Robert parryFrom Editor Robert Parry: We founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. The site was meant to be a home for important, well-reported stories and a challenge to the inept but dominant mainstream news media of the day.

As one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press in the mid-1980s, I was distressed by the silliness and propaganda that had come to pervade American journalism. I feared, too, that the decline of the U.S. press corps foreshadowed disasters that would come when journalists failed to alert the public about impending dangers.

Also by 1995, documents were emerging that put the history of the 1980s in a new and more troubling light. Yet, there were fewer and fewer media outlets interested in that history.

The memories of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were enveloped in warm-and-fuzzy myths that represented another kind of danger: false history that could lead to mistaken political judgments in the future.

Some of our early articles reexamined important chapters of the 1980s (such as the “October Surprise” controversy from Election 1980 and evidence of Nicaraguan contra-cocaine trafficking). Other stories explored more topical crises (such as NATO’s war over Kosovo and the impeachment assault on President Bill Clinton).

Author Norman Solomon and I produced a groundbreaking series on the real story behind Colin Powell’s legend. Another of my investigations examined the remarkable story of how Rev. Sun Myung Moon became an influential player in Washington.

Working with talented freelance reporters around the world, we also undertook important historical investigations, such as how the Nazis after World War II — crossing “rat lines” from Europe to South America — contributed to the region’s bloody repression.


By 1999 and early 2000, we were looking at the reemergence of the Bush family dynasty. However, as Campaign 2000 was heating up, we ran out of money.

I was forced to make Consortiumnews.com a part-time enterprise and took an editing job at Bloomberg News. One of our last stories before that break described how the news media was exaggerating Vice President Al Gore’s alleged exaggerations.

Though operating on a part-time basis, we managed to churn out a number of stories in the months before Election 2000 and kept tabs on the recount battle with stories including how Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor telegraphed her political agenda at an Election Night party and how George W. Bush dispatched thugs to Miami to intimidate vote counters.

In November 2001, we were the first to note that the big news outlets which had conducted an unofficial recount of Florida’s ballots had buried their own lead, the fact that Gore would have won Florida if all legal votes were counted.

In 2002, during the buildup to war in Iraq, we also picked up the pace, questioning the Bush administration’s case about weapons of mass destruction and criticizing the flag-waving coverage from the mainstream news media.

As Bush’s Iraq invasion was underway in March 2003, I consulted with some of my old military sources who warned of the disaster ahead. The article was entitled “Bay of Pigs Meets Black Hawk Down.”

Also in 2003, author Kevin Phillips cited the investigative work of Consortiumnews.com in his seminal book on the Bush family, American Dynasty. Phillips took note of our investigative series that examined the elder George Bush’s role in Republican dirty tricks during the 1980 campaign.


To flesh out more about the Bush family’s rise to power, I left Bloomberg News in April 2004 and began work on my fourth book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq. It was published in late September 2004.

In fall 2004, we also resumed more frequent publication of stories at Consortiumnews.com. One of those articles described John Kerry’s pioneering investigation of contra-drug trafficking in the late 1980s.

In recent years, we have added the insightful writings of former CIA analysts, such as Ray McGovern, Peter Dickson and Melvin Goodman, who saw a corruption of information inside the CIA’s analytical division that paralleled the perversion of journalism that was underway in the American press corps.

We have written extensively about the U.S. media imbalance, tilted by a well-funded right-wing media machine. Indeed, a founding idea of our Web site was that a major investment was needed in journalistic endeavors committed to honestly informing the American people about important events, reporting that truly operated without fear or favor.

Regrettably, the distortion of information remains a grave problem with millions of Americans brainwashed by the waves of disinformation coming from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the hordes of other right-wing media outlets distortions often reinforced by the careerist mainstream press.

Because of this media dynamic, many average Americans have bought into a propaganda frame that seeks fewer regulations on powerful corporations, lower taxes on the wealthy, tighter restrictions on unions, and fewer programs to help working Americans with problems ranging from educating their children to caring for the elderly.

Meanwhile, Official Washington is basing international decisions on a false narrative that excludes the real history of the past several decades. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are hailed as honorable leaders, rather than viewed as politicians who countenanced gross abuses of power.

Even in the Age of Obama, government decisions are being made with only limited knowledge of what was really done by Republican presidents who have dominated the modern era. This ignorance represents not only a threat to a meaningful democratic republic but a danger to the world, as the “last remaining superpower” lurches about, half-blinded by its own propaganda.

While we are proud of the journalistic contribution that this Web site has made over the past 15-plus years and while we are deeply grateful to our readers whose contributions have kept us afloat we also must admit that we have not made the case well enough that our mission is a vital one.

Despite all that’s happened, including the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan, many people still don’t understand that the fight for honest information about the past and the present is a battle for the future.

We could do much more with additional resources. If you can and wish to help, we would appreciate your donations, big or small.

You can contribute either by credit card at the Web site or by check to:

Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
Suite 102-231
2200 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington VA 22201

Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com“).

Or, If you know someone with the means to make a large donation or someone who is involved with a public-interest foundation, contact them and urge them to consider a grant to Consortiumnews.com. Since 1999, we have operated as a 501-c-3 non-profit, meaning that donations can be tax-deductible. [For more information, such as our recent IRS filings and the IRS approval letter, go to “What Can Be Done.”]

We appreciate whatever help you can provide. Thanks.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.


78 comments for “About

  1. Dbrolynt Buzbo
    December 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for your work. I have just completed reading in Consortiumnews the damning criticism of the man and movie “J. Edgar,” and have forwarded it to a younger civil servant now relatively new to federal service as a caution regarding the powers available even to administrators at relatively low levels. The temptation to bend the offices one holds to one’s personal direction is often great, and Hoover’s career appears to be a case to study.

    I will follow your group’s work now and in the future with very great interest.

    • September 25, 2016 at 5:44 am

      It is a very interested article and I could not agree with you more regarding the importance to study Hoover’s career. I could find several parallels to the classical book The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli which I recently read online again. The methods were written some 500 years ago but are stil to this day very important and relevant seeing that politicians and civil servants use these methods. If this is done on purpose or not is another topic that I will not get into here.

      @ consortiumnews Thank you for a great site and I look forward to read and follow your site

  2. Patrick
    December 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Hello – I believe it would be more accurate to refer to Gary Webb’s death, rather than to his suicide. [ On this seventh anniversary of journalist Gary Webb’s suicide, we are re-posting one of the stories that Webb’s brave work forced out, albeit without a satisfying ending.]

    Other than that, I have to say that you do impeccable work and I will be making my contribution any minute now.

    The very best,

  3. Fight the Reich
    January 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    EXCELLENT work; And Thank You. It is heart warming during a very chilling time to see you’ve hit upon many key academic items that since the election of R. Nixon have systematically built and empowered the Fourth Reich that eventually on 9-11 pulled-off the biggest and filthiest coup upon our government in the history of our dear country. Reporting Truth in the face of the Fourth Reich’s terribly lying brainwashing propaganda machine is indeed truely difficult and often soul taxing; But it is such REAL Patriots that history will records as the TRUE beacons that heard and answered the many warnings and calls by our greatest Patriot Forefathers such as Thomas Jefferson, to be vigilantly on guard for the very worst threat to our Democracy: Domestic enemies from within and the careless self-important Ignorance among our citizens those enemies foster and depend upon.

    • May 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

      The essence of our government is supposed to be free honest and fair debate and representation by people who act in the interest of those who elected them–not inflammatory name calling or arguing about who the “real” patriots are (aren’t we ALL patriots?) I find any reference to Naziism distasteful. If you want to call the right’s power crusade plutocracy then now I’m OK with that. Because that is a true label for what is happening and it is going to ruin our country.

