7 Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident

7 Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident By Caitlin Johnstone In a move that surprised exactly zero people, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wasted no time scrambling to blame Iran for damage done to two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, citing exactly zero evidence. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has…

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New “Call Of Duty” Video Game Encourages Support For The White Helmets

New “Call Of Duty” Video Game Encourages Support For The White Helmets By Caitlin Johnstone The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization’s signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. To give you an idea how popular the CoD franchise is, as of this writing the official YouTube version of the trailer…

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More Police Raids As War On Journalism Escalates Worldwide

More Police Raids As War On Journalism Escalates Worldwide By Caitlin Johnstone The Australian Federal Police have conducted two raids on journalists and seized documents in purportedly unrelated incidents in the span of just two days. Yesterday the AFP raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst, seeking information related to her investigative report last year which exposed the fact that the Australian government has been discussing the possibility of giving itself unprecedented powers to spy on its own citizens. Today they raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting…

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32 Tips For Navigating A Society That Is Full Of Propaganda And Manipulation

32 Tips For Navigating A Society That Is Full Of Propaganda And Manipulation By Caitlin Johnstone For as long as there has been human language, humans have been using it to manipulate one another. The fact that it is possible to skillfully weave a collection of symbolic mouth noises together in such a way as to extract favors, concessions, votes and consent from other humans has made manipulation so common that it now pervades our society from top to bottom, from personal relationships between two people to international relationships between…

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BBC, Sky News Have Hidden Their Interviews With UN Expert on the Torture of Assange

BBC, Sky News Have Hidden Their Interviews With UN Expert on the Torture of Assange By Caitlin Johnstone UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said that on the 31st of May he gave video interviews with both Sky News and the BBC on his findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of psychological torture. As of this writing, footage of those interviews is nowhere to be found. In response to a smear by virulent empire propagandist Idrees Ahmad about his conducting an interview with RT, Melzer tweeted that he has…

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Army Virtue-Tweet Backfires: 1000s Expose “Heartbreaking” Horrors of War

Army Virtue-Tweet Backfires: 1000s Expose “Heartbreaking” Horrors of War By Caitlin Johnstone After posting a video of a young recruit talking to the camera about how service allows him to better himself “as a man and a warrior”, the US Army tweeted, “How has serving impacted you?” As of this writing, the post has over 5,300 responses. Most of them are heartbreaking. “My daughter was raped while in the army,” said one responder. “They took her to the hospital where an all male staff tried to convince her to give the guy a…

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The Media is Finally Realizing What the Prosecution of Assange Means for Journalism

The Media is Finally Realizing What the Prosecution of Assange Means for Journalism Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone (CJ Opinion) — Rachel Maddow has aired a segment condemning the new indictment against Julian Assange for 17 alleged violations of the Espionage Act. Yes, that Rachel Maddow. MSNBC’s top host began the segment after it was introduced by Chris Hayes, agreeing with her colleague that it’s surprising that more news outlets aren’t giving this story more “wall to wall” coverage, given its immense significance. She recapped Assange’s various legal struggles up until this point, then accurately described Assange’s new Espionage Act…

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That Time John Bolton Said It’s Good to Lie About War

That Time John Bolton Said It’s Good to Lie About War Op-Ed by Caitlin Johnstone (CJ Opinion) — Journalist Whitney Webb recently tweeted a 2010 video clip I’d never seen before featuring US National Security Advisor John Bolton defending the use of deception in advancing military agendas, which highlights something we should all be paying attention to as Trump administration foreign policy becomes increasingly Boltonized. On a December 2010 episode of Fox News’ Freedom Watch, Bolton and the show’s host Andrew Napolitano were debating about recent WikiLeaks publications, and naturally the subject of government secrecy came up.…

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Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in UK Prison for Bogus Bail Charge

Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in UK Prison for Bogus Bail Charge By Caitlin Johnstone Following seven years of imprisonment at the Ecuadorian embassy fighting US extradition, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks behind bars for an entirely bogus bail charge. Sky News reporter Jordan Milne live-tweeted events as they unfolded, reporting that Assange’s defense argued that his fears of rendition and torture at the hands of the US government were well-founded. His life in the Ecuadorian embassy and the physical and psychological detriments which came with it were described, including…

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Shocking Admission By FBI Veteran Shows Why The FBI Shouldn’t Exist

Shocking Admission By FBI Veteran Shows Why The FBI Shouldn’t Exist By Caitlin Johnstone (CJ Opinion) — On the 18th of November, 1964, the FBI’s appallingly corrupt boss J. Edgar Hoover denounced Martin Luther King Jr. as “the most notorious liar in the country.” A few days later, a Hoover deputy named William Sullivan wrote King a letter posing as a disillusioned follower and using powerful, manipulative language to urge the civil rights leader to commit suicide before evidence of his extramarital affair became public. Enclosed was an FBI recording containing evidence of the affair. Whenever America celebrates…

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