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Syria and the 'Red Line' Nonsense

Peter Hart Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Most pundits are careful about not advocating for direct U.S. military intervention in Syria (that is left to the Republican politicians who appear on the Sunday shows). But their message boils down to a concern over the credibility of the president's threats of violence more important than the credibility of his evidence. The White House has been saying their reticence is informed by the Iraq debacle; many pundits don't seem to have learned a similar lesson.

Global Left Midweek - January 8, 2020

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Largest General Strike Ever! Worldwide Responses to Trump’s Murderous Air Strikes, Fascist Violence on Campus in India, France's Long Strike, and More

The Reality TV Star President May Have Just Kicked Off WWIII

Mehdi Hasan, Eoin Higgins The Intercept, Common Dreams
Plenty of people across the political spectrum foolishly bought into the ludicrous premise that Trump would be some sort of dove, a noninterventionist, an old-fashioned isolationist. That is utterly wrong.

A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Independent Media Institute
We hope 2020 is when the American public finally looks at the fateful choice between war and peace with 20/20 vision, and we will start severely punishing Trump and every other U.S. politician who opts for threats over diplomacy, war over peace.

Global Left Midweek - Last Year, Next Year

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Women Led the Fight in 2019 + Iraq Protesters Unite Against US Aggression + France + Cuba in Transition + UK Labour + CPIM Leader on India's Crisis + Workers' Party of Belgium + Hong Kong: A Deeper Look + Year in Review

Young Iraqis Are Hungry for a Revolution, at All Costs

Valentina Tamborra Il Manifesto Global
In Iraq, if you go out into the streets to protest, you’re risking your life. But it’s better to die than to live like this, the protesters say. We met with the young men and women fighting for a new Iraq.

Global Left Midweek - Left Parties Sort It Out

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Labour Party * Sinn Féin * Die Linke * Podemos * India Parties Unite Against CAB * Italian Dilemma * MAS, Bolivia * Iraqi CP * Québec Solidaire * Israel's Joint List * ... and Remembering Comrade Ben Turok
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