A Look-Back at 2015 Stories

At Consortiumnews, we mix today’s journalism with historical analyses on a wide range of topics, showing how current events fit into a larger context, an approach often lacking in the mainstream media. So a selection of our stories from 2015 is an intriguing way to look back and to understand the year just ended.

Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust” by Ray McGovern, Jan. 3, 2015

NYT Still Pretends No Coup in Ukraine” by Robert Parry, Jan. 6, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a crowd on May 9, 2014, celebrating the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Crimean port city of  Sevastopol from the Nazis. (Russian government photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a crowd on May 9, 2014, celebrating the 69th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Crimean port city of Sevastopol from the Nazis. (Russian government photo)

CIA’s Hidden Hand in ‘Democracy’ Groups” by Robert Parry, Jan. 8, 2015

Behind the Saudi Oil-Price Gambit” by Andrés Cala, Jan. 13, 2015

Neocons: The ‘Anti-Realists’” by Robert Parry, Jan. 17, 2015

How Propaganda Conquers Democracy” by Nicolas J S Davies, Jan. 19, 2015

The Danger of an MH-17 ‘Cold Case’” by Robert Parry, Jan. 19, 2015

Risky Blowback from Russian Sanctions” by Jonathan Marshall, Jan. 19, 2015

NYT Is Lost in It’s Ukraine Propaganda” by Robert Parry, Jan. 24, 2015

How Roy Cohn Helped Rupert Murdoch” by Robert Parry, Jan. 28, 2015

President Reagan meets with publisher Rupert Murdoch, U.S. Information Agency Director Charles Wick, lawyers Roy Cohn and Thomas Bolan in the Oval Office on Jan. 18, 1983. (Photo credit: Reagan presidential library)

President Reagan meets with publisher Rupert Murdoch, U.S. Information Agency Director Charles Wick, lawyers Roy Cohn and Thomas Bolan in the Oval Office on Jan. 18, 1983. (Photo credit: Reagan presidential library)

Why FDR Matters Now More Than Ever” by Beverly Bandler, Jan. 30, 2015

‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War” by Robert Parry, Jan. 30, 2015

What Syriza’s Victory Means for Europe” by Andrés Cala, Feb. 1, 2015

Examining the STASI, Seeing the NSA” by Elizabeth Murray, Feb. 3, 2015

A Pointed Letter to Gen. Petraeus” by Ray McGovern, Feb. 3, 2015

Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and Israel” by Robert Parry, Feb. 4, 2015

From Tiger Cages to Soup Kitchens” by Ted Lieverman, Feb. 5, 2015

Nuclear War and Clashing Ukraine Narratives” by Robert Parry, Feb. 6, 2015

When Silencing Dissent Isn’t News” by Robert Parry, Feb. 7, 2015

Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine” by Robert Parry, Feb. 9, 2015

NYT Whites Out Ukraine’s Brown Shirts” by Robert Parry, Feb. 11, 2015

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory” by Robert Parry, Feb. 13, 2015

President Gollum’s ‘Precious’ Secrets” by Robert Parry, Feb. 16, 2015

The Endless Tragedy of Vietnam” by Myra MacPherson, Feb. 16, 2015

A U.S. military helicopter spraying the defoliant Agent Orange over Vietnam during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Army photo)

A U.S. military helicopter spraying the defoliant Agent Orange over Vietnam during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Army photo)

Ukraine Finance Minister’s American ‘Values’” by Robert Parry, Feb. 18, 2015

Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile Crisis” by William R. Polk, Feb. 24, 2015

