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France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency.'

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President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture during their meeting inside the Elysee Palace in Paris Saturday Nov. 10, 2018. Jacquelyn Martin - Associated Press (AP)

  • Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate."
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November 14, 2018 | France's government has fired back at a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump, suggesting the U.S. president lacked "common decency" by launching his broadside on a day when France was mourning victims of the November 2015 terror attacks.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate."

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Trump Is Not the Problem

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The President as Pimple
Related: It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game.

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

Sep 12,2018 | Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months.  However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term.  Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that’s gone aground, the Trump presidency may already have effectively run its course. What, then, does this bizarre episode in American history signify?

Let me state my own view bluntly: forget the atmospherics.  Despite the lies, insults, name calling, and dog whistles, almost nothing of substance has changed. Nor will it.

Andrew Bacevich, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East:  A Military History, which has been published by Random House.

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Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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Story 1: Why I’m Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russiagate * Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous * Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong * Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia * Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again

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Week Ending October 27, 2018 |

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Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous, Sarah Lazare, In These Times, October 18, 2018
Russia became the bipartisan
justificationforan $716 billion defense budget and nuclear build-up.
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Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong, John Feffer, In These Times, October 19, 2018 | The Left can call for military deescalation while still holding Putin accountable for electoral meddling.

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*11I7s86s2y2h7pYnQCG-sg.pngPart 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

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The Only People Who Still Believe In Russia-gate Are Those Who Desperately Need To. Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*JaxqDAshc6fIR3DYvONNUQ.pngThe ruling elites still need their war with Russia, necessitating even more fear-mongering propaganda to manufacture support for new cold war escalations.
  • Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again


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Noam Chomsky: Media Obsession with Russia and the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era

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  • The fate of organized human society, even of the survival of the species, depends on this [US relations with Russia].
  • Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia.

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! / Rise Up Times

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July 27, 2018 | Amy Goodman: We continue our interview with Noam Chomsky, world-renowned dissident, linguist and author, now in Tucson at the University of Arizona. I asked him about a recent mix-up on Fox & Friends, in which the hosts thought they were interviewing former Democratic congressional candidate, a current one, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, who supports Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, but, in fact, they were actually speaking to a Massachusetts Democratic congressional candidate, Barbara L’Italien, who opposes ICE.

Here is how the interview started.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author.

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

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Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People. Paul Street, Truthdig
The mainstream media should be taken to task, but not for the same reasons the president uses in his attacks on the press.
 

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Butina Case: Neo-McCarthyism Engulfs America, by Philip Giraldi

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Vladimi Putin's Inauguration, 2018

  • The anti-Russian hysteria grows ever more demented.
  • From Philip Giraldi at Strategic Culture Foundation, <https://www.strategic-culture.org>
  • Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia.

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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August 10, 2018 | The United States Department of Justice would apparently have you believe that the Kremlin sought to subvert the five-million-member strong National Rifle Association (NRA) by having two Russian citizens take out life memberships in the organization with the intention of corrupting it and turning it into a mouthpiece for President Vladimir Putin. Both of the Russians – Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin – have, by the way, long well documented histories as advocates for gun ownership and were founders of Right to Bear Arms, which is not an intelligence front organization of some kind and is rather a genuine lobbying group with an active membership and agenda. Contrary to what has been reported in the mainstream media, Russians can own guns but the licensing and registration procedures are long and complicated, which Right to Bear Arms, modeling itself on the NRA, is seeking to change.

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Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, The Burning Platform, and Western Rifle Shooters Association. Although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

Philip Giraldi, at Strategic Culture Foundation, is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

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This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, standing next to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking in Berryville, Virginia on July 24, 2017, as they unveiled the Democrats' new "Better Deal" agenda. (Photo: AP/Cliff Owen)

  • The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

Jamie Henn, Common Dreams

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Monday, August 13, 2018 | When we were fighting the Keystone XL pipeline back during the Obama Administration, I learned to watch out for Friday afternoons. That was the Administration’s favorite time to put out a news dump, whether it was a faulty environmental impact statement or some sort of waffling delay of the project. We knew the Obama team was conflicted about the pipeline and increasingly realized that it undid all of their rhetorical commitment to climate action. But instead of showing the political courage to finally say “no” to the pipeline, they strung out the decision for years with these quiet Friday afternoon announcements, trying to bury the news at the end of a long week.



"It’s absolutely vital that the DNC and the climate movement stand with labor and workers across the country, but this is the wrong way to do it."



Saying “no” to the fossil fuel industry clearly still comes hard for Democrats, which is why on Friday afternoon, at 5:00pm ET the Democratic National Committee voted to reverse a decision they made two months ago to not take political contributions for the fossil fuel industry. This had to be one of the quickest flip-flops in DNC history, and if it hadn’t been for some attentive journalists (credit to Alexander Kaufman over at Huffington Post who broke the news) and addicted Twitter users, the Committee may have succeeded in burying it. 

