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Gregory Shupak // Exonerating the Empire in Venezuela | FAIR

Gregory ShupakExonerating the Empire in Venezuela | FAIR: When Venezuelan President Nicol�s Maduro in November 2017 proposed a meeting with creditors to discuss a restructuring of the country’s public debt, the Trump administration warned US bondholders that attending this meeting could put them in violation of US economic sanctions against Venezuela, which can be punished with 30 years in jail and as much as $10 million dollars in fines for businesses.

That same month, the US government added further sanctions that prevent Venezuela from doing what governments routinely do with much of their debt, which is “roll it over” by borrowing again when a bond matures. The sanctions also made it difficult if not impossible for Venezuela to undertake debt restructuring, a process wherein interest and principal payments are postponed and creditors receive new bonds, which the sanctions explicitly prohibit.


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Monte Mills // Hot Springs Sentinel Record - Court tests Native American treaties in 21st century

Hot Springs Sentinel Record - Court tests Native American treaties in 21st century: In the mid-1800s, the United States' zeal for expansion and growth resulted in the removal of Indian people and the acquisition of their territory, often through the use of treaties.

Isaac Stevens, the first governor of the territory of Washington, negotiated treaties on behalf of the United States with tribes across the Pacific Northwest and did so using similar treaty forms and language. In the heart of salmon country, Stevens recognized the importance of fishing to the tribes and, to persuade them to cede vast swathes of land, he emphasized language in the treaties that would preserve the tribal "right of taking fish, at all usual and accustomed grounds and stations ... in common with all citizens of the Territory." In fact, while negotiating one treaty, Stevens promised the tribes that the "paper secures your fish."


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Young Santee Sioux man shot by police officer while being dragged on ground

Young Santee Sioux man shot by police officer while being dragged on ground: According to them, the city’s gang unit had conducted surveillance on Taylor, whom they suspected of dealing marijuana and possessing firearms. Around 2:15 p.m. March 8, they saw Taylor sell marijuana and a helicopter unit and an officer in a marked cruiser followed him. Around 2:30 p.m., the officer pulled him over on an interstate in north Omaha.

Officer David Staskiewicz asked Taylor for his license, registration and insurance, but Taylor initially refused. He eventually handed over the items, and Staskiewicz then asked him to step out of his car. Again, police say, Taylor refused.


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Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East – LobeLog

by International Crisis Group // Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East – LobeLog: Iranian leaders’ first priority, regardless of where they stand on the political spectrum, is to ensure the Islamic Republic’s perpetuation. This imperative includes deterring adversaries that have stronger militaries and/or Western support. Iran’s sense of insecurity is rooted in the tumultuous post-1979 era, particularly the sense of strategic solitude it experienced during the traumatic eight-year war with Iraq, when the West and almost all Arab states supported the Saddam Hussein regime to contain Iran’s emerging revolutionary order, which seemed bent on exporting its revolution throughout the Muslim world. It was then that Iran forged a close bond with the Syrian regime of Hafez al-Assad and helped establish Hizbollah in Lebanon, a group it has supplied militarily via Syria ever since.


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Invitation to join the 2018 Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day, Canberra | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty

Invitation to join the 2018 Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day, Canberra | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty: Gather at 9.30 am Wednesday 25 April 2018 at lower end of Anzac Parade, Canberra
(Corner Constitution Ave and Anzac Parade)

Invitation to March

We encourage all comers to join us so that we show to the public that here is a desperate need to tell the truth about the colonisation of this country and the devastation wreaked upon First Nations Peoples.

This is not a whinge. This is real history.

We need to remember those who defended their rights to their country; who volunteered to fight for their country in modern wars, despite being treated as second class peoples with no civil rights.

We need to remember all of them, not just the few.

Help us remember and help us bury our dead.


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