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Trump Should Fight COVID-19, Not Venezuela

    Trump Should Fight COVID-19, Not Venezuela

On April 1, the Trump administration hijacked a COVID-19 press conference to announce the deployment of U.S. Navy vessels and other military assets towards Venezuela. According to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, “included in this force package are Navy destroyers and littoral combat ships, Coast Guard Cutters, P.A. patrol aircraft, and elements of an Army security…

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Inmates at Privately-Run ICE Camp Go on Hunger Strike Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Deteriorating Conditions

    Inmates at Privately-Run ICE Camp Go on Hunger Strike Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Deteriorating Conditions

Amidst a COVID-19 outbreak, around 100 detained migrants at a private, for-profit prison in Farmville, VA, have collectively gone on hunger strike, demanding their release on medical and humane grounds. That is according to Sanctuary DMV, a volunteer organization helping immigrants in the Washington, D.C. area. Phone lines to the dorms have been cut and…

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Erdogan’s Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey

    Erdogan’s Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey

Even when viewed through the prism of Turkish interests, President Tayyib Erdogan’s escalatory actions in Syria’s Idlib governorate constitute now plainly evident blunder. Refusing to finally abandon its occupation of Idlib has so far produced numerous setbacks for Turkey, visible to all but the brashest of Erdogan’s diehard supporters. It also threatens to damage Turkey’s…

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John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

    John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured. This coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but…

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New York Mobilizes Rikers Island Prisoners To Dig Mass Graves for Coronavirus Victims

  New York Mobilizes Rikers Island Prisoners To Dig Mass Graves for Coronavirus Victims

One month ago, MintPress News reported that, in the case of a particularly bad COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic in New York City, authorities had drawn up contingency plans to dump the bodies in mass graves on Hart Island, a small island just off the Bronx in the Long Island Sound. The plans had been drawn up…

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Already Faced with Famine and War, Yemenis Fear Saudi Arabia is Weaponizing COVID-19

  Already Faced with Famine and War, Yemenis Fear Saudi Arabia is Weaponizing COVID-19

SANA’A, YEMEN — The war in Yemen began in earnest on Mar. 26, 2015, but it is about to take on another complex dimension as that country grapples with a collapsed healthcare system and a new Saudi military escalation amid the looming threat of a coronavirus outbreak. That outbreak threatens a population already struggling against…

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Meet the Americans Studying Medicine on the Cuban Government’s Dime

  Meet the Americans Studying Medicine on the Cuban Government’s Dime

It’s a medical school like no other: the largest of its kind in the world. The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba hosts students from well over 100 countries and every year, dozens of American students are paid to go there to train as doctors. Paid, that is, by the Cuban government…

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Remembering Theresa Halsa: Revered Veteran of the Palestinian Resistance

  Remembering Theresa Halsa: Revered Veteran of the Palestinian Resistance

Amman, Jordan — “I didn’t join the Palestinian resistance because I experienced suffering, I joined out of a sense of patriotism,” Theresa Halsa, a revered veteran of the Palestinian resistance said this in an interview in 2009. Halsa died in Amman on March 28, 2020, after succumbing to cancer. She was 65 years old. In…

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Remembering Theresa Halasa: Revered Veteran of the Palestinian Resistance

  Remembering Theresa Halasa: Revered Veteran of the Palestinian Resistance

Amman, Jordan — “I didn’t join the Palestinian resistance because I experienced suffering, I joined out of a sense of patriotism,” Theresa Halasa, a revered veteran of the Palestinian resistance said this in an interview in 2009. Halasa died in Amman on March 28, 2020, after succumbing to cancer. She was 65 years old. In…

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US Accused of Using Food Aid to Smuggle Weapons to Militants in Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp

  US Accused of Using Food Aid to Smuggle Weapons to Militants in Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp

DAMASCUS (Mideast Discourse) — While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken center stage in the media, little attention is being paid to a tragedy playing out in southeastern Syria. Far away from the western media coverage of the “Islamic State of Idlib”, the scene is set in a desolate area on the border between Syria and…

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