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  • Artillery targets Saudi military groups in Asir
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  • State Department Orders Two Venezuelan Diplomats to Leave US in 48 Hours
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has ordered two Venezuelan diplomats to leave the US territory within the next 48 hours, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press release on Wednesday. ... ...
  • Witnessing Dramatic Changes in Beijing Over The Past 38 Years
    I arrived in China in late 1980 to prepare for my new job: to open a representative office for a Belgian company. My friends strongly recommended I not go because it was an unwelcoming place. I ignored them and it was a decision that changed my life. ... ...
  • Border Patrol Agent Kills Trespasser During Group Attack in Texas
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A US Customs and Border Protection agent shot and killed an illegal alien after being attacked by a group of assailants near the Texas border with Mexico, the agency said in a press release. ... ...
  • FBI Over-Counted Encrypted Phones Connected To Crimes — By A Lot
    For about seven months, the bureau has been telling Congress and the public that potential evidence on nearly 7,800 blocked devices continues to elude investigators. Those numbers are way off. (Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP) ... ...
  • Bulgarians Suffer as Twitter Fights ‘Russian Bots’
    Twitter users from Bulgaria are being blocked by the social media’s system tasked with fighting “Russian bots.” Apparently, Twitter is unaware of other nations writing in Cyrillic. ... ...
  • Deepak Chopra v Richard Dawkins – for me, it’s not a contest
    It was ten years this week that my son Travis passed away. His death certificate says he died from SADS – the grown-up version of cot deaths called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. One day he was vibrantly alive, the next he was gone. Medical science was unable to determine any reason. They might as well have said “unknown”. On most of the anniversaries, I moped. But this year it was marked by my first direct exposure to Deepak Chopra who enthralled 2 900 of us in the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. His message is that humanity is ... ...
  • Ballistic missile hits Jizan
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  • Trump meets with families of MS-13 victims as media look the other way
    President Donald Trump pushed for tougher immigration laws in a meeting with family members of MS-13 victims, calling the gang members ‘animals’ again. Media outlets hostile to Trump either ignored the event or called it racist. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • US-led strike hits government targets in Syria – state media
    US-led coalition warplanes have bombed several Syrian army positions in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, state media outlet SANA reports, citing a military source. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Suicide blast kills at least 4, injures 15 in Baghdad
    At least four people have been killed and 15 injured in a suicide attack in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, according to the local security services. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Overturned Truck Flips Commuters The Bird, Spilling 40,000 Lbs. Of Feathers
    The semi scattered nearly 2,300 chickens' worth of feathers across an interstate highway Wednesday, according to authorities in Washington state. Oh, and reader beware: There be puns in this post.(Image credit: Theron Zahn/KOMOnews.com via AP) ... ...
  • Milwaukee Police Disciplined For Tasing, Arrest Of NBA Player
    Police tased and arrested Sterling Brown, a rookie with the Milwaukee Bucks, in January. On Wednesday, Milwaukee's police chief said that the officers had acted inappropriately. (Image credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP) ... ...
  • ‘You sign off on genocide’: Protesters attack Haley over Palestine (VIDEO)
    UN Ambassador Nikki Haley received the wrong kind of welcome at the University of Houston when she was met with chants accusing her of having blood on her hands and of signing off on genocide in her support for Israel. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Suffering of persons with disabilities in Yemen discussed
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  • Health minister calls Int’l Orgs to reveal coalition crimes in Yemen
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  • Bibi’s Week, The Jewish Perspective
    Shareby Gilad AtzmonWhile in LA I picked up Israel’s Week, a local ultra Zionist Hebrew paper.  On page seven I found an extraordinary Judeo-centric article titled  ‘Bibi’s Week.’ The subtitle read “Winning the Eurovision and moving the (USA) Embassy were the cream on top of one of the best weeks in the PM’s career. How did the right wing leader who was defamed by the Israeli, European and American elite end up as one of the most respected in the world?”The article was published on 16 May but as you can imagine, there was no mention of the Gaza border ... ...
  • 2 bodies of babies discovered at Stellenbosch dumping site
    Western Cape police spokesperson, Noloyiso Rwexana, says their identities are yet to be established. ... ...
