About

From Editor Robert Parry: When we founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 – as the first investigative news magazine based on the Internet – there was already a crisis building in the U.S. news media. The mainstream media was falling into a pattern of groupthink on issue after issue, often ignoring important factual information because it didn’t fit with what all the Important People knew to be true.

Journalist Robert Parry

Indeed, that was the original reason that I turned to what was then a new media platform to create a home for well-reported stories and to challenge the many misguided conventional wisdoms.

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 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).

Though we have struggled with funding – surviving for more than two decades through a combination of our own frugality and the generosity of our readers – we have managed to produce groundbreaking journalism on many of the most significant issues of the day, including national security, foreign policy, politics and the environment.

We also looked at the underlying problems of modern democracy, particularly the insidious manipulation of citizens by government propaganda and the accomplice role played by mainstream media. Rather than encouraging diversity in analyses especially on topics of war and peace, today’s mainstream media takes a perverse pride in excluding responsible, alternative views.

It’s as if The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and the others have learned nothing from the disaster of the Iraq War when they pushed the groupthink about WMD and betrayed their responsibilities to the American people and the people of the world. Despite all the death, destruction and destabilization caused by the Iraq invasion, there was almost no accountability in the U.S. press corps, with many of the worst offenders still holding down prominent jobs and still engaging in the same terrible journalism.

When I was a young reporter, I was taught that there were almost always two sides to a story and often more. I was expected to seek out those alternative views, not dismiss them or pretend they didn’t exist. I also realized that finding the truth often required digging beneath the surface and not just picking up the convenient explanation sitting out in the open.

But the major Western news outlets began to see journalism differently. It became their strange duty to shut down questioning of the Official Story, even when the Official Story had major holes and made little sense, even when the evidence went in a different direction and serious analysts were disputing the groupthink.

Looking back over the past two decades, I wish I could say that the media trend that we detected in the mid-1990s had been reversed. But, if anything, it’s grown worse. The major Western news outlets now conflate the discrete difficulties from made-up “fake news” and baseless “conspiracy theories” with responsible dissenting analyses. All get thrown into the same pot and subjected to disdain and ridicule.

We have seen travesties, such as legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh having to take his important story debunking the Obama administration’s claims about the Syria-Sarin case of 2013 to the London Review of Books because his normal outlets in the United States wouldn’t run his exposé.

Now, even as the fate of the world becomes more tenuous amid a resumption of Cold War tensions between the West and Russia, we are seeing the Western media engaging in a self-inflicted blindness that has left the West’s citizens blind as well. This dilemma – this crisis in democracy – has made the role of Consortiumnews even more essential today than it may have been in 1995.

Robert Parry, Editor

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179 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.

      • December 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        I think you might wish to revisit so cavalier an attitude in light of another story that’s remained largely undercover to this day: Project Paperclip.

        To those whose entire lives centered around militarism and the sports’ team mentality fixed on “winning wars,” importing Nazi scientists seemed like a tremendous strategic advantage.

        But what happens when a new crop is planted next to an existing crop? The answer would be some form of cross-pollination and based on the insidious methods now routinely deployed by the world’s largest military, the cross-pollination with Nazi “culture” is evident.

        First Bush and his circle of maniacal fools found cause to revivify torture–albeit hidden under a new name. Then Obama gave all that a pass. Now behaviors that civilized people KNOW to be uncivilized are “on the books” for someone as spiritually defective as Trump to utilize.

        Societal change happens through cohesive movements and trust is the glue that binds committed souls together. But what happens to trust when the habit of FBI infiltration is established and today’s Secret Surveillance State makes the East German Stasis look like amateurs?

        Torture, spying… what else were the Nazis known for?

        Aggressive war. (check)
        Using a scapegoat population as target to massive anger over lousy jobs and low wages (check)
        Investing more in militarism than agencies of care-giving (check)

        I’ve seen the term “Fourth Reich” used in media forums and by the day, it’s becoming more apt. Only the naive fall for its camouflage behind the Cross and the Flag.

      • Stiv
        March 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm

        You’re correct (in my view) that, in 9 of 10 cases, it is incorrect to use the word “Nazi” to describe a facist or totalitarian. Apparently, the proper adjective these days is “alt-right”. Better to stick with that so we don’t upset the sleeping masses. *tongue in cheek*

    • 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?

      • olde reb
        July 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm

        Your question of “How to fight…” can only commence after “Who to fight…” is identified. The term ‘shadow government’ is used to replace Reich and eliminate tag-along concepts. I suggest that WHO is identified at: http://farmwars.info/?p=15338 A FACE FOR THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT.

  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.
    Sincerely

  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…

    -Sundy

    • 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.

    • December 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      … but you have no problem with Fox “News,” right?

    • Bonista
      January 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Ridi pagliaccio!

    • April 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      This comment is too funny…and tiresome too. There is no left or right, anymore. It’s about common decency and the rise of the independent political movement, outside both parties.

  6. 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!

    Thanks!

  7. 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.
    Thanks,
    Deek Crowley
    Wayne,Maine

    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:

    “HAVE YOU BEEN MISINFORMED BY THE MEDIA?
    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. )
    “DON’T BE SUCKERED BY SLICK TV ADS
    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.
    “DON’T WASTE YOUR VOTE
    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
    207-685-4284
    deekcr@roadrunner.com

  8. 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,
    Dogface.

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

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

  10. 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.

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

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

    • Stiv
      March 24, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Hardly “hard left”. Back to Fox News for you!

  12. 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.

    • December 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I’d like to add my 2-cents to your comment.

      Kennedy probably had more courage than the modern stable of so-called electable candidates. But several other dynamics have changed.

      If you’re familiar with Nancy Mayer’s book, “Dark Money,” you’d see that the establishment of right wing think tanks and their winding their way into major media and academia was a carefully planned form of stealth (by the 1%).

      Also, Bill Clinton’s deregulation of the media enabled the public’s airwaves to be swallowed up by 5 major broadcast corporations. And election time is better than Christmas when it comes to all those virtual cash registers ringing up over the cost of air-time to any would be serious political contender.

      Obama’s campaign cost him one billion big ones. And who funded him? The answer is FIRE–Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate. One billion means a good deal in terms of quid pro quo.

      Big Money vets the candidates and funds them so that once they are in powerful positions, these figures will be able to pay back their donors.

      So long as the system runs on money, those with the most of it will determine policy.

      Many people look for weaknesses in individual candidates. Given human imperfection, that approach will always prove partially fruitful. Many others view politics as another team sport… and their chief concern is proving which party is better or worse.

      Real power lies with the puppeteers and they largely determine who will head the various departments. What Trump is doing now is heading EVERY government agency with someone who hates government and just wants to free big business from all fetters so that it can go about raping the commons (and stealing the resources of the many to serve the few) under the guise (and mantra) of Free Enterprise or another adulteration of the meaning and virtue of the term “free.”

      Obama, like Holder, like the various stooges (Samantha Powers, Susan Rice, Kerry) who have shown fealty to the Deep State oligarchs serve their masters… not U.S. This Cancer has infected both major parties. Yet they’d rather write the nation’s death sentence than allow in the type of exposure that would enable a Sanders or Stein to win and thereby improve The Lot of The People.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

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

    https://www.facebook.com/antimaydan.english

    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.

      Sincerely

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

  16. 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).

  17. 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

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/filters/guests/11841
    https://www.facebook.com/FallonTonight

  18. 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

  19. October 30, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Robert, Once again you were right!

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

    By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    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.

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/us/in-cold-war-us-spy-agencies-used-1000-nazis.html?_r=2&referrer=

    and here is your 2010 article alleging protection and relocation for Nazi’s
    consortiumnews.com/2013/06/06/hitlers-shadow-reaches-toward-today/

  20. 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.

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

    Hi,

    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.

    References:

    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

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

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

    With regards,

    Nassy

    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’
    (Stretchers)

    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…’

  23. 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.

    • olde reb
      July 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      let’s be realistic. either term is used as a slam by different writers, just as Nazi is used as a slam.

  24. 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:
    http://www.show-the-house.com/id119.html
    With kind regards,
    Stephen M. St. John

  25. 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!

    Cheers,

    Robert

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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?
    https://atokenmanblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/while-you-werent-listening/

  30. 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.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3177385/The-second-life-Nazi-war-criminal-German-documentary-reveals-butcher-Lyon-Klaus-Barbie-fixer-drug-lords-went-run-South-America.html

  31. Al Mitchera
    October 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

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

  32. 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?
    TS

  33. 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:

    http://www.brighteningglance.org/slaughter-in-syria-war-crimes-charges-against-turkey-and-america.html

    http://www.brighteningglance.org/criminal-complaint-international-criminal-court-6-october-2014.html

  34. 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.

  35. 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?
    JohnPilger:
    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.

  36. 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!!!

  37. 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)

  38. 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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adkZipfMRWM

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

    Hi..Great work, keep it up, I recommend your site to as many people as possible. Anyway there’s a critically important and revolutionary development in video editing technology that has occurred that everyone should be aware of. Especially considering its potential for nefarious uses. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT. Please warn your readers if possible to help arm them against disinfo and propaganda. See link below covering technology.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKkuWX406q4&index=51&list=WL

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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?

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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”.

  49. 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.

  50. 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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1z1taw6yNw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLgkrQSRy9E

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynWHUmRzNBA

    Links to facts, here:
    http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts

    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.

    http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/human-and-nonhuman-rights-as-inextricably-intertwined-in-a-nutshell/#.V2_hUihD9FI

    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.’:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hmBKzYl8C0

    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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9ltThTYvms

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNROYryPo0A

    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:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/23/72279/

    http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-11-19/the-elephant-in-paris-the-military-and-greenhouse-gas-emissions

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/12/removing-war-from-global-warming.html

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

    http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/05/18/usda-partners-with-the-department-of-defense-to-fight-climate-change/

    —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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTi0_ZQtPTY

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

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/U.S._Government%27s_War_on_Animals

    Senator: Meatless Mondays have no place in military:

    http://www.wattagnet.com/blogs/27-animal-agribusiness-angle/post/27290-senator-meatless-mondays-have-no-place-in-military

    http://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/news_home/Regulatory/2016/06/Military_Meatless_Mondays_deba.aspx?ID=%7B783E19D6-8D00-4D1C-AD57-2061DDCF4702%7D&cck=1

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

    http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/

    http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/606852

    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/321601p.pdf

    https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22190.pdf

    How the US army shapes the way we eat:

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/07/31/427854425/cheetos-canned-foods-deli-meat-how-the-u-s-army-shapes-our-diet

    MREs:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_ration

    USDA program for veterans – Agribusiness Development Teams:

    http://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/publications/10-10.pdf

    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/09/0252.xml

    Military Animal Research and Testing:

    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/321601p.pdf

    http://www.mrmcmed.org/mar.html

    http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animals-used-experimentation-factsheets/military-war-animals/

    Definitions:

    Speciesism:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speciesism
    http://www.britannica.com/topic/speciesism

    Anthropocentrism:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocentrism

    Essentialism:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essentialism

    Social Conditioning:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_conditioning

    Moral Injury:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_injury
    http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/co-occurring/moral_injury_at_war.asp
    “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.”

    http://moralinjuryproject.syr.edu/about-moral-injury/
    “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:
    http://www.howdoigovegan.com
    http://www.vegankit.com/
    https://sites.google.com/site/eatingtheearth/

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

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

  52. LEE kent
    August 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Good call

  53. 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.

    Best,

    Phil Johnson

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.”

  58. 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.

  59. 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?

  60. 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.

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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…
    https://youtu.be/lu6TlmHnd4c

  64. December 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I just finished Mr. Parry’s long, detailed article on Gary Webb’s work and the ways that the mainstream media went to work deliberately discrediting him for daring to expose those unwelcome truths. This is but one of many cases that prove that the MSM is in no position to lecture writers, reporters, journalists, and open-minded citizens on the meaning of truth.

    With that being said, other more egregious examples of mass media complicity in dangerous lies told often include the story that led to the demolishing of Iraq with deadly blow-back still reverberating throughout the Middle East. I’m talking both about the Inside Job of 911 and the horrors being purposely linked–falsely–to Saddam Hussein to serve as rationale for initiating already planned wars against a number of (6) Middle East Nations. (Project For a New American Century’s playbook.)

    In today’s version of Democracy where corporations write the scripts that become mass media’s talking points when not “magically” translated into public policy, any researcher/reporter/scientist/doctor who dares to expose the genuine dangers attributable to too many vaccines poured into infants’ bodies quickly is granted pariah status. The film “Vaxxed’ intended to air at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival was banned and along with it, both The Story and the truth.

    Monsanto manages the same outcome as per its genetic monstrosities and how these products are publicly perceived.

    The media’s sound-byte milieu has too many assuming that once a story “passes out of The News Cycle” it ceases to hold importance. And so, little is said about the true state of the Pacific Ocean post-Fukushima; and little is said about the state of the Gulf of Mexico–post Maconda Drilling debacle; and major attempts at blacking out what just has taken place at Standing Rock (with Veterans for Peace standing in solidarity with Indigenous Tribal Peoples) remain underway.

    Between the taunt of “conspiracy theorist,” the Pentagon’s very own propaganda arms calling independent journalists’ material “fake news,” and too many reporters, environmental activists, and inconvenient truth tellers being gunned down (like hospitals in war zones), the drive to control the public’s perception of ALL NEWS all the time is operational. It’s no doubt one of the unpublished protocols of “Total Information Awareness.”

    When not spying on the public, inciting false flags, or generally worsening relations between people… the Deep State’s operators are now gunning for a TOTAL control of all “respected” narratives. And if they succeed in undermining the Internet’s open access channels, millions of people will consume the faux food for thought diet that is to truth what bio-tech “food” is to nutrition.

    These are times that test men’s and women’s souls… thus blessed are the truth tellers and peace makers.

    Thank you for your work.

  65. January 2, 2017 at 4:06 am

    SERIOUS SHAME: ACLU PLAYS PARTISAN ON FAKE NEWS TO JOIN IN ON THE FAKE NEWS HOAX

    The Executive Director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, emailed me December 22nd (I’m one of many millions of members) as “another” PLEASE DONATE email.

    I should add the ACLU spends “enormous” amount of time, energy and money soliciting funds (and renewals). Savvy people know a good percentage of funding that many non-profit-do-good organizations requests actually go to for-profit organizations that often do much of their solicitation work. Equally plenty the total goes to the often over-paid salaries of executives of these organizations, etc.; whereas some goes to pay for the solicitation of more donations.

    But more importantly ACLU pretends to be non-partisan. It lists its “activist issues” and they center squarely on Free Speech. The first claim on their website when you click on “About” says:

    For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

    And naturally their big issue for decades has been Free Speech (not so much the Second Amendment?). But why then does it seem that the ACLU is going to great lengths to push a very corrupt Hilary Clinton? This supposedly intelligent organization has seemingly taken everything the mainstream media has said about Trump (and all the many distortions and disinformation) and treated like godsend.

    Every ACLU email I received over the last several months suggests (actually blatantly states) Donald Trump would be far worse to human rights than Hilary Clinton.

    There is nothing about Wikileaks and the Project Veritas revelations, nothing about DCLeaks regarding George Soros, nothing about how the Clinton campaign stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, etc., and more importantly nothing about how the mainstream media has ignored so many serious issues as a way of censorship and fake news.

    NOW ACLU HAS INADEQUATELY RESPONDED TO THE “FAKE NEWS PROPAGANDA STORY” AS A BLIND MAN WITH KID GLOVES. It is total B.S.

    In Anthony Romero’s December 22nd Please Donate email he lists a few talking points—first listed:
    “Read our Senior Policy Analyst’s take on “fake news” and free speech, as well as an update on what Facebook is doing about it.” If you click on the link it goes to:

    Fixing Fake News By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project December 12, 2016 at:

    https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/fixing-fake-news?emsrc=Nat_Appeal_AutologinEnabled&emissue=year_end&emtype=cultivation&ms=eml_161222_YE_cultivation_union_mem

    To say the least Jay Stanley’s response is Egregious. HOW THE ACLU THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT DEFENDING THE UNDERDOG HAS SO PATHETICALLY BECOME SO PARTISAN AND SO NAÏVE ABOUT SUCH AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT and in such an important time on this critical issue!!

    So MANY supposedly progressive organizations have ignored or down-played this issue—and seemingly especially those gaining funding through George Soros? This would be an excellent test to see if in fact Soros is corrupting the politics of the United States in another matter. We need to examine “all” the many organizations Soros funds that relate to politics and civil rights, see: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237

    What is Robert Reich discussing? What does Amy Goodman and Democracy Now?

    Thank goodness there is a voice out there in the wilderness that has been deeply and trenchantly critical of the Clinton Campaign. See The Sane Progressive, Debbie Lusignan, and study “all” her past videos, check out now (she alone could wake up the left if people acknowledged her existence 5 Stars for the Sane Progressive as there are too few of them *****):

    https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrSbmcm62lYvrkAXQ9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE0MjZoaTl1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjI3ODJfMQRzZWMDcGl2cw–?p=sane+progressive+No%2C+Russia+Did+Not+Hack+Grid.+Republican%2FDemocrats+Reveal+the+GAME+with+Latest+Lie&fr=tightropetb&fr2=piv-web#id=1&vid=1a0a32a80e3ed986eefe7b6d86dd25fd&action=view

    And

    https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=A2KIo9XH62lYZXcAM437w8QF?fr=tightropetb&p=The+Sane+Progressive&vage=week#id=3&vid=026dc4bb033ee402eb055ca693667bea&action=view

    I have decided to print the Stanley statement on Fixing Fake News to show the great level of ignorance, hypocrisy and collusion (and you need to read deep into the memo to really get the real gist (as many would not bother) before you get the gist of the distortion and lies being supported by the ACLU).

    I am sorry this response by Stanley is somewhat boring, overly-long, haphazard and pedantic (I think it is on purpose). It is a bit of a chore to read (but hopefully my commentary spices it up a bit by dealing with real issues). I cannot make his statement and my response to what he attends the most exciting in the world—but the fact that this is what the head of the ACLU is pointing to as their current position on FAKE NEWS IN RELATION TO THE REAL ISSUE OF FREE SPEECH AND IT SPEAKS MOUNTAINS. Try to understand what it means for an organization of many HUNDREDS OF lawyers to be put to sleep with this blather and bullshit. This should b alarming. Time to wake up the world of lawyering:

    MY RESPONSE IS IN CAPITAL LETTERS INTERJECTED BETWEEN THE NORMAL PRINT OF PROSE (because many contact us websites do not take colors variations and so I have no other way to distinguish one voice from another).

