Briefing: The Effects of the Economic Blockade of Venezuela

from the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, The blockade in context The U.S. has been pursuing a strategy of ‘regime change’ through destabilising Venezuela dating back to the early years of Hugo Chávez’s presidency. This led George W. Bush’s administration to support the failed coup d’état against Chávez in 2002 and also the right-wing management lock-out in the oil industry. The lock-out,[…]

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Military Bill Amended for the Better: This Pig Has Really, Really Good Lipstick

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, July 14, 2019 The latest U.S. House of Representatives version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which is beyond global in scope and not the least bit defensive, offended Donald Trump’s desire for limitless power and spending in dozens of ways detailed by the people he employs to write things longer than tweets —[…]

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Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice

by Marjorie Cohn, published on Truthout, July 8, 2019 Kamala Harris is rising in the polls after dramatically confronting Joe Biden during the Democratic primary debate about his opposition to federally mandated busing for desegregation. The following week, however, Harris backed away  from saying that busing should always be federally mandated, calling it just one “tool that is in the toolbox”[…]

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Remnants of War

by Kathy Kelly, published on Voices for Creative Nonviolence, July 12, 2019 Intense fighting and hideous attacks battered Afghans throughout their country last week as negotiators in Qatar weighed the benefits and costs of  a peace agreement that might stop the bloodshed. In Kabul at least 40 people, including one child, were killed in a complex Taliban attack. Dozens of[…]

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UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design

by Nino Pagliccia, published on Venezuelanalysis, July 8, 2019 Following Michelle Bachelet’s visit to Venezuela last June, the official report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) on the human rights situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was released on July 4, a day before initially scheduled. Judging by the quick review I made, the mainstream[…]

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Interview with President Manuel Zelaya on 10th Anniversary of Overthrow by US

Image: Children stand at the front of their family’s one-room home in an impoverished neighborhood on August 19, 2017 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras by Anya Pamampil, published on the Grayzone: July 1, 2019 The Grayzone’s Anya Parampil sat down for an exclusive interview with Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, on the 10th anniversary of the US-backed right-wing military coup that[…]

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Drones over Djibouti

Featured Image:  Haven’t heard about any recent drone strikes?  US Drone Strikes are up 432% under Donald Trump and Military infrastructure for Drones is growing like crazy in Africa. by Lion Summerbell , Published on Democratic Socialists of America, June 26, 2019 With 34 military bases, the U.S. is scrambling for influence in Africa On August 7, 1998, simultaneous explosions[…]

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On the Fourth of July

Editor’s note: David is responding to a series of emails not presented.   The interview is at the end of this article.   Wilkerson makes some good points, but David makes a strong and highly relevant statement about the context and of the interview and the underlying assumptions of many activists. by David Rolde I strongly disagree with some of the assumptions[…]

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