    • Ellen Corley
      July 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      I appreciated this FIghttheReich comment and wanted to know if there is site or hashtag along those lines. Is there a way we can legally fightthereich?

  4. el aayyayayyay
    January 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Dear Editor Robert Parry
    We are very gratefull for your article about Reagan and Rios Mont.
    We have no resources, is it possible to ask for permission to republish this article.

  5. Sundy Gohadra
    April 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Wow, just what we need. Another hard-left opinion rag masquerading as if it were an actual “news outlet”. LOL! Too funny…


    • May 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

      You have to read the entire piece. It says “to become a challenge to the mainstream news media”. Nothing disingenuous about that.

      • LEE kent
        August 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

        Funny how you bash Republicans for what you qualify as crimes but defend the Democrats for what others call crimes. You may be Democrat but your words ring Liberal.

  6. Jay
    June 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Independent Investigative? yah.. and not the least bit biased.. Ha..
    Typical liberal drivel..

  7. July 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve been coming to consortiumnews.com for sometime now. Honestly it’s one of the better sites on the web and I know it will be here for years to come. It’s a great place to get story ideas for my site The International Human Press. Keep up the awesome work guys!


  8. Deek Crowley
    July 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Robert Parry,
    I am about to send copies of the below letter to mostly people who write for The Progressive populist and I would like to get your permission to suggest that they contact you for the history of how the Republicans took control of the media.
    Deek Crowley

    To anyone with ability and a sense of fairness:

    A small percentage of voters read alternate publications like The Nation, The Progressive, The Progressive Populist, etc. Some may even know how the mainstream media was taken over by the Republicans. These voters mostly won’t be fooled by slick ads and know a vote for a third candidate without instant-runoff-voting could help elect a Republican, the candidate of the rich.
    But most of the 99% don’t know this and believe the lies and lies of omission of the media. Their vision of reality is shaped by a media controlled by the 1%, yet half of them vote for the party of the 1%, the party that hurts them the most. Unless an effort is made to warn these misguided people, too many of them will be suckered by all the expensive dishonest ads the 1% with all their money will throw at them and once again vote for the party of the 1%.
    Why not warn the 99% about what’s really going on and how not to be fooled. One way is to write concise, simple emails about each thing the public needs to know in a way that entices the recipients to forward them and those recipients to forward them, etc. Most people are likely to read an email from someone they know. The emails could be sent to all the people on liberal email lists – MoveOn, Sierra Club, Unions, etc. They could be put in alternative publications, both online and in print, to be forwarded. If the emails are written well enough, maybe enough people will want to forward them and a majority of voters will get to read them.
    Below are three examples of what people need to know:

    Did you ever wonder why the media never calls the Republicans on their lies? It’s because the Republicans control the media. (add a brief history of when and how the Republicans did it. For details, contact Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com. )
    The 1% will spend tons of money on TV ads promoting their candidates and attacking the candidates of the 99%. A good way to counter all that money is to count the ads to see which candidate is promoted and which is attacked by the ads. The candidate with the most ads for and the least ads against has to be the candidate of the 1% and your worst enemy if you’re not rich.
    Some day we may have instant-runoff-voting so we can list a third candidate 1st and the Democrat 2nd and not waste our vote. Now a vote for a third candidate is, with very few exceptions, a vote for a candidate with no chance and a wasted Democrat vote which could help elect a Republican, the candidate of the 1%. We desperately need instant- runoff-voting.”

    You get the idea. Please do your best to see that this is done. If nobody does it the 1% with their Republican stooges, their media, their money and their slick ads will once again sucker the voters. I would do it myself, but I’m an old man with a bad memory for details and am unable to do it.

    Deek Crowley
    Wayne, Maine

  9. dogface
    September 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Dear Mr. Parry:

    Thank you for what you do. I have followed you for too many years not to understand what having good information means to a populace.

    I fear my country is lost. However, there is that pendulum that always swings back. The revolution may or may not televised…but it will happen. Those who have paid attention will fare better than those who follow fools. Life for a while is about to become very messy.

    Yours in Peace,

  10. Aaron Beauchamp
    September 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve never seen such a biased, straight out hateful slew of liberal, anti-American, anti-Israel garbage in my life.

    This is rock bottom. You are seriously delusional.

    • Al Mitchera
      October 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Where has he even mentioned Israel? Apparently, you are the delusional one here.

    • LEE kent
      August 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Good call

  11. Robert Harneis
    November 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    “JFK’s Embrace of Third World Nationalists”
    Excellent and interesting article. Thank you.

  12. Jonny James
    February 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    This article is back to the old good cop, bad cop routine of the kabuki theatre that is two-party dictatroship in the world’s most expensive public relations democracy.
    This article is specious and one-sided. While I don’t disagree with the facts presented, they are very one sided.

    After poor old Obama hired Penny Pritzker, andHolder (who let the banksters off the hook in what Prof. Black called the largest financial fraud in world history)
    Uncle Bob Gates, Chuck Hagel, signed the NDAA destroying the Magna Carta, habeas corpus, 4th and 5th amendment. After Obama personally signs off on drone murders ( a war crime). After Obama calls the US an indispensible and exceptional nation, after…..

    The fact that Parry can defed Obama with a straight face at this point in time destroys credibility.
    Poor old Obama, he is powerless and is held hostage by the “deep state” eh? Why then did he agree to accept all that money for his billion dolllar campaigns? Is Mr. Parry that naive? The financial sector is tickled pink with Obama, despite the BS rhetoric. Judge folks by actions not empty words.

    As the late great Howard Zinn outlined in his magnum opus (People’s History of the USA) that BOTH parties are in consensus on the big issues. NOTHING changes between D and R regimes. And the only way to affect change is by organized civil disobedience. I suggest that Mr. Parry read this important work., or publish something to refute Zinn’s astute claims.

    As Glenn Ford at the Black Agenda Report said years ago “Obama is not the lesser of two evils, he is the MORE EFFECTIVE evil. If Bush Jr. would have done this, the bourgeois liberal crowd would have been up in arms. The hyporcisy and arrogance is astonishing and outright unbelievable at this point in time.

  13. Bruce Benson
    March 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Mr. Parry, yours stories on Ukraine and the neocons are important; unfortunately they are twice or more too long. Your AP editors would have pared your staff way back, not for lack of space but to make it more effective. You are the editor now and I guess no one dares trim you down. It’s a shame.

  14. Greg Ellis
    March 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent work on Ukraine! And – despite what Bruce Benson might think – not too long!

  15. gene grabiner
    March 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Dear Robert Parry,

    You have said that Barack Obama is outflanked by holdover neocons in his administration, and has had to resort to back-channel diplomacy, much the same as John Kennedy. However, it took Kennedy less than two years to figure things out and get the back channels going.

    If you are correct in your assessment, I would have thought that by 5 years into his two terms, Obama would have been more forceful.

    I wonder why, given the Ukraine situation, he has not simply fired Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine. I wonder why, given the Ukraine situation, Obama has allowed the US to cyber-attack the Crimea vote. I wonder why he selected John Kerry as Secretary of State after warmonger and neocon buddy, Hillary Clinton, left the post. After all, a review of Kerry’s Vietnam War record strongly suggests that he is as sociopath. And his performance at State suggests that he speaks far to loosely and easily about war.

    I also wonder why Obama, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief, has not yet cleansed the officer corps of all of the theocratic, neo-fascists in its ranks.

    Thank you for considering my remarks. And I look forward to hearing from you.

