‘1 Percent of Taxpayers Receive More Than the Bottom 80 Percent’

28 April 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Jeremie Greer about the tax code and inequality for the April 21, 20117, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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At NYT, Climate Denial and Racism Don’t Make You Fringe–but Single-Payer Does

20 April 2017 — FAIR

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New York Times hire Bret Stephens (cc photo: Christopher Michel)

The New York Times is the most influential newspaper in the English-language world, not just because of its reach and leadership status within the industry, but because it defines the boundaries of acceptable debate. Being in the New York Times is a legitimizing event, one that cements ideas as not fringe, “other,” or in the realm of the dreaded, career-ending “conspiracy theory.” So it understandably upset many liberals when the Times decided to bestow upon hard-right Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens the ultimate stamp of Acceptable Opinion approval by affording him a regular op-ed column in the Times.

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Media: Thomas Friedman’s Perverse Love Affair With ISIS

13 April 2017 — FAIR

NYT: Why Is Trump Fighting ISIS in Syria?Thomas Friedman urges Donald Trump to be “utterly cynical”–not unlike a Thomas Friedman column.

For the second time in as many years, Thomas Friedman has explicitly advocated that the United States use the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a proxy force against Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. The New York Times foreign affairs columnist made this suggestion in his Wednesday column, “Why Is Trump Fighting ISIS in Syria?” (4/12/17):

Why should our goal right now be to defeat the Islamic State in Syria? Of course, ISIS is detestable and needs to be eradicated. But is it really in our interest to be focusing solely on defeating ISIS in Syria right now?…

We could simply back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria and make it entirely a problem for Iran, Russia, Hezbollah and Assad. After all, they’re the ones overextended in Syria, not us. Make them fight a two-front war—the moderate rebels on one side and ISIS on the other. If we defeat territorial ISIS in Syria now, we will only reduce the pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah and enable them to devote all their resources to crushing the last moderate rebels in Idlib, not sharing power with them.

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Media: Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed

11 April 2017 — FAIR

Headlines of Syria airstrike editorialsOf the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack.

In other words, 83 percent of editorials on the Syria attack supported Trump’s bombing, 15 percent took an ambivalent position and 2 percent said the attack shouldn’t have happened. Polls showed the US public being much more split: Gallup (4/7–8/17) and ABC/Washington Post (4/7–9/17) each had 51 percent supporting the airstrikes and 40 percent opposed, while CBS (4/7–9/17) found 57 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed.

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North Korea: ‘The Only Sensible Path at This Point is Dialogue’

12 April 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Hyun Lee about North Korea for the April 7, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Hyun Lee: “Every country has a sovereign right to test its weapons capability. That’s how you know if it works or not, and that’s precisely what North Korea is doing.”

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Media Lens: Trump’s Tomahawks – The Instant Certainty Of The ‘Mainstream’ Press

12 April 2017 — Media Lens

As ever, it didn’t take long for them to make up their minds. Roy Greenslade reports in the Guardian on the media reaction to Donald Trump’s bombardment of Syria in ‘retaliation’ (USA Today) for the alleged chemical weapons attacks on Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria:

‘There was an identifiable theme in almost every leading article and commentary: “Well done Donald, but … ” The “buts” amounted to eloquent judgments on the president’s character, conveying explicit messages of disquiet and distrust.’

In other words, almost every leading article and commentary in every UK newspaper supported Trump’s blitz. Continue reading this...

Selected Articles: Syria Chemical Weapons Saga

12 April 2017 — Global Research

Articles below are among the most-read on the ‘chemical attack’ in Syria.

The Gassing Game in Syria: Regime Change and Beyond

By , April 11, 2017

US-Russia ties are not the only issue adversely impacted by the US’s 7th April bombardment. If the US escalates its military involvement, it will have far-reaching consequences for the on-going conflict in Syria, politics in WANA and global peace in general. Continue reading this...

Video: US Deploys Forces At Syrian-Jordanian Border – Further Escalation

10 April 2017 — Democracy and Class Struggle

For those suspecting increased US boots on the Ground in Syria – there is confirmation coming from the Syrian – Jordanian Border of increased US forces which landed in Aqaba.

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The “Chemical Attack” and the Khan Sheikoun Show – A New President Proudly Presented By “Trump Productions”

10 April 2017 — 

The “chemical attack” at Khan Sheikoun was faked and a show; though a number of people were killed or hurt during its production.

This video for example, of doctors and patients in an emergency room was pure theater, taken over a longer time period. The main presenter was a well-known criminal Takfiri but with links to the British secret service. The whole show was perfected, by specialists one would think, to fit for U.S. TV screens. Continue reading this...

Video: Did Bipartisan Russia Hysteria Help Fuel Trump’s Rush to Bomb Assad?

10 April 2017 — TRNN

In part two of our interview, journalist Rania Khalek argues that the U.S. strike on the Assad regime continues policy that tacitly helps Al Qaeda and ISIS, all the while raising the threat of conflict with Russia – a threat exacerbated by the recent bipartisan frenzy over President Trump’s ties to Moscow. Continue reading this...

Video: Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game and Reflection of Deep Systemic Crisis

9 April 2017 — TRNN

Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the cynical politics behind the attack and the decay and dysfunctionality of the American state

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Video: Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics?

7 April 2017 – TRNN

Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump’s response was a violation of international law

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The Essential Pundit Take: ‘Trump Became President’ by Bombing Syria

8 April 2017 — FAIR

Fareed Zakaria on Trump airstrikesFareed Zakaria: Presidents “don’t need to go to a pesky Congress every time they want military force.”

“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” last night, CNN host Fareed Zakaria said when asked about the significance of Trump’s airstrikes on Syria (New Day, 4/7/17). “I think this was actually a big moment.” Continue reading this...

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Video: Michael Hudson: Democratic Party Hired CrowdStrike As a Propaganda Organization To Make Accusations Against Russia

3 April 2017 — The Real News

Michael Hudson explains that the Senate hearings on Russia are an effort by Democrats to torpedo improvements in Russia-US relations and lack any real evidence of Russian meddling.

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