US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA “Black Site” Renditions
Opinion

US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA “Black Site” Renditions

Two executives at the company that chartered the U.S. plane that was caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela last week have been tied to an air cargo company that aided the CIA in the rendition of alleged terrorists to “black site” centers for interrogation. The troubling revelation comes as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has rejected a…

Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over “Humanitarian Aid” Ploy
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Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over “Humanitarian Aid” Ploy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver “humanitarian aid.” Washington’s aim is either to provoke a fissure within the country’s armed forces or set the stage for a US-led military…

Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid
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Weaponizing Humanitarian Aid

Long ago, US foreign aid programs honored the principle that humanitarian aid should be treated separately from economic and military assistance to governments. Public Law 480 (popularized as “Food for Peace”), which began under President Eisenhower in the 1960s and expanded under President Kennedy, was mainly intended (in Kennedy’s words) to “narrow the gap between…

No Amount of Propaganda Qualifies as Humanitarian Aid
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No Amount of Propaganda Qualifies as Humanitarian Aid

Last month, Helsinki hosted an international conference on the humanitarian situation in Syria, resulting in the launch of a regional refugee plan for the next two years, focused on assisting Syria’s neighboring states in dealing with the refuge crisis. In accordance with this plan, UN officials seek 4.6 billion dollars worth of humanitarian aid to…

Middle East

Israel Lines Its Pockets With Palestinian Aid — And The US Helps Israel Keep It That Way

A Palestinian boy looks from his family’s destroyed house at workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer’s Israeli bombardment of Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. By Robert Fantina @RobertFantina | July 23, 2016    Complicity with Israel’s occupation and corruption in Mr. Abbas’ PA play into another major roadblock…

North America

Largest Military Aid Package Ever Offered to a Foreign Country in US History Just Got Bigger

Already set to be the “largest military aid package” the US has ever offered to a single country in history, the Obama Administration has written a lengthy letter to US Senators today, informing them of intentions to “substantially sweeten” the already record offer in an attempt to try to get the Israelis to sign on…