ICH Headlines 14 February 2017

24 February 2017 — Information Clearing House

Trump Relinquishes Control of Foreign Policy
By Mike Whitney

The war party is back in power and the odds of normal relations with Russia have dropped to zero. Continue reading this...

‘Ajit Pai Wants to Shut Down the Way We Communicate and Organize’

24 February 2017— FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Jessica Gonzalez about new FCC chair Ajit Pai for the February 17, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Jessica Gonzalez

Jessica Gonzalez: “Our voices are making a difference, and making it more difficult for them and the administration to undo all of the important consumer protections that we fought so hard for.”

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Media: Mizue Aizeki on Criminalizing Immigrants

24 February 2017 — FAIR

ICE officer making an arrest (Wikimedia)This week on CounterSpin: Early morning deportation raids are stoking fear in immigrant communities, pulling parents from children and shipping people who’ve lived in the US for decades to places they don’t remember. Donald Trump talks about rounding up “drug lords” and murderers, but not only is that not who is being targeted, recently released executive orders expand the category of “criminal alien” to any immigrant who has been accused of a crime, or who someone thinks may have committed one.

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Trump Caves to Wall Street and War Profiteers, Iraq: ISIS Drones and Fake Counter-terrorism, Artificial Intelligence and the Ruling Class

24 February 2017 — Global Research

Trump: America’s Latest Warrior President, Surrenders to Wall Street and War Profiteers

By Stephen Lendman, February 23 2017

The hoped for antidote to Hillary appears no different when on policymaking – both subservient to monied interests at the expense of popular ones, both warriors, not peacemakers, both intolerant of challenges to America’s hegemonic aims, both hostile to all sovereign independent states, a deplorable situation, a dangerous one risking  possible nuclear war.

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Open Borders? No, open your media, or else

24 February 2017 — Open Media

Can you imagine doing this at the airport? You take off your shoes, put your liquids in the x-ray tray… and then hand over your unlocked phone to a border agent for them to look through?

In the U.S., a disturbing proposal is on the table: Key U.S. politicians want to force every single traveller crossing the border to hand over their digital devices, unlock them, and provide their social media passwords.1

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Black Agenda Report Feb 22, 2017: Hi-Speed Sellout Black Misleadership Class, EZ-Pass Privatizatn, Corporate Media Enemy

22 February 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Black Misleadership Class: High-Speed Sell-Outs

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The NAACP and the Urban League want to leave Internet neutrality to the tender mercies of the Republican-controlled Congress. But that’s nothing new. The Black Misleadership Class has been selling out the people’s interests to giant telecom companies since 2006, in exchange for organizational and campaign funding. Eminently buyable, they constantly seek to position themselves close to Power — and then cash out. Continue reading this...

Humanity on Brink of Extinction, Syria: Fake US “Counter-terrorism”, Trump: Deep State Coup d’Etat

22 February 2017 — Global Research

Nuclear MushroomThe Cliff of Nuclear Annihilation: Humanity is on the Brink of Extinction! Thirty Seconds to Midnight

By Regis TremblayHelen CaldicottRay McGovernDavid VineChris Hedges, and Colonel Ann Wright, February 20 2017

Filmmaker Regis Tremblay states what few others dare to say. Humanity is on the brink of extinction! Nuclear power is not safe. 48 of America’s nuclear power plants are leaking and there is no way to get rid of nuclear waste. America’s reckless provocations of both Russia and China, two nuclear-armed countries, risk a nuclear holocaust from which no one survives. Climate change and global warming, if not mitigated immediately, will end the human experiment on earth sooner rather than later.

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Can The Climate Survive Electoral Democracy? May Be. Can It Survive Capitalism? No. By Stan Cox

22 February 2017 — Countercurrents

Donald Trump plans to dismantle America’s already weak climate policy, potentially dooming not only this country but the entire world to runaway greenhouse warming. The day after Election Day 2016, star climate scientist Michael Mann was already saying he feared that it was “game over” for the Earth’s climate.

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Media Lens: The ‘Superficial, Arrogant Smugness’ Of BBC News – Peter Oborne Delivers Some Home Truths On BBC Radio 4 Today

22 February 2017 — Media Lens

In a recent media alert, we noted the occasional tell-tale signs of uncomfortable truths that slip through cracks in the propaganda façade of BBC News. Very occasionally, the propaganda nature is clearly highlighted and can be enjoyed for its directness and the flustered BBC response it provokes.

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Media: Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai

18 February 2017 — FAIR

Ajit Pai being sworn in as an FCC commissioner (photo: FCC)
Ajit Pai (photo: FCC)

This week on CounterSpin: “T-Mobile Very Pleased with Direction of Change under Trump Administration, CEO Says.” That headline tells you pretty much what  you need to know about Ajit Pai, Trump’s choice of chair for the FCC—the entity charged with representing the public interest in the communications industry. The phone company exec is pleased, he says, because Pai’s appointment signals “an air of less regulation.”

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ICH News Headlines 17 February 2017

17 February 2017 — Information Clearing House

Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper
By Mike Whitney

This isn’t about the law and it isn’t about the truth. It’s about bare-knuckle geopolitics and global hegemony. Continue reading this...

Media Lens: Paul Mason And The Grand Propaganda Narratives

17 February 2017 — Media Lens

As corporate media continue to haemorrhage ad revenue to websites like Facebook, and credibility to social media activism, dissent seems to be increasingly viewed as a luxury the ‘mainstream’ can ill afford.

Where once a handful of dissidents was allowed to challenge the Grand Propaganda Narratives (GPN) of the day, modern leftists are tolerated only if they accept these narratives even as they talk radical change.

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New Cold War Continues, Resignation of Michael Flynn: Hillary’s Revenge?

16 February 2017 — Global Research

160721_POL_trump-putin.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2Dangerous Crossroads: Trump Declares War on Russia, New Cold War will Continue Until Moscow Complies…

By Eric Zuesse, February 16 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump made unequivocally clear, on February 14th, that the new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia will continue until Russia complies with two conditions that would not only be humiliating to Russia (and to the vast majority of its citizens), but that would also be profoundly immoral.

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In the European Court of Justice with the BeeDefenders

16 February 2017 — SumOfUs

I’m writing to you from the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, where I’ve just delivered messages of support from you and over 57,000 other SumOfUs members. The team here are so grateful to know that you’re standing beside them.

Right now, the BeeDefenders are in court defending the bees from the world’s biggest pesticide companies – Bayer, Syngenta and BASF.

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