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WASHINGTON (AFP) – A team of U.S. arms experts will accompany Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva to meet with Russian counterparts for key talks on Syria’s chemical weapons, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Kerry will also meet with the U.N.-Arab League special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, adding the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov could last until Saturday

Photo Credit: AFP/Saul Loe

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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