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Cira Pascual Marquina interviews former Venezuelan Vice President for Productive Economy Luis Salas about the impact of US sanctions on the Venezuelan economy and the Maduro government’s economic policy responses.

Since 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed crushing economic sanctions against Venezuela, writes Kerry Smith.

The United States is facing a number of interrelated crises: the coronavirus; the economy; institutional racism, including police violence against African Americans; disarray in the Federal government; and climate change, writes Barry Sheppard.

In her new 75-minute-long podcast entitled Humanity has not yet failed — recorded under the COVID-19 lock down — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg explains that there is no solution to the climate crisis without system change, writes Peter Boyle.

Marta Harnecker was the materialisation of the “organic intellectual”, deeply tied to political movements and the contradictions and questions of the times, writes Miguel Enrique Stédile.

The shooting of a Black Lives Matter protester by a white vigilante in New Mexico adds to a worrying escalation of attacks by far-right terrorists in the United States, writes Jack Kiley.

The European Court of Human Rights struck a major blow to Israel’s efforts to silence its critics on June 11, writes Ali Abunimah, when it overturned the criminal convictions against 11 Palestinian rights activists in France.

In response to Israel’s intention to annex up to 30% of the West Bank, respect for truth by all the parties involved, Israeli, Palestinian, United States, European and Australian, has been replaced by calculations about the benefits of deceit, writes Stuart Rees.

Trump’s authoritarian aspirations are becoming more evident, writes Barry Sheppard. But the force blocking Trump is the mass Black Lives Matter uprising, which looks to continue the fight beyond the next election.

Fridges in Mexico are empty of beer because production has ceased in this industry deemed non-essential amid the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Tamara Pearson. However, United States-owned Constellation Brands is defying local orders and continues to produce for export to US consumers.

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