Second Whistleblower Emerges from Investigation into Douma Chemical Attack

OPCW Losing Credibility As Even More Revelations Surface On Douma. Caitlin Johnstone flags a report about another member of the OPCW investigation who says his findings, which contradicted the official conclusions, were suppressed.
With the US-centralized empire’s increasingly evident influence over the OPCW, we’re seeing evidence of a campaign to distort the public understanding of what’s going on in a foreign nation the likes of which we’ve never before seen.
Stay skeptical and remember Iraq. These new reports which keep surfacing on unacceptable practices by the OPCW are just one more piece on a mountain of evidence that whenever the political/media class and their hypnotized victims try to bully us into accepting the official narrative about a longtime target for regime change, we should stand firm and insist on an amount of proof which rises to the level required in a post-Iraq invasion world.

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The Revolution Isn’t Being Televised

Over 30 years ago, in their book Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky developed their theory of worthy vs. unworthy victims to explain why corporate media cover certain stories and why others are dropped. In other words, when official enemies can be presented as evil and allies as sympathetic victims, corporate media will be very interested in a story. In contrast, they will show far less enthusiasm for a story when the “wrong” people are the villains or the victims.

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Film ‘Official Secrets’ is the Tip of a Mammoth Iceberg

Gun was charged for exposing— around the time of Colin Powell’s infamous testimony to the UN about Iraq’s alleged WMDs – a top secret U.S. government memo showing it was mounting an illegal spying “surge” against other U.N. Security Council delegations in an effort to manipulate them into voting for an Iraq invasion resolution. The U.S. and Britain had successfully forced through a trumped up resolution, 1441 in November 2002. In early 2003, they were poised to threaten, bribe or blackmail their way to get formal United Nations authorization for the invasion.

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Juan Guaido- US Meddling in Venezuela

US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence

Venezuela sits on an ocean of proven oil reserves. It has been openly slated for regime change by the US and has been for years with documented evidence proving the current opposition vying for power is funded by Washington, for Washington’s, not Venezuela’s benefit.
Sanctions and economic warfare have been aimed at Venezuela just as the US has done with the numerous other nations it has overthrown, invaded, and otherwise destroyed – or those that it is trying to overthrow and destroy.
There is clearly more that contributes to a nation’s success or failure than being “socialist” or “capitalist” – whatever either term even really means. For Venezuela, its failures are a direct and clear result of US imperialism. And only through exposing and rolling back US meddling, can Venezuela’s fortunes be reversed.

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President Donald Trump holds a roundtable discussion on border security this month. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

We’ve Reached Peak Political Absurdity

Along the way, “MSDNC” talking heads join not-so-progressive neoliberal brethren at CNN (where liberal hosts regularly invite and applaud anti-Trump commentary from former top national spymasters and generals) in doing their best to manufacture consent to the American Empire. As Glenn Greenwald notes, MSNBC has become “reflexively pro-war in the name of stopping President Donald Trump, and [is] now the prime propaganda instrument of the War Machine’s promotion of militarism and imperialism.” Thanks to what Greenwald calls “NBC/MSNBC’s all-consuming militarism”

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Truth Is What We Hide, Self-Serving Cover Stories Are What We Sell

The self-serving cover stories always tout the nobility of the elite issuing the PR: we in the Federal Reserve saved civilization by saving the Too Big To Fail Banks (barf); we in the corporate media do investigative reporting without bias (barf); we in central government only lie to protect you from unpleasant realities–it’s for your own good (barf); we in the NSA, CIA and FBI only lie because it’s our job to lie, and so on.
Three recent essays speak to the degradation of data and factual records in favor of self-serving cover stories and corrosive political correctness.

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Media Silent as Another Journalist is Tortured to Death by Saudi Arabia

Where is the outrage, where is the international condemnations? Double standard always applied by the Corporate Main Stream Media and the power establishment.
The Khashoggi case got such a wide response because it happened in another country, Turkey turned it into an international scandal. If it happened within Saudi Arabia, similar to the corruption crackdown and Al-Jasser it is doubtful that it would cause such a media whirlpool.

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Bolsonaro Won

Why I Remain Hopeful When Things Look Grim

The only thing keeping people from rising up and overthrowing the dominator class is the fact that too many of us believe the stories they’ve been telling us using their ubiquitous narrative control. Our chains are made of fairy tales.
By fighting untruth both in myself and in the world, I take the fight where it needs to be. By doing my best to stay as fully present and engaged with life as it is, I remain on the alert for opportunities when gaps open up which can be seized upon to shine the light of truth through. By maintaining my faith in the existence of unknown variables, I never give up, never let the fight go out of me, no matter how dark it gets.

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Macabre Saudi Disappearance Shatters Western Media’s Illusion of ‘Reforming’ Crown Prince

Crown Prince Mohammed no doubt feels he has a certain immunity to do whatever his despotic whim desires owing to the fawning indulgence of Western leaders like Presidents Trump and Macron. That sense of immunity and impunity has also been fostered by Western news media, which have turned a blind eye to Saudi crimes, while presenting the absurd illusion of a reforming “prince charming”.
Now the same sycophantic Western news media are in shock because one of their own contributors, Jamal Khashoggi, appears to have been brutally murdered on the orders of the “reforming” House of Saud.
It’s a rude, blood-curdling wake-up. Western media lies about Saudi Arabia have not just been shattered. Those lies make them complicit in the latest Saudi crime, as they also have been complicit in so many others before, because of the way the Western media have emboldened the despotic Saudi regime to act in whatever despicable way it wants.

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