The Mystery of the Civil War’s Camp Casey” by Chelsea Gilmour, Feb. 26, 2015

Needed: Leaders Like JFK and Khrushchev” by William R. Polk, Feb. 27, 2015

Playing Chicken with Nuclear War” by Robert Parry, Mar. 2, 2015

Gen. Petraeus: Too Big to Jail” by Ray McGovern, Mar. 5, 2015

Ben Bradlee’s Not Such ‘A Good Life’ Part 1” by James DiEugenio, Mar. 10, 2015

Ben Bradlee’s Not Such ‘A Good Life’ Part 2” by James DiEugenio, Mar. 10, 2015

The Secret Saudi Ties to Terrorism” by Daniel Lazare, Mar. 11, 2015

Guiding Obama into Global Make-Believe” by Ray McGovern, Mar. 14, 2015

US Intel Stands Pat on MH-17 Shoot-down” by Robert Parry, Mar. 14, 2015

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel” by Robert Parry, Mar. 18, 2015

America’s Dead-End in the Middle East” by Daniel Lazare, Mar. 19, 2015

A Family Business of Perpetual War” by Robert Parry, Mar. 20, 2015

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.

Ukraine’s Oligarchs Turn on Each Other” by Robert Parry, Mar. 24, 2015

Neocons: the Echo of German Fascism” by Todd E. Pierce, Mar. 27, 2015

Deciphering the Mideast Chaos” by Robert Parry, Mar. 30, 2015

Obama’s Secrecy Obsession” by Robert Parry, Mar. 31, 2015

Yemen as Vietnam or Afghanistan” by William R. Polk, Apr. 1, 2015

The US-Israel-Iran Triangle’s Tangled History” Robert Parry, Apr. 2, 2015

Obama’s Fateful Indecision” by Robert Parry, Apr. 6, 2015

Judith Miller’s Blame-Shifting Memoir” by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Apr. 7, 2015

Neocons, R2Pers and Hypocrisy” by Robert Parry, Apr. 10, 2015

Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast” by Ray McGovern, Apr. 13, 2015

Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?” by Robert Parry, Apr. 15, 2015

The West Snubs Russia over V-E Day” by Ray McGovern, Apr. 20, 2015

A Fact-Resistant ‘Group Think’ on Syria” by Robert Parry, Apr. 20, 2015

The US Hand in Libya’s Tragedy” by Robert Parry, Apr. 21, 2015

We Lucky Molecules” by Robert Parry, Apr. 22, 2015

The Day After Damascus Falls” by Robert Parry, Apr. 29, 2015

Climbing into Bed with Al-Qaeda” by Daniel Lazare, May 2, 2015

The World Trade Center's Twin Towers burning on 9/11. (Photo credit: National Park Service)

The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burning on 9/11. (Photo credit: National Park Service)

The War over the Vietnam War” by Don North, May 5, 2015

Failing to Hide Israel-Iran-Iraq Secrets” by Robert Parry, May 11, 2015

The Saudis’ Hurt Feelings” by Jonathan Marshall, May 14, 2015

Losing the American Republic” by William R. Polk, May 15, 2015

You Be the Judge” by Robert Parry, May 20, 2015

The MH-17 Propaganda War” by Greg Maybury, May 22, 2015

A Reckless ‘Stand-Upper’ on MH-17” by Robert Parry, May 28, 2015

Resurgence of the ‘Surge’ Myth” by Ray McGovern, May 28, 2015

Neocon Fugitive Given Ukraine Province” by Robert Parry, June 2, 2015

Obama’s Big Lie on Syria” by Daniel Lazare, June 5, 2015

Cold War II to McCarthyism II” by Robert Parry, June 8, 2015

Barack Obama: No Jack Kennedy” by Ray McGovern, June 10, 2015

U.S. House Admits Nazi Role in Ukraine” by Robert Parry, June 12, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Tangled Past” by Chelsea Gilmour, June 12, 2015

