The NYT’s Yellow Journalism on Russia

Exclusive: The New York Times’ descent into yellow journalism over Russia recalls the sensationalism of Hearst and Pulitzer leading to the Spanish-American War, but the risks to humanity are much greater now, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

Reading The New York Times these days is like getting a daily dose of the “Two Minutes Hate” as envisioned in George Orwell’s 1984, except applied to America’s new/old enemy Russia. Even routine international behavior, such as Russia using fictitious names for potential adversaries during a military drill, is transformed into something weird and evil.

The New York Times building in Manhattan. (Photo credit: Robert Parry)

In the snide and alarmist style that the Times now always applies to Russia, reporter Andrew Higgins wrote – referring to a fictitious war-game “enemy” – “The country does not exist, so it has neither an army nor any real citizens, though it has acquired a feisty following of would-be patriots online. Starting on Thursday, however, the fictional state, Veishnoriya, a distillation of the Kremlin’s darkest fears about the West, becomes the target of the combined military might of Russia and its ally Belarus.”

This snarky front-page story in Thursday’s print editions also played into the Times’ larger narrative about Russia as a disseminator of “fake news.” You see the Russkies are even inventing “fictional” enemies to bully. Hah-hah-hah! The article was entitled, “Russia’s War Games With Fake Enemies Cause Real Alarm.”

Of course, the U.S. and its allies also conduct war games against fictitious enemies, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the Times. For instance, U.S. war games in 2015 substituted five made-up states – Ariana, Atropia, Donovia, Gorgas and Limaria – for nations near the Caucasus mountains along the borders of Russia and Iran.

In earlier war games, the U.S. used both fictitious names and colors in place of actual countries. For instance, in 1981, the Reagan administration conducted “Ocean Venture” with that war-game scenario focused on a group of islands called “Amber and the Amberdines,” obvious stand-ins for Grenada and the Grenadines, with “Orange” used to represent Cuba.

In those cases, the maneuvers by the powerful U.S. military were clearly intended to intimidate far weaker countries. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media did not treat those war rehearsals for what they were, implicit aggression, but rather mocked protests from the obvious targets as paranoia since we all know the U.S. would never violate international law and invade some weak country! (As it turned out, Ocean Venture ’81 was a dress rehearsal for the actual U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983.)

Yet, as far as the Times and its many imitators in the major media are concerned, there’s one standard for “us” and another for Russia and other countries that “we” don’t like.

Yellow Journalism

But the Times’ behavior over the past several years suggests something even more sinister than biased reporting. The “newspaper of record” has slid into yellow journalism, the practice of two earlier New York newspapers – William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World – that in the 1890s manipulated facts about the crisis in Cuba to push the United States into war with Spain, a conflict that many historians say marked the beginning of America’s global empire.

Illustration by Chesley Bonestell of nuclear bombs detonating over New York City, entitled “Hiroshima U.S.A.” Colliers, Aug. 5, 1950.

Except in today’s instance, The New York Times is prepping the American people for what could become World War III. The daily message is that you must learn to hate Russia and its President Vladimir Putin so much that, first, you should support vast new spending on America’s Military-Industrial Complex and, second, you’ll be ginned up for nuclear war if it comes to that.

At this stage, the Times doesn’t even try for a cosmetic appearance of objective journalism. Look at how the Times has twisted the history of the Ukraine crisis, treating it simply as a case of “Russian aggression” or a “Russian invasion.” The Times routinely ignores what actually happened in Ukraine in late 2013 and early 2014 when the U.S. government aided and abetted a violent coup that overthrew Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych after he had been demonized in the Western media.

Even as neo-Nazi and ultranationalist protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at police, Yanukovych signaled a willingness to compromise and ordered his police to avoid worsening violence. But compromise wasn’t good enough for U.S. neocons – such as Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland; Sen. John McCain; and National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman. They had invested too much in moving Ukraine away from Russia.

Nuland put the U.S. spending at $5 billion and was caught discussing with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt who should be in the new government and how to “glue” or “midwife this thing”; McCain appeared on stage urging on far-right militants; and Gershman was overseeing scores of NED projects inside Ukraine, which he had deemed the “biggest prize” and an important step in achieving an even bigger regime change in Russia, or as he put it: “Ukraine’s choice to join Europe will accelerate the demise of the ideology of Russian imperialism that Putin represents. … Putin may find himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.”

The Putsch

So, on Feb. 20, 2014, instead of seeking peace, a sniper firing from a building controlled by anti-Yanukovych forces killed both police and protesters, touching off a day of carnage. Immediately, the Western media blamed Yanukovych.

Sen. John McCain appearing with Ukrainian rightists of the Svoboda party at a pre-coup rally in Kiev.

Shaken by the violence, Yanukovych again tried to pacify matters by reaching a compromise — guaranteed by France, Germany and Poland — to relinquish some of his powers and move up an election so he could be voted out of office peacefully. He also pulled back the police.

At that juncture, the neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists spearheaded a violent putsch on Feb. 22, 2014, forcing Yanukovych and other officials to flee for their lives. Ignoring the agreement guaranteed by the three European nations, Nuland and the U.S. State Department quickly deemed the coup regime “legitimate.”

However, ethnic Russians in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, which represented Yanukovych’s electoral base, resisted the coup and turned to Russia for protection. Contrary to the Times’ narrative, there was no “Russian invasion” of Crimea because Russian troops were already there as part of an agreement for its Sevastopol naval base. That’s why you’ve never seen photos of Russian troops crashing across Ukraine’s borders in tanks or splashing ashore in Crimea with an amphibious landing or descending by parachute. They were already inside Crimea.

The Crimean autonomous government also voted to undertake a referendum on whether to leave the failed Ukrainian state and to rejoin Russia, which had governed Crimea since the Eighteenth Century. In that referendum, Crimean citizens voted by some 96 percent to exit Ukraine and seek reunion with Russia, a democratic and voluntary process that the Times always calls “annexation.”

The Times and much of the U.S. mainstream media refuses even to acknowledge that there is another side to the Ukraine story. Anyone who mentions this reality is deemed a “Kremlin stooge” in much the same way that people who questioned the mainstream certainty about Iraq’s WMD in 2002-03 were called “Saddam apologists.”

But what is particularly remarkable about the endless Russia-bashing is that – because it started under President Obama – it sucked in many American liberals and even some progressives. That process grew even worse when the contempt for Russia merged with the Left’s revulsion over Donald Trump’s election.

Many liberals came to view the dubious claims of Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election as the golden ticket to remove Trump from the White House. So, amid that frenzy, all standards of proof were jettisoned to make Russia-gate the new Watergate.

The Times, The Washington Post and pretty much the entire U.S. news media joined the “resistance” to Trump’s presidency and embraced the neocon “regime change” goal for Putin’s Russia. Very few people care about the enormous risks that this “strategy” entails.

For one, even if the U.S. government were to succeed in destabilizing nuclear-armed Russia sufficiently to force out President Putin, the neocon dream of another malleable Boris Yeltsin in the Kremlin is far less likely than the emergence of an extreme Russian nationalist who might be ready to push the nuclear button rather than accept further humiliation of Mother Russia.

The truth is that the world has much less to fear from the calculating Vladimir Putin than from the guy who might follow a deposed Vladimir Putin amid economic desperation and political chaos in Russia. But the possibility of nuclear Armageddon doesn’t seem to bother the neocon/liberal-interventionist New York Times. Nor apparently does the principle of fair and honest journalism.

The Times and rest of the mainstream media are just having too much fun hating Russia and Putin to worry about the possible extermination of life on planet Earth.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and

135 comments for “The NYT’s Yellow Journalism on Russia

  1. stacie schulz
    September 26, 2017 at 20:47

    I find this article deeply biased against the heroic country of Ukraine. After all, the Ukrainians are Slavs just as much as the Russians are. Why can’t Putin let them run their own affairs? Russia is a super power – it’s not called the ‘Russian Bear’ for nothing! I say to the author and a certain Aussie Marxist who fulminates on the web, “Hands off the Ukraine.” And I say to the dictator Putin: “Stop poisoning your democratic opponents in Moscow. Don’t you know that the Russian people long ago rejected that evil monster Ivan Grozny whom you continually imitate? Shame on you and your dreaded Secret Police.”

  2. Maria Dziuba
    September 23, 2017 at 10:36

    Sputnik Russian owned news media is under investigation for sphering propaganda 24/7. RT, another Russian yellow journalistic paper had Ms. Wahl quit due to propagation of total rewriting of history & ‘ugly’ constant news ‘against Ukraine, again worldwide, to drive opinions of neo-Nazi & anti-Semitism: a campaign of ‘yellow journalism’ that you profess against Russia; most definitely will ‘Federalize’ Ukraine since that is Putin’s goal. As far as Yanukovych’s removal: consider the fact he was Putin’s henchman; presently behind Putin & had been behind Russian ideology, especially, Stalin’s ‘HOLODOMOR’, which both Putin & colleague reiterated-accidental (with 9M-11M starved with all borders closed). Actually, Times’ journalist received a Nobel Price for journalism indicating “That All Was Well” in ’32-’33. Read recent open archives! I am grateful for you to allow me this curtesy–only in USA–Crimean leader sentenced by Putin’s Communists for 8 yrs. for speaking his mind about the treatment of Tartars (hoping for more humanitarian treatment). Everything is normal by the sea in Putin’s ideological nationalism. Ukraine is grabbing territory! Crimea not only has naval base, but was there to walk right in & annex with Russian forced referendum with soldiers at exits and Russian clerks-I speak Russian-Obama sent one sub. & turned around to slough of warships behind him. Ukrainian soldiers hoisted their flag, sang their national ‘Anthem’–‘Ukraine isn’t dead yet,” and surrendered their base. Next, media shows Putin’s show of signing annexation, raising his pen, smiling!

