India & Iran drop dollar in oil trade to bypass US sanctions

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India will reportedly pay for Iranian oil in rupees as the two countries seek to bypass the US economic pressure on Tehran, industry officials have told the Sputnik news agency.

Under the deal, the payments for oil will be made through India’s state-run UCO Bank, which has no US exposure. The countries are also discussing the barter-like system to avoid US sanctions, Sputnik reports …

https://on.rt.com/96fp

White Fear

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Jeremy Scahill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Eddie Glaude Jr

As the GOP veers toward fascism, establishment democrats face a grassroots insurgency

ICE AND U.S. CUSTOMS and Border Protection have become authoritarian shock forces, operating with impunity, ripping children from their parents’ arms, and enforcing the anti-immigrant edicts of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. But the horrors did not start with Trump. This week on Intercepted: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former waitress, is challenging one of the most powerful Democrats in the country for his congressional seat. She is running on a platform of social and economic justice and she has called for ICE to be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez explains why she wants to unseat the “King of Queens,” Rep. Joseph Crowley, who portrays himself as Nancy Pelosi’s rightful successor. Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. joins Intercepted to talk about white supremacy and law enforcement, the “rot” in the establishment Democratic Party, and Trump’s obsession with black athletes.

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/30/white-fear-as-the-gop-veers-toward-fascism-establishment-democrats-face-a-grassroots-insurgency

Chaotic and unending recovery after Hurricane Maria leads to far more dead than official government estimates

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The death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was far larger than known, according to a new study. At least 4,645 people on the island are estimated to have died as a result of the storm and devastation that followed, far exceeding the official number of 64. Judy Woodruff talks with Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/these-medical-struggles-in-puerto-rico-help-explain-a-startling-death-toll-estimate

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/05/the-worst-disaster-of-trumps-presidency-has-already-happened

https://thinkprogress.org/fema-spent-75-million-to-dock-a-half-empty-cruise-ship-off-puerto-rico-for-4-months-251b3918f36b

 

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/puerto-rican-mayor-says-trump-violated-islanders-human-rights-msnbc

Are corrupt politicians behind Peru’s palm oil plantations?

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The Peruvian rainforest isn’t what it used to be. Land that just a couple of years ago was covered in the thick foliage of the Amazon jungle has been given over to oil palms. Row upon row, as far as the eye can see. From above, these lucrative trees might give the impression of vast areas of healthy green, but close up, virtually nothing grows between one trunk and another. The indigenous plants are gone, and with them, the animals for whom they provided food and habitat.

The fruit of palms provides oil used in a vast range of products — from cosmetics to biofuel, potato chips and sandwich spread — all over the world …

http://www.dw.com/en/are-corrupt-politicians-behind-perus-palm-oil-plantations/a-44018184

Russia ready to extend world’s longest railway from Siberia through Korean peninsula

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The world’s longest railway spanning almost the entire length of Russia – the Trans-Siberian – could get an extension to North and South Korea.

A memorandum on the project was signed 10 years ago, but talks have been frozen after relations between the two Koreas deteriorated. The recent thaw has seen Seoul and Pyongyang more open to improving ties …

https://on.rt.com/96i3

Lavrov meets Kim in Pyongyang, gifts him ‘box for secrets’ (photos, videos)

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has already exchanged several firm handshakes with Kim Jong-un during his visit to Pyongyang on Thursday. Photos show the two engaged in pleasant diplomatic protocol.

https://on.rt.com/96hi

https://sputniknews.com/world/201805311064965022-lavrov-kim-jong-un-korea

The Killing Machine: Legalized torture, propaganda, and endless war in the time of Trump.

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Intercepted – Jeremy Scahill/Allan Nairn interview (audio)

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/28/allan-nairn-trump-revolution/

DONALD TRUMP HAS been in office 16 months. And the majority of media hours and column inches spent on his administration deal primarily with the Russia investigation, Stormy Daniels, and Trump’s personnel intrigue. It’s not that there isn’t great journalism being done on other issues. It’s that this narrow set of stories consume much of the energy and are on constant repeat pretty much everywhere in corporate media, except for Fox News, which generally broadcasts from an alternate reality.

On Intercepted, we have found it useful to occasionally step back from the daily grind of the Trump presidency and take stock of where we are and how we got here. My friend and colleague Allan Nairn is one of the sharpest analysts of the modern history of the American empire. As a journalist, he has played a significant role in exposing United States involvement in and sponsorship of brutal regimes and security forces around the globe. He survived the Dili massacre in East Timor in the early 1990s; he exposed the CIA’s financing of right-wing death squads in Haiti and the agency’s support for brutal military dictators in places like Guatemala and El Salvador; and he is perhaps the foremost expert in the world on the U.S. support for the genocidal regime of Suharto in Indonesia.