Alex Kane

6 Deranged Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories That Reached Congress and the White House in 2017

During the past year, there were two major developments on the political and media landscape. The first, which started before 2017 but picked up steam during the past year, was that traditional conservative media, already a conduit for conspiracy theoriesbecame increasingly open to amplifying misinformation from the far-right. The second was that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president -- a man who would embrace conspiracy theories to an extent that no high-ranking public official, much less the president, had ever done. When combined, these developments led to some conspiracy theories, which started off in far corners of the internet, reaching members of the House of Representatives and the White House -- sometimes within a matter of days. Here are a few examples.

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Israeli Companies Are Making a Killing off Technology Perfected Over 50 Years of Occupation

On March 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo flew to Israel to show solidarity with Jews amidst an uptick in anti-Semitism in New York.

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NLRB Upholds Union’s Right To Endorse BDS Against Israel

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld a decision to dismiss a complaint against the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) for endorsing a boycott of Israel.

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Lobbying Shop That Works for Egypt's Brutal Dictatorship Has Close Ties to Clintons

Hillary Clinton’s campaign website proclaims that as president, she would “continue her long-standing emphasis” on human rights.

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Meet the European Corporations Profiting From the Misery of Refugees

The miseries of the Syrian and Afghan wars and the dictatorship in Eritrea have come to Europe in the form of refugees. Last year, more than a million refugees escaped civil war, terrorism and repression by packing their bags and making the arduous trek across land and sea. The majority came from civil war-wracked Syria, though many came from other countries, too.

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Meet the Political Leader Who Appears to Be Campaigning For the World's #1 Enemy of Free Speech and Journalism

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is waging an all-out war on journalism. Since taking the reins of power in a military coup in 2013 and in an election the next year, Sisi has cracked down on the press with a vengeance. Conflating journalism with terrorism and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the leader of Egypt’s’ authoritarian regime has arrested a record number of journalists. 18 members of the media remain in prison today, with more than a third of them sentenced to life in prison, according to a June report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Israel's Total Assault on Palestinian Life: Latest Crackdown Is Attempt to Wipe Out Their Culture

The most extreme government in Israel’s history is wasting no time getting down to business. One of its first acts is targeting Palestinian freedom of expression.

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4 of the Biggest Cheerleaders for Egypt's Shockingly Repressive New Regime

On May 16, an Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt, to death. The Islamist former president, who came out of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, was convicted of escaping prison during the Egyptian uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak, the U.S.-backed authoritarian leader of the country.

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4 U.S. Companies Getting Rich Off Gulf Arab Conflict With Iran

In mid-May, President Barack Obama hosted top officials from Gulf Arab states at Camp David, the idyllic presidential retreat in Maryland. The meeting was designed to assure Gulf Arab leaders that the U.S. still has their back, even though the Obama administration is hurtling full-speed ahead toward a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

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The U.S. Is Helping Commit Atrocities in Yemen - And Pretending It's Iran's Fault

In an April interview with PBS Newshour, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked about Iran’s involvement in the escalating war in Yemen. His response was astounding and revealing.

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How the Media and Gov't Terrorize Americans About ISIS -- and Why We Shouldn't Be Scared

The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March.

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The #1 Threat to Peace in the World -- Guess Who? It's U.S.

The highly controversial speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s to Congress had one purpose: to convince U.S. officials and the Israeli and American public that Iran and its nuclear energy program poses a dire threat. “Iran's regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world,” Netanyahu said.

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The Hard Right in Congress Has a Dangerous Plan to Strip American 'Terrorists' of Their Citizenship

Three weeks after the new Republican-controlled Congress was sworn in, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Steve King (R-IA) announced legislation that would strip Americans of their citizenship if they joined a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Inside the NRA's Bizarre Battle to Prevent a Ban on the Sale of Ivory in the US

The National Rifle Association is fighting a new ban on the sale of ivory in the United Sates, meant to protect Africa’s threatened wildlife, because they say it would be disastrous for gun owners.

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9 Other Countries that Jumped on the Post 9-11 Terrorism Fear to Crack Down on Dissenters

After the September 11th attacks, the U.S. embarked on a global campaign of war, a crackdown on dissent and, as the recent Senate torture report shows, a gruesome program of waterboardings and sexual assault of detainees.

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How CIA Torture Spread Like Wildfire Throughout the US Military

The U.S. Senate summary of the report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program runs 500 pages and is filled with grisly details on waterboarding, sexual assault, sleep deprivation and death threats. But there’s a lot the report does not cover—like how members of the U.S. military also tortured prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Meet the Warmongering Billionaires Who Will Spend a Fortune to Influence the Next President

On November 9, the ugly face of America’s money-saturated election process was put on full display.

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Inside the Federal Govt's Newest Program to Infiltrate and Surveil Muslim Communities

Last month, Zale Thompson attacked a New York Police Department officer with a hatchet before being killed by police. Law enforcement officials said Thompson, 32, was a “self-radicalized” Muslim inspired by overseas extremist groups.

The hatchet attack renewed dormant but always lurking fears about terrorism in the U.S. The rise of the Islamic State, the extremist outfit also known as ISIS that has taken over territory in war-torn Iraq and Syria, has fueled those fears. In response to the alleged threat from the Islamic State, law enforcement officials have increased efforts to block Americans from joining the group in Syria.

