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Trump Should Fight COVID-19, Not Venezuela

    Trump Should Fight COVID-19, Not Venezuela

On April 1, the Trump administration hijacked a COVID-19 press conference to announce the deployment of U.S. Navy vessels and other military assets towards Venezuela. According to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, “included in this force package are Navy destroyers and littoral combat ships, Coast Guard Cutters, P.A. patrol aircraft, and elements of an Army security…

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“Who’s Going to Pay For it?” A Dying Patient’s Last Words Before Being Placed on a Ventilator

    “Who’s Going to Pay For it?” A Dying Patient’s Last Words Before Being Placed on a Ventilator

Who is going to pay for it? Those were the last words a patient dying of COVID-19 asked Derrick Smith, a certified registered nurse anethetist in New York City. The man appeared more concerned about the potential cost he and his family might incur than the loss of his own life. Smith shared his experience…

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Amid Sanctions and Military Mobilization, Maduro Pens Letter Urging Americans to Question Trump

    Amid Sanctions and Military Mobilization, Maduro Pens Letter Urging Americans to Question Trump

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro released a letter addressed to the American people, urging them to oppose military intervention in South America and instead push the Trump administration to concentrate on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the United States. “It is clear that the Trump Administration is creating a smokescreen to cloud the improvised and…

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Imagining a Department of Actual Defense in a Time of Coronavirus

    Imagining a Department of Actual Defense in a Time of Coronavirus

(DavidSwanson.org) — When a few thousand people were murdered on September 11, 2001, I was actually stupid enough – I kid you not – to imagine that the general public would conclude that because massive military forces, nuclear arsenals, and foreign bases had done nothing to prevent and much to provoke those crimes, the U.S.…

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Inmates at Privately-Run ICE Camp Go on Hunger Strike Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Deteriorating Conditions

  Inmates at Privately-Run ICE Camp Go on Hunger Strike Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Deteriorating Conditions

Amidst a COVID-19 outbreak, around 100 detained migrants at a private, for-profit prison in Farmville, VA, have collectively gone on hunger strike, demanding their release on medical and humane grounds. That is according to Sanctuary DMV, a volunteer organization helping immigrants in the Washington, D.C. area. Phone lines to the dorms have been cut and…

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US Leads Global Wave of Nations Stealing, Seizing and Diverting Coronavirus Equipment

  US Leads Global Wave of Nations Stealing, Seizing and Diverting Coronavirus Equipment

There were dramatic scenes at an airport in Shanghai, China, as U.S. agents hijacked a plane full of lifesaving equipment, including 60 million masks, bound for coronavirus-stricken France. While the plane was on the tarmac, American agents managed to bribe locals into diverting the plane to the United States, plying them with cash. The story…

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Erdogan’s Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey

  Erdogan’s Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey

Even when viewed through the prism of Turkish interests, President Tayyib Erdogan’s escalatory actions in Syria’s Idlib governorate constitute now plainly evident blunder. Refusing to finally abandon its occupation of Idlib has so far produced numerous setbacks for Turkey, visible to all but the brashest of Erdogan’s diehard supporters. It also threatens to damage Turkey’s…

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John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

  John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured. This coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Not only are the federal and state governments unraveling the constitutional fabric of the nation with lockdown mandates that are sending the economy into a tailspin and wreaking havoc with our liberties, but…

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New Reports Place Israel Among World’s 25 “Declining Democracies”

  New Reports Place Israel Among World’s 25 “Declining Democracies”

Tunisia is the Middle East’s greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world’s most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.  While Tunisians can be…

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Coronavirus Aid for Regime Change: Washington’s 13 Point Plan for Venezuela

  Coronavirus Aid for Regime Change: Washington’s 13 Point Plan for Venezuela

The State Department released what it called its “democratic transition framework for Venezuela” yesterday; a 13-point plan for the removal of Nicolas Maduro and a radical overhaul of the country’s political system. The principal and most fundamental change Washington proposes is to “restore all powers to the National Assembly,” the one branch of government the…

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