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MintPress - 2018-05-19 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

OCCUPIED PALESTINE – What happens when the billionaire face of the self-described “world’s preeminent youth media company” — known for its sex, drugs and rock-and-roll coverage of current events — gains access to the top echelons of the world’s preeminent human rights-abusing settler colonial...

MintPress - 2018-05-19 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

LONDON – The royal wedding between the U.K.’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, due to take place today, has been in the headlines for some time, serving as a convenient distraction from other major events – from the mass shooting of unarmed protesters in Gaza to efforts by...

MintPress - 2018-05-19 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, the New York Times and Washington Post publicly identified the U.S. government’s prime and only suspect in the leaks of CIA documents to the transparency organization WikiLeaks. Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer, has been suspected of being the WikiLeaks...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — As the Arab and Muslim world, as well as the entire international community, continues to reel from the shock of the Israeli military’s massacre of around 60 Palestinians at the Gaza fence, Saudi Arabia and its junior Gulf partners have all but ignored the occupation’s...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Former FARC leader Jesús Santrich has been conducting a hunger strike since his arrest on April 9. His looming death ought to be big news in the United States whose government has responsibility for his fate. The U.S. State Department and DEA personnel did the groundwork in Colombia in...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Virtually everyone in the US faults North Korea for threatening to cancel the Trump-Kim summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. No one, including the liberal media, bothers to address North Korea’s conditions for a successful summit or the reasons for its warning about a cancellation. Let’s...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

U.S. authorities have identified a suspect in last year’s “Vault 7” leaks of CIA hacking and electronic surveillance tools used in foreign espionage operations, reports the Washington Post.

The Vault 7 release – a series of 24 documents which began to publish on March 7, 2017 – reveal...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

West against East on the Syrian battlefield, in the newspapers and now on film: A new, full-length action movie, titled “Damascus Time,” gives an Iranian perspective on the battle against ISIS in Syria.

...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Gideon Levy has written in Haaretz about the “absurd” situation whereby, in his words: “The leader of the Palestinian people is forced to apologize to the Jewish people” for saying something “anti-Semitic” about the Holocaust. According to Levy, “The one who was robbed...

MintPress - 2018-05-18 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

It is our right to transfer the Arabs … The Arabs should go!”

– Yosef Weitz, leading Zionist figure, director of the Land and Afforestation Department of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), 1940

The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

On 14 of May 1948 – Israel declared unilaterally her independence in a foreign land, called Palestine, supported by a UN Resolution sponsored by the UK (the United Nations “Partition Plan of Palestine” at the end of the British Mandate (euphemism for British ‘colony’), was adopted by the UN...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

While some social policy formulators are advocating rigorous teaching methods in the formal skills for disadvantaged children, they are tending to enroll their own youngsters in schools that are more open, more permissive, and that tend to give increasing emphasis to the arts and the...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

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...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

LONDON – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a war monitor that has long been considered the “gold standard” by the corporate and alternative media for information on the Syrian conflict, has received significant funding from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office, according to...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

WASHINGTON – Just a few months after the U.S. declared ISIS in Iraq “defeated,” a new study has concluded that the U.S.-led battle to remove Daesh (ISIS) from Mosul, once Iraq’s second-largest city, ultimately killed nearly 12 times the number of civilians than were killed by the infamous terror...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Following our discussion of Europe’s angry response to Trump’s unilateral Iran sanctions, in which European Union budget commissioner, Guenther Oettinger made it clear that Europe will not be viewed as a vassal state of the US, stating that “Trump despises weaklings. If we back down step by step...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies.

The former U.S. ambassador to the UN spent much of the last decade consolidating his political base through stints at right-...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

President Trump’s announcement that he intends to order the US military out of Syria attracted a lot of public attention, unlike the war preparations that preceded and followed those statements.

Three months ago, the American military established an outpost in Manbij, in the wake of ...

MintPress - 2018-05-17 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Several months ago, Maxford Nelson, executive director of a right-wing think tank, the Freedom Foundation, showed up at a Washington state legislative committee hearing to oppose a bill to make dues checkoff easier for the state’s public workers.

The lawmakers jumped on him, questioning...

MintPress - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

PYONGYANG, DPRK (Analysis) — If there is any country on the list of U.S. adversaries about which almost everyone lacks critical understanding, it is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). Unlike most countries, the DPRK has managed to stay fairly closed to U.S....

MintPress - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

GAZA — As Palestinians marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba — or theft of their land by the creation of Israel in 1948 — the U.S. celebrated the transfer of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in another victory for Israeli colonialism.

Palestinians participating in the March of...

MintPress - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

When the Venezuelan elections are held on May 20, much of the world’s media, trailing the U.S. Department of State, will have already denounced the elections as “non-democratic” before they have even taken place.

Mainstream media in the United States repeatedly called for early elections...

MintPress - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6...

MintPress - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Three separate journalists, not for Palestinian news outlets, have reported being attacked by Israeli forces. While Israel says that it carefully considers each shot fired, if believed, would leave no other conclusion than that the IDF was intentionally trying to harm or liquidate journalists...

