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The Trump-Trudeau Venezuela ‘Lima Group’ Policy and Its Nemesis

    The Trump-Trudeau Venezuela ‘Lima Group’ Policy and Its Nemesis

After spending two days in Caracas on February 3 and 4, including a semi-private meeting with President Maduro, what follows below is my basic impression. It coincides with the documented, virtually daily on-the-ground reporting by Venezuelanalysis reporters including among the opposition. My perception has more recently been buttressed by the current on-the-spot reporting by, among others, American journalist…

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The Lawlessness of William Barr, America’s New Top Law Enforcement Official

    The Lawlessness of William Barr, America’s New Top Law Enforcement Official

WASHINGTON — Congress’ confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General for the United States on Thursday has come and gone with comparatively little commotion compared to that attending his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, or Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Most media attention fixated on the potential for Barr to undermine the work of his former colleague…

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Hispaniola Rising: How the US Coup in Venezuela Is Taking Root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

    Hispaniola Rising: How the US Coup in Venezuela Is Taking Root in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

As Judas betrayed the Son of Man with a kiss for 20 pieces of silver, the institutionally corrupt governments in Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo have written another sad chapter in their nation’s history. Ironically, it was Venezuela that helped to develop the island’s energy infrastructure in recent years. A key part of this is the REFIDOMSA oil refinery in…

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As Yemeni Fishermen Risk Their Lives to Feed Their Nation, Saudis Use Them for Target Practice

    As Yemeni Fishermen Risk Their Lives to Feed Their Nation, Saudis Use Them for Target Practice

 HODEIDA, YEMEN —  “They told us that if we didn’t confess they would kill us and throw our bodies into the sea for the fish and birds to eat,” recalls Omar Ghalib, a Yemeni fisherman who was kidnapped by Saudi fighters and then tortured while out in his boat late one evening in Yemen’s…

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BBC Producer Says Syria Douma Chemical Attack Footage “Was Staged”

  BBC Producer Says Syria Douma Chemical Attack Footage “Was Staged”

Now approaching nearly a year after the April 7, 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria — which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases throughout Damascus — a BBC reporter who investigated the incident on the ground has issued public statements saying the “Assad sarin attack” on Douma was indeed “staged”. Riam Dalati…

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Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

  Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

WASHINGTON — Last Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a disturbing interview to Fox Business Network in which he divulged his plans to form a NATO-type alliance against Iran. The U.S. has long accused Iran of supporting terrorism, accusations that have ramped up under the Trump administration. Pompeo said, without a hint of…

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It’s Even Worse Than Ilhan Omar Said: AIPAC Is the Tip of the Israel Lobby Iceberg

  It’s Even Worse Than Ilhan Omar Said: AIPAC Is the Tip of the Israel Lobby Iceberg

Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has come under fire for a Twitter exchange in which she implied that AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is the reason that so many Congressional representatives support Israel over American interests and principles. First, journalist Glenn Greenwald (who is Jewish but has also been accused of being “antisemitic”) tweeted: GOP Leader Kevin…

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Need an Election Meddled With or an Activist Doxxed? Call on These Israeli Spies

  Need an Election Meddled With or an Activist Doxxed? Call on These Israeli Spies

Private Israeli spy companies have been meddling in other countries, including their elections, at previously unknown levels. The private intelligence firm Psy-Group went to great lengths to pitch the Trump presidential campaign on its services and nakedly meddled in a small-town California election, according to a new report published in the latest issue of The…

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Attack on Iranian Soldiers Coincides with Saudi Crown Prince Visit to Neighboring Pakistan

  Attack on Iranian Soldiers Coincides with Saudi Crown Prince Visit to Neighboring Pakistan

This week’s suicide attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran’s south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, the second in two months, could not have come at a more awkward moment for Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan. The assault on a bus carrying the guards back from patrols on the province’s border with the troubled Pakistani region of Balochistan…

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Watch | Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams Over His Shady Past

  Watch | Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams Over His Shady Past

Rep. Ilhan Omar clashed with newly minted Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams during a Wednesday hearing in front of the House Foreign Relations Committee discussing the role of the US military in Central America. “Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding your involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were…

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