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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

Twice As Many Americans View North Korea As A Critical Threat Than Can Find It On A Map

A recent poll conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that 75 percent of Americans list North Korea as a “critical threat” facing the United States, up from 55 percent just two years ago. The same poll found that 40 percent of Americans support conducting preemptive air strikes on North Korean “nuclear facilities”—a move that would effectively start and all-out war on the peninsula.

August 11, 2017
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Tillerson: No ‘Imminent Threat’ From North Korea

Speaking on his flight home as he wrapped up a diplomatic tour through Southeast Asia, Tillerson said he was hopeful a fortified international front would put pressure on Pyongyang and force it to back down from its own belligerent stance.

August 10, 2017

Tough New Sanctions Approved By UN Could Cost North Korea $1 Billion In Exports Annually

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved a sanctions resolution that the United States said was the strictest imposed “on any country in a generation,” banning North Korea from exporting many of its most lucrative products, ranging from coal to iron ore to seafood and even some of its artwork.

August 7, 2017

Media Freedom Threatened In Narendra Modi’s India

In India, the question of press freedom and corporate-political control and nexus has again been thrown wide open. The first instance is the case of the summary departure of Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a well-known Indian journalist, clearly over his recent exposes on the Gautam Adani group, a corporate giant with avowedly close links to India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.

August 2, 2017
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Constantly In An Angry Frenzy, Trump Is An Out-Of-Control Chief Executive

Once upon a time, President Trump was capable of sublimating his rage and bluster into actions that seemed presidential, at least occasionally. His address to Congress in late February, while oversold as the “moment he became president,” was at least a competent execution of an ancient Washington ritual.

July 28, 2017

We Need A Broad-Based Movement To Stop Killing At Home And Across The Globe

The $600 billion annual cost of the US military budget eats up 54% of all federal discretionary funds. It’s no wonder we don’t have money to address the crisis of global warming, build effective public transportation systems, institute a Medicare-for-All health system, or provide the free college education that all our youth deserve.

July 27, 2017

Pentagon Study Declares American Empire Is ‘Collapsing’

An extraordinary new Pentagon study has concluded that the US-backed framework of international order established after World War II is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing,” leading the United States to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs.

July 22, 2017

Trump Is Playing Dangerous Military Gambit In Central America

There has been a flurry of Trump administration activity around Central America recently. Most prominently, several cabinet members and Vice President Pence traveled to Miami last month for the administration’s “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America” that the United States cohosted with Mexico.

July 13, 2017
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Trump Left On The Outside Of G20 Photo

Unfortunately for Trump, he was unable to use the same tactics in Hamburg Friday as he posed for his first G20 photo. Instead, Trump was left on the outside looking in, to the far right of the group, only prevented from being on the very outer limits by French President Emmanuel Macron, who made a late move to stand next to the American leader.

July 9, 2017
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Stephen Hawking Warns Trump Withdrawal From Climate Deal Could Turn Earth’s Temperature To 250 Degrees And Bring Sulphuric Acid Rain

In an interview Sunday with the BBC, the celebrated British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned that President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement will cause “avoidable environmental damage.” “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible,” said Hawking, who is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees and raining sulphuric acid.”

July 5, 2017
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Trump To Meet With Putin Next Week At Summit In Germany

McMaster would not say at a White House media briefing Thursday whether the two leaders will discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election when they meet on the sidelines of the summit. “There is no specific agenda,” McMaster said, adding, “It’s whatever the president wants to talk about.”

July 1, 2017

New Ranking: Which Country Is Best For Kids? (Not The U.S.)

For 700 million or more kids around the world, childhood ends too soon. This is the premise that prompted a new report called the End of Childhood Index, which ranks 172 countries based on whether or not childhood has ended early for the children living there. Inadvertently, the report maps out the best and worst places to be a kid in today’s world.

June 19, 2017
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Paris Exit Was ‘Victory Paid And Carried Out’ By Republican Party For The Koch Brothers

The 22 Republican senators who recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement received more than $10 million dollars in campaign funds from fossil fuel interests. The two-page letter was signed by a number of Republican heavyweights from coal/gas/oil-rich states, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Ted Cruz of Texas.

June 14, 2017
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EPA Chief Pushing Plan To Discredit Climate Science

As a Media Matters study conducted last year demonstrated, climate denial remains a significant problem in the major newspapers. The world has just endured the three hottest years on record, and newspapers are still allowing their opinion pages to be used to deny climate change. That trend is all the more alarming now that the Trump administration is quickly adopting those denialist arguments.

June 13, 2017

Much Wealth As Half The World’s Population

While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth.

June 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Boycott Qatar

The rift between Qatar and the gulf nations continue to grow deeper as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt announced, Monday that they would be severing all diplomatic ties with the Arab nation.

June 5, 2017
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Trump Forgets The Past And Blights The Future

Donald Trump’s chief argument for withdrawing from the Paris climate accord is that it would destroy jobs, stifle growth, cause electricity blackouts and raise energy prices to ruinous levels.

June 4, 2017
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Did Trump Dump Paris Accord Because Macron Crushed His Handshake?

According to the Washington Post, the reasons Trump decided to pull out of the climate accord were many, though actual climate science was missing from the list.

June 3, 2017