Samantha Power: Liberal War Hawk” by Robert Parry, June 15, 2015

Obama’s Libya Fiasco” by Andres Cala, June 19, 2015

NYT’s Orwellian View of Ukraine” by Robert Parry, June 22, 2015

The Nitwits Are in Charge” by Robert Parry, June 24, 2015

Neocons Urge Embrace of Al Qaeda” by Daniel Lazare, June 26, 2015

Toward a Rational US Strategy (Part 1)” by William R. Polk, June 30, 2015

Toward a Rational US Strategy (Part 2)” by William R. Polk, July 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Failed Libya ‘Doctrine’” by Robert Parry, July 1, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Behind the Greek Crisis” by William R. Polk, July 2, 2015

How Zionism Corrupts Judaism” by Daniel C. Maguire, July 2, 2015

Jeb Bush’s ‘Transparency’ Ploy” by Chelsea Gilmour, July 3, 2015

Not Learning from Mideast Mistakes” by William R. Polk, July 3, 2015

Greek ‘No’ Vote Spurs Wider Resistance” by Andrés Cala, July 6, 2015

Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists” by Robert Parry, July 7, 2015

MH-17 Case Slips into Propaganda Fog” by Robert Parry, July 9, 2015

Obama’s Deadly Cold War Legacy” by Robert Parry, July 10, 2015

Struggling for Women’s Sports Equality” by Chelsea Gilmour, July 12, 2015

‘Secret’ History of the Greek Crisis” by William R. Polk, July 12, 2015

The Mess that Nuland Made” by Robert Parry, July 13, 2015

The World Rebukes Netanyahu” by Robert Parry, July 14, 2015

MH-17 Mystery: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?” by Robert Parry, July 17, 2015

Making Excuses for Saudi Misbehavior” by Daniel Lazare, July 18, 2015

Seeking War to the End of the World” by Robert Parry, July 19, 2015

Hidden Origins of Syria’s Civil War” by Jonathan Marshall, July 20, 2015

The US Hand in the Syrian Mess” by Jonathan Marshall, July 20, 2015

Obama Should Release MH-17 Intel” by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, July 22, 2015

The Dangers of European Dis-Union” by Nat Parry, July 23, 2015

Why Russia Shut Down NED Fronts” by Robert Parry, July 30, 2015

The Soft Power Hoax” by Mike Lofgren, Aug. 2, 2015

How US Allies Aid Al Qaeda in Syria” by Daniel Lazare, Aug. 4, 2015

Why Many Muslims Hate the US” by William R. Polk, Aug. 5, 2015

The Saudi Royals, Unchained” by Joe Lauria, Aug. 14, 2015

Saudi King Salman bids farewell to President Barack Obama at Erga Palace after a state visit to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Saudi King Salman bids farewell to President Barack Obama at Erga Palace after a state visit to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Neocons to Americans: Trust Us Again” by Robert Parry, Aug. 16, 2015

Propaganda, Intelligence, and MH-17” by Ray McGovern, Aug. 17, 2015

Pentagon Manual Calls Some Reporters Spies” by Don North, Aug. 19, 2015

The Honduran Coup’s Ugly Aftermath” by Jonathan Marshall, Aug. 19, 2015

Why US Police Are Out of Control” by Daniel Lazare, Aug. 20, 2015

The Riddle of Obama’s Foreign Policy” by Robert Parry, Aug. 21, 2015

The Case for Pragmatism” by Robert Parry, Aug. 24, 2015

Sanders’s Screwy Mideast Strategy” by Sam Husseini, Aug. 27, 2015

Will Peace Find a 2016 Advocate?” by Robert Parry, Aug. 27, 2015

Pushing the Edge on Nuclear War” by William R. Polk, Aug. 28, 2015

US/NATO Embrace Psy-ops and Info-War” by Don North, Sep. 2, 2015

A Deflategate Slapdown of NFL and MSM” by Robert Parry, Sep. 3, 2015

New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady.

New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady.

