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Follow the Money Trail Behind the Hong Kong Protests By Sara Flounders, August 19 2019

The demonstrations in Hong Kong, now an open confrontation with the People’s Republic of China, have a global impact. What are the forces behind this movement? What provides the funds and who stands to benefit?

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The increasingly violent demonstrations …

Are Gene Edited Cows or Humans What We Really Need? By F. William Engdahl, August 19 2019

Scientists using the “second generation” of genetic manipulation technology have used gene-editing to alter the DNA of breed of cattle so that they supposedly do not grow horns. At around the same time another group of scientists claim to have

Malaysian Airlines MH17: Quest for Justice Continues By Askiah Adam, August 19 2019

This Saturday, a conference will convene in remembrance of the 298 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot out of the sky over a war zone in Ukraine.

Organised jointly by the International Movement …

America’s Benevolent Bombing of Serbia By James Bovard, August 19 2019

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton commenced bombing Serbia in the name of human rights, justice, and ethnic tolerance. Approximately 1,500 Serb civilians were killed by NATO bombing in one of the biggest sham morality plays of the modern era.

U.S. States: We Weren’t Hacked by Russians in 2016 By Gareth Porter, August 19 2019

A “bombshell” Senate Intelligence Committee report released in July repeated the familiar claim that Russia targeted the electoral websites of at least 21 states—but statements from the states themselves effectively undermine that narrative.

It turns out the reality is dramatically …

Condescension and Climate Change: Australia and the Failure of the Pacific Islands Forum By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, August 19 2019
History of the Third Reich. Hitler and the Atomic Bomb By Shane Quinn, August 18 2019

Author’s preface 

German dictator Adolf Hitler had a central role in initiating World War II, by pursuing a list of bold and aggressive foreign policy actions dating from the mid-1930s, and culminating in his invasion of Poland in the autumn

Tlaib and Omar’s Denial of Entry by Israel Is Not a “Freedom of Speech” Issue By Rima Najjar, August 18 2019

For how long will discourse on the plight of the Palestinian people be hostage to the notion that “impartial observers”, i.e., the silent majority on Israel, must be addressed in a manner that accounts for “where they are, not where

The War on Yemen: How Far Will the Saudi-UAE Confrontation Go? By Andrew Korybko, August 18 2019

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, increasingly wary allies of one another in the War on Yemen, are poised to sharpen their competition in the Red Sea-Horn of Africa region to the point of becoming “frenemies” amidst both parties’ efforts to

Video: Syrian Army Overwhelms Militants’ Defense in Southern Idlib By South Front, August 18 2019

The southern part of Idlib province and the northern part of Hama province remain the main areas of hostilities in Syria.

On August 14, a Su-22 warplane of the Syrian Air Force was shot down during a combat sortie over

US Congresswoman Accuses Tribes and Environmentalists of “Destroying Our Western Way of Life” over Sacred Grizzly Protections By Native News Online, August 18 2019

On a momentous day for Tribal Nations, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), the House Republican Conference Chairwoman, stated that the successful litigation by tribes and environmentalists to return the grizzly bear in Greater Yellowstone to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “was

Political Propaganda directed against the Syrian Government of Bashar Al Assad By Lilly Martin Sahiounie, August 18 2019

Very recently, National Public Radio (NPR) conducted an interview throwing suspicion on and mocking Asma, the wife of the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.  The Syrian First Lady had recently done a Syrian TV interview announcing that she

Destruction of the Pillars of the Syrian Economy: Terrorists Destroy Grain Silos, Farmer Tractors in Tal Al-Sakhr, North West of Hama By Arabi Souri, August 18 2019

Nothing new with the crimes committed by the Turkish pariah Erdogan’s most loyal terrorists in Syria, like their sponsor Erdogan and like Israel, they are not satisfied with the crimes they commit upon entering a town, and during their presence,

Canada Oil Pipeline Contract Threatens Integrity of Mother Earth’s Native Peoples By Irwin Jerome, August 18 2019

In a law school dictionary the definition of a Philadelphia Lawyer is, “A very sly, crafty, shrewd lawyer who is an expert in the exploitation of legal technicalities”. No where more evident can this be seen than in Northern British

Russia and China Divided over Kashmir Crisis By Andrew Korybko, August 18 2019

Kashmir issue has been internationalized and Pakistan sought the meeting of UNSC and with China’s backing, UNSC is convening after 50 years on Kashmir issue. Russia seems to be backing Indian claims while China went all out in Pakistan’s favor.

