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Mexico rejects US drug war aid
06/08/2019
Mexico rejects US drug war aid

Mexico rejects US drug war aid

Mexico's new populist president announced that he is dropping out of the regional US-led drug enforcement pact, and will be turning down the aid package offered through the program. Instead, he is proposing a dialogue with Washington on across-the-board drug decriminalization in both nations.

New spasm of Syria chemwar denial: don't buy it
06/07/2019
New spasm of Syria chemwar denial: don't buy it

New spasm of Syria chemwar denial: don't buy it

A sudden feeding-frenzy of revisionism about the April 2018 Douma chemical attack in Syria has broken out, with celebrities glomming on in unseemly manner.

Russia blocks UN statement against Sudan massacre
06/06/2019
Russia blocks UN statement against Sudan massacre

Russia blocks UN statement against Sudan massacre

Russia, joined by China, blocked a bid at the UN Security Council on June 4 to condemn the killing of civilians in Sudan and issue a pressing call for an immediate halt to the violence, diplomats told AFP. Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said the proposed statement was "unbalanced" and s...

Russia blocks UN statement against Idlib bombing
06/05/2019
Russia blocks UN statement against Idlib bombing

Russia blocks UN statement against Idlib bombing

Russia on June 3 blocked a UN Security Council statement of alarm about the killing of civilians in northwest Syria and the possibility of a humanitarian disaster. The bombing and shelling have accompanied a Russia-backed offensive by the Assad regime to recapture parts of Idlib and neighboring Hama...

Sudan transition deal suspended after massacre
06/04/2019
Sudan transition deal suspended after massacre

Sudan transition deal suspended after massacre

The elite Rapid Support Forces and other troops under the command of Sudan's Transitional Military Council unleashed the deadliest attack yet against protestors at the sit-in site in the capital Khartoum on June 3, leaving at least 35 dead and hundreds injured.

Syria: Idlib displaced march on Turkish border
06/02/2019
Syria: Idlib displaced march on Turkish border

Syria: Idlib displaced march on Turkish border

Thousands of displaced residents of Idlib province in northwest Syria—under a Russian-backed bombardment by the Assad regime, which has killed about 300 over the past month and displaced more than 300,000—marched on the sealed Turkish border on May 31, demanding entry or international action to ...

Amnesty: war crimes continue in Burma's Rakhine
06/01/2019
Amnesty: war crimes continue in Burma's Rakhine

Amnesty: war crimes continue in Burma's Rakhine

Amnesty International on May 29 released a report asserting that Burma's military is continuing to commit war crimes and human rights violations in the context of its campaigan against the rebel Arakan Army in Rakhine state. The campaign began after the Arakan Army launched coordinated attacks on po...

Egypt: 'crimes against humanity' in Sinai feared
05/31/2019
Egypt: 'crimes against humanity' in Sinai feared

Egypt: 'crimes against humanity' in Sinai feared

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on May 28 detailed abuses against civilians by both the Egyptian government and militants in the Sinai Peninsula, some of which HRW classified as war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. The information in the report was collected over a two-year investigation into t...

Podcast: Memories of Tiananmen Square
05/30/2019
Podcast: Memories of Tiananmen Square

Podcast: Memories of Tiananmen Square

In Episode 34 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg interviews Rose Tang, veteran journalist, activist, artist, musician, and survivor of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Burma: soldiers freed in Rohingya massacre
05/28/2019
Burma: soldiers freed in Rohingya massacre

Burma: soldiers freed in Rohingya massacre

Seven soldiers imprisoned in Burma for killing 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys have received an early release—serving less time than the reporters who uncovered the massacre they were convicted of. The soldiers were sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison for the killings at the village of Inn Din...

Nepal blasts bid to reboot Maoist insurgency?
05/28/2019
Nepal blasts bid to reboot Maoist insurgency?

Nepal blasts bid to reboot Maoist insurgency?

Four people were killed and three others injured in three explosions in Kathmandu on May 26, a grim reminder of the Maoist insurgency the shook Nepal for a decade before a 2006 peace agreement.

