From Editor Robert Parry: While we welcome a lively discussion about the articles that appear at Consortiumnews.com, we do insist on some standards to prevent the deterioration of the comment section into name-calling and other behavior that discourages a respectful exchange of ideas.
As you know, we have traditionally had an open comment section without a moderator (although there is a Spam blocker which occasionally delays the publication of genuine comments as suspected Spam). But a few readers have abused this openness by leaving racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic slurs.
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