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Trump's special envoy to Venezuela 'will lie when needed' claims Raymond Bonner | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 26, 2019 10:30 PM
"“He will do Trump’s bidding,” he says. “El Salvador demonstrates that he will do whatever is necessary to carry out the president’s objective. In El Salvador, it was to prop up what a diplomat called … a genocidal, nun-killing junta, and in Venezuela it’s to get rid of the government. And just like he lied when necessary, or quote-unquote misled Congress and the public when necessary, he’ll do the same in Venezuela. So he’s the right man for the job if you’re Trump. He’s the right man, if that’s what you want.”"

US announces new Venezuela sanctions as Rubio shares 'snuff movie' pictures of Colonel Gaddafi in threat to Maduro | The Independent

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:50 AM
"On Sunday, [Marco Rubio] tweeted several messages attacking Mr Maduro’s government before then posting three images of ousted dictators – Libya’s Gaddafi, Panama’s Manuel Noriega and Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu. The gruesome, blood-laced image of the Libyan leader was taken as he was bayoneted to death by rebels in the city of Sirte in October 2011. Nato had earlier engaged in a devastating bombing campaign against Gadafi's forces."

Libya Oil Boss: Biggest Field Won't Restart Until Militia Leaves | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:44 AM
"Libya, one of the most volatile and politically fragmented members of OPEC, has been suffering from major oil disruptions, with multiple battles and blockades hindering efforts to revive output. The country pumped about 1.1 million barrels a day last year, the highest since 2012, which was still just about two-thirds of its production before the 2011 civil war."

Syria war: Jihadist takeover in rebel-held Idlib sparks alarm | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:42 AM
"In a dramatic takeover last month, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) swept through towns and villages in Idlib province, as well as adjoining parts of Aleppo and Hama. The group - which was known as al-Nusra Front before it broke off formal ties with al-Qaeda three years ago - expelled some rebel factions and forced others to surrender and recognise a "civil administration" it backs. ... The HTS takeover has also jeopardised the truce brokered by Turkey and Russia that has spared the 2.9 million civilians living in the enclave ... Residents are worried that the government, which is supported by Russia and Iran, will use the jihadists' gains as justification to resume their bombardment and eventually launch a full-scale ground offensive.Some residents are pinning their hopes on Turkey to intervene to save the truce and curb HTS's power. One Turkish newspaper close to the government has reported that 15,000 HTS fighters are willing to join the so-called National Army, a force created by Turkey in an attempt to unify the opposition in north-western Syria."

Education is a right | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:45 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Public education requires public funding | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:44 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Unsustainable student debt threatens future generations and the Canadian economy | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:43 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Reducing tuition fees means giving youth a fair chance | Roxanne Dubois

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 26, 2019 08:42 AM
From the archives: In 2012, students across the country organized a National Day of Action on February 1. In the lead-up to the day, I wrote a series of posts prompting students to get active in the fight for Education as a right for themselves and the generations of students coming after them. I am re-publishing these posts in the wake of Doug Ford's attack on students' unions in Ontario, the only organized and well-resourced force that has historically resisted tuition fee increases and funding cuts to post-secondary education.

Left-leaning Canada opposition leader wins parliamentary seat | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 26, 2019 07:47 AM
"He has clashed openly with senior members of parliament on a number of issues. A quarter of the 44 NDP legislators who won seats in the 2015 election have either already quit or announced they are not running again in October. ... An Ipsos-Reid poll for Global News last week put the Liberals at 34 percent public support and the right-leaning official opposition Conservatives at 35 percent. The NDP was far behind at 17 percent."

Trump backs off total Syria withdrawal | The Hill

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 24, 2019 09:44 AM
"Senior administration officials said Friday that Trump has agreed to leave roughly 400 troops in Syria just two months after he announced that the terrorist organization ISIS had been defeated in the country and the 2,000 U.S. troops there would withdraw. ... [Trump's] decision upset Republicans and some Democrats on Capitol Hill who said they were left out of the loop and worried that withdrawing troops would only benefit U.S. adversaries Iran and Russia, the main backers of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. ... The 200 troops based at al-Tanf, near the Syrian border with Iraq and Jordan, will stay “for the foreseeable future,” while he U.S. troops in the safe zone will be part of an expected 800 to 1,500 troops committed by European allies."
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