The Arms Trade: ‘You Don’t Get the Full Picture of What a Devastating Trade This Is’

12 August 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed William Hartung about US arms sales for the August 5, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

William Hartung: “It’s a $70 billion industry, and the US dominates it year after year.”

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How Media Distorted Syrian Ceasefire’s Breakdown

11 August 2016 — FAIR

Coverage of the breakdown of the partial ceasefire in Syria illustrated the main way corporate news media distort public understanding of a major foreign policy story. The problem is not that the key events in the story are entirely unreported, but that they were downplayed and quickly forgotten in the media’s embrace of themes with which they were more comfortable.

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NYT Reveals Think Tank It’s Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster

12 August 2016 — FAIR

NYT: How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America's InfluenceThe New York Times (8/7/16) reveals the corporate influence behind some of its most-used sources.

A recent New York Times article (8/7/16) detailed, in often scathing terms, what many media critics already knew: that think tanks are frequently not objective, neutral arbiters of information, but corporate- and government-funded agenda-promoters with an academic veneer to give the appearance of impartiality.

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Tell INEOS not to frack the UK!

12 August 2016 — SumOfUs

Petrochemical giant INEOS is planning to flood the UK with fracking wells. And this week we learnt how the government plans to bribe people with cash payments to allow fracking in their community.

Billionaire businessman Jim Ratcliffe left the UK in 2010 to avoid paying taxes. Now he’s back, and he has big plans for the UK — and for his company, INEOS.

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NSA: U.S. Policy in Argentina Declassified

10 August 2016 — National Security Archive

  • Obama Releases Formerly Secret Documents on Policy and Human Rights Violations During Military Dictatorship, 1976-1983
  • 1000 Pages of Records from Presidential Libraries Turned Over to Argentines
  • National Security Archive Applauds Administration’s “Act of Declassified Diplomacy” 

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Secret Plans to cut NHS services across England Exposed

10 August 2016 — 38 Degrees

Jeremy Hunt’s secret plans to cut NHS services across England are taking shape right now. [1] They could mean big changes to the care our local NHS provides – including cuts to hospital beds or reduced A&E services. [2]
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Understanding Transversality: Spain’s Podemos By Juan Antonio Gil de los Santos

9 August 2016 — Global Research

When the 15-M movement broke out onto the streets across Spain in 2011, it didn’t coalesce into a series of political parties on either end of the political spectrum. In fact, there was a common declaration that stood out among all of the indignados: “They don’t represent us”. This referred to the “Regime of ‘78”  and the dominant political actors that have been ruling Spain since the death of Franco, and have made the rupturing of the social contract possible over the last 30 years.

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Scrap the sale of our medical records!

10 August 2016 — SumOfUs

The government is about to resurrect the privatisation of our medical records, but this time without even telling us.

The government review into the scheme was published earlier this month and it recommended the scheme we fought so hard against be scrapped. This sounds like a victory, but buried in the report is a new worrying scheme to sell our medical records to big corporations.

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Syrian Endgame: The Battle for Aleppo and ‘Plan C’ By Global Research News: selected Articles

5 August 2016 — Global Research

AleppoSyrian Endgame: The Battle for Aleppo and ‘Plan C’

By Prof. Tim Anderson, August 04 2016

The battle for Aleppo has forced the al Qaeda groups into their desperate last stand, as the Washington-driven proxy war on Syria moves into its final stages. The liberation of Aleppo will be the beginning of the end. The online maps have been misleading. Even before the Russian air power intervention of September 2015 the Syrian Government controlled 85% of the country’s populated areas. But reclaiming all of Aleppo is critical for Syrian control of the north and of supply lines to the shrinking ground of ISIS in the east.

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Turkey’s Attempted Coup – Cui Bono? An [Organized] Gift From Allah? Selected Articles

3 August 2016 — Global Research 

ErdoganTurkey’s Attempted Coup – Cui Bono? An [Organized] Gift From Allah?

By Felicity Arbuthnot, August 02 2016

In under a week 60,000 people had been fired or detained and 2,300 institutions closed on Erdogan’s orders. Latest figures stand at 70,000 including media, health, education and judiciary purged or interned according to the State sponsored Anadolu news agency – which may be the only news outlet standing since: “at least 131 newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines, publishers and news agencies” have been ordered closed this week alone.” (Independent, 31st July 2016.)

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California Civil Law Suit against George W. Bush Et Al: Selected Articles

3 August 2016 — Global Research

bush_blair_0California Civil Law Suit against George W. Bush Et Al: DOJ Blocks Submission of Chilcot Report

By Inder Comar, August 02 2016

The case, Saleh v. Bush, involves claims by an Iraqi mother that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Paul Wolfowitz — waged a war of aggression against Iraq in 2003, and that they should be personally responsible for the consequences of the unlawful invasion.

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America’s “Humanitarian Massacre” of Syrian Civilians By Global Research News: Selected Articles:

2 August 2016 — Global Research

isisAmerica’s “Humanitarian Massacre” of Syrian Civilians. The “Counter-Terrorism” Campaign Is Directed against the Syrian People

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, July 31 2016

The US counterterrorism bombing campaign under “Operation Inherent Resolve” does not target terrorists.  Quite the opposite. Both ISIS-Daesh and Al Nusra are protected by the US led coalition.  The forbidden truth is that the counterterrorism campaign is directed against the Syrian people.

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NYT Leads With Russia Hack Conspiracy–Despite ‘No Evidence’ (in Next-to-Last Paragraph)

1 August 2016 — FAIR

The New York Times (7/29/16) has published another article peddling the conspiracy that the Russian government is manipulating the US election in order to hurt Hillary Clinton.

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Video: How Erdogan Destabilized Turkey with Vijay Prashad

30 July 2016 — TRNN

Vijay Prashad explains how the Turkish pivot towards Russia is propelled by the failure of relationship building with Europe and the war with Syria

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