MintPress - 2018-05-16 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

NEW YORK — Not content with intimidating Hispanic-named people with a loaded citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census, Republican President Donald Trump – 10 days before his Commerce Department announced its decision – used his approval of the query as a tactic to raise campaign cash.

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MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

WASHINGTON – What does the United States do when it’s faced with hegemonic decline, ascendant rivals, and an inability to use its massive military apparatus to turn the tide in favor of its own imperial ambitions without incurring costs that far outweigh the benefits?

To paraphrase former...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

WASHINGTON – As the ceremony to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is taking place, Israeli military forces are killing Palestinian protesters in Gaza. In moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, U.S. President Trump is cementing the U.S. – Israeli partnership to annex Jerusalem and further repress...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

MOSCOW – (Analysis) A string of events, beginning with the exchange of missiles between Israeli and Syrian forces last Thursday, has brought the relationship between Russia and Syria under new scrutiny, leading some to suggest that Syria’s greatest ally may be faltering in its resolve to protect...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

WASHINGTON – In March, President Donald Trump outlined for the first time a broad plan aimed at combating the country’s opioid crisis, which kills an estimated 116 Americans every day. The plan, coming five months after he declared the epidemic a “national health emergency,” included an ad...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

DAMASCUS (Op-ed) — Juliette Harkin, Associate Lecturer on Politics and International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University, wrote an article dated May 1, 2018, titled: “‘Assadism’ is destroying Syria – here’s where it came from.”

Political scientists from around the world have written on...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Op-Ed — God never spoke to an Arab.”

— Benjamin Disraeli, 1847

“Remembrance is, so to speak, interwoven with forgetfulness. That is why the Jewish historian Yosef Yerushalmi has pointed out that the opposite of “forgetfulness” is not really “remembrance” but “justice...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Typical of the mindset of corporate media reporting on what happened in Gaza on Monday as Israeli soldiers killed more than 50 protesting Palestinians, is this tweet from CNN. It says: “Death toll rises to at least 52 people during clashes along the border fence between Israel and Gaza,...

MintPress - 2018-05-15 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Singapore has been chosen to host the unlikely summit between U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early June. The choice for the summit venue went against Trump’s preference for the meeting to take place at the Peace House in Panmunjeom, where the world had been...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

In the age of globalization during the last quarter of the 20thcentury, the English language achieved global hegemony as the “lingua franca” for international communication. It is no small coincidence that during this same time, after the end of the Cold War, the US rose as the sole and dominant...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

DAMASCUS – Though last month’s unilateral bombing of Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France came and went, the threat of foreign military intervention targeting the Syrian government remains, particularly given Syria’s success in defeating the foreign-funded terrorist proxies that have prolonged the...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

The National Priorities Project headlines “U.S. Military Spending vs. the World” and reports: “World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total.” But it can’t be believed, because, even if other nations aren’t under-reporting their...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won’t be pretty....

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no national education system. There’s neither compulsory military nor civil service. No government agency distributes the ubiquitous US flags, nor...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise.

But the plan he announced Friday does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America’s allies.

He calls it “American patients first,” and takes aim at what he calls “...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Nahum Barnea writing in Yedioth Ahronoth sets out, plainly enough, the gamble underway between Israel and Iran (and to which Trump is willing accessory): In the wake of the US exit from JCPOA, Trump will threaten a rain of ‘fire and fury’ onto Tehran, should the latter attack Israel directly,...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Israel launched celebrations on Sunday for the US Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world consensus was underscored by the absence of most envoys to the country from a reception hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuters reports....

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador’s foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities.

On March 28,...

MintPress - 2018-05-14 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

PADEN, Okla. — “Stop giving federal rights to the states that were formed after our Treaty of 1868,” says President Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation. “If you are moving forward with this reorganization, tribes must be involved.”

Begaye was speaking of the Bureau of Indian Affairs‘ attempt to...

MintPress - 2018-05-12 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

WASHINGTON – With the 2018 Congressional midterm elections approaching, Republicans – eager to keep their control of both houses of Congress – have been seeking lucrative donations that would give Republican candidates an advantage in the lead-up to November.

On Thursday, those efforts...

MintPress - 2018-05-12 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Hard as it may be to believe, at the moment of writing these words I am at the airport about to embark on a trip which will culminate in Mashhad, Iran. At the same time, Israeli army spokesperson is tweeting that twenty rockets launched by Iranian Quds brigades stationed in Syria were...

MintPress - 2018-05-11 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

Sana’a  – For the past three years, the United States has attempted to disguise, manipulate, or outright deny its involvement in Yemen. Nonetheless, new facts come to light every so often that indicate Washington’s participation in the Saudi-led war is much more hands-on than officials let on....

MintPress - 2018-05-11 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

The “West” is competing against the “East” on the Syrian battle-field, in conflicting news and analysis, and now also in the cultural and film arena. A new full length action movie, titled “Damascus Time”, gives an Iranian perspective on the battle against ISIS in Syria.

The movie comes...

MintPress - 2018-05-11 - Original post - cached version [php_1]

President Donald Trump’s unilateral exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) has triggered a frenzied push inside the administration to support color revolution-style regime change operations in Iran.

According to the neoconservative Free Beacon, National Security Director...

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