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Volume 25, Number 226---Friday, August 16, 2019
Updated: 1 hour 32 min ago

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Hong Kong’s Inevitable Showdown

Sat, 2019-08-17 07:53
This reckoning with Beijing’s authority was baked into the cake 22 years ago when the Union Jack came down over Government House. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News It is impossible not to admire the bravery and commitment pro-democracy…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

WATCH CN LIVE!: Webb on Epstein and the Guardian, the NYT and WikiLeaks: Episode 6 at 2pm EDT

Fri, 2019-08-16 23:30
Watch Episode 6 of CN Live! today at 2pm EDT. Whitney Webb’s powerful interview on Epstein and Mark Davis on The Guardian, the NYT, WikiLeaks and the publication of the Afghan War Logs.
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

History Runs in Zig-Zags: Crisis in Kashmir, Hope in Argentina

Fri, 2019-08-16 04:15
As one door  bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina, writes Vijay Prashad. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research As one door sharply bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina. That is the nature of our struggles.…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Blaming Each Other for Backing Terrorism

Thu, 2019-08-15 23:47
The two sides of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s Qatar rift are far from reconciling as both accuse the other of supporting terrorism, reports Giorgio Cafiero.  By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News The Gulf Crisis between Qatar and its…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

THE ANGRY ARAB: Armies & Politics in the Middle East

Thu, 2019-08-15 06:44
As`ad AbuKhalil reviews Middle East rulers’ reasons for distrusting their own militaries.    By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News A close association between armies and politics has pertained in the Middle East for a long while. Army leaders have…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Mass Shootings in the White Noise of Anywhere USA

Thu, 2019-08-15 02:59
Phil Rockstroh muses on how the impulse to possess an unlimited number of firearms fits into the late-imperium scheme of things.  By Phil Rockstroh  Special to Consortium News The U.S.  is less of a nation than a collective, psychotic episode.…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

JOHN KIRIAKOU: How a Suicide Watch Really Works

Wed, 2019-08-14 11:05
If Jeffrey Epstein’s death turns out to have been self-inflicted, it would represent a complete breakdown in the system that was supposed to protect him. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News A cottage industry has been spawned over the…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Epstein’s Death & the Investigation of Powerful Networks

Wed, 2019-08-14 09:44
Craig Murray delves into allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and another suspicious death that the case recalls.   By Craig Murray There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former presidents and prime ministers where the inhabitants have a little…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

The Epstein Case: Everyone’s a Conspiracy Theorist

Wed, 2019-08-14 06:35
The only problem with the term is the meaningless use of it as a pejorative, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Plutocratic propaganda outlet MSNBC has run a spin segment about the medical examiner’s determination of the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s death…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

US Agriculture Needs 21st-Century New Deal

Wed, 2019-08-14 02:16
Three scholars look at what can be done for U.S. farms, where bankruptcies were already at a 10-year high before the floods this past spring.  Jeff Jorgenson looks over a partially flooded field he farms near Shenandoah, Iowa, May 29,…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

The 9% Lie: Industrial Food & Climate Change

Wed, 2019-08-14 02:14
Ronnie Cummins challenges the widely used official estimate of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. agriculture. By Ronnie Cummins Independent Science News for Food and Agriculture The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

RAY McGOVERN: Rich’s Ghost Haunts the Courts

Tue, 2019-08-13 09:45
It is verboten to utter his name, but a lawsuit and possible declassification of NSA documents could get to the bottom of the Seth Rich controversy, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News As if it weren’t…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Jobs, the Environment, and a Planet in Crisis

Tue, 2019-08-13 04:00
Aviva Chomsky reports on the complexities of labor’s response to the Green New Deal and little-known divisions over the plan within the environmental movement. By Aviva Chomsky When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

How Holmes Would Work the Epstein Case

Mon, 2019-08-12 23:40
Given the roll call of high and mighty involved, Michael Brenner inspects the many dead ends investigators are likely to hit.     By Michael Brenner Jeffrey Epstein is dead. An alleged suicide who was found strangled in his prison cell Saturday morning…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Russiagate is Dead, but for the Political Establishment, it is Still the New 42

Mon, 2019-08-12 10:13
Craig Murray offers a guide to a judge’s conclusion that claims made as the basis of Russiagate are insufficient to even warrant a hearing.  By Craig Murray Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

More Second Amendment Madness

Sat, 2019-08-10 13:00
Robert Parry, founder of this site, exposed in this Jan. 2013 article the dangerous & false idea the U.S. Constitution Framers put in the 2nd Amendment so an armed population could fight the government the Framers had just created. By…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

WATCH: CN LIVE! The Latest on Assange; Plus America and Guns; Episode 5, Today 2pm EDT Live!

Fri, 2019-08-09 22:25
Join us today at 2 pm EDT for the fifth episode of CN Live! to discuss the latest on Julian Assange and the problem of guns in America.  John Pilger saw Assange at Belmarsh prison on Tuesday and reports a…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

Hijacking the Second Amendment

Fri, 2019-08-09 04:10
The gun lobby has hijacked the Second Amendment, which was intended for citizen militias to provide domestic “security” without a standing army. The amendment is a dangerous relic, never clearer than  after El Paso and Dayton, writes Joe Lauria. By…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

For Cliff May, War Pays

Fri, 2019-08-09 01:47
About the only thing the Defense of Democracies’ founder does not love about war is fighting it himself, writes Daniel McAdams. By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute To say that Clifford May, founder of the Foundation for the Defense of…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy

A Letter to President Trump

Thu, 2019-08-08 22:26
“First, I would advise you against using the words ‘win’ and ‘winning’ to describe war, especially from a U.S. perspective,” begins Habib Ahmadzadeh. By Habib Ahmadzadeh Mint Press News Dear President Trump, In a recent Tweet, you claimed that “Iranians never won…
Categories: America, Foreign Policy