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Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 26, 2017 10:14 AM
"The Lebanese group was key to the defeat of militants in the Qalamoun area further south in 2015, and at the Syrian town of Qusair, north of Arsal, in 2013. The offensive, launched on Friday, has so far focused on militants from the former Nusra Front, which severed ties with al Qaeda last year and rebranded to head the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance."

CIA chief hints agency is working to change Venezuelan government | The Independent

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 25, 2017 10:58 PM
"The US, which is currently gripped by allegations that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, has a long history of interfering with democratically elected governments in Latin America, from Chile to Nicaragua, and Argentina to Haiti. In Venezuela, it has sought to weaken the elected governments of both Mr Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, who was briefly ousted in a 2002 coup. Some of the effort has been in distributing funds to opposition groups through organisations such as the National Endowment for Democracy, while some has been in the form of simple propaganda."

Special Report: Herded into default, then hounded to repay student loans | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 25, 2017 05:30 PM
"Today, 11 percent of the $1.325 trillion of federal student loans outstanding is severely delinquent or in default, higher than the mortgage default rate at the peak of the foreclosure crisis in 2010, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. ... Consumer advocates complain that the administration of President Donald Trump is making things harder for student borrowers. For example, it has eliminated a 2015 Obama administration guideline that prevented debt collectors from charging high interest rates — some as high as 16 percent — on borrowers in default who quickly resume payments."

Artificial Intelligence versus the Human Mind | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jul 18, 2017 08:48 AM
The fear of robots taking all the jobs (and the silliness of those arguments) is an issue that has been much discussed, including in What's Left This Week. Are robots replacing humans on production lines? Of course. But, it is important to understand the logic that leads to this happening because the problem isn't that robots are taking peoples' jobs.

Understanding Venezuela | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jul 18, 2017 08:44 AM
Corporate media reports on Venezuela depicting the current situation make it difficult for casual observers on the left to understand what is going on. While this has been the case even when Chavez was president, it has become harder to get a clear analysis.
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