May 18, 2019

Life in West Bank Palestine

Anti-coup activists charged with ‘interfering’ in US raid on Venezuelan embassy

Four protesters arrested inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC have been released pending hearing – but could face up to a year in jail for trying to prevent a takeover of the building by the US-backed opposition.

Members of the Embassy Protection Collective have been released on various conditions after their arrest Thursday afternoon by heavily armed US police. Read more.

RT

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May 5, 2019

EU, Britain censure fresh US restrictions on Iran's oil, nuclear sectors

The European signatories to the 2015 Iran deal have censured recent decisions by the United to stop sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports and to impose restrictions on the country’s exports of enriched uranium.

"We ... take note with regret and concern of the decision by the United States not to extend waivers with regards to trade in oil with Iran," Britain's foreign office said in a joint statement with its German and French counterparts and the European Union (EU) on Saturday. Read more.

PressTV

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The Calm After the Storm in Venezuela: Opposition and Government Measure Support in Streets



It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas.

TRNN

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May 3, 2019

Billionaire founder of opioid firm guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe drug

The head of a leading drug manufacturer has been found guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe a dangerous painkiller to patients who did not need it, in the first criminal conviction of a pharma chief over the opioid epidemic.

A Boston jury also found John Kapoor, the 75-year-old billionaire founder of Insys Theraputics, guilty of defrauding insurance companies in the push to sell Subsys, a spray made from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times stronger than morphine. Read more.

Guardian

May 2, 2019

Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy

Opposition protesters clashed with security forces while government supporters swiftly mobilized to defend the presidential palace.

Caracas, April 30, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – “Interim President” Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on Tuesday. Read more.

Venezuelanalysis

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- A Coup Mastermind: Leopoldo Lopez (video) - teleSUR
- Venezuela: Spain to Limit Leopold Lopez's Political Activity - teleSUR

- 25 Venezuelan Troops Seek Asylum in Brazil After Coup Attempt - teleSUR

- U.S. military action in Venezuela is possibility if 'required': Pompeo - Reuters
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April 28, 2019

America's Birthplace 2019: A UNESCO World Heritage Site of Global Culture and Interdependence



It’s honestly a weird feeling to go to the birthplace of America – where the ideals of freedom, liberty, independence, etc. were enshrined – only to find that these symbols have been watered down, transferred, or stolen, and subsumed into a “global vision” that lacks substance, sovereignty or liberty of any kind. And yes, U.S. of A. is a “republic” not a “democracy” in the first place – but the powers that be are replacing either/both of those anyway…

The United Nations takeover of United States’ landmarks is sending a clear message to newer generations – that the days of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, independence, and the like are somehow gone – magically evaporated in the wake of a new world order that no one voted for, only a tiny elite few championed, and yet everyone is supposed to yield and submit to.

Truthstream Media

April 25, 2019

Afghan and U.S.-led allied forces killed more civilians than Taliban in first three months, U.N. says

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Afghan and international forces have killed more civilians than the Taliban and other militants in the first three months of this year -- the first time deaths caused by government forces and their allies have exceeded those caused by their enemies, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. The insurgents were still responsible, however, for the majority of the killed and wounded civilians combined, according to the report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

The report said that 1,773 civilians were killed or wounded overall in the three months -- a significant drop from the same period last year, when 2,305 civilians were killed or wounded in conflict. Read more.

CNBC

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Psychedelic Psychotherapy: Using LSD, MDMA and Psilocybin to Treat Mental Health



While psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, and DMT are most commonly associated with recreational highs and headtrips, a groundswell of academic opinion suggests that the substances could be utilised to serve a raft of therapeutic benefits as well. In Australia, official trials of medicinal psychedelics are only just starting to get off the ground. 

But a small community of experimental psychotherapists—along with self-medicating users—have been using acid and mushrooms to treat mental health conditions for years, with promising results. We speak to some of the people who are at the coalface of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in Australia—and hear their views on how mind-expanding drugs could be the next frontier in mental health treatment.

Please note that since this video was made, a medical trial using psilocybin for palliative care patients will be introduced in Melbourne, Australia. Read more.

Vice

April 21, 2019

Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers



Trump's announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It's the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine.

TRNN

Tweede man van Forum Henk Otten: ‘Baudet trekt de partij te veel naar rechts’

Mede-oprichter FVD Het is hoog tijd dat Forum voor Democratie meer van zichzelf laat zien dan alleen voorman Thierry Baudet, vindt mede-oprichter Henk Otten.

We zullen Henk Otten, zegt Henk Otten, vaker gaan zien. En wat hem betreft ook andere, nu nog onbekende politici van Forum voor Democratie. De tijd is voorbij, vindt Otten, dat dat alleen de partij was van Thierry Baudet, en ook wel van het ándere Kamerlid, Theo Hiddema. Lees meer.

NRC

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