In 'Bizarre' PowerPoint Event, Netanyahu Channels Iraq Invasion Rhetoric to Push US Towards War With Iran

In a “bizarre” performance that conjured memories of former national security adviser Colin Powell’s infamous weapons of mass destruction speech in 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday theatrically deployed props and powerpoint slides in an attempt to distort facts and convince his “audience of one”—U.S. President Donald Trump—that Iran is failing to comply […]

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Afghanistan: The War That Shames America

After 17 bloody years, the longest war in U.S. history continues without relent or purpose in Afghanistan. There, a valiant, fiercely-independent people, the Pashtun (Pathan) mountain tribes, have battled the full might of the U.S. Empire to a stalemate that has so far cost American taxpayers $4 trillion, and 2,371 dead and 20,320 wounded soldiers. […]

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'Mission Creep' Confirmed as Trump Replaces Vow to Withdraw From Syria With Embrace of Indefinite Military Presence

Just months after proclaiming to the American public that U.S. soldiers will completely withdraw from Syria “very soon,” President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to a new strategy under which the more than 2,000 troops currently occupying the war-torn nation will remain “indefinitely.” “We have to force the United States to leave.” —Iranian President Hassan […]

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Delivering Brexit has been impossible. Stopping it will be even harder

The campaign to stop Brexit received a shot in the arm this week. Three of the UK’s smaller parties, the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru, agreed to a pact in which they would not stand against one another in 60 seats. The aim is to give pro-remain candidates the best chance of winning. ### […]

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East German kids were ‘taught to lie.’ Then the system came crashing down overnight

He found his teacher in tears and half his classmates gone, having fled with their families to the West. ### Everything Töpfer and his fellow pupils had been taught to believe had collapsed overnight. ### This week marks 30 years since the wall fell, paving the way for German reunification in 1990. Amid the momentous […]

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Dossiers of dirt are being unleashed in the UK election campaign. And there’s much more to come

Just this week, both the governing Conservatives and main opposition Labour party have suffered embarrassing revelations about candidates, some of whom have since been forced to stand down. ### For Labour, the problem has been anti-Semitism. The party has been dogged by questionable comments by members, and a criticism they’ve done little to combat record […]

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Extinction Rebellion activists sail ‘sinking house’ down River Thames

The replica suburban house was floated in front of London’s Tower Bridge in the early hours of Sunday in an “attempt to send an SOS to the government on climate inaction,” the protest group said in a statement. ### Extinction Rebellion noted that the ongoing flood disaster in northern England starkly illustrates that “our homes, […]

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A Russian professor was pulled from a river. Police said a woman’s arms were found in his rucksack

Investigators opened a criminal case after the man was pulled out of the Moika River, a waterway in the heart of the historic city, early Saturday morning. ### The Investigative Committee, Russia’s top law-enforcement agency, said in a statement that a pair of severed arms and a nonlethal handgun were discovered in a backpack the […]

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UK inquiry was warned of Russian infiltration, leaked testimony shows

Members of the cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) were told that Moscow built up a network of friendly British diplomats, lawyers, parliamentarians and other influencers from across the political spectrum. One witness described the development as “potentially the most significant threat to the UK’s institutions and its ways of life,” according to testimony seen […]

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Socialists win election but no majority in Spain, as far right doubles seats

This second election in Spain in just over six months — and the fourth in as many years — has failed to clear a political impasse in Europe’s fifth-largest economy. ### “Our project is to form a stable progressive government led by the @PSOE to make policies for the benefit of the majority,” acting Prime […]

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