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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Left) meeting with American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Right)

Since the final end of trilateral talks, mediated by the African Union, between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, over the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD), Egypt’s foreign policy has shifted to target international opinion.

Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, has ruled out any return to negotiations due to the start of unilateral filling of the dam by Ethiopia last July. While Egypt can postpone indefinitely — as they have two hydroelectric dams (Sudan has six) — Ethiopia cannot. While 99.8% of Egypt has access to electricity only 30% of Ethiopia has access.

Having realized that Egypt could not prevent the unilateral filling of the dam (their sole means of stalling it) through talks with Ethiopia, the riparian republic had Shoukry go on a world tour to isolate Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and strangle Ethiopia into submission. …


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A decade-long dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt (supported by Sudan) over the construction of a 4.6 billion USD hydroelectric dam along the Blue Nile River, within Ethiopian borders, has brought the question of who “rightfully” owns the Nile into the limelight. The infrastructure project called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), or the Blue Nile Dam, is almost completed. Ethiopia anticipates that the first stage of electrical production will begin as early as 2021, and they claim to have achieved their first-year filling target in mid-July of 2020.

The construction of the dam and the filling of the water go hand in hand…The filling of the dam doesn’t need to wait until the completion of the dam. — Ethiopian Water Minister Dr. …


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Credit to @indepaz on Twitter

The 28th of September saw the 222rd “leader and human rights defender” to be assassinated in the Republic of Colombia this year. The 60-year-old was waylaid by a group of hired gunmen (in Dosquebradas) who shot him multiple times.

Quintero took an active role in organizing and working within his local community. He was the president of the Community Action Board of the Sabanitas neighborhood of the Dosquebradas municipality of the Risaralda department.


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The threat of a major escalation in the 2nd Libyan Civil War (2014 — Present) by an Egyptian military intervention is almost certain. This would see the potential for a direct military confrontation between Turkish and Egyptian troops within the borders of Libya. Considering the tensions over oil and mineral rights in the eastern Mediterranean by Cyprus, Greece, and others, the potential for a broader Mediterranean conflict is a very real possibility.1

Egyptian military expert, General Mahfouz Marzoup, has pointed out, to RIA Novosti, that there is a massive military buildup by Egypt along its western border. This buildup comes as a flurry of military drills and maneuvers by Egyptian air, land, and sea forces. …


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Map of Recent Naval Deployments in eastern Mediterranean (Kathimerini News)

It is no secret that the world is currently in the midst of a great socio-economic crisis that is sapping the foundations of American Empire. Much like the Fall of Rome, the hollowing out of Yankee institutions has been a slow and steady march into oblivion. The most notable mechanism of this decay is the exponential privatization of all-levels of government. As the institutions of both the ideological and repressive state apparatus are further privatized, the sway of capital naturally co-opts their reproduction. The selling off of the reproduction of the institutional ideology of a state is tantamount to the English Monarchy relinquishing its right to appoint a hereditary successor to the Daily Mail. …


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Sitting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in front a picture of Nelson Mandela

As the topic of race and racism in America rises to the forefront of both social and editorial media, the nation of South Africa is once again alluded to by pundits and posters alike. South Africa is a country whose name is synonymous with racism and the former system of Apartheid that lasted from 1948 to 1994. However, an allusion loses its weight without a firm grasp of South Africa and its history (particularly Apartheid).

Officially known as the Republic of South Africa (RSA), and as the name suggests, it is located in the southernmost region of Africa. It shares a border with Mozambique, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. It is in no way homogeneous, and there are over 10 different languages. The largest four languages are Zulu (22.7%), Xhosa (16%), Afrikaans (13.5%), and English (9.6%), and, according to the 2011 census, 76.4% is African, 9.1% is white, 8.9% is coloured, 2.5% …


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„Islam is the only supporter of the worker.“ -Sayyid Imam Khomeini

The United States is continuing its policy of hostility towards Iran, and all self-described socialists and those who believe should be raising their voices to condemn American warmongering. Iran is a bulwark against Western and imperial interests in the region, and their struggle is a righteous one. Their fight is one for God (SWT) and the dispossessed. American aggression towards the Islamic Republic of Iran should make the blood boil of all those who believe in God (SWT), His messenger (SAWS), and the Last Day.

American hostility takes many forms, and sanctions have been predominantly the tool used against Iran. Sanctions constitute an act of war, like a blockade. Despite what the Democratic hawks might say, sanctions kill. Sanctions take food out of children’s mouths by denying its import and causing its price to rapidly rise. Sanctions denying fuel harm agricultural production as industrialized agriculture depends on it. The same can be said for fertilizer. Politicians know this, and yet they continue regardless. …


On December 26th, 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced, to an assembly of his fellow Justice and Development Party (AKP or AK Parti) members, that he will be submitting a bill to the national legislature, on January 7th, 2020, to authorize the military deployment of Turkish regulars to Libya.

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GNA President Fayez al-Sarraj (left) with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right)

The direct military intervention of Turkey into the 2nd Libyan Civil War (2014 – Present) is a major move by the Erdoğan government. …


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The rift between Turkey and NATO will continue to grow as long as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Syrian policy takes precedence over amicable relations with the West. For NATO leadership, and particularly the US Trump administration, if the intra-alliance conflict worsens to the point of Turkey being ousted from NATO, the United States is signaling the end to American dominance in the Levant and Anatolia.

The origin of the current row can be traced back to the July 2016 FaceTime Coup attempt in Turkey to oust Erdoğan. As the coup failed, either due to poor planning or being a false flag, the Turkish government used it as an opportunity to launch a massive campaign of arrests to purge all anti-government Kemalists from the military, academia, and media. It was a major victory for the President’s non-Kemalist ruling Justice and Development Party ( Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi or AKP), as it allowed an unprecedented concentration of power into the civilian state apparatus. Since its founding in 1923, the military has acted as a Kemalist deep state to check civilian power if reactionary elements attempted to subvert the republic’s founding principles. …


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Sascha Grosser

As the anti-capitalist movement heats up, there are more and more newcomers to the scene. Unfortunately, there is no laminated tri-fold magically handed to you when you decide “capitalism is bad.” People are left to their own devices to try and figure out what the hell is going on.

You’ve decided capitalism is bad. Maybe you realized that having a boss sucks, or perhaps your curiosity got the better of you? Regardless, now you want to read up so you can better fight this global intangible evil.

What the hell is capitalism anyway? If you have ever visited the comment sections of YouTube or Facebook then you have likely discovered that most folks just argue semantics. Without systematized terminology, how can healthy discourse occur? …

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PV Hasam

Pennsilfaanisch-Deitscher political scientist with a background in history. I focus on Turkey, the organs of state, DiaMat, and non-state actors.

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