How Washington Is Meddling in the Affairs of Hong Kong By A Political Junkie, August 18 2019

While there has been growing coverage of the unrest in Hong Kong, there has been minimal coverage of what may lie behind the pro-democracy protests.  Even Donald Trump has entered the fray with this tweet which clearly condemns China’s actions

Playing Role of Pesticide ‘Cheerleader,’ EPA Rebukes California with Ban on Warning Labels for Roundup By Andrea Germanos, August 17 2019

President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency was accused of being a pesticide “cheerleader” last week after the agency said it would not approval labels that say that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup and other weedkillers—is known to cause cancer.

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According to the Federal Government, 19 Million Acres of Farmland Were Not Planted with Crops this Year By Michael Snyder, August 17 2019

If that headline sounds really bad to you, that is because the situation that we are facing is really bad.  Over the past few months, I have written article after article about the unprecedented crisis that U.S. farmers are facing

South Yemen Is Already Functionally Independent Even if It’s Not Recognized as Such By Andrew Korybko, August 16 2019

The Southern Transitional Council’s liberation of the former South Yemeni capital of Aden from the Saudi-backed Islah Islamists has restored the independence of the Old Cold War-era country.

STC vs. Islah

It was bound to happen sooner than later, but

Iran’s Dangerous Deterrence Policy: Trading Tankers and Another Partial Withdrawal from the JCPOA By Elijah J. Magnier, August 16 2019

The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker “Grace 1” captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign

Austerity without End. Neoliberal Reforms and Labour Rights By Carlo Fanelli and Prof. Stephanie Luce, August 16 2019

In 2019, the now 187-member International Labour Organization celebrated its 100th anniversary. As one of the oldest agencies of the United Nations, the ILO used the occasion to renew calls for improved opportunities and working conditions, social protections and collective

Fewer Banks in African American Neighborhoods Contribute to the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap By Sarah Abed, August 16 2019

A new study published by McKinsey & Co on Tuesday found that one of the contributing factors to the U.S. racial wealth gap is the lack of banks in predominantly African American communities. Lack of access to mainstream financial services

Palestine: Dangerous Bill in US Congress to Crush the PLO and the PA By Zaha Hassan, August 16 2019

A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international

In this Thursday, June 11, 2015 photo, homeless people and their tents line a canal in Honolulu. Hours after a city crew cleared the banks of the canal, the homeless people that had been living there moved right back to the riverside, leaving some wondering whether the expense of taxpayer money was justified. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)
Statehood Questioned at Hawaii’s 60th Anniversary By Kioni Dudley, Leon Siu, and Poka Laenui, August 16 2019

August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai’i.  It will go little noticed.   This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the

British Rail: A Mass Transport System Is an Essential Public Service Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme for Investors By Hans Stehling, August 16 2019

Outdated rolling-stock, primitive or no air-conditioning, poor service, unreliable timetables and sky-high fares make Britain’s railways the bad joke of Europe.

As millions of commuters are forced to use a rail system near to collapse, it serves a stark warning

Reflections on “Insanity”, “Societal Psychosis” and “Irrational Violence” in America By Jim Miles, August 16 2019

I thought I knew what it meant, but I looked up the definition of insanity anyway:  mentally deranged, not of sound mind; irrational [Concise Oxford Dictionary].  That is a rather broad spectrum and on more reflection includes not only Trump

US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars … By Stephen Lendman, August 16 2019

Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland

Punishing the World with Sanctions. Intended to Cause Real Pain By Philip Giraldi, August 16 2019

Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually

What Explains Russia and China’s Differing Stances towards Kashmir? By Andrew Korybko, August 16 2019

Russia and China, two of the most important Great Powers that are jointly working to accelerate the emergence of the Multipolar World Order, are on totally opposite sides when it comes to Kashmir, with their differing stances being explained by

Media Can’t Even Tell the Truth About Canada’s Foreign Policy History By Yves Engler, August 16 2019

Media coverage of Canadian foreign policy is uniquely one-sided and biased. It’s so bad that few readers, listeners or viewers will have ever seen or heard an honest analysis of this country’s past, let alone current role around the world.

