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US Interferes in Elections in Venezuela
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
In Venezuela, It's "Democracy" if US-Backed Candidates Are Empowered, "Tyranny" if They Are Not
The Venezuelan government recently announced its decision to hold presidential elections, which are currently scheduled for May. The Trump administration denounced the move, saying they "would not be free and fair."
California Cops Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark In His Own Backyard
Two officers each fired 10 rounds at Clark, mistaking his cell phone for a gun.
Amid Russiagate Hysteria, US Interferes in Elections in Venezuela & Latin America
Frustrated with foreign interference in the US elections? So are the people of Latin America, claims Timothy Gill.
Canada on Wrong Side of Venezuelan Conflict
What's going on in Venezuela is a bitter class war, with millions of poor people committed to defending a revolution carried out in their name, and Canada taking the side of the wealthy, well-armed opposition, writes Linda McQuaig.
The myth of a neo-imperial China
New Silk Road infrastructure projects could bring back a peaceful and prosperous Eurasia
Russia's Reaction to the Insults of the West is Political Suicide
The onslaught of western Russia bashing in the past days, since the alleged poison attack by a Soviet-era nerve agent, Novichok (the inventor of which, by the way, lives in the US), on a Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, has been just horrifying. Especially by the UK. Starting with PM May, who outright accused Russia of using chemical weapons (CW) on UK grounds, without delivering any evidence.
Britain's Cold War with Russia Poisons Corbyn's Labour
British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May's dramatic escalation of hostility towards Russia this week has had one benefit closer to home. Labour's erstwhile popular leader Jeremy Corbyn has fallen casualty to renewed Cold War politics.
Syria Preparing for a Major US Military Attack
Russian troops have already been deployed to 'critical locations' to deter Washington
Al Jazeera Did a Hard-hitting Investigation into US and Israeli Lobbying – So Why Won't They Air It?
White South African farmers 'need help from a civilised country'
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018
How the Iraq War Destabilized the Entire Middle East
As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the unwarranted invasion of Iraq, which we are still paying for in so many ways, it is important to remember the misuse of intelligence that provided a false justification for war.
White South African farmers 'need help from a civilised country'
Putin 'extremely concerned' over UK's 'destructive, provocative' stance in Skripal case -- Kremlin
Are 'Novichok' Poisons Real? - May's Claims Fall Apart
Trump, May, Merkel and Macron Issue Joint Statement Blaming Russia for Sergei Skripal Poisoning
Trump Suggests Withdrawing Troops From South Korea Over Trade Issues
Ties trade deficit to deployment costs in speech to donors
GOP Leaders Want to Delay Yemen War Powers Vote
Leaders say it needs close study in committee
Russia urges US to stop supporting terrorists in Syria, Lavrov says
Saudis in Secret Peace Talks With Yemen's Houthis
Senior Houthi confirms talks have been going on for two months
McMaster: US Troops Will Stay Until Syria Is Stabilized
Demands consequences for Russia, Iran for backing Assad government
Here We Go Again - U.S. - UK Playing War Drums at UN
The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion
Numbers are numbing, especially numbers that rise into the millions. But please remember that each person killed represents someone's loved one.
Philippines to Withdraw from the ICC Immediately: Duterte
The president argued that the ICC had demonstrated "brazen ignorance of the law" and due to its fraudulent implication in the Philippines.
South Africa's Assembly Approves Land Expropriation Without Compensation
South Africa's parliament passed Tuesday a motion brought by the leftist party Economic Freedom Fighters, or EFF, to carry out land expropriation without compensation, a key pillar of the ruling ANC government and new President Cyril Ramaphosa.
National Assembly adopts motion on land expropriation without compensation
Opening the debate on his motion, Malema said: "The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice." He said they did not seek revenge on white people, but a restoration of black people's dignity, which was deeply rooted in the land.
Haiti President Says Many Aid Groups Hid Misconduct
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer, party officials have said.
Let's put an end to the delusion that Britain abolished slavery
Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Saudi Arabia promises $1.5 billion in aid to Yemen – but it's still bombing the country
Destroying Syria: Why does Washington hate Bashar al-Assad?
Syria at that time was already in the cross-hairs of two principal American so-called allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both were actively working to destabilize the regime, though for different reasons. The Saudis were fearful of Iranian influence over Damascus but also had a religious agenda in that the secular Syrian regime was protective of religious minorities and was itself an offshoot of Shi'a Islam referred to as Alawites. The Saudis considered them to be heretics.
Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group
Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia.