Muslim Memories of West’s Imperialism” by William R. Polk, Sep. 4, 2015

How Neocons Destabilized Europe” by Robert Parry, Sep. 7, 2015

On Syria, Incoherence Squared” by Daniel Lazare, Sep. 11, 2015

Neocons Blame Obama for Syria” by Jonathan Marshall, Sep. 11, 2015

US War Theories Target Dissenters” by Todd E. Pierce, Sep. 12, 2015

Are Neocons an Existential Threat?” by Robert Parry, Sep. 15, 2015

Neocons Babble Over Syria Crisis” by Daniel Lazare, Sep. 16, 2015

Obama’s Fateful Syrian Choice” by Robert Parry, Sep. 18, 2015

A Moral Challenge for Pope Francis” by Ray McGovern, Sep. 21, 2015

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Will US Grasp Putin’s Syria Lifeline?” by Robert Parry, Sep. 22, 2015

The Power of False Narrative” by Robert Parry, Sep. 28, 2015

Value in Reading Others’ Propaganda” by Graham E. Fuller, Sep. 29, 2015

Putin’s Judo Move in Syria” by Daniel Lazare, Sep. 29, 2015

Obama’s Self-Deceit” by Joe Lauria, Sep. 29, 2015

Obama’s Ludicrous ‘Barrel Bomb’ Theme” by Robert Parry, Sep. 30, 2015

Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria” by Robert Parry, Oct. 1, 2015

Obama Tolerates the Warmongers” by Daniel Lazare, Oct. 2, 2015

US Tax Dollars and Ukraine’s Finance Minister” by Robert Parry, Oct. 3, 2015

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.

The Hope Behind Putin’s Syria Help” by Ray McGovern, Oct. 4, 2015

Rupert Murdoch: Propaganda Recruit” by Robert Parry, Oct. 5, 2015

Obama Boots Syrian Peace Chance” by Robert Parry, Oct. 6, 2015

Collateral Damage/Stuff Happens” by David Marks, Oct. 9, 2015

How Do-Gooders Can Do Bad” by Coleen Rowley and Diana Johnstone

Obama’s Two-Faced Foreign Policy” by Robert Parry, Oct. 10, 2015

MH-17: The Dog Still Not Barking” by Robert Parry, Oct. 13, 2015

NYT Plays Games with MH-17 Tragedy” by Robert Parry, Oct. 15, 2015

Kicking War Cans Down the Road” by Jonathan Marshall, Oct. 16, 2015

The Reckless Guns of October” by Daniel Lazare, Oct. 16, 2015

Jeffrey Sterling’s Selective Prosecution” by Chelsea Gilmour, Oct. 17, 2015

Colombia’s Bittersweet Peace Deal” by Andrés Cala, Oct. 19, 2015

MH-17 Case: ‘Old’ Journalism vs. ‘New’” by Robert Parry, Oct. 20, 2015

Correspondent Michael Unsher of Australia's "60 Minutes" claims to have found the billboard visible in a video of a BUK missile launcher after the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014. (Screen shot from Australia's "60 Minutes")

Correspondent Michael Unsher of Australia’s “60 Minutes” claims to have found the billboard visible in a video of a BUK missile launcher after the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014. (Screen shot from Australia’s “60 Minutes”)

Checkmate on ‘The Devil’s Chessboard’” by Lisa Pease, Oct. 27, 2015

Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes” by Ray McGovern, Oct. 28, 2015

