Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media

18 October 2016 — FAIR

Amy Goodman announcing the dismissal of charges against her outside the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, North Dakota.Amy Goodman announcing the dismissal of charges against her outside the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, North Dakota (Democracy Now!, 10/17/16).

North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner stood up for the First Amendment by dismissing “riot” charges against Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!, 10/17/16). That’s more than you can say for most of Goodman’s corporate media colleagues.

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COLDTYPE Issue 126 October 2016 – is now on line

17 October 2016 — Coldtype

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Video: The Giant Is Falling Official Trailer 2016

10 October 2016 — Youtube

The Giant is Falling takes us through the big political events of recent years that signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa. Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises. From the end of the ANC’s special relationship with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student movement, to the more recent crushing electoral losses at the polls for the party of liberation, the film picks at the festering sore of inequality that is making the current status quo untenable.


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Debunking the Western Media’s Coverage of the War on Syria: selected Articles

17 October 2016 — Global Research News

Debunking the Western Media’s Coverage of the War on Syria

By Daniel Espinosa Winder, October 16 2016

There were indeed anti-Assad protests, sometimes clashing with pro-Assad protests, but they were in many cases infiltrated or even promoted by elements with very different goals, mainly not Syrian in origin, and used for violence against civilians and peaceful protestors, policemen and soldiers.

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On Remembering Joe Bageant

17 October 2016

I’ve been doing some housework on the site and I’ve noticed that Joe Bageant’s Website seems not to be available which is a real shame. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Joe when he came to London promoting his first book, ‘Dear hunting with Jesus…” and we had a jolly time and polished off a bottle of Jack and talked of many things. I still miss him. In any case, I have tried to consolidate all the essays I’ve published by Joe over the years and it currently totals 65. There maybe a couple more lurking around somewhere that I’ve missed. You can access them all here:

And if you’ve not read Joe’s writing before, now’s your chance.


Media Lens: ‘Centrist Soft-Liberal Feminism’ – Presidentialising Hillary Clinton

17 October 2016 — Media Lens

A Guardian piece last month described: ‘How September 11 revealed the real Hillary Clinton.’

While even supporters recognise that Clinton’s campaign has been notably cold, passionless and bereft of conviction, ‘The Clinton who emerges from the WNYC [New York Public Radio] tapes is passionate, raw and unrestrained.’

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US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source

14 October 2016 — RT

The US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city of Mosul is stormed. The jihadists will be redeployed to fight against the government in Syria, a military-diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

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ICH 15 October 2016: An Urgently Necessary Briefing on Syria

15 October 2016 — ICH

The Warnings of a New World War
By Gilbert Doctorow
Russia lays down clear warnings that are mostly being ignored.

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There Will Be Blood By S. Artesian

14 October 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

After 40 years “coding” for race, attacking social equality with words like “freedom;” after 40 years of presenting liquidation, asset stripping, decertification of unions, assaults on wages, increases in poverty as “entrepreneurship;” after 40 years of torturing language and meaning (along with persons of darker colors) such that the empty-suit empty-headed Reagan becomes a “revolutionary;” such that ketchup becomes a vegetable, war is peace, ignorance is strength, looting is prosperity, destruction is development, abuse is entitlement; after 40 years of continuous and massive attacks on, and bullying of, the vulnerable, the impoverished, the gentle, the darker, and the female, the bourgeoisie have spawned something that embodies all 40 years, and all of them in a single package.

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Hiding US Role in Yemen Slaughter So Bombing Can Be Sold as ‘Self-Defense’

15 October 2016 — FAIR

To hear US corporate media tell it, the US was dragged into a brand new war on Wednesday

US destroyers in the Gulf of Aden launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels, a Shia insurgent group currently withstanding a massive bombing campaign from a Saudi-led coalition in a year-and-half conflict between largely Shia rebels and the Saudi-backed Sunni government in Yemen. The Pentagon insisted that cruise missiles had been fired onto the USS Mason on Sunday and Wednesday from Houthi-controlled territory, and called the airstrikes a “limited self-defense” response.

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Syria’s “White Helmets”: Fiction and Reality

14 October 2016 — Global Research

white helmetsSyria’s “White Helmets”: Fiction and Reality

By Ahmad Salah, October 14 2016

A young man, wearing a white helmet and a distinctive yellow-and-blue badge on his arm, digs for four hours in the rubble of a destroyed building in Idlib Province in northwest Syria. Finally, he sees what he’s looking for: an infant. He takes her to an ambulance like she is his own child. This is how the Western media portray the volunteers of Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets. But what does the reality look like?

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Gorbachev’s Nuclear Initiative of January 1986 and the Road to Reykjavik

13 October 2016  — National Security Archive

Soviet nuclear abolition proposal in January 1986 welcomed by Reagan, set stage for historic Reykjavik summit and the INF Treaty 30 years ago

Gorbachev believed US dismissed idea as propaganda but declassified documents show major internal debate, consultations with allies, serious presidential support

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 563

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Towards NAFTA-EU Economic Integration?: Selected Articles

13 October 2016 — Global Research

Towards NAFTA-EU Economic Integration? “Back-Door” Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) Sets the Stage…

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, October 13 2016

EU politicians have reluctantly put the TTIP “on hold” in response to the protest movement, while pushing ahead the CETA back-door deal with Canada, The adoption of CETA would in practice validate the eventual de facto implementation of the US sponsored TTIP leading to the economic integration of NAFTA and the EU.

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Black Agenda Report for October 12, 2016: Apocalypse Hillary, Anti-Trump Hypocrisy, WikiLeaks and Hillary’s Private Lies

13 October 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Apocalypse Hillary
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Donald Trump is a dead racist walking; there’s no reason for “progressives” to vote for Clinton for fear of Trump. But everyone “should be terrified of Hillary Clinton getting the kind of landslide that she will interpret as a mandate for war with Russia.” Even though Hillary is unstoppable, she can be slowed down in her rush to war, which will begin as soon as she imposes her “no fly zone” in Syria. Vote Green, no matter what state you live in. Continue reading this...