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Pardoning Julian Assange: Donald Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, February 20 2020

The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks.  Over time, that account

Jury Awards $265M in Damages in Dicamba Trial Against Monsanto, BASF By Johnathan Hettinger, February 20 2020

After three weeks of arguments, the jury awarded the peach-farmer plaintiff $15 million in damages and $250 million in punitive damages against the chemical companies.

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A federal jury determined that German agribusiness giants Bayer and BASF will have to …

India 2020: ‘Superpower’ or Still ‘Super Poor’? By Andrew Korybko, February 20 2020

The hopes of India’s over 1.3 billion people were shattered after their country objectively failed to become the “superpower” that many of their leading “influencers” (read: propagandists) predicted it would be by 2020, with this finally being acknowledged by the

At the Annual Munich Security Conference: The West Displays Its “Insecurity Complex” By Diana Johnstone, February 19 2020

“The West is winning!” U.S. leaders proclaimed at the high-level Annual Security Conference held in Munich last weekend.

Not everybody was quite so sure.

There was a lot of insecurity displayed at a conference billed as “the West’s family meeting” …

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent By Prof. Marjorie Cohn, February 19 2020

The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison. On February 24, a court in the U.K. will hold a hearing to determine whether to

Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed By John Pilger, February 19 2020

On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that

Trump’s Deal Is a Show Hiding the Real Problem: Ongoing Israeli Apartheid By Richard Falk, February 19 2020

It was always foolish to expect a balanced political compromise from the current American administration.

Since he was elected four years ago, US President Donald Trump has entrusted the Israel/Palestine portfolio to his inexperienced, Zionist son-in-law, Jared Kushner, aided

The Unbreakable Bond of Ireland and Palestine By Creede Newton, February 19 2020

In December, a wave of support for the recognition of a Palestinian state swept over Europe, culminating in the European Parliament’s (EP) vote on a motion that expressed support for an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and

US Middle East “Peace Deal” Designed to Perpetuate Conflict By Tony Cartalucci, February 19 2020

A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn’t a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed “Middle East peace plan” – unsurprisingly endorsed by the US and Israel and few others – everything

EU Nations Push for Bloc’s Recognition of State of Palestine By Telesur, February 19 2020

A group of European Union (EU) countries led by Luxembourg is planning to present Monday to the EU’s foreign affairs ministers, an initiative for the recognition of the state of Palestine by the bloc​​​​​, Haaretz reported Sunday.

Luxembourg’s Foreign Affairs …

Lawsuit Launched Over Trump’s Massive Rollback of Pollution Protections for Rivers, Wetlands By Center For Biological Diversity, February 19 2020

Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding protections for the nation’s waters, including approximately half of all wetlands and potentially millions of miles of streams. The Trump rule allows polluters

Guaido is a “Fake President”. “Lima Group” to Meet in Canada: Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau By Nino Pagliccia, February 19 2020

Re: “Lima Group” meeting of February 20, 2020 in Gatineau, Quebec

18 February 2020

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

I am addressing you as a concerned Canadian regarding Canada’s foreign policy position vis-à-vis Venezuela.

Your government has announced a …

NATO Wars Against Freedom, Justice and Humanity By Mark Taliano, February 19 2020

NATO commits Supreme International War Crimes Against Peace as military doctrine. The criminality is normalized. Perceptions are inverted and Western populations are hypnotized to believe that NATO and its serial war crimes are making us safe.

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Video: Towards The Liberation of Idlib City By South Front, February 19 2020

Syrian government forces did not stop their operation in Greater Idlib with the success in the western countryside of Aleppo city, and continued making gains in the province. During the past 24 hours, they took control of over 10 settlements.

Compliance 101: Gun-Toting Cops Endanger Students and Turn the Schools into Prisons By John W. Whitehead, February 19 2020

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes

Just when you …

The Rise of Sinn Féin: Dissecting Ireland’s February 2020 General Election and the State of the Nation By Shane Quinn, February 19 2020

In the Republic of Ireland, among the most notable outcome from last week’s general election outcome was a substantial rise in popularity for the left-leaning party, Sinn Féin, whose standing rose by 10.7% as they gained 15 parliamentary seats

The Priorities of General Motors: Ditching Australia’s Holden Cars By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, February 19 2020

It seemed to be a case of grand misrepresentation.  Holden cars, those great Australian acquisitions, along with home, lawnmower and nuclear family, gave the impression of indigenous pride, the home brand.  It was also resoundingly masculine.  But behind that image