Fears over US-Turkey military confrontation in Syria
As U.S. looks to rein in Turkish offensive, Manbij is key
Civilians killed by Turkish strikes as Erdogan vows to continue Afrin operation
‘Make Trade, Not War' is China's daring plan in the Middle East
Under the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing aims to connect western China to the eastern Mediterranean
China, Venezuela vow to deepen all-round cooperation
China and Venezuela are willing to deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership, the two countries' foreign ministers said here on Monday.
North Korea Issues Statement Calling for Breakthrough in Unification
With both nations upbeat after recent bilateral talks, and sports diplomacy surrounding the Winter Olympics, North Korea has issued a very unusual statement of unity addressed not to South Korea, but to all Koreans across the world.
South Korea 'has very strong concerns' the US might strike North Korea, ex-CIA Korea expert says
A former chief of the CIA's Korea division who recently returned from South Korea says he found widespread worry that the US is gearing up for a military strike against North Korea.
China would back a unified Korea if attained through peace, ambassador says
Russia is a Threat to Western Societies?
The United States and its NATO allies are facing an existential threat. But the threat has nothing to do with Russia, China, or any other external "enemy" for that matter. The West's own worst enemy is itself. Or more precisely, the intellectual bankruptcy of its political and military leaders and their dominant public discourse.
Trump's National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne
Implicit in the document is this proposition: more spending will make the armed forces of the United States "stronger" and the United States "safer." Simply put, the NDS is all about funneling more bucks to the Pentagon.
US after supporting South Sudan's leader calls him 'unfit'
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United States is giving up on South Sudan's president after backing the country's independence in 2011 and investing over $11 billion, calling him "an unfit partner" in the pursuit of peace and urging an arms embargo on the conflict-wracked nation.
Scores convicted in Congo's Beni massacre trial
How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy
Twitter Warns Users: We're Watching You
In an overt act of political intimidation, the social media platform Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users Saturday informing them that they had shared or followed "Russian propaganda."
The Problem Isn't Just That Trump's a Racist. It's That He Keeps Acting On His Racism
The president has always been a racist. The issue is that he now has the power to make policy based on prejudice.
African Nations Say Trump's Shithole Comments Are "Definition of Racism"
Representatives from across the continent have condemned the president for his vulgar comments – questioning why the US accepts immigration from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.
If You Think Haiti Is a Shithole, Then Blame America for Helping to Make It That Way
Centuries of mistreatment by the U.S. is a primary cause of Haiti's plight.
No regrets for making Haiti a 'shithole'?
Why The US Owes Haiti Billions – The Briefest History
Israel Keeps Bombing Syria
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Danger Lurks from Washington Torpedoing Korea Talks
There was near-unanimous welcoming of the surprise peace talks this week between North and South Korean delegations. Even the bellicose US President Donald Trump put aside his fiery rhetoric to endorse the diplomatic engagement between the two divided Koreas, saying he “hoped something good would result”.
Israel Keeps Bombing Syria and Nobody Is Doing Anything About It
UN Condemns Donald Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Remark as Racist
Calling Out Trump Denial, Durbin Confirms President Said 'Those Hate-Filled' Words 'Repeatedly'
"To no surprise the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true," said the Illinois senator.
Trump Gives World Four Months to Change Iran Nuclear Deal
Extends Iran Sanctions Relief, Says It's 'Last Time'
Russia kills militants behind Syria air base attack: agencies
Be Careful Who You Put Your Trust in When It Comes to Iran Protests
There may be no evidence on the ground of a hidden American or Saudi hand behind the demonstrations at this stage, but they will presumably try to take advantage of them. The former US ambassador to the UN and neo-conservative John Bolton says firmly that "our goal should be regime change in Iran", and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has in the past called for intervention inside Iran.
Panic of Boris Johnson in Moscow: Agony of a Rotting Empire
Africa Awaits the Aftershock After Defying President Trump in the United Nations General Assembly
Trump is Pulling a Libya on Iran
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
North Korea says Trump has 'lit the wick of war' and that it is ready to 'settle the final score with a hail of fire'
Many members of Congress have criticised Mr Trump's 'belligerent' rhetoric towards Pyongyang
China will 'compel' Saudi Arabia to trade oil in yuan — and that's going to affect the US dollar
Beijing sends frigate & jets to warn off US destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands
Trump is Pulling a Libya on Iran
Muammar Qaddafi learned the hard way how the U.S. reneges on deals.
Iran: Trump's Gift to the Hard-liners
Sputnik and RT Under Investigation. What About the First Amendment?
Apparently not as important as demonizing Russia over a fairy tale
Absurd Russian Ads Hype as US Corporations Buy Democracy
Google is the latest US internet company to claim it found "Russia-linked" advertisements on its network — allegedly posted to influence the US presidential election last year.
Kremlin Issues Stern Warning to Washington Over Its Help for Terrorists in Syria
The Science of Spying: How the CIA Secretly Recruits Academics
Trump explains why he's different than Harvey Weinstein
His statement comes on the one year anniversary of the release of the Access Hollywood tape.
