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North Korea Reportedly Executes Special Nuclear Envoy Over Failed U.S. Summit

May 30, 2019           |                                       

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed his special envoy on nuclear talks with the United States in the wake of a failed summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February. Envoy Kim Hyok Chol and four unidentified Foreign Ministry employees were executed in March at Pyongyang’s Mirim Airport after being […]

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Taliban Expects US to Announce Afghan Pullout Date During Next Round of Talks

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Taliban negotiator spokesman Mohammed Sohail Shaheen, currently in Moscow from the recent talks between Taliban and Afghan officials, reported that he expects, during the next round of talks with the US, the Americans will announce a specific date for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The US and Taliban have been known to be advancing toward a […]

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Top US General Claims Intel Showed Iran Mounting a Campaign Against US

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford has revealed that it was he who was driving recent US military deployments into the Middle East, saying he recommended them based on intelligence with respect to Iran. Dunford claimed that “malign activity and threats to our forces by the Iranians were not new,” […]

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Pompeo Says Iran Sabotaged Tankers to Raise Oil Prices

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Speaking on Thursday during a visit to London, John Bolton continued to play up the allegation of a major threat posed by Iran, claiming that the quick US military buildup in the region had deterred them for now, but that the threat is not over. Despite trying to credit the US military for deterrence, Bolton […]

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Pompeo Says Iran Attacked Tankers To Help Raise Oil Prices

May 30, 2019           |                                       

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran attacked oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates’ (U.A.E.) coast earlier this month in an effort to push global crude prices higher. “These were efforts by the Iranians to raise the price of crude oil throughout the world,” Pompeo told reporters on May 30 before setting off […]

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Democrats’ 2020 Policy Blitz Largely Lacking on Immigration

May 30, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming, curb gun violence, offer universal health care coverage, slash student debt and preserve abortion rights. Largely left out of the policy parade: immigration. The field of 24 candidates is united in condemning President […]

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Sanctions are a violent tool of U.S. control. And now this tool is in Trump’s hands. Regardless of their devastating results, the use of sanctions against “unruly” countries is a frequent U.S. foreign policy tactic, often posed as the only alternative to an invasion. On May 8, nearly a year to the day since the U.S. pulled out […]

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Vladimir Pozner hosts a very popular interview show, simply called Pozner, on Russian television, and he doesn’t pull his punches. When I last spoke with him eighteen years ago, he described himself as a “man of the left.” I was curious to find out if that had changed. I walked up the stairs to his […]

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JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Thursday urged Muslim nations to confront with “all means of force and firmness” recent attacks in the Persian Gulf that U.S. and some Arab officials have blamed on Iran. Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments at a preparatory meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of […]

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The UN held a session that highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Yemen last week and the next day the White House announced a large weapons sale to the Saudi-led coalition, Thalif Deen reports. By Thalif Deen at UN Headquarters Inter Press Service When the UN Security Council met last week to discuss the deaths and […]

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Noam Chomsky: Trump’s “Economic Boom” Is a Sham

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s “Economic Boom” Is a Sham Trump Is Trying to Ban Climate Science Because… Obama? US Abortion Rights Activists Can Draw Inspiration From Ireland Big Oil Pushes Corporate-Friendly Carbon Tax to Halt Green New Deal Wave Philosopher Herbert Marcuse on the Rise of Fascism in Europe Abortion Ban in Missouri Would Mean Influx […]

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Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a plan to “green” the U.S. military. After cataloguing some of the threats to our “readiness” posed by climate change—including floods and hurricanes compromising Air Force bases—the proposal quickly pivots to the “thousands of people [forced] to migrate from their homes,” conflating the fates of the most vulnerable […]

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Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. This week’s EU Parliament elections sent political shockwaves across Europe, with far-right nationalist parties racking up major victories in France, Italy, and even the UK. Established parties in Britain took a pounding as voters flocked to Nigel Farage’s newly-founded Brexit […]

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Venezuela Talks in Oslo End without a Deal

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Though Norway claimed some unspecified “progress” may have been made, negotiations between Venezuela’s government and opposition ended in Oslo on Wednesday, with no deals reached. It is uncertain if there will be further talks. Norway’s Foreign Ministry urged the two sides to show “discretion” in comments after the talks, so as not to damage any […]

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