Government supporters in Caracas, Venezuela protest against US sanctions. (Federico Parra / AFP)
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The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve

by George Capaccio The coronavirus pandemic rages unabated in the United States. Shortages of life-saving drugs and essential equipment, medical facilities overwhelmed with critical cases, an increasing number of deaths from what should have been preventable causes—these are indications of a healthcare system in crisis. […]

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo)

Iraq: Occupation, Governance, Protests

The 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq by U.S. and British forces was a momentous event for Iraq, the region, and the world.  Iraq has experienced political instability, corruption, deteriorating public services, economic decline, ISIS terrorism, and several protest waves. A new government was formed […]

No War with Iran rally, Boston, Jan 4, 2020
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Murder, Inc.? An Assassination in Baghdad and the Risk of a Wider War in the Middle East

by Jeff Klein

Donald Trump began the new year with a reckless move that pushed the world closer to a dangerously widened war in the Middle East. The killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi general Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis – along with 8 other Iraqis and Iranians — by drone missiles in Baghdad on January 2 was an aggressive and criminal act, no matter how much the White House tries to spin it as a “defensive measure.” […]