Month: March 2012

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Is ‘Going Left’ Right for OWS?

An Occupy protest in Philadelphia in fall 2011. (Photo credit: Ted Lieverman)

The Occupy Wall Street movement has resisted making specific proposals for reform, focusing instead on its trademark occupation of parks and its protests on behalf of the 99 percent. Some longtime activists now urge OWS to “go left,” but Danny Schechter…

Ex-AG Mukasey Pals with Terrorists

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Ex-Attorney General Michael Mukasey and other big-name politicians are demanding that an anti-government Iranian group, MEK, be removed from the U.S. terrorism list despite links to recent murders of Iranian civilian scientists. Former FBI official Coleen Rowley offers evidence of Mukasey aiding this…

‘Three Amigos’ Eager for More War

Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, at a Capitol Hill news conference.

The “three amigos” John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham are the Senate’s top war hawks, widely admired by the Washington Post’s editors and other neocon voices. But the senators also were cheerleaders for the Iraq disaster and other dubious exploits,…

Robert Parry’s Rather Naïve Notion

From Editor Robert Parry: When I founded the Consortiumnews Web site in 1995, I had the rather naive notion that Americans cared enough about truly independent journalism on important topics that we could raise adequate money for at least a low-budget investigative project…

Police State Blues

Scene from Saturday's rally to reoccupy "Liberty Square." (Photo credit: occupywallst.org)

The New York Police Department reacted quickly against Occupy Wall Street activists who returned to Liberty Square (or Zuccotti Park) six months after the original occupation began. But the confrontation marked one more milepost in a longer and surely more…

Israel Killing Wrong Iranian Scientists?

Assassinated Iranian scientist Dariush Rezaeinejad with child.

A suspected Israeli-sponsored assassination campaign has claimed the lives of five Iranian scientists supposedly linked to the country’s nuclear program. But the evidence implicating some scientists in nuclear research may be as murky as the suspicions that a weapons program…

The ‘Surge’ Myth’s Deadly Result

President Obama addresses U.S. troops at the Bagram base in Afghanistan on March 28, 2010. (White House photo by Pete Souza)

Exclusive: President Obama’s choice in 2009 to expand rather than wind down the Afghan War now looks to be one of his worst decisions as the conflict drifts toward a bloody defeat. But a key factor behind his misjudgment, the myth of George…

Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President

President Obama greeting troops and family members in Florida in 2009. (White House photo by Pete Souza)

From the Archive: Three years ago, President Obama ignored warnings about an Afghan quagmire and followed the advice of Bush administration holdovers into a series of troop “surges” that have cost many lives but not turned around the war, a…

Preparing to ‘Mow the Grass’ in Gaza

An Israeli Air Force F16I preparing to take off during Operation Cast Lead against targets in Gaza three years ago. (Credit: Yosi Yaari,  Fresh Military & Security Forum, Israel, via Hebrew Wikipedia)

Even as Israeli leaders focus the world on a possible war with Iran, the neocons are prepping public opinion for another bloody assault on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, what one article likened to “mowing the grass.” Ex-CIA analyst Paul…

Recalling a Young American’s Sacrifice

Rachel Corrie

Nine years ago, as President George W. Bush and the neocons prepared to invade Iraq, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American woman concerned about the region’s deepening violence, was in Gaza watching Palestinian homes being destroyed and put her body in…