  16. Herman S. Simms, Jr
    May 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I just read Jeff Davis Road article. Hear, Hear! I am African-American, and my mother was born in Prentiss, Mississippi, the county seat of Jefferson Davis County! Did he own any property in that county? Maybe there needs to be a change there, also?

  17. JoAnn Witt
    May 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Now that I’ve had a hug from Ray McGovern, I can die happy.
    I’m sure it would be more expensive, but, if you could have a video format, it would be great. It’s so handy to listen and dust etc. at the same time. I’m trying to do my part. I’m making a small monthly contribution (which I will try to increase.) and I’ve just sent $34.00 for “the trilogy.”
    All the best,
    JoAnn Witt
    My web site is informationtruth.info, but, it is not an interactive site.

  18. Irina
    June 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm


    Please read this, it pertains to genocide in Ukraine. Please let us do something to counterweight this utter madness.

    • Hermann Hagena
      January 23, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Dear Irina,

      Mr. Putin is certainly not a Democrate but neither is he a bloodthirsty monster who in cold blood shot down MH17 and thanks to Robert Parry and others, the question of who did it, and how, is still open.

      Hagena and Partners, a team of retired Luftwaffe general staff officers, has written a 53-page study (in German). With very few exceptions we had to rely on open sources and the laws of probability, and also on examening the question “cui bono”.

      If you are interested in our findings, we send a digital copy in German. The Russian translation which we ordered and which will be checked by us for accuracy
      of technical terms (aviation and missile terminology)) unfortunately has not yet been completed.


      Dr. Hermann Hagena, BrigGen (Luftwaffe retired), Bonn, germany

  19. July 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Robert Parry is WRONG when the lumps “neocons” with “liberals.” Liberals would have advocated that UN peacekeeping forces be put in place to solve such problems. They follow the love-your-neighbor-as-yourself principle.

    Our nation’s “neocons” (war profiteer puppets for our nation’s military industrial complex) are the ones who have been advocating unilateral US military actions to deal with such problems (more often than not with disastrous consequences for nearly everyone “on the ground” in such areas).

  20. October 7, 2014 at 2:38 am

    10.6.14 TONIGHT Show With JIMMY Fallon—JEREMY RENNER Interviewed about Kill The Messenger and GARY WEBB


  21. October 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Mr. Parry,
    I am a sixty six year old layman history buff exhausted with the bubble gum news we recieve on the major network news.

    I recently started a website, LookLifeAndTimes.Com to attempt to make available to my friends and acquaintances a glimpse to more truthful views of history.

    I came across your website through a series of articles written by Mr. Polk regarding the history of Palestine and the Mideast.

    By discovering your website I realize that you invented the original mouse trap and I can only admire what you have done, what you do and only attempt to emulate your prodigous work and service.

    Upon arrival at your site for the very first time, I ordered the $34 donation which includes a gift of three books which I am anxiously waiting for.

    I was jump started by reading several books: “JFK and the Unspoken” by James Douglas; “Last Word, My Indictment Of The CIA In The Murder of JFK” by Mark Lane; and “JFK – The CIA, Vietnam And The Plot To Assassinate John F. Kennedy,” by L. Fletcher Prouty.

    Thank you for being here.

    The world is not so lonely now.

    Rafe Garica

  22. October 30, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Robert, Once again you were right!

    In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

    October 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.


    and here is your 2010 article alleging protection and relocation for Nazi’s

  23. Eric Sundin
    November 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Your web site may never have been needed more . The propaganda by the MSM is ubiquitous, unceasing and insidious. It would appear as if a significant portion of Americans are incapable of even thinking about MSM as largely propaganda — while at the same time being quick to declare everything from, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba et al as nothing but propaganda.

    Thank you for your most impressive, long standing commitment to first sorting out the discernable facts. I marvel at how you can keep this up.

  24. Horst L.
    December 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm


    I am an German engineer, which may explain my limited English while writing this letter. So because I am an Engineer I look at the world from a ‘technical point of view’, if you understand what I mean.

    I am a litte bit shocked because the German mass media still wants to make me believe that the flight MH-17 has been brought down by a ‘BUK missile fired from pro-russian separatist’ (or maybe from the ukrainian air force), because the whole BUK missile story does not make much sense. Let me try to explain technically why it doesn’t make sense for me.

    First, the BUK is a huge supersonic missile – if you launch a BUK, it can be heard and seen miles around. Instead of giving long technical explanations, let me show you a video „BUK M1 Lohtaja 09“ which has been taken by Finnish Soldiers while training launching BUK missiles in a military training area near Lohtaja in Finland in 2009. Just take three minutes time to look at the video which shows six BUK missiles being launched.

    Video BUK M1 Lohtaja 2009

    As you can see in the video, a BUK missile is really huge, makes a lot of noise because it accelarates from zero to supersonic in an instant and leaves a smoke trail which can not be overlooked. If you start the missile inside a village, the windows of the buildings around may be shattered. People can hear the sound, see the missile and will be able to take pictures at least from the smoke trail.

    As far as I have heard in German media which I follow there has never been any report of witnesses which told that they have heard the sound or seen the smoke trail of a launching BUK missile! And this contradicts the story that a BUK missile has taken down MH-17. Someone must have heard or seen the BUK, because the Donbass area is a highly populated area. And a BUK cannot be launched silently with no one noticing it! That’s absolutely impossible!

    Second, the BUK missile has a heavy warhead (70 kg or 154 Lbs weight) which has a devastating impact on the target hit by the missile. According to retired German soldiers which served in the east German ‘peoples army’ and were using the BUK system until the German reunion in 1989, the impact on training targets is so heavy that the targets immediately started burning when they were hit und fell burning to the ground. This also contradicts the “BUK theory”, because pictures taken from the wreckage of MH-17 show only little damage to the surface of the airplane. Which is the second reason why MH-17 cannot be brought down by a BUK missile.

    So if no one has seen or heared a BUK missile being launched and no one has seen oder heared a BUK missile fly and because the impact on the wreckage of MH-17 is too little damage to be caused by the BUK warhead I can only conclude that MH-17 apparently has not been shot down by a BUK. (Unless you assume that the BUK warhead somehow managed to reach the plane without using the missile ;-))

    Of course the ukrainian air force had BUK missiles in this area and the pro-russian separatist apparently posessed a ‘BUK TELAR’ which is a single rocket launcher. But pictures and videos only prove that this BUK TELAR has been driving around in the area. Maybe it was broken, maybe the separatists did not know how to use it. However, they apparently never managed to launch a missile because someone must have seen or heard it!

    Some russian engineers wrote a report “Malaysian Flight MH17 crash analysis, by The Russian Union of Engineers” which has been translated in English and German versions and can be easily found on the internet. Now you may not want to read this “russian propaganda”, but as an engineer I must admit it looks quite reasonable to me.

    We recently discussed this in a German blog called “Propagandaschau” which you can find here: http://propagandaschau.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/mh-17-was-fur-den-abschuss-durch-ein-kampfflugzeug-spricht/ Maybe you can find a German speaker to explain to you or ask Google for a translation.

    Recently I read an article on Dr. Ron Pauls Institute for Peace and Prosperity website about the “H. Res. 758” which “states with certainty that the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 that crashed in Ukraine was brought down by a missile “fired by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.””. For me this is not only “simply incorrect” from a legal point of view as Dr. Paul states in his article “Reckless Congress ‘Declares War’ on Russia”, this is also “incorrect” from a technical point of view if you understood what I wanted to explain.


    Malaysian Flight MH17 crash analysis, by The Russian Union of Engineers

    RT Documentary “MH-17: The Untold Story”. A russian documentary giving a different view of the tragedy.

