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MintPress - 2018-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — No, I don’t want to write about the affair of Ya’ir Netanyahu. I refuse adamantly. No force in the world will compel me to do so.

Yet here I am, writing about Ya’ir, damn it. Can’t resist.

And perhaps it is really more than a matter of gossip. Perhaps it is something that...

MintPress - 2018-01-15 - Original post - cached version

You can imagine the telephone calls. A third heavyweight challenger has emerged to contest the presidential election and he is another former chief of staff, General Sami Anan. Military intelligence, loyal to the incumbent president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is working overtime to brief its hand...

MintPress - 2018-01-15 - Original post - cached version

TUNIS, TUNISIA — As the new year began, social media and corporate-owned news organizations alike were giving the protests in Iran constant coverage, despite the fact that the protests were relatively small in size and motivated primarily by economics — not politics, as many popular news outlets...

MintPress - 2018-01-13 - Original post - cached version

TITUSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA — Shoehorned between the state line and the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania’s northwest corner, the city of Titusville is as red as America gets, a place where virtually every one of its 5,601 residents identified his or her race as “white” on the 2010 U.S. Census, and a...

MintPress - 2018-01-13 - Original post - cached version

BEIJING (Analysis) — Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. “Artificial intelligence is the future,” he said, stating that this is a fact “not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

JERUSALEM (Opinion) — Palestinian resistance is legitimate and sanctioned by the inalienable right that all oppressed people have to resist their oppressors and occupiers, even with the use of arms. Israeli violence is raw and unchecked brutality intended to keep Palestinians from raising their...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

The Syrian Army is alleging that Israeli jets struck positions dozens of times within Syria early Tuesday morning in the al-Qutayfa area east of Damascus.

According to a statement by Syria’s General Command, the Syrian government’s air defenses not only intercepted all of the missiles...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

In a move that is set to infuriate news organizations that are not deemed “trustworthy”, Facebook is set to introduce “sweeping changes” to its newsfeed as early as next week, prioritizing trustworthy sites and removing “clickbait” and low quality news publishers, while promoting posts from...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profits driven by the...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — There’s no doubt about it: Venezuela’s economy is a disaster zone, and there’s no easy solution. The Maduro administration’s efforts so far have been a mixed bag, focusing on avoiding default at all costs, while trying to beef up popular yet inconsistent welfare programs and launch a...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — For years the conspiracy theorists have claimed that Facebook is a CIA front operation and that it serves as a way to track everyone in the USA.  In the most recent years, especially from the time of the 2016 Presidential elections to now, Facebook, Twitter, Google and other platforms...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution backed by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) advocates, pledging to examine investments and contracts with companies whose practices may violate human rights.

The resolution, which was supported by the New Orleans Palestinian...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — One of the most ingenious propaganda weapons ever developed is that the powerful nations of the West—led by the United States—have a moral responsibility to use military force to protect the rights of people being repressed by their governments. This “responsibility to protect” (R2P)...

MintPress - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

NABI SALEH, PALESTINE — The struggle for Palestinian human rights and children abused under Israeli occupation has burst into the international spotlight with the help of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi. Tamimi is no stranger to the Palestinian struggle or the spotlight — she has faced off with her...

MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech did get some coverage here in the US, but mostly the part about how he boasted that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk and that his newly-created nuclear deterrent force is within range of the United States. This provoked the expected...

MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.)

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MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called Fire and Fury, a highly critical insider’s view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and...

MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s decision to ring in the New Year by simultaneously demonizing both Iran and Pakistan on Twitter has already backfired tremendously. Following threats that the U.S. would withhold aid to Pakistan, the U.S. confirmed it would withhold $255 million in aid (which has now become $900...

MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

On 18 July, US Vice President Mike Pence delivered the keynote speech at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Founded in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee, an evangelist from San Antonio, CUFI claims to be the largest pro-Israel group in the United States, with three million members...

MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has called for greater solidarity with the Palestinian people while urging South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Comrade Ayanda Dlodlo, to re-evaluate the country’s visa policy with Israel following the decision by the government in Tel...

MintPress - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Ali Feruz is a correspondent for the Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta who is currently facing deportation to Uzbekistan, where he was born — and where, according to friends and colleagues, he faces torture at the hands of the security services and possibly death. In August,...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON – The Washington Post reported that 2017 saw close to a thousand people killed by law enforcement in the U.S. — 987 people in total, an increase of 16 over the number killed in 2016. According to the Post — which has been tracking police killings since 2015, a project it began after...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistani into Afghan airspace. On board were 199 Army Rangers with orders to seize an airstrip.  One hundred miles to the northeast, Chinook and...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — On Monday, I flipped over to MSNBC and what were they “covering”? Trump’s “stable genius” tweet. And no, they were not “advancing the story”  … that is, if there is a way to advance a stale story based on a two-day-old tweet. Instead, they just had a couple talking heads blathering on...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his son on Tuesday a day after an Israeli television channel aired recordings from 2015 in which he pressured an Israeli gas tycoon’s son for money for a prostitute using a controversial gas deal as leverage.

