Category: ANNOTATED NEWS

Blum’s Anti-Empire Report: The mind of the mass media

BILL BLUM—“Democracy assistance”, you see, is what they call NED’s election-interferences and government-overthrows. The authors continue: “This narrative is churned out by propaganda outlets such as RT and Sputnik [radio station]. … it is deployed by isolationists who propound a U.S. retreat from global leadership.” “Isolationists” is what conservatives call critics of US foreign policy whose arguments they can’t easily dismiss, so they imply that such people just don’t want the US to be involved in anything abroad.

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Monsanto Guilty Verdict Is Only Beginning

FW ENGDAHL—Their tests concluded among other things that the compounded herbicides using glyphosate as base, but including undisclosed “formulations” or surfactants, were vastly more toxic than glyphosate when tested alone, up to 2000 times more toxic to cells than glyphosate alone.Monsanto has never revealed its trade secret co-formulants, neither to the US Government as it is compelled to by law, nor to the public.

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Analysis: Peter Strzok is Neither a Victim Nor a Martyr

GUY BENSON—Strzok’s misconduct was sufficient to cause career FBI bureaucrats responsible for internal review processes to recommend a multi-month suspension and a demotion. The Bureau’s senior leadership evidently determined that this relative wrist-slap would send the wrong message about accountability, and hinder their urgent efforts to restore public trust in federal law enforcement. So they fired him. Strzok’s defenders are claiming this decision was politically-motivated (quite a rich allegation, considering the circumstances of his ouster), but that explanation doesn’t hold much water. It’s true that Trump’s incessant tweets constitute prima facie pressure, but the claim that top DOJ leaders are more or less doing President Trump’s bidding should seem a bit silly to anyone who’s watched Trump’s months-long public harangue against those very same people for…not doing his bidding.

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The Trial of Paul Manafort

STEPHEN LENDMAN—Mueller was part of the false flag 9/11 coverup. In the run-up to Bush/Cheney’s 2003 war on Iraq based on Big Lies, Mueller supported naked aggression on the country. As FBI director from 2001 – 2013, he enforced post-9/11 police state harshness, presided over persecution of Muslims in America, the 2001 anthrax deception, and other disturbing activities – crimes gone unpunished. Rowley called him and likeminded US officials “sycophants to power,” complicit “in numerous wrongful abuses of power…”

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Understanding the Conflict in Nicaragua: the Long Battle Against US Imperialism

CELINA STIEN-DELLA CROCE—We mustn’t forget that the United States has a long history of meddling in Latin America and supporting regime change to further its own economic interests. In Nicaragua, the United States supported the brutal Somoza dictatorship and funded the right-wing Contras in an attempt to defeat the Sandinistas during the iconic Iran-Contra scandal. With this history in mind, are we really to believe that the US government has the best interest of the Nicaraguan people at heart? Are they concerned about the people’s grievances with Ortega, or is there something else at stake?

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