    Regards, Horst

    • November 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      OK, so you tell us that a BUK is a big rocket, and that separatists only had one. What does that prove, in terms of Ukraine’s, or pro-Russian separatists’ responsibility? Would you at consider Russia’s responsibility? After all, Russian unmarked regulars are in the Donbass, supplying that proxies with heavy weaponry, and training them in Rostov-on Don.
      Anyway, neither your nor my analysis is worth that of

  25. Nasrollah Fesharaki
    January 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I felt like this poem of mine best deserves your media,

    With regards,


    Oh mirror on the wall

    That day too
    Like today, was very special
    One had died; my sister

    As crew in plane I flew with anger
    We headed for Yemen

    We carried food, soldiers
    Airport was their neighbor’s
    (Called Midway)

    We, friends and Yemen
    Complied USA’s

    “Moscow’s filled with Godless.
    Christians and Muslims
    We are one, united
    We love God and our God
    Lord, Allah, is the same.”

    We took guns, logistic
    Even songs, music
    We took men on their feet
    Brought them in ‘Taboot’

    Many died; Yemenis and our men
    Finally Moscow fell.
    Packed and left; USA.
    No support, food or life
    Yemenis left in dark
    Lies; hidden; came to light
    Rational; the friends became foes.
    Now NY and Paris;
    The Yemen of those days
    Deaths; blood and murder
    By friends of those days
    ‘Oh mirror on the wall…’

  26. seabeeswork@yahoo.com
    February 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    why do you call Nazis right wing, they are Left wing, study this simple history

    • mikekrohde
      October 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      As a poly sci major I must say I have always been taught that the Facists were right of center, and if you examine their contorted thoughts they tend to lean towards the right in my experience. To whom or what do you refer that would call facists left wing? Because they called themselves national socialists doesn’t mean a whole lot. Communist referred to themselves as democratic republics but there was little democracy at work anywhere that saw Stalin’s shadow. He defined communism until he died because as he so coyly said about the pope, “how many divisions does he have?” Are we talking about some arcane social science definition or the world as it operated around the time these names meant something, WWII. Roosevelt was a leftist by most standards and he fought Hitler, who he did not consider a fellow traveller. I confess to a little confusion over terms here.

  27. March 31, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Mr. Parry,
    I just read your interview with RT (31 March 2015)
    concerning the MH17 investigation
    and thought that you would be interested
    in my letter to the Dutch Safety Board
    which is published on my website at:
    With kind regards,
    Stephen M. St. John

  28. Robert Taylor
    April 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Just a quick note to say thanks for taking the time to operate this site and i appreciate what you’re doing. it’s fascinating for me to read the views shared on here.

    Also – i donated a wee bit of cash, so have a beer on me!



  29. josue
    May 18, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for all your heroic work throughout the years.
    The recent declaration by pope francis re palestinian statehood is quite historic. Any comments?
    A totally disabled vet with grandkids of cuban, nicaraguan, jamaican, and recently, palestinian descent. Oh, also puerto rican.

  30. Russell
    September 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    When will you recognize that the frack attack, from Ukraine to Syria is the reason for destabilization and terror? Israel could green Gaza, but the petro dollar war destabilizes the world and brings extinction. The true great evil is the dollar. And if Israel were to release its green innovation it would result in American imperial destabilization. We saw this when the Israel supreme court kicked out halliburton from fracking the Golan. Soon after, Obama came down on Israel with condemnation for settlement construction. Regardless of whether its right or wrong. We all have to walk in goose step with American imperialism. The race to gain access to the Mediterranean or Ukrainian frack fields and transfer that energy into dollars is the main reason the world is in a frenzy. Release the innovation in conversion systems like Algae bio diesel and watch prosperity come with efficiency designs and free time for communities who gain royalties from their own energy production. Biomass into Bio Gas! Why isnt this valued? Why do you contribute to the cycle of violence with your reports of condemnation of injustices that have nothing to do with the causes but are just effects from the crisis of the petro dollar wars? I’m waiting for you to catch up Robert Parry!

  31. September 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Now that Dick Cheney and his daughters have “gone public” in a effort to “rewrite history”, we need an article from someone like you who can expose the leading roll which Dick Cheney performed in providing Saddam Hussein with chemical “weapons of mass destruction” which Saddam used to kill massive numbers of Iranians (and Iraqi Kurds) during Iraq’s Reagan-supported military invasion of Iran. The massive casualties inflicting on Iran by Reagan/Cheney/Saddam team will not be soon forgotten. And I believe that Dick Cheney’s role in this probably constitutes a WAR CRIME! This is the primarily reason the leaders of Iran “hate America” and “distrust America” so much, and it is NOT without good reason.

    Please do article explaining to American readers in greater detail that this why it is that the leaders of Iran “hate America” so much.

  32. October 1, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Nobody seems to be talking about the speech given at the UN by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev. Not trying to spam you but I’ve written about it here. Any thoughts on this short article?

  33. October 9, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Robert- A new documentary about Klaus Barbie and the drug trade

    The second life of a Nazi war criminal: German documentary reveals how ‘butcher of Lyon’ Klaus Barbie became a fixer for drug lords when he went on the run in South America

    Barbie became known as Klaus Altmann when he went on the run in 1945
    He worked as a druglord fixer in Latin America and met with Pablo Escobar
    General Luis García Meza was helped into power in Bolivia by drug money
    Barbie tortured top French resistance operatives and is estimated to have been directly involved in the deaths of 14,000 people

    By Allan Hall In Berlin For The Daily Mail

    Published: 09:59 EST, 28 July 2015 | Updated: 02:41 EST, 29 July 2015
    A notorious Nazi war criminal, dubbed the ‘Butcher of Lyon’ during World War II, worked as a druglord fixer while on the run in Latin America and helped bring a right-wing dictator into power.

    Klaus Barbie, one of the Gestapo’s most brutal criminals, reinvented himself with the help of western intelligence agencies after the fall of the Third Reich.

    Using the money generated from the cocaine trade, Barbie helped put General Luis García Meza into power in Bolivia, a new documentary has revealed.

    He died aged 77 in a French jail after he was finally deported from Bolivia in the 1980s.


  34. T. Sawyer
    December 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Just found your internet site and article relating to Iran-Contra drug smuggling. Who carried the drugs and were they shipped to Mena, AR?

  35. December 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Regarding Blind Eyes, Deaf Ears and Dumb Tongues…

    In October 2014 I filed a criminal complaint with the International Criminal Court at The Hague charging Obama, Erdogan and twenty-seven other international operators from eleven countries with war crimes. Like the Count of Monte Cristo famously suggested, I am waiting and hoping. But I been growing deaf from the silence emanating from The Hague.

    The Complaint entitled Criminal Carnage in Syria by the Criminal Cabal for Perpetual War claims that illegal weapons transfers in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973, the EU Treaty (2008) regarding exports of military equipment and the Rome Statute, Articles 7 and 8, Crimes against Humanity and the Crime of Aggression were instrumental in committing the crime of aggression against the sovereign nation of Syria. The entire 63-page complaint can be read and/or downloaded at:



  36. Liz M.
    February 23, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    My friend, that also applies to our media on this North American continent. If Mr. Parry shut you out, join the club. Apparently (if he did so), he followed their lead.

  37. Ali Slimas
    February 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Recently I had an opportunity to ask a direct question to John Pilger – award-winning Australian-British investigate journalist.

    Ali Slimas asks:
    Going back to a question on Mainstream Media, what are the best/ most reliable news outlets that you would recommend?
    Start with Realnews, Truthout, Information Clearing House, Consortium News. There are hundreds. All you need do is look and navigate through them.

