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House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

Jul 20, 2017

To the scorn of progressives, Democrats trying to win back the U.S. House next year are relying on the conservative wing of the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House’s primary campaign group, is coordinating with the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 moderate Democrats that has shriveled in numbers and power in…...

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

The 2016 transition into peace in Colombia

Jul 20, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy FRANCESC BADIA I DALMASES 19 July 2017 2016 will probably be considered a lesson for the history of peace negotiations. We edited in an eBook a selection of the most relevant articles about the post-conflict that we published last year. Read here the conclusions. Español Graffiti in Nasa, Colombia. Demotix/Joana...

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Jul 20, 2017

Originally published on InsightCrime Written by Patrick Corcoran Recent revelations about the government of Mexico‘s widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized crime. The New York Times first reported in June that Mexican journalists, lawyers, human-rights activists and their...

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Tom Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 7:19am, July 20, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Empire of Destruction Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh By Tom Engelhardt You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of...

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The media has gotten a few things disastrously wrong about Trump supporters. But a few commentators got things right. By Lauren Kaori Gurley Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class...

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq

Jul 20, 2017

Shahama camp, Iraq – Covered with a painful rash, Nessrine Hamad, six, has tears in her eyes. “She has been like that for three days,” her mother, Kawzhar Youssif Hamad, tells Al Jazeera. “It is because of the dirty water. Most of the children here have sores on their skin.” Dozens of families accused of having…...

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Jul 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA”s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. Arab intelligence services and the CIA have been training rebels since 2013 under the code name Timber Sycamore. The training...

The Ban Treaty and the Nuclear-Armed States: From Irrelevance to a Game-Changer

The Ban Treaty and the Nuclear-Armed States: From Irrelevance to a Game-Changer

Jul 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Alyn Ware Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), examines how to use the ban treaty to impact on the policies and practices of the nuclear-armed States and their nuclear allies. NEW YORK (IDN) – When the gavel came down...

Veterans Ask US.to Sign UN Treaty Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Veterans Ask US.to Sign UN Treaty Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Jul 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, Samantha Ferguson NEW YORK | SAN FRANCISCO | ST. LOUIS (IDN) – On July 7 2017, the United Nations, in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of...

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Jul 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that the value of several of its funds, containing what were supposedly the safest possible US mortgage bonds, had evaporated. From that fateful day, the...

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