The Munich Security Conference: No, Pompeo, the West Isn’t Winning By Andrew Korybko, February 19 2020

Secretary of State Pompeo boldly declared during his keynote speech at last weekend’s Munich Security Conference that “the West is winning”, which isn’t true at all since it’s actually facing unprecedented challenges from Russia and China, though that also shouldn’t

Revising the History of World War II By Lucas Leiroz de Almeida, February 19 2020

Poland is encouraging the growth of historical revisionism of the World War II. Apparently, there is nothing necessarily wrong in revisiting the data referring to any past armed conflict, however, it is not the desire for the discovery of the

Methane Leakage Makes Australia a World Leading Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Polluter By Gideon Polya, February 19 2020

Methane (CH4) is 85% of natural gas, leaks, and has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) 105 times that of the same mass of carbon dioxide (CO2)  on a 20 year time frame with aerosol impacts included. Such considerations reveal that

Canada’s Colonial Settler Policies Alive and Well By Jim Miles, February 19 2020

There is a lot of obfuscation and sloganeering about the Canada wide protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation of British Columbia and their resistance to corporate and governmental greed in pushing a natural gas pipeline through their traditional

Russia Needs to Prioritize Greece as Relations Rift with Turkey By Paul Antonopoulos, February 19 2020

A revealing poll released earlier last week by the highly-reliable Pew Research Center found that the majority of people in Greece and Turkey viewed NATO unfavourably – the only states of the 16 NATO members surveyed to view the U.S.-led

Apocalypse Now! Insects, Pesticide and a Public Health Crisis By Colin Todhunter, February 19 2020

In 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, produced a report that called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use

UN List of Firms Aiding Israel’s Settlements Was Dead on Arrival By Jonathan Cook, February 19 2020

After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal settlement activity in the West Bank.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112

The Perpetual War Scam By Philip A Farruggio, February 18 2020

Years ago the late great historian and author Gore Vidal came up with that phrase ‘Perpetual War’. He knew, that even back to the early days of our republic, we are a nation predicated on Perpetual War. Whether it be

Video: Turkish “Armed Groups” Don’t Help. Syrian Army Liberates Entire Western Aleppo By South Front, February 18 2020

Syrian government forces have cleared the entire western countryside of Aleppo city of members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other Turkish-backed armed groups.

During the past week, the Syrian Army and its allies cleared up to 300km2 delivering a devastating …

The United States Supports the Mujahedeen-e Khalk (MEK) Terrorist Organization By Robert Fantina, February 18 2020

The United States continues to support the Mujahedeen-e Khalk (MEK), despite the fact that that terrorist organization is losing popularity, not that it ever had very much anyway, around the world. The group remains basically based in Albania, a nation

End Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange By Dr. C. Stephen Frost, Dr. Lissa Johnson, Jill Stein, and et al., February 18 2020

On Nov 22, 2019, we, a group of more than 60 medical doctors, wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange.1 In our letter,1 we documented a history

Leaked Docs Point to No Buk Missile Systems Around MH17 Crash Area, Dutch Journo Reveals By Sputnik, February 18 2020

Leaked papers pertaining to the finalised JIT investigation that the source has bona fide reason to believe are authentic do not corroborate the study’s findings. They cite witness testimonies as well as a number of discrepancies in the probe that

Speeding Sea Level Rise Threatens Nuclear Plants By Paul Brown, February 18 2020

The latest science shows how the pace of sea level rise is speeding up, fuelling fears that not only millions of homes will be under threat, but that vulnerable installations like docks and power plants will be overwhelmed by the

Explaining Syria: It’s Everyone’s Fault Except the U.S. and Israel By Philip Giraldi, February 18 2020

The first week in February was memorable for the failed impeachment of President Donald Trump, the “re-elect me” State of the Union address and the marketing of a new line of underwear by Kim Kardashian. Given all of the

Sanders on Geopolitical Issues By Stephen Lendman, February 18 2020

Follow what politicians do, not what they say they’ll do. Time and again, rhetoric and actions are world’s apart.