Suit against French bank over Sudanese atrocities
05/26/2019
Suit against French bank over Sudanese atrocities

Suit against French bank over Sudanese atrocities

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City on May 22 reversed a district court's dismissal of a class action lawsuit against French bank BNP Paribas over aiding atrocities in Sudan.

Judge blocks emergency funding for Trump's wall
05/25/2019
Judge blocks emergency funding for Trump's wall

Judge blocks emergency funding for Trump's wall

A federal judge on May 24 blocked construction of Donald Trump's border wall, ruling that Trump cannot use a "national emergency" to take money from government agencies for the barrier. Judge Haywood Gilliam of the US District Court for Northern California ruled that the diversion of the money, larg...

Rights abuses mount in conflicted Cameroon
05/24/2019
Rights abuses mount in conflicted Cameroon

Rights abuses mount in conflicted Cameroon

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on May 6 described the abuse of detainees at a detention center in Cameroon's capital city of Yaoundé, identifying violations of domestic and international human rights law.

General Assembly: UK must return Chagos Islands
05/24/2019
General Assembly: UK must return Chagos Islands

General Assembly: UK must return Chagos Islands

The UN General Assembly on May 22 passed a resolution demanding the United Kingdom return control of the of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius within six months. There were 116 votes for the motion, with more than 50 abstentions, and just six votes against—the UK, United States, Hungary, Israel, Aust...

CRITIQUE OF GEOPOLITICS AND THE LEFT
05/23/2019
CRITIQUE OF GEOPOLITICS AND THE LEFT

CRITIQUE OF GEOPOLITICS AND THE LEFT

Jae Carico of The Fifth Column Network interviews CounterVortex editor Bill Weinberg on Eurasianism, Red-Brown politics, and how the consensus position of the contemporary American "left" is now pro-fascist. They also discuss the prospects for reviving the traditional anti-fascist stance of the left...

Turkey bombs Iraqi territory —again
05/22/2019
Turkey bombs Iraqi territory —again

Turkey bombs Iraqi territory —again

For the second day, Turkish fighter jets struck Kurdish rebel positions across the Iraqi border May 21—part of a new offensive against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), apparently undertaken with the implicit consent of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government.

Yemen de-escalation: real or 'smokescreen'?
05/21/2019
Yemen de-escalation: real or 'smokescreen'?

Yemen de-escalation: real or 'smokescreen'?

Nearly six months after a much-publicized deal was made in Sweden to bring an end to four years of war and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the UN now says Houthi fighters have pulled out of the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

Sri Lanka dissidents reject Buddhist fascism
05/21/2019
Sri Lanka dissidents reject Buddhist fascism

Sri Lanka dissidents reject Buddhist fascism

As Sri Lanka marks the 10-year anniversary of the end of its long internal war this week, human rights groups are demanding accountability in the mass atrocities that marked the final stages of the conflict, in which many thousands were displaced or "disappeared." The International Committee of the....

Bolivia: did opposition call for US 'intervention'?
05/20/2019
Bolivia: did opposition call for US 'intervention'?

Bolivia: did opposition call for US 'intervention'?

Bolivian President Evo Morales launched his campaign for a fourth term with a massive rally May 18 in the Chapare region where he began his career as a peasant leader a generation ago. But the country's political opposition charges that Morales is defying a 2016 referendum, in which voters rejected....

Amnesty: 'crimes against humanity' in Idlib
05/19/2019
Amnesty: 'crimes against humanity' in Idlib

Amnesty: 'crimes against humanity' in Idlib

The Assad regime, supported by Russia, is carrying out a "deliberate and systematic assault" on hospitals and other medical facilities in Syria's northwestern provinces of Idlib and Hama, Amnesty International said May 17.

Burkina Faso faces 'unprecedented' crisis
05/18/2019
Burkina Faso faces 'unprecedented' crisis

Burkina Faso faces 'unprecedented' crisis

Attacks by Islamist militants, military operations, and waves of inter-communal violence have left hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced since January in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, triggering an "unprecedented" humanitarian crisis that has caught many by surprise. Homegrown mil...