  • Falsely accusing Palestinians of anti-Semitism is malicious
    Note: On May 18, Rabbi Jill Jacobs published an essay in the Washington Post purporting to distinguish between legitimate criticism of Israel and “anti-Semitism.”  In the essay, she posted two of my tweets to suggest that I am anti-Semitic [spoiler: I am not].  Since August, 2014, the Washington Post has run numerous articles similarly impugning my character.  The paper has never offered me space to write in my own voice, despite numerous inquiries.  I submitted an essay to the Post’s Outlook section responding to the issues raised in Jacobs’ piece, but the paper declined to run it.  That essay, as submitted, follows. When Israeli soldiers open fire on unarmed ... ...
  • [WATCH] Mahumapelo resigns, blames counter-revolutionaries
    Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo resigns during a press briefing at Luthuli House and blames so-called counter-revolutionaries for destabilising the province. ... ...
  • [WATCH] Parkwood residents clash with police during land protest
    Police fired rubber bullets and residents responded by pelting stones during land protests in Parkwood on Wednesday. ... ...
  • What to expect from Soweto International Jazz Festival
    Soweto Theatre’s general manager Nomsa Mazwai says the festival from 14 to 17 June will showcase the township’s valuable contribution to the arts, economy and job creation. ... ...
  • Where SA ranks on global competitiveness – a wake-up call.
    Flag map of South AfricaCAPE TOWN — SA ranks 10th from the bottom when compared with 63 other countries on all factors influencing its economic competitiveness – and amazingly, has remained stable in spite of a decade of Zuptoid machinations. One can examine the half full or half empty glass. The former illustrates just how strong our mining, agricultural and tourism sectors are and the latter is a bit like the class teachers comment in a term-end report. “Tries hard, but not fulfilling potential”. Somehow the isolationist mentality of the apartheid era when sanctions ruled and PW Botha fulminated against the world, ... ...
  • Weaker rand is NOT good for SA: Here’s evidence tanking currencies are bad for countries
    Whenever the rand falls, there's an economist somewhere who is reminding us that this is good news for South Africa because exports will become more attractively priced. This is a Biznews Premium article. Please login or sign up for a free 1-month trial. ... ...
  • Turkey’s Lira Troubles Threaten Erdogan’s Rise To Full Power
    In May 2016 Turkey elected a parliament dominated by the AK Party. At that time a prime minister and a cabinet were supposed to run the government while the Turkish president was supposed to be neutral. But Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ... ...
  • Gaza killings are rending the Jewish community
    Last week I was in Jerusalem as Israeli snipers shot 1360 people on the Gaza border, killing 60 of them; and even as the horror mounted, I insisted that the atrocity was historic and would change American opinion and lead Democratic candidates to run against Israel. Indeed, in the hours that followed, many celebrities spoke out in outrage, joining brave Natalie Portman; Jeffrey Goldberg the Atlantic editor (and former Israeli army prison guard) acknowledged that a divorce between the American Jewish and Israeli Jewish communities is inevitable; and the Onion captured the mood with two savage headlines. “IDF Soldier Recounts Harrowing, ... ...
  • Activists disrupt Philadelphia Orchestra’s farewell performance before ‘cultural diplomacy’ tour to Israel
    Demonstrators muffled the sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra over the weekend in a protest of the company’s upcoming tour in Israel. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported about 60 activists protested the orchestra on Saturday after campaigning outside of the venue for nearly two months, “Two of the protesters that entered the hall led music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to slam his baton on the podium and walk off the stage. Some musicians began to leave, too, before the protesters, who were loudly booed by the audience, were forcibly removed.” Author Susan Abulhawa. Palestinian novelist Susan Abulhawa who organized the action Saturday night, ... ...
  • Deloitte resigns as STAR’s external auditor, PwC takes over
    STAR media statement: Steinhoff Africa Retail (STAR), announced today that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has been appointed as the Company’s external auditor, effective 23 May 2018, replacing Deloitte. Leon Lourens, STAR’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “After careful consideration and by mutual agreement with STAR management and its audit committee, Deloitte has decided to resign as the external auditor of STAR. A significant component of the STAR group was already audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers and using two auditors simultaneously, caused an inefficient duplication of efforts”. ... ...
