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How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

    How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the U.S. launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the U.S. on September 11th 2001. But no crime, however horrific, can justify wars…

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Amnesty International Trumpets for Another “Humanitarian” War… This Time in Syria

    Amnesty International Trumpets for Another “Humanitarian” War… This Time in Syria

One must marvel at the first few paragraphs of Amnesty International’s recent press release: The international community’s catastrophic failure to take concrete action to protect the people of Syria has allowed parties to the conflict, most notably the Syrian government, to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity with complete impunity, often with assistance of…

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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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Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

    Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

AFRIN, SYRIA (Analysis) —  In less than two months since Erdoğan’s Operation Olive Branch kicked off, the Kurdish “Rojava Project,” which aims for a unified Kurdish-controlled area in northeast Syria, has been delivered a strong blow. Kurdish militias have shown their inability to unite in the face of Turkish aggression. Even with forced conscription by the…

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New US Defense Agency’s Report on Global Nuclear Powers Omits Allies

  New US Defense Agency’s Report on Global Nuclear Powers Omits Allies

WASHINGTON – A recent report created by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at the behest of the Senate Armed Services Committee sought to provide an overview of “foreign nuclear weapons-related capabilities.” However, that report, compiled using purely open-source information instead of DIA intel, focuses on only three of the world’s nine nuclear powers – Russia,…

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The ICC Plays Scripted Role in Regime Change Plot Against Venezuela

  The ICC Plays Scripted Role in Regime Change Plot Against Venezuela

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (Opinion) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, recently announced that a “preliminary investigation” would be launched into the sovereign state of Venezuela, citing alleged incidents of state violence committed during the months of street protests in 2017. These violent protests claimed the lives of over 100 people from…

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On Brink of a Stable Peace, Colombia Faces Familiar US-Backed Right-Wing Elements Seeking to Subvert It

  On Brink of a Stable Peace, Colombia Faces Familiar US-Backed Right-Wing Elements Seeking to Subvert It

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — With Colombia’s March 11 legislative elections ending in a near tie between right- and left-wing coalitions, the future of an already precarious peace process most likely hinges on the May 27 presidential vote. When far-right uribista Ivan Duque of Centro Democratico (Democratic Center) squares off against left-leaning former Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro,…

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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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Gaddafi’s Son Hopes to “Restore the National State and Sovereignty” in Libya

  Gaddafi’s Son Hopes to “Restore the National State and Sovereignty” in Libya

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — Seven years after NATO-backed rebels deposed Libya’s leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the late leader’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, is reportedly readying himself for a return to the North African country’s political scene in a bid to unite the divided nation. Saif, who is 45 years old, intends to run in the country’s…

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Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

  Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

Tuesday’s debate and vote in the U.S. Senate on whether to end (technically whether or not to vote on whether to end) U.S. participation in the war on Yemen can certainly be presented as a step forward. While 55 U.S. Senators voted to keep the war rolling along, 44 voted not to table the resolution to end it. Of those…

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