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How Russia Is Botching Its Alliance With Syria

By M.K. Bhadrakumar Russia’s relationships with its client states have never been easy. Of course, managing client states is always a complicated exercise. The Kremlin’s cupboard is full of skeletons—Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968), Cuba (1962), Afghanistan (1980), Ukraine (2014) and so on.…

A Universal Appeal for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War

Why the Bouficha Appeal stands for the aspirations of people who want an end to militarized violence on earth. By Abdallah El Harif and Vijay Prashad On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a…

Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Dangerous

A belief in far-fetched ideas that help us make sense of crises ultimately feed regressive and right-wing politics. By Sonali Kolhatkar A mysterious new video documentary, slickly produced, and offering answers to the coronavirus pandemic, has been viewed millions of…

The U.S. Military Is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China

By Vijay Prashad On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson—the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command—told the U.S. Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific…

Why Trump and Anti-Lockdown Protesters’ Calls to Return to Normal Are Acts of White Supremacy

The protests are a form of white privilege in action as the virus disproportionately infects and kills African Americans and people of color. By Sonali Kolhatkar When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Americans dutifully stayed at home to prevent…

What’s Driving Trump’s Political Attacks on China

By M.K. Bhadrakumar The U.S. President Donald Trump has tied himself and onlookers in knots by his alternating encomiums for and diatribes against China over COVID-19 in the recent weeks. Only he can cut the Gordian knot, and he will…

U.S. Trade War Against China Takes a Coronaviral Turn

The anti-China fake news campaign about the COVID-19 pandemic fits into the larger war that the U.S. is waging against China. It taps into the deep reservoir of xenophobia and racism in the U.S. and elsewhere. By Prabir Purkayastha /…

Why Did the World Health Organization Wait Until March to Declare a Global Pandemic?

The 2005 regulations pushed on the World Health Organization by the United States and the Europeans hampered the WHO’s ability to declare an emergency and a pandemic. By Vijay Prashad When U.S. President Donald Trump cut off his government’s funding to the…

Now Is the Perfect Time to Fight Climate Change

The oil and gas industry is weaker than ever, offering a perfect opportunity for humanity to pull the plug. By Sonali Kolhatkar While the whole world is consumed with the disastrous coronavirus pandemic, little attention is being paid to that…

How the Coronavirus Has Created New Battlefronts Over Voting Rights in Battleground States

By Steven Rosenfeld When the 2020 election season resumes in Ohio on April 28 and continues in nearly half of the states through July, Americans will see if new voting regimens instituted in response to the pandemic will help voters…

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