India buys Iranian oil with rupees, circumventing the US dollar. Illustration: iStock

Why India is Ignoring US Sanctions and Sticking with Iran

Pay very close attention to what India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier this week in New Delhi: “Our foreign policy is not made under pressure from other countries … We recognize UN sanctions and not country-specific sanctions. We didn’t follow US sanctions on previous …

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Drug users in Kabul, Afghanistan, living in the holes. 16 years after US occupation. © Andre Vltchek

Peace Is a Cliché: When the West Cannot Control the World Unopposed It Means War

The West likes to think of itself as a truly “peace-loving part of the world”. But is it? You hear it everywhere, from Europe to North America, then to Australia, and back to Europe: “Peace, peace, peace!” It has become a cliché, a catchphrase, a recipe to get funding and sympathy and support. You say …

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Judicial Reform in Poland & Hungary: “Disease” or Remedy?

The judicial reform processes underway in Poland and Hungary are being derided by the EU as a “disease” that could “spread to the neighboring countries”, though they’re actually a liberating remedy from liberal totalitarianism and that’s why Brussels is so scared of them. The head of the “European Network of Councils for the Judiciary” (ENCJ) …

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The US Is Against Nord Stream II Is Because of the “Three Seas Initiative”

The geopolitics of Nord Stream II are becoming increasingly complex. The second direct underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany is continuing to come under heavy pressure from the US, which is completely against its construction and even threatened to sanction those who are involved with it. Germany is the EU’s economic engine, and it receives …

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Demonstrators hold a Palestinian flag in front of Israel's embassy in Buenos Aires on 15 May, 2018 during a protest against the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli fire in mass protests along the Gaza border (AFP)

Gaza’s Great Return March Massacre: A Turning Point?

The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May has rubbed salt into gaping wounds. As "presidential adviser" Ivanka Trump stood gleefully next to a triumphant Benjamin Netanyahu at the heart of the illegally annexed city, Israel was engaging in yet another massacre less than 100km to the southwest. Dozens of people were …

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Affirmative Action and the American Mind: If Any

“Affirmative action” means hiring people because they can’t do the job well. Near-synonyms are “diversity,” meaning groups that cannot do the job well, and “inclusiveness,” which means seeking people who you know cannot do the job well. These underpin American society, and have ruined education. For some time the sciences seemed less susceptible to the …

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Like Foxes Guarding the Henhouse: How Public Opinion is Manipulated on Wikipedia

Independent German investigators Markus Fiedler and Dirk Pohlmann have told Sputnik Deutschland about some of the mysterious Wikipedia editors they say are responsible for 'safeguarding' mainstream viewpoints on the world's largest and most influential free online encyclopedia. With Germans' trust in the mass media on the decline, more and more people are turning to the internet for their news …

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