  3. Carroll Price
    September 18, 2017 at 22:43

    “…that in the 1890s manipulated facts about the crisis in Cuba to push the United States into war with Spain, a conflict that many historians say marked the beginning of America’s global empire.”

    Dr. Clyde Wilson (history professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina) stated that the South became the 1st victim of US imperialism. Cuba and the Philippines were the 2nd victim.

  4. Jamie
    September 18, 2017 at 12:03

    Where was fake Antifa when Obama armed Nazi’s in the Ukraine?

    Obama then put Joe Biden’s sleazy son, Hunter, on the board of the largest gas company there:

    By ignoring the fascism of one political party, Antifa is actually pro-fascist. This fits in well with their Hitler-like disdain for freedom of press, speech and assembly. And their absolute love of violence, we also saw in the 1930s among Nazi groups

  5. Russian_angel
    September 17, 2017 at 21:43

    Thank you for the truth about Russia, it hurts the Russians to read about themselves in the American newspapers a lie.

  6. September 17, 2017 at 14:26

    The chaos in Ukraine was engineered by Victoria Nuland at Hillary’s request. Good that she is not president. The Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people, same DNA, same religion Orthodoxy., Slavic, languages very close to each other, Cyrillic alphabet and a long common history .

  7. mike k
    September 17, 2017 at 08:03

    When looking for monsters, the WaPo should start by looking at themselves.

  8. September 16, 2017 at 22:13

    The Washington Post has its own ironically self-describing slogan. Perhaps that of the NYT these days should be, in the same vein, “The Sleep of Reason begets monsters”. And who will soon then be able to whistle in the darkness full of these things?

  9. mrtmbrnmn
    September 16, 2017 at 16:48

    Is this a great country, or wot???

    Stupid starts at the very top and there is no bottom to it….

  10. Voytenko
    September 16, 2017 at 15:48

    Sick edition consortiumnews, sick readers. Elites, Deep State, Evil Empire USA… Dove Putin with olive branch… Guys, why don’t you watch, say for a week, Russian TV, if you have somebody around who can translate from Russian. If you want to hear real nazi racist alt-whatever crap, Russian TV is the place. But you’ll enjoy it, most probably. Thankfully, you guys, are obviously, minority, with all your pseudo intellectual delusions, discussions and ideas. “Useful idiots” – that’s what Lenin said about the likes of you.

    • Abe
      September 16, 2017 at 19:00

      There is no reason to assume that the trollish rants of “Voytenko” are from some outraged flag-waving “patriot” in Kiev. There are plenty of other “useful idiots” ready, willing and able to make mischief.

      For example, about a million Jews emigrated to Israel (“made Aliyah”) from the post-Soviet states during the 1990s. Some 266,300 were Ukrainian Jews. A large number of Ukrainian Jews also emigrated to the United States during this period. For example, out of an estimated 400 thousand Russian-speaking Jews in Metro New York, the largest number (thirty-six percent) hail from Ukraine. Needless to say, many among them are not so well disposed toward the nations of Russia or Ukraine, and quite capable of all manner of mischief.

      A particularly “useful idiot” making mischief the days is Sergey Brin of Google. Brin’s parents were graduates of Moscow State University who emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1979 when their son was five years old.

      Google, the company that runs the most visited website in the world, the company that owns YouTube, is very snugly in bed with the US military-industrial-surveillance complex.

      In fact, Google was seed funded by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The company now enjoys lavish “partnerships” with military contractors like SAIC, Northrop Grumman and Blackbird.

      Google’s mission statement from the outset was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.

      In a 2004 letter prior to their initial public offering, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin explained their “Don’t be evil” culture required objectivity and an absence of bias: “We believe it is important for everyone to have access to the best information and research, not only to the information people pay for you to see.”

      The corporate giant appears to have replaced the original motto altogether. A carefully reworded version appears in the Google Code of Conduct: “You can make money without doing evil”.

      This new gospel allows Google and its “partners” to make money promoting propaganda and engaging in surveillance, and somehow manage to not “be evil”. That’s “post-truth” logic for you.

      Google has been enthusiastically promoting Eliot Higgins “arm chair analytics” since 2013

      Indeed, a very cozy cross-promotion is happening between Google and Bellingcat.

      In November 2014, Google Ideas and Google For Media, partnered the George Soros-funded Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) to host an “Investigathon” in New York City. Google Ideas promoted Higgins’ “War and Pieces: Social Media Investigations” song and dance via their YouTube page.

      Higgins constantly insists that Bellingcat “findings” are “reaffirmed” by accessing imagery in Google Earth.

      Google Earth, originally called EarthViewer 3D, was created by Keyhole, Inc, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded company acquired by Google in 2004. Google Earth uses satellite images provided by the company Digital Globe, a supplier of the US Department of Defense (DoD) with deep connections to both the military and intelligence communities.

      The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is both a combat support agency under the United States Department of Defense, and an intelligence agency of the United States Intelligence Community. Robert T. Cardillo, director of the NGA, lavishly praised Digital Globe as “a true mission partner in every sense of the word”. Examination of the Board of Directors of Digital Globe reveals intimate connections to DoD and CIA.

      Google has quite the history of malicious behavior. In what became known as the “Wi-Spy” scandal, it was revealed that Google had been collecting hundreds of gigabytes of payload data, including personal and sensitive information. First names, email addresses, physical addresses, and a conversation between two married individuals planning an extra-marital affair were all cited by the FCC. In a 2012 settlement, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Google will pay $22.5 million for overriding privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser. Though it was the largest civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission had ever imposed for violating one of its orders, the penalty as little more than symbolic for a company that had $2.8 billion in earnings the previous quarter.

      Google is a joint venture partner with the CIA. In 2009, Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel invested “under $10 million each” into Recorded Future shortly after the company was founded. The company developed technology that strips information from web pages, blogs, and Twitter accounts.

      In addition to funding Bellingcat and joint ventures with the CIA, Brin’s Google is heavily invested in Crowdstrike, an American cybersecurity technology firm based in Irvine, California.

      Crowdstrike is the main “source” of the “Russians hacked the DNC” story.

      Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council “regime change” think tank.

      Alperovitz said that Crowdstrike has “high confidence” it was “Russian hackers”.

      “But we don’t have hard evidence,” Alperovitch admitted in a June 16, 2016 Washington Post interview.

      Allegations of Russian perfidy are routinely issued by private companies with lucrative US Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. The companies claiming to protect the nation against “threats” have the ability to manufacture “threats”.

      The US and UK possess elite cyber capabilities for both cyberspace espionage and offensive operations.

      Both the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are intelligence agencies with a long history of supporting military operations. US military cyber operations are the responsibility of US Cyber Command, whose commander is also the head of the NSA.

      US offensive cyber operations have emphasized political coercion and opinion shaping, shifting public perception in NATO countries as well as globally in ways favorable to the US, and to create a sense of unease and distrust among perceived adversaries such as Russia and China.

      The Snowden revelations made it clear that US offensive cyber capabilities can and have been directed both domestically and internationally. The notion that US and NATO cyber operations are purely defensive is a myth.

      Recent US domestic cyber operations have been used for coercive effect, creating uncertainty and concern within the American government and population.

      The perception that a foreign attacker may have infiltrated US networks, is monitoring communications, and perhaps considering even more damaging actions, can have a disorienting effect.

      In the world of US “hybrid warfare” against Russia, offensive cyber operations work in tandem with NATO propaganda efforts, perhaps best exemplified by the “online investigation” antics of the Atlantic Council’s Eliot Higgins and his Bellingcat disinformation site.

      • mike k
        September 16, 2017 at 20:50

        Thanks Abe. Your insights are invaluable.

      • Niall
        September 21, 2017 at 17:53

        Great stuff for an article (hint, hint!).

    • GMC
      September 17, 2017 at 04:53

      I live in Russia and see those shows that you speak of. The Nazi rants are from the Ukraine folks invited on the show – you want to see Ukraine shows like the ones in RU. – well, you won’t see any Russians invited to talk !! NONE !

    • Gregory Herr
      September 17, 2017 at 10:33

      Your posts are so blatantly contrived it’s almost funny. Do you write for sitcoms as well?

  11. mike k
    September 16, 2017 at 14:49

    “The best thing which could happen to this country and its people would be the collapse of this Empire. The support, even tacit and passive, of this Empire by people like yourself only delays this outcome and allows this abomination to to bring even more misery and pain upon millions of innocent people, including millions of your fellow Americans. This Empire now also threatens my country, Russia, with war and possibly nuclear war and that, in turn, means that this Empire threatens the survival of the human species. Whether the US Empire is the most evil one in history is debatable, but the fact that it is by far the most dangerous one is not. Is that not a good enough reason for you to say “enough is enough”? What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species? Or will it take a nuclear winter to open your eyes to the true nature of the Empire you apparently are still supporting against all evidence?” (the Saker)

    Please go to the entire article on today’s Saker Blog.

  12. Donald Patterson
    September 16, 2017 at 14:45

    Consortium has been a clear voice on the lunacy of the Russia-Gate scandal. But to paint Yanukovych former President of the Ukraine as an injured party considering his history in government with what appears to be large scale corruption is part of the story as well. A treason trial started in May. More info needed on what looks like a complicated story. This would be a good piece of investigative journalism as well.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 21:03

      Can you imagine what a huge can of worms would be revealed if there was a thorough investigation on every congressperson and public official in Washington DC? It would make Yanukovych look like a saint. And in addition, let’s investigate the 10,000 richest people in the US, including all their offshore fortunes gained by illegal means. Wouldn’t it make sense to do that? Isn’t there enough evidence of probable criminal activity to open these investigations? Where is our ethical sense when it comes to our own dirty laundry? I guess it’s easier to speculate about other’s crimes than look into our own, eh?