    Your website has been recommended as one of the best/ most reliable and I feel the comment has great value coming from such a well respected journalist as John. Please feel free to use it at your disposal, as promotion of what you do.

  38. Veronica Shelford
    March 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I am having to override all kinds of dire security warnings to come to the site now. If you want, you can send me an email address to which to send screen shots of the warnings – they are very disconcerting. I don’t know if these relate to the hacking you’ve just been through, or what, so I’d like to know how to deal with it! I certainly don’t want to have to stop coming here!!!

  39. Jean-David
    March 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    consortiumnews.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is not trusted because the issuer certificate is unknown. (Error code: sec_error_unknown_issuer)

  40. March 18, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Michael Levine (DEA retired) and Celerino Castillo (DEA retired)
    Speak at Governor Jerry Brown’s We The People Forum
    2 Hour Video

  41. ian Beacom
    March 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm

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  42. March 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Dear Robert, Your work is so appreciated here that our form of support comes mostly in re-publishing your articles with a link to your site. (which will continue to be our principal form of support until our meager resources improve).

    There are 2 questions.. #1, May we continue to do so? I can’t find a contact link or email address, so we have yet to ask your ‘permission to post’.

    and #2, Can you recommend a secure server? Our own blog is messed with constantly. We see photos and articles and videos disappear, and phony posts submitted by the dozens.. Our reply email is below. Thank you in advance for any answers.

    Yours Truly,
    VIctoria Bingham

  43. March 24, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Dear Sir,
    Sending you an article for Consortium News:

    Terrorist attacks in Brussels in a wider context of US imperial wars
    Nasir Khan, March 23, 2016

    On 22 March 2016, some suicide bombers carried out their indiscriminate attacks on the innocent people in Brussels. Their acts of vicious violence are shocking and despicable. ISIS has claimed responsibility for these attacks.
    ISIS has shown once again that it can strike anywhere it chooses and by such violent actions, it gains maximum publicity for its ideological stance and objectives. The murders of 22 March are part of the pattern that ISIS had established and since last year has extended its operations to Europe. As the organisation has many sympathisers in different countries and many of its indoctrinated fanatics are willing to be suicide bombers, it shows its reckless attitude towards all it regards enemies or opponents.
    Despite the utterly abominable crime we witnessed, we should also try to see the terrorist attacks in European countries like France and Belgium in a wider context. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and to some extent Pakistan have been in the throes of imperial wars as well as internal conflicts for many decades. What has happened in Paris last year and now in Brussels was an extension of the violence from Iraq and Syria to Europe.
    We rightly condemn what happens at the hands of fanatic terrorists in Europe but when it comes to US wars and EU interventions in the Islamic countries, we, who live in the western hemisphere, show little concern over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people there. Apparently, the people of the world are not in total darkness about the recent history of Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Syria. Under the slogan ‘War on Terror’, the US rulers with the help of their allies have pursued their geopolitical objectives by wars and terror, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Unfortunately, political leaders and the media show great reluctance to give the same attention to the vast numbers of innocent victims of genocidal wars. However, when it comes to any terrorist attack anywhere in the west they give a forceful response to any acts of violence and terror. Such attitudes are unhealthy and discriminatory. In fact, religious fanatics take advantage of such debunked standards and successfully show the enmity of the western nations towards Muslims. The aim of propaganda is not to inform and enlighten but to terrify and mislead. In this, US rulers have been the role model for Muslim extremists.
    Now let us briefly mention the role of recent US wars. It was no other power than the United States that unleashed the first Gulf War in 1991. The real objective of the United States was not only to evict the Iraqis out of Kuwait but also to diminish the power or potential of Iraq as a regional power.
    In fact, President Saddam Hussein had accepted the UN terms for military withdrawal from Kuwait to end his occupation, but US rulers did not allow him to do so. There was a simple reason for this: A peaceful withdrawal of Iraqi army from Kuwait would have left Saddam’s military power and military hardware intact. That was not acceptable to Washington and the Pentagon hawks. Therefore, they attacked and destroyed brutally the retreating and helpless Iraqi army. General Colin Powell boasted of having killed so many encircled soldiers and burying many thousands of them alive in the desert. By such bravery, he must have added another medal to his uniform. Saddam had no options left. The United States initiated and imposed sanctions on Iraq with the formal approval the United Nations. Incidentally, such a formal U.N. approval has the magic to make any major war crime by the US rulers legitimate! The United States has exploited this façade of the U.N. approval routinely.
    In 2003, America took the second major step to invade and occupy Iraq. This practically meant finishing off Iraq as a possible regional power if it ever raised its head at some future date. That was in consonance with the neocon strategy to have only one regional big power in the Middle East that was both strategically and politically indispensable part of U.S. hegemonic power and dominance. That regional power was and is Israel.
    Without an iota of credible ground or reason, President George W. Bush declared war on Iraq and invaded a vast secular Arab country, which did not let any religion or sect to interfere with the affairs of the state. After a massive destruction by the invaders of life, property and infrastructure in Iraq, President Bush became the eventual conqueror and master of Iraq and of its rich oil resources.
    As a matter of imperial policy to divide and rule, the Americans started the sectarian favouritism that fuelled sectarian violence and killings. Even after the ‘nominal’ ending of the occupation, the fire of sectarian violence America had ignited to further its objectives is still raging on. Thousands and thousands of innocent Iraqis have died. The forces of terror, revenge, religious sectarianism and fanaticism that American rulers unleashed in Iraq are out of control; no one is able to control them. Only the ordinary people of Iraq have become the victims of the genocidal war in Iraq. The mayhem and anarchy America created in Iraq has extended beyond the frontiers of Iraq.
    Out of the ensuing chaos and instability in Iraq arose ISIS and its Islamist fanatics. ISIL is a direct result of US wars on Iraq. President Bush has said that God asked him to invade Iraq. If the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis can be justified because of listening to the command of God then ISIL can also invoke the support of the same God for whatever they do or have plans to do! In fact, the US Constitution allowed for a democratic form of government, not a theocracy; ISIL, on the other hand, claims to be a theocracy and its administrative structure is that of a caliphate. According to its way of interpreting, ISIS has ‘God on its side’.
    Another major US imperial adventure was in Afghanistan. It is common knowledge that the United States was instrumental in creating and arming the Mujahidin to fight the Soviet army that had come to help the Afghan revolutionary government. After the Soviet leaders pulled their military from Afghanistan, the American-sponsored Mujahidin of 1980s became the Taliban, the new rulers of Afghanistan.
    There is no doubt that the Soviet army suffered heavily in Afghanistan. The US imperialists, with the help of reactionary Saudi and Pakistani rulers and their well-equipped mercenary fighters crushed the Afghan revolution. In this way, they turned the clock of history back by empowering the primitive Mujahidin/Taliban. But that friendship did not last long.
    In 2001, America attacked Afghanistan and ended the Taliban rule. The occupiers started a brutal suppression of the Afghans who had no quarrel with America at all. During their long Afghan war, Americans were not able to break the resistance of the Afghan patriots and the Taliban. They finally forced the occupiers to end their occupation. The puppet regime of the former president Karzai and now the present president Ghani have faced the consequences of the imperial invasion. The country suffered enormously and its people reduced to abject poverty and deprivation. At present, the Taliban are still there and fighting the Kabul government.
    In short, countless millions of people have suffered in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Whether we call it a civil war or war by proxy by regional powers, the war in Syria has reduced many cities to rubble. Hundreds of thousands have died. Millions of Syrians have become homeless. They are trying to escape to any place where they can exist as normal human beings. Other victims of wars from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and numerous other countries also join them in this quest for a safe haven in Europe. These people are in dire difficulties who need all the possible help. However, it is also important to underline the fact that Europe has no solution to the problems of millions of refugees and asylum seekers. Their number will keep on multiplying, not decreasing. Those who think otherwise live in a world of fantasy.
    By attacking innocent civilians in France, Belgium and Turkey, ISIS is able to create a sense of insecurity and fear throughout Europe. No state or public authority can provide complete safeguards against any random attacks. There is no shortage of weapons in Europe or anywhere else. Those who want to commit any terrorist attack will be able to acquire any bombs or weapons they need. It is a false hope that any intelligence agencies in an open society can stop all indoctrinated and ideologically motivated suicide bombers from their criminal behaviour.
    Most of the western societies including Australia have become multi-cultural and multi-religious that have ethnic communities of Afro-Asian origin. Among the immigrant communities, strong social bonds exist through their tribal and religious identities. While the western societies have developed a more relaxed attitude towards their religions and deities, most of the immigrants have gone the other way. There is a strong tendency to adhere to the formal religious traditions where their clerics play a vital social role. Any terrorist attack has negative consequences for these people, especially the Muslims. They become suspect merely because some Muslim terrorist has done something seriously wrong, somewhere. This strengthens cultural and social stereotypes.

