About

Robert parryFrom Editor Robert Parry: We founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. The site was meant to be a home for important, well-reported stories and a challenge to the inept but dominant mainstream news media of the day.

As one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press in the mid-1980s, I was distressed by the silliness and propaganda that had come to pervade American journalism. I feared, too, that the decline of the U.S. press corps foreshadowed disasters that would come when journalists failed to alert the public about impending dangers.

Also by 1995, documents were emerging that put the history of the 1980s in a new – and more troubling – light. Yet, there were fewer and fewer media outlets interested in that history.

The memories of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were enveloped in warm-and-fuzzy myths that represented another kind of danger: false history that could lead to mistaken political judgments in the future.

Some of our early articles reexamined important chapters of the 1980s (such as the “October Surprise” controversy from Election 1980 and evidence of Nicaraguan contra-cocaine trafficking). Other stories explored more topical crises (such as NATO’s war over Kosovo and the impeachment assault on President Bill Clinton).

Author Norman Solomon and I produced a groundbreaking series on the real story behind Colin Powell’s legend. Another of my investigations examined the remarkable story of how Rev. Sun Myung Moon became an influential player in Washington.

Working with talented freelance reporters around the world, we also undertook important historical investigations, such as how the Nazis after World War II — crossing “rat lines” from Europe to South America — contributed to the region’s bloody repression.

Interruption

By 1999 and early 2000, we were looking at the reemergence of the Bush family dynasty. However, as Campaign 2000 was heating up, we ran out of money.

I was forced to make Consortiumnews.com a part-time enterprise and took an editing job at Bloomberg News. One of our last stories before that break described how the news media was exaggerating Vice President Al Gore’s alleged exaggerations.

Though operating on a part-time basis, we managed to churn out a number of stories in the months before Election 2000 and kept tabs on the recount battle with stories including how Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor telegraphed her political agenda at an Election Night party and how George W. Bush dispatched thugs to Miami to intimidate vote counters.

In November 2001, we were the first to note that the big news outlets – which had conducted an unofficial recount of Florida’s ballots – had buried their own lead, the fact that Gore would have won Florida if all legal votes were counted.

In 2002, during the buildup to war in Iraq, we also picked up the pace, questioning the Bush administration’s case about weapons of mass destruction and criticizing the flag-waving coverage from the mainstream news media.

As Bush’s Iraq invasion was underway in March 2003, I consulted with some of my old military sources who warned of the disaster ahead. The article was entitled “Bay of Pigs Meets Black Hawk Down.”

Also in 2003, author Kevin Phillips cited the investigative work of Consortiumnews.com in his seminal book on the Bush family, American Dynasty. Phillips took note of our investigative series that examined the elder George Bush’s role in Republican dirty tricks during the 1980 campaign.

Resumption

To flesh out more about the Bush family’s rise to power, I left Bloomberg News in April 2004 and began work on my fourth book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq. It was published in late September 2004.

In fall 2004, we also resumed more frequent publication of stories at Consortiumnews.com. One of those articles described John Kerry’s pioneering investigation of contra-drug trafficking in the late 1980s.

In recent years, we have added the insightful writings of former CIA analysts, such as Ray McGovern, Peter Dickson and Melvin Goodman, who saw a corruption of information inside the CIA’s analytical division that paralleled the perversion of journalism that was underway in the American press corps.

We have written extensively about the U.S. media imbalance, tilted by a well-funded right-wing media machine. Indeed, a founding idea of our Web site was that a major investment was needed in journalistic endeavors committed to honestly informing the American people about important events, reporting that truly operated without fear or favor.

Regrettably, the distortion of information remains a grave problem with millions of Americans brainwashed by the waves of disinformation coming from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the hordes of other right-wing media outlets – distortions often reinforced by the careerist mainstream press.

Because of this media dynamic, many average Americans have bought into a propaganda frame that seeks fewer regulations on powerful corporations, lower taxes on the wealthy, tighter restrictions on unions, and fewer programs to help working Americans with problems ranging from educating their children to caring for the elderly.

Meanwhile, Official Washington is basing international decisions on a false narrative that excludes the real history of the past several decades. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are hailed as honorable leaders, rather than viewed as politicians who countenanced gross abuses of power.

Even in the Age of Obama, government decisions are being made with only limited knowledge of what was really done by Republican presidents who have dominated the modern era. This ignorance represents not only a threat to a meaningful democratic republic but a danger to the world, as the “last remaining superpower” lurches about, half-blinded by its own propaganda.

While we are proud of the journalistic contribution that this Web site has made over the past 15-plus years – and while we are deeply grateful to our readers whose contributions have kept us afloat – we also must admit that we have not made the case well enough that our mission is a vital one.

Despite all that’s happened, including the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan, many people still don’t understand that the fight for honest information about the past and the present is a battle for the future.

We could do much more with additional resources. If you can and wish to help, we would appreciate your donations, big or small.

You can contribute either by credit card at the Web site or by check to:

Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
Suite 102-231
2200 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington VA 22201

Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com“).

Or, If you know someone with the means to make a large donation or someone who is involved with a public-interest foundation, contact them and urge them to consider a grant to Consortiumnews.com. Since 1999, we have operated as a 501-c-3 non-profit, meaning that donations can be tax-deductible. [For more information, such as our recent IRS filings and the IRS approval letter, go to "What Can Be Done."]

We appreciate whatever help you can provide. Thanks.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.

44 comments on “About

  1. Hussain Salim on said:

    Hello,

    I am a lecturer in Telecommunications and have good interest in Technology news and in sharing the news.
    Can u pls tell me how can I send you technology news, video, services or applications that can be of interest for many?

