From Editor Robert Parry: We are setting the goal for our end-of-year fund drive at $50,000, not a huge sum but enough so we can put Consortiumnews on a firmer financial footing. That means we will need help from small, medium and large donors.
From Editor Robert Parry: I want to apologize to any readers who were inadvertently dropped from our email list for story notifications. Because the vendor handling that email service was raising rates based on size of email lists, we tried to purge “dead emails” but may have got some live ones, too. So…
From Editor Robert Parry: Dec. 2 is “Giving Tuesday” when people take a break from shopping and donate to charities – and while Consortiumnews might not jump to mind, it is crucial that our non-profit journalism keeps shedding light into the dark corners of global affairs because facts are the first line of defense against war and other horrors.
From Editor Robert Parry: Nineteen years ago this month, Consortiumnews.com came into being as the first Internet-based investigative newsmagazine, or what was then called an “e-zine.” Back then, the name was just “The Consortium” and we operated through a server that doesn’t seem to exist anymore.
Some of our special stories in October set the record straight in defense of Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting, explained the continued crises in Syria and Ukraine, and noted the decline of American democratic institutions.
Editor Robert Parry: I want to thank the readers who contributed to our fall fund drive. I realize that election season is a time when many people are asking for your support. So I especially appreciate the effort. But we did end about $4,500 short of our $25,000 goal.
From Editor Robert Parry: We are at the end of our fall fund drive, but remain about $7,500 short of our goal of $25,000. If you can, please help so we can continue Consortiumnews as a source of independent and investigative journalism. We also are offering some special gifts.
From Editor Robert Parry: At Consortiumnews, we welcome substantive comments about our articles, but comments should avoid abusive language toward other commenters or our writers, racial or religious slurs, and allegations that are unsupported by facts. There are plenty of conspiracy theory sites; this is a journalistic one.
From Editor Robert Parry: At Consortiumnews, we try to minimize the number of fund drives per year, now only three. But it’s important that we meet those goals if we are to continue this unique investigative news site that has been providing articles on important topics for 19 years.
Some of our special stories in September focused on the new Cold War over Ukraine, President Obama plunging back into the Iraq War while expanding U.S. airstrikes into Syria, and the revival of the Contra-cocaine scandal.