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Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

    Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well  The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border, cannot be understood separately…

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Few Good Men in Post-NATO Libyan Quagmire as Jihadists Battle Former CIA Asset’s Forces

    Few Good Men in Post-NATO Libyan Quagmire as Jihadists Battle Former CIA Asset’s Forces

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — Libyan strongman and former CIA asset Khalifa Haftar’s blitzkrieg on the capital, Tripoli, has stalled for now as forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government have hamstrung his offensive in the suburbs. But the consequences of the operation are already unfolding, as Haftar’s international backers are being revealed and hardcore jihadists gain a…

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Libya Risks Being Torn to Shreds — Again — by Former CIA Asset Turned Warlord

    Libya Risks Being Torn to Shreds — Again — by Former CIA Asset Turned Warlord

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, a 40-year veteran of Libyan politics and longtime CIA asset, on Thursday ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army (NLA) to advance on the densely populated capital, Tripoli, where the United Nations-backed government is seated. In the aftermath of the “humanitarian intervention” led by NATO in support of jihadists…

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Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not “Just About Oil”

    Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela Is Not “Just About Oil”

Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all ‘about oil’; actually,…

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Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism

  Mass Psychosis and the Church of Humanitarian Interventionism

Ask any American liberal aged sixty-five and older what they think about Franco, Mussolini, or Hitler and they will vehemently denounce these men as tyrants, murderers, and despots. Ask them what they think about the Vietnam War and they will say it was a tragedy, not only for the Vietnamese, but for the poor American…

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How Western Intervention in the Middle East Creates Hatred Towards the West

  How Western Intervention in the Middle East Creates Hatred Towards the West

Tommy Hansen is a Danish, Berlin-based journalist, founder of free21.org, a news site that features over 150 journalists’ work in Europe. In the Herland Report conversation, he speaks passionately about the deep-rooted moral problem of Western culture as the implementation of democracy now is done by bombing countries. Afterwards, as that particular nation disintegrates into civil…

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Seven Years after NATO Overthrew Gaddafi in Libya, Western-Backed Gov Begs for Another Intervention

  Seven Years after NATO Overthrew Gaddafi in Libya, Western-Backed Gov Begs for Another Intervention

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — A month of violent in-fighting in Libya’s capital has prompted the “official” government of Libya to call for UN intervention, just seven years after the 2011 NATO intervention laid waste to the country and plunged it into a state of chaos from which it has never recovered. In late August, the Libyan…

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Despite US Support for “Official” Gov of Libya, Competing Gov Led by CIA Asset Benefits from Chaos in Tripoli

  Despite US Support for “Official” Gov of Libya, Competing Gov Led by CIA Asset Benefits from Chaos in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — The UN-recognized government of Libya — officially known as the Government of National Accord (GNA) — could be in its final days, as recent in-fighting within the GNA has dramatically escalated since it began last week, plunging the country’s capital into chaos. On Saturday, over 20 rockets targeting residential areas rained down on…

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Are the US and Israel Behind the Fresh Chaos in Libya’s Capital?

  Are the US and Israel Behind the Fresh Chaos in Libya’s Capital?

TRIPOLI, LIBYA – As the week began, Tripoli reverted to a state of chaos as armed cadres representing rival factions vie for control of the Libyan capital. Since Monday, local media has reported that five have been killed and 27 wounded in the city, prompting the country’s health ministry to declare a state of emergency.…

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As Post-Colonial Migrants Cross the Mediterranean, Europe Says “Go Home” in Every Language

  As Post-Colonial Migrants Cross the Mediterranean, Europe Says “Go Home” in Every Language

MALTA — (Report) The standoff in June between Malta and Italy over the fate of over 600 migrants on board the Aquarius — a rescue boat operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) — made headline news for the wrong reasons. As both countries prioritized populist rhetoric, with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Maltese Prime…

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