German teachers union shows support for Kurdish hunger strikers

While Western governments continue their silence in the face of the hunger strikes launched by DTK Co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guven to demand an end to the isolation imposed upon More »

Egypt stages referendum to institutionalize General Sisi’s dictatorship

by Bill Van Auken Egypt’s military-dominated dictatorship is rushing ahead with a referendum this weekend on constitutional amendments that would effectively make Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dictator for life, while institutionalizing the More »

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia dies after shooting himself

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died on Wednesday in a hospital in Lima, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra confirmed on Twitter. Vizcarra said that he was “consternated” by Garcia’s death, and sent his More »

Fierce clashes erupt in northern Aleppo between Turkish-backed rebels and Kurdish forces

A series of intense clashes broke out in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on April 11, after the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) More »

Julian Assange has been arrested for US extradition; the time to act is now

by Caitlin Johnstone WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London’s Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange’s lawyer Jen More »

 

UK | The Russians are coming, again – book review

By Jim Miles

(The Russians are Coming, Again – The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce.  Jeremy Kuzmarov and John Marciano. Monthly Review Press, New York, 2018.)

Large-scale NATO exercises started in the Black Sea

On April 5, the NATO exercise “Sea Shield 19” started with the participation of more than two thousand troops in the Black Sea. “Fourteen Romanian warships and six warships from Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, and Turkey, with the participation of 2,200 troops, will perform joint combat missions in the Black Sea region,” the statement said.

Syria War Lobby that Hosted Genocide Advocate Campaigns to Censor Book Exposing Its Operations

by Ben Norton

Neocon-backed pro-war lobby group the Syrian American Council pressured the independent DC bookstore Politics and Prose to “postpone” an event with anti-intervention journalist and Grayzone founder Max Blumenthal.

A neoconservative-allied lobbying group that has spent years pushing for US military intervention in Syria helped lead a campaign to silence an award-winning anti-war journalist. This same group previously hosted an opposition activist who publicly called for the genocide of the Alawite religious minority in Syria.

Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai, Sanctions and Capitalism

by Mafa Kwanisai Mafa

About a month ago Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were devastated by a tropical cyclone that was described by the United Nations as one of the worst disasters ever to strike the Southern Hemisphere. Approximately 2.6 million people were affected in the three countries. Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds up to 170km/ph. It then proceeded inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and taking more than 1,000 people, with many others unaccounted for across the three countries. Torrential rainfall washed away road networks in Zimbabwe.

Syria’s Kurds increasingly isolated as Arab tribes cut deals with regime

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On a recent morning Sheikh Humaydi Daham al-Hadi reclined on a velvet floor sofa, puffing on a cigarette with a roguish glint in his eye as he held court in his outdoor diwan, or reception chamber, in the town of Tell Alo in northern Syria.