Veteran NBC Reporter Rips Pro-War Posture of Corporate Media, blows whistle on how all this works, and how MSNBC and NBC have become Ground Zero for these political pathologies of militarism and servitude to security state agencies

January 03, 2019 by Common Dreams “That a network insider has blown the whistle on how all this works, and how MSNBC and NBC have become Ground Zero for these political pathologies of militarism and servitude to security state agencies, while not surprising, is nonetheless momentous.” By Jessica Corbett, staff writer Then-NBC News military Analyst Bill Arkin, who resigned from the network this week, breaks down declassified …

Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

September 24, 2018 | Lindsay Koshgarian Originally in Jacobin The Pentagon is set to receive $717 billion in 2019 — more than half of the roughly trillion-dollar annual budget. That level of Pentagon funding is immense by any standard. Next year’s budget will be roughly twice the size of military appropriations in the mid-1990s, before George W. Bush and his twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

The reality is that the war has created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe today

“The reality is that the war has created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe today,” Moustafa Bayoumi wrote recently in The Guardian. “Three-quarters of the population, some 22 million Yemenis, require humanitarian assistance and protection. About 8.4 million people hang on the brink of starvation and another 7 million lie malnourished. Since 2015, more than 28,000 thousand people have been killed or injured, and …

The Great Russian Disinformation Campaign and Collusion Scandal. Meanwhile, the annual budget for cyberwarfare is less than the price of a single American F-35 jet

In a new book, Timothy Snyder explains how Russia revolutionized information warfare—and presages its consequences for democracies in Europe and the United States. By DAVID FRUM, The Atlantic, JUL 1, 2018 Journalists listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, on December 23, 2016.SERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERS When Westerners first began to hear of Vladimir …

Corruption and compromise in Trump administration real estate investments

Excerpts from the NYTimes.com, April 2018 From New York to Florida, Panama to Azerbaijan, we found that Trump projects have relied heavily on foreign cash — including from wealthy individuals from Russia and elsewhere with questionable, and even criminal, backgrounds. We saw money traveling through offshore shell companies, entities often used to obscure ownership. Many news organizations have since dug …

America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending.

La Croix, April 2018 excerpt In contrast to Russia and China, the war industry in the US is heavily privatized, including the use of mercenaries. First, some statistical context. America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending. It is bigger than the next 15 biggest countries’ combined …

Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL Elections had access to secret info from Defense Ministry, which praised SCL for training it gave to psychological warfare group

Revealed: graphic video used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Nigerian election: Whistleblower says firm directed AggregateIQ to target voters with Islamophobic video in 2015 By Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian, Wed 4 Apr 2018 Play Video 2:05  How Cambridge Analytica ​tried to intimidate Nigerian voters – video report Cambridge Analytica sought to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 by using graphically violent imagery to …

Another con: here’s where your tax dollars for defense are really going

By William Hartung, The Nation, October 2017 Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already …