    BR
    Hussain

    • Gary Wederspahn on said:

      Dear Louise,
      You could have a big impact during the 2012 political season if you would use this new dynamic virtual screen technology to illustrate the growth of the economic justice gap and it’s causes.

      See a 4 minute TED demo using the technology at:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo

      The software for creating these compelling images is free at Google tools. Please let me know if I can provide more details, data & graphs or send you a link to the software.

      This has the potential to “go viral”. It would appeal to the tech-oriented younger demographic that tends to be apolitical.

      Gary Wederspahn

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  3. “And my class isn’t just winning, I mean we’re killing them.”

    Warren Buffett

    Dear Editor,

    The lives of how many people throughout the United States are being shortened at this time, what are the ways in which this is being accomplished, what are the names of the people who are carrying this out? The intention to kill does kill, eventually.

    Yours,
    Leland Mellott
    Mount Vernon, Washington

  4. chauncy on said:

    if all that were true that you outline in your “about” article.
    How then, did we end up here in this state of affair?
    How did the USA turn its government into a huge inefficient machine?
    how did we start with the constitution which outlines a small government with LIMITED POWER to what we have today?
    It sounds like it is the POT calling the kettle black.
    Your story is accusing one side of what exactly YOU are doing.
    hahaha so sad and so obvious

  5. You just joined the liberal lamestream media group.

  6. Ronald Reagan on said:

    What a crock. This guy is a shill for the ruling elite.

    “Important, well-reported stories” should not come from a view of political prejudice. It affects the ‘well-reported’ aspect of said story.

    Again, what a crock.

  7. peter holden on said:

    Attn. Robert Parry:
    Consortiumnews.com

    Dear Mr. Parry,

    Please consider networking the following:

    A FaceBook page called Occupy Cyberspace, bean-count the revolution. Essentially, it’s an opportunity for all of us who support the Occupy movement (the “99%”) to stand up and be counted, LITERALLY.

    Very simple and painless: Click on the link, below, “Like” the page then network it as you see fit. Help the page go viral, and see where that might lead. Would you do that?

    There’s great power in numbers if the numbers are large enough; just ask the bankers!

    Here’s to a peaceful evolution.
    Peter

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Cyberspace-bean-count-the-revolution/203590566382726?sk=wall&fb_source=message

  8. Dbrolynt Buzbo on said:

    Thank you for your work. I have just completed reading in Consortiumnews the damning criticism of the man and movie “J. Edgar,” and have forwarded it to a younger civil servant now relatively new to federal service as a caution regarding the powers available even to administrators at relatively low levels. The temptation to bend the offices one holds to one’s personal direction is often great, and Hoover’s career appears to be a case to study.

    I will follow your group’s work now and in the future with very great interest.

  9. Patrick on said:

    Hello – I believe it would be more accurate to refer to Gary Webb’s death, rather than to his suicide. [ On this seventh anniversary of journalist Gary Webb’s suicide, we are re-posting one of the stories that Webb’s brave work forced out, albeit without a satisfying ending.]

    Other than that, I have to say that you do impeccable work and I will be making my contribution any minute now.

    The very best,

  10. Fight the Reich on said:

    EXCELLENT work; And Thank You. It is heart warming during a very chilling time to see you’ve hit upon many key academic items that since the election of R. Nixon have systematically built and empowered the Fourth Reich that eventually on 9-11 pulled-off the biggest and filthiest coup upon our government in the history of our dear country. Reporting Truth in the face of the Fourth Reich’s terribly lying brainwashing propaganda machine is indeed truely difficult and often soul taxing; But it is such REAL Patriots that history will records as the TRUE beacons that heard and answered the many warnings and calls by our greatest Patriot Forefathers such as Thomas Jefferson, to be vigilantly on guard for the very worst threat to our Democracy: Domestic enemies from within and the careless self-important Ignorance among our citizens those enemies foster and depend upon.

    • The essence of our government is supposed to be free honest and fair debate and representation by people who act in the interest of those who elected them–not inflammatory name calling or arguing about who the “real” patriots are (aren’t we ALL patriots?) I find any reference to Naziism distasteful. If you want to call the right’s power crusade plutocracy then now I’m OK with that. Because that is a true label for what is happening and it is going to ruin our country.

  11. el aayyayayyay on said:

    Dear Editor Robert Parry
    We are very gratefull for your article about Reagan and Rios Mont.
    We have no resources, is it possible to ask for permission to republish this article.
    Sincerely

  12. Deek Crowley on said:

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A new political party that’s pushing for a bipartisan ticket in the 2012 presidential election says it’s earned a spot on November’s presidential ballot in Maine.
    The group called Americans Elect says state election officials have verified enough of the 32,000 signatures it turned in last month to gain access to the Maine ballot. To maintain a spot on the ballot, the group also has to hold caucuses and a state convention.
    The Washington-based nonprofit wants voters to select a candidate in an online convention who would be joined on the ticket by a vice presidential candidate from a different party. Former Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is on its board of directors.
    Americans Elect says it’s been certified in 15 states so far.

    Imagine a dirty trickster working in a right-wing think-tank given the task of finding ways to steal elections. One good way would be to run phony independent candidates to siphon votes away from Democratic candidates. The right has lots of money, so why not.
    There are plenty of Democrats who don’t realize a vote for an independent is likely to help elect a Republican. Does anyone know that Americans Elect isn’t a right wing outfit that funds independent candidates to help elect Republicans? Was Eliot Cutler legit or a Republican plant to take enough votes to allow Republican Paul LePage to become governor? Does anyone know who funded Cutler then and who is funding him now?
    Too many people don’t realize that this sort of thing could happen and they could be suckered into voting for a phony independent, waste their vote and help elect a Republican. We need instant-runoff-voting in case an independent candidate is legit and to keep Republicans from stealing elections. We need a big effort to educate the public about what’s really going on in government, who is hurting and who is helping them and lots more things.

