Sri Lanka owes 81 percent of its external debt to U.S. and European financial institutions and to Western allies, Japan and India. China owns just 10 percent. But Washington blames imaginary “Chinese debt traps” for the nation’s crisis, as it considers a 17th IMF structural adjustment program, reports Benjamin Norton.
Despite China delaying the vote to hold closed-door negotations, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously agreed Friday to renew the UN's mandate in Haiti. Since 2004, as many as 13,000 troops from around the world have served as part of the UN's peacekeeping mission. For many Haitians, the mandate is a foreign occupation, reports TF editor Julie Varughese.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan accused top U.S. diplomat Donald Lu of organizing a “foreign conspiracy” to topple his government. Video of Lu testifying in the Senate confirms Washington is angry over Khan’s growing relations with Russia, reports Multipolarista's Benjamin Norton.
Toward Freedom welcomed Jacqueline Luqman onto the board of directors on March 17. Jacqueline brings a background in activism and in journalism, and describes herself as a "Pan-Africanist, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist revolutionary." She recently told TF Editor Julie Varughese why she joined the board.
China and Russia see the West’s actions in both eastern Europe and Taiwan as the West working against their ambitions, writes Vijay Prashad.
Amid escalating tensions between United States/NATO and Russia, all eyes are on Ukraine. But Nord Stream 2, a pipeline built to bring Russian gas under the Baltic Sea directly to Germany, is an integral part of the story, writes John Foster.