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US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released

    US Trained Honduran Police Get Medieval as Political Prisoner Edwin Espinal Released

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — “It’s sad how the United States is supporting this corrupt government,” Honduran political prisoner Edwin Espinal told MintPress News immediately after his release from prison, where he had spent 19 months. Edwin’s case — and the medieval violence to which U.S.-trained police in Honduras tried to subject me — perfectly illustrate the…

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Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido’s Political Future

    Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido’s Political Future

The political party of Juan Guaido — Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) — was never all that popular to begin with. The sixth largest political party in Venezuela, Popular Will is heavily financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Now, a recently exposed embezzlement scandal in Colombia risks to further alienate the party…

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Analysts Doubt Authenticity of Israel’s Military Operation Against “Hezbollah Tunnels

    Analysts Doubt Authenticity of Israel’s Military Operation Against “Hezbollah Tunnels

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) announced suddenly on Tuesday morning the start of a massive military operation along the border with Lebanon. The reason, said the IDF, is to search for “offensive” tunnels dug by Hezbollah which, according to a report on Israeli Army Radio, are “penetrating Israeli soil and have been prepared for carrying out terror…

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How Security Clearances Perpetuate Top-Level Corruption in the United States

    How Security Clearances Perpetuate Top-Level Corruption in the United States

President Donald Trump is threatening to take away the security clearances of a number of former senior intelligence and security officers who have been extremely critical of him. Most Americans were unaware that any ex-officials continued to hold clearances after they retired and the controversy has inevitably raised the question why that should be so. Unfortunately, there…

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In Mexico, Resistance to Govt Collusion with Capitalists and Organized Crime Triggers Criminalization of Dissent

  In Mexico, Resistance to Govt Collusion with Capitalists and Organized Crime Triggers Criminalization of Dissent

MEXICO CITY — Leon Fierro spent 20 days in a Mexican jail on trumped-up attempted-homicide charges he says came on orders from the government. Upon his release, the human rights activist returned to organizing Mexicans against efforts to privatize their water, visiting Mexico City to speak out against the government’s efforts to intimidate him and…

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As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

  As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

ANKARA, TURKEY — There is currently a case making its way through the U.S. federal courts that is playing a significant role in increasing tension between Washington and Ankara. Federal prosecutors in New York recently announced they would seek a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish national who was formerly…

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In Seeing African Corruption as Landlocked, George Clooney Misses the Boat

  In Seeing African Corruption as Landlocked, George Clooney Misses the Boat

TEMA, GHANA (Analysis) — The Argentine naval vessel Libertad embarked on its maiden voyage in 1961 and remains, to this day, a maritime and mechanical marvel. At 340 feet, it is one of the longest, heaviest, and yet fastest ships afloat — holding, at one time or another, several world speed records. With its classical…

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Was Nicolas Sarkozy’s Role in Taking Out Gaddafi More Personal than Geopolitical?

  Was Nicolas Sarkozy’s Role in Taking Out Gaddafi More Personal than Geopolitical?

PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was arrested Tuesday and indicted last night on charges related to the illegal funding of his successful 2007 campaign for president. The investigation, which began nearly five years ago, has focused on illegal campaign contributions Sarkozy’s campaign received from Muammar Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya, who was brutally…

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R.I.P. Jared Kushner: A Political Obituary for the President’s Son-in-Law

  R.I.P. Jared Kushner: A Political Obituary for the President’s Son-in-Law

Here we are a little more than a year into the Trump presidency and his administration’s body count is already, as The Donald might put it, “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting.” Among the casualties are Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; my former boss at Goldman Sachs, economic policy chief Gary Cohn; National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; FBI Director James…

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American PR Firm Defends Its Role in Saudi Arabia’s Corruption Crackdown

  American PR Firm Defends Its Role in Saudi Arabia’s Corruption Crackdown

A public relations (PR) firm hired by Saudi Arabia has defended its work briefing the media on the country’s anti-corruption crackdown after the New York Times reported claims that detainees were physically abused and coerced into handing over their assets. APCO Worldwide, a US-headquartered firm, was hired by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information…

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