    Deek Crowley
    Wayne, Maine
    deekcr@roadrunner.com

  13. Joel Blackburn on said:

    I’ve written to you before about a right wing political conspiracy that’s being waged against me. Today, I’ll further detail some of the other aspects involved. Some of the unique things about these on-line reality shows filmed via satellite is that viewers can be interactive with me through any media outlet as they watch live. They communicate with me through literature for example. The newspaper that I read everyday is different than any other newspaper. It may seem to be a regular Florence, AL”Times Daily” or “USA Today” and it was probably printed by those particular publishing companies but the articals in it are many times made up and not factual news. They are written specifically for me and there are no others like them in circulation. That also happens in on-line stories, e-mails, books and magazines that are placed in the library right before I arrive for only me to find. It’s hard to explain but there are coded messages in these forms of literature that I find and decode. Then I respond to the messages verbably via satellite. They may be from journalist, actresses, models, politians or really just could be from anybody that sombody from the media has contacted concerning something that has to do with me. There have been whole books and magazines that have been coded throughout including messages on there covers. TV programing is distributed differently on my TV than anybody elses. Breaking news on my TV is filmed seperately from the regular news being broadcast to everybody else in the nation and is full of messages to me in the form of hints and incinuations. TV talk shows, televised award shows or really just anything on TV in many cases, there are segments filmed seperately from regular broadcasting and is distributed to my TV only as a message to me. Before I enter an establishment that I frequent regularly, people in my area are being paid or convinced to carry on scripted dialog with me and with each other around me. Many times these people have an ear peice so they can be told what to say by somebody via satellite. It has been very rare over the years that I have a conversation with somebody who has not been instucted with what to say to me. Many times sombody in another state watching me live via satellite tells them what to say to me through an ear peice. People being told what to say includes police officers, attorneys and even my family. It is rare that I am exposed to anybody that has not been sent to deliver a message from a viewer watching via satellite. This communication is again littered with hints and incinuations that I have to figure out, although nobody ever speaks of what’s happening or that they have been sent to me and have been instructed on what to say. These are the ways that I receive death threats and threats of physical harm from people concerning this political conspiracy and many times it’s on a daily basis and has happened for years. For example, I could be in a restuarant setting by a window and people will instructed to pull right up to the window in front of me with a handicap decall on their rear view mirror when there obviously not handicapped. Then, somebody will be in instructed to walk over to me and hand me a newspapper turned to the obituaries while an employee will be instructed to walk over to me and give me a coupon that has expired. There are many many more examples and some of these things have happened hundreds of times. Somebody starts planning these types of threats the night before and sets this type of harassment up to go on all day over and over again. This has happened for a long time. Threats on TV are made up stories like somebody being unjustly murdered by a police officer or somebody being run over by a motorist while crossing the street. Those types of threats will then be broadcasted only on my TV when I return home. Republican presidential candidates in the primaries are filmed exclusively for me and there messages are exclusive to my TV.

    Joel Blackburn

    • Truthseeker on said:

      Joel, Please see a psychiatrist to deal with delusions that interpret events such as you have written. Anti-psychotic medications can be very beneficial for persons having such delusions that everything is about you. Psychiatric conditions are related to imbalances in the small molecule neurotransmitters in the brain, and, as such are amenable to medications to restore the brain’s equilibrium. The medications themselves have no political agenda.

  14. “Former FBI chief: Congress must stop chemtrails”

    The chief’s statement along with photos and information on the Strantotankers that are doing, in his words, the “death dumps” are in the UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS section of http://www.skyshipsovercashiers.com.

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  17. Renata and Balazs on said:

    2 Hungarian people in USA!! Big record attempt news in 2012!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qm0PBgiohM

  18. Sundy Gohadra on said:

    Wow, just what we need. Another hard-left opinion rag masquerading as if it were an actual “news outlet”. LOL! Too funny…

    -Sundy

  19. Independent Investigative? yah.. and not the least bit biased.. Ha..
    Typical liberal drivel..

  20. I’ve been coming to consortiumnews.com for sometime now. Honestly it’s one of the better sites on the web and I know it will be here for years to come. It’s a great place to get story ideas for my site The International Human Press. Keep up the awesome work guys!

    Thanks!

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    Att: All Recipients,

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    Rather than enforced corporate population abuse and irreversible waste as reason for protest and world-wide conflict, it could be that the most appropriate catalyst to stop the rot is none other than an all-inclusive unconditional Census-of-Intent.

    A census of intent is a very simple and completely natural way for every one of Earth’s citizens to declare-by-action what type of reality systems they are prepared to support, whether it includes more harmful drugs and multi-media deceptions or none at all.

    It’s now not a matter of corporations controlling Earth’s human resources with mind-control technology and providing profitable ways to destroy the natural essence of family and community relationships because the real issue now is about who is permitted to exist with mental freedom and why that is so.

