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Fake News Explained

Great story from Antiwar.com by Justin Raimondo, and a very good read in my opinion.

What is the “alternative” media?
If we look at the phrase itself, it seems to mean the media that presents itself as the alternative to what we call the “corporate media,” i.e. the New York Times, the Washington Post, your local rag – in short, the Legacy Media that predominated in those bygone days before the Internet. And yet this whole arrangement seems outdated, to say the least. The Internet has long since been colonized by the corporate giants: BuzzFeed, for example, is regularly fed huge dollops of cash from its corporate owners. And the Legacy Media has adapted to the primacy of online media, however reluctantly and ineptly. So the alternative media isn’t defined by how they deliver the news, but rather by 1) what they judge to be news, and 2) how they report it.

And that’s the problem.  There’s been much talk of “fake news,” a concept first defined by the “mainstream” media types as an insidiou…

Recap of Events in Syria & Iraq for February 22 2017

From Antiwar.com: What I find most interesting is that reports are circulating (with increasing frequency) of ISIS filtering back into liberated areas. Some blame corruption, others lack of followup security. U.S. forces were shot at and returned fire in the Albu Saif area in southern Mosul. The number of wounded, if any, was not released. Currently, the town and the nearby airport are the focus of attention for security forces. Some residents of eastern Mosul, which has been liberated, found notes left under their doors warning them to leave immediately or face death from Islamic State militants. Some in western Mosul are being bused outof town as the fighting nears them.  Residents of other towns that have been liberated also report ISIS/Daesh activity. Corruption appears to be the main driver allowing the return of militants in other cities. Turkish airstrikes were reported in the Qandil Mountains. An Iranian news channel has reported the discovery of a mass grave that may contain 2…

Yemeni Army & Popular Committees Recapture Mocha City

English: Mocha, Yemen, 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Yemeni army, backed by fighters from the Popular Committees, more commonly known as “The Houthis/Ansarullah”, have reached the eastern outskirts of the port city of Mocha, which in February was taken control of by forces loyal to the former president Mansour Hadi, and Saudi-led coalition forces.

According to earlier PressTV, media reports, several high-ranking pro-Saudi commanders were among those killed in a medium-range ballistic missile attack carried out by Yemeni forces on an area close to the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

The control of Yemen by pro-Saudi forces has for the most part been strictly limited to southern and eastern Yemen, and some areas along the Saudi border.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز
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The Resignation of General Flynn Could Be a Dangerous Precedent

"Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do."  --Moon of Alabama

Excellent article, as usual from the "Moon of Alabama" website, written by 'B'.
Kicking Flynn out of his office has hurt Trump. His standing is diminished. The efforts against Flynn, mainly by the "deep state" in the intelligence agencies, were designed to change Trump's declared foreign policy aims. They worked. Yesterday the White House spokesperson said:
President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to deescalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea.  Today Trump tweeted: Donald J. Trump Verified account @realDonaldTrump
Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during th…