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Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To “Choke off Humanitarian Exports” Amid Pandemic

    Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To “Choke off Humanitarian Exports” Amid Pandemic

Yesterday the State Department announced the beginnings of yet more sanctions on Iran, this time targeting the country’s financial industry. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the move was necessary to “further deprive the Islamic Republic of Iran of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world,” adding…

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Hoping to Force an Outcome, US Sanctions Opposition Parties in Venezuela Ahead of Elections

    Hoping to Force an Outcome, US Sanctions Opposition Parties in Venezuela Ahead of Elections

Elections for Venezuela’s National Assembly are fast approaching. But the United States does not want them to go ahead at all. Sanctions on Venezuela are nothing new. But yesterday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the unusual step of sanctioning leaders of local opposition parties in an attempt to pressure them to pull out of…

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Wildfires Rage Across Syria in Wake of Increased US-Led Economic Warfare

    Wildfires Rage Across Syria in Wake of Increased US-Led Economic Warfare

For nearly two weeks, Syria has been battling a new wave of fires that have engulfed much of the agricultural and forest-rich mountainous areas of western Syria. Thanks to a corporate media blackout, very few in the West are aware of the devastation that is affecting the Syrian people already crippled by U.S.-led economic sanctions,…

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Podcast: The Beirut Explosion, Economic Terror and the Drumbeat of War Against Hezbollah

    Podcast: The Beirut Explosion, Economic Terror and the Drumbeat of War Against Hezbollah

Welcome to MintCast — an interview series featuring dissenting voices the establishment would rather silence– I’m your host Mnar Muhawesh Adley. Lebanon is reeling from a blast that destroyed much of the capital Beirut on Tuesday, August 4. 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate in the city’s port is thought to have caught fire and exploded, killing…

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Beirut Blast a Deadly Blow to Lebanon’s Already Shattered Economy

  Beirut Blast a Deadly Blow to Lebanon’s Already Shattered Economy

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab today called for a day of national mourning after a massive explosion ripped through the capital Beirut yesterday, killing at least 100 people and injuring at least 4,000 others. The extent of the damage is immense; the city’s governor Marwan Abboud estimated that up to 300,000 have immediately been made homeless…

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US Threatens European backers of Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, NATO in DC’s Crosshairs

  US Threatens European backers of Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, NATO in DC’s Crosshairs

The U.S. is starting to fret about the imminent completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the second of two underwater gas pipelines running from the Russian Baltic city of Ust-Luga to Greifswald, Germany, and has begun issuing informal threats of repercussions to companies who are backing the nearly-finished project.  According to unnamed sources, at…

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Trump Fires Latest Salvo in US-China Sanctions War

  Trump Fires Latest Salvo in US-China Sanctions War

In a speech at the White House Rose Garden yesterday, Donald Trump announced new sanctions on China due to their “interference” in their own Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. The president said that he was placing “massive tariffs” on Beijing and that Hong Kong would now be treated the same as mainland China, with “no special…

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The Caesar Act: The Latest Western Attack on Syria Didn’t Drop From a Plane

  The Caesar Act: The Latest Western Attack on Syria Didn’t Drop From a Plane

Talib Mu’alla served as a soldier in the Syrian Arab Army before he was wounded in Aleppo in 2014. As he described the multiple shots he took to his body, I thought it remarkable that he survived. “A shot (bullet) to my chest, a shot to my stomach, three shots in my spine. My chest,…

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Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick

  Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick

A team of 85 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Peru on June 3 to help the Andean nation tackle the coronavirus pandemic. That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced another tightening of the sanctions screws. This time he targeted seven Cuban entities, including Fincimex, one of the principal financial institutions handling remittances…

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Lawyers of George Floyd Family to Open UN Human Rights Case, Seek Sanctions Against US

  Lawyers of George Floyd Family to Open UN Human Rights Case, Seek Sanctions Against US

Over the past few months, the latest in a long history of extrajudicial killings of Black Americans has claimed the lives of three people: Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year old man gunned down in February by a gang of armed white men who chased him through a South Georgia neighborhood; Breonna Taylor, massacred in her own home…

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