GOP and the Rise of Anti-Knowledge” by Mike Lofgren, Oct. 29, 2015

The ‘Anti-Knowledge’ of the Elites” by Mike Lofgren, Oct. 31, 2015

Rubio Follows the Big Money” by Jonathan Marshall, Nov. 1, 2015

Reviving the ‘Liberal Media’ Myth” by Robert Parry, Nov. 2, 2015

The Dark Truth in the Movie ‘Truth’” by James DiEugenio, Nov. 3, 2015

America’s Chalabi Legacy of Lies” by Robert Parry, Nov. 4, 2015

The Death of a Charming Charlatan” by Karen Kwiatkowski, Nov. 4, 2015

Obama’s Risky ‘Mission Creep’ in Syria” by Daniel Lazare, Nov. 6, 2015

How Ukraine’s Finance Chief Got Rich” by Robert Parry, Nov. 10, 2015

Rubio’s Big-time Military Build-up” by Chuck Spinney, Nov. 11, 2015

Netanyahu Ups the US Ante” by Ann Wright, Nov. 12, 2015

Fresh Twists in the Lockerbie Case” by John Ashton, Nov. 12, 2015

Carpetbagging ‘Crony Capitalism’ in Ukraine” by Robert Parry, Nov. 13, 2015

How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror” by Daniel Lazare, Nov. 14, 2015

Can Obama Level with the People?” by Robert Parry, Nov. 14, 2015

President Barack Obama being interviewed by Steve Kroft of CBS' "60 Minutes." [Photo credit: CBS News]

President Barack Obama being interviewed by Steve Kroft of CBS’ “60 Minutes.” [Photo credit: CBS News]

Falling into the ISIS Trap” by William R. Polk, Nov. 17, 2015

Neocons Make Rubio Their Favorite” by JP Sottile, Nov. 18, 2015

Tangled Threads of US False Narrative” by Robert Parry, Nov. 19, 2015

How Russians See the West and Russia” by Natylie Baldwin, Nov. 19, 2015

Turkey Provokes Russia with Shoot-down” by Robert Parry, Nov. 24, 2015

In the Dark on the ‘Dark Side’” by Nicolas J S Davies, Nov. 27, 2015

The Collision Course in Syria” by Daniel Lazare, Nov. 28, 2015

How Gaddafi’s Ouster Unleashed Terror” by Jonathan Marshall, Nov. 30, 2015

The US-Russia Proxy War in Syria” by Ray McGovern, Dec. 1, 2015

Near Boiling Point on Global Warming” by Nat Parry, Dec. 1, 2015

Obama Ignores Russian Terror Victims” by Robert Parry, Dec. 2, 2015

Obama’s Credibility Crisis” by Robert Parry, Dec. 6, 2015

The Incredible Shrinking President” by Daniel Lazare, Dec. 7, 2015

Why Syria’s Options Are So Bad” by Ted Snider, Dec. 8, 2015

A Day When Journalism Died” by Robert Parry, Dec. 9, 2015

Chicago Police Adopt Israeli Tactics” by Todd E. Pierce, Dec. 11, 2015

Cornering Russia, Risking World War III” by Alastair Crooke, Dec. 11, 2015

Blocking Democracy as Syria’s Solution” by Robert Parry, Dec. 12, 2015

How Obscure Bureaucrats Cause Wars” by Jonathan Marshall, Dec. 15, 2015

A Blind Eye Toward Turkey’s Crimes” by Robert Parry, Dec. 16, 2015

Video of the Russian SU-24 exploding in flames inside Syrian territory after it was shot down by Turkish air-to-air missiles on Nov. 24, 2015.

Video of the Russian SU-24 exploding in flames inside Syrian territory after it was shot down by Turkish air-to-air missiles on Nov. 24, 2015.

Rethinking Donald Trump” by Sam Husseini, Dec. 18, 2015

A GOP Split on Neocon Orthodoxy” by James W Carden, Dec. 19, 2015

Neocons Object to Syrian Democracy” by Robert Parry, Dec. 19, 2015

A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack” by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Dec. 22, 2015

The Grimmer Story Behind ‘Trumbo’” by James DiEugenio, Dec. 24, 2015

The Misinformation Mess” by Robert Parry, Dec. 28, 2015

One County’s Global Warming Failure” by Robert Parry, Dec. 29, 2015

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1 comment for “A Look-Back at 2015 Stories

  1. Marshalldoc
    January 3, 2016 at 12:56

    ConsortiumNws is an invaluable resource for objective reportage & analysis of the events that affect us all. Thank you all for your work over the last year(s) and looking forward to more of the same in 2016. Happy New Year!

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