Media: ‘This Is a Country That’s in a Tremendous Crisis’

13 February 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Zaid Jilani about Trump’s Yemen raid for the February 3, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Zaid Jilani (image: Arn Menconi/YouTube)

Zaid Jilani: “It’s important for people, whenever they address news events, to understand that we don’t live in year zero. There’s always a history and a context.” (image: Arn Menconi/YouTube)

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US Senate’s Anti-Russia Legislation, Iran’s Role in Syria Crisis, Calexit: Should California Secede?

10 February 2017 — Global Research

trump_putinThe Russia Review Act: Senate Aims to Block Trump From Lifting Sanctions on Russia

By Stephen Lendman, February 10 2017

Called the “Russia Review Act,” it establishes a review process, giving congressional members oversight over whether to maintain or lift sanctions, preventing unilateral Trump action. It requires the White House to submit a report, explaining why it seeks sanctions removal, a 120-day review period following, giving Congress final say on whether to maintain or ease sanctions in question.

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ICH Headlines 10-11 February 2017

10-11 February 2017 — Information Clearing House

Trump’s Desperate Search For a ‘Reichstag Fire’
By Hamid Dabashi

“Donald Trump needs a war,” The only “Holy War” Trump can wage is of course against Muslims.

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NYT: Unlike Russian Wars, US Wars ‘Promote Freedom and Democracy’

10 February 2017 — FAIR

NYT: Blaming America FirstThe New York Times defends its country’s innocence.

The New York Times, in its recent rebuff of comments President Donald Trump made about Russia, seems not to have evolved its understanding of US geopolitics past an 8th grade level. Trump had been asked by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (2/5/17) why he wouldn’t condemn Vladimir Putin, whom O’Reilly called a “killer.”

“You got a lot of killers,” Trump told O’Reilly. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

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Clinton’s Plunder of Haiti, What the US Should Know about Crimea, Castro’s Defiance of US Imperialism

10 February 2017 — Global Research

clintons“Predatory Humanism” and the Plunder of Haiti: “Clinton Robin Hood in Reverse Must Be Punished”

By Charles Ortel and Dady Chery, February 09 2017

Despite the polls in the run up to November 8, 2016, and the post-election shenanigans that continue to this day, the United States has a new President, and it is not Hillary Clinton. There are many reasons for this, and Charles Ortel’s dogged, two-year investigation of the Clintons’ predatory humanitarianism is a major one. He is not yet done. It is almost universally unacceptable to prey on the weak of one’s own species.

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ICH Headlines 9 February 2017

9 February 2017 — Information Clearing House

What The US Representative to the UN Should Know About “Annexed” Crimea
By Arina TSUKANOVA

Nikki Haley, like millions of her fellow Americans, does not know the history of the Crimean people’s struggle.

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Neoliberalism and the New World Order, Trump and The Deep State, Israeli Spies in London Exposed

9 February 2017 — Global Research

chossudovsky3Neoliberalism and the New World Order. IMF-World Bank “Reforms”, The Role of Wall Street

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky and Bonnie Faulkner, February 08 2017

Today we discuss global financial war as outlined in Professor Chossudovsky’s article “Wall Street Behind Brazil Coup D’état,” the role played by the IMF and World Bank in the economies of debtor nations, the Real Plan in Brazil, the imposition of the Washington Consensus, loss of national sovereignty, neoliberal institution funding of grassroots movements, the main corporate actors of the new world order, the function of propaganda, and the process of global impoverishment and the destruction of nation-states.

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Black Agenda Report February 8, 2017: Roland Martin- That Hustla Ova There, Enemies of Public Education, Resist Trump AND the Democrats

8 February 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Roland Martin: That Hustla Ova There Tryna Sell Us School Privatization
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Roland Martin pretends to be a journalist. But what does a guy do when the one percent won’t pay for an informed public? Roland is a hustla for hire, and he’s found a dependable set of clients. Roland is all about blackening up and selling us the destruction and privatization of public schools, which is what both elite Democrats and Republicans want. Journalists tell the truth without fear or favor. Hustlas do what they’re paid to do, and the charter school sugar daddies pay well. Continue reading this...

CIA Covert Aid to Italy Averaged $5 Million Annually from Late 1940s to Early 1960s, Study Finds

8 February 2017 —  — National Security Archive

Previously Unpublished Draft Defense Department History Explores U.S. Policy toward Italy, Spotlights Role of Flamboyant Envoy, Clare Boothe Luce

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 579

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End of the Trump Administration?, U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Forum, Monsanto boss to visit UK, Queen Mother Moore’s Revolutionary Legacy: Selected Articles

7 February 2017 — Global Research

Trump trou noirIs The Trump Administration Already Over?

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, February 07 2017

Hopes for the Trump administration are not burning brightly. Trump’s military chief, Gen. Mattis, is turning out to be true to his “mad dog” nickname. He has just declared that Iran “is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.” He has declared Russia to be the number one threat to the US. He has threatened intervention in China’s territorial affairs.

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Media: On Iran, SPLC’s ‘Extremist’ Is NPR’s ‘Expert’

8 February 2017 — FAIR

NPR: Did Iran's Ballistic Missile Test Violate A U.N. Resolution?NPR’s report on Iran turned for analysis to what the SPLC describes as “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

Last week, the Trump administration began ratcheting up hostilities with Iran, nominally in response to a ballistic missile test in late January. NPR (2/2/17) dutifully reported Trump’s announcement of new sanctions on Iran, framing the issue as the Trump White House responding to an Iranian “provocation” in regards to Iran’s agreement with the UN, rather than simply executing long-held plans. A follow-up explainer by international correspondent Peter Kenyon (2/3/17) would muddy the waters further and use an incredibly dodgy source to do so.

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Media Lens: Undermining Democracy – Corporate Media Bias on Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and Syria

6 February 2017 — Media Lens

Are we able to prove the existence of a corporate media campaign to undermine British democracy? Media analysis is not hard science, but in this alert we provide compelling evidence that such a campaign does indeed exist.

Compare coverage of comments made on Syria by a spokesman for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in October 2016 and by UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson in January 2017. Continue reading this...

The Anti-Empire Report #148 By William Blum

4 February 2017 

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland

Since Yalta, we have a long list of times we’ve tried to engage positively with Russia. We have a relatively short list of successes in that regard. – General James Mattis, the new Secretary of Defense

If anyone knows where to find this long list please send me a copy.

This delusion is repeated periodically by American military officials. A year ago, following the release of Russia’s new national security document, naming as threats both the United States and the expansion of the NATO alliance, a Pentagon spokesman declared: “They have no reason to consider us a threat. We are not looking for conflict with Russia.”

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A Lesson Media Missed About the Dangers of Scapegoating

4 February 2017 — FAIR

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau,  Alexandre BissonnetteUS news outlets were roughly six times more interested in Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (left) than in Alexandre Bissonnette—even though Bissonnette is accused of killing six times as many people.

If you were unfamiliar with the way US corporate media works, you might assume that the murder of six people in a Quebec City mosque, allegedly by far-right white supremacist Alexandre Bissonnette, would be a big story.  After all, the January 29 massacre happened when the United States was had just begun a furious debate over Donald Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, ostensibly as an anti-terrorism measure. Thousands of protesters descended upon airports across the country, denouncing the order as arbitrary scapegoating.

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