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  22. Deek Crowley on said:

    Dear Robert Parry,
    I am about to send copies of the below letter to mostly people who write for The Progressive populist and I would like to get your permission to suggest that they contact you for the history of how the Republicans took control of the media.
    Thanks,
    Deek Crowley
    Wayne,Maine

    To anyone with ability and a sense of fairness:

    A small percentage of voters read alternate publications like The Nation, The Progressive, The Progressive Populist, etc. Some may even know how the mainstream media was taken over by the Republicans. These voters mostly won’t be fooled by slick ads and know a vote for a third candidate without instant-runoff-voting could help elect a Republican, the candidate of the rich.
    But most of the 99% don’t know this and believe the lies and lies of omission of the media. Their vision of reality is shaped by a media controlled by the 1%, yet half of them vote for the party of the 1%, the party that hurts them the most. Unless an effort is made to warn these misguided people, too many of them will be suckered by all the expensive dishonest ads the 1% with all their money will throw at them and once again vote for the party of the 1%.
    Why not warn the 99% about what’s really going on and how not to be fooled. One way is to write concise, simple emails about each thing the public needs to know in a way that entices the recipients to forward them and those recipients to forward them, etc. Most people are likely to read an email from someone they know. The emails could be sent to all the people on liberal email lists – MoveOn, Sierra Club, Unions, etc. They could be put in alternative publications, both online and in print, to be forwarded. If the emails are written well enough, maybe enough people will want to forward them and a majority of voters will get to read them.
    Below are three examples of what people need to know:

    “HAVE YOU BEEN MISINFORMED BY THE MEDIA?
    Did you ever wonder why the media never calls the Republicans on their lies? It’s because the Republicans control the media. (add a brief history of when and how the Republicans did it. For details, contact Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com. )
    “DON’T BE SUCKERED BY SLICK TV ADS
    The 1% will spend tons of money on TV ads promoting their candidates and attacking the candidates of the 99%. A good way to counter all that money is to count the ads to see which candidate is promoted and which is attacked by the ads. The candidate with the most ads for and the least ads against has to be the candidate of the 1% and your worst enemy if you’re not rich.
    “DON’T WASTE YOUR VOTE
    Some day we may have instant-runoff-voting so we can list a third candidate 1st and the Democrat 2nd and not waste our vote. Now a vote for a third candidate is, with very few exceptions, a vote for a candidate with no chance and a wasted Democrat vote which could help elect a Republican, the candidate of the 1%. We desperately need instant- runoff-voting.”

    You get the idea. Please do your best to see that this is done. If nobody does it the 1% with their Republican stooges, their media, their money and their slick ads will once again sucker the voters. I would do it myself, but I’m an old man with a bad memory for details and am unable to do it.

    Deek Crowley
    Wayne, Maine
    207-685-4284
    deekcr@roadrunner.com

  23. Dear Mr. Parry:

    Thank you for what you do. I have followed you for too many years not to understand what having good information means to a populace.

    I fear my country is lost. However, there is that pendulum that always swings back. The revolution may or may not televised…but it will happen. Those who have paid attention will fare better than those who follow fools. Life for a while is about to become very messy.

    Yours in Peace,
    Dogface.

  24. Aaron Beauchamp on said:

    I’ve never seen such a biased, straight out hateful slew of liberal, anti-American, anti-Israel garbage in my life.

    This is rock bottom. You are seriously delusional.

  25. sanaz tabeafshar on said:

    Hi,Iam a P.h.D candidate of International Relations.I wonder if it is possible to submit u any articles!?

  26. Dr Mark Manolopoulos on said:

    Dear Robert,

    Do you accept articles? If so, how?

    Yours,

    Mark

    *****************************
    Dr Mark Manolopoulos
    BTheol BA(Hons) PhD
    School of Philosophical,
    Historical and
    International Studies
    MONASH UNIVERSITY
    *****************************

  27. It would be helpful to follow you guys, if you got a twitter account established and tweeted links to your stories out when they became available.

  28. Robert Harneis on said:

    “JFK’s Embrace of Third World Nationalists”
    Excellent and interesting article. Thank you.

  29. Teejay on said:

    Robert, I tried to get a VHS or DVD copy of Frontline’s “Election Held Hostage” which you participated in. It’s not listed at the PBS store, though I haven’t written them.
    Would you know if copies are available or could I get a transcript from you?

  30. Pussy Riot Propaganda Is For Naïve Americans

    By John Justice

    {Note: If you agree with this essay feel free to email, post, and generally disseminate—no permission required.}

    Pussy Riot, a Russian female punk band of recent notoriety, very much seems to have one tunnel vision goal—at least as reported to Western audiences by Western media—and that is to discredit and defame Russian President Vladimir Putin. Their raucous riots engaged as anti-social actions (that they called them “guerilla protests”) seem to amount to little more than obnoxious forms of non-rationalized angst-and noise pollution.

    Their 15 pivotal minutes of fame transpired a couple of years ago, that is two weeks before presidential elections were heard in Russia, in which Vladimir Putin was up for re-election. Then this band of bandits with no musical talent, broke out into a cacophonous and anarchist display of guitar rage, as violent form of psychological insult, to protest inside one of Russia’s biggest and renown Orthodox Churches—namely shock and awe blitzkrieg for calculated surprise and confusion—that is for the edification of all congregations who attend such religious institutions as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

    The band name ‘riot’ is not hard to understand, as their supposed “art form” resembles a riot, as punk music often enough does; but it is more anti-music in its ear-splitting aggression (and could have been included in U.S. repertoire of torture music technique recently used in secret and not-so secret torture camps).

    Equally their performance costumes are comprised of a bright and gaudy array of monochromic revolution colors as jarring a phenomenon of tackiness as you might imagine.

    Whereas their pornographic name “Pussy Riot” easily conjures up any and all manner of pandemonium and sexual affront—something calculated to add insult to injury—especially when done in a staid institution not especially known for supporting erotic pleasure. Thus their actions of siege warfare of that church stage, as if covert coup, could have equally insulted dead corpses in any graveyard.

    So naturally when their pussies (their term) overtook what is normally a mass of ritualized sleepiness so as to upstage a riot, strategically and premeditatively decided in advance, that is to protest “one” political figure versus millions of believers of this conservative Church, all hell broke out.

