Month: December 2011

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The Warning in Gary Webb’s Death

Journalist Gary Webb

Special Report: Modern American history is more complete because journalist Gary Webb had the courage to revive the dark story of the Reagan administration’s protection of Nicaraguan Contra cocaine traffickers in the 1980s. However, Webb ultimately paid a terrible price,…

John Hull’s Great Escape

Contra-Cocaine Poster by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

From the Archive: The U.S. political/media world often operates without justice. Truth-tellers get punished and the well-connected get off. 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…

Is Gingrich Fit to Be President?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Art work by Robbie Conal, robbieconal.com)

Exclusive: Soaring in the polls, Newt Gingrich is confidently predicting his capture of the Republican presidential nomination and now sees the White House within his grasp. But, Robert Parry asks, is this divisive megalomaniac fit to run the most powerful…

Saudi Faults Israel/Iran for Arms Race

Prince Turki al-Faisal, former chief of Saudi intelligence.

Exclusive: A prominent Saudi leader says his country might have to develop a nuclear bomb if Israel’s nuclear arsenal is not dismantled and if Iran is not dissuaded from obtaining nukes, an indication that oil-rich Saudi Arabia sees the WMD…

Cleansing Wall Street of Blame

'Occupy Everything' sign (Photo by Angela Tyler-Rockstroh)

The Right’s giant megaphone is reversing the narrative for today’s crisis: It is Barack Obama’s “food-stamp presidency” and the Occupy demands for fairness that are at fault for the hard economic times, not Wall Street’s unregulated greed increasing the need for food stamps…

Insider Stock Trades on Capitol Hill?

Rep. Spencer Bachus

Public opinion polls for Congress have sunk into the single digits and some observers are wondering why the ratings aren’t even lower. The latest area of abuse is the alleged use of insider information on Capitol Hill for lucrative stock…

Gary Webb’s Book as Thank-You Gift

webbcover

From Editor Robert Parry: As a new thank-you gift for donations over $100 to Consortiumnews.com, we are offering a wonderful new book, The Killing Game, a selection of investigative news stories by the late Gary Webb explaining the context of…

Gay Rights Advanced in 2011

Protester against California's Proposition 8

As 2011 draws to a close, the year has seen clear progress for gay rights, with the repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and New York State’s acceptance of same-sex marriages, changes that Rev. Howard Bess…

Obama Resists ‘Apologizing’ to Pakistan

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari

U.S.-Pakistani relations continue to go from bad to worse as Pakistan’s government retaliates for a deadly American attack on two border posts by closing down Pakistani routes for trucks supplying U.S. troops in Afghanistan, while President Barack Obama resists a…

Time for a Wall Street ‘Perp Walk’?

New York Stock Exchange

After the savings-and-loan debacle of the 1980s and the Internet bust a decade ago, hundreds of financial culprits were “perp-walked” to jail. But the big bankers who tanked today’s economy have escaped punishment, an omission that Danny Schechter says must…