    Feel free to read and share as you will find it scary in its implications (because the American Civil Liberties Union is ESPECIALLY supposed to be about free speech). It is interesting to witness how this sophistic argument devolves into a low ball style of partisan dishonesty equal to much of the left. Here then is presented the ACLU joke response to fake news:

    Fixing Fake News By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

    [NOTE: THAT CAPITALIZATION IS RESPONSE TO STANLEY ARTICLE.]

    There has been a lot of {DISTORTION} discussion lately about “fake news,” which appears to have circulated with fierce velocity on social media throughout this past election season {BUT MOSTLY AFTER THE 33RD DNC DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE ATTEMPT TO ILLEGALLY STEAL THE ELECTION BY DECLARING RUSSIAN DID IT}. This has prompted calls for the likes of Facebook and Google to fix the problem.

    {FROM THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA MSM AND OTHER PLAYERS OF THE GLOBALIST POWER STRUCTURE (OF WHICH SEVERAL PLAYERS IN THE CIA ARE INCLUDED.}

    What are we to think of this from a free speech and civil liberties perspective?

    {FIRST YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND A MORE SOPHISTICATED ANALYSIS OF HOW MUCH DECEIT HAS BEEN GENERATED BY THE MSM AND THE POLWER ELITE BEFORE YOU ASK SUCH A NAIVELY WORDED QUESTION WITH ALMOST NO EXPLANATION OF THE REAL AND DEEP PROBLEM OF ALTERNATIVE WEBSITES EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION OF THE ELITIST ENTERPRISE.}

    With Facebook, which has been a particular subject of calls for reform, there are actually two issues that should be thought about separately. The first involves Facebook’s “Trending News” section, which was the subject of a flap earlier this year when it emerged that it was actually edited by humans, rather than being generated by a dumb algorithm that simply counted up clicks. A former employee alleged that the human curators were biased against conservative material. In the wake of that controversy, Facebook took the humans out of the loop, making the “Trending News” more of a simple mirror held up to the Facebook user base showing them what is popular.

    {WHAT GOBBLEDYGOOD HORSE MANICURE IS THIS SUPPOSED TO SIGNIFY? THIS AUTHOR THROWS AROUND ABSTRACT WORDS AND PHRASES LIKE “HUMAN CURATORS” AND ‘DUMB ALGORITHMS” AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO AVER TO HE-SAID-SHE-SAID BALONEY?}

    {GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT—THIS CENSORSHIP IS ABOUT CENSORING MEANING OF CERTAIN IDEAS AND POINTS OF VIEW—NOT ABOUT CLICKS AND MATHEMATICAL HOCUS POCUS. THE IDEA THERE IS SOME OBJECTIVE, ELECTRONIC, AND ROBOTIC CENSORING HAPPENING IS BAT-DROPPINGS. BESIDES COMPUTER PROGRAMMING IS ULTIMATELY CREATED BY HUMANS BE THEY CURATORS OR NOT. CURATORS TAKE CARE OF MUSEUSMS AND ARCHIVISTS ARCHIVE (AND EQUALLY DO NOT SET OUT TO CENSOR). GET YOUR SO-CALLED LITERAY SEMANTIC STRAIGHT!}

    As I said in a blog post at the time, I’m ambivalent about this part of the fake news controversy.

    {NO IT IS WORSE: YOU ARE UNCONSCIOUS TO THE REAL AND DEEP ISSUES. YOU ARE NAÏVE.}

    On the one hand, it can be valuable and interesting to see what pieces are gaining circulation on Facebook, independent of their merit. On the other hand, Facebook certainly has the right, acting like any publisher, to view the term “trending” loosely and publish a curated list of interesting material from among those that are proving popular at a given time.

    {ONE HUGE PROBLEM WITH YOUR ANALYSIS IS THAT YOU FAIL TO MENTION THAT THIS FAKE NEWS PROPAGANDA BLITZ EVOLVED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PRTY TRYING TO USE RUSSIA AS A RED HERRING AND THEN CERTAIN SHADY “LISTS” OF SPECIFIC WEBSITES BEING “LISTED” AS PURVERORS OF FAKE NEWS (ACTUALLY REAL NEWS) FROM NO LESS THAN THE WASHINGTON POST. YOU OBVIOUSLY ARE (OR PRETEND TO BE) UNFAMILIAR WITH THE SO-CALLED FAKE NEWS SOURCES? FACEBOOK CAM INTO THIS ISSUE OF LATE AS AFTERMATH.}

    {YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE THE PULSE OF THE STORY!!! SEE VIDEO SEQUENCE (STARTING AT: 2:14:00) FROM INFOWARS WITH JOHN RAPPOPORT FROM NOMOREFAKENEWS.COM AS HE GIVES ONE OF THE MANY REAL NEWS EXPLANATIONS ABOUT THIS POLITICAL SITUATION (THAT ANY COMPTENT PERSON COULD FIND ON THE INTERNET): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ab2pfPVlXM

    One advantage of their doing so is that crazy stuff won’t get amplified further through the validation of being declared “News” by Facebook.

    {THE ISSUE IS NOT ABOUT ‘CRAZY STUFF’ RATHER IT IS ABOUT THEDELIBERATE DECEIT (DISINFORMATION) COMING FROM THE MSM. CRAZY IS A LAYPERSON TERM OF SUBJECTIVITY. THE WORD ‘SANITY’ COMES TO US FROM LATIN ‘SANUS’ MEANING ‘SOUND’; AND MUCH OF WHAT IS WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ON MANY OF THE “LISTED” FAKE NEWS SIGHTS IS COMPRISED OF SOUND ARGUMENTS.}

    A result of the decision to take human editors out of the loop is that a number of demonstrably false news items have subsequently appeared in the “Trending News” list. {FAKE BECAUSE THIS IS A LOW-LEVEL SIDE ISSUE.}

    But Facebook plays a separate, far more significant function than their role as publisher of Trending News: it serves as the medium for a peer-to-peer communications network. I can roam anywhere on the Internet, get excited by some piece of material, brilliant or bogus, and post it on Facebook for my Friends to see. If some of them like it, they can in turn post it for their Friends to see.

    The question is, do we want Facebook in its role as administrator of this peer-to-peer communications network to police the veracity of the material that users send each other? If I don’t post something stupid on Facebook, I can telephone my friends to tell them about it, or text them the link, or tell them about it in a bar. Nobody is going to do anything to stop the spread of fake news through those channels.

    {THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT ONE CAN ‘TECHNICALLY’ DEFINE FASCIST-BOOK (ONE OF THE REAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM IS THAT IT SEEKS TO CENSOR IDEAS) BE IT PEER-TO-PEER OR SMEAR-TO-SMEAR.}

    {THIS IS ABOUT MAGNITUDE OF AUDIENCE AND THE SURVIVAL OFSMALL MEDIA VERSUS AHEGELY CORRUPT MAINSTREAM MEDIA MADE OF MOSTLY SIX CORPORATIONS. INFORMAL NORMS HAVE ALWAYS EXISTED TO SHUN, ARGUE, VENT, TO COMPLAIN, ETC. THESE NORMS WILL CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE.}

    {ACLU PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK NORMAL PEOPLE ARE TOO NAÏVE TOTHINK FOR THEMSELVES AND MUST HAVE DESIGNATED “AUTHORITY” FIGURES BE THEIR MASTERS—KIND OF STRANGE GIVEN ALL THECORRUPTION FROM THE AUTHORITY PEOPLE?}

    Facebook doesn’t want to get into that business,

    {HOW DOES JAY STANLEYKNOW WHAT FAKEBOOK (OR ANY SLIVER OF THAT HUGE OUTFIT) WANTS—SIMPLY BECAUSE HE CHOOSES TO BELIEVE SOMETHIG?}

    … and I don’t think we want them to, either. Imagine the morass it would create.

    {THEN WHY DID THEY JUMP INTO THE FRAY? WHY IS ZUCKERBERG MEETING WITH THE CHINESE AND SO OFTEN (IF NOT ABOUT CENSORSHIP)?}

    There will be easy, clear cases, such as a piece telling someone to drink Drano to lose weight, which is not only obviously false but also dangerous. But there would also be a thicket of hard-to-call cases. Is acupuncture effective? Are low-carb diets “fake”? Is barefoot running good for you? These are examples of questions where an established medical consensus may have once been confidently dismissive, but which now are, at a minimum, clouded with controversy.

    {THERE IS SCIENCE THAT CAN OFTEN BE ARGUED ON FACTS AND CAN SEEM MORE OR LESS BLACK AND WHITE AND THEN THERE IS POLITICS THAT IS OFTEN BASED ON 150 SHADES OF GREY AND MANY FORMS OF DECEIT INHERENT. POLITICS AND NEWS IS ESPECIALLY FRAUGHT WITH SHADY OPINION AND LIES. AND THIS IS WHAT THIS DEBATE ABOUT FAKE NEWS IS REALLY ABOUT. IT IS NOT ABOUT DRINKING DRANO AND NOT RUNNING BAREFOOT. JAY STANLEY IS NOT EVEN PUTTING HIS TOES IN THE POOL HERE. HE IS COMPLETELY ACTING LIKE A NAÏVE FOOL WHO HAS NO AWARENESS THAT FAKE NEWS HAS BEEN A DOMINANT FORCE IN AMERICAN NEWS REPORTING BEFORE THE INTERNET EVEN EXISTED. AMATEUR WOULD BE A KIND WAY TO SAY IT.}

    How is Facebook to evaluate materials making various claims in such areas, inevitably made with highly varying degrees of nuance and care—let alone politically loaded claims about various officeholders? Like all mass censorship, it would inevitably lead the company into a morass of inconsistent and often silly decisions and troubling exercises of power.

    {MIRRIAM-WEBSTER SHOWS SYNONYMS OF THE WORD CHOICE OF ‘SILLY’ TO BE: BIRDBRAINED, DITZY (OR DITSY), DIZZY, FEATHERBRAINED, FLIGHTY, FRIVOLOUS, FROTHY, FUTILE, GOOFY, HAREBRAINED, LIGHT-HEADED, LIGHT-MINDED, PUERILE, SCATTERBRAINED, GIDDY, YEASTY.

    THE REAL DISCUSSION HERE IS ABOUT THE WORD “DECEIT” AND SYNONYMS LIKE: ARTIFICE, CHEATING, COZENAGE, CRAFT, CRAFTINESS, CROOKEDNESS, CROOKERY, CUNNING, CUNNINGNESS, DECEITFULNESS, DECEPTION, DECEPTIVENESS, DISHONESTY, DISSEMBLING, DISSIMULATION, DOUBLE-DEALING, DUPERY, DUPLICITY, FAKERY, FOXINESS, FRAUD, GUILE, GUILEFULNESS.

    THESE ARE TWO DIFFERENT BALLPARK DISCUSSIONS THAT GO WAY BEYOND CONNOTATION, NUANCE OR VARIATION IN OPINION.}

    It might sound easy to get rid of “fake news,” but each case will be a specific, individual judgment call, and often, a difficult one.

    {EVERY SINGLE SOURCE OF FACT OR OPINION HAS BOTH GRADATIONS OF TRUTH AND GRADATION OF FALSEHOOD. OFTEN FALSEHOODS OR DELIBERATE LIES BATTLE FALSEHOODS OR DELIBERATE LIES. ONE CAN GET A REASONABLY LEARNED PERSPECTIVE BY STUDYING A WIDE RANGE OF CONFLICTING VIEWS—WHICH MEANS MORE VARIETY OF INPUT AND OPINION (ESPECIALLY THE LESS KNOWN AND MORE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBING OPINION AS ALLOWED AS A COMMON GOOD). THINGS POLITICAL OR SELDOM BLACK OR WHITE SAVE THE MOST DOGMATIC SAYING SO.}

    The algorithm

    It is true that in some ways Facebook already interposes itself between users and their Friends—that unlike, say, the telephone system, it does not serve as a neutral medium for ideas and communications. If Facebook got out of the way and let every single posting and comment from every one of your Friends flow through your newsfeed, you would quickly be overwhelmed.

    {FACEBOOK IS ALREADY GETTING OUT OF THE WAY BY INVITING COMPETITION FOR ITS NICHE.}

    So they use “The Algorithm” to try to assess what they think you’ll be most interested in, and place that in your feed. The company says this algorithm tries to assess content for whether it’s substantive, whether you’ll find it relevant to you personally based on your interests, and also how interested you are in the Friend who posted it, based on how often you click on their stuff (Facebook actually assigns you numbers for each of your Friends, a “stalking score” that indicates how interested you seem to be in each of them).

    {SOUNDS LIKE FAKEBOOK IS PLAYING GOD? WHICH GOD WILL DECIDE WHAT IS SUBSTANTIVE (A BOOK ON PHILOSOPHY BY ITSELF)? THIS IS NOT ABOUT FACEBOOK. THIS IS ABOUT ALL MAJOR INTERNET COMPANIES AND THE UNITED NATIONS CONTROLLING THE INTERNET. THIS IS ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE OLD MAINSTREAM MEDIA CREATING A POLITICAL BOMBSHELL IN ORDER TO PUT PRESSURE ON TECH COMPANIES TO CONTROL AND SUPPRESS THE FLOW OF IDEAS AND ARGUMENTS, AND IT IS ABOUT POLITICIANS CREATING LAWS TO FURTHER CREATE A MINISTRY OF TRUTH. HOW CAN AN ORGANIZATION CALLED THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION BE SO SEEMINGLY LAME OR STUPID?}

    Facebook provides some details on how its algorithm works in its “News Feed FYI” blog. Some of those mechanisms already arguably constitute censorship of a sort. For example, the company heavily downgrades items with headlines that it judges to be “clickbaity,” based on a Bayesian algorithm (similar to those used to identify spam) trained on a body of such headlines. That means that if you write a story with a headline that fits that pattern, it is unlikely to be seen by many Facebook users because the company will hide it. Since January 2015 Facebook has also heavily downgraded stories that Facebook suspects are “hoaxes,” based on their being flagged as such by users and frequently deleted by posters. (That would presumably cover something like the Drano example.)

    {OBVIOUSLY WHEN MILLIONS OF VOICES ARE IN PLAY THERE CAN BE INFORMATION CHAOS AND INFORMATION CORRUPTION WHEN THERE ARE FEW GATEKEEPERS PAYING ATTENTION IN A WORLD THAT CAN HAVE REAL DANGERS. LIBRARIANS DO NOT LECTURE PEOPLE ON WHAT THEY SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT THINK ABOUT. STILL THERE IS A TRADITION OF PUBLISHING INSTITUTIONS PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF COMPETING BOOKS, MAGAZINES, AND FORMS OF PUBLICATIONS THAT HAVE SOME HISTORY, AND SOME REVIEW. BUT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS A DIFFERENT ANIMAL OF BEING TRUSTWORTHINESS. IT IS NOT THE COMMON PERSON’S FAULT THAT LESS THAN 10% OF THE PUBLIC GIVES AN APPROVAL RATING TO EITHER THE CONGRESS OR THE MEDIA. THE REAL NEWS FROM WIKILEAKS IS THAT THE MSM COLLUDED WITH THE HILARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN (UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL). AMERICANS AT THIS TIME HAVE NO AUTHORITY FIGURES THEY CAN TRUST—THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO BE MORE RESOURCEFUL FOR THEMSELVES (A POSITIVE REALTIY).}

    Most of this interference with the neutral flow of information among Friends is aimed at making Facebook more fun and entertaining for its users.

    {SO ACLU HONCHO ROMERO IS FOBBING OFF THIS SINGLE ANGLE ABOUT FAKEBOOK AS IF THEIR RESPONSE TO THE ENTIRE FAKE NEWS BLITZ? SOUNDS KIND OF FAKE FROM AN ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPOSEDLY IS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS?}

    Though I’m uncomfortable with the power they have, I don’t have any specific reason to doubt that their algorithm is currently oriented toward that stated goal, especially since it aligns with the company’s commercial incentives as an advertiser.

    {AS IF THIS WERE MERELY ABOUT SOME MERE COMPANY ISSUE. WHY IS ZUCKERBERG MEETING WITH BENJAMIN NETANYAHU IN ISRAEL GIVEN ISRAEL IS SO INTERESTED IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND SPYING ON THE U.S.? IS FACEBOOK MERELY AN AVERAGE COMPANY HAVING AVERAGE COMPANY ISSUES? NO. FACEBOOK IS A HEGEMON.}

    There are of course very real and serious questions about how Facebook’s algorithmic pursuit of “fun” for its users contributes to the Filter Bubble, in which we tend to see only material that confirms our existing views.

    {DO WE NEED TO STUDY THE SYNONYMS OF THE WORD ‘FUN’? ARE YOUNG PEOPLE MOSTLY CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING FUN OR COULD THE YOUNG (WHO HAVE INHERITED SUCH A MESSED UP SOCIETY AND WORLD) ACTUALLY BE INTERESTED IN REAL WORLD AFFAIRS? DOES THIS ARGUMENT NOW DEVOLVE INTO IRRELEVANCE?}

    The difference between art and commerce has been defined as the difference between that which expands our horizons by getting us out of our comfort zone—i.e. by making us uncomfortable—and that which lets us stay complacently where we already are with pleasing and soothing confirmations of our existing views. In that, Facebook’s News feed is definitely commerce, not art. It does not pay to challenge people and make them uncomfortable.

    {THE ACLU IS NOW GETTING ACADEMIC WITH ART AND COMMERCE? HERE IS MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY OF THE WORD FAKE: DEFINITION OF FAKE
    1. : ONE THAT IS NOT WHAT IT PURPORTS TO BE: AS A : A WORTHLESS IMITATION PASSED OFF AS GENUINE B : IMPOSTOR, CHARLATAN C : A SIMULATED MOVEMENT IN A SPORTS CONTEST (AS A PRETENDED KICK, PASS, OR JUMP OR A QUICK MOVEMENT IN ONE DIRECTION BEFORE GOING IN ANOTHER) DESIGNED TO DECEIVE AN OPPONENT D : A DEVICE OR APPARATUS USED BY A MAGICIAN TO ACHIEVE THE ILLUSION OF MAGIC IN A TRICK}

    But for Facebook to assume the burden of trying to solve a larger societal problem of fake news by tweaking these algorithms would likely just make the situation worse. To its current role as commercially motivated curator of things-that-will-please-its-users would be added a new role: guardian of the social good.

