Archives for July 2017

Media Routinely Repeats Pentagon Kill Estimates That Defy Reality

The glaring disconnects between the official estimates of ISIS fighters killed, total contingent size and civilian casualties cries out for much greater skepticism and due diligence among the corporate media.

One of the hoariest methods of modern war propaganda remains the official body count. Government or military officials decisively touting large numbers of enemies killed has long been a surefire way to get credulous or friendly press coverage, despite the fact that the figures cited are routinely presented with no evidence to back them up or

After Cutting Deal With Kushner, Sinclair Broadcasting To Become ‘Trump TV’

“It’s unheard of to have one company pushing one specific agenda reaching so many people and doing it in a way designed to evade local input”

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives for a meeting between President Donald Trump and automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, the Sinclair Broadcasting group cut a deal with Jared Kushner for “good” coverage of the Trump Administration, which seems to have paid off. Politico reported last December: Sinclair would broadcast their Trump interviews across the country without commentary, Kushner said. Kushner highlighted that

Case Against CIA Torture ‘Architects’ Headed To Trial

The lawsuit against James Mitchell and Bruce Jensen, contractors for the CIA, is being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three men held in secret CIA facilities

James Mitchell, pictured left, and Bruce Jensen, supervisors of the CIA's "conditioning" program.

SPOKANE, Wash. – A lawsuit against two Spokane-based psychologists dubbed the “architects” of an interrogation program used on CIA detainees in 2002 will be heard by a jury in September, a federal judge ruled Friday. The lawsuit against James Mitchell and Bruce Jensen, who were contractors for the CIA, is being brought by the American Civil

Oakland Requires Half Of Legal Pot Permits Go To Those Arrested For Marijuana Offenses

Even though Oakland’s foray into drug war reparations could amount to overreach, it is a symbol of the dramatic turnaround that has taken root with respect to the war on drugs.

A marijuana bud is seen at a medical marijuana facility in Unity, Maine. A new study suggests that cannabis could help ease the deadly opioid epidemic in the United States. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Oakland, CA – Oakland is beginning an experiment that can be considered both laudable and questionable. As cannabis businesses are set to spring up across the city, following California’s legalization of recreational cannabis, Oakland is providing reparations to victims of the drug war. They’re not doling out money, though. They’ll be doing it

Trump’s Top Trade Nominees Lobby To Kill UK’s Growth-Hormone Meat Ban

The news could have implications for the UK’s attempts to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States, with reports suggesting the US agricultural sector wants to weaken UK food standards.

Cattle trounce around a huge pile of manure as a pen is cleaned out at the JBS feed lot west of Greeley in Kersey, Colo. (AP/Ed Andrieski)

Donald Trump’s nominee to be the United States’ chief agricultural trade negotiator previously called for the US to walk away from trade talks with the EU if it refused to drop its ban on beef reared with antibiotics and growth supplements, Energydesk can reveal. The news could have implications for the UK’s attempts to strike a post-Brexit

Wikileaks Dumps 72,000 Hacked Emails From French President Macron

The French electoral commission immediately prohibited the French media from publishing the contents of the leak.

A screenshot of the alleged Macron signature on a hacked operating agreement (Photo: Zerohedge)

In a move that is certain to prompt more allegations that Wikileaks is part of a counter-establishment push, one ostensibly supported by Russia, on Monday morning Wikileaks dumped more than 21,000 "verified" emails associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron. Julian Assange's organization claims the batch of  21,075 emails,