The Cost of Empire
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Cost of Empire
Americans must challenge Trump's policies in North Korea and Yemen that stem from imperial priorities.
THE VIETNAM NIGHTMARE — AGAIN
Much of America, including yours truly, has been watching the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, 'Vietnam.' Instead of clarifying that confusing conflict, the series has ignited fiery controversy and a lot of long-repressed anger by soft-soaping Washington's motives.
Pilger Criticizes Ken Burns's 'The Vietnam War'
For decades, the U.S. mainstream media has shied away from a clear-eyed view of the Vietnam War, not wanting to offend the war's apologists, a residue of which tainted the recent PBS series, as John Pilger told Dennis J Bernstein.
US prepared to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely — Pentagon chiefs
Donald Trump as the Slave Master of the Black Athlete Plantation
Sports can reveal so much about where we are in American racial progress: Jackie Robinson, the Mexico City Olympics, Derek Jeter dating white women. White sports fans have made themselves the referees for what black athletes are allowed to do to move the racial equity ball down the field. And they'll be more than happy to shut down a spectacular rush. And that's the end of my sports metaphors.
Russia says IS attacks in Syria come from location near US forces
Russia's Defense Ministry says that the attacks launched by Islamic State in Syria on government forces came from an area near Jordan where a U.S. military mission was located.
Syria strikes killed hundreds, says Russia
Russian air strikes in eastern Syria have left more than 300 Islamic State militants dead, Russia's Defence Ministry says.
US-led coalition airstrike kills 18 civilians in Raqqa
Israel sees Assad winning Syria war, urges more U.S. involvement
3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger
The "Russian Ads" On Facebook Are Just Another Click-Bait Scheme
Congress is investigating 3,000 "suspicious" ads which were run on Facebook. They were claimed to have been bought by "Russia" to influence the U.S.presidential election in favor of Trump.
With more details now known we can conclude that these Facebook ads had nothing to do with the election. The mini-ads were bought to promote click-bait pages and sites. These pages and sites were created and promoted to sell further advertisement. The media though, has still not understood the
Washington's Iron Curtain on the Euphrates
The Killing of History
Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017
US Strategic Command Chief: Iran Fully Adhering to Nuclear Deal
Says Concerns Are Purely on Iran's Conventional Missiles
Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders
Trump imposes new sanctions on North Korea, Kim says will 'tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire'
North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children
Japan braces as North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test in Pacific
Dealing With North Korean Missiles
South Korea approves $8m aid package for North Korea
Decision to release funds for humanitarian programmes for infants and pregnant women risks rift with US and Japan
Germany's Sigmar Gabriel slams Donald Trump's 'national selfishness' in UN speech
Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned against focusing on national interests in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Gabriel has also called for a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.
Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations
Nuclear weapons: Who are the world's haves and have nots?
More than two-thirds of the world's countries are calling for a global ban on nuclear weapons. DW examines the questions over the state of weapons stockpiles, disarmament deals and their chances of success.
Russia Warns It Would Retaliate Against US Forces in Syria If Provoked
US, Russian Generals Talk Face-to-Face About Syria Problems
The Killing of History
One of the most hyped "events" of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, "They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way".
7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico
Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
At least 20 schoolchildren among 248 killed in Mexico after their school collapsed during a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that triggered explosions, collapsed buildings and sent people fleeing into the street
Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City, severely damaging buildings
Trump Vomits Hatred All Over The United Nations General Assembly
Korea Solution Needs US to Sign a Peace Treaty
Starve Them to Death: Wall Street Journal's Solution to North Korea
'Genocidal' Trump Blasted for Threatening to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'
"Reminder," says one critic of president's speech to UN General Assembly: "threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you don't like their leader is threatening to commit genocide."
Aung San Suu Kyi is not worthy of her Nobel Peace Prize
There are petitions online calling for Daw Suu to be stripped of her Nobel. In fact, there is no mechanism to take away the prize, but I do wish that the prize money could be recovered and go to feed the widows and orphans being created on her watch
America's Slow-Motion Military Coup
Trump's ability to rely on "his generals" for guidance shouldn't be seen as comforting
Mattis: No need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles
North Korea says more sanctions will spur it to hasten nuclear plans
In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel
Head of IDF's Aerial Defense Command lauds new air defense facility as a symbolic and operational achievement
Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran
Israeli Website Claims ISIS Commander Revealed As Mossad Agent
Libyan security forces arrested a Daesh commander in the city of Benghazi — only to find out soon after that the man they had captured, Ephraim Benjamin, was also an agent of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. Was he working to defeat Daesh or to strengthen it?
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