America’s “War on Terrorism” and The Globalization of Poverty: Michel Chossudovsky By Global Research, August 15 2019

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The Truth About the UK’s Special Relationship with Israel By True Publica, August 15 2019

Britain does not have a special relationship with the USA. It is, and has been since the end of the World War, a subservient inferior ‘partner’ doing what it is told. Britain stands next to the schoolyard thug and tries

Report: ‘No Evidence that Fracking Can Operate without Threatening Public Health’ By Tara Lohan, August 15 2019

In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic fracturing — the process of blasting a cocktail of water and chemicals into shale to release trapped hydrocarbons — there were more questions than answers about environmental and public-health threats. That

French Court Rules Against Linky for Health Reasons By Connexion, August 15 2019

The tribunal de grande instance (TGI or the civil court) of Tours considered the case of 121 “anti-Linky” complainants, and threw out 108 of the claims. The remaining 13 were accepted, with the court conceding a possible link between their

Trump Regime Gutting the Endangered Species Act By Stephen Lendman, August 15 2019

Richard Nixon was a friend of the earth, Donald Trump its mortal enemy.

Following the 1969 offshore Santa Barbara, CA February oil spill, the largest in US waters to that time, (now third-ranked after the 1989 Exxon Valdez and 2010

Video: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun By South Front, August 15 2019

Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government

Fake News About Venezuela and the Power of Propaganda By Stephen Lendman, August 15 2019

Public ignorance and indifference about major issues let US authorities get away with mass murder and much more.

In a June 1950 commencement address, Boston University President Daniel Marsh said:

“If the (television) craze continues…we are destined to have a

America’s “Hybrid War” against China has Entered a New Phase By Christopher Black, August 15 2019

The hybrid war, being conducted against China by the United States and its gaggle of puppet states from the UK to Canada to Australia, has entered a new phase.

The first stage involved the massive shift of US air and

Sudan’s “Constitutional Declaration” Leaves Out Key Political Forces. Attempted Military Coups and Regional Intrigue By Abayomi Azikiwe, August 15 2019

Members of the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), a leading organization within the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), announced on August 9 that they would have no representatives in the soon to be created transitional government.

This report comes in …

The Fading Home of Homo ‘Sapiens’. Extreme Weather Events By Dr. Andrew Glikson, August 15 2019

In front of our eyes green forests are blackened by fire, draughts turn grassy planes to brown semi-deserts, fertile fields are flooded by muddy water, white snow and ice  melt to pale blue water and clear blue skies turn grey

Justin Trudeau and the Ethics of Interference. The SNC Lavalin Affair By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, August 15 2019

Ethics can be a slippery matter and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken, rather decidedly, the option of adding more grease.  His understanding over the ethics, for instance, of interfering in the decision-making process involving an Attorney-General has led

US Meddling Continues in Cambodia, but with Setbacks By Joseph Thomas, August 15 2019

Two Cambodian employees of US government-funded “Radio Free Asia” (RFA) face espionage charges for continuing to work for the foreign information operation even after the Cambodian government ordered it closed.

Qatari state media, Al Jazeera, in their article, “Espionage

‘Overpopulation’: A Cover Story for the Money Cancer System By Prof. John McMurtry, August 15 2019

It is not “the rising tide of human numbers” simpliciter that loots, pollutes and destroys the life carrying capacities of the planet. It is what all over-populationists conveniently ignore:

(1) the much still exponentially self-multiplying tides of private money demand

“Creating Money out of Thin Air”: Public Banking and Ellen Brown’s “Web of Debt” Website By Bryant Brown, August 15 2019

You may not have heard of Ellen Brown but she is without a doubt the world’s most persistent advocate for public banking.

So what, you may ask! What she is fighting for is a change in our banking system so

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America’s Enemies, Who’s On the List? By Prof. James Petras, August 15 2019
For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of ‘enemy countries’ to confront, attack, weaken & overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow ‘enemy countries’ depends on two considerations: the level of priority & the degree of vulnerability for a ‘regime change’ operation.
John Bolton Visit – Forcing Britain’s Hand over Huawei, Iran and China before Trade Deal By True Publica, August 14 2019

There were many public protests with the arrival of Donald Trump to the shores of Britain and contrary to his own beliefs, Trump is not well-liked at all by ordinary British citizens. What was strange though was the fact that

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Its Tragic Aftermath By Rossen Vassilev Jr., August 14 2019

The three meltdowns and at least four big core explosions at the Fukushima nuclear-power plant’s six American-designed Daiichi reactors in March 2011 still constitute the world’s worst nuclear nightmare so far, surpassing even the Chernobyl #4 reactor’s explosion and meltdown

Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act By Center For Biological Diversity, August 14 2019

In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration today finalized rollbacks to regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The changes, which could lead to extinction for hundreds of animals and plants, are illegal and will

Footage Captures NATO Intercept Attempt of Plane Carrying Russian Defense Minister By Zero Hedge, August 14 2019

Russia’s Defense Ministry has published dramatic video Tuesday showing another close encounter between its military planes and NATO jets over the Baltic Sea, but this time it involved a dangerous intercept as the NATO aircraft came just off the wing

