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On December 23, 2016 outgoing president Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017. The law included a section titled “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” and authorized $160 million dollars to be used fight propaganda deemed unfavorable to US interests. Writing for Consortium News, Rick Sterling highlighted several examples where the real […]
A PEN America article titled “Aggressive Interrogation of Artists and Writers at U.S. Border” reported that in response to the Trump administrations immigration policies, artist and intellectual travelers have been detained and subjected to traumatic interrogations at American airports. Following Trump’s executive order travel ban targeting select countries, individuals with no criminal records were “subjected […]
In March 2017, Mintpress News reported on a declassified CIA report that exposes that, contrary to popular belief, the US government has had plans to initiate regime change in Syria as far back as the 1980s. The report is entitled “Syria: Scenarios of Dramatic Political Change” and was written by the Foreign Subversion and Instability […]
In February 2017, Rick Sterling, writing for Consortiumnews, reported on a documentary about a supposedly humanitarian Syrian organization, the White Helmets. The Netflix documentary, The White Helmets, featuring the Syrian civil defense organization of the same name, won an Oscar for best short documentary at the Academy Awards. However, some have criticized the documentary for […]
President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning immigration to the United States by people from six Muslim–majority countries has big implications for Syrians, who have no guarantee of survival in their own nation. Syria is unstable, and civilians there suffer at the hands of President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, ISIS fighters, rebel groups trying to overthrow […]