July 7, 2022

How Cuba is eradicating child mortality and banishing the diseases of the poor

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To move from 59 infant deaths out of every 1,000 live births to no infant deaths in the matter of a few decades is an extraordinary feat. By Vijay Prashad and Manolo de los Santos / Globetrotter Palpite, Cuba, is just a few miles away from Playa Girón, along the Bay of Pigs, where the […]

Why don’t we treat all refugees as though they were Ukrainian?

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Masses of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere have faced racially motivated hostility in Europe. Now, Ukraine’s refugee crisis is revealing Western double standards. By Sonali Kolhatkar / Independent Media Institute It was inevitable that when brown-skinned Afghan refugees fleeing war were turned away from European borders over the past few years, the callous […]

Tension rising in Iraq after Assassination Attempt on Prime Minister

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From VOANews BAGHDAD —  The failed assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister at his residence on Sunday has raised tensions following last month’s parliamentary elections where the Iran-backed militias were the biggest losers. Helicopters circled in the Baghdad skies throughout the day, while troops and patrols were reinforced on the streets and near the capital’s […]

Qasem Soleimani: Iran vows ‘severe revenge’ for top general’s death

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From BBC Iran’s supreme leader has vowed “severe revenge” on those responsible for the death of top military commander Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed by an air strike at Baghdad airport early on Friday ordered by US President Donald Trump. The 62-year-old Soleimani spearheaded Iran’s Middle East operations as head of the elite Quds Force. […]

Saudi oil attacks: US says intelligence shows Iran involved

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From BBC The United States has issued satellite images and cited intelligence to back its allegation Iran was behind attacks on major Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies involvement in Saturday’s air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. But unnamed US officials speaking to US and international media say the direction and […]

US evacuates some government employees from Iraq over Iran threat

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From Newsmax Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency American employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another show of concern about alleged threats from Iran. President Donald Trump’s administration is applying new sanctions pressure on Tehran and sending additional forces to the Middle East to counter what it says is a heightened […]

From Iraq and Pakistan to the Caribbean, climate change is driving threats of new insecurity and violence, security analysts say’

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by Laurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation, in The Hague From Climate Centre (This story appeared first on Tuesday on the website of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; it has been edited slightly here for length.) Climate change threats – from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean – are a growing security […]

US Army developing net gun to snare drones

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By Jason Deveney From Newmax The Army is working to develop a net gun to catch suspicious drones and bring them to the ground before they can do damage. According to Army Times, the Army received a patent for a net gun that can be fired from a standard 40mm grenade launcher. The weapon would be […]

Hosay: How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

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By Ken Chitwood From The Philadelphia Tribune A throng of Trinidadians line up along the streets of St. James and Cedros to admire the vibrant floats with beautifully bedecked models of mausoleums. Their destination is the waters of the Caribbean, where the crowds will push them out to float. This is part of the Hosay […]

Syria war: IS ‘seized women and children’ in Sweida attack

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From BBC Islamic State (IS) militants are holding more than 30 women and children hostage in south-western Syria, a monitor and local media say. They are thought to have been seized during a wave of deadly IS attacks in Suweida province last week. The Syrian government controls most of the region but IS militants hold […]