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Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

John Feffer Foreign Policy in Focus
Trump is counting on his base to endorse his increasingly open law-breaking. It may not end well. His public appeal to China last week to help uncover dirt on the Biden family was both a brazen flouting of the law and an astute political tactic.

Trail of Tears: Refugees from Central America

H Patricia Hynes Portside
Throughout the 20th century, US corporations have staked out Central America for fruit and coffee growing, metal mining and logging, and water for beverage processing – all at the expense of indigenous land and environmental rights.

Democrats Must Stop Dismissing Diplomacy With North Korea

Minju Bae & Ju-Hyun Park Truthout
The last two years of Korean-led intergovernmental cooperation have laid the groundwork toward peace and reunification. U.S. progressives ought to be supportive of that process — it’s their obligation to history and morality.

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Vietnam: Terror Was Absolute

Chris Mullin London Review of Books
Decades after the US retreat from Vietnam, the causes of the war and the outcome are still controversial if not murky, its lessons still not understood by US foreign policy makers. A comprehensive new book aims to clear away much of the detritus.

US Sanctions Are Designed to Kill

Kevin Cashman, Cavan Kharrazian Jacobin
Trump signing documents US sanctions are killing ordinary Iranians by the thousands. Through its control over the world banking system, America’s sanctioning power flouts international human rights law and poses a threat to the world.
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