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2020 Nov 18 - 1:11am
For most Americans, the mention of Hanoi elicits memories of the Vietnam war and the peak of the antiwar movement in the United States. Nearly half a century later, unexploded ordnances  (UXO) left behind by U.S. soldiers are still killing and maiming Vietnamese people, but a new day has arrived for the long-suffering southeast Asian country along with fourteen regional countries, including powers China and Japan, with a blockbuster trade...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), ASEAN, China, RCEP
2020 Nov 18 - 12:41am
American democracy is in limbo after the long-anticipated, contested election has finally come to pass. More than a week removed from November 3, Democrats and Republicans peddle their own version of events as a corporate media blitzkrieg tries to manufacture consent for Joe Biden as president-elect in true Guaidó style. Trump plays the villain, ensconced in the Oval Office while his cabinet officials pitch weak legal challenges that fail to...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Top Story, 2020 presidential eleciton, electronic voting
2020 Nov 17 - 2:04am
Cuba has announced positive and promising results for a number of separate COVID-19 vaccines it is currently developing, but U.S. sanctions against the small island nation are hampering the development and rollout of the potentially life-saving treatments. Two candidates, named Sovereign 1 and Sovereign 2, have generated antibodies blocking infection in animals and are showing similarly encouraging signs on tests on human subjects. Meanwhile, a...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), covid-19, Cuba, embargo
2020 Nov 14 - 7:42am
The return of Evo Morales to Bolivia on Monday, November 9, one day after President Luis Arce’s inauguration, marked the formal end of last year’s U.S.-backed coup. What does his return mean for Bolivia, and for the world? Is he just a former president who the media will turn to periodically for comment? Is he yesterday’s news to his party? The answers to those questions remain unclear, but what is clear is that his three-day return tour was a...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Top Story, bolivia, evo morales
2020 Nov 14 - 3:15am
As news broke that Joe Biden almost certainly won the U.S. presidential election, some Americans became hopeful that the new administration could hearken in an era of calm in the Middle East. In Yemen, however, that sentiment was not shared. Most Yemenis have little hope that the new White House will end the blockade and the devastating war in their country, which is now nearing the end of its sixth year. Nor are they hopeful that the...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Top Story, Yemen Coverage, Foreign Policy
2020 Nov 14 - 1:32am
After triumphing in a bitterly contested presidential election, all eyes are on President-Elect Joe Biden and who he will choose to run his new administration. For much of October, media spent their time dissecting the news that, despite living a lavish billionaire lifestyle, Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. In contrast, little was made of Biden’s self-published tax documents. This is surprising because the...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Top Story, Foreign Policy, Joe Biden
2020 Nov 12 - 2:58am
As the U.S. and the world wait with anticipation for the Biden administration to take office, people with progressive agendas are feeling optimistic. Teams working on immigration, health care, and the environment, to name just a few, are already at work preparing to move the United States in a new direction. The one progressive issue where there is little optimism though is Palestine. This is mostly because Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are both...
Tags: Foreign Affairs, insights, junktag (ignore), Top Story, Foreign Policy, israel
2020 Nov 12 - 12:07am
The welding of American politics with social media may be the defining moment of a sea change that is taking place at the very top echelons of power in the United States and the world. In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. elections, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all revealed their inescapable ties to the establishment when they launched an information warfare campaign against their own users and content creators in a bid to shape perceptions and...
Tags: Daily Digest, nation, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Top Story, first amendment
2020 Nov 10 - 1:04am
The European Union is rushing through new legislation to get rid of end to end digital encryption. This would mean the end of privacy for users of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal. A European Council draft resolution on encryption quietly published on Friday afternoon lays out the EU’s Orwellian position in detail. “The European Union fully supports the development, implementation and use of strong encryption,” it states, “...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Encryption, end to end encryption, European Union
2020 Nov 7 - 3:06am
  Dan Cohen is a journalist and filmmaker. He has produced widely distributed video reports and print dispatches from across Israel-Palestine. Dan is a former correspondent at RT America and now serves as a correspondent for Behind the Headlines. He tweets at @DanCohen3000. The post America’s Election Debacle Highlights Anti-Democratic Hijinks of Both Parties appeared first on MintPress News.
Tags: Behind the junktag (ignore), Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), Top Story, 2020 Presidential Election, bolivia
2020 Nov 7 - 2:48am
The arrest of Mexican General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda at LAX in October was the culmination of a secret operation carried out by the U.S. Justice Department and the DEA. The operation was not disclosed to the Mexican government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) before his general’s capture. In one of his daily morning addresses after the fact, AMLO admitted that the news caught him by surprise – a statement he later retracted in an...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Top Story, drug war, Mexico
2020 Nov 7 - 12:29am
It was the classic October Surprise. Just weeks before the presidential election, conservative newspaper the New York Post released a bombshell report claiming that Joe Biden’s son Hunter had introduced his then vice-president father to top executives at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, just months before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor investigating the company. The report was allegedly based on...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Top Story, Bias, Burisma