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Hunger as a Weapon: How Biden's Inaction Is Aggravating Cuba's Food Crisis

If President Biden wants to support human rights in Cuba and empower the Cuban people, he can start by alleviating the food crisis by ending Trump's prohibition on remittances and restoring the right of U.S. residents to travel.

William M. LeoGrande ·

50+ DNC Leaders Urge Biden to Lift Sanctions and Rejoin Iran Nuclear Deal

"As Democrats, we must put diplomacy at the center of our foreign policy and prove that America fulfills its commitments as a responsible actor on the world stage," says Rep. Barbara Lee, who signed the letter.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·

36 Civil Society Organizations Urge Biden to Reverse Draconian Sanctions Against Cuba

"A policy position guided by human rights needs to address how U.S. sanctions towards Cuba severely limit the rights of Cuban citizens to food security, climate justice and dignity."

Jenna McGuire, staff writer ·

Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel's Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal

The report reflects the power of decades of work in defense of Palestinian rights.

Phyllis Bennis ·

The Apocalypse Must Be Near. I Agree With Henry Kissinger—About Cold War With China

The US is waging an economic, propaganda, and military cold war against China, heightening tensions and increasing the risk of future confrontations. And it's getting worse.

Richard Eskow ·

IG Report Finds Trump Aid to Venezuela Was Aimed at Toppling Maduro

"This was incredibly obvious at the time, but it's shocking to see the details," said one U.S. journalist and author. 

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

Amid Nuclear Talks, 40 Groups Urge Biden to Lift Sanctions on Covid-Ravaged Iran

"By prioritizing humanitarian relief for Iran and other sanctioned states, President Biden can follow through on his campaign commitment and demonstrate that the U.S. can be a force for global good."

Brett Wilkins, staff writer ·

War Hawks Are Working Overtime to Derail US-Iran Diplomacy

As the saboteurs of diplomacy hope for a violent escalation, let’s keep in mind—and hope Iran agrees—that the best revenge would be a revived JCPOA.

Ariel Gold ·

Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World

"I think the United States and its populous, who vote these governments in, need to understand that the children and the people of Iraq are just like the children of the United States."

Nicolas J.S. Davies ·

For True JCPOA Re-Entry, Biden Must Tear Down Trump's Sanctions Wall

Whether Biden will clear the minefield Trump has left behind will primarily be determined in Washington, not Vienna. It will require both political will and capital.

Tyler Cullis ·