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Moon of Alabama — The Intercept Mistranslates Assad Speech – Smears Syria As Neo-Nazi

The assertions made by the Intercept writer are unfounded. Moreover they are based on a false translation. When I saw it, I immediately labeled it as a hit piece based on nonsense. Moon of Alabama explains why.The author, Mariam Elba, is a social justice warrior who is an MA student in journalism at NYU.Moon of AlabamaThe Intercept Mistranslates Assad Speech - Smears Syria As Neo-Nazib

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Daniel Lazare — The Dangerous Decline of US Hegemony

The bigger picture behind Official Washington’s hysteria over Russia, Syria and North Korea is the image of a decaying but dangerous American hegemon resisting the start of new multipolar order, explains Daniel Lazare.… Unipolarity will slink off to the sidelines while multilateralism takes center stage. Given that U.S. share of global GDP has fallen by better than 20 percent since 1989, a retreat is inevitable. America has tried to compensate by making maximum use of its military and...

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Lucinda Shen — Study Finds ‘Collusion Network’ of Fake Likes on Facebook

Fake FB likes — another nonsense concern coupled with faux outrage.How about all the fake reviews on Amazon? Are they next?Moreover, this doesn't compare even slightly with the mass reach of highly centralized corporate media that manage the news cycle, conflate news with public relations (that is often political propaganda) and advertising, and even construct dubious if not false narrative that go way beyond "spin."The global corporate totalitarians are not going to be satisfied until they...

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Sputnik — Top US Electronics Retailer Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Lab Software

Best Buy reportedly will stop selling Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity software due to fears that the company has links to the Russian government. The cyber world is headed toward national firewalls, silos, and cocooning. The open Internet is closing as paranoia takes over.Disclosure: I use Kaspersky Secure Connection (free version).Sputnik InternationalTop US Electronics Retailer Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Lab Software

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Stansfield Smith — Correcting Eva Golinger on Venezuela

Among the disaffected is Venezuelan-American lawyer Eva Golinger, the author of The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela and self-described friend and advisor to Hugo Chávez. The day after Trump threatened to militarily intervene in Venezuela, Jeremy Scahill posted his interview with Eva Golinger on The Intercept, one reinforcing some corporate press distortions of Venezuela under President Maduro. Golinger hardly goes as far in this anti-Maduro campaign as Scahill, who more...

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Censorship arrives in the USA

This is a very bad idea. The liberal way is counter rather than ban. Once censorship is normalized, drawing lines becomes an issue. Over time, the boundary line is extended. The Guardian World News by YouTube shuts down North Korean propaganda channels Olivia Solon in San Francisco SouthFront  URGENT: SouthFront’s Work Is Fully Blocked On Youtube (UPDATED) lkb22

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GPA News — Putin Offers Joint Projects to Unite Russia, North and South Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed a conciliatory solution toward resolving the crisis on the Korean peninsula, noting that the incorporation of North Korea into joint development projects across the region could soothe the frayed nerves caused by the region’s militarization and the ratcheting-up of tensions. Such a move would not only serve mutually-beneficial economic interests of the divided Korean peninsula and Russia, Putin noted, but would help build trust and strengthen...

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