    Dr Nasir Khan is a historian and political activist, holding a Doctor Philos degree from the University of Oslo. His first book Development of the Concept and Theory of Alienation in Marx’s Writings was published in 1995 and his second book Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms: A Historical Survey was published in 2006. Over the last four decades, he has written numerous articles on international affairs and the issues of human rights.
    He opposes war and violence and is a firm believer in the peaceful co-existence of all nations and peoples. In his academic work, he has tried to espouse the cause of the weak and the oppressed in a world dominated by power politics, misleading propaganda and violations of basic human rights. He also believes that all conscious members of society have a moral duty to stand for and further the cause of peace and human rights throughout the world.

  44. April 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Why is Robert Parry so fixated on the “Islamic state” insurgency group, while the US is supporting all other Islamic groups like the ones operating in Lybia, and those who fight the Syrian army?

    As an “investigative” journalist he should have known better. The demonization of th IS Sunni group by the US dates back to 2014 only, while this group has been operated in Syria since 2011. 2014 is the year when the IS threatened US interests in Iraq by routing the Shia- dominated army of the puppet Bagdad regime from all Sunni areas in Iraq.The US began to bomb IS targets in Iraq/Syria to stop further advances of this Sunni group in Iraq, which threatened the Kurdish stronghold, Arbil, and Bagdad itself!

    The clueless Parry should know that if IS has been so successful in recruting fighters and holding large territories in Iraq/Syria, it’s because of the continuation of the US anti-Sunni terror policy in Iraq by Kurdish bands and the Shia-dominated Bagdad regime.

    The conflict in Iraq is set on sectarian terms, initiated by US terror invasion of Iraq in 2003. IS is one of its byproducts.

  45. Bruce
    April 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Why not call his sight Parry’s propaganda?

    Stereotyping and creating straw man arguments about some right-wing boogeyman is hardly “analysis”.

    • Joseph
      April 5, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Read and learn. Aristotle warned millennia ago of the tyrant over democracy, the right wing bully boy who creates foreign enemies to demand domestic power by posing falsely as protector and accusing his opponents of disloyalty, the opportunist who takes foreign and domestic bribes and distributes public resources to his supporters. The right wing is the chief problem of civilization, the terminal disease of democracy. But those who benefit find them highly illusory.

  46. DL.
    April 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Are you affiliated with the ICIJ that broke the Panama Papers blockbuster, and are you connected to George Soros?

  47. BNS
    April 26, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I’m also interested to know if you have any connection with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that uncovered the Panama Papers.

    Looking forward for your reply.

  48. May 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Good article by Jonathan Marshall. The peoples of the states in the EU are in the firing line
    for the next US war. 2.5 million US troops have landed in Shannon Airport in Ireland on their way to and from
    its perpetual wars. There needs to be a new tranatlantic peace movement to try and stop World War 111

  49. Real Truth
    May 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    It’s funny how you all claim to be “independent journalists finding the truth” when you just seem like left-wing puppets. Call me what you want, but this site is liberal propaganda. If you were truly independent, you would be investigating the left also. You call yourselves independent, but you are either very biased or taking something from the left to make them seem like they are perfect and never do anything wrong, when there has been much more controversy surrounding the left recently.

  50. Airat Teregulov
    June 10, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Set up global group to prevent global catastrophe by new means.
    Optimal Development by sage globalization in addition to life of countries.

    The main productive force is science. Hence, the global problems are caused by exhaustion, ageing of its basis, general ideas. The way out is the general ideas on Optimal Development (OD), as a compromise between the private and public interests for the OD Center as a union of the OD general ideas and The Giving Pledge, the green Climatic Fund etc. The Law on preservation of energy shows, that the current work gives incomes only for the current needs. Hence, capitals have been obtained by exhaustion of science, its general ideas and must be invested into the new general ideas.

    Support triune form of global part of optimal philanthropy.

    The conventional philanthropy deals with particular or local problems. To get rid of the global negative phenomena there’s a need to deal with the general or global problems. That’s why there has appeared in the USA “The Giving Pledge”, which is in fact the material and global part of the optimal philanthropy. Accordingly between Europe and Asia there have appeared the general ideas on Optimal Development (OD), as a compromise between the particular and general interests. The OD general ideas are in fact the spiritual and global part of the optimal philanthropy. A union of “The Giving Pledge” and the OD general ideas will be the global part of the optimal philanthropy in a form local-compromise-global.

    This and the whole OD theory is in agreement with the triune image of God, meaning life must be based on the triune or optimal form private-compromise-public etc. According to the OD “The Giving Pledge” has to invest into the OD min 0.001+ of its capitals a year, with taking it back if necessary. There’s a need of a US bank account “Optimal Development Center headed by A.G. Teregulov”, for optimization of thinking, transport, energetics, with branches in big cities. The OD Center will be between the East and West. The OD general ideas will give cheap mass goods and services worth min $35.5 trillion (you’ll get the details). optimaltransport21.blogspot.com Optimizatsiyamishleniyaitransporta.blogspot.com

    Optimal land, water, air, Space transport.

    The planes’ wings cause strong air resisance. The way out is the optimal wings (like the bird’s wings in gliding), to ensure a compromise between the wing and the air. This’ll ensure the take off and landing speed about 25 km/h min air resistance, to keep it by increment of speed according to decrement of air density, speed of sound at the altitude of 30 km, boundless increment of speed above it, spending of energy like of a bus when going up, restoration of its main part by the optimal propellers when going down. The positive effect will be like that of the E-mail in comparison with the post.

    The optimal planes (optimaltransport21.blogspot.com) will allow most safe, cheap, fast flights to any place, including Space, and back. The results are based on the author’s specialty and the universal Method of Optimal Development. There’re the positive references of a prominent specialist and of Rospatent. The optimal air, water, land craft will reduce fuel expense, exhaust, warming, car accidents, jams, stop price rise, give new incomes. (The EU grants about $5 billion for the mycopter.eu since movement in the air is the most effective one, but they’ve no new general ideas.)

    Teregulov (Turek Ul or Turk Son). Univ. ed., Sci. degree & Sci. title on General Mechanics with applications to aircraft etc. Member of Kazan academy of scientific creativity. Son got this specialty too. He is strong in design & business. slavturk@yandex.ru +7 843 236 5517 Optimizatsiyamishleniyaitransporta.blogspot.com

    P.S. “I like to support causes where a lot of good comes from a little bit of good, using the latest advancements, on a global scale” (www.skollfoundation.org/). That’s why the market’s ups are caused by the new general ideas’ use and the downs by their exhaustion, and the global crisis will be stopped by the new general ideas, since “Ideas rule the World”.

