Is Iran Trying to Create a New ‘Hezbollah-Style Lebanon’ in the Caucasus?

At its height 2,500 years ago, the Persian Empire was one of the world’s most advanced civilizations. Now, occupying the same homeland, the Iranian regime is one of the most backward governments on the planet. The religious extremists controlling Tehran try to connect themselves to their subjects’ ancestors, while doing everything possible to destroy any chance of a new age of enlightenment and prosperity. 
Not satisfied with just destroying the country they control, the fundamentalists have expanded their reign of terror throughout Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

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There’s Nothing Honorable or Decent About Colin Powell’s Long List of War Crimes

Colin Powell, soldier, statesman, and lifelong public servant to the imperatives of empire, died yesterday, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his eponymous doctrine and at least 185,000 Iraqi civilians.
Born in 1937, Powell preceded by a decade the institution that would define both his life and much of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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There’s Nothing Honorable or Decent About Colin Powell’s Long List of War Crimes

Colin Powell, soldier, statesman, and lifelong public servant to the imperatives of empire, died yesterday, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his eponymous doctrine and at least 185,000 Iraqi civilians.
Born in 1937, Powell preceded by a decade the institution that would define both his life and much of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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There’s Nothing Honorable or Decent About Colin Powell’s Long List of War Crimes

Colin Powell, soldier, statesman, and lifelong public servant to the imperatives of empire, died yesterday, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his eponymous doctrine and at least 185,000 Iraqi civilians.
Born in 1937, Powell preceded by a decade the institution that would define both his life and much of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Gen. Colin Powell Flipped the Script on the Right’s Blind Support of Foreign Wars

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Posted: Oct 20, 2021 12:01 AM

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PARIS — One could say that there was a “pre” and “post” Gen. Colin Powell for the American right. It’s this ideological evolution of many on the right that should ultimately be remembered as the four-star general’s enduring legacy, sparked in that historical moment in 2003 for which Powell repeatedly spent the last several years expressing regret, right up until his death this week at age 84.

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Five looming global flashpoints

China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran pose enduring challenges to international peace. But five other possible flashpoints loom.
1) India-Pakistan in/over KashmirClaimed by Pakistan, India’s Jammu and Kashmir province has long been a center for terrorist activity. In early 2019, a major attack on Indian security forces threatened to provoke a war . Considering India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed powers sharing a sectarian and theological hatred for one another, the stakes of what happens in Kashmir reach far beyond the province’s borders.

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The CIA should leave diplomacy to diplomats

CIA Director Bill Burns is a lifelong career diplomat and a former deputy secretary of state. He’s also an ambitious man.
Under ordinary circumstances, there is nothing wrong with that: Washington, D.C., is an ambitious town. Just as every senator looks in the mirror and sees a future president, every foreign service officer sees in his or her reflection a future secretary of state.
President Joe Biden pledged during his campaign and repeatedly during the first months of his presidency that he wanted to return diplomacy to center-stage.

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‘Be Human’

Berta Valle, wife of the Nicaraguan political prisoner Félix Maradiaga, speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Miami, October 2021 (Courtesy of the Oslo Freedom Forum)
Notes on a gathering of democracy leaders and human-rights activists
Someone says to me, “Jay, this is Andrei.” I say, “Hi, Andrei.” Then I look at his name tag, which includes his last name. My eyes widen. My heart skips a beat or two. He is Andrei Sannikov, the Belarusian statesman and former political prisoner. He was a presidential candidate in 2010. For his troubles, he was imprisoned and tortured almost to death.

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‘Be Human’

Berta Valle, wife of the Nicaraguan political prisoner Félix Maradiaga, speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Miami, October 2021 (Courtesy of the Oslo Freedom Forum)
Notes on a gathering of democracy leaders and human-rights activists
Someone says to me, “Jay, this is Andrei.” I say, “Hi, Andrei.” Then I look at his name tag, which includes his last name. My eyes widen. My heart skips a beat or two. He is Andrei Sannikov, the Belarusian statesman and former political prisoner. He was a presidential candidate in 2010. For his troubles, he was imprisoned and tortured almost to death.

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Saving Lebanon by the light of justice

For nearly five hours Thursday, gunmen battled in the streets of Lebanon’s capital, using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. At least six people were killed and dozens wounded. And all for what? Because a Middle East country not known for an independent judiciary is divided over a judge trying to hold politicians accountable for a massive disaster and bring a degree of justice that young Lebanese are demanding.
The street fighting broke out during a protest by the two main Shiite parties – Hezbollah and the Amal Movement.

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