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Destroying Syria
Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Destroying Syria: Why does Washington hate Bashar al-Assad?
Syria at that time was already in the cross-hairs of two principal American so-called allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both were actively working to destabilize the regime, though for different reasons. The Saudis were fearful of Iranian influence over Damascus but also had a religious agenda in that the secular Syrian regime was protective of religious minorities and was itself an offshoot of Shi'a Islam referred to as Alawites. The Saudis considered them to be heretics.

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Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia.

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North Korea Issues Statement Calling for Breakthrough in Unification
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Trump's National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne
Implicit in the document is this proposition: more spending will make the armed forces of the United States "stronger" and the United States "safer." Simply put, the NDS is all about funneling more bucks to the Pentagon.

US after supporting South Sudan's leader calls him 'unfit'
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Twitter Warns Users: We're Watching You
In an overt act of political intimidation, the social media platform Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users Saturday informing them that they had shared or followed "Russian propaganda."

The Problem Isn't Just That Trump's a Racist. It's That He Keeps Acting On His Racism
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African Nations Say Trump's Shithole Comments Are "Definition of Racism"
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If You Think Haiti Is a Shithole, Then Blame America for Helping to Make It That Way
Centuries of mistreatment by the U.S. is a primary cause of Haiti's plight.

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