    Granted one could admit such a stunt could be viewed as mildly amusing, that is in its innovation, even if an obvious form of deliberate abuse. It is fair to ask what personality types are attracted to punk music in general. But it is the aftermath of political propagandas that we need pay attention to as to how the United States Media interprets and manipulates this particular aspect of a larger anarchist, feminist movement in Russian. Perhaps there is something far more nefarious going on as psychological warfare in which we Americans are the real butt of the joke?

    Wikipedia defines “Pussy Riot” as an “…anti-Putinist punk band…”. Whereas ‘Putinist” as concept is noted to be a Western media term of origin (and this factoid has much significance) as the focus of anti-Putinist propaganda then seems not to have evolved from within Russia or by the Russian people. Instead this media saturation stunt of capitalizing on simplistic explanations was likely heavily influenced by foreign sources (not too surprisingly as even we Americans have come to realize many news stories here too have hidden political agendas).

    Behind scenes of this shallow morality play (anti-Russian and anti-Putin psychological warfare) as sound bite entertainment and titillating conceit here in the West (surprisingly by what one can argue by Jewish run leftist media outlets that usually do a better job of selecting their battles), all manner of sensationalism is wafting that includes connotations of vaginas wearing riot gear.

    Still therein lays larger political stories, pseudo-stories, propaganda, foreign inspired revolutions with plenty of American tax money being circulated to bribe public relations schemes and more lately accusations that even NGOs that supposedly care about human rights and the environment have been infiltrated to the point that their real mission is to engage in propaganda operations. One such accusation is that Vladimir Putin is connected to a coterie of police state cronies (Siloviki) who have worked together from within their security state bureaucracies in Russia, and this cabal is controlling certain kinds of political initiatives not thought especially democratic.

    Related was the imprisonment of Mikhail Khodorkowsky for 10 years for his tax evasion while he controlled the Yukos Petroleum Company, etc. Supposedly Yukos was absorbed by special interests including Siloviki, etc. And obviously it is related as a New York Times Op-Ed Column by Joe Nocera continues the insinuations that Putin let these women out of jail to deflect from protects at the Sochi Olympics (and even if true it doesn’t prove anything save the man has some common political sense). But Nocera equally brings up the Khodorkowsky story about his billions and at least admits to his shady dealings—but Pussy Riot (these delightful young women—come on “you couldn’t ask for more appealing activists” writes Nocera with his kid gloves version minus and real intuitive assessment? Imagine if this kind of thing would have happened in a New York Synagogue—do you think no one would have shouted out “anti-Semitic hate crime”?

    But then who wants to learn about all those many details of Russia’s political detritus and rumormongering when most of us Americans avoid knowing too much about our own back home? Ain’t it enough to know two young women from this band (or x-band members as they were very recently kicked off the band by the other band members) don’t want “…to be led by a shirtless man on a horse…”)? Well hell, they come all the way to America (who is paying for their tour) after being in prison for several months to delivery that bit of sophistry—nothing superficial or phony here?

    Nevertheless, according to our media rhetoric and some protestors in Russia, their government is a pretense of a democracy (you just knew you could never trust those Godless types). And yet ain’t it ironic, given the United States is equally a pretend democracy too—with all manner of tinsel pretense for any third party candidate trying to gain any real chance of winning a high office (especially if not in tune with certain special interests objectives—and instead wanting to actual work primarily for the people of our own country). And ain’t ironic too there are accusations of rigged elections there too?

    Nevertheless it has become obvious to most of the world the United States is pretty much a full-blown police state (that is with all the apparatchik in place in case any real crackdown and marital law ensues that is very likely to happen at some point) and currently with all kinds of crooked stuff going on and Wall Street (New York hello!!!!)—and such as The Department of Homeland Security’s and NSA’s ever increasing far-reaching tentacles of information gathering and control (or their orders to purchase over a billion of hollow point bullets?).

    So why then would some circles of political suasion here in the West be so farcically looking to point fingers elsewhere such as at Putin and Russia?

    Maria Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova (both recently released from imprisonment after serving 21 months of their two-year sentences for ‘hooliganism’ (and now are the two x-band members touring the United States and elsewhere to promote their anti-Putinist invective and also prisoner rights), argue to all who will listen, that President Putin is a dictator. (But a question we should be asking is why are these two women suddenly so eager to travel here to America to narrow the supposed feminist band’s mission of anarchism to mostly foment on Putin and his supposedly gays rights bashing in Russia?).

    Also given the reality of the enormity of imprisonment in the United States, and many cases of prisoner abuse in this country, and the privatization of prisoners for profit and the lessening of resource to house prisoners—why do these women see America as the beacon on the hill? Seems a little hypocritical for Western media to be hosting this parade of chatter—that is against the unspoken backdrop of Edward Snowden needing to find refuge outside the United States such as in Russia and the fact that Chelsea Manning was abused as a human rights prisoner for whistle-blowing on our federal government?

    One has to wonder what’s up, given the leftist media outlets, which have been hosting these self-appointed spokespersons of Putinist oppression, that is these college women who give us very few specific and verifiable reasons as to why Putin is such a dictator—don’t they have the intellectual wherewithal as one graduated as a journalist and they both had plenty time to think about it?

    Being able to scream noise like adolescents while jumping and shaking one’s fists in tantrum or pretending to play guitar doesn’t really qualify one to speak with much authority about anything does it? So it seems especially dishonest the New York media has taken these women at face value, apparently assuming some kind of attitude of moral superiority to us common masses that is playing their shoddy journalism and comedy with low standards of credibility?

    But wait a minute!!! Putin is also homophobic!! According to some sources he’s blatantly oppressive to homosexuals. However the sources here who give airtime to this assertion from these dissidents, seem to be slipping us some dishonest or distorted information (regarding to Putin’s actual stated stances)? BBC actual did a live interview with Vladimir Putin that suggests a very different story and details.

