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US escalates in Ukraine battleground


Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

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translate | Sat, 17 Apr 2021 02:24:34 +0000

Biden isn’t ending the Afghanistan War, he’s privatizing it: Special Forces, Pentagon contractors, intelligence operatives will remain


Over 18,000 Pentagon contractors remain in Afghanistan, while official troops number 2,500. Joe Biden will withdraw this smaller group of soldiers while leaving behind US Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence operatives — privatizing and downscaling the war, but not ending it. (This article was originally published at CovertAction Magazine.) On April 14, President Joe Biden announced that he would end the U.S.'s longest war and withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist […]

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translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 22:45:44 +0000

Kamala’s KHive trolls boosted by bots while media defends its harassment campaigns


While the media defends the KHive's rampant harassment of Kamala Harris critics, including in offline settings, new findings reveal a Democratic Party-linked bot farm amplified its leaders. An April 8 LA Times profile of the "KHive" attempted to put a positive spin on the online nest of Vice President Kamala Harris super fans, while completely ignoring the disturbingly abusive qualities and record of offline harassment the group is increasingly known for. Describing the KHive as "the type of modern political […]

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translate | Fri, 16 Apr 2021 19:30:06 +0000

Former hostage responds to top diplomat calling Al Qaeda a US ‘asset’ in Syria


Lindsey Snell, a journalist who escaped Al Qaeda captivity in Syria, responds to a top US diplomat calling the militant group "an asset" amid a media-enabled PR campaign to whitewash its image. Amid a public relations campaign to rehabilitate the Al Qaeda franchise in Syria — which rules Idlib, Syria's last militant-controlled province – former top US diplomat James Jeffrey has called the group a US "asset." Lindsey Snell, an independent journalist who escaped captivity by Al Qaeda in Syria, […]

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translate | Sun, 11 Apr 2021 18:42:07 +0000

Anti-war activist visited by police after posting embarrassing AOC video


An anti-war activist was visited by California Highway Patrol officers after posting video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bumbling comments on Israel-Palestine. The action, which AOC denies triggering, was initiated by a call to US Capitol Police. As he waited for a food delivery at his home in Los Angeles on April 8, Ryan Wentz, an anti-war activist and producer for the online viral program Soapbox, heard two men calling his name from over his front gate. When he approached, he […]

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translate | Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:38:14 +0000

Pentagon campaign to recruit Vietnam as military ally against China exposed delusions of US war strategy


After convincing itself Vietnam would grant it access for missile bases against China, the Pentagon got a hard dose of reality. When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that […]

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translate | Thu, 08 Apr 2021 04:24:51 +0000

Questions about BBC producer’s ties to UK intelligence follow ‘Mayday’ White Helmets whitewash


The BBC's Chloe Hadjimatheou produced a podcast serial designed to rehabilitate the White Helmets' late, scandal-stained founder, while blaming critics for his demise. Was she a channel for a wider British intelligence operation? White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier falling to his death from the top floor of his Istanbul home in uncertain circumstances in November 2019 created a myriad of extremely serious problems for a great many powerful people.  At the time, the White Helmets' intimate ties to jihadist […]

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translate | Wed, 07 Apr 2021 19:48:39 +0000

Lokman Slim’s war: The life and mysterious death of a Western collaborator in Lebanon


Memorialized by Western diplomats, Lokman Slim worked for US government cutouts, wished war and suffering on fellow Shias and informed on his community. Did these activities lead to his demise? On February 4, a Lebanese employee of foreign embassies and NGOs was murdered in the southern Lebanese village of Addousiyeh. Few Lebanese people had heard of the 58-year-old socialite who had made his living in recent years by informing on his own community. But the Western diplomatic and NGO community […]

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translate | Tue, 06 Apr 2021 19:16:46 +0000

As US continues New Cold War, Russia and China forge new ties


As the Biden administration ramps up confrontation, Lyle Goldstein of Naval War College discusses how China and Russia are forging new ties. In its opening months, the Biden administration has targeted Russia and China with belligerent rhetoric, new sanctions, and continued military provocations. Lyle Goldstein of the US Naval War College discusses how the US is inflaming the key flashpoints of Taiwan, Xinjiang, the South China Sea, Ukraine, and nuclear weapons, and how Russia and China are deepening cooperation in […]

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translate | Wed, 31 Mar 2021 22:01:18 +0000

“Wipe out China!” US-funded Uyghur activists train as gun-toting foot soldiers for empire


Cultivated by the US government as human rights activists, Uyghur American Association leaders partner with far-right lawmakers and operate a militia-style gun club that trains with ex-US special forces. On March 21, US-government-funded Uyghur activists were caught on video disrupting a gathering against anti-Asian racism in Washington DC, barking insults at demonstrators including, "Wipe out China!" and "Fuck China!" The Uyghur caravan flew American and "East Turkestan" flags and drove vehicles adorned signs bearing slogans such as, "We Love USA," […]

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translate | Wed, 31 Mar 2021 21:46:38 +0000
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