But the Obama administration's plan to combat the Islamic State at home goes beyond law enforcement tactics like the use of informants, tactics that have been employed to arrest Americans the government alleges was trying to join the Islamic State. In September, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of a program to “counter violent extremism.” The Department of Justice effort is the public face of the U.S. government’s campaign to staunch the Islamic State’s appeal to Americans. Similar federal efforts have occurred in the past, though this plan is the first to cite the threat of the Islamic State group.

“Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is a centerpiece of this administration’s counterterrorism strategy,” White House National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh said in a statement. “Our CVE approach is premised on the principle that local partners, including local law enforcement and communities, are at the forefront of preventing violent radicalization and recruitment both online and person-to-person.”

The response to the department's campaign has been cool from some Muslim advocates and lawyers. Stroth said “the threat posed by violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology.” Critics fear that the focus will largely be on Muslims, and that it will stigmatize their religious community. In a September 19 letter to the White House, the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern that the federal plan will “encourage communities to report to law enforcement on the expressive or associational activities or beliefs of their members.” The Department of Justice did not respond to requests for comment.

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Our Warped Idea of Terrorism: It Only Applies to People Who Oppose America and Its Allies

The definition of terrorism seems simple enough. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that it is “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.”

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Simmering Conflict in Hollywood Over Israel

The summer’s bloodletting in the Gaza Strip has stopped, but the discourse on war that Israel’s assault sparked in the U.S. rages on. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Hollywood, where celebrity criticism of Israel led to recriminations from pro-Israel stars and threats to blacklist those who spoke out against the military operation. The entertainment industry is splitting over Israel in the wake of that state’s punishing attack on Palestinians in Gaza.

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5 Most Hawkish Positions Embraced by Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is a hawk who wants to further militarize American foreign policy. A Clinton White House could mean disastrous consequences for Americans and those overseas who will be most impacted by her policies. If you think Obama’s policies of drone strikes and Special Operations troops around the world are bad, just wait for Clinton.

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When Did it Become the Norm for Police to Crush Americans' Rights?

The militarized police force unleashed in Ferguson, Missouri over the past two weeks has crushed the civil liberties of black residents angry over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. That law enforcement has shown utter disregard for the rights of protesters and the press is no surprise to many, especially black people, who have had to contend with pervasive surveillance and harassment in varied forms for much of American history. Yet what makes the situation in Ferguson look especially scary and dystopic are the militarized weapons being used to crush constitutional rights.

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Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson

The tear-gas, rubber bullets and smoke bombs fired in Ferguson, Missouri have fed outrage over police militarization in the U.S. In response to the shocking images, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said, “We need to de-militarize this situation.” Journalists reporting live on the demonstrations sparked by the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown expressed befuddlement as to why the police needed high-caliber weapons better suited for war zones than protests in an American city.

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How ISIS Ended Up Stocked with American Weapons

U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq are hitting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters bearing American-made weapons. That simple fact casts a harsh light on the history of U.S. policy in a country destroyed by American bombs and then a civil war.

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The Big Contradiction: American Bombs Dropping On Extremist Group Funded By U.S. Allies

President Barack Obama recently announced that he authorized the United States military to begin bombing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, where the radical Islamist group has taken over large swathes of territory. But what Obama didn’t mention in his speeches on why he began military operations again in Iraq is that citizens of U.S. allies, mostly in Gulf Arab states, have helped the rise of ISIS. This is deeply embarrassing to the U.S.

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How Israel's Assault on Gaza Is One Big Marketing Campaign for Its Weapons Manufacturers

Israeli weapons companies are making a killing off the ongoing assault on Gaza, which has caused over 1,900 Palestinian casualties, most of them civilians. Israel’s arms companies are set to increase their sales abroad and to the Israeli military because their weapons were “successful” in Gaza—a “success” that has come at the cost of thousands of Palestinian lives.

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Obama Administration Exploiting Humanitarian Missions to Push Shady Policies Abroad

The U.S. government used an HIV prevention program to try to undermine the Cuban government, a move that puts U.S.-linked health programs around the globe at risk.

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5 Ways Israel Created a Real Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

The Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, now entering its fourth week, has unleashed a humanitarian crisis in the coastal enclave. The crisis could worsen if Israel’s attacks don’t cease.

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10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel

As Israeli bombs have rained down on the Gaza Strip, the streets of major American cities have witnessed thousands of people coming out to protest the attack. But one place where there is virtually no dissent is the halls of power in the nation’s capitol.

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Israel's Crazy Doctrine for Justifying Deaths of Over 1,000 Gazans

Israel is waging war on civilians in Gaza. Ordinary Palestinians, television stations, schools, hospitals, power plants and water facilities are all targets in the eyes of the Israeli army, one of the most powerful militaries in the world.

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6 of the Most Outrageous and Ignorant Celebrity Rants Supporting Israel’s Assault on Gaza

The Israeli assault on Gaza has sparked intense, and often vitriolic, debate across the U.S., and the entertainment business is no exception. A number of Hollywood celebrities have come out in protest of the bombardment of the people of Gaza by Israeli air strikes and artillery, a signal that the mainstream discourse in the U.S., Israel’s number-one ally, is shifting. But the opposing side has also come out swinging.

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