    Whereas we are being told what seems to be exaggerated accusations on how terribly Russian gays are suffering at the hands of this singular Vladimir Putin?

    [Note: This opinion piece is not written by a Russian: but rather an American. This writer gets no compensation of any kind for his opinions and is not aligned with any political group. He has never been to Russia and knows very few people from Russian. These opinions are truly his own as an American. Believe what you want but this is the truth. Furthermore there is no claim here to be some expert or to know a great deal regarding either Putin or the internal politics of Russia—but sometimes you don’t have to be, as some messages don’t require that level of specialization.]

    If Putin is a homophobe and is oppressing homosexual lifestyles there would there not likely be several examples of his behavior depicting such a truth since he has been in the political arena for a long time? Where are the instances recorded? If we check alternative sources of what exactly the so-called anti-gay law in Russian actually stand for we get alternative explanations that seem far less alarming and contrary to the story we are being hyped?

    But obviously a propaganda war has begun that includes such demagoguery as a Youtube video with rap song performance singing all manner of distortions and reverse hatred—while pretending to be pro-gay? It is a macho mash up of hate Putin (because well he poses sometimes in pictures without a shirt—being a bit narcissistic) and then the shirtless man suddenly morphs into a closet gay as innuendo) all the while adapting a hate attitude like a vicious gang-banger band (calling Putin a closet gay while being pro-gay)?

    Whereas Amy Goodman briefly interviewed these two anarchists with a question, as if they were Apollonian priestesses from the Delphi Oracle dispensing true wisdom and knowledge, asking them what they would ask of leaders Obama and Putin, and their response to Putin “…aren’t you sick of it yet…” and Obama “…don’t be afraid to speak your mind…” (paraphrased) is about as lame as one could possibly get—and yet Amy Goodman is normally pretty sharp with her capacity to interview and choosing who to interview as worthy?

    OK, as devil’s advocate, while on trial these women claimed Putin had created a “one-man” dictatorship in which the voices of the masses go unheard—and let’s assume this is true and there is some manner of dictatorship going on of sorts in Russia—still the mixed messages reaching us here in the States are far from rational or clean (which usually is the case when the issue is about controversy in Russia). The mere fact that this is happening on the eve of the Sochi Olympics is questionable.

    But then there is this one Ms. Minky Worden, no less than the Human Rights Watch Director of Global Initiatives—who ironically has little of the type of background you’d expect from a real human rights activist? Instead she is all about politics as her background is heavily related to the Democratic Party and Public Relations big time such as working for the Justice Department (where there are always fires to put out). More importantly she sounds like an attack dog for Fox News—so anyone with even the most rudimentary of intuitions can see this women is a trained political propaganda machine. HRW and Amnesty International has been mainly reporting “one” side of the atrocities happening in Syria—and not too much of what likely were atrocities committed by the opposition supported by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia (in another words these non-profit NGOs too have become infiltrated by political agency with political agendas and the news media reports what they put out as if gospel truth—and this is hardly a laughing matter).

    Given how Bradley Manning was treated in military style tactics, and given the true story of how the many prisoners in Guantanamo were, as some still are, locked up indefinitely, in relation to Congress attitudes of not giving a damn, and given our recent, and some say still current, history of secret renditions that has included torture and murder, and given the entire world’s high levels of anger over NSA spying, what moral high ground do people working for American foreign policy have making a big splash about pussy riots?

    American media pundits (and comedians) seemingly are saturating our supposed republic with disinformation, either naively or deliberately, as if to lead Americans around with various red herrings? How could an NGO be infiltrated—well that is not to hard to figure given the NSA has been likely listening to their communications with potential hostile information, but then they learn about a job opening and low and behold we political operatives applying for such jobs with all manner of insight on how to apply and what to say in an interview.

    Where the jokester of the Stephen Colbert Report humor piece (choosing to interview these women he referred to as ‘girls’) asked them to describe what got them into trouble (as sentenced for hooliganism) and one of them replied: “…singing a ‘fun’ song in a church…” followed up with “…we sing other fun songs too like …Putin piss off…”.

    Quickly then we are made aware, from this sophomoric attitude, comedy context aside, that we are arrogantly being asked to consider these women, who seem to possess little more political or social maturity than a Miley Cyrus or a Justin Bieber, to be worthy of our attention for serious consideration to their grievances, that is being convicted two years for a hate crime against a religion.

    These are not people who have suffered torture. They were not condemned to indefinite detention. They were made aware of their offenses and given a trial in a habeas corpus manner (however imperfect), and that trial has become a political documentary of sorts. One could argue their sentences were harsh but they were not victims of third strike laws in which they were sent back to prison for life (things that happen with repetitive redundancy here within the United States).

    Instead they were sentenced for the equivalent of a misdemeanor, for what seemed a hate-crime, in this case against a religion. And we note hate-crimes are something plenty Zionists especially like to promote as legitimate forms of prosecution and persecution—even if it is a manner of well we don’t like certain kinds of criticism they claim are anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist regardless of third party objectivity? Equally there are laws now established that makes what is referred to as holocaust denial as a crime (for improper thinking) and people are being imprisoned for this sort of thing. Equally we have organizations here in the United States like Campus Watch that acts as an oppressive force calling every criticism against Israeli policy as if a human rights violation or a social crime supposedly making Jewish people feel uncomfortable (but the fact that Americans are killing Muslims all over the place doesn’t really matter since well they are just darker skinned Semitic peoples). Even the ADL engages in political witch-hunts here whereas people like Norman Finkelstein loose their professorial jobs because they speak harshly of holocaust profiteering?

