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International solidarity pours in as Cuba copes with major fire at oil facility

Three oil storage tanks at the Matanzas Supertanker Base have collapsed after a fire broke out at the site on August 5. Thousands have been evacuated as emergency efforts continue with critical on-ground help from Mexico and Venezuela.

“Fight poverty, not the poor!”: Thousands rally in Washington DC

Labor unions, civil society and religious groups joined the Poor People’s Campaign on June 18 to demand justice and redressal for the 140 million people in the US facing poverty and growing insecurity

100 North American youth march in Cuba to demand an end to the blockade

The youth leaders joined Cuba’s iconic May Day march to demand an end to the US blockade and to strengthen ties of solidarity with the island

NATO countries gear up to supply more weapons to Ukraine

Germany, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and Romania are among the countries that have pledged the supply of more weapons to Ukraine. The US has already announced a billion dollars worth of arms supplies in a week

Yemen conflict International organizations urge against US imposing terrorist tag on Houthis in Yemen

Several groups signed a letter warning of the wide-ranging negative consequences of designating the Houthis as a terrorist group, including hampering of humanitarian relief efforts and diplomatic negotiations to end the war 

Afghan frozen assets Afghans oppose US move to seize half of country’s frozen assets, call it illegal and unjust

Amid severe opposition and criticism, the Joe Biden administration decided last week to divert nearly half of the USD 7 billion Afghan frozen assets it holds to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks

Memo to Congress: Diplomacy for Ukraine Is Spelled M-i-n-s-k

If the US government wants to play a constructive role in Ukraine, it should support an already existing framework for a solution to the crisis

US defense budget US Congress approves record defense budget of USD 778 billion 

Despite its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration’s first defense budget is USD 38 billion higher than last year’s and more than the combined defense budgets of the next 11 countries

What role does the military play in climate change?

A gaping hole in the COP26 official agenda was the oversized role of the military industrial complex in environmental devastation. The US is a global leader on this front with the Pentagon being a bigger polluter than 140 countries combined

Colin Powell. Former US secretary of state Colin Powell leaves legacy of war crimes and lies

Post September 11, 2001, Powell, along with secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and president George Bush Jr, was among the leading architects of the so-called global war on terror that killed almost a million people across the globe

War in Yemen Anti-war groups ask US lawmakers to end support to Saudi-led war in Yemen

Despite the assurances given by US president Joe Biden earlier this year, the US continues to extend crucial military support to the Saudi-led coalition’s war efforts in Yemen

How can the US wake up from its post-9/11 nightmare?

The only hope for the future is to abandon the futile quest for hegemony and instead commit to peace, cooperative diplomacy, international law, and disarmament.