The recordings come as...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

With the Yemen War fast approaching its third anniversary, Afghanistan well into its 17th year, Iraq and Syria seemingly permanent US wars, and escalations ongoing across Africa, the US has seemingly more wars than ever going on. President Trump has been giving the military increasing autonomy...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

In a ruling hailed as a major and historic “victory for democracy,” a federal court on Tuesday deemed North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map unconstitutional on the grounds that it was drawn to discriminate against Democratic voters—marking the first time a federal court has struck down a...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela.

Eventually, colonized peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the...

MintPress - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — The Russian Ministry of Defence has now released more information on the drone attack on Russia’s two Syrian bases at Khmeimim and Tartus on Saturday 6th January 2018.

Yesterday reports from Russia spoke of the drone attack using US sourced technology and claimed the attack...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Progressives loved Oprah Winfrey’s speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes award ceremony, calling it “rousing,” “extraordinary,” and “inspiring.” But the idea that Oprah should run for president? “Bonkers.” “Hollow.” “A bad liberal revenge fantasy.”

The notion that Oprah, a widely...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Thousands of people attended an anti-corruption protest in Tel Aviv for a sixth consecutive week Saturday, with demonstrators calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over graft allegations.

Braving the cold and damp, protesters held up signs against government corruption...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that his country has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn genuine protests into a full-blown insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic. “Once again, the nation tells the U.S., Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

On Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. EST, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched the secretive Zuma satellite  into space aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral. However, less than a day later, the WSJ reports that the secretive spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. government military...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

KIEV, UKRAINE (Analysis) — Despite the mainstream media’s insistence that U.S. President Donald Trump is some sort of compromised Russian lackey, the fact is that at the end of last year, his administration approved the largest U.S. commercial sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine since...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

ANKARA, TURKEY — Over the last decade or so, the West has been cheering for a rising Turkey as a nation that could set a positive example for other Western allies in the region. However, as Turkey has gained this new level of success under President Recep Erdogan, its plans have changed and...

MintPress - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

“Private network providers prioritize only those they expect to provide a return on investment.”

Defying widespread popular objection, on December 14 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality. The principle regulates broadband as a utility, thus forbidding...

MintPress - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version

Starting Dec. 28, 2017, Iran has witnessed anti-government protests in several cities and towns. The character and the demands of the demonstrations have varied greatly and seem to have already evolved over the course of a few days. From the beginning, Iranian government officials have stated...

MintPress - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version
The online outrage machine went into overdrive after Swedish retailer H&M added a photo of a black child modelling a hoodie which had the words, ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle,’ emblazoned on the front.

The fast-fashion retailer has been blasted online for its supposedly tone-deaf...

MintPress - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version

2017 was an exciting year for supporters of hemp.

The stigma surrounding this plant has continued to decrease as more and more people discover hemp’s almost limitless uses. While hemp isn’t completely legal in the U.S. (yet), there’s growing bipartisan support in Congress, and at every...

MintPress - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is once more under intense scrutiny after new reporting revealed that his lucrative financial relationship with Israel has deepened even as his influence over U.S. Middle East policy—from his leading role in Trump’s effort to “...

MintPress - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version

Hundreds on Friday gathered inside of Grand Central Terminal in New York, demanding the release of the 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed al-Tamimi who was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers two week ago.

Protestors chanted and...

MintPress - 2018-01-06 - Original post - cached version

BALTIMORE – Usually people – especially children – look forward to snowy days. In addition to building snow creatures and throwing snowballs, it sometimes means no school. Usually. But not in Baltimore; in Baltimore, during one of the coldest winter storms on record, children were in school....

MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

I decided to fix some of the awful reporting by the NY Times. What you see below is a random sample. I only looked at one page of the NY Times before I picked an article to correct. It’s high time we started seeing our most respected media outlets for what they really are. 

A few days ago...

MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

The Islamic State branch in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday called on its supporters to attack Hamas in a gruesome execution video as long-simmering tensions between the rival Islamic terror groups erupted into the open.

The 22-minute long video culminated with the execution of one of...

MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Sharing the world with neocons is like living with an Alzheimer’s patient.

“I want to go home!”

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MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

As South and North Korea begin a cautious, deliberate and “sincere” process of peace talks in the hope of defusing regional tensions in a neighborly manner, right-wing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suddenly sounded alarm bells over the “unacceptable” moves by Pyongyang, playing up its...

MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

One of the most aggressive measures to date is a ...

MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Environmental protection advocates called for urgent action on Thursday after a report published in Science detailed a huge rise in low-oxygen “dead zones” within the planet’s oceans.

The increased use of chemical fertilizers by the industrial agriculture sector over the past several...

MintPress - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

MILWAUKEE (Analysis) — The Donald Trump who addressed a small audience in Miami’s Little Haiti community, seven weeks before Election Day 2016, appeared to be an impostor.

Gone were the gunslinger’s swagger, the arrogant smirk, and the shrill condescension, and in their place stood a...

MintPress - 2018-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Joel Whitney’s new book, “Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers,” explores how the CIA influenced acclaimed writers and publications during the Cold War to produce subtly anti-communist material. During the interview, Scheer and Whitney discuss these manipulations and how the...

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