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Trump Lowers US Standing in the World

5 July 2017 - 10:23am
President Trump’s ill-informed arrogance has lowered the U.S. standing around the world, according to a new opinion study cited by ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar The Pew Research Center released last week the results of one…

Grim Lessons from a Faraway War

4 July 2017 - 2:15pm
Exclusive: At a key juncture of the Vietnam War, the Battle of Hue shocked Americans with scenes of brutal urban warfare, offering lessons that reverberate to the present, reflects Don North in reviewing a book by Mark Bowden. By Don…

The Price of America’s Endless Wars

4 July 2017 - 10:24am
Official Washington likes to think of its wars as “humanitarian,” supposedly bringing “democracy” to faraway lands, but the wars really bring death, destruction and despair, says peace activist Kathy Kelly. By Kathy Kelly At a symposium on peace in Nashville,…

Russia-China Tandem Shifts Global Power

3 July 2017 - 9:23pm
Exclusive: Official Washington’s arrogance in trying to push around Russia and China has pushed the two countries together, creating a dangerous new dynamic in international relations, explains ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Top Russian and Chinese leaders are…

The Democratic Party’s Deadly Dead-End

3 July 2017 - 12:57pm
Exclusive: By playing for centrist and neoconservative votes, national Democrats have left the party floundering with no coherent political message and creating a daunting challenge for democracy, says Nicolas J S Davies. By Nicolas J S Davies The most encouraging trend…

Playing Chicken with Nuclear Annihilation

3 July 2017 - 9:59am
Much of Official Washington wants to escalate the confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia, ignoring the terrifying reality that this game of chicken could end life on the planet, as Norman Solomon observes. By Norman Solomon Any truthful way to say it…

Foisting Blame for Cyber-hacking on Russia

2 July 2017 - 4:11pm
Exclusive: Cyber-criminal efforts to hack into U.S. government databases are epidemic, but this ugly reality is now being exploited to foist blame on Russia and fuel the New Cold War hysteria, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Recent hearings by…

Pursuing Hard Truths in Syria

2 July 2017 - 12:19pm
A U.N. agency says it found sarin in victims of an April 4 attack in Syria, but lack of a plausible weapon and unreliability of pro-rebel witnesses make the pursuit of truth difficult, says WMD expert Scott Ritter at The…

What Trump Can Expect from Putin

1 July 2017 - 1:46pm
President Trump will have his first meeting with President Putin at a time of dangerous U.S.-Russian tensions, amid demands to “get tough,” but ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, a former presidential briefer, urges Trump to see Putin’s side. By Ray McGovern…

Trump Takes Aim at Energy R&D Funds

1 July 2017 - 12:18pm
Exclusive: While boasting of his plans for “American energy dominance,” President Trump is slashing key research projects and ceding much of the renewable energy market to China, notes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall In case you didn’t get the memo,…

How Israeli/Saudi ‘Alliance’ Plays Trump

1 July 2017 - 10:19am
As novices to the world of Mideast intrigue, President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are being led by Israel and Saudi Arabia into a dangerous confrontation with Iran, explains former British diplomat Alastair Crooke. By Alastair Crooke The Israeli web…

The Mad Chase for Russia-gate Prey

30 June 2017 - 1:58pm
Exclusive: As the Russia-gate imbroglio proves, a grave danger in journalism comes when the pack is running headlong in pursuit of the same prey and casts aside normal standards of care and fairness, as Daniel Lazare explains. By Daniel Lazare…

Is Trump Making Up Syria-Sarin Claims?

30 June 2017 - 1:57pm
The White House claimed victory after it warned Syria not to mount a chemical weapons attack and nothing happened, but some experts are questioning the quality of these U.S. claims about Syria and sarin, says Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis…

Trump Courts War Risks with Iran

30 June 2017 - 10:13am
Pushed by Israel and Saudi Arabia, President Trump is edging toward war with Iran, possibly beginning with “mission creep” in Syria, a reversal of Trump’s campaign rhetoric objecting to military adventures, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R.…

NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard

29 June 2017 - 1:42pm
Exclusive: A founding Russia-gate myth is that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia hacked into and distributed Democratic emails, a falsehood that The New York Times has belatedly retracted, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The New York…

The Right’s Hissy Fit Over ‘Julius Caesar’

29 June 2017 - 10:42am
A new presentation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with a Donald Trump figure as Caesar bruised the fragile feelings of right-wing commentators who missed the play’s historic value and message, says Michael Winship. By Michael Winship Over in New York’s Central…

Parry Awarded Gellhorn Journalism Prize

29 June 2017 - 10:11am
Consortiumnews editor and longtime investigative reporter Robert Parry received the 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism at an event in London on Tuesday, presented by journalist John Pilger. John Pilger made the following remarks in presenting the 15th Martha Gellhorn…

Russia-gate Is No Watergate or Iran-Contra

28 June 2017 - 2:15am
Special Report: Many comparisons have been made between Russia-gate and the earlier scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explains Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Russia-gate, the sprawling investigation into whether Russia meddled in last…

Death of America’s Common Man

27 June 2017 - 4:21am
Modern America’s obsession with self and success has killed off what once was an honorable American archetype, the Common Man, who was the nation’s backbone for generations, writes Michael Brenner. By Michael Brenner America’s Common Man exists no more –…

In Case You Missed…

27 June 2017 - 3:41am
Some of our special stories in May addressed the ongoing Russia-gate imbroglio, Europe’s populist challenge to the elites, and America’s long history with foreign lobbying. “Demonstrating America’s Need for Immigrants” by Dennis Bernstein, May 1, 2017 “NYT Cheers the Rise…

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