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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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Human Rights Watch’s Syria Dilemma
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 27 Jan 2014

Human Rights Watch, which has pushed for a U.S. military intervention in Syria, continues to blame the Assad government for the Aug. 21[2013] Sarin attack even though the group’s high-profile map supposedly proving the case has been debunked.

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New York Times Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 6 Jan 2014

For months, the “slam-dunk” evidence “proving” Syrian government guilt in the Aug. 21 [2013] Sarin attack near Damascus was a “vector analysis” pushed by the New York Times showing where the rockets supposedly were launched. But the Times now grudgingly admits its analysis was flawed.

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New Evidence of Contra-Cocaine Scandal
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 16 Dec 2013

Special Report: Since journalist Gary Webb died in 2004, the story that destroyed his life has slowly come into clearer focus, revealing how President Reagan’s beloved Contras really were enmeshed in cocaine trafficking. On this ninth anniversary of Webb’s suicide, new corroboration has emerged.

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Fresh Doubts about Syria’s Sarin Guilt
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 16 Dec 2013

Exclusive: A new analysis, buried in a UN report, reveals that one of the two missiles at the center of the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, which nearly led to a U.S. military attack, showed no evidence of Sarin, further undermining Official Washington’s certainty that the Syrian government was to blame.

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A Showdown for War or Peace
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 11 Nov 2013

In pressing for negotiated settlements to the Iranian nuclear dispute and the Syrian civil war, President Barack Obama is challenging the imposing lobbying, propaganda and financial clout of the new Saudi-Israeli alliance, with the future direction of U.S. foreign policy – and geopolitical stability – at stake.

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Treating Anti-Syria Charges as Flat Fact
Robert Parry - Consortium News, 28 Oct 2013

With the blessing of the New York Times, the Obama administration has succeeded in cementing a dubious conventional wisdom about the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons last Aug. 21 – without presenting a shred of actual evidence.

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How US Pressure Bends UN Agencies
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 21 Oct 2013

Exclusive: Lost in the celebration over the Nobel Peace Prize to the UN agency eliminating the Syrian government’s chemical weapons is the question of who was really behind the Aug. 21 poison-gas attack near Damascus. Relevant to that mystery is the recent U.S. pressure to control key UN agencies including the prize recipient, reports Robert Parry.

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Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 14 Oct 2013

Though former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been indicted for leaking secrets about the U.S. government’s intrusive surveillance tactics, he was honored by a group of former U.S. intelligence officials as a courageous whistleblower during a Moscow ceremony, reports ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern who was there.

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New York Times Again Ignores Israel’s Nukes
Robert Parry - Consortium News, 7 Oct 2013

The U.S. news media’s bias in favor of Israel and against Israel’s enemies represents a journalistic failure to honestly inform the American people about issues that can lead to war. A glaring example is the double standard applied to Israel’s rogue nuclear arsenal.

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Who Benefits from the Various ‘Wars’?
Arjen Kamphuis – Consortium News, 19 Aug 2013

P.R. experts are skilled at framing policy debates in favorable though misleading ways like the “war on terror” or the “war on drugs.” What gets shielded by this packaging are the unstated goals, interests and outcomes that would draw popular opposition if known.

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The Moral Imperative of Activism
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 19 Aug 2013

Today’s crises – endless war, environmental catastrophe, desperate poverty and more – can seem so daunting that they paralyze action rather than inspire activism. But the imperative to do something in the face of injustice defines one’s moral place in the universe.

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Tales of Reagan’s Guatemala Genocide
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 22 Apr 2013

Guatemala is finally putting ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt on trial for genocide in the extermination of hundreds of Mayan villages in the 1980s, but Ronald Reagan remains an American icon despite new evidence of his complicity in this historic crime.

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The Washington Post’s Unbridled Arrogance
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 1 Apr 2013

Perhaps more than any news organization, the Washington Post steered the United States into the illegal invasion of Iraq. But a Post editorial, which belatedly takes note of the war’s tenth anniversary, admits to no mistakes and acknowledges no lessons learned.

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Occupy Wall Street’s Elegant Message
Danny Schechter - Consortium News, 7 Nov 2011

One of the most frequently repeated, recycled and dismissive questions about Occupy Wall Street is its supposed lack of an “agenda.” The “what do you people want” question has featured in media interviews almost to the exclusion of all others. It’s as if the movement won’t be taken seriously by some, unless and until, it enunciates a list of “demands” and defines itself in a way that can allow others, especially a cynical media, to label and pigeonhole it. (So, it won’t be taken seriously then either.)

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Neocons Fume over US Boat to Gaza
Ray McGovern – Consortium News, 18 Jul 2011

My co-passengers and I of the U.S. Boat to Gaza have now gone from “High-Seas Hippies,” according to the right-wing Washington Times, to participants in a flotilla full of “fools, knaves, hypocrites, bigots, and supporters of terrorism,” says Alan Dershowitz in his usual measured prose.

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On Korea, Here We Go Again!
Robert Parry – Consortium News, 29 Nov 2010

If American journalism should have learned one thing over the years, it is to be cautious and skeptical during the first days of a foreign confrontation like the one now playing out on the Korean Peninsula. Often the initial accounts from the “U.S. side” don’t turn out to be entirely accurate.

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