, now reliably touting predictable neocon notions about the Middle East and Russia.

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How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists
Alastair Crooke – Consortium News, 3 Oct 2016

29 Sep 2016 – The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

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The Dumbed-Down New York Times
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 29 Aug 2016

27 Aug 2016 – The Times applies a conscious double standard when reporting on the actions of the United States or one of its allies (note how Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria was just an ‘intervention’) as compared to how the Times deals with actions by U.S. adversaries, such as Russia.

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How ‘Think Tanks’ Generate Endless War
Todd E. Pierce – Consortium News, 22 Aug 2016

U.S. “think tanks” rile up the American public against an ever-shifting roster of foreign “enemies” to justify wars that line the pockets of military contractors who kick back some profits to the “think tanks.”

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‘Fraud’ Alleged in NYT’s MH-17 Report
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 25 Jul 2016

An amateur report alleging Russian doctoring of satellite photos on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 case – a finding embraced by The New York Times – is denounced by a forensic expert as an “outright fraud.”

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Neocons and Neolibs: How Dead Ideas Kill
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 16 May 2016

Hillary Clinton wants the American voters to be very afraid of Donald Trump, but there is reason to fear as well what a neoconservative/neoliberal Clinton presidency would mean for the world.

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Why We’re Never Told Why We’re Attacked
Joe Lauria – Consortium News, 18 Apr 2016

Connecting terrorism to Western intervention could spark a serious self-examination of the West’s behavior in the region leading to a possible retreat and even an end of this external dominance. But that is clearly something policymakers in Washington, London and Paris – and their subservient media – aren’t prepared to do.

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‘Corruption’ as a Propaganda Weapon
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 11 Apr 2016

Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders.

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Wicked’ Syrian Choice
Rick Sterling – Consortium News, 5 Oct 2015

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton bought into the neocon/liberal-hawk agenda that spread the chaos of Iraq across Libya, Syria and now into Europe. How Clinton approached those challenges suggests that she would head down the same “regime change” path as President.

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The Power of False Narrative
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 5 Oct 2015

28 Sep 2015 – In this age of pervasive media, the primary method of social control is through the creation of narratives delivered to the public through newspapers, TV, radio, computers, cell phones and any other gadget that can convey information. This reality has given rise to an obsession among the power elite to control as much of this messaging as possible.

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How Neocons Destabilized Europe
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 14 Sep 2015

7 Sep 2015 – The neocon prescription of endless “regime change” is spreading chaos across the Middle East and now into Europe, yet the neocons still control the mainstream U.S. narrative and thus have diagnosed the problem as not enough “regime change.

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US/NATO Embrace Psy-ops and Info-War
Don North – Consortium News, 7 Sep 2015

2 Sep 2015 – The U.S. government and NATO have entered the Brave New World of “strategic communications,” merging psy-ops, propaganda and P.R. in order to manage the perceptions of Americans and the world’s public, reports veteran war correspondent Don North.

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Ukraine: The Mess That Nuland Made
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 27 Jul 2015

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland engineered Ukraine’s regime change in early 2014 without weighing the likely chaos and consequences. Now, as neo-Nazis turn their guns on the government, it’s hard to see how anyone can clean up the mess that Nuland made.

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NYT’s Orwellian View of Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 29 Jun 2015

In the up-is-down Orwellian world that is now The New York Times’ editorial page, there was no coup in Ukraine in 2014, no U.S.-driven “regime change,” no provocation on Russia’s border, just Moscow’s aggression — a sign of how propaganda has taken over mainstream U.S. media.

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U.S. House Admits Nazi Role in Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 15 Jun 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives has admitted an ugly truth that the U.S. mainstream media has tried to hide from the American people – that the post-coup regime in Ukraine has relied heavily on Nazi storm troopers to carry out its bloody war against ethnic Russians.

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The Day after Damascus Falls
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 4 May 2015

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic.

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The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 23 Feb 2015

The New York Times – much as it did when it was falsely reporting breathlessly about ‘aluminum tubes’ for Iraq’s non-existent nuclear weapons program – continues to promote U.S. government propaganda about Ukraine as fact and dismisses any rational assessment of the situation as crazy.

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Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 16 Feb 2015

The U.S. news media has failed the American people often in recent years by not challenging U.S. government falsehoods, as with Iraq’s WMD. But the most dangerous violation of journalistic principles has occurred in the Ukraine crisis, which has the potential of a nuclear war.

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Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and Israel
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 9 Feb 2015

4 Feb 2015 – Saudi Arabia is under a new cloud after a jailed al-Qaeda operative implicated senior Saudi officials as collaborators with the terror group – and the shadow could even darken the political future of Israeli Prime Netanyahu because of his odd-couple alliance with Riyadh.

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Selling ‘Peace Groups’ on US-Led Wars
Margaret Sarfehjooy and Coleen Rowley – Consortium News, 29 Dec 2014

More and more “peace and social justice” groups are being twisted into “democracy promotion,” U.S. militarism style. But rarely do we see as clearly into how this Orwellian transformation occurs as with the “Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria,” a spin-off of “Friends for a Nonviolent World.”

