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Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims?

    Is Erik Prince Helping China Build Concentration Camps For Muslims?

As China’s mass incarceration of members of its Uighur Muslim minority in its far-flung Xinjiang province has elicited condemnation from editorial boards of US newspapers to, more recently, the leader of one of the world’s largest Muslim nations, one of America’s most famous private security contractors – and, incidentally, brother to President Trump’s secretary of education, has found…

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How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela

    How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela

The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of…

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Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela

    Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — During a Wednesday night interview with FOX Business host Trish Regan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made several statements that raised eyebrows, such as claiming that Cuba had invaded Venezuela and “taken control” of the Venezuela’s “security apparatus” and that U.S. sanctions illegally imposed on Venezuela “aren’t aimed at the Venezuelan people.” However,…

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As US Laments Human Rights in Venezuela, US-Allied Colombia Descends into Drug-fueled Humanitarian Crisis

    As US Laments Human Rights in Venezuela, US-Allied Colombia Descends into Drug-fueled Humanitarian Crisis

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA (Analysis) — Several troubling situations are currently playing out across Colombia, yet the country’s continuing downward spiral into drug-fueled and politically-motivated violence has caused little concern in Washington, offering yet another clear indication that the U.S.’ current posturing on Venezuela is hardly motivated by concerns about “democracy,” “human rights,” or the welfare of…

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Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes

  Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — Elite CIA-backed special forces in Afghanistan are leaving a trail of carnage in the country. As such units do not operate under the umbrella of the Department of Defense, they have been given near-impunity despite standing accused of war crimes. Last month, the New York Times cited “senior Afghan and international…

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Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People

  Maduro Invokes Vietnam And Iraq Wars In Open Letter to the American People

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has penned an open letter to the people of the United States, warning that Washington is “willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war,” and that Venezuelan patriots “shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul.” Maduro posted an image of the letter to Twitter,…

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Israeli Gov’t Launches Campaign Calling BDS Proponents ‘Terrorists in Suits’

  Israeli Gov’t Launches Campaign Calling BDS Proponents ‘Terrorists in Suits’

Israel has launched a smear campaign against activists affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, labeling them “terrorists in suits”. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry launched the campaign last weekend with a series of posters depicting prominent BDS activists as “terrorists”, using the hashtag #TerroristsInSuits to smear the individuals’ professional credibility and the BDS movement as a whole.…

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Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy

  Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy

A meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela to address the political crisis in the Caribbean country ended with a non-unanimous statement on Thursday. According to TeleSUR reporter Madelein Garcia, Bolivia, Mexico and Caribbean countries refused to endorse a final statement proposing the holding of elections, the coordination of humanitarian aid and the establishment of…

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Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada’s Support for Venezuela Coup

  Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada’s Support for Venezuela Coup

OTTAWA, CANADA — Canada’s government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the “Voluntad Popular” Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó’s violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has…

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Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics

  Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics

PARIS (Analysis)  — “For more than two months the people who come out into the streets are met with governmental repression. Since the 17th November 2018 we have been on the streets but we have not been listened to.” The statement from the Yellow Vests —  or Gilets Jaunes (GJs) as they are better known…

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