    THIS ACLU ADVOCATE GUY MUST BE SOME GRADUATE OF AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE? SNEER.}

    And that would be based on who-knows-what judgment of what that good might be at a given time. If the company had been around in the 1950s and 1960s, for example, how would it have handled information about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, gay rights, and women’s rights? A lot of material that is now seen as vital to social progress would then have been widely seen as beyond the pale.

    {A LOT OF STUFF SEEN AS VITAL TODAY FROM THE SO-CALLED LEFT IS BEYOND THE PALE (MOSTLY DEBUNKED BY OTHERS ELSEWHERE). OH THE PAST WAS SO NAÏVE TO THE CURRENT AGE OF SOCIAL RIGHTEOUS WARRIOR LIKE LEFT-WINGERS SCREAMING THEIR HATRED ABOUT THE HATRED ON THE RIGHT.}

    The company already has a frightening amount of power, and this would increase it dangerously. We wouldn’t want the government doing this kind of censorship—that would almost certainly be unconstitutional—and many of the reasons that would be a bad idea would also apply to Facebook, which is the government of its own vast realm.

    {WHY DOES THIS SOUND LIKE SOME PATRONIZING CYNIC IN A CLOUD OF MEDIOCRITY WHO ACTS AS IF HE HAS NO IDEA OF CURRENT CORRUPTION BY THE STATUS QUO AND NO MENTION OF AN ALREADY EVOLVED POLICE STATE?}

    For one thing, once Facebook builds a giant apparatus for this kind of constant truth evaluation, we can’t know in what direction it may be turned. What would Donald Trump’s definition of “fake news” be?

    {ANY HIRED FAT MAN DRESSED AS SANTA CLAUS IN A SHOPPING MALL COULD ARGUE BETTER THAN THIS LAWYER-BASED ACLU SWITCHING TO TRUMP RATHER THAN DEALING WITH NON-PARTISAN REALITIES HEAD-ON. SANTA CLAUS DOES NOT MAKE 120 DOLLARS AN HOUR LIKE LAWYERS.}

    Social Media Helps Police Spy On Activists Act now

    The ACLU’s ideal is that a forum for free expression that is as central to our national political conversations as Facebook has become would not feature any kind of censorship or other interference with the neutral flow of information. {THERE ARE LAWS ALREADY. THIS IS NOT ANARCHISM TO SPEAK REAL TRUTH IN A WORLD OF CORRUPTION.}

    It {PRONOUN} already does engage in such interference in response to its commercial interest in tamping down the uglier sides of free speech {NOT ESPECIALLY CLEAR} , but to give Facebook the role of national Guardian of Truth would exponentially increase the pitfalls that approach brings.

    The company does not need to interfere more heavily in Americans’ communications. {THIS IS ALL SO NEBULOUS ISN’T IT?} We would like to see Facebook go in the other direction, becoming more transparent about the operation of its algorithms to ordinary users, and giving them an ever-greater degree of control over how that algorithm works.

    {WE (WE OF THE TRUTH COMMUNITY) WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL TECH COMPANIES TELL THE GLOBALISTS TO FACE REALITY—THEY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BLATANTLY WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN COLLUDING WITH THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICAL COUPLE IN AMERICAN HISTORY (AS WELL AS GIVING COVER FOR AN ELABORATELY CORRUPT POLITICAL CULTURE). TELL THE MSM AND THE STATUS QUO TO EAT CROW. LIVE AND LET LIVE.}

    The real problem

    {OH YEAH YOU ARE FINALLY GOING TO ADDRESS A REAL PROBLEM???????}

    At the end of the day, fake news is not a symptom of a problem with our social-communications sites, but a societal problem. Facebook and other sites are just the medium.

    {TRUE AND FALSE: FAKEBOOK COULD BE MOSTLY A MEDIUM (SAME WORD AS MEDIA). BUT MEDIA IS ULTIMATELY CONTROLLED BY LAWS, PRACTICES AND PERSONS. IT WAS NOT THE ACLU THAT WOKE UP THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO THE SNOWDEN LEAKS. NOT MUCH SO FAR IN THE RESPONSE HAS THERE BEEN MENTION OF JULIAN ASSANGE OR WIKILEAKS? THIS TOO SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM?}

    Writing in the New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann looks beyond information regulation by Facebook to another possible solution to the fake news problem: creating and bolstering public media like the BBC and NPR. But whatever the merits of public media may be, the problem today is not that there aren’t good news outlets; the problem is that there is a large group of Americans who don’t believe what those outlets say, and have aggressively embraced an alternate, self-contained set of facts and sources of facts. This is not a problem that can be fixed either by Mark Zuckerberg or by turning PBS into another BBC.

    {THE ALTERNATIVE IS NOT SELF-CONTAINED (IT IS COMPRISED OF POTENTIALLY MILLIONS OF DIVERSE SOURCES). THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS VERY MUCH SELF-CONTAINED. AND THIS IS THE REAL PROBLEM.}

    There are two general (albeit overlapping) problems here. The first is simply that there are a lot of credulous people out there who create a marketplace for mercenary creators of fake news, which can be about any topic. The timeless problem of gullible people has been exacerbated by the explosion of news sources and people’s inability to evaluate their credibility.

    {BY NOW WE REALIZE THAT THIS ACLU SPOKESPERSON HAS DECIDED TO PLAY GULLIBLE AND SELL WHAT AMOUNTS TO AS DETRITUS FOR WORTHY ARGUMENT. THIS ORGANIZATION THAT CLAIMS TO REPRESENT LAWYERS HAS BECOME AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR THE IDEA OF PUTTING FORTH AN ARGUMENT. THEY “TALK DOWN” TO DONORS AND THE SUPPOSED GULLIBLE? IF YOU KNOW THE WORD ‘MERCENARY’ THEN YOU ARE OF THE ELITIST CLASS.}

    For much of the 20th century, most people got most of their news from three television networks and a hometown newspaper or two. If a guy was handing out a leaflet on a street corner, people knew to question its value. If he was working for their union or for the Red Cross, they might trust him. If he was a random Macedonian teenager, they might not. The wonderful and generally healthy explosion of information sources made possible by the Internet has a downside, which is that it has collapsed the distinctions between established newspapers and the online equivalent of people handing out material on street corners. The physical cues that signal to people whether or not to trust pamphleteers in the park are diminished, and many people have not yet learned to read them.

    {ARE WE GOING TO GET A WHOLE CLASS ON SOCIOLOGY BECAUSE A GOOD ARGUMENT DOESN’T NEED TO RAMBLE ON CLICHÉS.}

    We can hope that someday the entire population {OF POST GRADUATE LAWYERS} will be well-educated enough to discriminate between legitimate and bogus sources online—or at least adapt and learn to be more discriminating online as it’s natural to be off. But until that day arrives, gullibility will always be a problem.

    {SYNONYMS TO THE WORD ‘GULLIBLE’: DEWY-EYED, EXPLOITABLE, EASY (ALSO GULLABLE), NAIVE (OR NAÏVE), SUSCEPTIBLE, TRUSTING, UNWARY, WIDE-EYED.}

    The second problem is the existence of a specific political movement that rejects the “mainstream media” in favor of a group of ideological news outlets like Breitbart and Infowars—a movement of politically motivated people who eagerly swallow not just opinions but also facts that confirm their views and attitudes and aggressively reject anything that challenges those views.

    {SUDDENLY WE DISCOVER “IDEOLOGICAL NEWS OUTLETS”? THIS AUTHOR WAITS THIS LONG IN THIS MEDIOCRE NARRATIVE TO SHOW HIS CARDS. (BY NOW ALMOST NO ONE THAT STARTED READING THIS ATTEMPT AT PERSUASION HAS BOTHERED TO GO THIS FAR). FINALLY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PART OF THE FACEBOOK PAGE COMPANY ARE BEING ADDRESSED?}

    Left and right have always picked and chosen from among established facts to some extent, and constructed alternate narratives to explain the same facts. But what is new is a large number of Americans who have rejected the heretofore commonly accepted sources of the facts that those narratives are built out of.

    {YES THAT IS CORRECT—YOU HAVE STATED SOMETHING TRUE BUT OBVIOUS.}

    The defense mechanisms against intellectual challenge by those living in this world are robust.

    {A PROPHET PARTING HE SEAS.}

    I have encountered this in my own social media debates when I try to correct factual errors. When I point posters to a news article in a source like the New York Times or Washington Post, {SPECIFIC NEWSPAPERS ARE FINALLY MENTIONED (THOSE THAT ARE SO HEAVILY GUILTY OF DISINFORMATION} I am told that those “liberal mainstream media sources” can’t be trusted. While these sources certainly make mistakes, and like everyone are inevitably subject to all kinds of systemic biases in what they choose to publish and how they tell stories, they are guided by long-evolved professional and reputational standards and do not regularly get major facts wrong without being called to task.

    {THE REAL NEWS IS THE ALLEDGED FAKE NEWS PEOPLE, THE GOOD ONES, TOO OCCASIONALLY MAKES MISTAKES AS DO ALL MERE MORTALS, BUT THEY STILL MOSTLY ABIDE STRICT STANDARDS.}

    When I point people to the highly reputable fact-checking site Snopes, I am told that it is “funded by George Soros,” and for that reason can apparently be dismissed. (This is itself a false fact; Snopes says it is entirely self-funded through advertising revenues.)

    {WHY IS THE ACLU ARGUING FOR SNOPES WHEN OVER HALF THE DRAWN OUT DIATRIBE WAS ABOUT FACEBOOK? WHY IS ACLU EVEN ATTEMPTING TO LABEL CERTAIN SOURCES AS EITHER WORTHY OR NOT WORTHY?}

    This phenomenon has been dubbed “epistemic closure.” {SAY WHAT??} While originally a charge levied at intellectuals at Washington think tanks, it is an apt term for everyday readers of Breitbart and its ilk who close themselves off from alternate sources of information.

    {NEUTRALITY REIGNS AT THE ACLU? I THINK I WILL CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP.}

    This is not a problem that can be fixed by Facebook; it is a social problem that exists at the current moment in our history. The problems with bogus material on Facebook and elsewhere (and their as-yet-undetermined role in the 2016 election) merely reflect these larger societal ills. Attempting to program those channels to somehow make judgments about and filter out certain material is the wrong approach.

    {THE PROBLEM IS THAT I GOT THIS NOT THROUGH FASCIST BOOK (THANKS LISA HAVEN FOR THAT GREAT REWORD) BUT THROUGH AN EMAIL OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT WASTES TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS (SEEMINGLY) IN SOLICITING FOR MORE DONATIONS FROM PEOPLE THEY TAKE FOR GRANTED (LIKE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS DONE).}

    Note: I participated in a panel discussion on this issue at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Tuesday, which can be seen here. {NO THANKS}

    {ANONYMOUS}

  66. JohnMMorgan
    January 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    In this time of post-election hysteria, your site has risen to the top of my list for your superb combination of progressive principles, non-partisan high journalistic standards and willingness to challenge the establishment propaganda.

    If you ever felt able to add a podcast to your offerings I would love to put it on our local LPFM community radio. But don’t over stretch your resources, what you are doing now is vitally important!

  67. a1maz
    January 19, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Hello,

    I made a small donation in late December last year but have not received any confirmation of receipt. Who should I contact to confirm?

    Thanks

  68. Anon
    January 30, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Superb–and highly unsettling–interview with Doublas Valentine, author of the “The CIA As Organized Crime.”

    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1248-douglas-valentine-on-the-resurrection-of-the-phoenix-program/

  69. Anon
    January 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Doublas should be Douglas Valentine–sorry.

  70. Robert Rennebohm
    February 7, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I would like to submit an essay for possible publication on Consortium news. How do I submit?

    RR

  71. February 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Robert Parry, I want to thank you for the great job you are doing and also want to encourage you to continue without being disheartened, thinking you are not reaching enough people. It’s not always the numbers, that count. I believe, the Zeitgeist is actually very much influenced by very few people. And I think, you may be one of them.
    I’m not rich, but I would like to contribute a little to your excellent work.
    I’m not sure, actually how to do that from here (Germany) – I have a Mastercard Gold – but I think I would need a IBAN Nr. to send you any money.
    I have a lot of relatives in Australia and it is complicated and costly to send money there.
    Also, I would ask you to always put a date to every article you publish, so I can see at a glance – what relevance it has to my interest.

  72. Steve Dowdy
    February 10, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Robert, why haven’t we seen you on Democracy Now, or Thom Hartmann or, Bill Maher lately.

  73. Martin
    February 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Please drop me from your mailing list.

    This is the first time you’ve emailed me. I don’t how you got me email address.

    While I’ll grant nothing in this life is perfect, Trump is as close to it in politics as I’ve experienced.

    I don’t like your coverage of the Trump Presidency. I see parts of your coverage of the President as fake news.

    Why don’t you have an “Unsubscribe” button? This lack of professionalism is another reason to unsubscribe.

    Thank you!

  74. Martin
    February 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Please drop me from your mailing list.

    This is the first time you’ve emailed me. I don’t how you got me email address.

    While I’ll grant nothing in this life is perfect, Trump is as close to it in politics as I’ve experienced.

    I don’t like your coverage of the Trump Presidency. I see parts of your coverage of the President as fake news.

    Why don’t you have an “Unsubscribe” button? This lack of professionalism is another reason to unsubscribe.

    Thank you!

  75. Elizabeth Milanovich
    February 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Mr. Parry, your well thought out commentaries are much appreciated. May they continue, because the truth is being stifled, and that is very, very bad.

  76. February 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    As author and publisher of a line of Iowa Heritage books, pirated out of business because Iowa judges were granted sovereign power and need not consider evidence but may rule for their friends. As author turned publisher thanks to my second publisher Wallace Homestead of Des Moines, I had created a viable and expanding publishing business until the seventh printer I hired went pirate and declared all my books his as The Sutherland Publishing Company which before January 1984 had only been publisher of the Montezuma Republican with a small two plate printing press on the side. They printed three books for Iowa Heritage then declared every book I had done for the last ten years was now a Sutherland Publishing Company book–the word against my documents of proof they won all the way thru the Iowa Supreme Court despite being identified as major drug traffickers–by Montezuma business man and the then Chief of Police of Grinnell, Iowa who simply said: “They’re CIA I can’t touch them. FBI Agents Richard Heft and Bill Langdon stated: “You’re right they have know drug connections, but sorry we can’t help you with you book piracy problem. Using local law enforcement who had to remain anonymous or be killed I eventually made contact with the Nebraska Legislature and what was called “The Franklin Investigation” I have just spent over 26 years trying to free the slaves in this country. Children who are being raped, tortured, prostitute and murdered. In 1991 I switched to film after broadsides and newspapers I published had no effect, I did “The Siege Against the Farmer” interviewing three farmers who were being taken down by the totally corrupt legal judicial system of Iowa. I went on to interview the Gosch family about the kidnapping of their son Johnny and eventually wrote the book “Why Johnny Can’t Come Home” for Noreen Gosch but in 1992 I did “America’s MIA Children” Missing in America, murdered in America. My young college film maker editor went on to work as a Television producer and recently brought out of the vault unseen before raw footage. Lost Documentary # Pizzagate was placed on You Tube Jan 4, 7 and by the time I found it on the 15 Jan it had over 20,000 viewers it is now on at least 36 websites and reaching 100,000 viewers while in Billings, Mt the library refuses to show my award winning film “Zielinski” by Chase Thompson and Ryan Walker” and the reporter for the Billings Gazette calls the film “laughable” echoing an early letter from Dennis Reyson then Executive Editor of the Des Moines Register. Anyone who examined the court records where I sue Sutherland Printing Company for misappropriation of my business name would have seen the irregularity of dismiss all forms of evidence to accept the word of your friends. Based on work with those who have tried to free the MIAs left in ASIA I have described what is happening to missing and murdered American children as America’s MIA Children–more have been murdered or disappeared in the last 30 years than all the American soldiers who have died in all the wars from the Revolutionary War to the present. All media I have met have claimed they are too dumb to look the information up.

  77. JohnMMorgan
    February 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    My complaint, sent yesterday, about technical problems with your website may be limited to the Apple Safari browser. I have had no problems with Firefox.

  78. Roberta Sconemann
    February 24, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    What is your policy regarding reprinting? I edit a free monthly newspaper in Lafayette, Indiana, all-volunteer staff, ~3000 circulation. Would permission be granted for publishing a Consortium article with appropriate attribution?

  79. olde reb
    February 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    is the following of interest ?
    *******************
    CIA: ULTIMATE MAFIOSI ???
    (updated)

    Rarely, if ever, is it possible for a non-fiction writer to present a scenario of bloodcurdling brutality by homicidal maniacs inflicting wonted killing and torture for population subjection; of mass annihilation of entire communities to further economic greed; while relying upon braggadocio interviews from participating actors; and presented in a style that would make aficionados of Edger Allen Poe turn green with envy.

    But Douglas Valentine has done it.

    With an unprecedented opportunity to interview agents of the CIA and not be restricted by a secrecy oath has been published as CIA – AS ORGANIZED CRIME. The evolution of the CIA method of territorial conquest is enhanced through Vietnam and Afghanistan.

    Douglas identifies 1953 as the originating date of using civil dissent to foment a coup. That was the inspiration of Kermit Roosevelt, using British Petroleum employees, Iranian political dissidents and CIA/Wall Street funds, to overthrow Ayatollah Khomeini who was threatening to nationalize British Petroleum. Wall Street interests were thereby able to gain an economic interest in Iranian oil and impose a puppet Shah. Exploitation of Iran would continue.

    Douglas makes clear the development of the new method of operation. The methodology includes inducing internal strife and factionalizing dissident with the status quo. Funding of both sides is not uncommon. Random acts of brutality and killing will instill fear and submission. Brutal police home rule including torture would be essential. Deliberate lies to government officials are made as they see fit (ask Colin Powell). Overt invasions by foreign troops is replaced with infiltrated US special forces assisting local entities in “humanitarian” relief.