Jamie Henn <> is co-founder of 350.org and currently serves as Director of Strategic Communications for 350 Action.

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American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
  • Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel
  • Part 2: Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable


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I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.

Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium <>

July 14, 2018 | As we just discussed, some major news stories have recently dropped about what a horrible horrifying menace the Russian Federation is to the world, and as always I have nothing to offer the breathless pundits on CNN and MSNBC but my completely unsatisfied skepticism. My skepticism of the official Russia narrative remains so completely unsatisfied that if mainstream media were my husband I would already be cheating on it with my yoga instructor.

I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative. I do not believe that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election. I do not believe the Russian government did any election rigging for Trump to collude with. This is not because I believe Vladimir Putin is some kind of blueberry-picking girl scout, and it certainly isn’t because I think the Russian government is unwilling or incapable of meddling in the affairs of other nations to some extent when it suits them. It is simply because I am aware that the US intelligence community lies constantly as a matter of policy, and because I understand how the burden of proof works.

Caitlin Johnstone‬: Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.

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Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control

As Glenn Greenwald reports, three CNN “journalists” had to resign for their fake news “Russia threat” stories. In actual fact, the entirely of the US print and TV media should have to resign.

Paul Craig Roberts, Foreign Policy Journa

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February 22, 2018 | As has been made perfectly clear, Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference.

Why is Mueller comfortable bringing a transparently false indictment?

The answer is, as Glenn Greenwald makes clear that Mueller knows there are large numbers of warmongering politicians and media whores who will seize on the fake indictment as proof that Russia has “committed an act of war equivalent to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”

Paul Craig Roberts <> Paul Craig Roberts has had careers in scholarship and academia, journalism, public service, and business. He is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.

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A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in the Countries of Origin of Central American Asylum Seekers

 

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Despite the repressed memory of U.S. intervention in Central America, it’s time to insist that accepting Central American refugees is not just a matter of morality or American benevolence (but) … a matter of reparations.

‪Mark Tseng-Putterman‬, Medium

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June 20, 2018 | A national spotlight now shines on the U.S.-Mexico border, where heartbreaking images of Central American children being separated from their parents and held in cages depict the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance policy,” on unauthorized entry to the country, announced in May 2018. Under intense international scrutiny, Trump has now signed an executive order seeking to keep families detained at the border together, though it is unclear when the more than 2,300 children already separated from their guardians will be reunited.

Yet, Trump’s promise that keeping families together will not prevent his Administration from maintaining “strong—very strong—borders” makes clear that the crisis of mass detention and deportation at the border and throughout the U.S. is far from over. Meanwhile, Democratic rhetoric of inclusion, integration, and opportunity has failed to fundamentally question the logics (and violence) of Republican calls for a strong border and the nation’s right to protect its sovereignty.

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Seymour Hersh: Hillary Clinton Sold Nerve Gas To Syrian Terrorists To Use Them As an Excuse to Invade Syria

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  • Respected investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, has claimed that Hillary Clinton sold nerve gas to Syrian terrorists whilst she was acting as secretary of state.
  • Related: Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda

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22 November 2017 | Hersh claimed that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the Government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack, which they were hoping to use as an excuse to invade Syria. Hersh also claims that the Obama administration assisted in approving the transfer of deadly chemical weapons from Lybia to terrorists who were operational in Syria.According to Zero Hedge: “By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria.”However, now, for the first time, Hersh has implicated Hillary Clinton directly in this ‘rat line’.In an interview with Alternet.org, Hersh was asked about the then-US-Secretary-of-State’s role in the Benghazi Libya US consulate’s operation to collect weapons from Libyan stockpiles and send them through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as the US had invaded Libya to eliminate Gaddafi.Hersh said:“That ambassador who was killed, he was known as a guy, from what I understand, as somebody, who would not get in the way of the CIA.As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company. He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on.And there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel”Hersh responded by saying that the US tradition in that regard has long been to ignore civilian casualties; i.e., collateral damage of US attacks is okay or even desired (so as to terrorize the population into surrender) – not an ‘issue’, except, perhaps, for the PR people.

AWDNews is an independent research and media organization based in Germany. In an era of media disinformation, our focus has essentially been to center on the “unspoken truth”.

Seymour Myron "Sy" Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. 


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Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda, Chris Kanthan, NationofChange

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  • The most important thing is that people are gullible and malleable, since that allows us to keep the war going and eventually achieve our goals.
  • Related: Fabricating a War on Iran
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)

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