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The Skripal Poisonings and the Ongoing Vilification of Putin

    The Skripal Poisonings and the Ongoing Vilification of Putin

Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent on March 4 on a park bench in Salisbury, England. Skripal had been a Russian double agent, a spy who turned over 300 names of Russian spies to British intelligence from 1995 to 2004. He was (not so surprisingly) arrested in Russia in 2004…

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Human Rights in Mexico, From Crisis to Catastrophe

    Human Rights in Mexico, From Crisis to Catastrophe

MEXICO CITY — Thirty-one-year-old photojournalist Ruben Espinosa was murdered the first time in July of 2015, when he and four women were fatally shot, execution style, with a 9-millimeter handgun, inside an apartment in a middle-class neighborhood of Mexico City. Three of the women were likely in the wrong place at the wrong time; the…

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ISIS Maybe Regrouping for a Comeback in Iraq

    ISIS Maybe Regrouping for a Comeback in Iraq

Over the past month there has been an increase in attacks by extremists in various parts of Iraq, but in particular, on the outskirts of cities that were previously controlled by the extremist group known as the Islamic State. “We have recorded dozens of terrorist activities in various parts of the country,” a senior officer…

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Ahed Tamimi Showed Us How Social Media Can Influence Wars

    Ahed Tamimi Showed Us How Social Media Can Influence Wars

In December 2017, a then 16-year-old Palestinian girl named Ahed Tamimi was filmed slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier outside her family home in the occupied West Bank. She had just heard that her 14-year-old cousin Muhammad had been shot in the head with a rubber bullet. Tamimi then faced up to 10 years in prison on…

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US Demands China Keep Importing America’s Garbage

  US Demands China Keep Importing America’s Garbage

As it tries to strike an agreement with the U.S. to avert a trade war that economists fear could destabilize global markets, China has an ace up its sleeve that it’s just about ready to play: The Communist Party last year implemented a ban on imports of recyclable material that is provoking a mild panic in…

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Mike Pompeo Better for Big Oil Than Former Exxonmobil CEO Rex Tillerson

  Mike Pompeo Better for Big Oil Than Former Exxonmobil CEO Rex Tillerson

It’s said that you can tell a lot about people by the company they keep. And the shady characters President Trump has surrounded himself with represent a new low even by Washington standards. One thread that ties many of these people together is their deep connection with the fossil fuel industry — and their willingness…

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Russia Suggests UK Possessed Nerve Agent That Is “Quite Artificially” Being Linked to Moscow

  Russia Suggests UK Possessed Nerve Agent That Is “Quite Artificially” Being Linked to Moscow

LONDON – Russian officials are voicing a full-throated dismissal of British accusations that Russia used a nerve agent referred to as “Novichok” in an attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Russian Ambassador to the U.K., Alexander Yakovenko, is further charging London with making accusations in poor faith, while raising questions…

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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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