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US Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal

    US Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal

Less than a week after millions of Iraqis took to the streets demanding the U.S. military leave for good, the United States announced that is planning to build three new military bases in Iraq, according to military news service Breaking Defense. The three sites chosen – Erbin, Sulimania and Halabja – are all extremely close…

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Keeping with its Crackdown on Alternative Voices, Google Deletes Press TV from YouTube

    Keeping with its Crackdown on Alternative Voices, Google Deletes Press TV from YouTube

Without warning, tech giant Google “permanently removed” Iranian government-owned media channel Press TV UK’s YouTube channel Monday night amid increasing American hostility to Iran. “This attack on the freedom of speech of Press TV’s journalists seems to be part of an anti-Iran purge as the West sets its sights on regime change in Iran,” Press…

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Trump Backs Away from Threats to Retaliate for Iranian Missile Strikes, Promises New Sanctions

    Trump Backs Away from Threats to Retaliate for Iranian Missile Strikes, Promises New Sanctions

WASHINGTON DC — In a statement delivered late Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump made it clear that the U.S. would not militarily respond to the missile strikes launched by Iran on U.S. military installations in Iraq on Tuesday, strikes that were themselves retaliation for the Trump administration’s killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the…

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Dialogue in Venezuela is a missed opportunity for Democrats

    Dialogue in Venezuela is a missed opportunity for Democrats

Days after the Democratic presidential candidates missed yet another opportunity to challenge President Donald Trump’s failed Venezuela policy on the debate stage on September 12, President Nicolás Maduro signed an important agreement with four opposition parties. These events offer insight into the differing perspectives on the economic, social and political crises in Venezuela – one…

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On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback

  On the Road to Damascus: International Conference in Syria on Sanctions and Its Blowback

Welcome to your second country, that was the greeting our Syrian hosts gave us when we arrived for the International Trade Union Forum for “solidarity with the workers and people of Syria against the economic blockade, imperialist interventions, and terrorism.” Throughout my short one-week stay, Syrians, on seeing I was a foreigner, would muster their…

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Trump Hits Lebanon Bank with His Favorite Econo-Political Battering Ram

  Trump Hits Lebanon Bank with His Favorite Econo-Political Battering Ram

BEIRUT — Economic sanctions are not only a very important topic in present international relations but have also come to pepper daily news headlines. Sanctions have become an increasingly prevalent measure for disciplining a state’s “unacceptable behavior” by banning trade with said state and disrupting its financial relations for political purposes. Economic sanctions can be…

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If Iran Is Responsible for the Fuel Tanker Attacks in the Gulf of Oman (And It May Not Be), It Is Only a Reaction to Washington’s Outrageous Conduct in the Middle East

  If Iran Is Responsible for the Fuel Tanker Attacks in the Gulf of Oman (And It May Not Be), It Is Only a Reaction to Washington’s Outrageous Conduct in the Middle East

Who is responsible for the recent attacks on the fuel tankers in the Gulf of Oman? Washington blames Iran, and has offered what it calls proof—a grainy video allegedly showing what are said to be Iranians removing what is said to be a mine from what is said to be the hull of a stricken…

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Washington Office on Latin America Gets Behind US Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela

  Washington Office on Latin America Gets Behind US Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a self-described “human rights” NGO (non-governmental organization), has been circulating a June 1 press release ostensibly urging the return of democracy to Venezuela. The press release cites the “value” of “pressure mechanisms” such as “multilateral” sanctions when they are “linked to clear outcomes, and avoid harming the broader…

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Bipartisan Support for Trump’s Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate

  Bipartisan Support for Trump’s Aggressive Iran Policy Reveals the Hollowness of Russiagate

In early May, MSNBC news host Rachel Maddow — known as one of the top promoters of the new Cold War and Russiagate in American media — emphatically endorsed regime change in Venezuela after she claimed that President Donald Trump’s hawkishness towards the South American country had changed, all because of a single phone call…

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US Economic War on Venezuela Targets CLAP Food Program Relied on by Millions

  US Economic War on Venezuela Targets CLAP Food Program Relied on by Millions

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — The U.S. government is preparing to levy sanctions against officials associated with Venezuela’s food subsidy program known as CLAP, the latest in a long list of unilateral coercive measures against the country. The new sanctions follow a report by the Center for Economic Policy Research, which stated that 40,000 Venezuelans have died…

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