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Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?


Robert J. Burrowes RINF Alternative News Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority? For example, did you know that there is overwhelming ...

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Making Sense of Obama’s Foreign Policy


Eric Zuesse On February 22nd, NBC’s “Meet the Press” presented reporter Richard Engel in a terrific four-minute documentary on Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s catastrophic policy-results in Libya. (You can watch it by clicking on that link.) The segment concluded that ...

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Police State America: Internet, Rip?

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Ron Paul  RINF Alternative News Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the ...

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Ukraine Prepares for an Attack Against Russia

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Eric Zuesse The post-coup leaders of Ukraine have routinely said that Ukraine should destroy Russia; and, now, starting on February 24th, they are placing into position the key prerequisite for doing so, which is the advanced Anti-Ballistic-Missile, or ABM, system, ...

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The Rising Spectre of Nuclear War


Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News Ambassador Jack Matlock made an important speech at the National Press Club on February 11.  Matlock served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union during 1987-91. In his speech he describes how President Reagan won ...

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US Diplomats Paid to Lie

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Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News If Washington ran want ads tor diplomatic posts, they’d read something like this: Wanted: Individuals for diplomatic positions. Foreign service experience preferred. Deception skills required. Comfortable spreading state propaganda. Willing to ignore hard truths. Eager ...

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    THE GRAND ILLUSION The truth is that the risk of an American being killed by terrorism is close to zero, having been calculated at 1:20,000,000   John Chuckman   In the years since 9/11, American police alone have ...

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Stephen Lendman – Normandy Four in Paris


Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov met with his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts in Paris. It’s part of Moscow’s all-out effort for ceasefire and peace in Donbass. Lavrov and Putin have done more to resolve things ...

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Lavrov in New York

Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov gestures during a news conference in Moscow

Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News If America had a foreign minister like Lavrov and others like him in top positions, we’d have world peace, not multiple direct and proxy wars of aggression against one country after another. The scourge of ...

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Al Jazeera Spy Cables


Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News On February 23, Al Jazeera headlined “The Spy Cables: A Glimpse into the world of espionage.” Saying “(s)ecret documents, leaked from numerous intelligence agencies, offer rare insights into the interactions between spies.” Hold the cheers. ...

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Financial War: US Wants to Trigger Wave of Russian Bankruptcies

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, looks back at US President Barack Obama, left, as they arrive with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, at the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

[translated by Eric Zuesse, from German Economic News:] http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/02/23/finanz-krieg-usa-wollen-pleite-welle-von-russischen-unternehmen-ausloesen/ Financial War: US wants to trigger wave of Russian bankruptcies German Economic News  |  Published: 02/23/15 12:55 clock  |  42 Comments The US government insists on a tightening of sanctions against Russia, and demands that the EU follow ...

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Obama’s War Policies Show a Pattern

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, looks back at US President Barack Obama, left, as they arrive with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, at the the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On the First Anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan Coup: Obama’s War-Policies Show a Pattern [Editor’s Note: Documentation on each of the key points in this news report and analysis can be seen by merely clicking on the link where the given ...

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Dailykos’s Cover-Up of Obama’s Ukrainian Atrocities

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Eric Zuesse Generally speaking, the falsely-called ‘liberal’ (some even call it ‘progressive’) website dailykos (founded and owned by the ‘formerly’ far-right Markos Moulitsas Zuniga) has ignored President Barack Obama’s coup a year ago in Ukraine, which violently overthrew that country’s ...

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Gallup: Americans’ Fear of Russia Soars

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Eric Zuesse Gallup headlined on February 16th, “Americans Increasingly See Russia as Threat, Top U.S. Enemy,” and reported that whereas back in 2011 only 3% of Americans answered “Russia” when asked “What country anywhere in the world do you consider to be ...

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How Can This Happen? Here Is How.

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Eric Zuesse How can this happen?: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/ukrainian-soldiers-break-into-house.html Here is how: http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraines-land-agency-give-land-to-soldiers-in-the-east-for-free-352100.html So: Ukraine’s troops are permitted to steal whatever they want from the residents in Donbass, the rebelling region. The particular victim here lives in an apartment, and so all ...

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Which Is Propaganda, Which Is News-Reporting?

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Eric Zuesse FIRST: Here is CNN, reporting on 9 February 2015: —— FOR COMPARISON: Here is Russian Television (RT), on a related story, dated 10 February 2015: Ukraine Bombs Lugansk Soup Kitchen —— DISCUSSION: The CNN news-report was not posted ...

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How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

Mass incarceration has not helped reduce the crime rate in the U.S. in four decades, a new report finds. (Image: okayplayer.com)

Eric Zuesse Newsweek magazine headlined on February 5th, “‘Biggest NATO Reinforcement Since Cold War’ Sets Frontlines Against Russia,” and reported that, “According to general Charles Wald, former-deputy commander of U.S. European Command, … ‘The question for Europe is: is Putin creeping further and further ...

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Monsanto on the Menu: Science, Power and GMOs 


Colin Todhunter  RINF Alternative News On Twitter this week, someone asked the question “Why do people doubt science?” Accompanying the tweet was a link to an article in National Geographic that implied people who are suspicious of vaccines, genetically modified organisms ...

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Is Tolerance of Dishonesty the Fundamental Problem in Our Culture?

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Eric Zuesse NBC-TV’s star news-anchor Brian Williams got caught repeatedly lying and fabricating his fake-‘courageous’ personal involvement in news stories that he had ‘reported.’ At LinkedIn, Rob Wyse headlined recently, “Brian Williams Essentially Lied on His Resume, Or Exaggerated The Truth,” and he noted there: “Whether ...

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New Video Evidence of America’s Coup in Ukraine — and What It Means

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Eric Zuesse New video evidence has been added to the already-conclusive video evidence which shows that the U.S. Government was the controlling power behind the extremely violent  and illegal 18-27 February 2014 Ukrainian coup, which overthrew the democratically elected and never legally removed-from-power Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. This ...

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USA: Republicans Want to Force Arms To Kiev

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http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/02/06/usa-republikaner-wollen-waffenlieferungen-an-kiew-durchsetzen/ “USA: Republicans want to force arms to Kiev” German Economic News  |  Published: 02/06/15 15:49 clock [Translation by Eric Zuesse] If Merkel and Hollande fail in Moscow, the Americans want to supply Ukraine with weapons, say sources in EU ...

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Merkel Apparently Fears Devastating Defeat of the Ukrainian Army

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http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/02/05/merkel-fuerchtet-offenbar-verheerende-niederlage-der-ukrainischen-armee/ “Merkel apparently fears devastating defeat of the Ukrainian army” German Economic News  |  Published: 02/06/15 00:02 clock  |  52 Comments (Translation by Eric Zuesse, 6 Feb. 2015) Angela Merkel seems to anticipate the economic and military collapse of Ukraine. ...

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It’s the Blind Partisanship


David Swanson Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the ...

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Washington’s Ukraine Agenda Risks WW III


Stephen Lendman Washington planned and implemented Kiev’s coup. Obama admitted US “broker(ing) a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” Code language for ousting democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Replacing him with neo-Nazi mob rule. In December 2013, Assistant Secretary of ...

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