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Ukraine’s Made-in-USA Finance Minister
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 8 Dec 2014

A top problem of Ukraine has been corruption and cronyism, so it may raise eyebrows that new Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, an ex-U.S. diplomat and newly minted Ukrainian citizen, was involved in insider dealings while managing a $150 million U.S. AID-backed investment fund.

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Journalism and Reality
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 10 Nov 2014

So, when I discovered the Contras engaging in a variety of criminal activity, from extrajudicial killings, rapes, torture and drug trafficking, my reporting was unwelcome both inside and outside the AP (and later I encountered the same hostility at Newsweek). The usual response was to challenge my journalism and to pretend that the ugly reality wasn’t the reality.

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The Silence of the Israelis on ISIS
Stephen J. Sniegoski – Consortium News, 10 Nov 2014

Has anyone seen a hint that our vital regional ally could be of any assistance at all in the supposedly civilizational battle against ISIS? This is quite in contrast to the complaints about other Middle East countries such as Turkey that are being harshly criticized for their failure to become actively involved in fighting the Islamic State.

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Germans Clear Russia in MH-17 Case
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 27 Oct 2014

For months, Western governments and media have accused Russia of supplying the anti-aircraft missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killing 298 people. But now German intelligence has reportedly determined the missile came from a Ukrainian military base.

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Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis Demand Respect
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 20 Oct 2014

15 Oct 2014 – Thousands of Ukraine’s neo-Nazis surrounded the parliament in Kiev demanding that the government honor Ukrainian paramilitary forces who fought for Adolf Hitler in World War II, another embarrassing reminder of the extremism unleashed by last February’s U.S.-backed coup.

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The Sordid Contra-Cocaine Saga
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 13 Oct 2014

If you ever wondered how the mainstream U.S. media changed from the hard-nosed Watergate press of the 1970s into the brown-nose MSM that swallowed the Iraq War lies, a key middle point was the Contra-cocaine scandal of the 1980s/1990s, the subject of a new movie.

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The CIA/Main-Stream-Media Contra-Cocaine Cover-up
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 6 Oct 2014

With Hollywood set to release a movie about the Contra-cocaine scandal and the destruction of journalist Gary Webb, an internal CIA report has surfaced showing how the spy agency manipulated the mainstream media’s coverage to disparage Webb and contain the scandal.

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Argentina v. the Hedge Funds
Andrés Cala – Consortium News, 29 Sep 2014

Argentina will go down in history as the country that first stood up to America’s most powerful weapon, its control over global finances, a battle that may catalyze the end of an era for U.S. financial hegemony.

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 Whodunnit Still a Mystery
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 15 Sep 2014

More than seven weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine killing 298 people, a preliminary report failed to address the mystery of who shot the plane down. The Dutch investigators didn’t even try to sort through conflicting allegations and evidence.

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Is Israel Bad for the Jews?
Lawrence Davidson – Consortium News, 8 Sep 2014

Let’s recall that Israel’s reason for being was to give Jews shelter from the ravages of anti-Semitism. Indeed, with but very few exceptions, it is hard to imagine anywhere less safe for Jews than present-day Israel. And, there is growing evidence that Israeli behavior is a major source of today’s increasing anti-Semitism.

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The Whys behind the Ukraine Crisis
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 8 Sep 2014

Given the very high stakes of a nuclear confrontation with Russia, some analysts wonder what’s the real motive for taking this extraordinary risk over Ukraine. Is it about natural gas, protection of the U.S. dollar’s dominance, or an outgrowth of neocon extremism?

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Israel’s Losing Narrative
Lawrence Davidson – Consortium News, 4 Aug 2014

The Israel government still has most U.S. politicians and pundits under its thumb, but the Zionist narrative – excusing the latest slaughter of Palestinians – is losing the hearts and minds of millions of others around the world.

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Facts Needed on Malaysian Plane Shoot-Down
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 21 Jul 2014

As usual, the mainstream U.S. media is rushing to judgment over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in war-torn eastern Ukraine, but the history of U.S. government’s deceptions might be reason to pause and let a careful investigation uncover the facts, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

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What Is Israel’s End Game in Gaza?
Dennis Kucinich – Consortium News, 21 Jul 2014

Israel can kill, injure, humiliate Palestinians at will, with impunity, which is exactly what gave rise to Hamas and strengthens Hamas’ hold in Gaza, even as the IDF advances… Since the U.S. is helping to pay Israel’s bills, we cannot avoid the consequences of paying the price for Israel’s actions against the Palestinians.

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The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 7 Jul 2014

Pressured by neocons and the mainstream U.S. media, the Obama administration is charting a dangerous course by seeking a military solution to Ukraine’s political crisis and possibly provoking Moscow to intervene to protect ethnic Russians.

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An Appeal for More Whistleblowers
Norman Solomon – Consortium News, 16 Jun 2014

As more and more secrecy envelopes the U.S. government – with millions of hidden records concealing both past and present – there is no practical alternative for democracy but to fight back with “unauthorized” disclosures, as Norman Solomon explains in an appeal for more whistleblowers.

