Archives for 3月 2017

US Cries ‘Power Grab’ Following Venezuela Supreme Court Ruling

Although Venezuela’s National Assembly’s has been operating outside the law since 2016, Washington painted the court ruling as a “power grab.”

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks with first lady Cilia Flores as they arrive to the Supreme Court, before delivering his state of the union address, in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

The U.S. government claimed Thursday that Venezuela's top court had 'usurped'  power from the country' national assembly, after the Supreme Court made a statement about its responsibility to ensure the rule of law in a ruling on a constitutional interpretation on joint public-private ventures. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, “The

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Lawsuits Pile Up Against Trump’s Keystone Pipeline Order

One of the suits accuses President Donald Trump’s State Department of relying on an “outdated and incomplete environmental impact statement” in its decision making.

President Donald Trump shows off his signature on an executive order about the Dakota Access pipeline, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Rising to the challenge set by the Trump administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, environmental organizations and Indigenous groups are already firing back with a pair of lawsuits and an energized vow to resist the controversial, 1,700-mile conduit. "This dirty pipeline is a loaded gun pointed at our climate and some of America's

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In Major US Shift, Tillerson Says Assad’s Future Up To Syrian People

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley confirmed the shift, saying that removing Assad from power is no longer “the priority” for the US in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stands before laying a wreath at the mausoleum of Turkey's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Turkey has uncovered a dramatic shift in US policy toward Syria, as Tillerson declared in his visit with Turkey’s Foreign Minister that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be left up to the Syrian people. Throughout the Syrian Civil War, US officials have repeatedly insisted that

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Why This Year’s Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt Matters

In a widely-covered release, the National Snow & Data Center (NSIDC) said the Arctic sea ice on March 7 was “the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record.”

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Every year, at roughly the same time, the Arctic hits its ‘maximum sea ice’ as the Antarctic reaches its ‘minimum sea ice’. And this year’s event was record-breaking. In a widely-covered release, the National Snow & Data Center (NSIDC) said the Arctic sea ice on March 7 was “the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite

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Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Pledge May Be At Risk With His Border Wall

Current trade agreements mean foreign companies, including some big firms in Mexico, might well get in on the building of the president’s wall.

A protester dressed as a diabolical version of Uncle Sam holds a suitcase full of money at the U.S. border fence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP/Christian Torres)

In one of his first tweets as president, here's how Donald Trump promised to spend taxpayer dollars: "We will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN & HIRE AMERICAN!" he tweeted 55 minutes after taking the oath of office on Inauguration Day. In the first big test of that pledge, here's the reality: The Trump administration has opened the

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Pentagon Has Video Proving Mosul Target Of US Airstrike Was Full Of Civilians

The civilian death toll of the US strikes has been condemned by several human rights groups, but the Pentagon’s narrative has rapidly changed from denial, to sheepish admission of “probable” guilt, and now to outright defiance.

Iraq | Mosul

Facing growing criticism over an attack earlier this month that killed hundreds of civilians in Mosul, the Pentagon today confirmed that it has video footage of ISIS forcing hundreds of civilians into the destroyed buildings, which they presented as “provoking the attack.” While this is designed to shift some of the blame away from the Pentagon

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