    • Joe Tedesky
      September 17, 2017 at 12:40

      The focus I get isn’t so much focused on Yanukovych, even Putin wasn’t all that crazy about his style of leadership, but my focus on a viable democratically created government doesn’t necessarily start with an armed public coup. Yes, leading up to the violence, peaceful protesters took to the streets, but as we both know this is always the case until the baton twirling thugs come to finally ramp up the protest to a marathon of violent clashes and whatever else gets heads busted, until we have a full fledged revolution on our hands…pass out the cookies. I mean by by-passing the voting polls, even to somehow ad hoc a temporary government in some manner of government overthrow were done peacefully, well then maybe I could get on board with this new Ukrainian government, but even the NYT finds it impossible to cover up everything.

      And what about the people of Donbass? Shouldn’t they have a say in this new government realignment? Ukraine has, and has always had a East meets West kind of problem. That area has been ruled over for centuries by each other, and one another, to a point of who’s who and what’s what is hard to figure out. Donbass, should in my regard be separate from the Now Kiev government. (Be kind with your critique of me for I am just an average American telling you what I see from here)

      It’s like everything else, where we should let the people of the region sit down with each other and work it out, we instead blame it on Putin, or whoever else Putin appears to be, and there you have it MIC spending up the ying-yang, for the lack of a better portrayal, but still a portrayal of what ills our modern geopolitical society.

  13. MaDarby
    September 16, 2017 at 14:05

    It appears to me that the elites decided long ago that the best solution to overpopulation is just to let climate change take care of three or four billion people while the Saud family and the Cargill family live on in their sheltered paradises with every convenience AI can provide.

    It is clear these mega-rich families DO NOT CARE about society, about mass human extension or even about nature itself. They are the pinnacle of human evolution. Psycho-pathological loss of empathy might have been a bad evolutionary experiment.

    This is derangement on a human specie scale, no leader no one in power has been willing to do anything but exploit every opportunity to make money and increase global domination, the great powers knew this day was coming when they made their decisions to hide it 50 years ago. The consequences are acceptable to the decision makers.

    A mass extension of organic life is taking place before our eyes, nothing can stop it, THEY DO NOT CARE.

    They sure as hell don’t care if millions don’t believe the Russia crap they just move ahead as the Imperial power, might makes right. In the end it is a religious project, the biblical slaughter of the innocents to appease a vengeful god and rid the world of evil.

    • Joe Tedesky
      September 17, 2017 at 12:19

      What you bring up MaDarby takes me towards the direction of wondering what all those other Departments, other than State & Defense, of the Presidential Cabinet are up too? If our news were done and somehow properly organized, in such away as to educate us peons, then whatever the time allowed would be to broadcast and print out what each Federal Agency is up to. Now I know a citizen can seek out this information, but why can’t there be a suitable mass media representation to reach us clunkheads like me, not you?

      What should be exposed is the corporate ownership of the very agencies that were put in place to protect the ‘Commons’ has been corrupted to the point of no return. This dilemma will take a huge public referendum short of a mob revolution to change this atmosphere of complacency. The public will get blamed, but the real blame should be put on the massive leadership programs which were bolted down on to their citizens masses knowledge of said events, and there in lies the total crime of deception.

      MaDarby your concern for nature is where a smart person should put their number one priority concern, no arguing there, but just a lifting word of approval of how you put it. Joe

  14. rosemerry
    September 16, 2017 at 14:04

    Of course the NYT liars would not bother to watch Oliver Stone’s interviews with Pres. Putin, but during them he explained at length about his cooperation during the years after Ukraine elected a pro-Western president, managing to carry out mutual agreements and policies, but after the new pro- Russian president was elected, the USA did not accept him and overthrew him, which preceded the antics of Nuland et al in 2014 and the rest which followed.

  15. jaycee
    September 16, 2017 at 13:52

    The meme of an aggressive assertive Russia, based on what happened in Crimea, is a deliberate lie expressed with the utmost contempt towards principled diplomacy. The average consumer of mainstream news is also being shamelessly and contemptuously manipulated.

    First, the people of Crimea did not want to be part of Ukraine after the USSR dissolved, and had previously expressed their opinion through referenda. The events of 2014 were part of an obvious pattern of previously expressed opinion.

    Second, around the time of the so-called Orange Revolution, NATO analysts forecast what would probably happen should Ukraine embrace European “security architecture” (i.e. NATO), and concluded that Russia would take steps to protect their naval facilities in Crimea. Yet, in 2014, NATO officials would disingenuously express their utmost shock and surprise at the event.

    Third, Viktor Yushchenko, who came to power in Ukraine in 2005 through the NED-financed Orange Revolution, consistently described his intention to join Ukraine with European institutions, including its “security architecture” (NATO), although acknowledging that the Ukrainian citizenry would have to be manipulated into accepting such a controversial and adversarial position. He would downplay presumed Russian reaction to potential removal from Crimea despite the obviousness and predictability of a serious crisis (see Sept 23, 2008 “Conversation with Viktor Yushchenko” Council On Foreign Relations). Yushchenko polled at 5.45% when he lost the Presidency in 2010, running on a platform of European integration.

    Fourth, Russian officials at the highest level told their American counterparts in 2009 that any attempt to integrate Ukraine into NATO, and a corresponding threat to the Crimean naval facilities, would result in moves similar to what would later happen in 2014. Yet the United States, after instigating and legitimizing the Ukraine coup, would react to the Crimean referendum as an aggressive act which represented an unexpected security crisis requiring a reluctant but firm response of militarizing the entire region, and portraying the Russian state to the public as a dangerous and aggressive rogue power.

    The deliberate omission of relevant contextual background by politicians, military officials, and the mainstream media demonstrates that none of these institutions can be trusted, and it is they who represent the greatest threat to international security. Putin has been relentlessly demonized, but it can be argued that his swift and essentially bloodless moves in Crimea in 2014 avoided what could have been a major international crisis on the level of the Berlin blockade in 1961. It appears, in hindsight, that such a crisis is exactly what the NATO alliance desired all along.

    • Sam F
      September 17, 2017 at 09:58

      Well said.

    • Joe Tedesky
      September 17, 2017 at 12:02

      Nicely put jaycee. What you wrote took me back to a time of some eight months before Maiden Square, when my niece decided to live in Kiev. A bit of a ways away from Pittsburgh, so I started researching Ukraine. I also discovered RT & Moonofalabama, and sites like that.

      What you wrote jaycee, in my humble opinion should be said in our MSM news. If for no other reason but to give an alternative fair and balance to say the likes of Rachel Maddow, or Joy Ann Reed. The way the MSM picks and chooses, and skims across important events in Ukraine, like Odessa, are criminal if ever the Press is to be judged for crimes of war. To the crys of a destroyed empire’s vanquished population would then your small essay be heard jaycee, and yet that’s the world we live in, but at least you said it.

      Thanks jaycee (that’s the first time I wrote your name and the j didn’t go capital…what does that mean? Who cares.)

  16. Abe
    September 16, 2017 at 13:31

    Yellow journalism now employs “open source and social media investigation” scams foisted by Eliot Higgins and the Bellingcat disinformation site.

    Bellingcat is allied with the New York Times and the Washington Post, the two principal mainstream media organs for “regime change” propaganda, via the First Draft Coalition “partner network”.

    In a triumph of Orwellian Newspeak, this Google-sponsored “post-Truth” Propaganda 3.0 coalition declares that member organizations will “work together to tackle common issues, including ways to streamline the verification process”.

    The New York Times routinely hacks up Bellingcat “reports” and pretends they’re “verification”

    Malachy Browne, “Senior Story Producer” at the New York Times, cited Bellingcat to embellish the media “story” about the Khan Shaykhun chemical incident in Idlib Syria.

    Before joining the Times, Browne was an editor at “social news and marketing agency” Storyful and at Reported. ly, the “social reporting” arm of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media.

    Browne generously “supplemented” his “reporting” on the Khan Shaykun incident with “videos gathered by the journalist Eliot Higgins and the social media news agency Storyful”.

    Browne encouraged Times readers to participate in the Bellingcat-style “verification” charade: “Find a computer, get on Google Earth and match what you see in the video to the streets and buildings”

    Browne of Storyful and Higgins of Bellingcat are founding members of the Google-funded “First Draft” coalition.

    Browne demonstrates how the NYT and other “First Draft” coalition media outlets use video to “strengthen” their “storytelling”.

    In 2016, the NYT video department hired Browne and Andrew Glazer. a senior producer on the team that launched VICE News, to help “enhance” the “reporting” at the Times.

    Browne represents the Times’ effort to package its dubious “reporting” using the Storyful marketing strategy of “building trust, loyalty, and revenue with insight and emotionally driven content” wedded with Bellingcat style “digital forensics” scams.

    In other words, we should expect the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, UK Guardian, and all the other “First Draft” coalition media “partners” to barrage us more Bellingcat / Atlantic Council-style Facebook and YouTube video mashups, crazy fun with Google Earth, and Twitter campaigns.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 13:47

      Thanks Abe. Sounds like these guys all read 1984, and decided it was just the thing for 2017 Amerika.

    • Abe
      September 16, 2017 at 13:49

      “Our investigation debunks the claims”

      Browne keeps the April 2017 NYT video positioned at the top of his Twitter feed

      Obviously Browne is proud of the “investigation” even though merely shared a “story” fed to him by Higgins’ Bellingcat and the Atlantic Council .

    • Abe
      September 16, 2017 at 13:58

      Higgins and Bellingcat receives direct funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) founded by business magnate George Soros, and from Google’s Digital News Initiatives (DNI).

      Google’s 2017 DNI Fund Annual Report describes Higgins as “a world–leading expert in news verification”.

      Higgins claims the DNI funding “allowed us to push this to the next level”.

      In their zeal to propagate the story of Higgins as a courageous former “unemployed man” now busy independently “Codifying social conflict data”, Google neglects to mention Higgins’ role as a “research fellow” for the NATO-funded Atlantic Council “regime change” think tank.

      Despite their claims of “independent journalism”, Eliot Higgins and the team of disinformation operatives at Bellingcat depend on the Atlantic Council to promote their “online investigations”.

