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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Callista Gingrich

Gingrich Wife Confirmed To Vatican Embassy

The next US ambassador to the Vatican is no veteran diplomat: Callista Gingrich is the third wife of Newt Gingrich, the former leader of the 1990s Republican revolution who has reaped rewards for backing Donald Trump.

October 18, 2017

Joe Biden Says Donald Trump Makes The World Dangerous

Former Vice President Joe Biden took aim at Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the president “doesn’t understand governance” and claimed that one European prime minister had told him that the mogul reminds him of Mussolini, the Italian Fascist.

October 18, 2017

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017
Bob Corker

Jousting With Trump Online, Senator Calls White House A ‘Daycare Center’

The highly unusual exchange seemed to come out of nowhere on a rainy Sunday morning that Trump began in the White House before skies cleared and he headed to a nearby golf course. Corker, a respected moderate who once supported Trump, has emerged in recent months as one of the president’s most outspoken Republican critics.

October 9, 2017

The Breakthrough: How A Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In The Olympics

In the spring of 2016, a Russian government chemist named Grigory Rodchenkov sat across from Rebecca Ruiz of The New York Times and gave her the kind of scoop journalists dream of. He told Ruiz and her colleague Michael Schwirtz how he helped orchestrate the covert distribution of steroids to dozens of the country’s top athletes.

October 8, 2017
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Rex Tillerson’s Days In The Trump Administration Are Numbered: Report

The Washington Post released a lengthy report on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday night, based upon “the accounts of 19 current and former senior administration officials and Capitol Hill aides.” The piece makes it clear that Tillerson is expected to step down.

October 6, 2017

Catalan Leader: We Have Won The Right To Independence

At least 800 people were injured in the violent clashes over the weekend, with Spanish police attempting to prevent people from casting their votes with the use of force or by seizing their ballot papers, the BBC reported.

October 2, 2017

Negotiating With North Korea A Waste Of Time: Trump

Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile.

October 2, 2017

North Korea Says Trump Has Declared War

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers. The latest threats stoked a week-long war of words that began when the American leader threatened in his address to the United Nations General Assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if it launches an attack.

September 26, 2017
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Aides Warned Trump Not To Attack North Korea’s Leader Personally Before His Fiery UN Address

Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea were not in a speech draft that several senior officials reviewed and vetted Monday, the day before Trump gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, two U.S. officials said.

September 23, 2017
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Did Steve Bannon Write Trump’s Warmongering UN Speech?

Steve Bannon helped write President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly before he was ousted from the White House last month, Sebastian Gorka told Newsweek Thursday. Gorka, who previously worked with Bannon at Breitbart News, left the administration just days after Bannon as part of an overhaul following John Kelly’s appointment as chief of staff.

September 23, 2017
Syria

Trump’s Maniacal U.N. Address Has Set America On A Course With Cataclysm

For a red-state campaign rally, President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was a stirring package of moralistic rhetoric, nationalistic posturing and self-righteous rage. For a meeting of international leaders, the president’s address was a garbage can of ideological arrogance, cultural contempt and political shortsightedness.

September 21, 2017
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Trump Could Confuse Our Way Back Into Climate Deal

The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he spoke of helping the “dreamers,” immigrants brought to this country illegally as children? He defended his earlier controversial remarks equating the Charlottesville racists to the protesters. And he retweeted anti-Muslim sentiments.

September 21, 2017

Why Is This Man Trump’s Favorite Foreign Leader?

Irma, Houston, Russiagate, tax reform, and don’t forget North Korea. Big stories consuming our media landscape in a country both enthnocentric and myopic, even on the sleepiest news day. So I will keep this brief. In 2014, after he and Najib Razak played a round of golf, Donald J. Trump gave a photo of himself to the Malaysian leader, inscribed, “To my favorite prime minister.” This is according to reporting by Mark Landler, in a New York Times article, “Trump Welcomes Najib Razak, the Malaysian Leader, as President, and owner of a Fine Hotel.”

September 20, 2017
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Trump Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Options

Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast US flag, Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced US weaponry could make the souls of America’s enemies “crumble.” Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America’s most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had “once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community.”

September 16, 2017
Rohingya

With Refugee Camps Overwhelmed, Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Sleep On Roadsides

Overwhelmed and underfunded, aid agencies in Bangladesh are at a breaking point. But nearly three weeks into Rakhine State’s bloody conflict and the humanitarian crisis shows no signs of relenting. Around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now sought refuge in the country’s southern state of Chitagong, but with refugee camps at full capacity and insufficient support from aid agencies, it makes for an inhospitable home.

September 15, 2017

China ‘Will Not Allow Chaos And War On The Peninsula’

“The parties concerned must strengthen their sense of urgency, take due responsibilities, play their due roles, take practical measures, make joint efforts together to ease the situation, restart the dialogue and talks and prevent further deterioration of the situation on the peninsula.” But in the same meeting, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke out in favor of a strong response.

September 5, 2017
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Is The World Really Running Out Of Sand?

Little known fact: Practically every skyscraper in every one of the world’s cities is essentially made of sand. As are nearly all shopping malls, condo complexes, office towers, parking garages, airport terminals, dams and other large structures. America builds with concrete — gabillions of tons of it — and concrete is nothing but sand mixed with a bit of gravel and water, then bound together with cement and a few other ingredients, and allowed to harden. In addition, every glass window in those structures is made of melted sand.

September 3, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017

Billionaires Carve Up The Planet, Leave Behind Human Carnage

Raoul Peck, the Haitian filmmaker, opens his new film – Der Junge Karl Marx (2017) – in the forests of Prussia. Peasants gather fallen wood. They look cold and hungry. We hear horses in the distance. The guards and the aristocrats are near. They have come to claim the right to everything in the forest. The peasants run. But they have no energy. They fall.

August 19, 2017

North Korea’s Missiles Linked To Ukraine, Russia

The speed at which North Korea has ramped up its missile and nuclear defense programs within the last two years is reportedly due to purchases Kim Jong Un’s regime has made on a weapons black market linked to the Ukraine and Russia as the United States and the globe frets over a potential military conflict.

August 15, 2017
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Anti-Immigrant “Alt-Right” Ship Stranded At Sea Saved By Refugee Rescue Ship

Defend Europe previously accused Sea-Eye, and other groups, of “colluding” with Libyan human traffickers. Yet Defend Europe’s C-Star was itself recently detained in the self-declared Turkish state of Northern Cyprus for document forgery and potential human trafficking of 20 Sri Lankan nationals found on board.

August 13, 2017
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Leading Progressive Dem. Congressman: War With North Korea Is Grounds For Impeachment

Ted Lieu is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California’s 33rd congressional district since 2015. Rep. Lieu served in the JAG corps from 1995-1999 and as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 2000-2016. Lieu has been an outspoken critic of the war on Yemen, and more recently, of President Trump’s authority to unilaterally authorize a nuclear first strike.

August 13, 2017

Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help From The U.S. And Canada

Government forces have been terrorizing the people of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of al-Qatif for months. On May 10th, the Saudis launched a military campaign to tear down Al-Mosawarah, a 400-year-old neighborhood that is an important cultural and heritage center for the roughly 30,000 Shia Muslims that live there.

August 12, 2017

Pundits Slam Trump’s Biblical Language On North Korea, But Praise His Defense Secretary’s Genocidal Threats

President Donald Trump’s pledge to punish North Korea “with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” triggered outrage from pundits and lawmakers across the political spectrum. The outrage over his apparent threat to annihilate North Korea, possibly with nuclear arms, prompted his advisors to insist that Trump’s comments were improvised.

August 12, 2017