Obama and Trump are Exhibits A and B, their pledges to voters as presidential candidates polar opposite their policies in office

Trump’s Budget: More Warfare, Slightly Less Welfare By Rep. Ron Paul, February 18 2020

Listening to the howls from Democrats and the applause from Republicans, one would think President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget is a radical assault on the welfare state. The truth is the budget contains some minor spending cuts, most

Brilliant New $5.34 Ladder Defeats Not So Brilliant $2.5 Billion Trump Fever Dream By Abby Zimet, February 18 2020

Thanks to his ineffable stupidity – cue hilariously skewered tweet about kings and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who he probably thinks is that guy in kids’ books always hiding in crowds – Trump has proposed spending another $3.8 billion for his

Bloomberg Defied a Flight Ban to Show Support for Israel, Defended the Country Shelling a School and Killing Sleeping Children By Michael Arria, February 18 2020

In July 2014, Israel launched a series airstrikes on Gaza, kicking off a 51-day war that left thousands dead. According to the United Nations, at least 2,104 Palestinian were killed, including 1,462 civilians. 495 were children and 253 were women.

The CIA and the Media By Carl Bernstein, February 18 2020

After leaving The Washington Post in 1977, Carl Bernstein spent six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. His 25,000-word cover story, published in Rolling Stone on October 20, 1977, is

Nord Stream 2: Why Ukraine and Poland Are Against It By Lucas Leiroz de Almeida, February 18 2020

There is no doubt about the fundamental importance of the gas flow for the European energy balance. There is even less doubt about Russia’s role in this process. Western Europe is not self-sufficient in producing gas, depending on its import.

‘The Deal of the Century’ and Its Hidden Secrets By Hazim El-Naser, February 18 2020

We oppose and reject the US-Israeli peace plan, or the so-called “deal of the century”, for many political, economic, social and religious reasons. It is rejected due to new signs that it will impede progress on the water issue between

US Health Authority Shipped Faulty Coronavirus Test Kits Across Country: Official By Channel News Asia, February 18 2020

A number of test kits sent out by United States health authorities to labs across the country to diagnose the deadly novel coronavirus are faulty, a senior official said on Wednesday (Feb 12).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Billionaire Bloomberg Aims to “Buy the US Presidency” By Stephen Lendman, February 18 2020

A fantasy democracy, never the real thing, Americans get the best rule of privileged interests money can buy…

Bloomberg’s billions give him a significant edge only money can buy. Forbes ranked him 9th among the world’s richest individuals, estimating his

Greek Islands Refugee Crisis: An Open Letter to Humanity Crew By Chris Jones, February 18 2020

I do have better things to do with my time but after reading Humanity Crew’s report of its 5 day visit to Samos in January 2020, I am angry enough to write this open letter.

From the beginning to the …

Afghan Troops Say Taliban Are Brothers and War Is “Not Really Our Fight.” By Nicolas J. S. Davies, February 17 2020

The world is waiting anxiously to see whether the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban will agree to a one-week truce that could set the stage for a “permanent and comprehensive” ceasefire and the withdrawal of U.S. and other

Syrian Forces Secure Aleppo City Completely By Arabi Souri, February 17 2020

Against all odds, and in the very difficult weather conditions the SAA cleaned all of Jamiyat Zahraa western Aleppo after taking control of the Llayramon and cleaned the two cities of Hreitan and Anadan in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside.

Hayyan, Bayanon, …

Post-Brexit Britain to be the “Largest and Most Destructive Tax Haven in the World” By True Publica, February 17 2020

After three and a half years of acrimony, Brexit has become a reality. One very small but extremely powerful grouping within British society is likely to be delighted that the independence they have long desired has finally been achieved; alongside

US Pressuring Iraq Not to Reveal Details of Soleimani Killing: MP By Iran Front Page, February 17 2020

A member of Iraq’s Fatah Alliance says the United States is putting a lot of pressure on the Iraqi government to prevent the disclosure of the results of a probe into the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi

Munich Security Conference 2020: Wang Yi vs. Mike Pompeo By Andrew Korybko, February 17 2020

The Chinese Foreign Minister and American Secretary of State shared contrasting visions of International Relations during their keynotes speeches at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

Mike Pompeo preached that “the West is winning“, and by the

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Doing More Harm Than Good? Our Latest Report on the UK’s Development Bank, CDC By Daniel Willis, February 17 2020

Amid the recent back and forth over whether the Department for International Development will be merged into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, very little attention has been paid to the role of the UK’s development finance institution, CDC, in UK

Is U.S. Sponsored Regime Change War Coming to Georgia? By Paul Antonopoulos, February 17 2020

Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (October 2012 – November 2013) is leading his party to dominate the Georgian parliament in the upcoming Autumn elections, if they actually go on schedule and not earlier as many commentators are speculating. Ivanishvili, Georgia’s