      The Atlantic Council donors list includes:

      – US government and military entities: US State Department, US Air Force, US Army, US Marines.

      – The NATO military alliance

      – Large corporations and major military contractors: Chevron, Google, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BP, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Northrup Grumman, SAIC, ConocoPhillips, and Dow Chemical

      – Foreign governments: United Arab Emirates (UAE; which gives the think tank at least $1 million), Kingdom of Bahrain, City of London, Ministry of Defense of Finland, Embassy of Latvia, Estonian Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Defense of Georgia

      – Other think tanks and think tankers: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Nicolas Veron of Bruegel (formerly at PIIE), Anne-Marie Slaughter (head of New America Foundation), Michele Flournoy (head of Center for a New American Security), Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution.

      Higgins is a Research Associate of the Department of War Studies at King’s College, and was principal co-author of the Atlantic Council “reports” on Ukraine and Syria.

      Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of Programs and Strategy at the Atlantic Council, a co-author with Higgins of the report, effusively praised Higgins’ effort to bolster anti-Russian propaganda:

      Wilson stated, “We make this case using only open source, all unclassified material. And none of it provided by government sources. And it’s thanks to works, the work that’s been pioneered by human rights defenders and our partner Eliot Higgins, uh, we’ve been able to use social media forensics and geolocation to back this up.” (see Atlantic Council video presentation minutes 35:10-36:30)

      However, the Atlantic Council claim that “none” of Higgins’ material was provided by government sources is an obvious lie.

      Higgins’ primary “pieces of evidence” are a video depicting a Buk missile launcher and a set of geolocation coordinates that were supplied by the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior via the Facebook page of senior-level Ukrainian government official Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs.

      Higgins and the Atlantic Council are working in support of the Pentagon and Western intelligence’s “hybrid war” against Russia.

      The laudatory bio of Higgins on the Kings College website specifically acknowledges his service to the Atlantic Council:

      “an award winning investigative journalist and publishes the work of an international alliance of fellow investigators using freely available online information. He has helped inaugurate open-source and social media investigations by trawling through vast amounts of data uploaded constantly on to the web and social media sites. His inquiries have revealed extraordinary findings, including linking the Buk used to down flight MH17 to Russia, uncovering details about the August 21st 2013 Sarin attacks in Damascus, and evidencing the involvement of the Russian military in the Ukrainian conflict. Recently he has worked with the Atlantic Council on the report “Hiding in Plain Sight”, which used open source information to detail Russia’s military involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.”

      While it honors Higgins’ enthusiastic “trawling”, King’s College curiously neglects to mention that Higgins’ “findings” on the Syian sarin attacks were thoroughly debunked.

      King’s College also curiously neglects to mention the fact that Higgins, now listed as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s “Future Europe Initiative”, was principal co-author of the April 2016 Atlantic Council “report” on Syria.

      The report’s other key author was John E. Herbst, United States Ambassador to Ukraine from September 2003 to May 2006 (the period that became known as the Orange Revolution) and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center.

      Other report authors include Frederic C. Hof, who served as Special Adviser on Syrian political transition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012. Hof was previously the Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the US Department of State’s Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, where he advised Special Envoy George Mitchel. Hof had been a Resident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East since November 2012, and assumed the position as Director in May 2016.

      There is no daylight between the “online investigations” of Higgins and Bellingcat and the “regime change” efforts of the NATO-backed Atlantic Council.

      Thanks to the Atlantic Council, Soros, and Google, it’s a pretty well-funded gig for fake “citizen investigative journalist” Higgins.

      • Dave P.
        September 17, 2017 at 00:26

        Abe – Thanks for all the invaluable information you have been providing.

  17. Voytenko
    September 16, 2017 at 11:49

    What a glaring lie this article is, its’ author being either “useful idiot” played by Kremlin, or maybe not so much of an idiot. What are you talking about here in comments, those who applaud this article, this bunch of lies? You live in Ukraine, you know anything about that so-called “putch”? How dare you to insult the whole nation – Ukrainian nation? Shame on you, people. You don’t know (author of the article including) anything about Russia, Ukraine and that bloody Putin, but you have problems with the US and its’ politics. US are your business, Ukraine definitely not. Find some other examples of NYT and USA malfeasance, some you know something about. Stop insulting other nations.

    • anon
      September 17, 2017 at 09:53

      You are not from Ukraine, and you care not for Ukraine, or you would seek unity not dominance of East over West Ukraine. Tell us about your life in Ukraine, and show us the evidence of “that bloody Putin.”

    • Mulga Mumblebrain
      September 19, 2017 at 08:30

      He didn’t insult the so-called ‘nation’ of Ukraine. He insulted the fascists and Nazis who rule there now, creatures like you, still slavering to be revenged on the Russians for kicking you fathers’ and grandfathers’ fascist arses in WW2.

  18. mike k
    September 16, 2017 at 11:32

    “Trump might well go down in history of the President who screwed-up a historical opportunity to really change our entire planet for the better and who, instead, by his abject lack of courage and honor, his total lack of political and diplomatic education and by his groveling subservience to the “swamp” he had promised to drain ended up being as pathetically clueless as Obama was.” (The Saker)

    My sentiments exactly.

  19. Hank
    September 16, 2017 at 11:32

    The deep state sticks with what works: controlling the media keeps the masses ignorant and malleable. “Remember the Maine”
    Germans are bayoneting Belgium babies and “remember the Lusitania” , some evidence shows higher ups knew the Japanese fleet was 400 miles from Hawaii, recall “Tonkin Gulf” episode, Iran Contra , invasion of Granada, Panama, and of course 911 and war on terror, patriot act, weapons of mass destruction, and Russia hacking the election. The masses “believe” these to be true and react and respond accordingly.

    “Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”

    –Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 12:53

      Thanks Hank. Same ole same ole, eh? When will we ever learn?

  20. September 16, 2017 at 11:27

    A Compilation Not seen in Corporate Media: See Link Below:
    US Wars and Hostile Actions: A List
    By David Swanson

    • Bob Van Noy
      September 16, 2017 at 21:42

      Stephen J. Thank you for introducing me to David Swanson. Great link.

      • Joe Tedesky
        September 17, 2017 at 11:29

        Im with you on that Bob, Stephen J providing the Swanson link should be a must read, to keep things fair and balanced. I also do wonder if Swanson’s message isn’t getting out there, and we all don’t already know it? I’m a glass half full kind of guy, but what do we really know about each other, other than what the corporate media instills on us? I wish cable news would air a program made up of Swanson, Pilger, and Parry, for that at least could put some well needed balance finality back, if it ever was there in the first place, back into the public narrative….but there go I.

        Good to see you Bob. Joe

  21. hatedbyu
    September 16, 2017 at 10:57

    let’s not forget about the nytimes grossly negligent reporting on syria and libya. judith miller? russian doping scandal. lying about the holdomor…. man i could do this all day…..

    • Joe Tedesky
      September 17, 2017 at 10:12

      You mean the on air hours of punditry explaining away their professions mistakes, or the honest rebuttal? It’s at those particular times and occurrences of ignored self reflection our honorable (not) MSM falls back on Orwell’s 1984. Like it never happened. The dog didn’t eat no home work, because there never was a dog, nor was there any homework ….stupid us. Life goes on uninterrupted and non commercial time can be filled with an update on Bill Cosby’s past alleged sexual predator attacks, and this is our professional news casting doing its best to entertain us, not inform us god forbid, but entertain us the ignorant masses of their workless society.

      One day hatedbyu the ignorant masses may just show the corporate infotainment duchess and dudes that they ‘the people’ ain’t so ignorant, and things must change. Well at least that’s the dream, but it’s still a work in progress, and then there’s the historical seesaw.

      I think it’s the power of empire to expand, just like a balloon, until it reaches it’s bursting point. But just what that bursting point is, is without a doubt the most disputable of arguments to be made. I am coming to the belief we are, as always, continually getting to that point, and we may of course be very close to igniting that spark in the not so far off future. I would prefer the spark to be completely financial, and dealt with accordingly, but I’m a dreamer purest and a conspiracy theorist, so that means when the crap starts going down, I’ll be the old man on the hill lighting up a big fat doobie…cue soundtrack ‘Fool On the Hill’.

      Sorry just had to get carried away, but it’s Sunday morning hatedbyu and I’m home alone and nobody’s trying to break in….. Good comment hatedbyu. Joe

  22. Patricia Victour
    September 16, 2017 at 09:54

    I don’t subscribe to the NYT for this reason, and it is galling to me that our local rag, “The Santa Fe New Mexican,” while featuring excellent local coverage for the most part, gets all it’s “national” news from the likes of the NYT, WaPo, and AP. These stories, much of it “fake news” in my opinion, are offered as gospel by the “New Mexican”, with no journalistic effort to print opposing views. People I know seem so proud of themselves that they subscribe to “The Times,” and I don’t even dare try to point out to them that they are being duped and propagandized into believing the most outrageous (and dangerous) crap.

    To add another dimension, these sources are so jealous of their position as the ultimate word on what Americans are to believe, and also so worried about their waning influence, that now RT and Sputnik, both Russia-sponsored news outlets, may be forced to register as “foreign agents” in the U.S. I am not familiar with Sputnik, but I have been watching RT on TV for several years and find it to be an excellent source of national and foreign news. Stories I see first on RT are usually confirmed soon after by other reliable sources, such as this excellent site – Consortiumnews. At no point did I feel I was being coerced by Russia during the 2016 election – I needed no confirmation that both Trump and Clinton were probably the worst candidates ever to run for President.

    • Joe Tedesky
      September 17, 2017 at 09:31

      You know what I find interesting is how a reporter such as Robert Parry will pinpoint his details to a critique of say the NYT, but when or if a NYTer is to write a likewise article of the Alternative Internet Press the NYTer will just simply critique their internet rival as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or as now as in 2017 they refer to them as ‘fake news artist’. I mean no rebuttal back referencing certain details such as what Parry mentioned, but just rhetorical words written over tabloid written headlines finalized under the heading of ‘fake news’. This must be being taught in journalism school these days, because it’s popular in the MSM.

