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US treasury secretary says sanctions on Iran failed to achieve ‘ideal’ result

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen this week acknowledged that US sanctions on Iran have not succeeded in forcing Tehran to change its policies and behavior as demanded by Washington but still have managed to create a “real economic…

Freedom on the Offensive: Human Rights, Democracy Promotion, and US Interventionism in the Late Cold War (The United States in the World)

by William Michael Schmidli William Michael Schmidli is a University Lecturer at the Institute for History at Leiden University. Schmidli’s research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational…
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Double Standards: International Criminal Court Prosecution Reserved For US Enemies, Not For US & Allies

Was it a ‘sick joke’ as one commentator suggested for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue a warrant of arrest against Russian President Putin on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq? And what does it mean for South…
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Americans have sent more money to Ukraine than Russia on War

Americans have sent more money to Ukraine than Russia spends on its annual military budget. Russia spends about US$65 to 70 billion a year. The US sent more than $100 billion, including non-military aid, and plus there are the other NATO countries…
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McCarthy says Iraq AUMFs will first go to House committee

Ahead of expected Senate passage of a measure that would repeal two decades-old Iraq-related military authorizations, Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he sees a strong chance the Republican-controlled House will pass a similar…
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Israel shuts Palestine radio offices in East Jerusalem

Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, on Monday ordered the closure of the Voice of Palestine radio station's offices in Occupied East Jerusalem and Israel, Anadolu News Agency reports.A statement by Ben-Gvir's office attributed…
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Iran-Saudi Diplomatic Relations Revival Boosts Yemen Peace Talks: UN Envoy

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, announced that diplomatic efforts to end the Yemeni conflict have intensified since Iran and Saudi Arabia restored diplomatic relations last week. “Intense diplomatic efforts…
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ISIS could hit US, West from Afghanistan in ‘under 6 months’: General

The same terrorist group that killed 13 US service members and hundreds of Afghans during the pullout from Kabul in 2021 could be ready to strike American assets abroad as early as this summer, the head of US Central Command told…
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China has shattered the assumption of US dominance in the Middle East

By Nic Robertson With a grandiose diplomatic flourish China brokered a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in the process upending US calculus in the Gulf and beyond. While the United States has angered its…
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Armed groups in Afghanistan are killing Pakistani forces using American weapons

The nearly $7 billion worth of sophisticated weapons that the US left behind in Afghanistan in the wake of Taliban advances are now being used by militant groups to attack security forces in different parts of Pakistan. Pakistan, which has…