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The health effects of low-calorie/artificial sweeteners

editors, Harvard T. H. Chan Newsletter Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
The health effects of low-calorie/artificial sweeteners are inconclusive, with research showing mixed findings.
Research is also looking at potential differences in effects from the various types of low calorie sweeteners. The following discussion involves research into LCS beverages.

America Has Its Gunsights on Venezuela

Vijay Prashad Independent Media Institute
Venezuela President MaAduro speaking
“I tell the people,” Maduro said, “this presidential sash is yours. The power of this sash is yours. It does not belong to the oligarchy or to imperialism. It belongs to the sovereign people of Venezuela.”

The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela

Marjorie Cohn Truthout
war criminals Bolton and Pompeo
As Venezuela’s second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to “plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty.”

How Star Wars Came to Alaska

Jeffrey St. Clair CounterPunch
It’s the old Cold War routine repeated once again: The money goes south, but the risk and the waste stays up in Alaska.

Communists Against the Mafia

Marta Fana Jacobin
The battle against the Sicilian Mafia wasn't won by cops and judges — it was won by communists and labor militants.