      Just like you have never heard or read from the MSM a detailed answered rebuttal to the pointed questions of say the ‘911 Truthers’ or a ‘JFK Assassination Researcher’ a valid bona fide answer. No, but you do hear the masters and mistresses of the corporate media world call writers such as Parry, Roberts, and St Clair, ‘fake newscasters’, ‘Putin Puppets’, and or a whole host of other nasty names, as they feel fit to write, but never a honest too goodness rebuttal. Then they talk about Trump not sounding or acting presidential…hmm the nerve of these wordsmiths.

      BTW, I don’t care much for Trump, and I even care less for our MSM. Just wanted to get that straight.

      Nice comment Patricia. Joe

  23. Herman
    September 16, 2017 at 09:39

    Observing Putin’s behavior, you have to be impressed with his continue willingness to extend the olive branch and to seek a reasonable settlement of differences. His language always leaves open the possibility of détente with the understanding that Russia is not going to lay down to be run over. On the contrary, the language of Obama and Trump, and their representatives is consistently take it or leave and engaging in school yard insults of Russia, Putin, Lavrov and others. We have consistently played the bully in the school yard encouraging others to join in the bullying. We talk about the corrosive discourse at home, but observe the discourse in foreign affairs. Trump and his associates are guilty, but slick talking Obama and his subordinates was often worse. .As has so often been said, we have only two arrows in our foreign affairs quiver, war and sanctions. We lack the imagination and will to actually engage in civil discussions with those on our enemies’ list.

    Parry is of course correct in his opinion of the New York Times but it doesn’t stop there, only that the New York Times undeservedly is the “newspaper of record.” His citing of Orwell is on the mark. Just turn your TV on for the news and see for yourself.

    • Dave P.
      September 16, 2017 at 20:27

      Very well said, Herman. Very true.

  24. Joe Tedesky
    September 16, 2017 at 08:55

    The funny thing about living through the ‘fake news’ era, is that now everyone thinks that their news source is the correct news source. Many believe that outside of the individual everyone else reads or listens too ‘fake news’. It’s like all of a sudden no one has credibility, yet everyone may have it, depending on what news source you subscribe to. I mean there’s almost no way of knowing what the truth is, because everyone is claiming that they are getting their news from reputable news outlets, but some or many aren’t, and who are the reputable news sources, if you don’t mind my asking you this just for the record?

    Come to think of it, the ‘fake news’ theme is brilliant considering that now we have no bench mark for what the truth is, and by not having that bench mark for the truth we all go our separate ways believing what we believe, because certainly my news source is the only truthful one, and your news source is beyond questionable of how the news should be reported.

    People read headlines, but hardly do they ever read the article. Many hear news sound bites, but never do they do the research required, in order to verify the stories accuracy. Hear say works even more to rain in the clouds of mass deception. Then there are those who sort of buy whatever it is the established news outlets are selling based on their belief that it doesn’t much matter anyway, because ‘the establishment’ lies to us all the time as a rule, so what’s the big deal to keep up on the news, because it’s all obviously one big lie isn’t it? So not only do we have irresponsible news journalist, we also have a very large number of a monopolized unqualified news gatherers who must accept what the various news agencies report, regardless of what the truth may be. It’s better the Establishment keep it this way, because then the Establishment has better control over the ‘mob grabbing the pitchforks and sickles’ and crying out justice for somebody’s head. It’s kind of like job security for the Establishment, but in their case it’s more like a ‘keeping your elitist head’ security, if you know what I mean.

    To learn how to deal with this ‘fake news’, I would suggest you start studying the JFK assassination, or any other ill defined tragic event, and then you might learn how to decipher the ‘fake news’ matrix of confusion to learn what you so desire to learn. I chose this route, because when was the last time the Establishment brokered the truth in regard to a happening such as the JFK assassination? Upon learning of what a few well written books has to say, you will then need to rely on your own brain to at least give you enough satisfaction to allow you to believe that you pretty well got it right, and there go you. In other words, the truth is out there, hiding in plain sight, and if you are persistent enough you just might find it. Good luck.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 11:29

      The truth has never been that easy to find Joe. Actually all the beyond obvious propaganda on the MSM might wake some people up to do the searching necessary to get closer to what is really happening in their world. Maybe the liars have finally overplayed their hand? Or are we the people really that dumb? (I am scared to hear the answer to that one!)

      • Joe Tedesky
        September 16, 2017 at 12:04

        I could be a wise guy, and say to you ‘or so you say’ in reply to your kind comment, but then that would make me a troll.

        All I’m saying mike is that in this era of ‘fake news’ we are all running about on different levels, and never shall the two of us meet. That is unless you and I get our news from the same source, but what are the odds of all of us getting the same news? It’s impossible, and I’m not quite that sure that that would be what we want either. Still without an objective, and honest large media to set the correct narrative we end up in this place, where you might find yourself doing a spread sheet study to come to some conclusion of what is true, and what isn’t.

        Case in point, read about Russia-Gate here on consortiumnews, and then go listen to Rachel Maddow report on the same thing. Two different sets of stories. Just try and reconcile what you read on sites like this one concerning Ukraine, then go watch MSNBC or CNN. Never a match. So you mike read consortiumnews, and your in laws read the NYT and watch CNN, and there you go, a controversy arises between you and the in laws and with that life goes on, but where is the correct news to be found to settle the score?

        Once upon a time the established news agencies such as CNN, and the NYT, were the hallmark of the news, and sites such as this one were the ones on the edge, now I’m convinced this conviction has reversed itself.

        Thanks mike for the reply. Joe

      • Joe Tedesky
        September 17, 2017 at 09:07

        Wouldn’t it be hilarious mike, if the dumbed down people attacked the Bastille under false pretense? Especially if the lie had been concocted by the blinded by their own hubris sitting powers to be. Talk about poetic justice, and well placed irony. Priceless!

    • Virginia
      September 16, 2017 at 14:38

      Joe, Apparently people take the easy way out. And that’s just it — “the way out.” Extinction! Maybe they haven’t learned there’s something worth learning about and living for. I’m gonna concentrate on that. Open eyes that they might see…

      • Joe Tedesky
        September 17, 2017 at 08:08

        You are right Virginia, it is probably ‘a way out’, and God bless them for it. My late Mother was like that, but I’ll tell you why. When my Mother was growing up in a family of eleven children, her father would rent out their street level basement to the voting polls. A block away my uncle who was quite older than my Mother owned a corner saloon. Now on Election Day my Mother said how the men in suits would pull up in their big expensive cars, and they would descend upon my uncles corner bar. Soon after one by one drunks would come out of the tavern wearing Republican buttons then they would go into grandpap’s basement voting booth, and vote. Not long after my Mom said, the same drunks would come pouring out of my uncles tavern and this time they were wearing Democratic buttons, and they would go vote once or as many times as it would take to thank the big guys in the suits for the free drinks. My Mom said this went on all day. She said a lot dead people voted whether they knew it or not, and that’s the truth. She would follow up by saying, ‘yeah a lot of politicians won on the drunk vote’.

        So Virginia some can’t take the decept and lying, and with that they give up. I myself don’t feel this way, but then there are the times I can’t help but think of how my dear sweet Mother probably did have it right for the sake of living your life in the most upright and honest way. Sadly, there is no virtue in politics, or so it seems.

        Oh yeah, that uncle who owned the corner saloon, he did go into politics holding nominee appointed positions, until he got wise and got a honest job, as he would jokingly say.

        For the record my Mother did vote, but she was the lady standing in line who looked reluctant and pissed off to be there, but never the less my Mum was a voter. Oh, the candidate my Mother loved the most was JFK. John F Kennedy’s was the only presidential picture my Mother ever hung in our humble home.

        My message here, was only meant to give some cover, and an explanation for those who shy away from politics, and not an excuse to stay uninvolved. For even my non political Mum did at least in the end break down, and do the right thing. We should all at least try, and keep up on the events of our time, and vote with the best intentions we can muster up.

        Okay, I’m sorry for the length of my reply, but you are always worth taking time for me to give a reasonable answer to. I also hope I’m entertaining with these stories I seem to tell from time to time. Take care Virginia. Joe

      • Tannenhouser
        September 17, 2017 at 19:28

        Humans are approximately 90% water, give or take depending on evaporation (Age). Water always takes the path of least resistance. Oh I wish and hope for the day when most realize they are much more than ‘just’ water:)

    • Mulga Mumblebrain
      September 16, 2017 at 17:47

      The fakestream media lies incessantly, and has for generations. Chomsky and Herman’s ‘Manufacturing Consent’ outlines the propaganda role of the ‘mass media’, and is twenty-five years old, in which period things have gotten MUCH worse (just look at the fate of the UK ‘Guardian’ for an example). Yet the fakestream presstitutes STILL have the unmitigated gall to call others ‘fake’ and demand that we believe their unbelievable narratives. That’s real chutzpah.

      • Joe Tedesky
        September 17, 2017 at 08:26

        You know Mulga you are correct, many generations have listened to many, many, lies upon their way to the voting booths. It goes without saying, how the aristocrats when they find it necessary, as they often do find it necessary, they lie to their flock for a whole host of reasons. Why we could pick anytime in history, and find out where lies have paved the way to a leaders greater conquest, or a leaders said greater conquest if not met with defeat, but never the less the public was used to propel some leaders wishes onward and upward whether for the good or the bad.

        But here we are Mulga, you and the rest of us here, straddling on the fence over what might be right to what possibly could be wrong. Without a responsible press you and us Mulga need to learn from each other. Like when comment posters leave links, that’s always been something good for me to follow through on.

        We live in a unique time, but a time not that unique, as much as it is our time. Our great, great, grandparents were straddling the same fence, and I’m guessing they too relied on each other to navigate there way through the twisting maze of politics, and basically what they all wanted, was a little peace on earth. So Mulga I also guess that you and we the people are just carrying on a tradition that us common folk have been assigned too continue.

