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On the Eve of Venezuela’s Elections, the US Empire Isn’t Sitting Idly by

    On the Eve of Venezuela’s Elections, the US Empire Isn’t Sitting Idly by

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is the frontrunner in the presidential elections scheduled for May 20. If past pronouncements and practice by the US empire are any indication, every effort will be made to oust an avowed socialist from what is considered the US’ “backyard.” With a week to go to the election, the leftist president of…

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Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

    Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. summit with North Korea fast approaches, both countries are jostling to preserve their respective interests. The tense signals, subtle shifts in position, and U.S. provocations make clear that the summit won’t be short on tough negotiations. Despite the honeyed words of previous months following U.S. President Donald Trump’s agreement to…

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The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12

    The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12

A foreign policy crisis is coming May 12. President Donald Trump’s likely decision on that day to not continue waiving sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will significantly increase the chances of war. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by China, Russia, and most of western Europe requires the American president…

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Jesus Rodriguez, ex-Cónsul General to US, Discusses Maduro, Petro, Venezuelan Grit

    Jesus Rodriguez, ex-Cónsul General to US, Discusses Maduro, Petro, Venezuelan Grit

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — With U.S. sanctions suffocating the South American nation of Venezuela, incumbent President, and U.S. target, Nicolas Maduro is preparing for an election in late May that will likely result in his retaining his office. This is unfortunate for Washington, which has thrown its lot in via millions of dollars lavished on an…

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Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global “Chaos” If West Hits Syria Again

  Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global “Chaos” If West Hits Syria Again

Shortly after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley revealed that Russia would be slapped with a third round of sanctions on Monday for “enabling the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in civil war,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said that further attacks on Syria by Western forces, “in violation of the U.N. Charter,” would send international relations into “chaos.” In…

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As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

  As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

ANKARA, TURKEY — There is currently a case making its way through the U.S. federal courts that is playing a significant role in increasing tension between Washington and Ankara. Federal prosecutors in New York recently announced they would seek a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish national who was formerly…

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Venezuela Hits Back Following New Sanctions over Alleged Funding of WMD and Terrorism

  Venezuela Hits Back Following New Sanctions over Alleged Funding of WMD and Terrorism

Venezuelan authorities hit back at their counterparts in Panama and Switzerland this week after they approved new measures targeting Caracas. Panama’s Economic and Finance Ministry announced this past March 27 that a warning was being issued to the Central American country’s banks advising them to limit and “diligently” supervise financial transactions involving 55 top Venezuelan officials as well…

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UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice

  UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice

Alfred de Zayas, a UN Independent Expert for the promotion of an international democratic and equitable order, told Venezuela’s newspaper Últimas Noticias that “it is time” for Venezuela to ask the International Criminal Court “for an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the United States for imposing sanctions against it.”   Why do…

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Historically Anti-Apartheid New Zealand Confronts Risks of BDS and Standing Up to Israel

  Historically Anti-Apartheid New Zealand Confronts Risks of BDS and Standing Up to Israel

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — If we were to truly honor the late, great Stephen Hawking, perhaps it would pay to remind ourselves of the principles the acclaimed physicist really stood for. One of those principles was Hawking’s commitment to the boycott of Israel in response to Israel’s longstanding policy of egregiously violating the rights of millions…

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US Imposes Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Petro Cryptocurrency

  US Imposes Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Petro Cryptocurrency

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced fresh sanctions against Venezuela’s fledgling Petro cryptocurrency, which was launched specifically to help stabilize the Latin American nation’s economy. The blockade, due to be signed and implemented today, restricts the use of Petros in U.S. financial transactions, McClatchy reports. Trump and other critics have claimed the Petro, backed by Venezuela’s oil reserves – the largest in the world – is unreliable. Yet in presales alone, Venezuela has already made…

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