Sudan charges al-Bashir with killing protesters
05/17/2019
Sudan charges al-Bashir with killing protesters

Sudan charges al-Bashir with killing protesters

Sudan public prosecutors announced May 13 that they have charged ousted president Omar al-Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters during the uprising that drove him from power last month.

Orwellian ironies of US Persian Gulf war moves
05/16/2019
Orwellian ironies of US Persian Gulf war moves

Orwellian ironies of US Persian Gulf war moves

Amid alarmingly sketchy accounts of Iranian attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, which are said to have caused damage but no casualties, Trump has dispacthed the USSS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Persian Gulf, and ordered a partial evacuation of US diplomatic staff fr...

Shi'ite militia forces 'sweep' Iraq-Syria border
05/15/2019
Shi'ite militia forces 'sweep' Iraq-Syria border

Shi'ite militia forces 'sweep' Iraq-Syria border

Baghdad's irregular Hashd al-Shaabi militia has joined with the National Defense Forces, one of the Assad regime's paramilitary militias, to conduct "sweeps" along the Iraqi-Syrian border for remnant ISIS cells.

Podcast: genocide, propaganda and the Idlib offensive
05/13/2019
Podcast: genocide, propaganda and the Idlib offensive

Podcast: genocide, propaganda and the Idlib offensive

In Episode 33 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg compares coverage of the Idlib offensive from CNN and its Turkish counterpart TRT World, illustrating how the US corporate media uncritically echo the propaganda of the Assad regime.

UN report: 'unprecedented' biodiversity collapse
05/13/2019
UN report: 'unprecedented' biodiversity collapse

UN report: 'unprecedented' biodiversity collapse

Biodiversity is declining globally at rates "unprecedented" in human history, and the rate of species extinction is accelerating, warns a landmark report from the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Arrests at Havana's first independent gay march
05/12/2019
Arrests at Havana's first independent gay march

Arrests at Havana's first independent gay march

Activists in Havana held Cuba's first independent gay pride march May 11, after authorities cancelled the officially sanctioned event. The march assembled in Old Havana'a Parque Central, where the official event had been scheduled to start.

Syrian Democratic Forces fire on Arab protesters
05/11/2019
Syrian Democratic Forces fire on Arab protesters

Syrian Democratic Forces fire on Arab protesters

The final defeat of ISIS in Syria's northeast has left many Arab-majority areas of the region under occupation by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)—a situation obviously fraught with political risks.

Assad, Russia launch Idlib offensive
05/10/2019
Assad, Russia launch Idlib offensive

Assad, Russia launch Idlib offensive

The Assad regime and allied militias, backed by Russian air-strikes, this week launched the long-feared offensive on Idlib, the northwest Syrian province that is the last under rebel and opposition control. The offensive places at risk the lives of more than 4.5 million civilians.

Gaza invasion averted; West Bank land-grabs escalate
05/08/2019
Gaza invasion averted; West Bank land-grabs escalate

Gaza invasion averted; West Bank land-grabs escalate

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip apparently took effect with no formal announcement May 6, after two days of hostilities that saw hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza and the most extensive Israeli air-strikes on the Strip since 2014.

Pakistan: Taliban target Sufi shrine —again
05/08/2019
Pakistan: Taliban target Sufi shrine —again

Pakistan: Taliban target Sufi shrine —again

At least 10 people were killed and 25 others injured in a suicide blast that targeted security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore May 8. The attack, which came during the holy month of Ramadan, was apparently aimed at a police vehicle, and five officers are among th...

Mexico: double assassination of indigenous leaders
05/07/2019
Mexico: double assassination of indigenous leaders

Mexico: double assassination of indigenous leaders

The Emiliano Zapata Popular and Indigenous Council of Guerrero (CIPOG-EZ) is calling upon the United Nations to investigate following the assassination of two leaders of the organization.