    Douglas has difficulty identifying the capo di tutti capi (the boss of the bosses). He makes repeated references to the Establishment. Other writers have referred to a shadow government, or the elites, the one percent, or the Deep State. Is the ultimate force so concealed that it is not seen, or is there a concern about suicideing?

    The powers behind the CIA have been identified by David Talbot. In THE DEVIL’S CHESSBOARD he reveals the history of Allen Dulles relying upon his cronies on Wall Street for funding to create the CIA. Wall Street repeatedly sought policies that conflicted with the government. The secrecy of an intelligence agency could conceal their operations. Kermit’s coup in Iran was merely repaying their investment. The master must be repaid.

    Gone are the days when a thinly disguised British war ship would be loaded with 500 tons of military explosives then filled with American passengers who were comforted by assurances from the US government of their safety. The Lusitania was stripped of naval escort and ordered to reduce speed and eliminate evasive maneuvering as it entered the enemy submarine infested area. It took more than a year for Wall Street to hype the US public to support World War One. To have failed would have bankrupt Wall Street from the loans to European nations that would have been voided by a Germany victory.

    Gone is the need of a $60 million price paid by Wall Street for the Bolshevik revolution with the prize of the Czar’s largest hoard of gold in the world. A straw enemy to demand more military spending, controlled from Manhattan (according to a communist deflector), would no longer be necessary. The USSR was repeatedly rescued from collapse by the USA. Ref. Antony Sutton; Aleksandr Solzenitsya. The similar expansion of communism into China, as a foreign policy of the U.S,, had not been openly linked to Wall Street. Ref. HOW THE FAR EAST WAS LOST by Anthony Kubek; WHILE YOU SLEPT by John Flynn.

    Gone also was the need for FDR and Wall Street cronies to formulate a seven point agenda to economically oppress Japan. Japan was becoming too great a competition for US business. Their access to French oil in Indochina had to be eliminated. Japanese communication codes were broken. Pearl Harbor was not a surprise. The price of more than 3000 casualties at Pearl, and the thousands that followed, were insignificant to Wall Street. Ref. DAY OF DECEIT by Robert Stinnett.

    Kermit changed all of that. Now the CIA is a much more subtly way of compelling nations to satisfy Wall Street dictates—and the cost has been shifted to the taxpayers. John Perkins in CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN reveals how the CIA, through graft, lies, and intermediary companies, compel foreign nations to accept national debt which they are unable to service. Specific details of how Wall Street, the IMF and World Bank are used to rape nations is presented by Michel Chossudovsky in GLOBALIZATION OF POVERTY. Foreign nations that will not self-destroy by accepting debt will be overthrown by Wall Street using the CIA and the US military.

    Panama offers a concise example. Torrijos ran up a debt to Wall Street bankers of over $1.6 billion which was beyond their possibility of servicing. He was able to negotiate a treaty with the US to return sovereignty of the canal zone to Panama. The US would pay Panama for the price of the canal in return for favorable banking laws, but the funds would be seized by the Wall Street banks. The US taxpayers would pay for the loans. Torrijos would die in an airplane explosion. Finger pointing included the CIA as the culprit.

    Noriega, who had been second-in-command, was responsible for facilitating the CIA’s drug trafficking. When he convened a meeting of central American nations to resist CIA oppression, Panama was attacked by US bombardment killing thousands of Panamanians. Noriega is now in US prison for drug trafficking. The CIA demonstrated to the world the price of disloyalty.
    Ref. https://www.mises.org/library/treaty-wall-street-wrote.

    Castro, Qaddafi, bin Laden, Hussein, and Somoza were each CIA assets who allowed nationalistic sympathies to interfere with CIA demands.

    But the nefarious activities of the CIA are not limited to involvement in foreign nations. President Eisenhower had grounded the CIA’s U-2 flights as the Paris Peace talks with Khrushchev loomed. The CIA countermanded the order and sent Gary Powers on a sabotaged trans-USSR flight to thwart the peace talks. Wall Street cannot tolerate peace. Ref. Fletcher Prouty, JFK AND THE CIA.

    Fletcher also reveals how the CIA countermanded JFK’s order for protective air cover at the Bay of Pigs. Allen Dulles wanted a full scale US military invasion of Cuba. JFK took the rap for the failed invasion and threatened to shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces. JFK was also going to stop the CIA’s war in Vietnam. The assassination of JFK (and MLK) by the CIA is well documented (by other than the Wall Street controlled MSM). Ref. PLAUSIBLE DENIAL by Mark Lane; ACT OF TREASON by John Groden; JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE by James Douglass; HIGH TREASON by Mark North; and others. The Tonkin Bay lie perpetuated the war another eight years.

    Richard Nixon dared to close the CIA school at Fort Hale, Colorado which was training Tibetans to invade China. The frame-up included a deliberately sabotaged Watergate break-in by CIA assets. The CIA also controlled secret tapes that were corrupted by expunging exculpatory evidence. Nixon additionally increased the funding for a war on the CIA’s importing of drugs. Nixon got his pay-back. Nixon even had the audacity to oppose a trade treaty which infuriated David Rockefeller—after David had been nice enough to put Nixon in office.

    Jimmy Carter fired 600 CIA agents. George Bush (ex CIA Director) and Dick Cheney are alleged to have been involved in a deal with Iranians to make sure he was not reelected. The orchestrated action is detailed in OCTOBER SURPRISE by Barbara Honegger. Wall Street allegedly bankrupt Jimmy’s peanut business.

    For those who view the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Centers as a false flag Wall Street act for greed (Ref. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdE1Cwnymzc), the analysis of the avionics by Rebekah Roth in METHODICAL ILLUSION would appear to be something only the CIA has the where-with-all to accomplish.

    However, if you assist the CIA by running drugs and illegal military weapons through Arkansas, you can become President and receive lavish foundation donations, profuse book royalties, and overly-funded speaking engagements from Wall Street entities. Also, if your parents and grandparents were faithful CIA agents you can become President without a birth certificate and can use a Social Security number issued in Connecticut even if you never lived there. Being a retired CIA Director/son can be helpful also.

    But the evolution of CIA implementing Wall Street exploitation by Special Forces has been further developed. The Wall Street control of the IMF and WB to impose national debt, in conjunction with the European Union, the ECB and Troika, have taken direct control of Greece. The confiscation of national assets at fire-sale prices by creditors proceeds after Goldman Sachs imposed a bond issue deliberately schemed to cause national bankruptcy. John Perkins could use Greece as an example. Congress could find no wrong in Goldman. Trump has even placed 10-15 former Goldman employees in key spots. Ref. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42782.htm

    Or has the Wall Street controlled CIA already completed a coup by deposing dovish Flynn with hawkish McMasters ?

    But the perfidious acts—qualifying for current indictments—of Wall Street is believed to extend much further back than 1947. But that is another story. Ref. https://www.scribd.com/doc/153024003/Amended-Complaint-Federal-Reserve-whistleblower

    The conclusion of Douglas is most ominous: the same pattern of societal corruption the CIA has inflicted in the Mideast (and the third world) is being formulated within the United States. Greg Palast writes that internal Wall Street memos have identified collection of the $20 trillion U.S. debt is the “ultimate goal.” Ref. http://www.gregpalast.com/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo/.

    Wall Street would want to divert your attention with the video screen of sacrificial political lackeys cavorting in DC. The controller of the video is in Manhattan behind the curtain and Toto is nowhere in sight. If there is no change in the current direction of attention, the future is bleak.

  80. February 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Is this site still upkept? Why isn’t it spread about. I see news articles but are they being read? Web design could use a boost as well. Yes i realize the site is donor based. But, if one were to say gain some publicity, this site could grow.

  81. Ida Guny Millman
    March 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Acknowledging, first, that you know much more than I do about the US?Russia relationship, I find you adamant criticism of the NYT and TWP re their reporting puzzling: the extremity of you position doesn’t make sense to me, although your reporting of the Nicaragua affair must have seemed that way at the time and I believed you then when I knew even less. That you don’t include the WSJ is puzzling as well. I find the WSJ to expensive to read regularly.

    Unless I’m the only person who has questions about this, could you respond?

    L&B&L

  82. Kris
    March 7, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Consortium News is now being blocked by Safari and Firefox and Facebook. I get this message: “The owner of consortiumnews.com has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.”

    I just shared your article about Washington’s descent into madness in several facebook groups, and no one will get to read them because of this message.

    I hope you can fix this soon!

    • olde reb
      June 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      It appears that foxfire has blocked my efforts to contact tea party groups by the same method.

  83. Greg Anderson
    March 12, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I’m not sure about the report of Consortium News being blocked by Firefox and Facebook. I am on Firefox, here I am. I just got back from Facebook where I not only went to CN’s page, but also “Liked” it. So, it seems something else may be going on with Kris’s browser.

    I was kind of hoping to see the warning. If Firefox had done so I would not continue with it. I do not normally do Facebook. I do not use Safari, as I do not own a Mac.

  84. Halal
    March 24, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    You suck allah cock.

  85. April 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Mr. Parry,

    I totally agree with your latest: “Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence.” You are one of the very few sane commentators on Cold War II.”

    I have an essay that might interest you: “Trump Aides Talked to the Russians? Big Deal!”

    Published at The Smirking Chimp and OpEdNews. Originally at my website: http://gadfly.igc.org/eds/russ/russtalk.htm

    May your Tribe Increase!

    Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

  86. jay
    April 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I happened on your web site while looking for information on H. Clinton’s ties to Colombia. A new friend of mine, a Colombiana, told me how Ms. Clinton had interfered in Colombian politics, more or less propping up their govt. and ignoring the wishes and the plights of the people of the country. I’m new to the politics of this part of the world but am anxious to be informed before shooting off my mouth. Thanks for your good work.

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  88. Hank
    April 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I wish you had a contact page on your site (I suppose one could search around and find this but it seems you may only want a One way transmission?) For example, I think what this fellow says is worth vetting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNtsQmwas5k&t=96s

  89. Jean-François Aubry
    April 11, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    USA is a nightmare. There is no way i can respect this country anymore. They lie about everything(WW2, JFK, RK, MLK, Apollo mission,Viet-Nam, 9/11, Sandy Hook, Boston bombing…they lie on all), they cheat, they are master of bad fakery. They give only value to greedy and cruel people like the Bush family. The way you Mr. Parry totally dismiss the claim of the victim family member of the 9/11 attack show even a suppose critic journalist swallow the worst shit of his gov with pleasure. Shame on you USA in the history book you stand for the biggest bunch of cruel moron. You can lie to yourself but the history judge you…Shame on you forever and because your God is Gold Oil Drugs…amazing evil bastard,,, pedo psychopath with not a single once of empathy…Fuck You !

  90. April 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I no longer get you emails, If I am off the lsit, please put me back on the list.

  91. olde reb
    April 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    We would do well to recognize Mr. Trump is now advocating the agenda of Goldman Sachs // Wall Street. If Trump crossed GS/WS, he would be bankrupt is six months. The Executive branch of government is dominated by that body. They have used their controlled mass media and intelligence agencies to remove potential opposition in appointed positions. The CIA does not know how to tell the truth. Ref. http://farmwars.info/?p=15338 . A FACE FOR THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT

  92. william neu
    April 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Greetings dear reader,

    I do not expect to be believed but consider what is offered below.

    A basic familiarity with the contents of the Bible is that it features 73 Books (66 in Protestant versions). What is vastly unknown is that an unlisted 74th Book of scripture (67th in Protestant versions) does exist as a promised scripture to exist materially somewhere in the continuum of time. This unlisted Book of prophecy scripture is found mentioned in Daniel 10:21 and 12:4-9. These verses clearly indicate the promised scripture is meant for a time other than Daniel the prophet’s time. Daniel was instructed to seal up the ‘Book of Truth’ (or ‘Truthful Book’ – depending upon translation), for it was not to be known until the time of the end.

    Fast forwarding about 2,600 years to November of 2010 continuing till 2015, an alleged prophet has come forward with a public message for the whole of mankind. According to the instructions given the alleged prophet, the public message is foretold in the Book of Daniel and is to be called the ‘Book of Truth.’ Furthermore and most importantly, the alleged scriptural revelation is meant to prepare the souls of mankind for the Second Coming of Christ – the Great Day of the Lord. The alleged Book of Truth is said to be the interpretation of the Book of Revelation and is also said to be a guide of great benefit for those willing to listen, in these end times.

    While such a theme would likely make a worthy fictional story for the box office, it may be possible and possibly plausible that the Book of Truth is a profound reality of our era. Please allow me to explain.

    But before going onward be assured I would not trouble myself to bring you this information if it were not something that I feel of an imperatively serious nature and frankly, a duty – a duty that may one day be your own burden in regard to the welfare of others. I have nothing to gain, in a material sense, from this correspondence, due to the fact that the messages of the alleged Book of Truth can be read online or downloaded free, and no advertising exists on any of the Book of Truth archive sites. There are printed books of the messages if one desires that format, of which I have no connection. My sole desire is to alert humanity of what I perceive, at present to be true, and with hope, to bring others to join in a global prayer crusade, called for by the Book of Truth, to help mitigate the suffering of mankind at this time – the culmination of Biblical events leading to the Second Coming of Christ.

    I do not present this Book of Truth information on the bet that claimed prophecies will one day manifest. I am of the firm opinion that nine prophecies, possibly more, have already become facts, at this early stage, with other predictions appearing to be in the process of fulfillment. According to the messages, much more, in terms of prophecies becoming fulfilled, is yet to come and will manifest in such a way that no one, not even a ‘hardened atheist’ will be able to deny that the Second Coming of Christ is close.

    At the fundamental level I would describe the Book of Truth as a guiding text for a time of increasing complexity. IF authentic, it reveals the general details of global conspiracy and the personalities involved who are to deceive an unsuspecting humanity, at this time of the end. On a positive note it is also a guide to the remedy of the declared multi-faceted global conspiracy. The remedy is simple, it is prayer. A commitment to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Crusade Prayers (found in the Book of Truth) is asked by Jesus, with emphasis on prayer groups forming. This regimen of prayer is to counter the increasing evil and to help in saving the souls of many. There is a level of complexity regarding the request for prayer and that is the subject of the ‘Remnant.’ Prayer is the key to the mitigation of suffering that is to be experienced by mankind. The Remnant is to play a crucial part in this regard – more prayer less suffering.

    Because I cannot aptly describe this concept of the ‘Remnant’ in a few lines, I offer for anyone interested, a tip to conduct your own review of certain messages which speak of the Remnant.

    If you desire, this is what I would suggest: There are many English language Book of Truth archive sites (numerous sites representing multiple languages seem to be part of the mystery of the global Remnant). One such English language sites that is easy for me to remember is:
    w w w . t h e b o o k o f t r u t h o n l i n e . b l o g s p o t . c o m.

    Go to this site and download the PDF file of the Book of Truth messages. Save the PDF on your computer. Next, open the PDF which will start your PDF reader (if you don’t have one go online to acquire one), at the top of the reader click on the EDIT tab, in the dropdown list click on ‘Find’, doing so will open a text box in the lower left-hand corner, therein place your search term (be sure to correctly spell the word(s)) and then click the ‘down’ arrow key to the right to get your first search term match, the match will show in highlighting. Further searching is done by clicking on the same down arrow key. The ‘up’ arrow key will reverse direction of search. To start a new search, drag the scroll bar to the top then click on the X to the right of the text box to clear the box for new search term to be entered.

    *For foreign language archive links go to: w w w . t h e r e m n a n t a r m y . i n f o

    If you wish to get a basic overview of what important subjects comprise the Book of Truth, in addition to ‘Remnant,’ below you will find recommended search terms (there will be some overlap of subjects since most messages have more than one topic).

    Search for:

    daniel, john, public message, fatima, benedict, seal of the living god, the warning, remnant army, crusade prayer groups, apostasy, infiltrate, remnant church, apocalypse, new era of peace, new paradise, eucharist, final covenant, credo, group of twelve, ecclesiastical masonry, false prophet, oath, excom, changes, twist, it can never die, schism, abolish, earth will spin faster, new sun, new false book, sacrament, evil sect, new form of the cross, new kinds of crosses, new laws, empires, multiplied

    Here are some other search terms:

    where prayer groups are set up
    cup of suffering
    hell
    i will create miracles
    ten horns
    laws of tolerance
    amendments
    loyal servants discarded
    storms will increase
    floods
    special sign
    tower of babel
    babylon
    new babylon
    seventh messenger
    my voice
    daily sacrifices
    little horn
    dismantle
    deluge
    divine messages
    in time the refuges
    my church consists of those
    chair of peter
    new symbol of the one world religion
    tree of life
    mason
    abomination
    mother of salvation
    medal of salvation
    peter
    two witnesses
    book of the living
    two-thirds
    chastisement
    weather
    climate
    earthquakes
    new prayers
    relax
    seals
    dragon
    lifeline
    russia
    china
    eu
    u.s.
    antichrist
    new age
    christian unified church
    new world religion
    new world church
    one world religion
    one world government
    new world order
    one world order
    abomination
    antichrist
    new dawn
    cup of salvation
    gog and magog
    armageddon
    axis
    false doctrine
    false book
    human rights
    upheavals
    new symbol of the one world religion
    rome
    false prophets
    facade
    commemorate
    abortion
    murder
    flame of the holy spirit
    the colour red

    Messages from the Book of Truth I feel are worth looking into, feature prophecies which are now known facts. Such dated messages are:

    5/22/11
    This message contains predicted ecological events – a news report search for events and timelines align with all predictions made therein. Accordingly, the message was given to prove to the chosen end time prophet and to the world that the Book of Truth messages from Heaven were not imaginary.

    2/19/12
    Russia and China are to join forces.
    h t t p : / / w w w . c n n . c o m / 2 0 1 6 / 0 9 / 1 2 / a s i a / c h i n a – r u s s i a – s o u t h – c h i n a – s e a – e x e r c i s e s /

    h t t p : / / w w w . b b c . c o m / n e w s / w o r l d – a s i a – 1 7 8 0 3 6 2 4 (4/22/12) (*special note in post script for this link)

    4/23/12
    UK independence (Brexit Referendum – July of 2016 passage). In this message the UK is listed independent of the EU. At the time of the message date the UK was a member nation of the EU.

