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Egypt Votes on Referendum Extending El-Sissi’s Rule to 2030

April 20, 2019           |                                       

CAIRO — Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military’s role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of […]

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US: Over 2,000 Foreign ISIS Fighters Held by Kurdish Forces in Syria

April 17, 2019           |                                       

Pentagon officials are saying that the US is continuing to conduct biometric screening on ISIS detainees held by the US-backed SDF forces in northeastern Syria. They believe that in excess of 2,000 ISIS detainees are foreign nationals. This is a difficult process to go through, as a lot of the detainees don’t exactly have IDs […]

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Pentagon to Extend ‘Defeat ISIS’ Coalition

April 10, 2019           |                                       

The Trump Administration has made much of its military defeat of ISIS, portraying the group as virtually wiped out and hyping the victory in Syria to such a point that for a time he was even intending to withdraw from Syria outright. Having backed away from the Syria pullout, the Pentagon is now hard at […]

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In the latest contest between Democrats and the administration, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Rep. Maxine Waters that he wouldn’t come back to Congress if forced to stay past 5:15pm. The comment came as part of a testy exchange between Mnuchin and the California Democrat during Mnuchin’s testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services […]

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Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno’s Assange Problem

April 3, 2019           |                                       

Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador’s repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange’s stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a political dissident, but political dissident you […]

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