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Biden inaugural guest is Venezuelan coup leader charged with inciting violent assault on gov’t building


After condemning the pro-Trump invasion of the Capitol, the incoming Biden administration invited Carlos Vecchio – a coup leader charged in the 2014 torching of the Venezuelan Attorney General's office – to its inaugural ceremony. As Washington recovered from shock and outrage caused by pro-Trump hooligans storming the United States Congress – breaking windows, smashing doors, and intimidating police officers in order to push their way inside – a sense of pre-inaugural excitement began to sweep the nation's capital. Who […]

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translate | Mon, 18 Jan 2021 02:29:41 +0000

How CENTCOM Chief McKenzie manufactured an Iran crisis to increase his power


Seeking prestige and power within the military, CENTCOM chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie has deployed a series of bureaucratic and PR moves to drive the latest episode in US-Iran tensions. During the final two months of the Trump administration, a series of provocative U.S. military moves in the Middle East stirred fears that a war against Iran was being hatched. The atmosphere of crisis was not the result of any threat posed by Tehran, but rather the product of a campaign […]

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translate | Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:01:49 +0000

UN expert: crippling US sanctions on Syria are illegal and hurting civilians


Crippling US sanctions imposed under the Caesar Act are decimating war-ravaged Syrian civilians, are illegal, and should be lifted, the UN Special Rapporteur on sanctions says. An independent United Nations expert is calling on the US to lift its crippling sanctions on Syria. Under the Caesar Act, US sanctions explicitly target Syria's reconstruction in the aftermath of a catastrophic 10-year war. Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the impact of sanctions, says that the US sanctions are illegal and […]

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translate | Thu, 14 Jan 2021 18:43:18 +0000

Chaos agent: Right-wing blames US Capitol riot on notorious instigator banished by Black Lives Matter


John Sullivan was at the front of the Trumpist mob in the Capitol, egging it on as he recorded the rampage. The far-right is pointing to him as proof of Antifa's role in the riot. But leftist activists call him a dangerous provocateur and have banished him. The most dramatic footage to emerge from the far-right storming of the US Capitol on January 6 depicted the lethal shooting of Ashli Babbit, a pro-Trump activist and military veteran, by a Capitol […]

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translate | Wed, 13 Jan 2021 04:23:13 +0000

Stop the Steal takeover exposes fragility of U.S. empire


Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Brian Becker, host of The Socialist Program, about the implications of the recent Stop the Steal riot in Washington D.C. By Anya Parampil   Becker analyzes direct coordination between rioters and the police and explains why he believes the Biden Era could be one of political instability in the United States. He also discusses the launch of his new podcast, The Socialist Program.

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translate | Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:59:42 +0000

US backs al-Qaeda in Yemen while dubbing its Houthi enemies ‘terrorists’


The US State Department designated Yemen's Houthi movement — the most effective force in fighting al-Qaeda — as a "terrorist" organization. Meanwhile Washington and Saudi Arabia have supported al-Qaeda. The United States government has designated the main enemy of al-Qaeda in Yemen, the Houthi movement, as a terrorist organization, after spending years backing al-Qaeda in the country. Like the US-led wars on Syria, Libya, former Yugoslavia, and 1980s Afghanistan, Yemen represents an example of an armed conflict where Washington has […]

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translate | Tue, 12 Jan 2021 09:58:14 +0000

UN torture expert on Julian Assange’s persecution and the lies behind it


As a UK judge rejects Julian Assange's extradition but keeps him caged in Belmarsh prison, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer discusses Assange's persecution and the lies used to wage it. A UK judge has rejected a US attempt to extradite Julian Assange, citing the Wikileaks founder's risk of suicide and the poor conditions of US prisons. But Judge Vanessa Baraitser accepted the basis for the US government's espionage case against Assange and ruled against releasing him on bail. […]

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translate | Sun, 10 Jan 2021 20:34:09 +0000

Venezuelan Foreign Minister on why Juan Guaidó wasn’t arrested & the left’s revival in Latin America


As Venezuela elects and swears in a new National Assembly Red Lines host Anya Parampil sits down with the country's Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, in their latest conversation since the US launched its coup attempt against his government in January of 2019. By Anya Parampil Parampil and Arreaza discuss the impact of US regime change policy on Venezuela's domestic political situation, why Juan Guaidó has not been arrested, hope for diplomacy with the incoming Biden Administration, the left's resurgence in […]

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translate | Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:45:56 +0000

UK judge justifies CIA spying on Assange citing debunked CNN report based on… CIA spying


UK judge Vanessa Baraitser justified CIA spying on Julian Assange by citing a falsehood-filled CNN report. Her judgment highlighted corporate media's enthusiastic role in a state-sponsored assault on press freedom. The British judge ruling in the US government's extradition case against journalist Julian Assange justified a CIA spying operation targeting both the WikiLeaks publisher and the Ecuadorian government by pointing to debunked accusations published by CNN. Yet in a self-referential loop, the American media outlet's dubious claims about Assange themselves […]

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translate | Wed, 06 Jan 2021 02:58:39 +0000

Inside Trump’s outgoing federal execution spree


President Trump is overseeing a barbaric federal killing spree on his way out of his office, executing more prisoners in 2020 than all states combined. Reporter George Hale of NPR takes us inside the death chamber. President Trump is leaving office by overseeing a record level of federal executions, with 10 prisoners killed in 2020 and three more slated for this month. George Hale, who has covered the executions for NPR, discusses Trump's last-minute killing spree and witnessing the barbaric […]

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translate | Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:25:09 +0000
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