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What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family

Mina Shahinfar OtherWords
Iranian market Whether it’s Cuba or Venezuela or Iran, history shows that sanctions alone have never forced a change in policy by an adversary. Iranians and Americans alike deserve diplomacy, not war — and that includes war by economic means.

Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the U.S.’s Favorite Weapon

Justin Podur Independent Media Institute
banner about deadly sanction For the empire, genocide, like aggression, is a normal part of politics. Nuclear planners plan how to commit it. Sanctions officials administer it. And for the most part, human rights organizations take no position on it.

The People of Palestine Are on the March

Vijay Prashad This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.
The bombs start again. Israel, as if on a timer, begins to pulverize Gaza. The bombs strike from one end of the country to another, a warning against the protests that have been ongoing for a year.

Death and Disappearance: Inside the World of Privatised War

Abigail Fielding-Smith , Crofton Black The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
The world has since got so used to companies taking over what were long functions of the state that the Trump administration is now considering handing over the Afghan war to them.
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