From Editor Robert Parry: We are wrapping up our summer fund drive – and sad to say it has been one of our weakest ever. We would have to raise $5,000 in the next few days just to get to the halfway mark for our modest goal of $25,000.
This disappointing fundraiser also comes at a crucial moment in modern history, whether the U.S. government will again get away with rationalizing a war, this time against Syria, without presenting any verifiable evidence to prove a casus belli. That the mainstream American media has done next to nothing to demand public proof of the chemical warfare charges against the Syrian government demonstrates again the need for the independent journalism that Consortiumnews.com provides.
Since our founding in 1995, we have fought for the revitalization of democracy based on the principle that information, especially on issues of war and peace, must be shared with the people. Otherwise, democracy is a sham. And, we have held both Republican and Democratic administrations to account for playing fast and loose with the truth. But we have been limited by our finances, even as the promoters of propaganda seem to have unlimited budgets.
I again invite you to look back through our Syria-related stories of the past few weeks, including the investigative work of honest journalists, the insights of serious intelligence professionals and the historical context from thoughtful scholars.
If you think we’re worth it, please donate by credit card online or by mailing a check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. (For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew @ aol.com”).
Your donation may be tax-deductible since we are an IRS-recognized 501-c-3 tax-exempt non-profit.
Or, you can buy one of my last four books through the Consortiumnews’ Web site – or my latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, through Amazon.com, either in paper or the e-book version. A portion of each sale will go toward our goal.
Or, for only $34, you can get the trilogy that traces the history of the two Bush presidencies and their impact on the world. The three books – Secrecy & Privilege, Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry) and America’s Stolen Narrative – would normally cost more than $70.
To get the books for less than half price – and help us meet our fundraising goal – just go to the Web site’s “Donate” button and make a $34 “donation” using Visa, Mastercard or Discover. We will read a donation of that amount as an order for the trilogy.
If your mailing address is the same as your credit card billing address, we will ship the books to that address. If your mailing address is different, just send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make the adjustment. For U.S. orders, we will pay for the shipping. (For non-U.S. orders, add $20 to defray the extra cost.)
You can also take advantage of this special offer by mailing a check for $34 to The Media Consortium; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use our Paypal account, “consortnew @ aol.com.” Just make sure you include your mailing address in the message.
Again, thanks for your support.
Robert Parry is a longtime investigative reporter who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 to create an outlet for well-reported journalism that was being squeezed out of an increasingly trivialized U.S. news media.