16 Years After Onset Of U.S. Plan Colombia, Cocaine Profits Reach Record Highs

The U.S.-Colombia drug war alliance has failed to stop the country’s drug trade, with last year’s coca yield breaking records. The record harvests can be traced to the country’s government, right-wing paramilitaries and wealthy individuals who are sympathetic to U.S. business interests.

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Twitter Still Refusing To Verify Accounts For Julian Assange And Other Gov’t Critics

Verified Twitter accounts are impervious to impostors and others who would seek to discredit the accounts’ owners. But Julian Assange and other well-known government critics are still unverified, leading to speculation that Twitter is purposefully allowing their accounts to remain vulnerable.
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NYT, AP Retract Claim That 17 US Intel Agencies Agree Russia Hacked US Elections

A claim that all of the U.S.’ major intelligence agencies had agreed that Russia interfered in last year’s election has been proven false. The claim has been the centerpiece of news coverage of “Russiagate,” indicating that much of what has been reported about the scandal has been flawed.
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Washington’s ‘Chemical Weapon’ House of Cards Demolished by Ex-Weapons Inspector

This reality comes through on the images provided by the White Helmets of their actions in and around Khan Sheikhun on April 4. From the haphazard use of personal protective equipment (either non-existent or employed in a manner that negates protection from potential exposure) to the handling of victims and so-called decontamination efforts, everything the White Helmets did was operationally wrong and would expose themselves and the victims they were ostensibly treating to even greater harm. As was the case with their “rescues” of victims in collapsed structures, I believe the rescue efforts of the White Helmets at Khan Sheikhun were a theatrical performance designed to impress the ignorant and ill-informed. Continue reading

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