    2/11/12
    This message predicts the forced removal of Pope Benedict through devious efforts. Exactly one year after the message date Pope Benedict resigned (2/11/13). Whether or not Pope Benedict willingly resigned or was forced from the papal office is speculative, however because of information found in other Book of Truth messages, we come to understand he would be succeeded while still alive. By implication the Book of Truth messages predicted the historical rarity of an era of two living popes, specifically naming Benedict XVI, making it a contemporary prediction of the alleged end times. Francis is directly indicated as the man to succeed Benedict. Francis’ character and activities are also related in remarkable detail.

    1/18/12
    In this message it is said: “Pope Benedict XVI is being plotted against, within his own corridors, by an evil sect.”

    *This prophecy of Benedict’s forced removal is supported by public admission given by a cardinal belonging to the St. Gallen’s Group. This cardinal has boastfully spoken in public of his involvement in removing Benedict XVI and placing Francis in the Chair of Peter. The cardinal’s public admissions are found in an authorized biography, radio and video footage. Here are two articles for your review:

    w w w . l i f e s i t e n e w s . c o m / o p i n i o n / s w i s s – b i s h o p s – c o n f i r m – e x i s t e n c e – o f – c a r d i n a l – d a n n e e l s – m a f i a – a g a i n s t – b e n e d i c t

    w w w . l i f e s i t e n e w s . c o m / n e w s / c a r d i n a l – d a n n e e l s – a d m i t s – b e i n g – p a r t – o f – c l e r i c a l – m a f i a – t h a t – p l o t t e d – f r a n c i s

    4/7/12, 11/1/13 & 4/8/14
    These messages speak of the structural changes which are to be implemented in the Catholic Church upon which many varied changes will be spawned, including new Church laws that are contrary to Church teaching. A “healthy decentralization” of the Church has been promised by the present pope. For the last few months we have seen the restructuring of Vatican offices, with more curia reforms promised in the very near future (this pope [Francis] is referred to in the Book of Truth, as an impostor, elected by an Apostolic College infiltrated by freemasonry [this is one such over-arching conspiracy written about in the Book of Truth] and is further referred to as the False Prophet written about in the Book of Revelation – the herald of the antichrist).

    12/1/13 (22:05 hours)
    This message predicts: “The false prophet will introduce a powerful ecumenical faith . . .”
    According to a Gloria TV, 2/17/17 news report, it appears the pope’s advisory council is creating a letter that is to prepare the faithful for a new ecumenical liturgy. See:
    h t t p s : / / g l o r i a . t v / v i d e o / w U g E 6 N P C y F e 1 6 8 o a F r T j p 1 G t 3 % 2 0

    &

    h t t p s : / / g l o r i a . t v / v i d e o / D r j 3 N m H G r 1 j 1 1 L C 6 f q p U L R T B G
    (3/2/17) (Holy Memory)
    (*special note in post script for these links)

    11/4/12
    This message predicts: “The daily Sacrifices, the Masses, will eventually cease, as foretold, because the false prophet will declare that a new form of Mass be held, and the old format will no longer be relevant, he will say.” See (speculative at this time, time will tell):
    h t t p s : / / a n o n i m i d e l l a c r o c e . w o r d p r e s s . c o m / 2 0 1 7 / 0 3 / 0 3 / s p i f f e r i – p a r t e – x i i i – e c c o – i l – c
    u o r e – d e l l a – n u o v a – m e s s a – a l i a s – s a n t a – m e m o r i a – d i – f r a – c r i s t o f o r o / (This is Italian language blog site, go to language selector to the upper right side to change to English)
    To many concerned observers it has become apparent that something is very wrong with the direction Francis is heading. Consider the recent development of a newly formed coalition of pro-family/pro-life organizations from around the globe which is warning the faithful to ‘resist’ the alliance Francis is forming with the UN. See: h t t p s : / / w w w . l i f e s i t e n e w s . c o m / n e w s / v a t i c a n – u n d e r – f r a n c i s – h a s – b e t r a y e d – c h i l d r e n – b y – s u p p o r t i n g – u n – p r o – a b o r t i o n – g
    Another worthy resource: h t t p s : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = T S 1 G C 2 k X 9 H Y & f e a t u r e = y o u t u . b e (*special note in post script for this link)

    The Book of Truth states that in the beginning period of the end times the Catholic Church will begin to be assailed from within. What Catholics are to look for as prophetic signs in regard to the Church is (not listed in a chronological order, nor is this an exhaustive list): twisted teachings of faith and moral doctrines by Francis and other hierarchy will lead to great confusion among the faithful and division among the clergy; ambiguous and varied contradictions will be introduced within the Francis’ teachings; mortal sin is to be justified; faithful Catholics will be “demonized” for upholding the Laws of God and declared to be cruel and wicked; there will be promotion of a political campaign for the poor and marginalized; we are to experience a restructuring of the Church; scripture is to be rewritten (amended); we are to soon hear an “announcement that the Catholic Church is being modernized”; changes in the Liturgy that is to negate the consecration of the Body and Blood of Christ; a change in vestments; pagan symbols placed on altars and in the churches and on statues of the Virgin Mary; an outward devotion to Mary and a campaign of caring for the poor are to serve as a facade to cover the dismantling of the Church agenda of Francis and his cohorts; we are to see an emphasis on embracing all creeds into the Church – “a promotion of all-inclusive congregations – all religions rolled into one, so-called Christian Unified Church”; traditional crosses are to be replaced; replacement of gold Tabernacles with wood or stone models; new Church laws introduced to accept sin as only a human weakness, not an offense against God or neighbor; “The existence of Hell will be publicly declared, by the Church, to be nonsense”; sacramental rites to be changed – for example the renunciation of Satan is to be dropped from the baptismal rite; the Eucharist is eventually to be abolished; Holy Communion is to come to mean “a gathering of all people as one in the Eyes of God”; the Sacrament of Confession is to be abolished; widespread unease among the faithful; the Creed is to change – “Jesus of the Light”; hierarchy and priests at odds with each other – widespread division; priests are to be pressured to sign an oath of fidelity to the present Church leadership; a very large number of excommunications is to come about – clergy and laity; a three-staged schism is to result from Francis-led initiatives, his heterodox teachings of faith and morality, his ecumenical stridency and the excommunications of “hundreds of thousands” of clergy and laymen; a Remnant Army is to develop (20 million prayer warriors joined in ‘Jesus to Mankind’ prayer groups – a globally connected network of prayer groups); Benedict XVI is to flee from Rome and lead the Remnant Church – the result of the schism, while in exile, to the Second Coming event; at some point in the near future, is to occur The Warning – a mystical encounter with Jesus, which is to reveal the state of one’s soul as God sees it – it will not be an eternal judgment, but only a warning of one’s eternity, if they were to be judged at that moment,also each is to come to understand the truth of the next life; a short period of persecution by the antichrist, throughout the world, is to come about after The Warning; those sealed with the Seal of the Living God will be protected from the persecution and other purification events; a three day period of complete darkness is to cover the Earth (only blessed candles will illumine dwellings); then comes the Second Coming judgment; the New Era of Peace is to commence thereafter – a literal 1000 years of peace under the Reign of Christ.

    All religions are to be affected by the works of the false prophet and antichrist and eventually brought into a one world religion.

    In closing I would like to express that I have no professional credentials to evaluate the Book of Truth messages, however, an honest assessment of the major prophecies which have seemingly come to pass, weeks, months or years after the dated predictions, I feel has to be taken into account with serious reflection. It can also be rationally assessed that the Catholic Church is presently in a very contentious moment over the traditional law of adultery and the reception of Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who desire to receive Holy Communion. Francis has introduced ambiguous language on this subject, in his Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (ch. 8) and is refusing to offer clarification to the many and varied requests from the hierarchy, subsequently some bishops conferences are interpreting the ambiguous teachings directly contrary to Church Teaching. This type of heterodoxy and divisiveness is predicted. We also know with certainty that someplace in the history of mankind will arrive the ‘Book of Truth’ as foretold in the Book of Daniel. To ignore what appears to be numerous fulfilled prophecy from messages claiming to be end time Bible scripture, would be, in my opinion, very unwise.

    We are to have no fear of this time, says the Book of Truth, but are to rejoice that Satan’s time is nearing the end, as is the Second Coming to manifest and the commencing of the New Era of Peace soon to begin. We can choose to actively participate in closing this era by making a monumental difference in its outcome. Engaging in a deeper life of prayer for the intentions related in the Book of Truth and joining in prayer groups if possible, I feel is our collective calling from Heaven. The message of February 20th, 2012 (Seal of the Living God [see chapter 7 of Revelation for biblical reference]) should be read by all. If God has chosen this time and generation to close human history as we know it, His Seal will be a great Gift of mercy for those willing to listen.

    Best wishes,

    Bill

    P.S. In the links offered above, you have noticed they are in expanded form. I have done this so that link-sensitive email filters do not flag the links’ addresses as hyperlinks thus junk-mailing or blocking the email altogether. I feel the links are of necessary importance for this letter to you.

    If you desire to view the websites and webpages, just copy and paste the expanded link, as it appears, into a browser address box, press Enter.

    *Special note for the BBC, Gloria TV and YouTube links. These links will not connect unless the spaces are eliminated. Backspace characters, then copy and paste into browser, press Enter.

  93. fuster
    April 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Mr Parry,

    what caused you to give up reporting the news
    and instead writing this sort of crap?

    did your health fail?

    • gsnart
      May 11, 2017 at 3:59 am

      …my thoughts exactly…it’s a joke.

  94. Wendy Tedder
    April 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I’d like to contribute, but this page indicates a basic misunderstanding of the political paradigm. I suggest you watch a few old George Carlin bits on youtube. He got it: left and right, Democrat and Republican are illusions to give voters the impression they have a choice. Until now, and possibly even now, we have not had a real choice (unless you count Ross Perot, who unfortunately didn’t win); we’ve had two possible paths to the same end: war, and more war, to fill the pockets of the owners and enslave the rest of us who survive. And now with the CIA as the destabilizing arm, and the NSA as the guard arm of the New World Order the owners want, we have very little chance of being free again. But I have hope.

  95. MA
    April 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Just FYI

    http://politiek.tpo.nl/2017/04/19/thierry-baudet-syrie-gifgasdebat-bonusquote-samenvatting/

    Robert Parry mentioned / referred to in Dutch parliament

  96. Val
    April 20, 2017 at 1:21 am

    If you do not mind – one small request – I would be glad to buy your books via Googlebooks, and I assume many others subscribed to the Googlebooks account.

  97. April 24, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I agree with Val, would be very helpful if one could aquire your books through Googlebook! Thank you for this great website and all the job you put in.

  98. Mark Dowie
    April 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Robert,

    Apologies for what may seem like a last minute invitation, but your name just came up as someone I should invite to this gathering.

    Last year Yale University Press invited me to write a book for their Why X Matters series, which has so far published books with titles like Why Architecture Matters, Why Liberal Arts Education Matters, Why Translation, Preservation, Romantics, Acting, Poetry etc. Matter and have assigned others where X equals things like Music, Diplomacy and Art. The books are short (25,000-30,000 word) essays defending the existence or practice of something that has contributed good things to civilization.

    My X = Muckraking …. Why Muckraking Matters. 

    I’ve worked as an investigative reporter and editor for almost fifty years and have been at work on this project now for about six months, and believe I have developed a strong argument for our existence, a defense of our work and have, by recent events, been handed a reason to add the subtitle “Now More Than Ever.”

    When they heard about my project Blue Mountain Center, a working community of artists, writers and activists in the Adirondacks where I have spent some time, invited me to gather twenty or so practicing investigative reporters and editors to explore the question I’m sure we all grapple with from time to time: Does what we do all day really matter? And why?

    The Center, a wonderful rambling old summer lodge on the shore of Blue Mountain Lake, is ours from May 4th to May 7th. The meeting will be exploratory, informal and hopefully inspiring. There will of course be time to get to know each other, and explore the bucolic trails and waterways of the area. Any chance I can get you up there?

    I can help with travel expenses. Room and board is on the house.

    Hope you’ll join us,

    Mark Dowie

  99. Steffen Hahnemann
    May 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I wanr to support you with 100 dollars, but I am blocked. I had forgotten my passwort and you did nor – in spite of your promis – send me a new one,

  100. john Bell
    May 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, I am trying to contact Marshall Wilson. I worked with him when were were journalists on the staff of The Western-Mail newspaper in Perth

  101. Ranae Hawkins
    May 5, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Creative post ! Incidentally , if someone needs a DoL OSHA 300 , my business partner filled a fillable document here https://goo.gl/R9IB7s.

  102. gsnart
    May 11, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Happened across your ‘news’ site….shouldn’t Mr. Parry be writing for Breitbart? So bad i’m embarrassed for you.

  103. lila york
    May 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Marine Le Pen Claims French Election was Rigged https://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/Le-Pen-Claims-French-Elect-by-lila-york-France_France_Marine-Le-Pen-170513-15.html

    There is mounting evidence that the deep state has reached far into France and rigged the French election to make certain that the EU retained control over French policy. Thousands of Le Pen ballots were mailed out having been hand-torn, rendering them “spoiled ballots” and uncountable in the election. At the same time, Macron voters received not one but two ballots in the mail, allowing them to vote twice. Have a look:

    See :

    here:

    here:

    here:

    here:

    and here:

    As a lifelong Francophile I mourn the death of the French culture and identity now made certain by the takeover of France by the EU – the culture Macron claims does not exist.

    Read the rest of the story HERE:

    At yournewswire.com

  104. May 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Interested in getting Robert Parry on my radio show.
    News Views on WPFW 89.3 FM 50,000 watt Pacifica affiliate in DC
    My show is every Friday from 6-7pm
    Cell 443-562-0651

  105. May 16, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Natalie Jaresko has been hired to oversee the Puerto Rico financial mess.
    Pray for us.
    Paying for her commutes between Ukraine and PR.
    Salary over .5 million

    • Taras77
      May 27, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      I would say that the Pueerto Rico financial mess will result in the banksters having a field day at the trough. Jaresko is well connected with the higher levels of the neo cons and ultimately the banksters-that is why she was chosen, allegedly from 300 candidates heh,heh.

      Robert Parry has written some excellent articles on her track record in USAID and as minfin in ukraine-well worth a read from his archives above!

      https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/05/25/puerto-rico-bankrupt-worst-yet-come/

  106. Glynn W. Pettiford
    May 17, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Since I’ve asked everyone else in the media that SHOULD have very valued and informational responses and depth on this topic, I will specifically ask here as well. Question: As I understand it, there is only ONE person in this nation with both the responsibility, the means, mission, and unlimited, unrestricted power to enforce errant, un-checked, and imbalanced consequences over our computer security. He/she can direct, without any oversight, the thrust, tone, tenor, and depth of ALL Headquarters, field agencies, offices, and officers in their posts…with the authority to arrest, detain, and hold responsible ANYONE…AND EVERYONE who violates the laws governing ALL manner of things…BLEand can arrest ANYBODY…UP TO, AND INCLUDING THE POTUS! My question is a bit more direct. If this person has the ability written into our law, to cast so wide and inclusive a net, why was he/she not the First Person contacted when news was broken that Trump, and Republicans, (in collusion with Russia, and no less than Vladimir Putin himself) compromised the voting system’s integrity, the democratic election process, the infrastructure of the Presidency and all support elements and resources??? I find it deplorable that such large organizations that are promoted as our media competence en-total haven’t done basic research to go the Sergeant-At-Arms, who is responsible to investigate!?

  107. no puppet
    May 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

    dear sir, thank you so much for the article on Trump (and his predecessors) inner working with the middle east. I already knew about Saudi Arabia probable funding of the war machine, but your article on Trump leaving the Saudis off his ban list explained the hundreds of years of religious history that no ‘greedy yank and his need for oil’ could EVER change. These ppl will actually die, cut their noses off despite… for these beliefs, and the mainstream media has covered it up for so long, and the puppets who get their major news feeds from FakeBook (kRaK mE uP) are so misinformed, its nice to know someone is out there doing some investigative research and passing it along to us who are willing to take the time to READ IT. ~Thank You Mr Parry, and I saved your site

  108. jia
    May 30, 2017 at 1:21 am

    very nice article. thanks for share it with us

  109. June 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Why are my comments never posted?

  110. June 7, 2017 at 12:06 am

    This is the true fake news.

  111. June 12, 2017 at 8:06 am

    A new movie on Tupac Shakur is coming out Thursday worldwide and should top the box office. i wrote two books related to the importance of his and his malcom x-linked/black panther family’s activism. i’m going to send you a sample articles i wrote for Z magazine and Covert Action Quarterly in relation to the topic. one trailer for the movie showed it used key parts of my research not otherwise aired in such a large scale way before. I was hoping to write a movie review with the hopes you’d consider putting it in your online magazine. i wrote the Z and CAQ articles in 1998 and 2013, and published the books in 2007 and 2015. https://zcomm.org/zmagazine/the-fbis-murderous-targeting-of-the-shakurs-by-john-potash/

  112. nina klippel
    June 16, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Re the NYTimes and WMD — it was from the Times that I learned the WMD rationale was fake!! And if not for this and more from “mainstream media” – how else would thousands of us known to march in the streets against this phony war!!

  113. PlutoC
    June 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Consortium News’ masthead notes, “Independent Investigative Journalism” and the “About” text above states its ambition to be an “investigative news magazine.” I have read a number of articles recently which have caused me to question the use of “investigative.”

    Just now, I read “The Fallacies of the Russia-Truthers” and was left with only one impression: it is only one-sided; is this is a brainwashing piece? Who is this James W. Carden? At the bottom of the article, it offers little biographical information. It seems Carden “…served as an adviser on Russia policy at the US State Department.” Who was Carden working for when he was this adviser? Why was that omitted from this mini-bio?

    On the internet, there are few entries, maybe 7, related to a James W. Carden. Not even a Wikipedia bio. Russia Direct has on their Profile page this Biography on Carden: “James Carden served as an Advisor to the US-Russia Presidential Commission at the US State Department. Since then, he has contributed articles on US-Russia policy to The National Interest, The Moscow Times and was featured in the BBC’s ‘best of’ global opinion roundup. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Currently he is a Contributing Editor to The Nation.” This thin bio is the most I could find on the internet.

