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Takes on the World: Joe Lauria: Bob Parry, Consortium News, & Independent Journalism, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
In this interview, veteran foreign and UN correspondent, Joe Lauria, the new editor of Consortium News, following the death of its founder, Robert Parry, speaks about Parry's history, his helping to expose the Iran-Contra connection and later “the October surprise,”and how the censorship of his writings by the mainstream press led him to form a “consortium” of independent journalists which has since become the most important source of well documented information countering the fake news promulgated by the mainstream and now by some formerly “alternative” news sources. Lauria describes his own experiences in censorship in reporting the build-up to the Iraq war that eventually led him to be fired and to begin writing for Consortium News. Lauria responds to a question about the lawsuit filed by the DNC against Russia, Wikileaks, and the Trump campaign which he sees as a fundraising gimmick by the Democrats but also one that will reveal the ties that Bernie Sanders has to the party and its endorsement of its hawklike approach to Russia, Syria and Iran. He also speaks of Consortium News being the only site publishing the letters and statements of VIPS, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, that challenge mainstream thinking and US foreign policy and that it will continue to do that. He also points out that these former intelligence professionals have been taking their independent positions, as has Consortium News, before RT, before Russiagate appeared on the scene. Lauria then speaks of his plans to expand Consortium News coverage to other issues, most notably labor, and recalls that in the past, most newspapers had special labor reporters and that Consortium News is looking for well-documented contributions from journalists on all issues that are relevant for the general public. He then expands upon the role and problems of labor and workers in the current environment. Those interested in contributing either articles or support for Consortium News can do so by going to consortiumnews, com.
Jeff Blankfort

Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort:News/Op: Robert Fisk on Douma; MSM Lies Exposed!, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
I discuss history of “fake news,” of US mainstream media collaborating with the government in uncritically promoting every US war and intervention with some “alternative” sources now ahead of the government or at least on the same page in pushing fake news. (I am referring to Democracy Now! But don't name it). I cite Consortium News as a beacon of genuine journalism in this field of slime and note that my interview guest, Joe Lauria, a veteran foreign correspondent, has become the new editor of Consortium News following the death of its founder, Robert Parry. I then poke fun at the lawsuit filed by DNC chief Tom Perez against Russia, Wikileaks and the Trump campaign for meddling in the 2016 elections, noting that by acting as if the exposure of the contents of the DNC's and John Podesta's emails were anything but a healthy exposure to the DNC's efforts to sabotage Sanders' nomination, letting the party's dissidents know that nothing has or will change at the top. I then read from a report made by Robert Fisk from his visit to Douma where he learns that the accusation that Syria had used chlorine gas on the city was a total fabrication that the UK, US etc. funded White Helmets were responsible in spreading. I then note that a Christian radio station that backs Trump sent a reporter to Douma and his interviews with the residents there confirms Fisk's account. Finally, I update the protests by Palestinians in Gaza and how the violence on the party of Israeli soldiers in responding to the protests led Jerusalem born star Hollywood actress, Natalie Portman, to refuse to go to Israel to accept a $2 million Genesis prize and how one Israeli official wants her stripped of her Israeli citizenship.
Jeff Blankfort

RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Change Agents Again Record Store Day Pt 1, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
The opening hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive.
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RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Change Agents Again Record Store Day Pt 2, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
The second hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive.
Rural War Room

RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Change Agents Again Record Store Day Pt 3, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
The third hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive.
Rural War Room

RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Change Agents Again Record Store Day Pt 4, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
The closing hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive.
Rural War Room

The Taxcast: The Taxcast: April 2018, Segment 1

1 month 3 weeks ago
In this month’s Taxcast: Tax justice, women and UN human rights conventions: how we may be beginning to hold governments to account. Also: we discuss scandal-hit Facebook’s checks on whether overseas influencers are funding political ads in the United States and why they won’t work. And is it time for a new model? How Mark Zuckerberg could become a hero. Norway does the responsible thing and decides not to invest its sovereign wealth fund in private equity. And India’s decade-long battle to collect back taxes from Vodafone runs into potential conflicts of interest at the highest political levels.
Tax Justice Network