Month: June 2016

CIA’s Updated Rebel Program Involves Spies and Trickle-Down Training

A revamped program for training Syrian “rebels” involves informants and even less oversight. In October– around the same time Russia stepped-in on behalf of the Syrian government– the US decided to end the current train and equip program for Syrian rebels. Through this program, the US planned to train about 5,000 rebels each year by […]

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Democrats Stage Sit-In in Attempt to Implement Modern-Day Blacklist

Prohibiting individuals on a terrorist watch list from purchasing fire arms might seem like a no-brainer. But what would implementing such legislation mean for civil rights and personal privacy? Would it even do much to combat domestic terrorism when an already corrupt government has the authority to determine what qualifies an individual to be put […]

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Mexican Police Respond With Force as Road Blockades Threaten Fuel Shortage

(GPA) Teachers in Mexico began striking in May against the imposed neoliberal education reform. The new laws include a system to evaluate teachers. Critics say the new system does not evaluate applicants based on skill and is a precursor to help implement mass layoffs of over 4,000 teachers. Ongoing clashes broke out over the weekend after […]

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Power Outages, Hardline Islamists Attack Ajdabiyya, and PFG/LNA Tensions

(Libya-Analysis) In and around Tripoli, popular unrest and discontentment is now a major threat to the larger Libyan political process. The Libyan power grid suffered huge disruptions across last week, with Tripoli witnessing blackouts of 15-18 hrs on average. Southern Libya suffered a total blackout for three days from 16-19 June, cutting off water supplies […]

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New Wave of Mass Migration Sparked as Over 82,000 Flee Fallujah

As the Iraqi army struggles to regain control of Fallujah, a humanitarian crisis unfolds. (GPA) 30,000 citizens fled Fallujah this weekend alone. That’s over 82,000 since the Iraqi army launched an offensive on the city about a month ago. Makeshift camps have been set up as Iraqi authorities struggle to to find resources to accommodate displaced […]

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Important Global News Stories Outshined by the Orlando Shooting This Week

Clashes at the Pakistan/Afghanistan Border Afghan and Pakistani military have been fighting along the border for the past few days. Four have died so far. Each side blames the other for initiating the conflict which began on Sunday and appears to be over Pakistan’s construction of a new guard post and border crossing. Afghanistan has […]

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ISIS Pinned into 20Km2 pocket in Central Sirte and Anger at Lack of Western Medical Treatment of Injured Anti-ISIS Fighters

As nominally ‘GNA-aligned’ militias made highly impressive gains against IS in Sirte last week, and a degree of euphoria has gripped international actors and some GNA supporters, these gains have not automatically led to authentic political unity among Libya’s major anti-IS factions .  To the contrary, prospects for unity and strengthened political legitimacy for the […]

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Guantanamo Bay

Barack Obama Won’t Use Executive Order to Close Guantanamo

(teleSUR) Without an executive order, it is left to a Republican Congress to close the military prison. U.S. President Barack Obama has been talking about closing the military-run Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba since before he ran for president in 2008, but despite years of promises he’s now saying he won’t use his power as commander-in-chief […]

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Tel Aviv Mayor Blames Israeli Occupation for Deadly Cafe Attack

Ron Huldai calls on Israel to show Palestinians they want a just peace agreement after 4 people killed when Palestinian gunmen opened fire (MEE) Tel Aviv’s mayor on Thursday blamed Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories for a deadly attack carried out by two Palestinian gunmen that left four Israelis dead in the Mediterranean city. […]

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Ramadan Karim in Libya, Currency Standoff Resolved, and Erstwhile Rivals Now Fight Together Against ISIS

Ramadan Karim in Libya, Currency Standoff Resolved, and Erstwhile Rivals (PFG and Libya Dawn) Now Fight Together Against ISIS (Libya-Analysis) As Libyans mark the first day of Ramadan on 6 June, two key political dynamics can be spotted from last week; increasing social discontent throughout Libyaand the rising role of the legacy Libya Dawn militias […]

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