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US Risks Wider War by Downing Syrian Plane

19 June 2017 - 5:51pm
Another U.S. military strike inside Syria — this time, shooting down a Syrian bomber — has escalated tensions with Russia, even opening the possibility that Russian anti-aircraft missiles will target U.S. warplanes, reports Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow The Pentagon’s…

Trump Complies with War-Hawk Wishes

19 June 2017 - 1:53pm
President Trump is plunging ahead with expanded Mideast wars, with emerging escalations in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere, building on the bloody policies of his predecessors, as retired Col. Ann Wright explains. By Ann Wright The militarization of U.S. foreign policy…

Blaming Bernie Sanders for a Shooting

19 June 2017 - 10:26am
The mainstream media usually won’t blame non-violent political speech for a crazed gunman’s shooting spree, but made an exception linking Bernie Sanders to the GOP-baseball-practice shooting, notes Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon  It’s routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to…

Trump Dashes Hopes for Afghan Peace

18 June 2017 - 2:03pm
By handing off Afghan War decisions to “his generals,” President Trump may be conceding his unfitness as commander in chief, but he is also betraying voters who hoped he might end the war, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By…

Trump Embraces GOP Tax-Cut Orthodoxy

17 June 2017 - 6:29pm
Exclusive: Not even five months into his presidency, Donald Trump has retreated from key populist promises by moving to slash taxes on the rich and throw millions of Americans off health insurance, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall President Trump earned…

US Intervention in Syria at Crossroads

17 June 2017 - 4:58pm
Exclusive: The U.S. military incursion into Syria is literally at a crossroads, with U.S.-backed forces cut off at Al-Tanf where two strategic highways intersect and where President Trump may decide to escalate, says Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare The U.S.…

The Fallacies of the ‘Russia-Truthers’

16 June 2017 - 1:41pm
Exclusive: The anti-Russia hysteria – now rivaling past Red Scares with Russians hiding under every bed – has led to factual errors in press accounts and has erased standards of political fairness, reports James W. Carden. By James W. Carden…

Europe Discovers a Volatile Populism

16 June 2017 - 9:08am
Exclusive: European politicians are finding it tricky to “play the populist card,” as U.K. Prime Minister May discovered as her Conservative Party stumbled over its support for more austerity, writes Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus Last week’s elections in the United…

Clapper’s Unhinged Russia-Bashing

15 June 2017 - 9:23pm
Exclusive: Russia-gate’s credibility rests heavily on ex-Director of National Intelligence Clapper who oversaw a “trust us” report, but a recent speech shows Clapper to be unhinged about Russia, as David Marks describes. By David Marks Whatever the ultimate truth about the…

Sorting Out Ukraine Conflict’s History

15 June 2017 - 9:24am
Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media’s narrative of the Ukraine crisis – hailing the 2014 Maidan uprising and blaming the ensuing conflict on Russia – is facing challenge in some early historical accounts, writes James W. Carden. By James W. Carden…

Trump Tests the Emoluments Clause

14 June 2017 - 8:52pm
The Founders sought to shield the U.S. government from foreign influence via the Emoluments Clause, which is now being tested by President Trump’s financial conflicts, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar A lawsuit filed by…

Oliver Stone Receives Gary Webb Award

14 June 2017 - 1:56pm
For his brave work in the field of documentaries, director Oliver Stone was the 2016 recipient of the Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award, which he received from Consortiumnews.com’s editor Robert Parry on June 3. Robert Parry: Everyone knows…

Putin, Ukraine and What Americans Know

13 June 2017 - 8:43pm
Exclusive: In an interview with Oliver Stone, Russian President Putin explained his take on the Ukraine crisis, one that contrasts with what the U.S. mainstream media has allowed the American people to hear, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry A…

How Vladimir Putin Sees the World

13 June 2017 - 1:51pm
Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media has assumed the role of protecting the American people from alternative viewpoints, which is why Oliver Stone’s long-form interviews with Vladimir Putin are such a concern, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry There was a…

Oliver Stone Reveals a Vulnerable Putin

12 June 2017 - 9:00pm
Exclusive: The U.S. political/media demonization of Russia’s Putin is unrelenting, but an interview series with director Oliver Stone poses tough questions to Putin while also letting Americans see the real person, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Before we stumble…

How the Establishment Imposes ‘Truth’

12 June 2017 - 7:33pm
A new “press freedom” paradigm has taken hold in the Western world, imposing establishment narratives as “truth” and dismissing contrarian analyses as “fake news,” a break from the Enlightenment’s “marketplace of ideas,” says Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow For the…

NBC’s Kelly Hits Putin with a Beloved Canard

12 June 2017 - 2:46pm
Exclusive: To prove their chops, mainstream media stars can’t wait to go head-to-head with a demonized foreign leader, like Vladimir Putin, and let him have it, even if their “facts” are wrong, as Megyn Kelly showed and Ray McGovern explains.…

When ‘Mother Jones’ Wasn’t Russia-Bashing

11 June 2017 - 9:44pm
The Russia hysteria sweeping America’s political-media world has spread to some progressive publications, like Mother Jones, that have forgotten the history of McCarthyism, even how they were smeared, as Mark Ames recalls at The Exile. By Mark Ames Mother Jones…

Trump Fans the Mideast Fires of Hate

11 June 2017 - 7:56pm
President Trump’s support for the Saudi blockade of Qatar – and his insult to Iran after it suffered an ISIS attack – reveal a dangerously shallow thinker eager to pour gas on the Mideast fires, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R.…

Saudi Royals Bring Trump into Line

10 June 2017 - 11:33am
Exclusive: Donald Trump once condemned Saudi sponsorship of terrorism but – after his lavish reception in Riyadh and Saudi promises of rich arms deals – he has fallen under the kingdom’s spell, as Daniel Lazare explains. By Daniel Lazare Donald…

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