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Trends This Week – Hypocrisy and stalled economies – 04.05.17

The devastating gas attacks against Syrian civilians have made headlines and cover stories everywhere, fueling American hatred and giving rise to more war propaganda against Syria. The media, however, is silent on the ongoing airstrikes that have killed hundreds of civilians in Mosul. Meanwhile, the business-media world continues to boast of a growing economy that seems to be falling short under President Trump as he cannot keep his economic promises.

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Welcome to Idlib: America’s Model Syrian City http://journal-neo.org/2016/12/18/welcome-to-idlib-americas-model-syrian-city/

A report published by The Century Foundation (TCF), a US-based policy think tank, helps shed light on the inner workings of the small northern city of Idlib, Syria. Idlib is to US State Department-listed foreign terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra (also known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham or Al Qaeda in Syria) as the eastern Syrian city of Al Raqqa is to the self-proclaimed …

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Vijay Prashad – Libya Is Spiraling into Bloodshed and Disaster

Two major Arab cities fell on Tuesday – Aleppo (Syria) to the Syrian Arab Army and Sirte (Libya) to the militia armies of Misrata. One of the common features of these battles is the sheer destruction of the cities. Sirte, which was under siege since May, is rubble. Its infrastructure – including hospitals and mosques – is gone. Aleppo’s main …

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PATRICK COCKBURN – Why Everything You’ve Read About Syria and Iraq Could be Wrong

The Iraqi army, backed by US-led airstrikes, is trying to capture east Mosul at the same time as the Syrian army and its Shia paramilitary allies are fighting their way into east Aleppo. An estimated 300 civilians have been killed in Aleppo by government artillery and bombing in the last fortnight, and in Mosul there are reportedly some 600 civilian dead over a month. Despite …

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Tom Engelhardt – Tomgram: Engelhardt, Through the Gates of Hell

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination.  So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its …

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Nadia Prupis – Pentagon Admits It Underreported Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria

The U.S. Pentagon has vastly under-reported civilian deaths from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria—by half. According to new figures released Wednesday by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), 119 civilians died since bombing against the Islamic State (ISIS) began in 2014, an update that now includes an additional 64 deaths between November 2015 and September 2016. Previously, CENTCOM only acknowledged 55 civilian …

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Abir Kopty – ‘Trump shows America’s dominant ideology’: A Palestinian take on the US election

Dear American people, congrats for the new president! There are 59 million of you who are celebrating this. Let me tell you how things looks like from the other part of the world, the Middle East. Some people here are happy as you are, but for a different reason. They see Trump as representing the true face of America: white …

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Gareth Porter – US Hypocrisy Over Russian ‘War Crimes’

The Russian-Syrian bombing campaign in eastern Aleppo, which has ended at least for the time being, has been described in press reports and op-eds as though it were unique in modern military history in its indiscriminateness. In an unusual move for a senior U.S. official, Secretary of State John Kerry called for an investigation of war crimes in Aleppo. The discussion has …

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Eric Zuesse – Increased Poverty in 96% of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency

On November 3rd, Morning Consult’s Jon Reid bannered, “Poverty on the Rise in Nearly All House Districts” and he reported that, “A Brookings Institution study, released less than a week before the election, shows that the number of people living in poverty has increased in 96 percent of congressional districts between 2000 and 2010-2014.” That finding fits along with others, such as that the …