Why Gold Prices Are About to Skyrocket Even Higher By Charles Kennedy, August 14 2019

The gold bears have finally caved under the deafening barrage of fiscal and geopolitical catalysts, from Fed hints to intensely brewing conflict with Iran. But there is one key trend that stands to push gold up beyond $1,700–regardless of the

Venezuela Retains Political Control after New US Coercive Measures By Nino Pagliccia, August 14 2019

In political terms the government of Venezuela had a good month of July while managing very critical economic circumstances. Reps of 120 Non Aligned Movement (NAM) countries attended their ministerial meeting in Caracas, and more than 700 delegates from dozens

Paul Findley: A Man of Courage By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, August 14 2019

Paul Findley one of the most remarkable Congressmen that the US House of Representatives had produced since the Second World War passed away on the 9th of August 2019. He was 98 years old. He was first elected to

Who Wanted Jeffrey Epstein Dead? By Patrick Martin, August 14 2019

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: Jeffrey Epstein’s violent death in a Manhattan jail cell prevents a trial or a plea deal that threatened to expose business associates and political enablers who made use of the services provided by

How English Nationalist Boris Johnson Is Turning the UK into a “US Colony” By Henry McLeish, August 14 2019

Boris Johnson and the right-wing Tories in Cabinet are English nationalists who hope to turn UK into a US ‘colony’, a country where EU regulations are replaced by limited welfare, minimum standards, low taxes and low pay, writes Henry McLeish.

Irish Newspaper Calls for Union between Ireland, Wales and Scotland By Nation.Cymru, August 14 2019

Wales, Ireland and Scotland should form a ‘Celtic pact’ and leave England behind to sort out Brexit for itself, according to the Irish Mirror.

Writing for the newspaper, Jason O’Toole suggests that a pact of the four nations – Ireland, …

The Next Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nuclear Weapons and US – Japan – China Relations By Gregory Kulacki, August 14 2019

Japan was the first, the last and the only nation to be attacked with nuclear weapons. If it continues along the path set by Prime Minister Abe and the national security bureaucrats of his Liberal Democrat Party (LDP), it may

Australia’s Pacific Play: Denying Climate Change and Boosting China’s Threat By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, August 14 2019

Australia has always nursed a contradictory, repressive relationship with its Pacific neighbours.  Being a satrap of great powers, it has performed the role of gate keeper and monitor of regional instability, a condescending, often paternalistic agent. At stages, it has

Are Hate Crimes Linked to Mind Control? Trump Asks the Death Penalty By Renee Parsons, August 14 2019

As part of Remarks by President Trump on Mass Shootings in Texas and Ohio on August 5th, President Donald Trump announced that:

Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that

Vaccines and the Liberal Mind By Robert F. Kennedy Jr, August 14 2019

This article was originally published in June 2018.

Instead of demanding blue-ribbon safety science and encouraging honest, open and responsible debate on the science, too many online outlets are silencing critics and shutting down discussion on this key public health

UK Government Is Pushing Ahead with Extreme US Trade Deal By True Publica, August 14 2019

Currently, Britain has a Prime Minister who was elected not by the public, but by around 90,000 Conservative party members. With a majority in the House of Commons of just one seat, without any real political mandate, Britain is being

Nuclear Weapons, No First Use: “It Makes the World Safer” By Jeff Carter, August 14 2019

Jeff Carter is Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

In a statement released today, he said:

“During the second 2020 presidential debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren reiterated her support for a ‘No First Use’ policy on nuclear weapons, stating, ‘It

13 Million Expected to Sign Petition Against US’s Venezuela Blockade By Steve Sweeney, August 14 2019

As many as 13 million people are expected to sign a petition opposing the US economic blockade of Venezuela and the “genocidal, racist, xenophobe” Donald Trump, according to the Bolivarian government.