  • Documenting Palestinian invisibility for 40 years — an interview with James Zogby
    Mondoweiss is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Arab American Institute to republish Jim Zogby’s important book Palestinians: The Invisible VictimsThe book is a critical examination of the ideology and practice of the movement of Political Zionism and its patron, British imperialism, that together were responsible for the denial of Palestinian rights and the subsequent campaigns of disinformation and repression against the Palestinian people. Palestinians: The Invisible Victims was first published in 1975 as a paper for the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, and then published as a book in 1981. Since then Jim Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute, ... ...
  • Zarif: US Leaders Prisoners to Pipe Dreams, Pressure Groups
    Iran’s foreign minister says American officials are prisoners to their “pipe dreams” and “corrupt” pressure groups in drawing up their foreign policy agenda, describing this as a sign of Washington’s “bankruptcy.” Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking to reporters on Wednesday in reaction to recent remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who unveiled a 12-point list of demands from Iran and threatened the country with the “strongest sanctions in history” if Tehran fails to fulfill them. Zarif said, “Mr. Pompeo’s remarks were so groundless and bereft of civility and logic that do not warrant an answer.” He said Pompeo ... ...
  • South Africa:More Than 200 South Africans Apply for Australia’s ‘Humanitarian’ Visas
    [News24Wire] More than 200 South Africans have applied for Australian humanitarian visas in light of recent comments by the country's minister of home affairs. According to a 9Nine News report, there are 89 applications relating to 213 people seeking visas in this category. ... ...
  • Turkey issues arrest warrants for 109 over affiliation to Gulen network
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  • Russia Says US Demands Unacceptable for Iran, Vows to Help Maintain JCPOA
    The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says new US demands from Iran are totally unacceptable, vowing that Moscow will continue to work towards maintaining the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “We are concerned about the fact that the anti-Iranian campaign is on the rise in Washington. It seems that the United States has made a final decision to use the tactics of ultimatums and threats in respect to Iran. It contradicts the spirit of the JCPOA and does not fall within the normal inter-state relations,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a ... ...
  • Sudan:Refugees Allege Chronic Corruption in UN Resettlement Process
    [IRIN] Refugees in Khartoum, interviewed by IRIN over a 10 month period, say that individuals working with the Sudanese branch of the UN agency responsible for resettlement engage in corrupt practices, and that life-changing decisions are often made based on bribes rather than eligibility. That agency, UNHCR, says it has now mounted an investigation. ... ...
  • Sierra Leone:How the Wealth From Diamonds Fails to Enrich Local Communities
    [The Conversation Africa] Ever since diamonds were discovered in Sierra Leone in the 1930s, they have had a significant impact on the country - socially, politically and economically. This is partly to do with how they are extracted from the ground. ... ...
  • Tel Aviv, Riyadh regimes keep slaughtering civilians with US support: Iran’s envoy
    Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam Ali Khoshroo deplored the continued massacre of Palestinians and Yemenis and said the Tel Aviv and Riyadh regimes keep slaughtering civilians with US support. ... ...
  • Speaker Berri after meeting President Aoun: PM consultations to begin Thursday
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  • Hezbollah congratulates Syrian on liberation of last ISIS stronghold
    Hezbollah congratulated the Syrian leadership and people on the liberation of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmouk camp, the last ISIS terrorists’ stronghold in the vicinity of the capital, Damascus. ... ...
  • Pres. Rouhani: Ramadan month of training for humanity, practicing patience
    President Rouhani met with athletes on Tuesday evening in a cordial atmosphere and said: “Our country’s athletes have always generated hope for the Iranian nation and the young”. ... ...
  • Statement of AhlulBayt World Assembly on occasion of first anniversary of Sheikh Isa Qassim’s house arrest in Bahrain
    AhlulBayt World Assembly has issued a statement on occasion of first anniversary of Sheikh Isa Qassim’s house arrest in Bahrain. ... ...
  • The Libya Model is a Distraction
    On Fox News Sunday, United States national security advisor John Bolton brought up the Libya model as a template for the denuclearization of North Korea. Following up, president Donald Trump noted, “In Libya, we decimated that country. That country was decimated.” However, Trump did assure North Korean chairman Kim Jong-un that he’d remain in power after denuclearization. Then came US vice-president Michael Pence on Fox News: There was some talk about the Libyan model last week, and you know, as the President made clear, this will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong Un doesn’t make ... ...
