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February 24 2014

08:00

How Washington Is Playing Venezuela Like a Fiddle

readersupportednews.org - By Carl Gibson - Feb. 24 (News Analysis) - United States foreign policy can be summed up as hard power vs. soft power. An example of hard power is the US backing the unsuccessful 2002 military coup d’état against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, when businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga briefly took power. An example of the US’s soft power is the current situation in Venezuela. A leaked document from November of 2013 shows that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) collaborated with the Colombian government and Venezuelan opposition leaders to destabilize Venezuela and stoke massive protests.

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08:00

Neocons and the Ukraine Coup

Consortium News - By Robert Parry - Feb. 24 (News Analysis) - American neocons helped destabilize Ukraine and engineer the overthrow of its elected government, a “regime change” on Russia’s western border. But the coup – and the neo-Nazi militias at the forefront – also reveal divisions within the Obama administration

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February 20 2014

08:00

A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - . At least 50 people have died since Tuesday in the bloodiest period of Ukraine’s 22-year post-Soviet history. While President Obama has vowed to "continue to engage all sides," a recently leaked audio recording between two top U.S. officials reveal the Obama administration has been secretly plotting with the opposition.

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08:00

Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt By U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups To Oust Elected Government?

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - In Venezuela, at least six people have died in recent days during a series of anti-government protests. The latest casualty was a local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound. The protests come less than a year after the death of Hugo Chávez and present the biggest challenge to Venezuela's new president Nicolás Maduro. Earlier this week, right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest last week, accusing him of inciting deadly clashes. On Monday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials while claiming the United States has sided with the opposition. Our guest, George Ciccariello-Maher, looks at the recent history of the U.S. role in Venezuela opposing both the Chávez and Maduro governments. He is author of “We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution” and teaches political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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February 17 2014

08:00

Obama Admin's TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks

republicreport.org - By Lee Fang - Feb. 17 (Investigative Report) - Officials tapped by the Obama administration to lead the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations have received multimillion dollar bonuses from CitiGroup and Bank of America, financial disclosures obtained by Republic Report show. Stefan Selig, a Bank of America investment banker nominated to become the Under Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce, received more than $9 million in bonus pay as he was nominated to join the administration in November. The bonus pay came in addition to the $5.1 million in incentive pay awarded to Selig last year.

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08:00

Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats | TIME.com

Time - By Per Liljas - Feb. 17 (News) - Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has accused three U.S. consular officials of conspiring with opposition forces engaged in violent protests across the country, and vowed to expel them.

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February 14 2014

08:00

US restores ties with Narendra Modi as he is tipped to be next Indian PM | World news

Agence France-Presse - By Agence France-Presse - Feb. 14 (News) - American ambassador shakes hands with Modi, who is accused of turning blind eye to deadly religious riots in 2002

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February 11 2014

08:00

Is Hillary Clinton a Neocon-Lite?

Consortium News - By Robert Parry - Feb. 11 (News Analysis) - Most Democratic power-brokers appear settled on Hillary Clinton as their choice for President in 2016 – and she holds lopsided leads over potential party rivals in early opinion polls – but there are some warning flags flying, paradoxically, hoisted by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his praise for the former First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State.

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January 28 2014

08:00

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Associated Press - By Julie Pace - Jan. 28 (News) - President Obama's address served as the opening salvo in a midterm election fight for control of Congress that will quickly consume Washington's attention.

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Text of Obama's State of the Union address

Associated Press - By Associated Press - Jan. 28 (News) - The following is the full text of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House.

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January 20 2014

08:00

Iran starts implementing nuclear deal

Associated Press - By Ali Akbar Dareini - Jan. 20 (News) - VIENNA — Iran halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday as part of a landmark deal struck with world powers, easing concerns over the country's nuclear program and clearing the way for a partial lifting of sanctions, Tehran and the U.N. said.

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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December 23 2013

08:00

No ‘Back Door’ Gun Control

FactCheck - By Eugene Kiely - Dec. 23 (Fact Check) - Q: Did “Obama and the EPA” shut down the nation’s last lead smelting plant as part of a “back door gun control” plan to reduce the supply of ammunition? A: [...]

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December 19 2013

08:00

John Kerry Expresses 'Regret' Over Indian Diplomat's Arrest

ABC News - By Russell Goldman - Dec. 19 (News Report) - Secretary of State John Kerry was pulled into an increasingly heated diplomatic row after an Indian consular official working in New York was arrested, strip searched, and accused of paying a housemaid slave wages. The treatment of India's Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade has infuriated India and today a spokesman for Kerry said he "empathizes" with the woman and "expressed his regret." "A

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December 18 2013

08:00

Fallout continues from arrest of Indian diplomat in New York

Washington Post - By Annie Gowen - Dec. 18 (News Report) - NEW DELHI — The Indian deputy consul in the middle of a diplomatic row between the United States and India was transferred to a new post and given full immunity Wednesday as the fallout from the controversy surrounding her fraud arrest showed no sign of abating. ...

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December 05 2013

08:00

Inside the Fight to Prevent Billions in International Money Laundering and Tax Shelters

AlterNet - By Micael Hudson - Dec. 05 (Special Report) - Britain has vowed to lift the secrecy covering the Cayman Islands and other financial sanctuaries operating under its flag. Dozens of rich nations have agreed — in an unprecedented example of global cooperation on offshore issues — to begin swapping information about assets stashed in foreign accounts. Another French president — François Hollande — has promised to “eradicate” tax havens. “Looks like the offshore party is over,” the Chicago Tribune said recently. Will this time be different? Many financial crime fighters are skeptical.

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December 02 2013

08:00

As senators work on Iran sanctions bill, White House lobbies lawmakers not to act

Washington Post - By Karen DeYoung, Joby Warrick - Dec. 02 (News) - As much as any other foreign policy issue during his five years in office, the Iran sanctions question now finds President Obama at odds with a hefty portion of his own party’s lawmakers, as well as most Republicans. ...

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November 26 2013

08:00

John Bolton: The Only Option in Iran Is War

Mother Jones - By David Corn - Nov. 26 (Comment) - It's refreshing when a neoconservative says what he really wants. Hours after the Obama administration announced an interim agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program, John Bolton, the hawk's hawk of the neocon crowd (r...), was busy penning a piece for The Weekly Standard decrying the deal as an "abject surrender" of President Obama to the mullahs of Iran.

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November 25 2013

08:00

Jeremy Scahill: the man exposing the US Dirty War

theguardian.com - By Stephen Moss - Nov. 25 (Review) - as the Edward Snowden furore shows, journalists are under greater pressure than ever before. "Under President Obama the US justice department has authorised the seizure of the phone records of journalists; they are tracking the meta-data of journalists; they're prosecuting whistleblowers in record numbers under the Espionage Act; there really is a war against journalism. For everyone who does this kind of work, where you're taking on powerful institutions, the responsible posture to take is to assume they're monitoring your communications. It's a part of doing this work."

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November 21 2013

08:00

'American Journalism Never Followed Up On That Story'

Huffington Post - By Farah Mohamed, Ryan Grim - Nov. 21 (Special Report) - As the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death nears, former presidential candidate Gary Hart, a member of the Senate committee that investigated JFK's assassination, said that the press had failed in its responsibility to investigate the truth behind his killing.

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