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If Trump Does It, It’s Atrocious — But Hasn’t the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades?

    If Trump Does It, It’s Atrocious — But Hasn’t the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades?

The numbers have long been a matter of dispute but, generally, experts believe that the United Nations’ blockade of Iraq between April of 1990 and August of 2003 was responsible for the deaths of more than a million Iraqis, roughly 567,000 of them children. This was no accident. Designed by the United States and the…

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America’s Record High Suicide Rate Reflects Declining Economy, Culture

    America’s Record High Suicide Rate Reflects Declining Economy, Culture

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — As the Maryland lawyer remembers it, the call came from his mother a few years back. After a few financial setbacks, the lawyer’s younger, adult brother had moved back in with his mother but he hadn’t been himself of late. He slept away much of the day, and when he was awake,…

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Trump’s “Beautiful” Employment Numbers Mask an Ugly Reality for US Workers

    Trump’s “Beautiful” Employment Numbers Mask an Ugly Reality for US Workers

WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration and the media were positively giddy at the news: the U.S. had added 223,000 jobs in May, representing a record 92nd consecutive month of jobs growth, and reducing the unemployment rate to 3.8 percent, its lowest level since the height of the dotcom boom in 2000. “New Milestones in Jobs…

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The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

    The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – It has often been said that Israel, since its establishment in 1948, has presided over the “miracle” of making the country’s “desert bloom.” That heavily promoted narrative — which asserts that the Palestinians have long lacked the capacity, knowledge or desire to properly develop agriculture in the region — has often…

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In Mexico, Resistance to Govt Collusion with Capitalists and Organized Crime Triggers Criminalization of Dissent

  In Mexico, Resistance to Govt Collusion with Capitalists and Organized Crime Triggers Criminalization of Dissent

MEXICO CITY — Leon Fierro spent 20 days in a Mexican jail on trumped-up attempted-homicide charges he says came on orders from the government. Upon his release, the human rights activist returned to organizing Mexicans against efforts to privatize their water, visiting Mexico City to speak out against the government’s efforts to intimidate him and…

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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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