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The Senate’s New War Powers Bill Actually Expands Perpetual War

    The Senate’s New War Powers Bill Actually Expands Perpetual War

A new authorization for the use of military force proposed by Democratic and Republican senators would further entrench the United States in endless war. It would also streamline the ability of President Donald Trump and future presidents to expand the “war on terrorism” to additional countries and broaden a list of “associated forces” that are…

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Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel

    Human Rights Activist Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel

I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel’s government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee who had settled…

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US-Backed Coalition Bombs Wedding Party in Yemen, Killing Dozens

    US-Backed Coalition Bombs Wedding Party in Yemen, Killing Dozens

Weeks after President Donald Trump thanked Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince for his country’s use of U.S. military power, the U.S.-backed coalition bombed a wedding party in Yemen, killing at least 20 civilians including the bride. The number of casualties is expected to rise. On social media, journalist Glenn Greenwald reminded readers of the U.S. connection to Saudi Arabia’s…

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10,000 rally in Chile against Pinochet-era pension system

    10,000 rally in Chile against Pinochet-era pension system

Some 10,000 people marched through the Chilean capital Sunday, demanding an end to the privatized pension system, created under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, as well as improved conditions. Waving banners, chanting noisy slogans to the sound of trumpets and drums, pensioners and workers with their families marched through Santiago demanding an end to the…

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Nicaragua revokes social security changes after deadly protests

  Nicaragua revokes social security changes after deadly protests

Nicaragua’s President Ortega has canceled controversial social security reforms, which sparked four days of deadly anti-government protests and looting in the Latin American country. The 72-year-old leftist leader announced on Sunday that he was scrapping the overhaul of the Nicaraguan Institute for Social Security (INSS), “which acted as a trigger that started this whole situation.”…

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Conservative Abdo Benitez wins Paraguay presidency

  Conservative Abdo Benitez wins Paraguay presidency

Paraguay’s Mario Abdo Benitez, who represents the country’s long-dominant Colorado conservatives, has been elected president, landing the top job in one of Latin America’s poorest countries. The US-educated son of a senior aide to late dictator Alfredo Stroessner won slightly more than 46 percent of the vote, with his centrist opponent Efrain Alegre taking almost…

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Mass grave found in Syrian city held by US-backed militants

  Mass grave found in Syrian city held by US-backed militants

A mass grave containing around 50 bodies has been uncovered in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah which was held by the Daesh terror group and regarded as its so-called capital. The graves located under a football pitch close to a hospital in the city contained bodies of both civilians and Daesh terrorists, AFP quoted Abdallah…

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US-led assault on Syria, assumption to be beyond law ‘destabilizing’: Iran diplomat

  US-led assault on Syria, assumption to be beyond law ‘destabilizing’: Iran diplomat

Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad has blasted the US, UK and France for a waging a “unilateral assault” on Syria, warning of “destabilizing” consequences of the trio's assumption to be beyond the law. Baeidinejad said Saturday that the three Western countries' attack on Syria shows their willingness “to resort to unilateral policies to enforce disarmament obligations…

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Dragon boats capsize in China, 17 killed

  Dragon boats capsize in China, 17 killed

Two dragon boats practicing to race on a river in China have overturned and 17 people drowned, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Television pictures showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a stretch of a river near the city of Guilin where the current appeared…

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BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

  BDS Applauds Portman Rejection of “Jewish Nobel” Prize in Protest of Netanyahu Policies

JERUSALEM – In an unexpected rebuke, Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman has declined to attend the June award ceremony for the Genesis Prize, sometimes nicknamed the “Jewish Nobel,” citing recent and “distressing” events in Israel. Portman, in declining to receive the prize, will still receive $2 million in prize money, which she previously announced she would…

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