Our coverage of Libya

NY Times’ Umbrella Man Exposed

More and more, one is struck by the extent to which the New York Times is disassociated from reality. One might judge the paper’s publishing of official falsehoods as the occasional and accidental byproduct of the pressure to produce so many articles, were it not for the consistency and rigidly sclerotic way it loyally foists patently untrue material upon the public.

I say this as someone who still reads the Times, still has friends working there, and still retains View article …

Sugarcoating the Lies: A New York Times Sampler


 The New York Times’ “Public Editor” wonders if the paper ought to explicitly call officials on their lies. But a look at a typical day in the life of the paper shows that the truth problem runs a lot deeper.



Continuing on our theme about the limitations of the corporate owned media, and how it shapes our worldview and our world….

On Thursday, Arthur Brisbane, the New York Times’s Public Editor (reader advocate of sorts) posed a question in

Threat of Voting Machines/Expanding Drone Wars/More

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Seven Solutions to Climate That Are Working (Russ)

Better than despair is action! Lots of good things are happening.


Iceland’s Pirate Party Falls Short (Jeff C.)

Icelanders chose “stability” over change in their general election vote Saturday. On Sunday, current Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson of the Progressive Party officially resigned


Interracial Love Stories View article …

Memorial Day, 2021

WhoWhatWhy’s Best of Memorial Day 2022

For most of us, Memorial Day is just a collage of impressions from television specials: Bugles playing taps… flags being folded… somber-faced people standing ramrod-straight… speeches… final salutes… long shots of endless fields of gravestones…  human interest stories of unshaven, craggy-faced veterans, some with old medals pinned to their rags, sleeping under bridges, curled up in garbage bags…


But for those who want a less impressionistic view of what this day is about, we present a small collection of our past stories that honor the memories of fallen soldiers — and illuminate some of the reasons View article …

Donald Trump, H.R. McMaster

Uncovered: Israeli Angle to ‘Deep State’ Plot

A viral, disturbing New York Times article about a pro-Donald Trump plot against a member of his own administration left out the most important element of all: the role of shadowy operatives in the pro-Israel right wing — operatives from the very same insider “deep state” from which Trump constantly promised to save America. 


First, the background: 


The May 13 article — headlined “Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government” — outlines a sting operation launched in 2017 against Gen. H.R. McMaster, View article …

Visas for Al-Qaeda, Part 1: A Sordid Tale


Michael Springmann was, to all appearances, your run-of-the-mill junior level consular employee, but he was not in a usual place, nor in a usual time. His government sent him to Saudi Arabia right as it was preparing for a battle royale with the USSR in Afghanistan. In this excerpt from his book, Springmann describes a consulate teeming with CIA personnel, and reveals how, as head of the American visa bureau, he was ordered not to follow his best instincts but instead to approve visas for all manner of dubious individuals. In retrospect, he realized he was witnessing the mujahideen View article …

Talk About Politicizing Intelligence! Meet John Brennan, CIA Chief Designee

John O. Brennan, nominated by President Obama to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a crafty character. Not surprising for a spy.

The Washington Post says that his nomination may generate a debate about the policy of using drones to kill terror suspects, and that there’s some dispute about what Brennan’s position was on the use of torture during his lengthy career in the spook business. But the fact that his own role in the torture debate is even View article …

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn’s Pardon, Echoes of Moscow, and Time for a New Start

Donald Trump’s presidential pardon for his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, is  only the first in what is expected to be a flood of pardons intended to protect Trump’s inner circle from the consequences of illegal behavior.

Flynn’s case is particularly interesting, however. To begin with, there is the question of whether the pardon was really meant to save Flynn or, more likely, to save Trump from lingering suspicions that he won the 2016 election because of help from Moscow.   

The specific charges against Flynn relate to his lying to the FBI about clandestine View article …

Syrian refugees, Russia, US, flags

Syria 101 — The Basics on the Superpower Flashpoint

The Middle East has been a seething cauldron of conflict since 1918. Twice in the 20th century, in 1967 and 1973, it almost became a flashpoint for nuclear war. The region has always been a chessboard where great powers play out their strategies.


In today’s Syria, it’s the US vs. Russia vs. Jihadists plus Saudi Arabia vs. Israel plus Turkey vs. the Kurds, not to mention Iran and Syria vs. the rebels. No wonder the country has been devastated, leaving behind an almost unimaginable humanitarian crisis.


In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, View article …