An ex-British Navy chief raises ‘alarm bells’ about the government’s Syria story live on the BBC
Britain admits OPCW did not confirm 'essential evidence' on origin of Skripal poison
An Alternative Explanation to the Skripal Mystery
An alternative explanation to the mystery surrounding the poisoning of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter may involve a possibility that neither the British nor Russian governments want to talk about, as Gareth Porter explains.
By Gareth Porter
'US knew there were no toxins & risked nothing' - chemical experts on Syria strike
Russia Ostracized By Washington, But What About Wall Street?
By Kenneth Rapoza
The West Gets Russia Wrong Because the Media Are Peddling a Pack of Lies
" ... if you have been visiting Russia periodically, every few years, as I have for many decades, you will have found that it has been changing at breakneck speed."
By Dmitry Orlov
On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria
By Gilbert Doctorow Special to Consortium News
Western Media's conundrum - why is 'bad guy' Putin so popular at home?
By Steve Keen
Russia Barred From Winter Olympics After Heavy US Lobbying
No doubt, after humiliating and denying the Russians the pleasure of competing in winter sports the US will proclaim it is interested in good relations but that Russia is to blame.
No state-sponsored doping was revealed or proven, it all rests on the allegations of a single wacko who was caught himself, but Russia pays the price of being the geopolitical boogeyman of the West, and being profiled as a dope-happy Eastern European nation.
By Jason Ditz
After over a century of international games celebrating friendly global competition, the International Olympic Committee has announced that they will be fully banning the Russian Federation from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, the first time a nation has ever been forbidden from sending competitors.
Officially, this is being done to punish Russia for doping among athletes. In reality, the move was heavily lobbied for by the US and a series of allies, a push that was primarily about US-Russia tensions in recent years.
The doping scandal, after all, was nothing particularly new, and accusations of doping among athletes from Eastern Europe have gone back for generations without any such bans being seriously contemplated.
The IOC says it will allow certain athletes from Russia to participate under a “neutral” flag, but only in individual events. No Russian teams will be allowed to be fielded in any team sports.
The US, of course, praised the move, saying that excluding the Russians was a “strong and principled decision” for the IOC, and one that ensures doping will never happen again.
Russia banned from the Winter Olympics. Individual Russians who are cleared to compete will wear a ’neutral’ uniform. And the Russian flag won't fly at the games. It's possible that Moscow will now pull all its athletes & block release of Hockey players from the KHL. https://t.co/a9Jncimun4
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv)
December 5, 2017