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How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

    How US Sanctions are Hurting Iran: A Firsthand Report

On a recent delegation to Iran, we experienced first-hand the legendary Iranian hospitality. Iranians are particularly thrilled to meet Americans, but as we discovered, our government’s policies are hurting the very people who want to be our friends. As our 28-person delegation traveled through the country wearing messages on our jackets proclaiming “Peace with Iran”…

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Talks Falter As Trump Refuses North Korea’s Call for Sanctions Relief

    Talks Falter As Trump Refuses North Korea’s Call for Sanctions Relief

Even armchair observers probably understood long before the Hanoi summit had even been scheduled that the gulf between the American and North Korean positions on denuclearization was probably too wide to overcome (after nearly a year of talks, the two sides are no closer to a deal). Yet, President Trump had apparently hoped that the…

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Watch | Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Venezuela Coup

    Watch | Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Venezuela Coup

 Top Photo | A screenshot from an Empire Files video shows a partial portrait of Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaido Abby Martin is an artist, activist, and citizen journalist. She graduated from SDSU with a B.A. in political science where she was involved in community organizing for multiple causes. Source | Empire Files The post Watch…

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Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela

    Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela

There are three things I know for sure in this fanciful, sometimes inglorious experience we call life: You will never have a safety pin when you need one, and you will have thousands when you don’t need one. Wild animals are breathtakingly majestic until they’re crawling up your pant leg. A U.S. presidential administration will…

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How Much of the Venezuela Crisis is Really Maduro’s Fault?

  How Much of the Venezuela Crisis is Really Maduro’s Fault?

The recognition by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden of Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan president is the latest demonstration of the consensus in Washington over the nefariousness of the Nicolás Maduro government. Not since Fidel Castro’s early years in power has a Latin American head of state been so consistently demonized. But…

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Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

  Petrodollar Warfare: The Common Thread Linking Venezuela and Iran

WASHINGTON — Last Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a disturbing interview to Fox Business Network in which he divulged his plans to form a NATO-type alliance against Iran. The U.S. has long accused Iran of supporting terrorism, accusations that have ramped up under the Trump administration. Pompeo said, without a hint of…

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As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East

  As US and EU Prove Unreliable Partners for Peace, Iran looks East

On the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, this past Friday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei made an effort to express Iran’s geopolitical stance in simple terms: ‘We have good relations with all nations in the world, we don’t want to break relations with any European nation’, and an explanation of the slogan ‘Death to America’.…

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How Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel Are Preparing a New US War Against Syria

  How Senators James Risch and Eliot Engel Are Preparing a New US War Against Syria

In Washington, the struggle between the Jacksonians (represented by Donald Trump’s team) and the Imperialists (in other words the traditional political class) may well seduce the 116th Congress into not only harassing the President but also playing a much greater role in foreign affairs. This Congress has just elected James Risch (R-ID) to the presidency…

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EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran

  EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran

In a move sure to unleash fury from the Trump administration, the European Union has announced it has set up a transactions channel with Iran to bypass U.S. sanctions. The launch of INSTEX — or “Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges” — by France, Germany, and the UK will allow non-dollar trade with Iran and is being described as…

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Internal US Gov’t Document Outlines Program of ‘Economic Warfare’ on Venezuela

  Internal US Gov’t Document Outlines Program of ‘Economic Warfare’ on Venezuela

GrayZone Project — Venezuela has suffered from an economic crisis in recent years, and while the US government and corporate media outlets have blamed this hardship solely on the ruling socialist party, internal US government documents acknowledge that Washington has been using what it clearly describes as “financial weapons” to wage “economic warfare” on the…

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