  • The Significance of Karl Marx
    I often have occasion to think that, as an “intellectual,” I’m very lucky to be alive at this time in history, at the end of the long evolution from Herodotus and the pre-Socratic philosophers to Chomsky and modern science. One reason for my gratitude is simply that, as I wrote long ago in a moment of youthful idealism, “the past is a kaleidoscope of cultural achievements, or rather a cornucopian buffet whose fruits I can sample—a kiwi here, a mango there—a few papayas—and then choose which are my favorite delicacies—which are healthiest, which savory and sweet—and invent my own diet ... ...
  • Kenya:Death Penalty Plan for Poachers Has Stirred a Hornet’s Nest
    [The Conversation Africa] Kenya's minister for tourism and wildlife recently announced that the country will fast track a law to make the illegal hunting of wildlife a capital offense punishable by the death penalty. ... ...
  • Maduro’s Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times
    Photo by Joka Madruga | CC BY 2.0 The U.S. backing of Israel’s massacre of Palestinians and Donald Trump’s death threats to Kim Jong-Un prove that the United States’ imperialism is alive and well. The government has been taken over by sadistic Republicans and useless Democrats. Corruption abounds when it comes to the United States foreign policy, as oil giants have their hands all over the Trump administration. Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil ran the whole state department. Trump is obvious, we will give him that. Of particular interest to the United States is Venezuela, who is full of oil. ... ...
  • A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis
    Art by Willy Stöwer | CC BY 2.0 You’re a passenger on the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage in 1912. As it draws away from the dock at Southampton you get a premonition that things are going to go severely pear-shaped, and that the ship is never going to make it to New York. Maybe you’re an engineer and your spidey senses are telling you that the captain and crew are far too cocky for their own good considering that the ship can only sustain damage to four of the 12 bulkheads. Maybe it’s not anywhere near as unsinkable ... ...
  • A Bloody Hot Summer in Gaza: Parallels With Sharpeville, Soweto and Jallianwala Bagh
    Photo by David Berkowitz | CC BY 2.0 It is a bloody hot summer in Gaza. And the events surrounding the killings of nearly 60 Palestinians and wounding of more than a thousand by the Israeli army on the day Israel and the Trump administration celebrated the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem are as shocking as they are of profound importance in Middle Eastern history. The one-sided nature of the encounter is illustrated by the fact that there were no casualties on the Israeli side. Scenes of Palestinian men and women of all ages, barely armed with stones ... ...
  • Pompeo’s Outrageous Speech on Iran
    Photo by Mark Taylor | CC BY 2.0 Speaking at the Heritage Foundation this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo practically declared war on Iran. His unprecedented threats against Iran went even beyond what President Trump had said in the past. Commenting on the speech (full transcript here), JStreet wrote: “With their decision to violate the historic JCPOA arms control agreement, the president and his ‘war cabinet’ have created a strategic disaster of their own making and undone the major accomplishments of the previous administration. They have made the US, Israel and the world less safe.” Short history of ... ...
  • Six Economies
    By the time we come to the end of this series we will have been swimming in the primordial soup of the seeds for alternative forms of traditional capitalism! As I have long said, there is bad capitalism, the kind we have, and good capitalism, the kind we need Part 5 is an adaptation of my review of a book about six economies written by Riane Eisler.1 She titled the book “The Real Wealth of Nations,” which to me was a repartee to Adam Smith’s magnum opus. Because she is absolutely one of my favorite authors I must begin by ... ...
  • Canada’s Indifference to Brazilian Democracy
    New revelations about Brazilian military violence offer an opportunity to reflect on Canadian support for that country’s 1964 coup and how Ottawa’s policy towards our South American neighbour is similar today. A spate of international and Brazilian media have reported on a recently uncovered memo from CIA director William Colby to then US secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, detailing a meeting between president Ernesto Geisel and three Brazilian generals. At the 1974 meeting the new Brazilian president is reported to have supported extending “summary executions” of enemies of the military dictatorship. An army officer, Geisel ordered National Information Service head ... ...
  • Israel’s Premature Celebration: Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier
    60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on May 15, simply for protesting and demanding their Right of Return as guaranteed by international law. 50 more were killed since March 30, the start of the ‘Great March of Return’, which marks Land Day. Nearly 10,000 have been wounded and maimed in between these two dates. ‘Israel has the right to defend itself’, White House officials announced, paying no heed to the ludicrousness of the statement when understood within the current context of an unequal struggle. Peaceful protesters were not threatening the existence of Israel; rock throwing kids were not about to ... ...