    What is interesting about Carden is, according to Russia Direct, a graduate of Moscow State Institute. Why is that not noted at the start of the article or at the article bottom? Such omissions are significant.

    Who publishes his writings? Consortium News, The Nation magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Quartz, The American Conservative, and The National Interest. Quite a mix of left and right publications. Also, there is The Moscow Times which is excluded from the Consortium bio. Why? And, what is Russia Direct? It is also headquartered in Moscow and it is “…a small analytical journal that is financed by the Russian government.” Again, how could this be omitted from the Consortium News bio?

    Why are facts that might offer an opposing – balanced – view omitted from Carden’s article? Instead, the formula is: factual information that utilizes loaded words obviously intended to influence the reader in only one way.

    Scanning the list of articles on your site’s home page today include: “anti-Russia hysteria,” “Russia-Bashing,” “The U.S. political/media demonization of Russia’s Putin is unrelenting…,” “…a demonized foreign leader, like Vladimir Putin…,” “The Russia hysteria sweeping America’s political-media world…,” etc. More loaded words. You know where this is going, the case is obvious, and I could go on but will close with this: I really thought Consortium News was a bona fide news source, meaning objective investigative journalism. Once again, I am disappointed. No source of news can be trusted; they manage to remind the reader, always mistrust until what has been published is proven from reputable sources to be true.

    Whenever anyone mentions Consortium News, the foregoing will be my reply.

    • RICHARD A FEIBEL
      June 23, 2017 at 11:53 am

      WHAT IS IT YOU NEED TO KNOW SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOU HAVE ALREADY DECIDED RUSSIA GATE IS REAL AND RUSSIA INTERFERED IN TH ELECTION.PREY TELL HOW AND TO WHAT END. ITS ALREADY BEEN REVEALED THROUGH WIKILEAKS VAULT SEVEN THAT THE INTEL AGENCIES ESPECIALLY THE NSA HAVE SOFTWARE TO TRICK THE INVESTIGATORS INTO SEEING RUSSIAN FOOTPRINTS. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE NET SEEMS YOU DO AS YOU SURE FOUND IT SEEMS RUSSIA GATE IS REAL!!!

      • PlutoC
        June 28, 2017 at 10:10 am

        Ethical journalism is what my post is about and its flimsy existence at Consortium News.

        I have no comments at this time regarding Russia and the 2016 elections because you, me and Consortium News are waiting for the results of the various investigations to be announced. Any entity representing either side of the issue is damned foolish for making a case for a position when the evidence does not exist. Russia-gate exists only because Consortium News says it exists – that is the objective. Consortium News is using “loaded language” to develop support for Russia in general because the authors have one or more relationships with Russia which they do not disclose in the articles I cited.

      • olde reb
        July 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

        it is a shame your word processor does not have a lower case. you should get a new machine.

        russia gate is the same as water gate. it is a CIA ceaseless babbling about trivia until the unwashed masses are convinced something wrong occurred==even if the cia has to [again] remove exculpatory evidence The IA works for Wall Street and removes, or alters policy of, any president that makes any meaningful move to peace. Ref. http://farmwars.info/?p=15338 A FACE FOR THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT.

  114. James
    June 23, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Please tell your webmaster to assure that your webpages are savable. I simply cannot save some of your webpages on firefox.

  115. tim connolly
    June 30, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Congratulations on the Gellhorn award. You are in great company and deserve it.
    Pilger’s remarks were to the point, excellent and informative. Thank you and your
    colleagues for your work.

  116. July 1, 2017 at 3:09 am

    MSM / History Channel Exposes CIA-Drug Ties In new Series (Watch it Now)

    https://www.history.com/shows/americas-war-on-drugs
    Featured ++++Ex Dea agents Cele Castillo III, Mike Levine, Ex-Huffington Post editor Ryan Grimm
    Bolivia taken over by drug lord Roberto Suarez using Nazi Mercenaries. Drugs run in Laos by Air America, Vang Pao, Theodore Shackley. The crash of Barry Seal’s plane and the Iran Contra Drug connection.

    https://theintercept.com/2017/06/18/the-history-channel-is-finally-telling-the-stunning-secret-story-of-the-war-on-drugs/

    The series, executive produced by Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami, and Anthony Lappé, is a standard TV documentary; there’s the amalgam of interviews, file footage, and dramatic recreations. What’s not standard is the story told on camera by former Drug Enforcement Administration operatives as well as journalists and drug dealers themselves. (One of the reporters is Ryan Grim, The Intercept’s Washington bureau chief and author of “This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”)

    There’s no mealy mouthed truckling about what happened. The first episode opens with the voice of Lindsay Moran, a one-time clandestine CIA officer, declaring, “The agency was elbow deep with drug traffickers.”

    Then Richard Stratton, a marijuana smuggler turned writer and television producer, explains, “Most Americans would be utterly shocked if they knew the depth of involvement that the Central Intelligence Agency has had in the international drug trade.”

    Next, New York University professor Christian Parenti tells viewers, “The CIA is from its very beginning collaborating with mafiosas who are involved in the drug trade because these mafiosas will serve the larger agenda of fighting communism.”

  117. RICHARD A FEIBEL
    July 1, 2017 at 10:44 am

    NYT REVELATIONS: THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THE SO CALLED RUSSIAGATE THAN JUST TRUMP.HE HAPPENS TO BE THE TARGET AT THE MOMENT.THE REAL DEAL IS THE WARMONGER WALL STREET ZIONIST NEO CONS ARE THE CULPRIT.AND THE CIA FBI ETC ARE THEIR PAWNS. RUSSOPHOBIA IS THE AGENDA. ALL TRUMP HAS TO DO IS CAPITULATE AND WHICH HE IS CURRENTLY DOING . BACKING OFF ANY RELAXING OF SANCTIONS ETC AND BACKING NATO WHICH HE HAD NOT DONE PREVIOUSLY. WHATCH WHAT HE DOES AT THE G20 MEETING .HE WILL GO FULL BORE ANTI ASSAD [[IF THE US. HAS NOT ALREADY HIT SYRIA]]AND SNUB PUTIN AT THE G20.TRUMP IS A NYC HUSTLER PAR EXCELLENCE” !!! R A FEIBEL

  118. July 1, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    https://mega.nz/#F!IHZnkDpB!ddeoX28sKi9NkiBqrRoBsA
    Download the History Channel Drug War series here:

    Featuring CELE Castillo and Mike Levine (DEA-Ret.)

  119. July 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Couple of Great Articles Relevant to the History Channel Drug War Series:

    https://www.propublica.org/article/allende-zetas-cartel-massacre-and-the-us-dea

    How a Dogged L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA’s Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
    http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278

    Blood On the Corn
    In 1985, a murky alliance of drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.
    By Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy
    https://medium.com/matter/blood-on-the-corn-52ac13f7e643
    http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/report/040715_bowdens_last/why-chuck-bowdens-final-story-took-16-years-write/

    ‘America’s War on Drugs’: Inside New Miniseries Exposing Hypocrisy of U.S. Drug Policy
    New four-part docuseries dives into links between CIA, DEA and military, providing “secret history of the past 50 years.”
    http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/americas-war-on-drugs-inside-engrossing-new-series-w487917

  120. July 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    History Channel – America’s War on Drugs

    Former U.S. Drug Agents Allege Government ties to major traffickers

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    Part 2 DEA Agent Celerino Castillo III accuses George HW Bush of knowing about the Contras drug OP at Ilopango. Footage of John Kerry questioning drug pilots in front of his Senate committee, Ex Dea Mike Levine describe CIA Agent Roberto Suarez take over of an entire country (Bolivia) Using Nazi Merceneries lead by the Infamous Klaus Barbie. Former chief of The DEA El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) Phil Jordan Speaks on Camera

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  121. toni aguilar
    July 9, 2017 at 1:04 am

    twimc: i don’t think i’ve been on your website before; i got here to read an article suggested in another news forum i’m on. certainly spirited discussion….. and at least i’m not seeing a bunch of ad hominem garbage. i didn’t see any posted rules about comment levels of decency standards.

    that said, “exiled off mainstream” used a highly offensive term: “raghead” barbarians in one of his posts. i would like to see him called out by your staff/editor in re-asserting that terms like raghead, n***er, k*ke, spic, wop, etc. are inappropriate and will not be tolerated.

    thanks.

  122. Nora Engel
    July 11, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Why don’t any of the independent sources of news i look at ever have a specific area dedicated to the state of science in the U.S.? And I don’t mean “climate change” for crying out loud! That is not synonymous for science! I mean the systems of distribution of federal funds, the selection of topics, the financialization of the scientific journals – there are so many issues to address from a political perspective – is there some trepidation because we think science is somehow special and can’t be analyzed politically? Since the topic is never discussed in campaigns or mainstream media, you would think others would fill in the gaps.

    Just wondering.

    Best wishes and thank you for exisitng.

    Nora

  123. PlutoC
    July 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I wrote here a few weeks ago questioning Consortium News’ journalism after finding transparency and bias issues. Specifically, I questioned the lack of any mention of James W. Carden’s professional relationship with Russian entities in his extremely biased article, “The Fallacies of the Russia-Truthers.” Those who know The Conversation will find author and disclosure information placed just to the right at the beginning of the article.

    Regarding ‘loaded language,’ today I stopped in at CN to scan the Home page articles for July 6 – July 12, 2017 looking for the articles clamoring about a conspiracy against Russia. You know the articles with titles or the introduction paragraph with ‘loaded language’ like “Russia-gate” or “Russia bashing.” I found six the last time. CN has a need to be protective of Russia which I do not understand. How is CN’s biased journalism in favor of Russia any better than what CN claims to be MSM’s ‘Russia bashing’? Today, I found six more articles on the first page (there were others on the following page):

    “Seeing the Substance in Trump-Putin Meeting”
    July 12, 2017
    “…but the U.S. media/political world can’t get past its obsession with Russia-gate…” reports Gilbert Doctorow.

    “Forgetting the ‘Dirty Dossier’ on Trump”
    July 10, 2017
    “Exclusive: The new Russia-gate furor is over Donald Trump Jr. meeting a Russian who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton, but the Clinton team’s Russian cash-for-trash search against Trump Sr. is all but forgotten, writes Robert Parry.”

    “Ten Problems with Anti-Russian Obsession”
    July 9, 2017
    “Many anti-Trump Americans see the Russia-gate ‘scandal’ as a way to derail Donald Trump…” says Rick Sterling.

    “The Syrian Test of Trump-Putin Accord”
    July 8, 2017
    “Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media remains obsessed over Russia’s alleged ‘meddling’ in last fall’s election…” writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

    “MSM, Still Living in Propaganda-ville”
    July 6, 2017
    “…but the U.S. mainstream media is still slouching around in “propaganda-ville,” says Robert Parry.”

    “The Democrats’ Russia-gate Obsession”
    July 6, 2017
    “National Democrats are so wedded to the Russia-gate strategy for destroying President Trump politically that they are willing to risk destruction of the planet in a nuclear war, explains Norman Solomon.”

    I mentioned the omission of James W. Carden’s professional relationships related to Russia. Here is another example: Gilbert Doctorow authored the article at the top of the above list, “Seeing the Substance in Trump-Putin Meeting.” At the end of the article this is the information provided about Mr. Doctorow: “Gilbert Doctorow is a Brussels-based political analyst. His latest book Does Russia Have a Future? was published in August 2015.”

    Russia Insider notes this, in part, about Mr. Doctorow: Gilbert Doctorow is a professional Russia watcher and actor in Russian affairs going back to 1965. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1967), a past Fulbright scholar, and holder of a Ph.D. with honors in history from Columbia University (1975). After completing his studies, Mr. Doctorow pursued a business career focused on the USSR and Eastern Europe. For twenty-five years he worked for US and European multinationals in marketing and general management with regional responsibility. From 1998-2002, Doctorow served as the Chairman of the Russian Booker Literary Prize in Moscow.

    In my opinion, professional journalism would have much of the Russia Insider information right at the top of the article. CN laundered Mr. Doctorow being a “professional Russia watcher” and had “…a business career focused on the USSR and Eastern Europe.”

    The Conversation notes this on their “Who We Are” page: “We aim to help rebuild trust in journalism. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter. All contributors must abide by our Community Standards policy. We only allow authors to write on a subject on which they have proven expertise, which they must disclose alongside their article. Authors’ funding and potential conflicts of interest must also be disclosed. Failure to do so carries a risk of being banned from contributing to the site.”

    Are you listening Consortium News?

  124. olde reb
    July 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I have cited Davies posted article on War Crimes as footnote 23. Sorry the comment form does not convey the list of footnotes. I trust the context is acceptable. [I cannot find a contact button]

    Olde Reb
    proliberty@fairpoint.net
    *****************
    EMBEZZLEMENT BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE ??
    “How does the Federal Reserve rape the United States ??” you ask. Let’s keep it simple. They can use the same scheme the Rothschild banks 1 developed centuries ago but the methods of concealment are now much improved. 2

    The medieval Rothschild Bank would establish a line of credit for the King provided the King would issue a written promise to pay gold, with interest, to the bank at a time in the future. The book-entry Rothschild credit would be used to pay for obligations incurred by the king which would then circulate in the kingdom between merchants into perpetuity. The bank would sell the king’s promise of gold which would be held by purchasers as an interest bearing investment. The promise would be renewed on its maturing date and continue to be rolled-over.

    VOILA !!! The king made the suppliers of services happy with Rothschild credit; the bank had the gold; the public had a promise that the king would eventually pay them in gold—which would probably never happen. Everything went smoothly as long as the bank could sell the promise and the people did not demand the gold. 3 As Benjamin Ginsburg has lamented in FATAL EMBRACE; (financiers) AND THE STATE 4, eventually the schemes, which stole the wealth from the people, would come to a catastrophic climax. 5

    The Federal Reserve 6 does the same thing for the U.S. government’s deficit spending. Their wizard is hiding behind the curtain to obscurant any public inquiry.7

    The Federal Reserve bank of New York will grant credit (not “create money”) in an account of the US government with an amount that the government will pledge. 8 The government will expend the book-entry-credit account (deficit spending) to pay for goods and services consumed by the government. The suppliers are content. Evidence that the supplier has received a credit voucher is obvious. The heading of the currency given to the supplier by the local commercial bank is Federal Reserve Note; i.e., a debt obligation of the Federal Reserve identified as a “tender” (substitute) required by law to be accepted for an imprinted number of dollars. 9

    To sell the pledge from the government (the Treasury security) at the highest price, the bank will hold an auction but will camouflage it as an auction by the government. Acceptance of bids/interest rate and the amount of deficit spending permitted is controlled by the BOG.10 Government regulations clearly reveal the funds from the auctions are controlled exclusively by the FRBNY. 11

    In addition to the approximate $1 trillion annually auctioned for deficit spending (new cash), the roll-over of approximate $10 trillion debt from prior years (publicly held maturing) is annually auctioned and disbursed by the FRBNY. 12

    The difference in handling of the two accounts is the supreme camouflage. Funds for roll-over securities are credited by the FRBNY to a government account. The FRBNY then pays the Primary Dealers (from the government account) for their task in collecting the maturing securities from the public. There is no increase in the National Debt nor is there any inflationary pressure..

    If the funds from deficit spending securities were to be used in redeeming Treasury securities in the market (i.e., paid by the FRBNY to the government), it would eliminate any increase in the National Debt. It would also eliminate any increase in money in circulation (inflation). That clearly does not occur.

    WHERE DO FUNDS FROM THE AUCTIONS OF DEFICIT SPENDING SECURITIES GO ??

    The only viable dispersal of funds identifiable to this writer is the funds are commingled with funds to select Primary Dealers. If the Primary Dealers include shareholders of a privately held incorporated Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, which would not have to reveal corporate records,13 the profit could be completely hidden from view. 14 The deficit spending amount 15 would be clear profit for the owners of the BOG.

    The statutory charter of the Federal Reserve stipulates profit of the operation belongs to the government. Concealment of funds that belong to the government appear to be embezzlement, among other crimes.

    Various theories abound on how the purloined funds have been utilized to the detriment of society. 16

    If the scheme is not exposed, Wall Street internal memos identify collection of the $20 trillion debt is the “ultimate goal” and would reduce the United States to the status of Greece. 17 Wall Street’s objective in Greece 18 is not to exploit, but is to destroy the nation. 19 Indeed, national sovereignty has been acquiesced by Greece to the Troika (financiers) as the terminal end of Goldman Sach’s “shitty” three billion Euro debt. 20

    The proposed Goldman Sachs government budget (whoops, Trump’s budget) includes huge deficit spending increases (increased military spending with cuts in social programs) with unrealistic increases in national productive/tax base.21 This is the same scheme Wall Street and the CIA have used to bankrupt other nations for four decades. 22 A humongous military budget is essential for psychopathic war-mongering. 23

    Get ready to kiss your 401(k), your government benefits, your pension, and your bank accounts goodbye, with strikes prohibited, health care costs escalated, and mass layoffs (including government personnel), and economic chaos among other things. 24

    We can rest assured the same scheme is used by the ECB with the Euro.

    FOOTNOTES, including detailed analysis, are sometimes clipped by destination software. They can be sent to an email address.

  125. John Washburn
    July 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    When Robert Parry is citing Steven Kruilick’s analysis of the 2nd Amendment, you know you can’t take this site seriously.

  126. July 18, 2017 at 12:08 am

    TOM CRUISE MOVIE ABOUT DRUG SMUGGLER BARRY SEAL >>>>>>> SEPT 29, 2017
    “AMERICAN MADE”
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3532216/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Made_(film)
    A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.
    American Made tells the story of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a TWA pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal’s role in this major CIA covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin cartel, which ultimately embarrassed the Reagan White House after the Iran-Contra scandal became public.

