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The Reelection of Maduro – Venezuelan Voters Defiant Answer to US Empire

    The Reelection of Maduro – Venezuelan Voters Defiant Answer to US Empire

The Venezuelan people reelected Nicolas Maduro for a second presidential term on May 20. A US-backed political tide of reaction had been bucked, which had swept away previously left-leaning Latin American governments – often by extra-parliamentary means – in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Honduras, and even Ecuador. The US and the right-wing opposition in Venezuela…

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VICE Gives Netanyahu Center-Stage as Gaza Coverage Is Relegated to the Margins

    VICE Gives Netanyahu Center-Stage as Gaza Coverage Is Relegated to the Margins

OCCUPIED PALESTINE – What happens when the billionaire face of the self-described “world’s preeminent youth media company” — known for its sex, drugs and rock-and-roll coverage of current events — gains access to the top echelons of the world’s preeminent human rights-abusing settler colonial state? The answer is as predictable as it is simple: you…

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Price of Coming Forward: Joshua Schulte’s Past Whistleblowing Comes Back to Haunt Him

    Price of Coming Forward: Joshua Schulte’s Past Whistleblowing Comes Back to Haunt Him

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, the New York Times and Washington Post publicly identified the U.S. government’s prime and only suspect in the leaks of CIA documents to the transparency organization WikiLeaks. Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer, has been suspected of being the WikiLeaks source since last year, when authorities raided his Manhattan…

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How Elites Teach Their Own Children How to Think, and Other Children What to Think

    How Elites Teach Their Own Children How to Think, and Other Children What to Think

While some social policy formulators are advocating rigorous teaching methods in the formal skills for disadvantaged children, they are tending to enroll their own youngsters in schools that are more open, more permissive, and that tend to give increasing emphasis to the arts and the humanities. Many observers are beginning to view schooling in the…

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Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea’s Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations

  Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Korea’s Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations

PYONGYANG, DPRK (Analysis) — If there is any country on the list of U.S. adversaries about which almost everyone lacks critical understanding, it is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). Unlike most countries, the DPRK has managed to stay fairly closed to U.S. interference and intelligence-gathering — whether by embassies and…

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Is Netanyahu Playing a Geopolitical Chess Game to Drive a Wedge Between Russia and Syria?

  Is Netanyahu Playing a Geopolitical Chess Game to Drive a Wedge Between Russia and Syria?

MOSCOW – (Analysis) A string of events, beginning with the exchange of missiles between Israeli and Syrian forces last Thursday, has brought the relationship between Russia and Syria under new scrutiny, leading some to suggest that Syria’s greatest ally may be faltering in its resolve to protect the government of Bashar al-Assad from regime change. On…

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GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC

  GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC

WASHINGTON – With the 2018 Congressional midterm elections approaching, Republicans – eager to keep their control of both houses of Congress – have been seeking lucrative donations that would give Republican candidates an advantage in the lead-up to November. On Thursday, those efforts paid off in a big way as the top Republican congressional political…

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Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change

  Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change

WASHINGTON – As aggressive neoconservatives increasingly take the helm of the United States foreign policy establishment, Washington’s appetite for “regime change” has only grown. The reinvigorated mood for intervening in the internal affairs of nations who don’t adhere to Washington’s dictates was on full display Tuesday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley…

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Interview: Western-Trained Brazilian Troops Deepen Nightmare for Homeless Women of Rio

  Interview: Western-Trained Brazilian Troops Deepen Nightmare for Homeless Women of Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (Interview) — Brazil’s federal government, led by President Michel Temer, gave the green light for a military takeover of all police duties in the state of Rio de Janeiro on February 16. His justification for the move? The restoration of law and order. Criminal gangs and violence had, in his words, “virtually…

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US to Iran, North Korea: We Get Nuclear Weapons and You Don’t

  US to Iran, North Korea: We Get Nuclear Weapons and You Don’t

WASHINGTON — The United States’ invasion of Iraq was but a few months away when Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — or Lula, as he is commonly known — was sworn in as president of Brazil, Latin America’s largest country. Big things were expected of the plain-spoken former lathe-operator who’d lost a pinky finger in…

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