Tables have been organised in public squares in …

Argentina & the Next Global Financial Crisis By Dr. Jack Rasmus, August 14 2019

On August 12, 2019, financial markets in Argentina crashed. The stock market contracted 38% in just one day. The currency, the Peso, fell 20% after falling as low as 30% and recovered to 20% only when Argentina’s central bank raised

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The Downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17: The Quest for Truth and Justice. Review of the Evidence By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, August 14 2019
The MH17 Inquiry has been conducted in an insidious fashion. Important pieces of evidence including eye witness reports, audio & video material transmitted through Ukraine Intelligence (SBU) have been manipulated or excluded from the Dutch inquiry, which largely endorses Washington’s accusations directed against Moscow.
Killing Julian Assange Slowly By Stephen Lendman, August 14 2019

Since April 11 when unlawfully dragged from Ecuador’s London embassy to captivity, Assange has languished under draconian conditions in a UK dungeon at the behest of the Trump regime, wanting him tried in the US for the “crime” of truth-telling

Why Don’t Activists Care About the Kashmiris as Much as the Rohingyas? By Andrew Korybko, August 13 2019

It’s certainly peculiar that the international activist community cares more for the Rohingyas than the Kashmiris despite both of these people being Muslim minorities that are facing a similar threat of ethnic cleansing, which suggests that there must be more

The ‘Idiot Box’ – Now More than Ever! By Philip A Farruggio, August 13 2019

For decades many critics of broadcast television labeled it ‘The idiot box’. As Ed Norton said in a Honeymooners episode “Maybe the phrase fits.'” Well, today, perhaps more than ever before, we all must be idiots to continue viewing

The Epstein Mystery By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, August 13 2019

I appreciate my readers’ confidence in me.  However, I cannot clear up the Epstein matter for you.  Perhaps I can help you to think about it in a careful way.

First of all, many jail “suicides” are murders.  In 1995 …

History: US-led Pressures on Japan Performed a Central Role Leading to Pearl Harbor By Shane Quinn, August 13 2019

By 1920, America had become by far the world’s richest country, whose strength held sway over much of the Western hemisphere, and was stretching further eastwards. As her influence expanded, the United States was posing a serious problem for the

Epstein’s “Suicide” and a Bridge in Brooklyn By Kurt Nimmo, August 13 2019

Is it even remotely possible pedo trafficker for the elite, Jeffrey Epstein, killed himself in a suicide-watch, ligature-resistant Manhattan jail cell? 

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Epstein didn’t …

How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy By Pepe Escobar, August 13 2019

Complex doesn’t even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What’s clear in our current, volatile moment is that they’re partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran

Civil Disobedience in Hong Kong or US Color Revolution Attempt? By Stephen Lendman, August 13 2019

As the saying goes, if it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is one.

What’s been going on for months in Hong Kong has all the earmarks of a US orchestrated color revolution, aimed at destabilizing

Video: Syrian Tiger Forces Crush Al Qaeda Militants’ Defense in Southern Idlib By South Front, August 13 2019

Over the past weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces have continued their advance on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib.

By August 12, government forces had liberated the …

Obama’s Unending Wars – Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State By Jim Miles, August 13 2019

Obama is a shining light in comparison to his two bookends, George Bush and Donald Trump.  His manner is calm and focused as he presents his ideas with well mannered rhetorical flourishes, speaking in terms of hope, peace, change, freedom

Freedom or Repression of Speech at Alberta’s Universities? A Point of Contention Between the NDP and the UCP By Prof. Tony Hall, August 13 2019

Is former NDP Cabinet Minister, Shannon Phillips, attempting to revive her waning political career by initiating a fear mongering campaign? Ms. Phillips is targeting Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to integrate the Chicago Principles on Free Speech

Brazilian Prosecutors to Bar Bolsonaro’s Son from US Envoy Role By Telesur, August 13 2019

Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking to prevent far-right President Jair Bolsanaro’s son from becoming the new ambassador to the United States. 

The prosecutors filed a court injunction on Monday to bar Eduardo Bolsonaro from this ambassador role, citing the latter’s …

US Walks Away from Southeast Asia Summit Empty-Handed By Joseph Thomas, August 13 2019

A recent meeting of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Bangkok, Thailand and attended by representatives from China, Russia and even the United States, provides us with a clear indicator of how power and influence

Hong Kong Protesters Are Collectively Punishing the Peaceful Population By Andrew Korybko, August 13 2019

Thousands of demonstrators held an unlawful assembly in Hong Kong International Airport on Monday and prompted the cancellation of all flights for the day out of safety concerns. This marks a dramatic escalation in the weeks-long demonstrations against a now-suspended

Who Inflicts the Most Gun Violence in America? The U.S. Government and Its Police Forces By John W. Whitehead, August 13 2019

“It is often the case that police shootings, incidents where law enforcement officers pull the trigger on civilians, are left out of the conversation on gun violence. But a police officer shooting a civilian counts as gun violence. Every

Iran Might be About To Change Its Approach Towards India By Andrew Korybko, August 13 2019

Iran had hitherto allowed India to make a fool out of it without uttering even the faintest protest in response, yet the Islamic Republic’s previously servile attitude might be changing if two recent statements by its leadership are any indication