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Navigating War: Has the War in Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?

When a veteran war reporter like Robert Fisk constructs his argument regarding the siege of Aleppo based on ‘watching’ video footage, then one can truly comprehend the near impossibility of adequate media coverage on the war in Syria.

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Meet the New Swamp, Same as the Old Swamp

Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C..  Instead, he’s dredging the swamp of its old sewage and filling it with even more fetid waters.But here’s the thing neoliberals and Democrats seem unwilling to acknowledge, let alone understand:  From Clinton to Obama, Democratic administrations had their own swamp and that’s what put Trump in the White House.

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Seattle Activists Target Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline Funding

Today 350 Seattle, Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW), Ndns for Justice, Seattle for Standing Rock and the 43rd District Democrats launch #DefundDAPL, a campaign to push Wells Fargo to remove its funding from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Drone Strike Victim Asks Obama for Apology Ahead of Federal Court Hearing

A Yemeni civilian who lost two innocent relatives to a 2012 covert drone strike has written to President Obama to ask for an apology – in return for which he will drop a court case, due to be heard in Washington DC tomorrow.Faisal bin ali Jaber lost his brother in law – a preacher who campaigned against Al Qaeda – and his nephew, a local policeman, in an August 29, 2012 strike on the village of Kashamir in Yemen.

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The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish was the lead Sunday in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.

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The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish was the lead Sunday in the Washington Post in the US and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.

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Congress Passes Anti-Corruption Act

The President can now impose economic sanctions on individuals involved in corruption or human rights abuses thanks to action by Congress. The so-called “Global Magnitzky Act” passed the Senate on December 8 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. In 2012, an earlier version of the act passed that was specific to addressing corruption in Russia. The new legislation expands the President’s powers to any individual no matter their country of origin. President Obama is likely to sign the bill into law soon.

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