    A quick search on Maria Alyokhina reveals she is recognized as a “political prisoner” by the Union of Solidarity for Political Prisoners. Thus this early recognition is from an organization that seems primarily meant to support oppositional forces in Iran—id. est, supposed enemies of Israel and Saudi Arabia?

    Is this just coincidence or could it be that Putin is getting a lot of flack of late because Russia has been on friendlier terms with the Iranian and Syrian government than what Israel, Saudi Arabia or some here in the U.S. like, and he has not bowed down to turn Snowden over? Is this Western-instigated media kangaroo court for gays rights in Russia not some opportunistic politically stunt—that is Russia does not automatically kowtow to Israel and United States demands that Iran and Syria submit to their commands?

    What are the articulated cases against Putin is respect to his connection to the Orthodox Church as conspiracy theory about using religion politically? Some news wires and houses have claimed Putin has been cozying up to the Orthodox Church and arguing for the Church to play a bigger role in Russian life (even promoting for some media channel friendly with that predominant church to have even more reach—and thus supposedly extending his own influence).

    Whereas some have argued feminism has been loosing ground while the Russian State has become more nationalistic (using religion to do so). How does that differ from many other countries including the United States and Israel being nationalistic and using religion to become more rigid and hidebound? In another words Putin is being accused of doing what many American politicians do all the time—namely playing patriotism with Godism—that is wooing Christians of one stripe or another in order to gain personal support.

    He is using religion as a political tool. Well that certainly deserves some kind of blatant, in-your-face, anarchist pussy riot right in the middle of a Church for all the shock value one might expect with screeching noise, while equally succoring our American sympathies for lack of democracy and human rights (values incidentally that if they didn’t evolve from Christian morality certainly that religion helped promote them)? After all how dare any Russian people feel offended just because their symbols of sacredness were run roughshod so as to have felt violated?

    Attacking religious congregations with this sort of frantic and frenetic aggressive disturbance should invite peoples’ tolerance world wide with good sport? Yet if it wasn’t meant to be an act of hate (how does one know the motives of others) it certainly looked like one, even if it could be called political protest, from what one can glean from videos on the Internet. But we in the United States are routinely taught to doubt everything about Russian motive, as we are to be forever suspecting—and by the way American athletes need to turn off their cells phones while in Russia so the Russian government doesn’t spy on them?

    After all what does the word anarchism mean? It means: “I respect no law” and “I do what I want to do when I want to do it”. Sophists have written tracts that attempt to explain anarchism in more pseudo-sophisticated verbiage such as (paraphrased) “…since most forms of authority, in final analysis, prove to be self-serving and often corrupted, then I will respect no authority save myself”. In a nutshell then everyone can do whatever he or she pleases—as there is no law except the law of the self. This is the message some Russian feminists seem to want to promote and sell to American counterparts who equally have a soft spot for such sentiment to contemplate?

    Why then, given the anarchist nature of Pussy Riot, do these very same people who glory in illegal acts and in-your-face affronts, expect others of a less radical nature to sympathize and empathize with their narrow-minded and juvenile take, when some very serious issues are being played out across the world? More importantly why do media people and filmmakers expect some kind of tacit approval—other then assuming we Americans are eternally shallow and can be expected to yawn at everything?

    It so then we should be expected to support all manner of Pussy Riot events all across this great land of enlightenment here in the United States with people like the demented Samantha Powers leading the pack (she has a kind of wild-eyed The Exorcist possessed gaze too that could be perfect for this sort of infotainment). Pair her with Mindy Worden for the dynamic duo, add Arianna Huffington leading around a carnival clown barkers from comedy central. Add Madonna and her crucifix outfit and throw in a little titillation to suggest some porn (after all we are the porn capital of the world—it’s all good). After all there are thousands of Churches in our huge Bible belt. And there is no good reason why people like Jon Stewart, and the crew at Democracy Now, Huffington Post, and those at The Nation Magazine, etc., can’t start sponsoring some of these obnoxious punk riots as they blast through complacent churches across the country (maybe doing a little fundraising at the same time) starting there of course in New York City?

    You see here in the United States liberals and leftists are real big on promoting multicultural values. And as their dogma has it, it is politically “not” correct to discriminate or make fun of people because of their ethnicity, race, religion, sex, etc., but hey if it happens in Russia well then this is cause for celebration—don’t you think—its all relative?

    After all we are a tolerant lot. We somehow managed to make it through The Vagina Monologues even if now we can have them all over again in operatic form. You remember The Vagina Monologues by Eva Ensler? It was a kind of theatrical masturbation celebrated as if it represented some kind of actual message of enlightenment—when in reality it was blatant form of reverse sexism to men. Even some feminists criticized the play screen as making men the enemy and more.

    Nevertheless, accordingly to anarchist standards it doesn’t matter if you violate others’ values—it only matters if you personally have felt violated yourself—especially if you feel you are of some minority status—then everything is fair game.

    Because it isn’t that unusual here in the United States for certain smug forms of feminism to insult any and all manner of traditional values. Mary Daly was one such celebrated type. And yet any close reading of her works (something Americans are not especially adept—perhaps the Russians fair better) of her work showed not just radicalism but a radical hatred of men—and yet she, apparently because she was a woman, was honored and accepted as someone supposedly worthy of social and political attention. So after the likes of her ilk you’d think our society has become inured to these kinds of preachers of double standards, such is who are vociferous against certain groups in which they criticize anything and everything perceived as slight, while other groups almost never are given wayward attention—after all you just know white men are suspect from the get go—especially if people like “theist” Putin was meeting with a Catholic Pope But oh wait a minute didn’t many Americans hate the Russians because they were so Godless?