  51. June 20, 2016 at 2:48 am

    “Rupert Murdoch, probably the world’s most powerful publisher” https://consortiumnews.com/2016/06/19/how-roy-cohn-helped-rupert-murdoch-2/ who with his first newspaper the ‘News’ began his media empire in Adelaide [city] South Australia [state] where he has since maintained a newspaper publishing state monopoly. Murdoch betrays Australians with his newspapers having fake archives of newspapers published to assist to conceal crimes and corruption. News articles published have been erased or altered for the fake archives. https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/australian-government-law-enforcement-and-news-media-corruption-in-brief-ref-sbsa-bankruptcy-6/ Details of billions of dollars of public debt remain concealed. Australia is incapable of dealing with US citizen Rupert Murdoch without the assistance of foreign countries. No comment from Rupert Murdoch.

  52. Jeff Kunz
    June 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

    To: Editor, Robert Parry

    RE: How to starve the Monster in the room – Don’t Feed It.

    Dear Mr. Parry,

    As we look for ways to end violence at home and abroad; to dismantle Cold War mentalities, policies and weapons of mass destruction, I would suggest that we have to address the root of this monstrous construct of US against ‘them’ – the other/the enemy, in all its forms; to understand the origin of fear, hatred and violence.

    Survival of our species is rooted in cooperation, not survival of the fittest. But, long ago constructs of competitiveness for power and control shaped the way human children in our culture developed and many earlier societies that were forced into conflict or to retreat to very harsh circumstances.

    Fast forward to today, where there is a resurgence of nationalism and isolationism with military provocation on a scale not seen since the Cold War. There is a monster of violent industry that is sustained by an embedded human psychological condition and we need to address this with ethical and moral consistency that teaches and acts to reject all forms of violence. Only in this way, will we starve the insatiable beast of war-making and unsustainable industrial practices.

    I ask you to please consider the information below, and perhaps write about the source or roots of our acceptance of violence and our ‘otherizing’ conditioning, and the moral injury it is causing.

    Thank you.

    For your thoughtful consideration:

    Feeding a Monster: The Unholy Alliance Between the Military-Industrial-Complex and Animal Agribusiness

    Stop the War$ on Mother Earth!

    “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” – Henry David Thoreau

    Animal agribusiness is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases such as methane. Not only is animal agribusiness causing deforestation, water pollution (helping to kill coral reefs), ocean depletion of biodiversity (fish caught to be ground up and fed to livestock) but it is water/land use intensive.

    Big animal fishing/agribusiness and the military-industrial-violence-complex are inseparable…

    (with an understanding that massive violent extractive energy industries fuel the demands of both https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQL-TAT5Oj8 )

    These two toxic unsustainable industries of death and violence are killing off biodiversity and polluting the entire planet.

    We must starve this monster hybrid of profit and domination.

    To understand the destruction, I suggest these short videos on animal fishing/agribusiness:




    Links to facts, here:

    It’s very important that we understand and inform others of the intersectionality or linkage between the animal fishing/agribusiness and military-industrial-complex connections, as well as, their combined consequences on animals and the planet; the agenda or goal being to raise awareness, reduce suffering and build coalitions between different peace and justice movements. Together, we will have more leverage and power against this level of unsustainable malevolence.

    An important aspect in understanding this ‘unholy alliance’ or connection is to see that it is rooted in the culture of accepted violence, immoral human behavior and otherizing.
    Both the military and animal agribusiness have conditioned and indoctrinated people into accepting subjugation, harm and the killing of other sentient beings not for subsistence, but for control, domination and profit.
    It stems from human entitlement or essentialism, also called speciesism.


    This then is the beginning of selective compassion and immoral cognitive dissonance, resulting in a young human mind experiencing their first moral injury. Speciesism within human culture informs developing minds that it is acceptable to subjugate, torture, harm and kill certain animals but not others. Thus begins the otherizing of nonhuman animals and their use as a resource to be bred, raised, killed, controlled or kept as property. This later manifests as racism, sexism and all forms of negative discrimination between humans, leading to hatred, violence and war.

    The military-industrial-violence-complex uses this speciesist – otherizing empathy/compassion conscience compartmentalization as part of their desensitization boot camp programs (soldierizing – sailorization) of recruits in preparing them to kill the ‘enemy.’:


    And with that, the cycle of direct or indirect/complicity in harm and violence is continued causing internal moral conflict resulting in terrible psychic wounds for people, as well as, military veterans suffering with PTSD and moral injury. (Approx. 22 US military veteran suicides each day).

    Since ancient herding cultures began this destructive harmful otherizing has lead humanity to continue to propagate this culture-of-death for profit and dominance that is the military-industrial-violence-complex and animal fishing/agribusiness; Together, they are killing individual humans, nonhuman animals and the living systems of our planet.

    As we face the current climate crisis, it’s imperative for the survival of life on Earth to undo the damage of our crisis of conscience and begin to promote values that align with ethical peace-making and justice for all.
    Moral consistency and ethical coherence in all that we do and support will begin to change the patterns of speciesism, patriarchal colonialzation and human violent destructive behavior.
    It will help to heal the psychic wounds of veterans, our collective human conscience and the planet.

    Let us learn to be peaceful, to teach peace and reject all forms of violence so that the Monster of the Military-Industrial-Violence-Complex and animal agribusiness dies of starvation and neglect. Let’s grow instead, a new culture that supports and sustains life and fairness for all. – Jeff

    Informative resources provided, below:

    Videos on moral injury:



    Jonathan Shay established the term, Moral Injury:

    Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD psychiatrist retired from a career in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, and author of the acclaimed Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Shay, 1994) New York, NY: Scribner.

    Shay, J. (2014). Moral injury. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31, 182–191. doi:10.1037/a0036090 Sherman

    Pentagon’s Massive Carbon Foot(boot)print… And, not factored are GHGs from Carbon to Methane released from the whole of the infrastructure of animal agribusiness to get animal flesh/secretion ‘food’ to the warfighters:




    USDA partnership with DOD to mitigate climate change (cough!):


    —snip http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/06/21/u-s-soybeans-help-feed-the-world/
    “In the most recent marketing year (2014 – 2015), about 59 percent of total U.S. soybean production was exported to international markets – that’s a total of more than 2.3 billion bushels with an astounding value of more than $24 billion. The products included whole soybeans, soybean meal (primarily used for livestock and poultry feed), and edible soybean oil.” – http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/06/21/u-s-soybeans-help-feed-the-world/

    —snip http://blogs.star-telegram.com/investigations/2012/08/more-government-pork-obama-directs-military-usda-to-buy-meat-in-lean-times.html
    The Department of Defense annually purchases about:

    194 million pounds of beef (estimated cost $212.2 million)

    164 million pounds of pork ($98.5 million)

    1500,000 pounds of lamb ($4.3 million)

    Monsanto Connections – Military/Ag History:


    U.S. Government’s War on Animals and the planet:


    Senator: Meatless Mondays have no place in military:



    Department of Defense – DOD meat / meal procurement acquisitions and relationships with agribusiness:





    How the US army shapes the way we eat:




    USDA program for veterans – Agribusiness Development Teams:



    Military Animal Research and Testing:








    Social Conditioning:

    Moral Injury:
    “Like psychological trauma, moral injury is a construct that describes extreme and unprecedented life experience including the harmful aftermath of exposure to such events. Events are considered morally injurious if they “transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations” (1). Thus, the key precondition for moral injury is an act of transgression, which shatters moral and ethical expectations that are rooted in religious or spiritual beliefs, or culture-based, organizational, and group-based rules about fairness, the value of life, and so forth.”