    Director: Doug Liman
    Writer: Gary Spinelli
    Stars: Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson
    Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

    http://www.americanmademovie.net/

    Universal Pictures (2017) (USA) (theatrical)

    Flying high! Tom Cruise gets back in cockpit to run drugs and guns for CIA, DEA and Pablo Escobar in explosive trailer for American Made
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4574500/Tom-Cruise-cockpit-explosive-American-trailer.html
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/06/05/american-made-is-more-important-for-tom-cruise-than-the-mummy/#401b47541e6f

    Read about Barry Seal here:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3096210/True-story-Tom-Cruise-s-new-role-280lb-drug-smuggler-plays-cocaine-gun-runner-turned-federal-informer-died-murky-hit-telling-wife-lived-fear-CIA.html
    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woE4GQdvu8E

    Air Cocaine: the Wild, True Story of Drug-Running, Arms Smuggling and Contras at a Backwoods Airstrip in the Clintons’ Arkansas by Jeffrey St. Clair – Alexander Cockburn
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/04/air-cocaine-the-wild-true-story-of-drug-running-arms-smuggling-and-contras-at-a-small-airstrip-in-clintons-arkansas/

    Clintons, Contras and Cocaine
    by Jeffrey St. Clair – Alexander Cockburn
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/11/clintons-contras-and-cocaine/

    Wanda Palacio was a witness waiting to testify in John Kerry’s senate office, when Barry Seal’s plane (Now owned by Southern Air Transport , crashed starting the iran Contra Affair)
    http://www.salon.com/2004/10/25/contra/
    https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/11-21-96/cover.htm

    On Sept. 26, 1986, Kerry tried to spur action by presenting Weld with an 11-page “proffer” statement from a 31-year-old FBI informant who had worked with the Medellin cartel and had become a witness on cartel activities. The woman, Wanda Palacio, had approached Kerry with an account about Colombian cocaine kingpin Jorge Ochoa bragging about payments he had made to the Nicaraguan Contras.

    As part of this Contra connection, Palacio said pilots for a CIA-connected airline, Southern Air Transport, were flying cocaine out of Barranquilla, Colombia. She said she had witnessed two such flights, one in 1983 and the other in October 1985, and quoted Ochoa saying the flights were part of an arrangement to exchange “drugs for guns.”

    According to contemporaneous notes of this “proffer” meeting between Weld and Kerry, Weld chuckled that he was not surprised at allegations about corrupt dealings by “bum agents, former and current CIA agents.” He promised to give serious consideration to Palacio’s allegations.

    After Kerry left Weld’s office, however, the Justice Department seemed to concentrate on poking holes in Palacio’s account, not trying to corroborate it. Though Palacio had been considered credible in her earlier testimony to the FBI, she was judged to lack credibility when she made accusations about the Contras and the CIA.

    On Oct. 3, 1986, Weld’s office told Kerry that it was rejecting Palacio as a witness on the grounds that there were some contradictions in her testimony. The discrepancies apparently related to such minor points as which month she had first talked with the FBI.

    Two days after Weld rejected Palacio’s Contra-cocaine testimony, other secrets about the White House’s covert Contra support operations suddenly crashed –literally — into view.

    On Oct. 5, a quiet Sunday morning, an aging C-123 cargo plane rumbled over the skies of Nicaragua preparing to drop AK-47 rifles and other equipment to Contra units in the jungle below. Since the Reagan administration had recently won congressional approval for renewed CIA military aid to the Contras, the flight was to be one of the last by Oliver North’s ragtag air force.

    The plane, however, attracted the attention of a teenage Sandinista soldier armed with a shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile. He aimed, pulled the trigger and watched as the Soviet-made missile made a direct hit on the aircraft. Inside, cargo handler Eugene Hasenfus, an American mercenary working with the Contras, was knocked to the floor, but managed to crawl to an open door, push himself through, and parachute to the ground, where he was captured by Sandinista forces. The pilot and other crew members died in the crash.

    As word spread about the plane crash, Barger — who had left the AP and was working for a CBS News show — persuaded me to join him on a trip to Nicaragua with the goal of getting an interview with Hasenfus, who turned out to be an unemployed Wisconsin construction worker and onetime CIA cargo handler. Hasenfus told a press conference in Managua that the Contra supply operation was run by CIA officers working with the office of Vice President George Bush. Administration officials, including Bush, denied any involvement with the downed plane.

    Our hopes for an interview with Hasenfus didn’t work out, but Sandinista officials did let us examine the flight records and other documents they had recovered from the plane. As Barger talked with a senior Nicaraguan officer, I hastily copied down the entries from copilot Wallace “Buzz” Sawyer’s flight logs. The logs listed hundreds of flights with the airports identified only by their four-letter international codes and the planes designated by tail numbers.

    Upon returning to Washington, I began deciphering Wallace’s travels and matching the tail numbers with their registered owners. Though Wallace’s flights included trips to Africa and landings at U.S. military bases in the West, most of his entries were for flights in Central and South America.

    Meanwhile, in Kerry’s Senate office, witness Wanda Palacio was waiting for a meeting when she noticed Sawyer’s photo flashing on a TV screen. Palacio began insisting that Sawyer was one of the pilots whom she had witnessed loading cocaine onto a Southern Air Transport plane in Barranquilla, Colombia, in early October 1985. Her identification of Sawyer struck some of Kerry’s aides as a bit too convenient, causing them to have their own doubts about her credibility.

    Though I was unaware of Palacio’s claims at the time, I pressed ahead with the AP story on Sawyer’s travels. In the last paragraph of the article, I noted that Sawyer’s logs revealed that he had piloted a Southern Air Transport plane on three flights to Barranquilla on Oct. 2, 4, and 6, 1985. The story ran on Oct. 17, 1986.

    Shortly after the article moved on the AP wires, I received a phone call from Rosenblith at Kerry’s office. Sounding shocked, the Kerry investigator asked for more details about the last paragraph of the story, but he wouldn’t say why he wanted to know. Only months later did I discover that the AP story on Sawyer’s logs had provided unintentional corroboration for Palacio’s Contra-drug allegations.

    +++++++++++++

    HISTORY CHANNEL EXPOSES DRUG TIES TO COVERT WARS “America’s War on Drugs”

    https://www.history.com/shows/americas-war-on-drugs

    About

    “America’s War on Drugs” is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States. The series explores the unintended consequences of when gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangs and politicians vie for power and control of the global black market for narcotics – all told through the firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders.

    Night one of “America’s War on Drugs” divulges covert Cold War operations that empowered a generation of drug traffickers and reveals the peculiar details of secret CIA LSD experiments which helped fuel the counter-culture movement, leading to President Nixon’s crackdown and declaration of a war on drugs. The documentary series then delves into the rise of the cocaine cowboys, a secret island “cocaine base,” the CIA’s connection to the crack epidemic, the history of the cartels and their murderous tactics, the era of “Just Say No,” the negative effect of NAFTA, and the unlikely career of an almost famous Midwest meth queen.

    The final chapter of the series examines how the attacks on September 11th intertwined the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, transforming Afghanistan into a narco-state teeming with corruption. It also explores how American intervention in Mexico helped give rise to El Chapo and the Super Cartels, bringing unprecedented levels of violence and sending even more drugs across America’s borders. Five decades into the War on Drugs, a move to legalize marijuana gains momentum, mega-corporations have become richer and more powerful than any nation’s drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs.

    Get it here, Now!
    https://thepiratebay.org/search/americas%20%20war%20on%20drugs/0/99/0

    Featuring Celerino Castillo III, Michael Levine, Phil Jordan, Ryan Grimm, Nick Schou

    “We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.”
    -Washington Post owner Katharine Graham in a 1988 speech to CIA recruits titled “Secrecy and the Press”:

    “Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the Department of Justice at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the Los Angeles Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities.According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central Los Angeles,around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Volume II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the Department of Justice, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles.”

    –U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters – October 13. 1998, speaking on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

  127. Charley
    July 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    great story on the the dnc “hack”. I will try support you, although, I have limited resources (retiree).

  128. August 3, 2017 at 5:24 am

    For Mr. Robert Perry
    Dear Robert,

    Just read your article regarding Bill Browder. As it happens I just completed a book about him which I’m about to self-publish. However, knowing how aggressivly Browder and his backers squash anything that spoils their narrative I expect Amazon might find that I’ve violated “community standards,” and delist the book.

    The book’s intent is to deconstruct the deception in Browder’s narrative and make a contribution to a peaceful, constructive resolution to the needless conflict between Russia and the West. Browder has been among the loudest cheerleaders for escalation of that conflict.

    Otherwise, like Browder, I’m a hedge fund manager and I’ve crossed paths with him twice. I understand that you might receive too many requests of this nature but for whatever it’s worth I think the book I wrote is terrific. It’s true. Everyone agrees – important people. =)

    My request is: could you take a look at the book and see if you can help me publish/promote it, particularly if it could be interesting to you as well or to Consortium News. Money is very distant secondary to me – my primary motivation is getting this out to as many people as possible before it gets squashed. In that case, where can I send you a copy?

    Finally, thank you from the heart for your journalism, I count you among the small number of people who have not sold their integrity and I know that has made your life harder. It does not go unnoticed and it DOES make a difference. A huge one I think, even if it’s brewing below the surface and in silence.

    If you can’t respond to my request: I understand and accept that you probably have good reasons. Still, keep me in mind in case the book makes any small splash – what we’re fighting for is the hearts and minds of the Western public so that they may reject fear and loathing and embrace peace and cooperation among nations.

    Kind regards,
    Alex Krainer

  129. Richard Beam
    August 3, 2017 at 9:08 am

    How could it be otherwise? The Rothschilds own Reuters and the Associated Press (AP)! This Jewish Mafia seeks to control all minds or at least frighten everyone into submission. This is Eastern Slave mentality not Western free thought. The West brought us the modern world, the East desperately wants to remain in medieval darkness!

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  131. August 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Dear fellow humanitarian,

    While Western countries have wealth, peace, and free speech not found in many other countries, corporate Mainstream media ensure very limited effective free speech for dissident humanitarians. The disproportionately Zionist-dominated US media giant Google has responded to “fake news” assertions with massive but sneaky Google censorship that further limits effective free speech of dissidents worldwide, further empowers the neocon- and Zionist-dominated Establishment, and also threatens the planet – Humanity and the Biosphere are existentially threatened by nuclear weapons, poverty and climate change but science-based risk management is crucially dependent on free speech and accurate reportage.

    It is cogently argued that in the looming Age of Artificial Intelligence, data represent the “new oil of the digital economy”. The data of the world are increasingly in the hands of giant corporations such as Google and Facebook and this concentration of data and the anti-social abuses of corporate censorship make a compelling case for the break-up of such mega-corporations, democratization of information, absolute rejection of censorship, and a strong movement toward more effective free speech for information-rich but resources-poor and power-poor scientists and science-informed humanitarians trying to save Humanity and the Biosphere (see Gideon Polya, “Google Censorship & Zionist Constraint On Effective Free Speech Threaten Planet”, Countercurrents, 9 August 2017: http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/08/09/google-censorship-zionist-constraint-on-effective-free-speech-threaten-planet/ ; please inform everyone you can with attribution).

    Yours sincerely, Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne, Australia.

  132. Amyg
    August 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Seymour Hersh’s recently published recorded rant asserting that Seth Rich was the source of wikileaks access to DNC emails tracked some of the forensic evidence listed in your recent VIPS Memo analysis, but also asserted that he been told the contents of an FBI report, including review of Rich’s laptop, showing communications with Julian Assange, and arrangements to share a dropbox folder. The recording also references NSA records of his phone usage, perhaps a mistake, or perhaps reflecting that the FBI went to NSA to review Rich’s phone communications.

    Your VIPS seem very qualified to know where in the NSA and FBI records evidence would exist as to whether NSA and/or FBI ever recovered phone conversations or emails between Rich and Assange. Perhaps they could file a FOIA request, or let others know exactly what to ask for, along with this report Hersh and others refer to.

    The simple fact of whether Rich and Assange ever communicated would be valuable, and disclosure should not compromise any legitimate national security purpose. If those records are comprehensive and disprove communication, that would support the official line, but if they show communication, then they partially validate the Seth Rich angle. Same with when and how many times.

    If FOIA won’t penetrate, then perhaps a private attorney general action, alleging violation of NSA laws which prohibit surveillance of citizens, or FBI or CIA involvement in domestic political activities, would do the trick.

    Other topics that might be similarly pursued include the nature of CrowdStrike’s FBI contract beginning in June 2015 (did it involve tools for projecting hack authorship onto foreign entities?), recipients in those agencies of Christopher Steele’s dossier on Trump, communications with Steele and Fusion GPS.

    It’s also possible that new leadership from the Trump Administration at those agencies might learn something through the process that those responsible may not want them to know.

  133. Burt
    August 19, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Foreign powers always had a tough go in Afgahn…..
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasions_of_Afghanistan

    “May God keep you away from the venom of the cobra, the teeth of the tiger, and the revenge of the Afghans.”
    Alexander the Great —4th Century BC
    http://thelondonpost.net/may-god-keep-you-away-from-the-revenge-of-the-afghans-sir-james-bevan/

    when Alexander was stationed in Afghanistan nearly 2,300 years ago, during the course of his almost all conquering expedition, he wrote a letter to his mother in which he briefly hinted at the badassitude of the Afghans, his words echoing the inherent fears of Kipling had regarding fighting in Afghanistan:

    I am involved in the land of a ‘Leonine’ (lion-like) and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a wall of steel, confronting my soldier. You have brought only one Alexander into the world, but every mother in this land has brought an Alexander in the world.”
    https://theijtema.com/2013/08/22/into-the-land-of-bones-frank-holt/

    Alexander the Great that Afghanistan “is easy to march into but hard to march out of”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/31/opinion/the-pashtuns-of-afghanistan-alexander-the-great-also-got-in-trouble.html
    In the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great fell afoul of Pashtun tribesmen in today’s Malakand Agency, where he took an arrow in the leg and almost lost his life. Two millennia later the founder of the Mogul empire, Babur, described the tribesmen of the area now known as Waziristan as unmanageable; his main complaint seemed to center on his inability to get them to pay their taxes by handing over their sheep, let alone stop to attacking his armies. A couple of hundred years later, in the middle of the 19th century, the British experienced disaster after disaster as they tried to bring the same Pashtun tribes to heel, particularly in the agencies of North and South Waziristan.

    http://www.soldiersofthequeen.com/page13g-RudyardKipling.html

    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    So-oldier of the Queen!
    Young British Soldier, Stanza 13.
    RUDYARD KIPLING – on the deaths of 2500 British during the 2nd invasion of Afgahnistan.

    16000 die in retreat to Jalalabad, only one Britsh surgeon survives
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1842_retreat_from_Kabul

    Incredible story of the British soldier who was the only survivor of a 19th century Afghan conquest – and the warnings for today’s military missions
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299043/Incredible-story-British-soldier-survivor-19th-century-Afghan-conquest–warnings-today-s-military-missions.html
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3377769/Home-Man-Kabul-sole-survivor-16-000-British-Indian-troops-slaughtered-Afghans-1842-goes-sale-675-000.html
    https://havechanged.blogspot.com/2015/01/dr-brydon-reaches-jalalabad.html

  134. Angel Rodriguez
    August 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    What is the role of natalie jaresko as the head of the Puerto rico fiscal Board ??????? Sincerely Angel Rodriguez
    angelrod90@hotmail.com

  135. Bilbo Baggins
    August 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Why would anyone give any money to a site that is biased and full of half truth and fake news?I can’t for the world not understand how people can fall for this. and yes, the e-mail is real…contrary to your “news”

  136. Matthew Taibbi
    August 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Robert,

    Hello from Matt Taibbi.

    Do you know a crazy character called Chris Nethery? He thinks we’re both Russian agents.

    Please call.

  137. August 29, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Please print a response to the Aug 14th article in “The Hill” that ripped your piece on the VIPS. Do they have it right, or do the VIPS?

  138. TN
    August 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Trying to sign up for your email updates, but not working. Can you please check to see if there’s something that needs to be fixed? Thanks!

  139. Buddy Silver
    September 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

    THE JEWISH KABBALAH

    WHAT IS KABBALAH?
    Today, “Kabbalah” makes most think of pop stars like Madonna or Britney Spears who dabble in the occult. Actually, Kabbalah has no real relevance to Gentiles. It is an occult theology and practice centering around the superiority of Jews and their predestined purpose to dominate society.

    While conservatives focus on the dark side of Islam, they take it for granted that Judaism is a benign religion of peace and tolerance. But if we are brave enough to take a closer look, we find a very, very different reality. Deep in the heart of Judaism’s sacred texts lie a set of twisted and chilling beliefs.

    Christian-Jewish historian Alfred Eidersheim comments,

    “It is undeniable that already at the time of Jesus Christ, there existed an assemblage of doctrines and speculations that were carefully concealed from the multitude. They were not even revealed to ordinary scholars. This kind bore the name of Kabbala.” [1]

    In Kabbalist theology, “God”, called the “En Sof”, is beyond rational description. He consists of the most exalted, rarified light. As his wavelengths descend, they manifest themselves, according to Jewish Kabbalists, as a most wonderful phenomenon: the Jewish people. Jews, being semi-divine, are the rational, physical manifestations of God’s presence in the universe. They are as indispensable to the existence of the universe as a proton is to an atom.

    EVIL GENTILES:
    Unfortunately, the wavelengths of God continue to descend, becoming so degenerate that they produce demons and – most troubling to Israel – satanic creatures called “Kliphoth,” or Gentiles. The rabbinic treatise, “Sepher Or Israel, 117”, recommends: “Take the life of the Klipoth and kill them, and you will please God the same as one who offers incense to Him.” [2]

    The Zohar, meaning “brightness” or “light”, is the five-volume repository of Kabbalistic lore and mystic speculation. It explains, “‘living soul’ refers to Israel who have holy, living souls from above, and ‘cattle’ and ‘creeping thing’ and ‘beast of the earth’ to the other peoples who are not ‘living soul’.” [3]

    BAD VIBRATIONS:
    According to the Zohar, the great tragedy of this world is that the Kliphoth or Gentiles perpetually unsettle the higher levels with their evil imbalance. As long as the Kliphoth continue to exist in their present state of discord, God and His universe will be disordered as well.

    In this concept we find a rationale for the Kabbalists’ hatred of Gentiles. Jesus said, “The time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (John 16:2) The Kabbalist sees the extermination of the Gentile as a necessary process toward restoring order in the universe. He teaches that the Gentile is a form of demon who should be treated with no more genuine benevolence than one would treat Satan himself.