    Maybe I should give more of a damn about people like Manning, Snowden and Greenwald? Obviously even some leftist intellectuals are not—see: “The Progressive Crack-up: As anti-NSA activism goes from protest to resistance, liberals balk” by Justin Raimondo (a man always worth reading for people who need a few brain cells stimulated in order to get interested) at AntiWar.com, see: http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/01/26/the-progressive-crack-up/

    It’s hard to believe people like Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales are deliberately reporting misinformation to the American people. One almost is forced to assume they are acting out of naiveté in supporting more military belligerence.

    But it seems a couple of things should happen. First there should be investigative journalism into whether non-profit organizations like HRW and AI have been turned political to distort truth to the world when that is not why they are being given monies from donors. Also if it is true the U.S. State Department is behind this then we need to know how many Secretaries of State have supported this kind of infiltration—does not anyone feel that some sacred code has been violated if true? And people need become aware so as to stop donating money to this corruption of their mission statements.

    If Vladimir Putin or any of his cohorts are reading this, thank you for giving Obama at least a temporary out of these constant wars for other Middle Eastern players and their assumption it doesn’t matter if common people are killed, bombed and maimed. Many of us Americans are not interested to supporting these Neo-Con-Artist games.

    Gay people here in the United State should think twice before being seduced by this tawdry political opportunism. If gay women as feminist radicals have an issue with anti-gay sentiments they might consider taking them up with the Old Testament/ Torah—before even the New Testament and the Koran were written:

    “You shall not lie with a male as a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22

    “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood be upon them.” Leviticus 20:13

    Amen and Good night ya’ll.

  31. Barry :Lanza on said:

    I was on the Lockerbie witness AND the FBI has a file on me on Iran Contra. My father-in-law was convicted of being the head of the British spies in Iran. Panam largest shareholder was the Shah’s family. Pan am was related to a coup attempt done at the time to stick in the Shah’s son. Wife family is Hessaby (www.hessaby.com – nuclear foundation in Iran) and Pakravan, top people in th SAVAK who work for Israel

    i would like to send you documents including emails from Libyans and victims .

    I am in exile in Malaysia and was originally from the US.

    Barry Lanza

  32. Jonny James on said:

    This article is back to the old good cop, bad cop routine of the kabuki theatre that is two-party dictatroship in the world’s most expensive public relations democracy.
    This article is specious and one-sided. While I don’t disagree with the facts presented, they are very one sided.

    After poor old Obama hired Penny Pritzker, andHolder (who let the banksters off the hook in what Prof. Black called the largest financial fraud in world history)
    Uncle Bob Gates, Chuck Hagel, signed the NDAA destroying the Magna Carta, habeas corpus, 4th and 5th amendment. After Obama personally signs off on drone murders ( a war crime). After Obama calls the US an indispensible and exceptional nation, after…..

    The fact that Parry can defed Obama with a straight face at this point in time destroys credibility.
    Poor old Obama, he is powerless and is held hostage by the “deep state” eh? Why then did he agree to accept all that money for his billion dolllar campaigns? Is Mr. Parry that naive? The financial sector is tickled pink with Obama, despite the BS rhetoric. Judge folks by actions not empty words.

    As the late great Howard Zinn outlined in his magnum opus (People’s History of the USA) that BOTH parties are in consensus on the big issues. NOTHING changes between D and R regimes. And the only way to affect change is by organized civil disobedience. I suggest that Mr. Parry read this important work., or publish something to refute Zinn’s astute claims.

    As Glenn Ford at the Black Agenda Report said years ago “Obama is not the lesser of two evils, he is the MORE EFFECTIVE evil. If Bush Jr. would have done this, the bourgeois liberal crowd would have been up in arms. The hyporcisy and arrogance is astonishing and outright unbelievable at this point in time.

  33. Bruce Benson on said:

    Mr. Parry, yours stories on Ukraine and the neocons are important; unfortunately they are twice or more too long. Your AP editors would have pared your staff way back, not for lack of space but to make it more effective. You are the editor now and I guess no one dares trim you down. It’s a shame.

  34. Greg Ellis on said:

    Excellent work on Ukraine! And – despite what Bruce Benson might think – not too long!

  35. herb davis on said:

    Your explanations or theories about why an intelligent fellow like O is caught off guard by his neocons and why he behaves in certain ways seems to come up as “mystified”… you have no clear explanation.
    I think he is being blackmailed about a dalliance with a famous blonde. If you have the capability to access his Blackberry records and phone records from the days before the election to POTUS, I think you’ll at least find a partial explanation for how easily he seems to have been managed.

  36. gene grabiner on said:

    Dear Robert Parry,

    You have said that Barack Obama is outflanked by holdover neocons in his administration, and has had to resort to back-channel diplomacy, much the same as John Kennedy. However, it took Kennedy less than two years to figure things out and get the back channels going.

    If you are correct in your assessment, I would have thought that by 5 years into his two terms, Obama would have been more forceful.

    I wonder why, given the Ukraine situation, he has not simply fired Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine. I wonder why, given the Ukraine situation, Obama has allowed the US to cyber-attack the Crimea vote. I wonder why he selected John Kerry as Secretary of State after warmonger and neocon buddy, Hillary Clinton, left the post. After all, a review of Kerry’s Vietnam War record strongly suggests that he is as sociopath. And his performance at State suggests that he speaks far to loosely and easily about war.

    I also wonder why Obama, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief, has not yet cleansed the officer corps of all of the theocratic, neo-fascists in its ranks.

    Thank you for considering my remarks. And I look forward to hearing from you.

  37. Vitaliy on said:

    The author should be careful because the Ukrainian elements he is talking about have taken notice of his work and have spread the information in their circles. Also, there should be an email indicated for your blog so that sending a public message available to everybody would not be the only option to contact you.

  38. SubtleNuance on said:

    Is there a way to purchase the three books, together, in audiobook format?

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