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Iran Nuclear Talks in Baghdad

fereidoun-abbasiPrevious nuclear talks failed. On April 14 and 15, another round convened.

Istanbul hosted so-called P5+1 countries. They include the five permanent Security Council members - America, Russia, China, Britain, and France - plus Germany.

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A US assessment of human rights

Mike Posner, assistant secretary of stateby Alan Fisher

For more than 30 years, the US has compiled its own report into the state of human rights around the world.

Taking information from its embassies around the world, a team in Washington sifts through everything it is sent, fact-checks it all and then compiles it into a very weighty document.

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Democracy Is Not Freedom

bahrain-protestersby Jacob G. Hornberger

One of the ostensible goals of U.S. foreign policy is to spread democracy. Of course, the reality is the exact opposite. The U.S. Empire is one of the greatest lovers of nonelected dictatorships in the world, as manifested by its ardent support of such dictatorships as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Chile (under Pinochet), Guatemala (after ousting Arbenz), Iran (after ousting Mossadegh), Pakistan (under Musharraf), Yemen, Bahrain, and many others.

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Questions NATO summit did not tackle

nato-obamaby Patty Culhane

I've just returned home from the NATO summit and I can't stop focusing on all that we don't know after dozens of world leaders met for two days.

I have to wonder if the Obama Administration is disappointed in the results. At the end of all of those hours of talking, the leaders recommitted themselves to the overall timeline for Afghanistan. They said again, by the summer of next year Afghan Security Forces will take the lead and the entire international fighting force will be out by the end of 2014.

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History Repeats Itself in Honduran Drug-War Killings

honduras-prison1by Jacob G. Hornberger

With Hondurans angrily demanding that the U.S. government withdraw its drug-war personnel from the country, we shouldn’t forget that this isn’t the first time that U.S. drug officials have participated in the drug-war killing of innocent people. Almost 11 years ago, the CIA helped Peruvian drug-war personnel kill a 35-year-old missionary named Veronica Bowers and her 7-month-old baby Charity as they were flying in a small Cessna from Brazil to Peru with their husband and father.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli settlements


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