        Like reading your comments Mulga, good to see you here. Joe

        • Mulga Mumblebrain
          September 19, 2017 at 08:27

          Joe, it’s unique alright. In the last forty years we have finished the job of damaging the life-sustaining bio-systems of the planet to the point of collapse or near collapse. Yet, even as they fall apart, synergisticly and chaotically, most people simply close their eyes and ears to the wretched truth, and the Evil maniacs of capitalism and the Rightwing psychopaths who worship it, DEMAND more of the same destruction, and where anyone dares get in their way, they are ever more likely to kill them, to remove the impediment. In this way hundreds, perhaps thousands, of defenders of Life on Earth are exterminated in the world every year, a number sure to grow, and a behaviour sure to reach the rich world, too, and soon.
          We are faced with a stark choice. Do nothing and see our End arriving, and that of our children, within decades. And don’t forget that for many Rightwing ‘religious’ psychopaths that universal destruction is something that they lust for, in their perverted superstitious viciousness. Or fight to survive. That WILL come, but almost certainly too late, in the desperate war of all against all that a dying world will provoke. Politics in capitalist regimes offers NO hope, but plenty of wasted efforts and dashed expectations. Under capitalism greed ALWAYS conquers all, and love is just another commodity.

    • Zhu Bajie
      September 17, 2017 at 19:44

      Fake news has always been common. Critical thinking has never been popular because Occam’s Razor might slice your favorite story to shreds. Personally, I give full credence to few things in life, but suspect many more, to some degree. I trust my own experiences more than what I read in the media and try to reject conventional wisdom as much as possible.

  25. ranney
    September 16, 2017 at 04:22

    YES!!!!! Yes to all that you wrote Robert! Thank you again for writing clearly and saying what obviously needs to be said, but no one else will. We’ve been down this road before -i.e. the media pulling us into wars of Empire – first the Spanish- American one, then a bunch of others working up to Viet Nam, and then Iraq. Each one gets worse and now we’re reaching for a nuclear one. Keep writing; your voice gives some of us hope that just maybe others will join in and stop the media from their constant “messages of hate” and the urging of the public to a suicidal conflagration.

  26. GMC
    September 16, 2017 at 03:20

    Great article- again . I used to live in the US, I used to live in Alaska, I used to live in Crimea, Ukraine but now I live in Crimea, Russia and Smolensk, Ru. I watched this all go down but it took awhile to see the entire picture. I seldom get any more emails from the states – even my brother doesn’t get it. They think I’m now a ” commie” , I guess. I see it as the last big gasp of hot, dangerous air from an Empire — Exposed. Unfortunately, its not over yet and maybe we/you will have more bad times ahead. Crimea this summer is doing well with much work going on – from the badly needed new infrastructure to the new bridge, the people are much better off than in Ukraine. They made the right choice in returning to Mother Russia even though it was a no-brainer for them. The world is lucky to have free writers like, Parry, Roberts, Vltchek, Pepe’, the Saker and the intelligent commenters are as important as the writers in spreading the Pravda. Spacibo Mr. Parry

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 06:54

      Thanks for sharing with us GMC. And good luck to you.

  27. Jim Glover
    September 16, 2017 at 03:15

    It is the same now with North Korea and China. So what would happen if those nations were destabilized by Sanctions or worse… Russia, China Iran and more would support Kim. How to make peace?

    Dennis Rodman has the guts to suggest call and talk with Kim or “Try it you might like it better than total mutual destruction”. Think Love and Peace… it can’t hurt like all the war, hate and fear the media keeps pushing for advertising profits. War and Fear is the biggest racket on the planet. What can I do? Fighting a losing battle but it is fun tryin’ to win.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 06:57

      We may be losing now, but who knows? It ain’t over till it’s over. Hang in there.

  28. D.H. Fabian
    September 16, 2017 at 02:33

    Throughout 2017, we’ve seen a surge of efforts by both parties — via the media that serve them — to build support for a final nuclear war. The focus jumps from rattling war sabers at China (via Korea, at the moment) to rattling them at Russia, two nuclear-armed world powers. This has been working to bring Russia and China together, resolving their years of conflict in view of a potential world threat — the US. Whatever their delusions, and regardless of their ideology, our political leaders are setting the stage for the deaths of millions of us, and the utter destruction of the US.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 06:59

      Our political leaders have betrayed us.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain
      September 16, 2017 at 17:42

      Thermo-nuclear war would cause human extinction, not just billions of casualties.

  29. Art
    September 16, 2017 at 01:43

    Robert, you come from intelligence. Why don’t you look at Russia-gate from all possible angles?
    I suggest the following. Putin is an American spy. Russia-gate is created to make him a winner, a hero.
    And the specious confrontation is a good cover for Putin.
    This is in a nutshell.
    I can obviously say mu-uch more.

  30. John
    September 15, 2017 at 22:47

    The Russian /Iranian vs the Ashkenazi has been going on for many, many years…..The USA is to a large extent controlled by the Ashkenazi / Zionist agenda which literally owns most of the MSM outlets…….Agendas must be announced through propaganda to sway the sleeping public toward conformity …….The only baffling question that remains is why do Americans allow Zionist to control such a large part of their great republic ?

  31. Jacob Leyva
    September 15, 2017 at 22:12

    So what do you think of the Russia-Facebook dealings? When will we get an article on that?

  32. September 15, 2017 at 20:06

    We all have some kind of a bias but fortunately most of us here know the difference between bias and propaganda. Bias based on facts and our own values is often constructive but the N.Y. Times(like most msm) has descended into disseminating insidious propaganda. Unfortunately the search for truth requires a bit more research and time than most people are willing to invest. Thankfully, Robert Parry continues his quest but the dragons are not easy to slay. My own quest for truth once led to a philosophical essay. The cartoon at the bottom(SH Chambers) sums it up.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 07:13

      I put a comment on your blog.

      • September 16, 2017 at 11:15

        Mike, thanks so much, I’ll look forward to reading it(so far, I don’t see it…Moderation?)

    • Virginia
      September 16, 2017 at 14:20

      If we have a bias towards honesty, that helps. It keeps one’s mind more open and provides a willingness to entertain various points of view. It’s not naivete, however, but thoughtful consideration coupled with awareness and that protects one from being easily manipulated. But then, oppositely, there’s a human tendency to want to be popular which inclines one towards groupthink. But why that so entrenches itself, making people impervious to truth, is a conundrum! Maybe if the “why” can be answered, the “how” will become apparent — how to reach individuals with the truth as so oft told, though hard on the ears, at CN.

  33. September 15, 2017 at 20:03

    One sniper in Ukraine overthrew the democratic government. Previously one sniper in Dallas overthrew another democratic government. Are there any other examples?

    Is our infatuation with democracy just a propaganda thing – to fool citizens into supposing they have value beyond their labour?

    • AshenLight
      September 15, 2017 at 22:13

      > Is our infatuation with democracy just a propaganda thing – to fool citizens into supposing they have value beyond their labour?

      It’s about control — those who know they are slaves will resist and fight, but those who mistakenly believe they are free will not (and if you give them even just a little comfort, they’ll tenaciously defend their own enslavement). It turns out this “inverted totalitarianism” thing works a lot better than the old-fashioned kind.

      • mike k
        September 16, 2017 at 07:19

        Indeed. Gurdjieff told the tale of a farmer whose sheep were always wandering off due to his being unable to afford fences to keep them in. Then he had an idea, and called them all together. He told some of them they were eagles, and others lions etc. They were now so proud of their new identities that it never occurred to them anymore to escape from their master’s small domain.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 07:23

      MLK is another example, as is Robert Kennedy.

      • Anna
        September 16, 2017 at 12:53

        The American patriots are coming out: “CIA Agent Whistleblower Risks All To Expose The Shadow Government”
        That would be the end of the Lobby, mega oilmen and the FedReserve criminals

    • mark
      September 16, 2017 at 17:30

      Yes, snipers on rooftops in Deraa, southern Syria, in 2011. These mysterious figures fired into crowds, deliberately targeting women and young children to inflame the crowd. At the same time the same snipers killed 7 police officers. Unarmed police had been sent in to deal with unrest without bloodshed. These police officers were armed only with batons.

      This is a standard page from the CIA playbook. The mysterious snipers in Maidan Square in 2014 are believed to have been Yugoslavian mercenaries hired by the CIA.

    • Zhu Bajie
      September 17, 2017 at 19:14

      The US has had oligarchy since 1789.

  34. David Grace
    September 15, 2017 at 19:30

    I have another theory I’d like to get reviewed.

    These are corporate wars, and not aimed at the stability of nations.

    It is claimed that in 1991, at the fall of the Soviet Union, the oligarchs were created by the massive purchasing of the assets of the collapsing nation. The CIA was said to have put together a ‘bond issue’ worth some $480 Billion, and it was used to buy farms, factories, mineral rights and other formerly common holdings of the USSR. This ‘bond issue’ was never repaid to the US taxpayers, and the deeds are in the hands of various oligarchs. Not all of the oligarchs are tied to the CIA, as there were other wells of purchasers of the country, but the ties to Trump are actually ties to dirty CIA or other organized crime entities.

    The NY Times may be trying to capture certain assets for certain clients, and their editorial policy reflects this.

    I’d appreciate feedback on this.


    • David Grace
      September 15, 2017 at 19:33

      There are many on-line videos on this theme. Searching ‘Black Eagle Trust’ is one form.

      Here is one link

      • David Grace
        September 15, 2017 at 19:35
        • stephen sivonda
          September 15, 2017 at 21:51

          David Grace…. what have we here, a thinking man? I like your premise, and I haven’t even watched the link you supplied. That being said, I’ll sign off and investigate that link.

        • D.H. Fabian
          September 16, 2017 at 02:39

          Conspiracy theories upon conspiracy theories, ensuring that the public will never be able to root out the facts. People still argue about the Kennedy assassination 54 years later.