    “Moral injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress their own moral and ethical values or codes of conduct.”

    Here are links to learn how to have an immediate impact and take direct action against the violent ‘Monster’ of the Military-Industrial-Complex-AnimalAgribusiness:

  53. Allison
    July 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Why don’t you have a page to follow on Facebook?

  54. Philip Johnson
    September 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

    HI, Robert.

    I am a big fan of consortiumnews.com. Especially in these times when our deplorable corporate media are kissing Trump’s tuchus because, I assume, he’s making money for them. Softball interviews and no fact checking. Nobody holds his feet to the fire.

    Fortunately we have your source for news and informed opinion. I have been reading your articles and those of your contributors for 10 years now, and I’ve bought most of your books.

    I would like to make a donation to your enterprise, but I have run into hard times since the 2008 meltdown. I’m 76 years old, trying to make a living as a freelance editor and writer in a society that has never respected older people, but even less so now. 15 years ago I was making over $100 K managing publications departments for Apple and other computer companies. Now I’m on a limited income, consisting mostly of my monthly social security check.

    So I regret that I can’t make a contribution at this time.

    But please continue with your courageous, insightful, and truthful journalism.


    Phil Johnson

  55. andy logar
    September 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Where were you when the Clinton administration was in way over its head in the Balkans – supporting Islamist Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo. Daniel Pearl wrote a definitive post-war article (WSJ, December 1999), on America’s unjustified, brainless war against Serbia – built on KLA lies and the now to-be-expected, legendary CIA incompetence.

    And where was your reportage regarding America’s push to expand NATO in the 1990s also under Clinton – basically designed to spur the defense industry which with no Cold War to deal with had to find another cold war. Clinton obliged – bombing Serbia aroused Russia into the realization that NATO – especially an expanding NATO may be an existential threat to the Russian people.

    Giving Islam an additional foothold in Europe and bringing on Cold War II, I lay on the Clinton’s doorstep – did you cover any of that?

    Russia, Europe and America should be natural allies against militant Islam and China. What have we gotinstead? Cover any of that?

  56. Rael Nidess, M.D.
    September 30, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Bob, In response to your “Parry Laments Loss of Journalistic Skepticism” e-mail of 30, Sep 2016, let me say, as a long-standing and proud monthly contributor, were you (and your crew) not the skeptic(s) you are, I would not be the contributor I am. Thank you.

    That said, the ‘contact’ link at the bottom of the e-mail leads to a code 404.

  57. October 3, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I noticed that people who had been harm in the US by the Clintons and / or US government have never gotten a dime unless they move out the US like myself.

  58. October 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    A Plan for the people to attain POLITICAL CLOUT to avoid the “unthinkable.”
    October 8, 2016

    Dear Mr. Parry

    Namaste, Salam, Shalom, Peace, Paz, Pace, Heiwa,

    If the Nuclear dangers are potentially catastrophic (end life as we know it), the people must find a way to reduce the threat! Here is a plan for the largest movement of nonviolence the world has ever seen.
    I humbly, but BOLDLY, would like to submit that I have a plan to UNITE the people in every country – a PEOPLE MOVEMENT to ultimately defuse the conflicts!

    The people in the US and Russia need to unite to tell their own governments to scale down the rhetoric, antagonism, and ultimately work together. The methods being used right now are not working because of the obstacles you so adroitly described in your article about the “Unthinkable.”

    It is a Gandhi / King-like, Global Movement of Nonviolence, For the Children (GMofNV) and it is one step away from being implemented. This is a FORMAL REQUEST to ask you to write about the plan to give it some visibility. The world is becoming more and more divided and violent. We must do the opposite and UNITE!

    A major segment of the plan is for the leaders of a GMofNV to issue demands and the nuclear issues are at the top of the list. Another major segment is to capture and “keep” the attention of the media – as Gandhi would do. A GMofNV is designed to unite all the movements, religions, Mayors and Community Leaders (local application),.

    Please contact me as soon as you are able. Thank you very much.

    Peace and Love,
    Andre Sheldon
    Director, Global Strategy of Nonviolence
    Facilitator, CALL to WOMEN, a World-Wide Unity Campaign
    Home number: +1-617- 964-5267
    Email: Andre (at) GlobalStrategyofNonviolence.org
    Website: http://www.GlobalStrategyofNonviolence.org
    Facebook: Global Movement of Nonviolence

    Howard Zinn, author/ historian, in an interview by Yuri Loudon in The Internationalist, posted October 18, 2006 said, “I now believe only in the movements of the people that can change history.” HOWARD was my confidante. He wrote to me, “Your ‘Call to Women’ is excellent. Well written, clear, strong. No doubt women represent non-violence best.”

    Robert Koehler – Columnist at Huffington Post wrote to me, “I couldn’t agree more, regarding women as peace leaders.”

    Gila Svirsky – Co-founder of Coalition for Women for Peace
    “I completely agree with your vision and overall approach – to mobilize women to lead the way to peace. This has been core to our peace activism in Israel for almost 20 years.”

    Noam Chomsky – Author, Activist – “I hope your effort achieves the resonance it should.”

    Michael Lerner – Founder of Network of Spiritual Progressives – “I agree that the patriarchal world needs to change.”

  59. November 6, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Good Day Robert

    What are the significances of the 2016 election – with respect to our ultimate human purpose?

    My new book: Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose performs exploratory surgery on these and many other topics of interest.

    I would greatly appreciate any thoughtful reviews.

  60. anonymous
    November 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

    What happened with the Darrell Whitman & OSHA case? Will more OSHA employees retire, get transferred, quit now that Donald Trump is the President Elect and has said “drain the swamp”.

    How do companies get on the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) for Management? Did any of those companies have any serious violations that went unresolved forcing employees to contact their local OSHA office and how many serious violations did each company have while their member was on the OSHA WPAC for Management.

    Are any of those companies contacted with any global “hot line” that employees are encourage to call to report violations in their workplace and are any of those “hot lines” actually reporting back to the employer as a “favor” vs a complaint making the employees targets for termination and or pass over for promotion or other jobs. Is there an Ethic Issues with employees contacting their “hot line” or giving their name with reporting to OSHA?

  61. Svyatoslav
    November 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Good time of day.
    Please – make a version of Your website in Russian language.
    Thank you for your attention.
    From Russia with Respect.

  62. December 1, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Just wanted to tell you that I admire your work and support you, and see it as an honor for you to be on the “blacklist” – a shameful stinking reminder of the joseph mccarthy days… Lynn Feinerman Producer WOMEN RISING RADIO

  63. Chris Kinder
    December 3, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Robert Parry,

    I’m afraid your site may already be targeted, as you said might become a possibility on a recent radio interview. After having just heard you on Flashpoints (Dec. 2 2016 – I think this was a re-run of an interview that aired earlier this week), I went to your site to get more information on the “fake news” controversy. I was repeatedly informed by my browser that it “could not access this site.” I could, however, access any other site I went to at this time. With repeated attempts, I was able to access the site, but the same message kept popping up when I went back to the site–even to a page that I had left open on my desktop!

    I hope this was just a fluke, but I’m letting you know. i really appreciate all your work.

    CGs, Chris Kinder

  64. Hoi Yat Tsoi
    December 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Would consortium join force with UK journalist, Robert Stuart to investigate the alleged “Syrian napalm attack” faked by the BBC?
    This link below takes you to Robert’s presentation of his compelling evidence…

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