Kill the Culture, Destroy a Nation By Timothy Alexander Guzman, February 17 2020

During the Gulf War of the 1990′s, U.S. troops in Baghdad looted important museums, destroyed historical artifacts, some were even found outside of the museums and on the side of roads, many of ancient artifacts and pieces of artworks were

Mistrial Is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, February 17 2020

Last week, we along with Adrienne Pine and David Paul were unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Trump administration for our protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC from April 10 to May 16, 2019.  The jury was unable to reach

The Koch-Soros Quincy Project: A Train Wreck of Neocon and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventionists By Daniel McAdams, February 17 2020

Those hoping the non-interventionist cause would be given some real muscle if a couple of oligarchs who’ve made fortunes from global interventionism team up and pump millions into Washington think tanks will be sorely disappointed by the train wreck that

Russia-Africa NGOs and Media Cooperation: Still Several Steps Away from Reality By Kester Kenn Klomegah, February 17 2020

Since the Soviet collapse in 1991, the question of media representation both ways, in Russia and in Africa, has attracted unprecedented concern and discussions. Over the years, nearly 30 years after the Soviet era, Russia has not encouraged African media,

A Boom Time for U.S. Sanctions By Kathy Gilsinan, February 17 2020

The United States, as of this writing, has 7,967 sanctions in place.

Treasury Department data show them in many sizes. There are sanctions on individual people, like the Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman; on companies, like Cubacancun Cigars

Global Mining Corporations Have a Friend in the New Guatemalan Government By Ellen Moore and Jen Moore, February 17 2020

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei is less than a month into his term and yet there are already disturbing signs that his administration will side with global mining corporations against indigenous communities fighting to protect their land and water.

The clearest …

Wake Up Senators! New bipartisan War Powers Act to Constrain Military Action against Iran By Eric Margolis, February 17 2020

The US Senate, long the lap dog of the man who would be king, President Donald Trump, appears to have finally remembered its proper constitutional role.

Last week, the Senate voted 55/45 for a new bipartisan War Powers Act to

How AIPAC Is Losing Bipartisan Support in Washington By Ali Harb, February 17 2020

“A true friend of Israel.” These were the words Barack Obama used when describing himself to AIPAC, a day after he secured the Democratic party nomination in 2008.

Standing in front of thousands of attendees in Washington, Obama, who was …

Sanders Tells New York Times He Would Consider a Preemptive Strike Against Iran or North Korea By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, February 17 2020

Bernie Sanders has won the popular vote in both the New Hampshire and Iowa presidential primary contests in considerable part by presenting himself as an opponent of war. Following the criminal assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani last month, Sanders

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense Submitted Historic Case Against U.S. Government for Children Injured by Wireless Technology Radiation By Children’s Health Defense, February 17 2020

CHD Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., will lead the legal team with seasoned telecommunications and administrative law attorney Scott McCollough.

Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is leading a historic legal action against the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for its refusal to …

United Airlines Pulls Boeing 737 MAX from Schedule Until September 4. By Zero Hedge, February 17 2020

And just like that, all those hopes and optimistic dreams that the notorious killing machine designed by clowns, supervised by monkeys known as the 737 MAX will be returning to the air around June, following recent “hopeful” comments by

2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Waste Illegally Dumped in Oregon Landfill By Monica Samayoa, February 17 2020

The Oregon Department of Energy has issued a notice of violation to a hazardous waste facility for accepting more than 2 million pounds of radioactive materials east of the Columbia River Gorge.

Chemical Waste Management, a subsidiary of Waste Management …

The Middle East: Ground Zero for Possible Global War? By Stephen Lendman, February 17 2020

The UN Charter’s preamble explained that “the scourge of war…twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind” — referring to two global wars.

Is a third one coming at a time when today’s super-weapons make earlier ones seem

Intelligence Spats: Australia, Britain and Huawei By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, February 17 2020

A note of fraternal tension has been registered between the United Kingdom and Australia.  It began with Britain’s decision to permit China’s technology giant Huawei a role in the construction of the country’s 5G network.  While the decision is qualified

How Trump’s “Peace” Plan Will Redraw Israel’s Borders to Exclude to Non-Jews By Miko Peled, February 17 2020

Trump’s new Middle East “Peace” Plan will redraw Israeli borders to exclude towns with large populations of Arab citizens, an attempt, writes Miko Peled, to force them down the totem pole to a place where their rights will be even

Trump’s Trade War with China: Imagine What Would Happen if China Decided to Impose Economic Sanctions on the USA? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, February 17 2020
In formulating these veiled threats, the Trump administration should think twice. These measures would inevitably backlash on the U.S. economy. China is not dependent on US imports. Quite the opposite. America is an import led economy with a weak manufacturing base, heavily dependent on imports from the PRC.
Coronavirus May Tip the Global Economy Into Recession? By Dr. Leon Tressell, February 17 2020

As each day passes the numbers get worse for the impact of the Coronavirus. The numbers of people infected and who have died from the Coronavirus have already exceeded the Sars virus and look set to get much worse.

