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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Why Misery Is Being Weaponized In War

Reprinted with permission from The Globe And Mail.

In the film Sicario, in which murderous drug cartels ravage communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, there is a sobering moment when a black-ops agent working for the United States explains the barbarism that terrorizes people.

“You will not survive here,” he tells an FBI agent, devastated by the savagery she has seen. “You are not a wolf. And this is a land of wolves now.”

Millions of people, caught in conflicts the world over, are finding that line applies to where they live, too. Misery as a strategy is spreading, with devastating consequences.…

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McCain’s Vietnam Jailer Writes Heartfelt Tribute

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The man who ran the Hỏa Lò Prison where John McCain was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam has penned a tribute to the late senator.Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt praised McCain for both his conduct during his imprisonment and later work as a U.S. politician.

“At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance,” he said. “Later on, when he became a US Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promoting Vietnam-U.S. relations so I was very fond of him. When I learned about his death early this morning, I feel very sad.



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South Africa Summons US Envoy To Protest Trump’s Racist Conspiracy Tweet

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s decision to promote a racist conspiracy theory has sparked a diplomatic confrontation, requiring South Africa to summon America’s most senior diplomat there to set the record straight.

Earlier this week, after watching a segment on Fox News, Trump tweeted that he has “asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers.”

South Africa’s government summoned U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn to “convey the unhappiness of the people” over Trump’s tweet.

Trump’s tweet was based on “false information,” the South African government says, and served “only to polarize debate on this sensitive and crucial matter.”

The government also said it was “disappointed” in Trump’s failure to use the existing diplomatic channels to discuss issues.…

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