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ISIS Gains Power and Innocents Die as Syria Retreats From Peace

May 8, 2017

By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet Trump’s failed leadership is only making the sectarian violence worse. Syrian refugees in Lebanon staying in small cramped quarters, 3 September 2012.Photo Credit: By Voice of America News: Margaret Besheer reports from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli; “Syrian Refugees Seek Out Smugglers”. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons A few…

Why Did The US Just Bar a Former British Diplomat From Entering the Country?

September 8, 2016

Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray blew the whistle on how the Americans were using Uzbekistan’s medieval torture program to produce false intelligence in the war on terror

Here’s how Mexican journalist avoided iPhone spyware hack

August 28, 2016

By Tim Johnson. This article was first published on McClatchy DC. The logo of the Israeli NSO Group company is still displayed Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, on a building where it had offices until a few months ago in Herzliya, Israel. The company’s software has been linked to attempted hacks of iPhones in the United…

Argentina & The Emerging Market Crisis

February 28, 2014
James Henry: Facing a surging public deficit, Argentina has devalued its currency in response to the Fed’s tapering of quantitative easing and China’s slowed purchasing of imports

Reality Asserts Itself - Peter Kuznick

October 20, 2013
In the final episode of this series of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, historian Peter Kuznick analyzes the core idea of American exceptionalism, that US military power creates world order

Reality Asserts Itself - Vijay Prashad

August 11, 2013
In the final segment of Paul Jay’s interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights.

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April 29, 2013

By Danny Schechter Astana, Kazakhstan: Most people wouldn’t bother going half way around the world for their fifteen seconds of fame. Ok, so maybe there was little fame to be found but, it was still worthwhile to spend two days flying back and forth to attend the two-day annual Eurasian Media Forum in Kazakhstan, a…

The World Bank Brings Nazarbayev University to Kazakhstan

February 4, 2013

By Allen Ruff and Steve Horn. This article was first published on Z Magazine. On December 16, 2011, Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire on striking oil workers in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen. According to the official count, 15 died and upwards of 70 were wounded (unofficial casualty counts ran much higher).…

The World Bank and Higher Education in Kazakhstan

December 14, 2012

by Allen Ruff and Steve Horn A year ago, on Dec. 15, 2011,  Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire with US-supplied weapons on oil workers on strike since the preceding May for increased wages and better conditions in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen. According to the official count, 15 workers died and upwards…

The World Bank Brings Nazarbayev University to Kazakhstan

December 14, 2012

by Allen Ruff and Steve Horn A year ago, on Dec. 15, 2011,  Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire with U.S.-supplied weapons on oil workers on strike since the preceding May for increased wages and better conditions in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen. According to the official count, 15 workers died and upwards…