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NYT’s One-Sided Ukraine Narrative
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 2 Jun 2014

The U.S. press coverage of the Ukraine crisis has been stunningly biased and one-sided, placing virtually all the blame on Russian President Putin. One of the worst offenders in this journalistic travesty has been the New York Times.

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Washington Post Seeks US-Patrolled ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 26 May 2014

Neocons never blush at their own hypocrisies, demanding Russia respect international law and do nothing to protect eastern Ukrainians, while demanding President Obama ignore international law and create a terrorist/rebel “safe zone” in Syria, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

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Reasons for Intellectual Conformity
Lawrence Davidson – Consortium News, 26 May 2014

Indeed, from a historical perspective most people of high intellect have sought to serve power and not critique or question it. This is quite in line with the fact that most non-intellectuals accept the word of those in power as authoritative and true.

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Twisting Putin’s Words on Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 5 May 2014

Anti-Russian bias pervades the mainstream U.S. media in the Ukraine crisis, reflected in word choices – “pro-democracy” for U.S.-favored protesters in Kiev, “terrorists” for disfavored eastern Ukrainians – but also in how the narrative is shaped by false summaries.

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How Mandela and S. Africa Were Freed
Danny Schechter – Consortium News, 5 May 2014

History often recounts events through the tales of “great men,” but that is rarely the complete story. South Africa’s overturning of white supremacy is a case in point, not just the personal triumph of Nelson Mandela but the victory of a global movement.

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A People’s War in East Ukraine
Daniel Patrick Welch – Consortium News, 5 May 2014

Ukraine’s Western-backed coup regime in Kiev has launched an offensive against ethnic Russians in the east while a pro-regime mob used fire to kill some 31 anti-regime protesters in Odessa. Virtually all U.S. pundits favor the coup regime. Here is a different view of the conflict.

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Tolerating Israel’s Land Grabs
Lawrence Davidson – Consortium News, 28 Apr 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have reached their predictable collapse, but the U.S. news media still shies away from blaming Israeli intransigence and expansionism – nor advocating stern action against the land grabs.

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Beneath the Ukraine Crisis: Shale Gas
Nat Parry – Consortium News, 28 Apr 2014

Behind the geopolitics pitting Russia against the West – and the ethnic tensions tearing Ukraine east and west – another backdrop for understanding this deepening conflict is the big-money competition for Ukraine’s oil and natural gas.

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Ukraine’s Inconvenient Neo-Nazis
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 31 Mar 2014

When Ukrainian neo-Nazis – infuriated over the killing of an ultranationalist leader – surrounded the Parliament in Kiev, the incident presented a problem for the U.S. news media which has been trying to airbrush the neo-Nazis out of the Ukraine narrative.

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Mainstream US Media Is Lost in Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 17 Mar 2014

The U.S. mainstream news media is reaching a new professional low point as it covers the Ukraine crisis by brazenly touting Official Washington’s propaganda themes, blatantly ignoring contrary facts and leading the American public into another geopolitical blind alley.

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Much Bank Crime, Little Punishment
Danny Schechter – Consortium News, 17 Mar 2014

Wall Street banks made a bundle on securitized subprime mortgages until the bubble began to burst in 2007 inflicting devastating harm on average people around the world. Yet, despite government rhetoric to the contrary, the key culprits have escaped punishment.

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The Conundrum of ‘Democratic’ Coups
Lawrence Davidson – Consortium News, 10 Mar 2014

The U.S. government says it wants to spread “democracy,” a questionable claim considering the history. Think Iran-1953, Guatemala-1954, Chile-1973, Haiti-1991/2004, etc. Just this past year, the U.S. has embraced coups against elected presidents in Egypt and now Ukraine.

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America’s Staggering Hypocrisy In Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 10 Mar 2014

The United States has invaded or otherwise intervened in so many countries that it would be challenging to compile a complete list. Just last decade, there were full-scale U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, plus American bombing operations from Pakistan to Yemen to Libya. So, what is to make of John Kerry’s pronouncement that Russia’s military intervention in the Crimea section of Ukraine – at the behest of the country’s deposed president – is a violation of international law that the United States would never countenance?

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The ‘We-Hate-Putin’ Group Think
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 10 Mar 2014

7 Mar 2014 – The only foreign policy show on the U.S. media dial this past week has been the bashing of Russian President Putin over the Ukraine crisis – with a slap or two at President Obama for having worked with Putin on Syria and Iran. Lost in this “group think” is the why behind this demonization.

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Western Media Cheering a ‘Democratic’ Coup in Ukraine
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 3 Mar 2014

In the upside-down world that has become the U.S. news media, the democratically elected president was a dictator and the coup makers who overthrew him were “pro-democracy” activists. Events in Ukraine and Venezuela suggest that the idea of respecting the results of elections and working within legal, albeit flawed, political systems is no longer in vogue, unless the “U.S. side” happens to win, of course.

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Big Media Again Pumps for Mideast Wars
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 10 Feb 2014

Official Washington’s neocons still influence U.S. foreign policy despite their Iraq War disaster. Forever pushing what they view as Israel’s strategic needs, the neocons now are stoking fires of war against Iran and Syria by piling on old and new arguments.

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