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Reuters / Adrees Latif Bill O’Reilly, Brian Williams, and the corporate media phantasmagoria
The scandals that have erupted around the exposure of Bill O’Reilly and Brian Williams as having lied about their wartime experiences provide us with a glimpse into the nature of corporate media. by Eric Draitser
Reuters / Ueslei Marcelino What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?
Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well. by Pepe Escobar
Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins Social media deception: Venezuela exposes “La Salida” conspiracy
From February to June 2014, Venezuela experienced a period of violence and terrorism by individuals whose stated goal was to force “La Salida,” (the Exit) of the elected government. by Caleb Maupin
Topol-M ground missile complex launcher.(RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov) The truth about Russia’s new military doctrine
The new version of Russia’s military doctrine, approved by President Putin on December 26, 2014, has attracted increased attention in the Western media, especially, its provisions for the eventual use of nuclear weapons. by Alexander Yakovenko
Reuters / Alexei Chernyshev ​‘Ukraine crisis could’ve been avoided if proper decisions were made in 80’s’
The situation in Ukraine arose from the developments in the 80’s when the US saw a long-term threat to their economic interests from Russia tying up with Europe, Lt Cdr Martin Packard, former NATO intelligence analyst told RT’s In The Now.
Reuters / Petar Kujundzic American spy plane over South China Sea is ‘a dangerous development’
China considers growing US military activity in the waters of the South China Sea as hostile, which may lead to destabilizing the situation in the disputed region, Victor Gao, Director of the China National Association of International Studies, told RT.
A group of Muslims in New York. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly) ‘To counter extremism US should stop pushing people to the extreme’
To stop terrorism, the US should address the frustration, anger and desperation caused by the West’s policies of supporting repressive regimes and coups in the Middle East , Hussam Ayloush of the Council on American- Islamic Relations told RT.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts) ‘US spends millions on overseas propaganda, but no one is buying it’
Despite the US’ bottomless PR budget to influence overseas, people are not attracted by what’s on offer as they are tired of US interventionism, exceptionalism, and the bombing of their countries, Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute told RT.
Reuters/Andrew Winning Corruption: Chronic UK disease infecting establishment, dragging country backwards
Just as the British government announces the deployment of troops to Ukraine as ‘advisors’, it is rapidly becoming apparent that the average Member of Parliament in the UK is as crooked as Uri Geller’s cutlery. by John Wight
Reuters / Gleb Garanich ‘The OSCE has very difficult task monitoring Minsk deal implementation’
The OSCE is facing a difficult task monitoring the military hardware withdrawal by the opposing sides in Ukraine given the distances and the territory involved, Martin McCauley, author and Russia analyst, told RT.

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