The Intercept Is Transitioning From Guard Dog To Attack Dog For The Establishment

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Back in September The Intercept ran an article trying to conflate opposition to Syrian interventionism with white nationalism, and I said back then things were getting increasingly shady with this particularly outlet. The repeated WikiLeaks smears, which have no place outside mainstream media, mean that people like me are going to be distancing ourselves from that publication and ceasing to look at it as a reliable outlet.


Syria: revisiting the feckless left’s gyrations

MOON OF ALABAMA—MALOOGA—With that type of background, top-notch intellectual credentials and a life spent in radical politics, along with a doctorate in economics, one might expect Dr. Alpert to understand the processes of globalization. And in theory, he might. But when the rubber hits the road, as it did in with Libya, where I tracked his site closely, he transforms into a card-carrying member of the feckless left.


Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

NICK BEAMS—Opposition to war has been unable to find any independent expression because the eruption of hostility to the Iraq war was sabotaged, first by subordinating it to appeals to other imperialist powers and the United Nations, and then by a conscious operation to channel it back into support for the Democratic Party in the US and its political equivalents around the world.


Syria a Major Flashpoint Risking Greater War

STEPHEN LENDMAN—Washington is forming a Syrian Democratic Forces offshoot called the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC), AMN explained – saying it’s a joint CIA/State Department operation, separate from the Pentagon.

Last December, Russia’s General Staff accused the Pentagon of training terrorists at its illegally established At Tanf area base in southern Syria – calling the area a staging ground for US armed struggle against the Syrian government, using ISIS and other terrorists.


Trump, Pence Rain on Koreas’ Olympic Unity Parade

CHRISTINE AHN—I mean, one child per day in North Korea will die because of the effect of these sanctions, and UNICEF just issued a report last month that said that 60,000 North Korean children could starve as a result of these sanctions. So it is not the alternative to war. It is a slow war that is being waged against the people in North Korea, and we have a responsibility as a global community to push back on it. It is unethical, it is immoral, and South Korea wants to begin the process of sending humanitarian aid. My understanding was, at the meeting in Vancouver when Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha from South Korea said that South Korea wanted to resume humanitarian aid and fulfill this commitment that Moon Jae-in made at the General Assembly last September to send $8 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea, that was basically opposed by the United States, by the UK, by Japan.


New York Times cashes in on Facebook’s news censorship

WILL MORROW—he Times and the Post have been at the forefront of the drive to censor the Internet. The Times continued its campaign in an op-ed by Nina Jankowicz, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, published online yesterday. The column, “Russian trolls are only part of the problem,” openly admits that the effort to censor the Internet is not primarily about Russia.