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2020 Aug 11 - 2:03am
A new report published in South African newspaper The Mail and Guardian has shed light on the opaque world of the American military presence in Africa. Last year, elite U.S. Special Operations forces were active in 22 African countries. This accounts for 14 percent of all American commandos deployed overseas, the largest number for any region besides the Middle East. American troops had also seen combat in 13 African nations. The U.S. is not...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Africa, AFRICOM, report
2020 Aug 10 - 10:19pm
Princeton, New Jersey (Scheerpost) — The terminal decline of the United States will not be solved by elections. The political rot and depravity will continue to eat away at the soul of the nation, spawning what anthropologists call crisis cults — movements led by demagogues that prey on an unbearable psychological and financial distress. These crisis cults, already well established among followers of the Christian Right and Donald Trump, peddle...
Tags: Daily Digest, insights, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), 2020 Presidential Election, decline
2020 Aug 8 - 2:08am
George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has announced he is releasing a new book called “Out of Many, One” which will celebrate America’s diversity and immigrant populations. “Our immigrant heritage has enriched America’s history. It continues to shape our society. Each generation of Americans — of immigrants — brings a renewal to our national character and adds vitality to our culture. Newcomers have a special way...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), george w. bush, immigration, one
2020 Aug 8 - 12:17am
The Trump administration has appointed disgraced neoconservative hawk Elliott Abrams to the new position of chief advisor on Iran after former insider Brian Hook handed in his resignation earlier this week. “Special Representative Hook has been my point person on Iran for over two years and he has achieved historic results countering the Iranian regime,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday, “Following a transition period with Brian...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Elliott Abrams, Iran, Iran-Contra
2020 Aug 7 - 11:22pm
ADEN, YEMEN — As the war in Yemen nears its sixth year, the situation in the war-torn nation is escalating as Israel enters the fray, throwing its support behind the Emirati-backed separatist militant group, the Southern Transitional Council (STC). The STC has already effectively captured Aden and more recently seized Socotra Island. Israel’s entrance into the already convoluted and crowded theater is likely to open the door for further...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Yemen Coverage, Bab al-Mandab, israeli
2020 Aug 7 - 9:57pm
Book Review — My friend, author Susan Abulhawa, just published a new novel titled, “Against the Loveless World. She is the author of the international bestseller, “Mornings in Jenin,” as well as “The Blue Between Sky and Water,” and a collection of poems titled, “My Voice Sought the Wind.” Personally, I found her new novel to be daring, honest, and unaccommodating. Her writing has many qualities, one of them is that reading her novel feels...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, insights, junktag (ignore), Against the Loveless World, Book Review
2020 Aug 7 - 12:56am
A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 100 people are feared dead and thousands injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. It was not clear what caused the blast, which struck with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences center GFZ, and was heard and...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, ammonium nitrate, Beirut, explosion, Lebanon
2020 Aug 7 - 12:07am
A study released by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) through its Program on Inequality and the Common Good, titled “Gilded Giving 2020: How Wealth Inequality Distorts Philanthropy and Imperils Democracy” examines the reality behind the ostensible charitableness of the billionaire donor class and the disturbing trend of charitable organizations and foundations relying more and more on fewer and fewer wealthy donors; funds which...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Gates/Buffet Giving Pledge, Philanthropy, private foundations
2020 Aug 6 - 4:25am
The U.S. government is in a love affair with Israel, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the halls of the United Nations. Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley once asserted, “Nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than its bias against our close ally Israel.” Indeed, since 1949, that state has been the subject of many hundreds of United Nations General Assembly (General Assembly) resolutions – nearly...
Tags: Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Top Story, Bias, General Assembly, israel
2020 Aug 6 - 4:25am
In November of last year, the Pentagon’s assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs assured reporters during a press briefing that “the revenue from [Syrian oil fields] is not going to the U.S. [It] is going to the SDF”, adding that the purpose of the mission was “to defeat ISIS” and that “securing of the oil fields [was] a subordinate task to that mission”, which was “to deny ISIS...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Delta Crescent Energy, James Reese, Kurds
2020 Aug 6 - 2:06am
Some of the most committed pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian groups are flooding the Democratic primaries in an attempt to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar. On the surface, there are five candidates Democrats vying to be the congressional representative for Minnesota’s 5th district. But, in reality, it is a two-horse race, with two candidates raising millions, mostly from out of state, in this unusually hotly contested primary. One’s presence is perfectly...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Antone Melton-Meaux, Campaign Contibutions, Ilhan Omar
2020 Aug 5 - 9:21pm
What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Every realistic assessment of the situation on the ground indicates, with palpable clarity, that there can never be a viable Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. Politically, the idea is also untenable. Those who are still marketing the ‘two-state solution’, less enthusiastically now as compared with the...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, insights, junktag (ignore), israel, jordan

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