Honduras: riots, repression amid neoliberal 'reform'
05/06/2019
Honduras: riots, repression amid neoliberal 'reform'

Honduras: riots, repression amid neoliberal 'reform'

In the wake of angry protests that swept through Tegucigalpa April 29, Amnesty International is denouncing attacks against human rights defenders by Honduras security forces during the unrest.

Syria: UN 'betrayal' of rebel zones feared
05/05/2019
Syria: UN 'betrayal' of rebel zones feared

Syria: UN 'betrayal' of rebel zones feared

Donor countries and aid organisations are protesting a UN decision to centralize coordination of aid operations for Syria in Damascus—a move they say hands more power to the regime of Bashar Assad, and will make it harder to deliver aid to millions in rebel-held parts of the country.

Formation of Rojava Armenian brigade announced
05/04/2019
Formation of Rojava Armenian brigade announced

Formation of Rojava Armenian brigade announced

On the 104th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, revolutionary forces in Rojava established the Martyr Nubar Ozanyan Armenian Battalion.

Turkish occupation builds wall through Afrin
05/03/2019
Turkish occupation builds wall through Afrin

Turkish occupation builds wall through Afrin

Turkish occupation forces are building a three-meter high security wall through Afrin, the enclave in northern Syria that was an canton of the Kurdish autonomous zone before being taken by Ankara's troops and allied Arab and Turkmen militia last year.

Dozens detained at Istanbul May Day march
05/02/2019
Dozens detained at Istanbul May Day march

Dozens detained at Istanbul May Day march

Turkish police on detained at least 100 people who attempted to stage a demonstration in İstanbul's iconic Taksim Square, where May Day protests are traditionally banned. Several thousand more gathered in the city's Bakirkoy district, for a permitted march organized by the Confederation of Progress...

Brazil high court ruling sparks indigenous protest
05/01/2019
Brazil high court ruling sparks indigenous protest

Brazil high court ruling sparks indigenous protest

At their annual protest encampment in Brasilia from April 24-6, some 4,500 indigenous people from across Brazil marching on the Supreme Court building to oppose a recent ruling that could negatively impact demarcation of indigenous territory.

'Silk Road' to Peruvian Amazon?
04/30/2019
'Silk Road' to Peruvian Amazon?

'Silk Road' to Peruvian Amazon?

Peru is to sign a memorandum of understanding to join China's Belt & Road international infrastructure initiative, Beijing's ambassador to Lima said April 24. Ambassador Jia Guide made the announcement at a private party in Lima alongside Peru's vice president, Mercedes Araoz.

Podcast: paradoxes of anarchism and nationalism
04/29/2019
Podcast: paradoxes of anarchism and nationalism

Podcast: paradoxes of anarchism and nationalism

In Episode 32 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg reads from George Orwell's 1945 essay "Notes on Nationalism," and explains why despite his anarchist politics he is willing to march under the Mexican flag but not "Old Glory," under the Palestinian flag but not the Israeli, under the Tibetan...

Ecuador court win for indigenous territorial rights
04/28/2019
Ecuador court win for indigenous territorial rights

Ecuador court win for indigenous territorial rights

The Waorani indigenous people of the Ecuadoran Amazon won a legal victory hailed as historic April 26, as the provincial court of Pastaza Pilar Araujo blocked the opening of their traditional territories to oil exploitation.

US allies overtake Taliban in Afghan civilian deaths
04/27/2019
US allies overtake Taliban in Afghan civilian deaths

US allies overtake Taliban in Afghan civilian deaths

Afghan government and international forces, including NATO, killed more civilians in the first three months of this year than the Taliban and other insurgent groups, according to the latest UN report on casualties in the conflcit.

Crimean anarchist imprisoned for social media chat
04/25/2019
Crimean anarchist imprisoned for social media chat

Crimean anarchist imprisoned for social media chat

Yevhen Karakashev, a 41-year-old left-wing activist from Yevpatoria in Russian-annexed Crimea, was sentenced to six years in prison by a Russian court on April 19, with the charges based solely on years-old private messages on the social-media network VKontakte.

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