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Experts Warn Civil Rights Fallout from COVID Could be Far Worse Than the Pandemic Itself

    Experts Warn Civil Rights Fallout from COVID Could be Far Worse Than the Pandemic Itself

The very first executive order Joe Biden signed upon becoming the forty-sixth President of the United States was the national mask mandate he promised at the Democratic National Convention back in August. The order makes face coverings and social distancing mandatory on all federal property and a legal requisite for interstate commerce. The move signals…

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A Record of Hawkish Intervention: Biden Picks Samantha Power to Head USAID

    A Record of Hawkish Intervention: Biden Picks Samantha Power to Head USAID

President-elect Joe Biden has selected longtime Democratic insider Samantha Power to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “There is simply no one better to ensure our development agenda is a core pillar of our foreign policy,” the 78-year-old Delawarean said in a video statement, claiming that, under previous Democratic administrations Power, “fought tirelessly…

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Israel’s Genocide in Gaza Goes Uninterrupted, But Is Europe Finally Taking Notice?

    Israel’s Genocide in Gaza Goes Uninterrupted, But Is Europe Finally Taking Notice?

A report published by the United Nations in 2018 stated that by the year 2020 the Gaza Strip would be uninhabitable. It said specifically that, “the United Nations has stated that Gaza may well be unlivable by 2020.” The report emphasized also that “Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian…

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The Military-Industrial Complex, Israeli-Style. New Docuseries Touts Virtues of “Iron Dome”

    The Military-Industrial Complex, Israeli-Style. New Docuseries Touts Virtues of “Iron Dome”

A new docuseries produced in Israel chronicles the development and use of Israel’s multi-billion dollar, U.S.-subsidized Iron Dome missile defense system. The mechanism, an extension of America’s own military-industrial complex, is designed to intercept primitive rockets from Gaza and epitomizes Israel’s approach to Palestinian resistance: denial and disproportionality. These factors also play a part in…

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Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected

  Western Anger as China, Russia Elected to UN Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia Rejected

In a secret ballot at the United Nations yesterday, Saudi Arabia was rejected for a position on the body’s 47-country Human Rights Council (HRC). The only country that did not receive the required number of votes from member states, the failure has been seen as a repudiation of the Kingdom’s abysmal human rights record and…

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UN Venezuela Report Omits US Human Rights Violations

  UN Venezuela Report Omits US Human Rights Violations

On September 23, María Eugenia Russián, president of Fundalatin, Venezuela’s oldest human rights organization, testified to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and decried an attempt by a UNHRC fact-finding mission to erase people who were “lynched, burned alive, decapitated and murdered by extremist sectors of the Venezuelan opposition.” This fact-finding mission had published a…

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Life Under Seige: The Blockade on Gaza Turns Fourteen and Is Still as Illegal as Ever

  Life Under Seige: The Blockade on Gaza Turns Fourteen and Is Still as Illegal as Ever

As the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines for the past few months, it could be easy to miss the news that the Gaza Strip has quietly entered its fourteenth year under an Israeli blockade. The humanitarian ramifications of that blockade cannot be understated, with Israel controlling Gazans from the high seas, the air, and…

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Israeli Human Rights Group Highlights How Israel Makes Fishing in Gaza Deadly

  Israeli Human Rights Group Highlights How Israel Makes Fishing in Gaza Deadly

The Gaza Strip, just six miles wide, boasts a twenty-five-mile coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. Fishing is a natural industry in such a location and as recently as 2000, was a lucrative business for ten thousand Gazans. Today, only about 3,700 remain in the fishing trade – and about ninety-five percent of these live below the…

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As Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Here Are Some of Its Worst Winners

  As Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Here Are Some of Its Worst Winners

Donald Trump has been nominated for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. The President of the United States was put forward by the far-right Norwegian member of parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who insists he is “not a big Trump supporter,” despite nominating him last year as well. Tybring-Gjedde’s stated reason for nominating Trump is for his work…

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Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

  Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America

Election season is a difficult time to develop good policies towards Latin America, since both Democrats and Republicans cater to the small, but organized, conservative factions of the Latinx community in Florida, vying for their votes. But if Biden wins the White House, there is a chance to reverse the Trump administration policies that have…

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