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Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela

    Amnesty International Should Oppose US Economic Sanctions and Incitement of a Military Coup in Venezuela

The following letter to Amnesty International was signed by various writers, academics and political activists including Australian filmmaker, John Pilger; Canadian journalist and author, Linda McQuaig; former UN independent investigator on Venezuela, Afred de Zayas; the Venezuela-based academic Steve Ellner and journalists working the reader-supported media outlet VenezuelAnalysis.com. Last year, Amnesty International was asked if it…

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On the Eve of Maduro’s Inauguration, A New Phase in the Campaign Against Venezuela

    On the Eve of Maduro’s Inauguration, A New Phase in the Campaign Against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro’s inauguration for his second term on January 10 is targeted by the US, the allied Lima Group, and the hardline Venezuelan opposition.  They have demanded that Maduro refuse inauguration. A multifaceted attack aimed at regime change is underway using sanctions, military threats, and a campaign of delegitimization to replace the democratically…

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Iran Rejects Trump’s Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as ‘False Dreams’

    Iran Rejects Trump’s Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as ‘False Dreams’

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that Trump’s “dreams have nothing to do with the existing realities” after the US president said Iran wanted to hold talks with the United States. “They (Iran) are not doing well. They want to talk [with US],” Trump told reporters at the White House on Sunday, claiming that…

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Pompeo Tours Latin America with an Eye on Venezuela Regime Change

    Pompeo Tours Latin America with an Eye on Venezuela Regime Change

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with allies in a tour of Latin America this week, in which he talked about stepping up US-led efforts against Venezuela. The Trump administration has been increasingly hostile towards the Caribbean nation, escalating sanctions and even threatening a military “option.” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is due to start his second…

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Iraq Vows to Buck US Sanctions on Iran and End US Troop Presence

  Iraq Vows to Buck US Sanctions on Iran and End US Troop Presence

In another blow to US control over Iraq, the country’s foreign minister warned that Baghdad would ignore US sanctions on Iran. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim laid out the latest step on the path to independence for Baghdad from the US concerning sanctions on Iran by Washington. Although Iraq currently has…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Vows “All Measures” To Circumvent Sanctions On Iran

  Turkey’s Erdogan Vows “All Measures” To Circumvent Sanctions On Iran

Following Wednesday’s unexpected and dramatic full and “immediate” withdrawal of all US forces from Syria, Turkey has announced it will not play ball on Iran sanctions. According to a translation of the Turkish president’s words on Thursday during a previously planned summit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, journalist Abdullah Bozkurt reports, Turkish president Erdogan says Turkey won’t support US…

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Every Single Member of US Congress Approved Crushing Sanctions on Nicaragua

  Every Single Member of US Congress Approved Crushing Sanctions on Nicaragua

GrayZone Project — Every single member in both chambers of the US Congress approved legislation that will impose sanctions and financial restrictions on Nicaragua in an explicit effort to weaken its government. Known as the NICA Act, the bill is now on its way to the desk of President Donald Trump, who will almost certainly…

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US Sanctions Have Become Little More Than Medieval-Style Siege Warfare

  US Sanctions Have Become Little More Than Medieval-Style Siege Warfare

The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organized is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations – these are weapons of war,…

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UN Announces $9.2M in Sanctions Relieving Aid to Venezuela

  UN Announces $9.2M in Sanctions Relieving Aid to Venezuela

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has assigned US $9.2 million during the month of November to reinforce existing efforts to alleviate the impact of Venezuela’s economic downturn, UN officials announced Monday. The funding, most of which has already been disbursed, will target sectors hardest hit by US-led sanctions, such as health and…

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The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck

  The Iranian Albatross that Donald Trump Has Hung Around Its Own Neck

Mr. Trump, nor anyone else in his administration, has announced any conclusions about how Mr. Khashoggi died, or who bears responsibility for ordering the killing, a Washington Post editorial fulminates. “Instead, they have pretended to be waiting for the results of a Saudi investigation… the obvious problem with that stance is it assumes that Mohammed bin Salman…

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