          • Mulga Mumblebrain
            September 16, 2017 at 17:39

            There is no rational ‘argument’ about what really happened to JFK.

          • Zhu Bajie
            September 17, 2017 at 19:12

            Most conspiracy theories are fantasy fiction. If you have real evidence, based on verifiable facts, then it’s not a theory any more. But most of the conspiracy theories popular in the USA just serve popular vanity. We never have to accept our mistakes, our crimes against humanity, etc. It’s always THEIR fault.

            We Americans over all are like small children, always making excuses.

      • mark
        September 16, 2017 at 17:23

        Some of the material on the Black Eagle Trust are suspect. It gives figures for stolen Japanese war loot, for example, that are simply ludicrous. Figures of so many thousand tons of gold, for example, when the references should probably be to OUNCES of gold.

  35. SteveK9
    September 15, 2017 at 19:19

    I always wonder what motivation the accusers believe you have when they call you a ‘Putin stooge’. Why would you be one? Are you getting paid? Of course not, so this is just a judgment on your part. They could call you a fool, but accuse you of ‘carrying water for the Kremlin’ as I heard that execrable creature, Adam Schiff say to Tucker Carlson? That just makes no sense. Of course, none of it is rational.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain
      September 16, 2017 at 17:38

      They’re insane. A crumbling Empire which was supposed to rule the world forever, ‘Under God’ through Full Spectrum Dominance, but which, in fact, is disintegrating under its own moral, intellectual and spiritual rottenness, is bound to produce hate-crazed zealots looking for foreign scape-goats. Add the rage of the Clintonbots whose propaganda had told then for months that the She-Devil would crush the carnival-huckster, and her vicious post-defeat campaign to drive for war with Russia (what a truly Evil creature she is)and you get this hysteria. Interestingly, ‘hysteria’ is the word used to describe Bibi Nutty-yahoo, the USA’s de facto ‘capo di tutti capi’, in Sochi recently when Putin refused to follow orders.

  36. Stiv
    September 15, 2017 at 18:51

    I wouldn’t even need to read this to know what’s going to be said. After the last article from Parry, which was very good and interesting….plowing new ground for him… he’s back to rehashing the same old shit. Not that it’s necessarily wrong, only been said about a hundred times. Yawn…

    • D.H. Fabian
      September 16, 2017 at 02:46

      After months of so many people pointing out how and why the “Russia stole the election” claim is false, it came roaring back (in liberal media) in recent days. It demands a response.

    • mike k
      September 16, 2017 at 07:26

      No one is required to read anything on CN.

    • Virginia
      September 16, 2017 at 13:58

      RP brought lots of new things into play in his article and showed how they mesh together and support one another “against Trump.” I almost skipped it because so familiar with the topic, but RP brought new light to the subject, in my humble opinion.

    • September 16, 2017 at 14:40

      I do not need to read or watch established “news” media to know what’s going to be said. After the last b.s. story from the usual talking heads which was low brow and insulting to the intelligence of the audience, they are back at it again … same ol’shit by the same talking heads. It is most definitely wrong, and it needs to be countered as much as possible … not yawning.

      • Gregory Herr
        September 16, 2017 at 20:18

        That’s what struck me…just how absurdly insulting will the Times get?

        And I think the point that trying to destabilize the Russian Federation may very well bring about a more militant hardline Russia is important to stress.

    • anon
      September 17, 2017 at 09:02

      “Stiv” is a troll who makes this junk comment every time. Better to ignore him.

    • Colin
      September 18, 2017 at 11:54

      Were you planning to contribute anything useful to the discussion?

  37. mike k
    September 15, 2017 at 18:26

    The richest man in the world has the controlling interest in the NYT. Draw your own conclusions.

    • Brad Owen
      September 16, 2017 at 08:36

      Mexico, ground zero for the world fascist movement in the 20s and 30s (going by name Synarchy Internationale…still does) throuout Ibero-America, centered in PAN. The Spanish-speaking World had to contend with Franco, and Salazar being in power so long in the respective “Mother Countries” of the Iberian Peninsula. This was the main trail for the ratlines to travel.

      I saw a dead coyote on the side of the road the other day. I know you know what that means to me, Mike. Omens are a lost art in these modern times, and I have no expertise in these matters, but it struck my attention hard. It was on the right side of the road: trouble for Trump coming from The Right? They are more potent than the ineffective Left, so this might be the way Trump is pulled down.

    • Sfomarco
      September 16, 2017 at 15:37

      Carlos Slim (f/k/a Salim)

      • Mulga Mumblebrain
        September 16, 2017 at 17:31

        Yes, but who bankrolls Slim?

  38. September 15, 2017 at 17:53

    Robert Parry has gotten this exactly right! I’m a regular NYTimes subscriber /-have been for yeas — and I have NEVER read anything about Russia that has not been written by professional Russia-haters like Higgins. Frankly, I don’t get it. What accounts for this weird and dangerous bias?

    • mike k
      September 15, 2017 at 18:03

      Have you looked into who owns the NYT?

    • Paranam Kid
      September 16, 2017 at 06:32

      Why do you keep reading the NYT? Not only the Russia stories are heavily biased, but all their stories are. Most op-ed’s about Israel/Palestine are written by zealous pro-Israel/pro-Zionists, against very few pro-Palestine people.

      • Mulga Mumblebrain
        September 19, 2017 at 16:43

        You should sample the bias, bigotry and hate-mongering of Satan Murdoch’s shite-rags in Aust-failure. Total, groveling, worship of the Holy State and its Herrenvolk, and utter contempt, often outright hatred, for Arabs, Moslems and the LOATHED Palestinians in particular. And anyone, anywhere in the country that dares utter even a squeak of criticism of acts like the regular, ritual child murder in Gaza, is subjected to a vicious campaign of vilification and abuse as an ‘antisemite’.

    • Brad Owen
      September 16, 2017 at 08:07

      The Trans-Atlantic Empire of banking cartels rest upon enmity with the only other Great Powers in the World: Russia and China, while keeping USA thoroughly within their orbit, relying on our Great Power as the engine that powers this Western Bankers’ Empire (the steering room lies in City-of-London, who has LONG maneuvered, via their Wall Street assets, to bring us into Empire). Should peaceful, cooperative and productive relations break out between USA, Russia, and China, this would undermine everything the Western Empire has worked to build. THIS is why the phony Russiagate issue is flogged to get rid of Trump (who seeks cooperation with Russia and China), AND keeping Russia as “The Enemy”, keeping the MIC, Intel community, various police-state ops, in high demand for “National Security” reasons (also positioned to foil any democratic uprisings, should they see past the progs daily curtain and see their plight).

      • Brad Owen
        September 16, 2017 at 08:08

        Progs=propaganda…stupid iPad.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain
      September 16, 2017 at 17:30

      Here in Aust-failure I read the papers for many years until they became TOO repulsive, particularly the Murdoch hate and fear-mongering rags. I also, and still do, masochistically listen to the Government ABC and SBS. In all those years I really cannot recall any articles or programs that reported on Russia or China in a positive manner, save when Yeltsin, a true hero to all our fakestream media, was in charge. That sort of uniformity of opinion, over generations, is almost admirable. And the necessity to ALWAYS follow the Imperial US (‘Our great and powerful friend’) line leads to some deficiencies in the quality of the personnel employed, as I one again reflected upon the other day when one hackette referred to (The Evil, of course)Kim Jong-un as ‘President Un’, several times.

    • Jeff Davis
      September 18, 2017 at 12:31

      “What accounts for this weird and dangerous bias?”

      Several points:

      The Russian — formerly Commie! — boogieman is a profit center for the military, their industrial suppliers, and the political class. That’s the major factor. But also, the Zionist project requires a bulked up US military “tasked” with “full spectrum” military dominance — the Wolfowitz Doctrine, the American jackboot on the world’s throat forever — to insure the eternal protection of Israel. Largely unseen in this Israeli/Zionist factor is the thousand-year-old blood feud between the Jews and Russians. They are ancient enemies since the founding of Czarist Russia. No amount of time or modernity can diminish the passion of that animus. (I suspect that the Zionist aim to “destroy” Russia will eventually backfire and lead instead to the destruction of Israel,… but really, we shouldn’t talk about that.)

  39. Dr. Ando Arike
    September 15, 2017 at 17:49

    I’d like to see more investigative reporting on the NYT’s and other major media outlets’ links to the CIA and other Deep State info-war bureaus. What the Times is doing now is reminiscent of the Michael Gordon-Judith Miller propaganda in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. Operation Mockingbird, uncovered during the mid-70s Church Hearings, is an ongoing effort, it would seem. Revealing hard links to CIA information ops would be a great service to humanity.

    • SteveK9
      September 15, 2017 at 19:22

      After ‘Michael Gordon-Judith Miller’ I stopped reading the Times.

    • Beard681
      September 18, 2017 at 11:52

      I am amazed at how many conspiracy types there are who want to see some sort of oligarch, capitalist, zionist or deep state cabal behind it all. (That is a REALLY optimistic view of the human propensity for violent conflict.) It is just a bunch of corporate shills pushing for war (hopefully cold) because war sells newspapers.

      • Niall
        September 21, 2017 at 17:00

        Not that simple. Look into historical russophobia. Great book on it by Guy Mettan.

  40. Mike Morrison
    September 15, 2017 at 17:48

    Over three years now the war in Donbass, Ukraine.

  41. mike k
    September 15, 2017 at 17:47

    The American people are being systematically lied to, and they don’t have a clue that it is happening. There is no awake and intelligent public to prevent what is unfolding. The worst kind of criminals are in charge of our government, media, and military. The sleeping masses are making their way down the dark mountain to the hellish outcome that awaits them.

