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South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

    South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in marked the anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonialism with a robust call for the economic integration of North and South Korea as a means to achieve “survival and development” as well as “true liberation” for the long-divided nation. The announcement – which focused on the…

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Rashida Tlaib Repudiates Views of Liberal Zionist Organization, J Street

    Rashida Tlaib Repudiates Views of Liberal Zionist Organization, J Street

Rashida Tlaib has repudiated key positions of the Israel lobby group J Street, which endorsed her during her winning Democratic primary campaign for Michigan’s 13th congressional district. This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization. In an interview with In These Times on Tuesday, Tlaib…

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S Korea in talks with US to receive exemptions on Iran oil sanctions

    S Korea in talks with US to receive exemptions on Iran oil sanctions

South Korea says it is in talks with the US government to receive exemptions on Washington’s upcoming sanctions on oil imports from Iran — Seoul's third crude supplier. The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced it had already held two rounds of consultations with the US to receive the waivers, the Yonhap…

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Millions of Muslims perform Umrah Tamattu rituals

    Millions of Muslims perform Umrah Tamattu rituals

Mehdi Farahmand Press TV, Mecca With less than a week to go before the main annual Hajj rituals begin, millions of Muslim pilgrims are converging on Islam’s holiest site the Grand Mosque in the Saudi city of Mecca. The pilgrims are now preparing for the rituals that begin in Mecca.

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US economic sanctions against Iran, Russia losing effect amid dollar decline: Analyst

  US economic sanctions against Iran, Russia losing effect amid dollar decline: Analyst

The US government’s economic sanctions against Iran and Russia are illegal, says a Russian analyst, arguing that the bans are losing their effect because the US dollar is also losing value. Speaking to Press TV on Wednesday, Dmitry Babich, with Sputnik International Radio, said recent remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the dollar…

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The Best of Frenemies: The Trump-Media Logrolling

  The Best of Frenemies: The Trump-Media Logrolling

Today, hundreds of newspapers, at the initiative of the Boston Globe, are purporting to stand up for a free press against Trump’s rhetoric. Today also marks exactly one month since I was dragged out of the July 16 Trump-Putin news conference in Helsinki and locked up until the middle of the night. As laid in my cell, I chuckled…

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Lockheed Martin Awarded Over $3 Billion in Govt Contracts in Just Two Days, As Military Frets About Russian, Chinese Advances

  Lockheed Martin Awarded Over $3 Billion in Govt Contracts in Just Two Days, As Military Frets About Russian, Chinese Advances

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force announced within the span of two days earlier this week that it had awarded over $3.3 billion in contracts to U.S. weapons giant Lockheed Martin. The first of these contracts, totaling $480 million, was announced on Monday and tasked Lockheed with designing a new “hypersonic” missile. The new missile,…

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US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama

  US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama

ANKARA, TURKEY (Analysis) – The United States’ economic war on Turkey over the detention of a U.S. pastor is showing no sign of winding down any time soon. Instead, the long-brewing row between the two countries could mark a significant break in relations between Washington and Ankara, which has long played the role of a…

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More Fallout from Trump’s Economic War as Turkey Joins Russia In Liquidating US Treasuries

  More Fallout from Trump’s Economic War as Turkey Joins Russia In Liquidating US Treasuries

Last month, when we reported that Russia had liquidated the bulk of its US Treasury holdings in just two months, we said that “we can’t help but wonder – as the Yuan-denominated oil futures were launched, trade wars were threatened, and as more sanctions were unleashed on Russia – if this wasn’t a dress-rehearsal, carefully coordinated with…

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Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts

  Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts

While Democratic senators, corporate talking heads, former national security officials, and Twitter pundits issued dire proclamations about the “dangerous precedent” President Donald Trump set on Wednesday by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance for obviously vindictive and political reasons, critics of America’s far-too-powerful intelligence apparatus were quick to express how little sympathy they feel…

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