Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix: Stop Trivializing The Term ‘Coup’

by Caitlin Johnstone, published on Consortium News, January 9, 2021 Stop trivializing the term “coup”. It’s a real thing the US government really inflicts on other countries in a way that actually does topple governments and cause immense destruction. You cannot take over the US government with a small squadron of wingnuts. That’s not a thing. A coup attempt doesn’t[…]

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Who to Believe About Venezuela’s Election: Firsthand Observation of PBS Newshour?

by Rick Sterling, published on La Progressive,  January 2021 In early December I traveled to Venezuela to be an election observer at their national assembly election. I was part of a group of eight persons from Canada and US organized by CodePink. There were about two hundred international observers in total, including the  Latin American Council of Electoral Experts.  I[…]

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After Trump Blocked UN Inquiry of Racist Violence, NGOs Are Conducting Their Own

by Marjorie Cohen, published on Truthout, December 28, 2020 Shortly after the public lynching of George Floyd, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) organized an international coalition of more than 600 organizations and individuals to urge the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene a commission of inquiry to investigate systemic racism and police[…]

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The Syria Charity Scam

by Paul Larudee, from Syria Solidarity Movement, January 5, 2020 Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, the Syrian American Medical Society, the White Helmets, Islamic Relief USA, CARE and other major tax-deductible charities all advertise that they are providing humanitarian aid to Syrians. Their ads can be found in Facebook, Twitter and other social media on a regular basis.[…]

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Grading Trump on Foreign Policy

by Jeremy Kuzmarov, published on Covert Action, December 30, 2020 Huge Military Budgets, Covert Operations, Drones and Assassinations—but hey, at least he didn’t start another major war By any objective measure, Donald Trump has been one of the worst presidents in American history. His administration exacerbated inequalities, fomented social divisions, encouraged nativist and white supremacist groups, gutted environmental protections, mishandled[…]

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Why is NATO going global?

by Bruce Gagnon, published on Organizing Notes, December 29, 2020 One of the pre-conditions for Soviet support for the reunification of East & West Germany was the promise from the US that NATO would not expand ‘one centimeter’ toward the Russian borders.  The Soviet Union’s Warsaw Pact alliance folded after its collapse thus making no need for NATO. Instead since[…]

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Assange Extradition Ruling Is a Relief, But it Isn’t Justice

by Caitlin Johnstone, published on Consortium News, January 4, 2021 British Judge Vanessa Baraitser has ruled against U.S.  extradition for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but not for the reasons she should have. Baraitser’s frightening ruling supported virtually every U.S.  prosecutorial argument that was made during the extradition trial, no matter how absurd and Orwellian. This includes quoting from a long-discredited CNN report alleging without evidence that Assange made[…]

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Deconstructing The Settler Colonial State Of Israel

by Yanis Iqbal, published on EurasiaReview, January 1, 2021 Merry Christmas from the Zionist Occupier On 25 December, 2020, Israel bombed Gaza for six continuous hours as much of the world celebrated Christmas. A children’s hospital, a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities, a mosque, as well as private residences, were damaged. A six-year-old girl and a young man were injured, and much[…]

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