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A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria, by Lee Camp

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  • It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Lee Camp, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

January 22, 2019 | Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their “news show” on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those stories splashed down into the middle of our cultural zeitgeist like a small meteor landing in the middle of an elite dinner party

It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.

Lee Camp <> is an American stand-up comedian, writer,actorand activist. Camp is the host of the weekly comedy news TV show “Redacted Tonight With Lee Camp” on RT America.

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The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty

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Excerpt: "In order to fill a couple of overstuffed pockets with more dollars, they're willing to threaten the existence of organized human life." 


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December 31, 2018 | President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia, in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky in October about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump’s plan to pull out.

Noam Chomsky: world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught for more than 50 years.


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Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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Part 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
"… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

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Part 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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"For the sake of the Venezuelan people, the region, and for the principle of national sovereignty, these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."

Common Dreams staff

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | As many American lawmakers, pundits, and advocacy groups remain conspicuously silent in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Venezuela's opposition leader as the "interim president"—a move that was denounced as open support for an attempted coup d'état—renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, filmmaker Boots Riley, and over 70 other academics and experts issued an open letter on Thursday calling on the Trump administration to "cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics."



"The U.S. and its allies must cease encouraging violence by pushing for violent, extralegal regime change."  —Open Letter



"Actions by the Trump administration and its allies in the hemisphere are almost certain to make the situation in Venezuela worse, leading to unnecessary human suffering, violence, and instability," the letter reads. "The U.S. and its allies must cease encouraging violence by pushing for violent, extralegal regime change. If the Trump administration and its allies continue to pursue their reckless course in Venezuela, the most likely result will be bloodshed, chaos, and instability."

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Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'

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In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela officially cut off dipomatic ties with the U.S. government on Wednesday—and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country—in response to President Donald Trump declaring formal recognition of an opposition lawmaker as the "Interim President" of Venezuela, despite not being elected by the nation's people for that position.



"They intend to govern Venezuela from Washington. Do you want a puppet government controlled by Washington?" —Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro



"Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president," declared Maduro to a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered outside the presidential residence in Caracas, "I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government."

Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams

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

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  • 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."
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem

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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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  • 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.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Maria%20Butina%2C%20alleged%20Russian%20spy.jpgMaria Butina, a graduate student at American University, is now in solitary confinement in a federal prison, having been charged with collusion with Torshin and failure to register as an agent of the Russian Federation. It is unusual to arrest and confine someone who has failed to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, but she has not been granted bail because, as a Russian citizen, she is considered to be a “flight risk,” likely to try to flee the US and return home. It is to be presumed that she is being pressured to identify others involved in her alleged scheme to overthrow American democracy through NRA membership.

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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  • 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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