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 Corrupting Science: shunning forensic expertise, OPCW left Douma murders unsolved

In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology and censored a recommendation to pursue it. The Douma killings remain unsolved.  Part two of a Grayzone series. Read part one here. In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology, leaks obtained by The Grayzone reveal.  Forensic […]

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War in Ukraine? NATO expansion drives conflict with Russia

Russia is seeking a legally binding pledge that NATO will stop expanding east, including to Ukraine. If the US refuses, is war next? Richard Sakwa joins Pushback. Russia is seeking a legally binding pledge that NATO will stop expanding east, including to Ukraine. If the US refuses, is war next? Scholar and author Richard Sakwa analyzes the growing Russia-Ukraine conflict and how Russiagate fueled it. Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His […]

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Flattening the curve or flattening the global poor? How Covid lockdowns obliterate human rights and crush the most vulnerable

Marketed as life-saving public health measures, lockdowns triggered death and economic devastation on a global scale while doing little to slow the spread of Covid-19. Now, they’re back with a vengeance. In October 2021, it seemed as though the lockdowns that still paralyzed societies from Australia to New Zealand and Singapore were coming to an end, as these countries threw in the “Zero-COVID” towel following a year and a half of rolling restrictions and closures. But with COVID-19 cases rising […]

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Backed by AFRICOM, corporations plunder DR Congo for “climate-friendly” materials and blame China

Cobalt, a key metallic element used in lithium batteries and other “green” technology, is sourced from slave labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the West points the finger at China, the US Africa Command is indirectly policing mining operations that profit US corporations. Ever since Belgium’s King Leopold II (1835-1909) established the Congo Free State in 1885, international powers have exploited the region’s vast resources. Leading a regime that went on to kill an estimated eight million people […]

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Nicaragua’s foreign minister: We’re resisting a ‘pandemic of neo-colonialism’

The Grayzone’s Ben Norton sat down for an interview with Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada to discuss the country’s decision to leave the OAS, attempts to build an international alliance against US unilateralism, and what an anti-imperialist foreign policy looks like. (Puede leer esta entrevista en español aquí.) Transcript BEN NORTON: This is Ben Norton with The Grayzone. I am in Nicaragua’s Foreign Ministry, and I just sat down for an interview with Foreign Minister Denis Moncada. We talked about […]

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Did the CIA kill JFK? Oliver Stone on his explosive new film

  Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Oliver Stone about his new film “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass,” which was recently released on SHOWTIME. Stone explores misconceptions regarding JFK’s legacy and discusses why he believes the US government refuses declassify documents related to the assassination even 58 years since it took place.

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El canciller de Nicaragua explica la política anti-imperialista de los sandinistas

El periodista Benjamín Norton entrevistó al Canciller Denis Moncada de Nicaragua. Hablaron de su decisión de salirse de la OEA, el intento de construir una alianza internacional contra el unilateralismo de EEUU y como puede ser una política exterior anti-imperialista. (You can read this interview in English here.) TRANSCRIPCIÓN BENJAMIN NORTON: Soy Benjamín Norton de The Grayzone. Estoy en la Cancillería de Nicaragua, y acabo de hacer una entrevista con el Canciller Denis Moncada. Hablamos de la decisión histórica de […]

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Venezuela’s socialists win elections in landslide – so US tries to discredit them

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won the November 21 mega-elections in a landslide, getting more votes in 20 of 23 states and the capital Caracas. So the US government responded by trying to discredit the vote. Venezuelan journalist Diego Sequera speaks about the elections, the historic victory of the ruling party of President Nicolás Maduro, and Washington’s attempt to de-legitimize the process. The US State Department published a statement attacking Venezuela’s elections, claiming they were “flawed” and that […]

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Corrupting Science: in Syria probe, OPCW erased experts’ inconvenient findings 

Early in the OPCW’s Douma investigation, expert toxicologists ruled out chlorine gas as the victims’ cause of death. Leaks expose how senior OPCW officials censored this explosive finding — and then targeted the inspector who raised the alarm. In the early days of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ investigation of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, expert toxicologists ruled out chlorine gas as the cause of death for the more than 40 civilians reported at the […]

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Documents show Bill Gates has given $319 million to media outlets to promote his global agenda

A look at the database of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reveals how the oligarch influencing the global pandemic response has bankrolled hundreds of media outlets to the tune of at least $319 million. This article was originally published by Mint Press News. Read The Grayzone’s investigation into Bill Gates’ global public health empire and propaganda machine here. Up until his recent messy divorce, Bill Gates enjoyed something of a free pass in corporate media. Generally presented as a […]

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Nicaragua explains why it’s leaving OAS, responds to US attacks on its elections

Nicaraguan diplomat Michael Campbell Hooker tells The Grayzone’s Ben Norton why they are leaving the Organization of American States (OAS), which he says is a “failed,” “coup-plotting” organization dominated by Washington. Campbell also responds to US attempts to discredit Nicaragua’s November elections, and explains the importance of autonomy for Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities on the Caribbean Coast. Transcript BEN NORTON: This is Ben Norton with The Grayzone. I just sat down for an interview with Michael Campbell, a foreign policy […]

