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As coronavirus cases explode in Iran, U.S. sanctions hinder its access to drugs and medical equipment

ISTANBUL Ė Sweeping U.S. sanctions are hampering Iranian efforts to import medicine and other medical supplies to confront one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the world, health workers and sanctions experts say. The broad U.S. restrictions on Iranís banking … Continue reading

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How the West Created the Islamic State by NAFEEZ AHMED

Part 1 ‚Äď OUR TERRORISTS ‚ÄúThis is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated,‚ÄĚ Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon press conference in … Continue reading

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Did a Neoliberal Energy Grab Backfire? Crimea: an EU-US-Exxon Screwup

by PIERRE M. SPREY and FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY On 17 May, William Broad‚Äôs piece,¬†‚ÄúIn Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves‚ÄĚ, appeared in the New York Times.¬† Broad explained¬† how the annexation of Crimea by Russia changed the … Continue reading

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ExxonMobil, Russia and Ukraine by STEVE HORN

In a long-awaited moment in a¬†hotly contested zone currently occupied by the Russian military,¬†Ukraine‚Äôs citizens living in the peninsula of Crimea¬†voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia. Responding to the referendum, President Barack Obama and numerous U.S. officials¬†rejected the results … Continue reading

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Obama Backs Down on Crimea by MIKE WHITNEY

‚ÄúI never thought I‚Äôd live to see the day when the US State Department whitewashed the neo-Nazi views and heritage of a gang of thugs who had seized power in a violent coup d‚Äô√©tat. In Iraq, Libya, and Syria, US … Continue reading

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America’s Chemical Weapons: Hypocrisy, Conspiracy and a Forgotten History

‚ÄúThe individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.‚Ä̬†(J.Edgar Hoover,1895-1972.) Since the fairy tale about weapons of mass destruction that can be launched against Western targets ‚Äúwithin forty five minutes‚ÄĚ … Continue reading

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Give the World a Break! America the Pest by MIKE WHITNEY

The United States is the world‚Äôs biggest pest. It doesn‚Äôt matter where you live or what you do, the US will find¬†some excuse to poke its nose in your business and make your life miserable. That‚Äôs why the US has … Continue reading

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In Egypt the Military is Supreme by ESAM AL-AMIN

The Generals have done it again! Egypt‚Äôs president, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed one year after being democratically elected by the Egyptian people. For those opposed to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the move by the military is seen as … Continue reading

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Syria and the Invisible Hand of Foreign Intervention

The Polish Zionist ideologue Vladimir Jabotinsky, the father of Israel’s right wing, observed nearly a century ago that much of the Arab world was a fragile mosaic. A few sharp blows, he wrote, would cause it to shatter, leaving Israel the region’s dominant power. Jabotinsky may have been right.

Even if the Bashar al-Assad regime manages to hang on in Syria, that country‚Äôs economy is being wrecked, its people driven into poverty and neighbors tempted to intervene. Israel just threatened to attack Syria‚Äôs modest store of chemical weapons. Turkey is stumbling into the morass, egged on by the Saudis and Gulf Arabs. Russia‚Äôs national prestige is increasingly involved in Syria‚ÄĒwhich is as close to its borders as northern Mexico is to the United States. Iran may yet get involved. Continue reading

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Pakistan’s System is at the heart of its Political Corruption By Atif Salahuddin

Despite fierce anti-American sentiment throughout the country, especially after the US Salala attack in November 2011 which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan‚Äôs civil and military rulers have once again decided to ignore public opinion and move ahead to safeguard US … Continue reading

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