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U.S. Military Involvement in Ukraine: NATO Expansion Through Proxy War

    U.S. Military Involvement in Ukraine: NATO Expansion Through Proxy War

Although the U.S. State Department’s direct role in stoking the Maidan conflagration and toppling a democratically elected president is widely accepted as part of the historical record of the political and civil upheaval in Ukraine, little is reported about the initial and ever evolving U.S. military presence in the country. Former Assistant Secretary of State…

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How the Corporate Media Advocates US Veto Power in Latin America

    How the Corporate Media Advocates US Veto Power in Latin America

In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western Hemisphere. Analysts were quoted (Christian Science Monitor, 4/11/18) worrying that Trump’s belligerent and racist outbursts would weaken Washington’s power in the region. Closer ties to the United States, concerned “experts” suggest, would be the logical and…

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Coalition Ignores Famine Warnings and Continues Assault on Yemen as Critics Question US Complicity

    Coalition Ignores Famine Warnings and Continues Assault on Yemen as Critics Question US Complicity

Ignoring international aid groups’ warnings that an attack on the Yemeni city of Hodeida, which is held by Houthi rebels, could exacerbate hunger in an impoverished and war-torn nation already on the brink of famine, Saudi-led U.S.-backed coalition forces continued a sweeping assault on the Red Sea port city Saturday, reportedly seizing control of an airport. Since the fighting started earlier…

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How Saudi Arabia Tried to Blame Doctors Without Borders After Bombing Its Cholera Treatment Center

    How Saudi Arabia Tried to Blame Doctors Without Borders After Bombing Its Cholera Treatment Center

The Saudi embassy in the United States pointed the finger at Doctors Without Borders after the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed the medical humanitarian group’s newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen. The Saudi government circulated a misleading fax from a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) employee, to try to absolve itself of responsibility for the airstrike.…

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John Pilger: It’s Time to Bring Julian Assange Home to Australia

  John Pilger: It’s Time to Bring Julian Assange Home to Australia

The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.…

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Russian-Syrian Warnings of a Coming False-Flag Chemical Attack Have Ring of Truth

  Russian-Syrian Warnings of a Coming False-Flag Chemical Attack Have Ring of Truth

DAMASCUS, SYRIA – In recent days, speculation has swirled regarding whether another chemical-weapons attack will soon take place in Syria, as sources in both Syrian intelligence and the Russian military have warned that U.S.-backed forces in the U.S.-occupied region of Deir ez-Zor are planning to stage a chemical weapons attack to be blamed on the…

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Yemen’s Houthis Strike Back Amid Saudi-led Bombardment of Hodeida

  Yemen’s Houthis Strike Back Amid Saudi-led Bombardment of Hodeida

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Human rights organizations say the ongoing Saudi-led coalition attack on Hodeida threatens to cut the lifeline to millions of Yemenis, putting up to 18 million civilians at risk. Signs of a nascent humanitarian crisis are already clear amid an acute shortage of vital supplies in Hodeida and surrounding provinces as a result…

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As Saudi-Led Coalition Bombards Key Port, Yemenis Rush to Hodeida’s Defense

  As Saudi-Led Coalition Bombards Key Port, Yemenis Rush to Hodeida’s Defense

HODEIDA, YEMEN — On Wednesday, the Saudi-led Coalition launched its attack on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in western Yemen, despite the warnings by the UN and international rights groups that the move would have catastrophic humanitarian repercussions. The Houthis, targeted in the attack along with countless civilians in Hodeida, have pledged a…

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Russian Diplomat on Syria: Iran, Hezbollah Not Our Chess Pieces to Move

  Russian Diplomat on Syria: Iran, Hezbollah Not Our Chess Pieces to Move

BEIRUT – In a signal of foreign powers’ inability to dictate terms to regional forces involved in the Syrian conflict, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has made clear that Russia has no intention to press resistance movement Hezbollah or Iranian military advisors to vacate Syria. The call to oust them from the country, along…

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The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

  The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – It has often been said that Israel, since its establishment in 1948, has presided over the “miracle” of making the country’s “desert bloom.” That heavily promoted narrative — which asserts that the Palestinians have long lacked the capacity, knowledge or desire to properly develop agriculture in the region — has often…

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