    Gentiles, whom the Zohar describes as “Amalekites”, have an intrinsic tendency to disorder the world, causing it to revert to its primordial state of chaos (tohu) and emptiness (bohu).

    “All of these [Gentiles] tend to bring the world back to the state of tohu and bohu, and they caused the destruction of the temple. But as “tohu” and “bohu” gave place to the light, so, when God reveals Himself, they will be wiped off the earth. But, withal, redemption will not be complete until Amalek will be exterminated.” [4]

    “The People of the Earth are idolaters, and it has been written about them: Let them be wiped off the face of the earth.” [5]

    LONG SUFFERING ISRAEL:
    Until the blessed day when the Gentiles are exterminated, the Zohar says, Israel must remain in a withered, blighted condition. This is because Gentiles, by the confusion they stir up in the lower levels, prevent the blessings of the Shekina in the upper levels from adequately descending upon Israel.

    Someday, however, things will be as they were meant and “man” (meaning Israel) will be given the preeminence he was created to enjoy. Then, says the Kabbalah, “man should be unique and ruler over all.” [6]

    HOW WILL “MAN” CONQUER THE WORLD?
    “Rabbi Jehuda said to him Rabbi Chezkia:
    “He is to be praised who is able to free himself from the enemies of Israel, and the just are much to be praised who get free from them and fight against them.”
    Rabbi Chezkia asked,
    “How must we fight against them?”
    Rabbi Jehuda said,
    “By wise counsel thou shalt war against them.” (Proverbs 24:6)

    “By what kind of war?”
    “The kind of war that every son of man must war against his enemies. Which Jacob used against Esau-by deceit and trickery wherever possible. They must be fought against without ceasing, until proper order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say we should free ourselves from them, and rule over them.”” [7]

    The intention of this passage is clear: world domination.
    WORLD DOMINATION:
    When Jews control the planet, Kabbalists believe, God’s power will be manifest through the Messiah.
    “The Holy One, blessed be He, will display His force, and exterminate them [Gentiles] from the world.” [8]

    In that day,
    “happy will be the lot of Israel, whom the Holy One, blessed be He, has chosen from amongst the Goyim of whom the Scriptures say: “Their work is vanity, it is an illusion at which we must laugh; they will perish when God visits them in his wrath.” At the moment when the Holy One, blessed be He, will exterminate all the Goyim of the world, Israel alone will subsist even as it is written: “The Lord alone will appear great on that day.” [9]

    Until then, the Kabbalah has a solemn mission:

    “It is certain that our captivity will last until the princes of the Gentiles who worship idols are destroyed.” [10]

    To hasten the end of Israel’s captivity, Kabbalah recommends extermination of Gentiles, not simply as a necessity, but as the highest religious duty. Zohar II explains the principles of redemption of the firstborn of an ass by offering a lamb:

    “The ass means non-Jew, who is to be redeemed by the offering of a lamb, which is the dispersed sheep of Israel. But if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull. They should be taken out of the book of the living.” [11]

    “In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those who lamented over Sion and Jerusalem and all those who destroyed idolatrous nations.and those who killed off people who worshipped idols are clothed in purple garments so that they may be recognized and honored.” [12]

    To the Kabbalist, even the quaint and commonplace liturgy of the synagogue has a deep, far-reaching significance:

    “The feast of tabernacles is the period when Israel triumphs over the other peoples of the world. That is why during this feast we seize the loulab and carry it as a trophy to show that we have conquered all the other people known as ‘populace’.” [13]

    KABBALAH TODAY:
    How relevant is the Kabbalah to modern Judaism?
    Although many Jews today have become so secularized that they have forgotten most of their own beliefs, as well as the literature which is supposed to uphold them, observant Jews, including Conservative, Orthodox and especially ultra-Orthodox, still consider the Kabbalah inspired by God. They believe it stands with the Talmud as the greatest legal authority of Judaism. In fact, passages from the Zohar are read along with the Bible and Talmud as part of the worship service in synagogues every Saturday.

    The Concise History of Judaism describes the Zohar as “inspired Jewish writings.” The preface to the Soncino edition of the Zohar says:

    “The Zohar appeals to many Jews in a way that makes them regard it as the most sacred of sacred books! For it mirrors Judaism as an intensely vital religion of the spirit. More overpoweringly than any other book or code, more even than the Bible, does it give to the Jew the conviction of an inner, unseen spiritual universe-an eternal moral order.” (p. 12)

    The same source continues,

    “During the present century there has been a distinct revival of interest.in Kabbalah, and eminent Jewish scholars have attempted to show that these devotees of the mystic side of Jewish life and religion were not, as is popularly supposed, half-crazy visionaries living in a universe peopled by the figments of their own degenerate brains, but men of intellect, scholarship and sound sense who aimed at bringing back to Jewish organized communal life a breath of that mystic sentiment and emotion which are the aromatic life essence of religion, and which are indispensable to Judaism if it is to continue to play its predestined part of bringing mankind “under the wings of the Shekinah.” (p. 25)

    The Kabbalah is thought to be divinely inspired by many Jews because, like the Talmud, it proceeded from the very hub of Jewry-the most eminent rabbis. Many of the greatest Talmudists, from Ben Zakki and Maimonides through the numerous Baal-shems and Talmudists of the 16th through 18th centuries, even to perhaps the greatest rabbi in the world today, Rabbi Steinsaltz of Jerusalem-all have been initiates and practitioners of Kabbalah. They take the Kabbalah very seriously, indeed, as the Word of God.

    What about the Kabbalah’s description of Gentiles as animals who must be slaughtered before “order” can be restored? That concept is not a minority opinion but fundamental to how Kabbalah structures God, Israel, and the universe. Thus, we can only assume it provides much of the motivation for the racist laws, war crimes, and homicidal agenda of the state of Israel today. After all, Orthodox, Kabbalah-venerating Judaism is the official position of the government, religious hierarchy, and military of Israel.

    KNOW YOUR “FRIENDS”:
    There is now an accelerating interest among conservatives and Christians in what the Koran teaches about “infidels.” Many are eager to discuss how the inner teachings of Islam’s most sacred literature might help explain international Arab terrorism.
    Yet, incredibly, the Evangelical Christian Right has no interest in similar investigations into the sacred, semi-secret teachings of Judaism. No one is curious about how such teachings might help explain not only Israel’s notorious mistreatment of her Arab neighbors but also Jewish power worldwide in government, finance, and media.

    This must change. Israel is in the public domain. If Israel expects America to contribute $5 billion annually, sustaining her as the world’s fourth greatest military superpower, then Jews must no longer cry “Anti-Semitism!” whenever their most sacred literature, the Talmud and Zohar, are investigated.

    If America is to keep from being pawned into even greater military and public relations disasters in the Middle East, we must have an accurate understanding of the beliefs of those we are committed to defend.

    Yes, the bombs that fell on Lebanon were made in America. But the hatred and racism behind them were MADE IN ISRAEL.

    Endnotes:
    [1] Eidersheim, Alfred. La Societe Juive au Temps de Jesus, p. 363, 364, with select quotes translated by Nesta Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p. 10.
    [2] Pranaitus, Rev. I. B. The Talmud Unmasked, p.82.
    [3] Zohar I, Bereshith 47a, Soncino translation. This is the authoritative five-volume English edition of the Zohar translated by Maurice and Sperling.
    [4] Zohar I, Bereshith 25b.
    [5] Zohar I, 25a, Pranaitus.
    [6] Zohar I, Bereshith 47a.
    [7] Zohar I, Bereshith 160a, Pranaitus, p. 74-75.
    The Soncino version of this passage, contained in Vol. 2, Vayeze 160a, says the same thing but in less pointed language. Scholars of the Hebrew and Aramaic language have translated this and other passages of the Zohar for me from the authoritative Mantuan edition of the Zohar, 16th century, which resides in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress. Their conclusion is that in the case of volatile passages the Pranaitus translations are consistently superior to the Soncino. In such passages which cannot be omitted, Soncino’s practice is to tone them down by paraphrasing or omitting them entirely.
    [8] Zohar III, Schemoth 7 and 9b, DePauly translation. Nesta Webster presents selected quotes in English from the French DePauly translation of the Zohar, in her Secret Societies and Subversive Movements. The original DePauly translation is available in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress.
    [9] Zohar, Sec. Vayschlah Folio 177b, DePauly translation.
    [10] Zohar I, 219b, Pranaitus p. 80.
    [11] Zohar II, 43a.
    [12] Zohar I, 38b and 39a.
    [13] Zohar, Toldoth Noah, 63b.
    ________________________________________
    Source: Ted Pike

  140. HERCUEL TRIATHLON SAVINIEN
    September 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

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    According to Thomas Pickering, United States is involved in informal talks with representatives of North Korea, though no diplomatic breakthrough has been reached yet.
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States is involved in informal talks with representatives of North Korea, though no diplomatic breakthrough has been reached yet, Thomas Pickering, the former US Ambassador to Russia and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, told RIA Novosti in an interview.
    In May, the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s bureau chief for North America, Choi Sun Hee, said she had met with Pickering, not ruling out the possibility of bilateral contacts with the United States “under the right circumstances.”
    “Without reference to the confirmation of any particular meeting or not, I think that it’s clear to say that we have engaged in ‘track two’ discussions [informal meetings between the representatives of state and non-state actors] with North Koreans, the ones they’ve talked about. My own view is that they have been useful, but they have not led to any instant diplomatic breakthrough,” Pickering said.
    He stressed the importance of diplomatic and informal contacts.
    “Sometimes ‘track two’ contacts are useful to the parties as a way of exchanging ideas and opening the door to new ways of thinking about the problem. ‘Track two’ discussions that I’ve been engaged in have involved briefings of the US government before and after the discussions have taken place. It’s not an effort to supplant the government or to replace, but to try to help them understand… what’s going on,” Pickering said.

    © AP PHOTO/ PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS
    Narrow Majority of US Voters Doubt Trump Can Handle North Korea
    Last week, the broadcaster NHK reported that Evans Revere, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, had met with Choe Kang Il, the deputy director general for North American affairs at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, on the sidelines of the international conference on security issues in Northeast Asia in Switzerland. No details of the meeting were disclosed though.
    The situation on the Korean Peninsula has become aggravated in recent months due to Pyongyang’s missile launches and nuclear tests, all conducted in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. On September 3, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile, which became Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.
    In light of these developments, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted its toughest-ever resolution against North Korea that restricted oil exports to Pyongyang, banned imports of textile products from the Asian nation as well as the country’s access to gas liquids, among other restrictions. However, North Korea has not halted its missile and nuclear activity, and conducted another missile test on Friday.

  141. Will Shanley
    October 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Bob, have you seen this lunacy?

    ALL CITIZENS NEED TO READ THIS!

    Las Vegas and SH, etc, aside, might the NWO lunatics be controlling some actions of Trump using SSSS in White House, such as bombing Syria based on fake evidence? Remember also, how his disposition seems to change a few months into his presidency that left so many of us aghast?

    “FALSE FLAGS” are LEGAL PROPAGANDA PRODUCED by the Department of Defense

    http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=29475

    An excerpt:

    Subliminal Mind Control – SSSS

    The “Sound of Silence” is a military-intelligence code-word for certain psychotronic weapons of mass mind-control tested in the mid-1950s, perfected during the 70s, and used extensively by the US military in the early 90s. This weapon is based on subliminal carrier technology, or the Silent Sound Spread Spectrum (SSSS). It was developed for military use by Dr. Oliver Lowery of Norcross, Georgia, and is described in US Patent #5,159,703 – “Silent Subliminal Presentation System” for commercial use in 1992.

    The patent abstract reads:

    “A silent communications system in which non-aural carriers, in the very low (ELF) or very high audio-frequency (VHF) range or in the adjacent ultrasonic frequency spectrum, are amplitude- or frequency-modulated with the desired intelligence and propagated acoustically or vibrationally, for inducement into the brain, typically through the use of loudspeakers, earphones, or piezoelectric transducers. The modulated carriers may be transmitted directly in real time or may be conveniently recorded and stored on mechanical, magnetic, or optical media for delayed or repeated transmission to the listener.”

    The Sound of Silence Spread Spectrum broadcasting equipment allows for the implantation of thoughts, emotions, and even prescribed physical actions into human beings. In the private sector SSSS goes by the name Silent Subliminal Presentation System and the technology has also been released to certain corporate vendors who have attached brand names like BrainSpeak and Silent Subliminals to their own SSSS-based products.

    It is a technology that uses subliminal programming that is carried over Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) broadcast waves, planting inaudible messages directly into the subconscious human mind. Perfected more than twenty years ago by the DoD and battlefield-tested upon Iraqi soldiers in the Gulf War during 1991, SSSS is a proven weapon.

    The US Government has plans to extend the range of this technology to envelop all peoples, all countries through BBG broadcasts. SSSS is completely undetectable by those being targeted and it delivers its subliminal programming directly to the human brain via the auditory sense at frequencies that humans are incapable of perceiving as sound, there is no defense against it. Coupled with the use of supercomputers, an individual’s unique electroencephalographic (EEG) patterns can be digitally altered and then stored for rebroadcast via digital UHF. Computer-enhanced EEGs can identify and isolate the brain’s low-amplitude emotion signature clusters, synthesize them and they can then be broadcast over TV and radio signals directly into the brain where they can then silently trigger the same basic emotion in another human being.

    Cheers!

    Will

  142. October 4, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Good recent Alastair Crooke about Syria but IIRC you also hired and gaved voice to some Syrian rebel apologist. Might have been wrong on that and then fired her–either wrong or that reporter’s Syrian propaganda posts were sent to the barn. I think though any (and especially) a new news independent media shouldn’t eliminate posts, even if it doesn’t agree with the agenda. Even a skeptical agenda. And maybe I’m ignorant if that person’s ignorant articles are still here. Can’t find them, or long ago. Deleted, or both. After this post I’ll try to keep trying to find the posts. I think a few referenced Murtaza Hussain and his beloved Syrian White Helmet terrorist buddies. Even if he didn’t know that was happening. Even if an Oscar presented.

    You are awesome Robert Parry. No matter any tiny disagreements. Wonderful person and amazing journalist/writer and a good moral person. May you live forever, you utter STALWART. And if I somehow have $5 or more in bank at end of month, it’s yours.

  143. michael
    October 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The newly released book titled ” Thoughtful Pauses” covers political philosophies especially derogatory to big media in the last section.

    CIJ’s own Robert Parry is one of the most profound,thoughtful writers out there today.

  144. J
    October 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

    You boneheads are letting in social justice fanatics into your site’s content and it will harm your site. Everytime I hear these ridiculous non defined terms like white supremacy peppered about in relation to completely unrelated subjects I only think of one thing: the protocols of the elders of zion but for white people.

    You are now part of a cult. None of what is happening today politically in the United States has any remotely significant relation to “white supremacy”. Its embarrassing that you allow such ill defined concepts to impact your analysis. Its a childish view of current events and history. The time of guilty wealthy bourgeouis liberals is over and will be soon burried with its proponents into the earth.

  145. Robert Coo
    October 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Please note the NYT article on Magnitsky today.

  146. Leonidas
    October 29, 2017 at 1:12 am

    What is the ONE paragraph, that will CHANGE EVERY THING you THOUGHT you KNEW about who ASSASSINATED JFK? Here it is:

    What do Richard M. Nixon (former Vice-President under Eisenhower), LBJ (Vice-President under JFK), Allen Dulles (former Director of the CIA, fired by JFK, after the “Bay of Pigs” debacle), Cord Meyer (LBJ’s “Man” at the CIA, and with whose ex-wife JFK had an affair!), George H.W. BUSH (CIA & Texas OIL-man) , David Morales (CIA), E. Howard Hunt (CIA), Frank Sturgis (CIA), MARITA LORENZ (CIA), Lee Harvey Oswald (CIA/FBI), and Mafia Pilot David Ferrie all share in common? Answer: Their involvement in one or more aspects of the NSC (National Security Council) 5412 Committee’s (CIA) “Operation 40” to ASSASSINATE Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

  147. October 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    “He may be right. Instead of merely abusing the world, as Trump does, Clinton, the Great Obliterator, might have attacked Iran and lobbed missiles at Putin, whom she likened to Hitler: a particular profanity given the 27 million Russians who died in Hitler’s invasion.”

    Writes J. Pilger.

    How could he be so sure of “27 million Soviet deaths”, a figure hurled by Stalin to justify his army’s heinous crimes against Germans.
    As for Putin, Pilger ignores that he is worse than Hitler. An over-confident Hitler attacked Soviet Russia, a powerful state, that caused the demise of his National-Socialist régime. But Putin attacked a tiny Caucasian nation, Chechnya, following on the bloody foot path of Elstine, his mentor. Both state terrorists had caused deaths and sufferings and destruction that don’t compare even remotely to what Germans did, including false accusations like the Katyn massacre, in fact perpetrated by Stalin’s terrorists.
    Pitiable Pilger!

  148. October 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Another thing: Clinton for all her hysteria would never have lobbed missiles at Putin, as she well knows the consequences. Swift retaliation, as Russia has the second most powerful military in the world. Mind you, Pilger, Russia is not Syria, Iraq, Libya or Iran!

    Even Iran is off limit, since it has Russia as its backer.

  149. November 5, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for excellent current affairs and analysis journalism, Consortium News. I’m an Australian, but try to read independent media from all over the world because I think it’s vital all who dissent are familiar with what’s happening and what’s being said about it in other parts of the world. I think one of the first things we learn talking to each other all over the world is we’re all hearing the same political slogans and narrative – often word for word. The only contested matter is which country’s neocons came up with the latest line first and exported it. Once you know that’s happening, it becomes much easier to recognise propaganda and unite to fight it internationally.

  150. michael crockett
    November 7, 2017 at 2:27 am

    your article: learning to love mccarthyism is spot on. thank you robert parry. i know that ray mcgovern and other retired intelligence officers have debunked the russian hack of the dnc. their investigation concluded that it was a leak. this is what jullian assange has been saying all along. noam chomsky said americans are inundated with propaganda from the cradle to the grave. that being the case this website can be a vehicle for challenging the many false statements made by the main stream media. to borrow a slogan from rt: question more. keep up the good work.

  151. November 20, 2017 at 2:45 am

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