    “These grand and fatal movements toward death: the grandeur
    of the mass
    Makes pity a fool, the tearing pity
    For the atoms of the mass, the persons, the victims, makes it
    seem monstrous
    To admire the tragic beauty they build.
    It is beautiful as a river flowing or a slowly gathering
    Glacier on a high mountain rock-face,
    Bound to plow down a forest, or as frost in November,
    The gold and flaming death-dance for leaves,
    Or a girl in the night of her spent maidenhood, bleeding and
    I would burn my right hand in a slow fire
    To change the future … I should do foolishly. The beauty
    of modern
    Man is not in the persons but in the
    Disastrous rhythm, the heavy and mobile masses, the dance of the
    Dream-led masses down the dark mountain.”

    Robinson Jeffers

    • HopeLB
      September 15, 2017 at 22:36

      Great, Dark and Accurate poem! Thank You! Think I’ll send it to Rachel Maddow, Wapo and the NYTimes.Might do them some good. Wouldn’t that be lovely.

    • Patrick Lucius
      September 16, 2017 at 00:42

      Which poem is that? Not Shine, perishing Republic, is it?

    • Jeff Davis
      September 18, 2017 at 11:35

      Fabulous reply. Back atcha:

      Dulce et Decorum Est

      Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
      Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
      Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
      And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
      Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
      But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
      Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
      Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

      Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
      Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
      But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
      And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
      Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
      As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

      In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
      He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

      If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
      Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
      And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
      His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
      If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
      Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
      Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
      Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
      My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
      To children ardent for some desperate glory,
      The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
      Pro patria mori.


      And this, from Bob Dylan’s “Jokerman”….

      Freedom just around the corner for you
      But with the truth so far off, what good will it do?


      I love life and am by nature a cockeyed optimist, but I find myself intermittently gloomy, my optimism overwhelmed by cynicism, when I see the abundance of moronic belligerence so passionately snarled out in the comments sections across the internet. Clearly, humans are cursed with an addiction to violence For my part, I am old and will die soon and have no children, plus I live in a quiet backwater far away from the nuclear blast zone. Humanity seems on course for a major “culling”. Insane… and sad.

  42. September 15, 2017 at 17:44

    Thanks Mr. Parry,
    You are a voice in the hurricane of hatred and lies propagated by the richest people on the planet.
    Eventually some moron who believes this new York Times garbage will actually unleash the bomb and we will all be smoke.
    That has always been the result of such successful propaganda. And it is very successful. It has almost occluded any truth for the vast majority of westerners .
    Michael Fish

    • September 16, 2017 at 01:58

      Agreed. I wish this clear and comprehensive article could be stapled on every American voter’s door (wanted to say forehead but violence is bad). Many would toss it in the trash. Many would not agree even with full comprehension because of their own horrid beliefs. But maybe a few would read it and have an epiphany. It’s very hard work to find an avenue to change the minds of millions of people who’ve been inculcated by nationalist propaganda since birth. Since 4 years old seeing the wonderful National Anthem and jets fly over the stadium of their favorite sports team. Since required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school.

      I refused to stand for or recite the Pledge when I was seven or eight years old. I was sent to detention. My awesome mom though intervened and afterwards I could remain seated while most or all other kids stood up to do the ritual. I refuse to stand up and place hand-on-heart and remove cap during any sporting contests when the Anthem is played. I’ve been threatened with physical violence by many strangers around me.

      Thanks Mr. Parry, your voice is appreciated, your articles and logic are top-notch. Very valuable stuff, available for the curious, the skeptical. Well, until Google monopolizes search algorithms and calls this a Russian fake news site, perhaps…or Congress the same…

      • Virginia
        September 16, 2017 at 13:49

        Excellent link, Yomamama.

      • September 16, 2017 at 14:20

        My hat is off to you sir, I have not been to any sporting events since I woke up, but I imagine it would be very difficult to remain seated and hatted during the opening affirmation of nationalism. My waking up coincides with a drastic drop in sports viewing. I used to be an NFL fan, rooted for the Niners (started watching NFL in the late eighties), the last full season I followed was the 2013-14 season.
        It was the Ukraine coup that woke me up. It started when watching videos on youtube of guys stomping on riot cops, using a fire hose on them like a reverse water cannon. Then I realized these guys were the peaceful protesters being talked about on t.v. It was like a thread hanging in front of me, I began pulling and pulling until the veil in front of my eyes came apart. It was during this time I discovered

        • September 16, 2017 at 15:03

          Mr Common Tater–just appreciating reading that someone else “woke up”. That is the way it has felt to me. For me it was Oct 2002 and Bush’s speech that was clearly heading us to war in Iraq. The “election” (appointment) of Bush in 2000 though was the first alarm clock that I started to hear. Most recent wake up is connected to Mr Parry’s relentless (I hope) and necessary debunking of the myth of Russian nastiness and corresponding myth of US rectitude. Been watching The Untold History of the United States and have been dealing with the real bedrock truth that my government invented and invents enemies as a tactic in a game–ie. it’s a bunch of boys thinking foreign relationship building is first and foremost a game. It has been hard to wash away all this greasy insidious smut from my life.

          • September 16, 2017 at 16:28

            Thomas Dickinson
            It sucks to wake up, in a way. Once one gets past the denial, Tom Clancy novel type movies lose some of it’s fun, although still entertaining. One secretly knows the audience in the cinema is just eating it all up and loving it. The American hero yells “yippie kayay mother f—-r” as he defeats the post-Soviet Russian villain … in Russia … blowing up buildings, and destroying s–t as he saves the world for democracy. The Russian authorities amount to some guy in Soviet peaked hat, and long coat, begging for a bribe.
            Oliver Stone’s series is really good, it turns history on his head and shakes all the pennies out his pockets. Another good reporter is John Pilger, he has a long list of docs he has done over several decades.

          • September 16, 2017 at 17:44

            I have been watching that same series, about 3 episodes in. The most mind blowing part to think about is how the establishment consipired to block the nomination of the progressive Henry Wallace as a repeat VP for Roosevelt, leading instead to Harry Truman’s nomination as VP, and then you know the rest of the story.

            Funny how history repeated itself with the nomination of Clinton instead of Sanders. Btw, after Sanders mistakenly jumped on the Russia bashing bandwagon he was one of the few who voted against the recent sanctions being imposed against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. So yeah, I’d feel alot better with a Sanders president at this point.

    • Paranam Kid
      September 16, 2017 at 06:13

      ” It has almost occluded any truth for the vast majority of westerners.”
      You are so right about that, I notice it every day on other forums on which I discuss current affairs with others: the US views are the accepted ones, and I get a lot of stick for stating different views. It is actually frightening to see how few people can think for themselves.

  43. jimbo
    September 15, 2017 at 17:01


    I was first. No backsies!

    • JWalters
      September 16, 2017 at 19:29

      Bingo! In a surely related story, the mainstream press is equally relentless in AVOIDING telling Americans the facts about Israel, and especially about its control over the American press.
      “Israel lobby is never a story (for media that is in bed with the lobby)”

      Virtually everything average Americans have been told about Israel has been, amazingly, an absolute lie. Israel was NOT victimized by powerful Arab armies. Israel overpowered and victimized a defenseless, civilian Arab population. Military analysts knew the Arab armies were in poor shape and would be unable to resist the zionist army. Muslim “citizens” of Israel do NOT have all the same rights as Jews. Israelis are NOT under threat from the indigineous Palestinians, but Palestinians are under constant threats of theft and death from the Israelis. Israel does NOT share America’s most fundamental values, which rest on the principle of equal human rights for all.

      How has this gigantic package of outright lies has been foisted upon the American public for so long? And how long can it continue? It turns out they did not foresee the internet, and the facts are leaking out everywhere. So it appears they’re desperately coercing facebook and google to rig their rankings, trying to hide the facts. But one day soon there will be a ‘snap’ in the collective mind, and everybody will know that everybody knows.

      For readers who haven’t seen it yet,
      “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”

      • September 17, 2017 at 03:48

        I can tell you are angry. I too was angry when I figured it out.
        Long before I figured it out, I was a soldier. Our unit was prepared for an exercise and we were all sleeping at the regiment compound, the buses would arrive at zero-dark thirty. I was reading a book about the ME(this was shortly after 9-11). A friend, came up and asked what I was reading. I told him I was reading about the Balfour paper and how that had a significant effect on the ME. He began explaining to me how the zionist movement had used the idea that no one lived on that land, to force the people from that land, out of that land.
        I quickly responded that Israel had defended that land against 5 Arab armies and managed to hold on to that land. I informed him he was mistaken.
        He agreed to disagree, and walked away.
        This happened way back in 2002 … if only I could pick his mind now. How did he know about this, way back before the internet was in any shape to wake people up?
        There is hope still that guys who are young as i was, will say “Fuck You … I defend this line and no further.”
        Without their compliance, there can be no wars.

        • September 17, 2017 at 08:57

          CommonTater your story parallels mine! I was in the military, went to Vietnam to ‘defend our nation against communism’, felt horror at the Zionist stories of how Palestinians rocketed them, was told by senior officer about what Zionism is really about and I, like you, disbelieved him. That was in 1974!! Now, with all the troubles in the world I won’t read the MSP but look towards the alternative news sources. They make more sense. But as I try to educate others on what I have learned I am as disappointed as my senior officer must have been back them. Articles such as this one reproduced by ICH are gems: I save and print them in a compendium detailing ongoing war crimes.

          • September 17, 2017 at 14:35

            Bernard Fisher
            Thanks for your response.
            Good Idea to save and print these “gems” on consortiumnews.
            Hopefully they wake more Americans.

  44. jo6pac
    September 15, 2017 at 16:51

    Amerikas way of bring the big D to your nation. Death

    Thanks RP for reading the times so I don’t have to not that would.

    • September 16, 2017 at 14:05

      Thanks for the link, I knew about the use of snipers in Venezuela ’02, did not realize there were so many more.

    • BayouCoyote
      September 18, 2017 at 11:13

      Kinda reminds me of what our only “Ally in the ME” did to our Marines in Iraq.

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