GEORGE GALLOWAY—I have maintained from the start that President Trump did not want war against Iran. But that John Bolton – on his way to a slot on Fox News as I write – surely did. Trump wanted to treat the Iran “negotiations” like the North Korean ones: A blizzard of blood-curdling threats and economic sanctions, culminating in a bear-hugging personally brokered “deal”on prime-time with the Iranian leadership.
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DARIUS SHAHTAMASEBI—We don’t need a Foreign Affairs article to tell us that regime change is the ultimate goal of Washington’s war hawks with respect to Iran. Even with Bolton gone in spectacular, Trump-Twitter-style fashion, this will never change. Iran has too much oil and natural gas and acts too independently for America’s liking, forging strong ties with Russia, China, North Korea, Syria and attempting to bypass the US dollar on multiple fronts.
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GERALDINA COLOTTI—It is worth remembering that Milton Friedman, a theorist of neoliberalism fiercely opposed to any state intervention in the economy, inspired the policies of Margaret Thatcher in Britain and Ronald Reagan in the United States at the time, and had a decisive influence on the devastating economic choices imposed on Chile during Pinochet’s dictatorship.
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Supporters of the four activists facing a year in prison and heavy fines for protecting the Venezuelan embassy from being handed over to pro-coup forces by the Trump administration are “using this case to organize people against the coup and in favor of international law,” said defendant Kevin Zeese, who expects the case to go to trial “in the spring.” Zeese and co-defendant Margaret Flowers are founders of Popular Resistance.
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AARON MATE—A handful of Democrats – Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Ro Khanna, and others have opposed regime change in Venezelua – but even then their opposition is tepid, qualified, and rare. Just imagine if that were different: imagine how much harder it would be for Trump, Bolton, and Mike Pompeo to deny food and medicine to millions of Venezuelans if any of their critics in the Democratic Party or on cable news shows would make it an issue. But since this embargo was announced, they’re not even mentioning it.