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New files expose Australian govt’s betrayal of Julian Assange and detail his prison torment

Documents provided to The Grayzone detail Canberra’s abandonment of Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, and provide shocking details of his prison suffering Was the government of Australia aware of the US Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist arrested and now imprisoned under unrelentingly bleak, harsh conditions in the UK?  Why have the country’s elected leaders refused to publicly advocate for one of its citizens, who has been held on dubious charges and subjected […]

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Que pasó en las elecciones en Nicaragua? Un informe desde adentro

EEUU, la UE y la OEA están lanzando un nuevo intento de golpe de estado contra el gobierno sandinista de Nicaragua, rechazando sus elecciones de 2021. Benjamín Norton de The Grayzone observó la votación y habló con votantes. (You can watch or read this report in English here.) Transcripción BENJAMÍN NORTON: Millones de nicaragüenses fueron a las urnas el 7 de noviembre de 2021, re-eligiendo por un amplio margen al Frente Sandinista y a su Presidente Daniel Ortega. Sin embargo, […]

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Inside Nicaragua’s 2021 elections – which USA, EU, OAS refuse to recognize

The US, EU, and OAS are launching a new coup attempt against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government, refusing to recognize its 2021 elections. The Grayzone’s Ben Norton observed the vote on the ground, and filed this report. Transcript BEN NORTON: Millions of Nicaraguans went to the polls on November 7, 2021, re-electing the leftist Sandinista Front and President Daniel Ortega by a large margin. The United States refused to recognize the results, however. Washington and its allies in the European Union and […]

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Desmintiendo mitos sobre las elecciones en Nicaragua, atacadas por EEUU, la UE y la OEA

EEUU, la UE y la OEA están lanzando un nuevo intento de golpe de estado contra el gobierno sandinista de Nicaragua, negándose a reconocer sus elecciones de 2021. The Grayzone observó la votación y desmiente los mitos mediáticos que buscan desacreditar el proceso. (You can read this article in English here.) MANAGUA, NICARAGUA – Millones de nicaragüenses fueron a las urnas el 7 de noviembre de 2021, re-eligiendo por un amplio margen al Frente Sandinista y su Presidente Daniel Ortega. […]

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Debunking myths about Nicaragua’s 2021 elections, under attack by USA/EU/OAS

The US, EU, and OAS are launching a new coup attempt against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government, refusing to recognize its 2021 elections. The Grayzone observed the vote on the ground, and dispels myths aimed at discrediting the process. MANAGUA, NICARAGUA – Millions of Nicaraguans went to the polls on November 7, 2021, re-electing the leftist Sandinista Front and President Daniel Ortega by a large margin. The Joe Biden administration refused to recognize the results, however. The United States and its allies […]

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Fmr. CIA analyst on the hidden realities of Syria’s war and new novel, ‘Damascus Station’

Former CIA analyst David McCloskey, who covered Syria from 2008 to 2014, on the roots of Syria’s war, the US role, and his new novel set during the conflict’s early years, “Damascus Station.” As a CIA analyst, David McCloskey covered Syria from 2008 to 2014. He draws on his experience for his new spy thriller, “Damascus Station,” set during the early years of the Syrian war. David McCloskey joins Aaron Maté to discuss “Damascus Station”; the early years of the […]

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Julian Assange’s fiancée Stella Moris on dangers of US extradition case

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Stella Moris, the fiancée of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange, about the appeal hearings in the US extradition case and how it threatens freedom of the press around the world. The case against Assange “has fallen apart, and now we just see this – Julian’s brother called it as a zombie case – it’s in the legal process, so it just trundles along through the courts, but it has no substance to it. […]

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From Nicaraguan revolutionaries to US embassy informants: How Washington recruited ex-Sandinistas like Dora María Téllez and her MRS party

The story of how Nicaragua’s former guerrilla Dora María Téllez and her anti-Sandinista MRS party allied with the right wing and became coup-supporting informants for the US embassy. One of the most high-profile opponents of Nicaragua’s Sandinista government points to her revolutionary youth to justify her position. Left unmentioned by this internationally celebrated figure is not only her abandonment of revolutionary politics long ago, but also the fact that she has become a key asset in the US government’s campaign […]

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Facebook acusó falsamente a estos nicaragüenses de ser troles y los censuró antes de las elecciones

Facebook, Instagram y Twitter suspendieron a cientos de periodistas y activistas pro sandinistas días antes de las elecciones del 7 de noviembre en Nicaragua, alegando falsamente que eran troles del gobierno. The Grayzone los entrevistó para revelar la verdad. (You can read this article in English here.) MANAGUA, NICARAGUA – Pocos días antes de las elecciones del 7 de noviembre en Nicaragua, las plataformas de redes sociales censuraron a influyentes medios de comunicación nicaragüenses y a cientos de periodistas y […]

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