As …

Britain’s OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech By Kurt Nimmo, February 17 2020

Boris Johnson, like Trump, is a phony populist. His political stepping stone to the position of PM was Brexit. He is a British blue blood raised au pair in the bucolic English countryside. Johnson identifies as a “conservative” but

UN Publishes List of Companies Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements in Palestine By Brett Wilkins, February 17 2020

Read the list here

After years of unexplained delays, the United Nations this week released a list of over 100 companies with ties to illegal Israeli settler colonies in the occupied West Bank of Palestine.

In a statement released on …

Video: Turkey Supports Al Qaeda Against Syrian Forces in Idlib By South Front, February 17 2020

In Turkey, it is by now a good tradition to threaten Syria with a war every time when luckless Idlib rebels suffer another military defeat from the Syrian Army. This week was no exception. Recept Tayip Erdogan spearheaded the choir

Video Reveals Threat of “Wholesale Transfer and Privatization of America’s Public Lands” on Trump’s Agenda, Says Watchdog Group By Andrea Germanos, February 17 2020

Watchdog group Western Values Project said Friday that audio it obtained of a June 2019 event at Trump’s Interior Department provides more evidence that public lands are under threat of being privatized by the former reality star and his crew

US Undeclared War on China by Other Means By Stephen Lendman, February 17 2020

Both right wings of the US one-party state seek control over other nations, their resources and populations — what the scourge of imperialism is all about.

Nations topping the US target list for regime change include Iran for its huge

China’s Coronavirus. “We Cannot Rule Out Man Made Origin of these Infections” By Larry Romanoff and Igor Nikulin, February 17 2020

Introductory Note

In earlier articles I related the opinions of biochemists and bio-warfare specialists on the circumstances justifying suspicion of a virus being created in a lab and deliberately released in a foreign country as a means of either low-

The Embassy Defenders: Mistrial in US Federal Court Is a Win for Venezuela’s Sovereignty By Leonardo Flores, February 16 2020

A jury of 12 Washington D.C. residents were deadlocked over the issue of the embassy defenders on February 14, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial in a blow to the federal government and to a judicial system that stacked

American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel? By Philip Giraldi, February 16 2020

One of the principal functions of a United States Embassy overseas is to provide citizen services, which includes coming to the assistance of Americans who are treated badly by the local government. It is a responsibility that most embassies take

Greece – The Clearance Sale of Greek Military Bases to the United States By Manlio Dinucci, February 16 2020

On 5 October 2019, in Athens, Greek Minister for Defence Nikólaos Panayotópoulos, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a “Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement”.

The Greek Parliament ratified the Agreement, which grants the United States the use of …

Is China Capitalist? By Marc Vandepitte, February 16 2020

Judging by what has been said or written about China, both on the right and on the left, socialism there is finished. The country is assumed to have capitulated and become capitalist, whatever the Chinese leadership itself may say. It

War Criminal Hillary, Bloomberg’s Choice for Running Mate By Kurt Nimmo, February 16 2020

I figured as much. The moment Mike Bloomberg announced his intention to spend part of his billions—like Trump before him—to gain the presidency, I thought: this is the perfect opening for Hillary Clinton. 

Clinton will be Bloomberg’s running mate, …

Painting a True Christ By Edward Curtin, February 16 2020

There’s an early scene in Terrence Malik’s masterful new film – what I would call a moving painting – where the central character Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant farmer from an isolated small mountainous village who refuses to take

2013 Law Suit: Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide By Stephen Lendman, February 16 2020

In November 2013, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) found Israel guilty of war crimes and genocide as defined under the 1948 convention dealing with this highest of high crimes. More on this below.

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Bolivia: An Election in the Midst of an Ongoing Coup By Prof. Vijay Prashad, February 14 2020

On May 3, 2020, the Bolivian people will go to the polls once more. They return there because President Evo Morales had been overthrown in a coup in November 2019. Morales had just won a presidential election in October for