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Jonathan Marshall – Ukraine Sabotages Trump’s Russia Detente

Less than two weeks into office, President Trump faces one of the first big tests of his non-confrontational policy toward Russia. As new fighting erupts in Eastern Ukraine, the Kiev regime and its U.S. supporters are predictably demanding a showdown with Vladimir Putin. Initial evidence suggests, however, that the latest flare-up in this nearly three-year-old conflict was precipitated by Kiev, …

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MARK WEISBROT – Intel agencies ask Americans to ‘trust, don’t verify’ in new Cold War

Just as the first casualty of war is said to be the truth, the first casualty of the new Cold War is irony. Our most prominent journalists seem to have missed the Orwellian irony of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asking Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper at Friday’s Senate hearings if Julian Assange has any credibility. Assange has maintained that the hacked or …

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Trends This Week – “We did it” is out; optimism is in – 01.11.17

Since Trump’s victory – with Hollywood in mourning, the mainstream media obsessing over who hacked what and President Obama trying to rewrite the history of his eight years of failures – in the real world, consumer confidence surged to a 15-year high in December and optimism spiked the most since 1980. Celente breaks it down.

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Ed O’Keefe – Here are the eight Trump Cabinet picks Democrats plan to target

Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition. Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding hearings and confirming most of Trump’s top picks on Inauguration Day. But Democrats, hamstrung by their minority status, …

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ROBERT FISK – Amnesia at the UN: the Massacres Samantha Power Conveniently Forgot to Mention

So there was Samantha Power doing her “shame” bit in the UN. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?”, America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and Iranians. She spoke of Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica “and, now, Aleppo”. Odd, …

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Robert Parry – A Spy Coup in America?

As Official Washington’s latest “group think” solidifies into certainty – that Russia used hacked Democratic emails to help elect Donald Trump – something entirely different may be afoot: a months-long effort by elements of the U.S. intelligence community to determine who becomes the next president. I was told by a well-placed intelligence source some months ago that senior leaders of …

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Counter-Propaganda Bill Quietly Creates US Propaganda Factory

On Thursday December 8th, the US senate quietly passed the National Defense Authorization Act ( or the ‘NDAA’ ) for the fiscal year of 2017. Basically, the NDAA is passed every year to re-approve & add to the United States’ so-called “defense” spending — which is sort of like Christmas for the officials who run the profitable death-machine called “US foreign policy.” However, many …

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James Clapper: John Brennan is Fired, the CIA Report is Rescinded, the Russians Did Not “Hack” the Election

As suggested to Jim Clapper via email. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of the Director of National Intelligence I have demanded the resignation of John Brennan and I am officially rescinding the CIA report on Russian interference in the US election. The CIA has no sources worthy of consideration, and their analysis is without foundation. There is no question but that …