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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Saudi Arabia promises $1.5 billion in aid to Yemen – but it's still bombing the country
Destroying Syria: Why does Washington hate Bashar al-Assad?
Syria at that time was already in the cross-hairs of two principal American so-called allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both were actively working to destabilize the regime, though for different reasons. The Saudis were fearful of Iranian influence over Damascus but also had a religious agenda in that the secular Syrian regime was protective of religious minorities and was itself an offshoot of Shi'a Islam referred to as Alawites. The Saudis considered them to be heretics.
Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group
Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia.
Fears over US-Turkey military confrontation in Syria
As U.S. looks to rein in Turkish offensive, Manbij is key
Civilians killed by Turkish strikes as Erdogan vows to continue Afrin operation
‘Make Trade, Not War' is China's daring plan in the Middle East
Under the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing aims to connect western China to the eastern Mediterranean
China, Venezuela vow to deepen all-round cooperation
China and Venezuela are willing to deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership, the two countries' foreign ministers said here on Monday.
North Korea Issues Statement Calling for Breakthrough in Unification
With both nations upbeat after recent bilateral talks, and sports diplomacy surrounding the Winter Olympics, North Korea has issued a very unusual statement of unity addressed not to South Korea, but to all Koreans across the world.
South Korea 'has very strong concerns' the US might strike North Korea, ex-CIA Korea expert says
A former chief of the CIA's Korea division who recently returned from South Korea says he found widespread worry that the US is gearing up for a military strike against North Korea.
China would back a unified Korea if attained through peace, ambassador says
Russia is a Threat to Western Societies?
The United States and its NATO allies are facing an existential threat. But the threat has nothing to do with Russia, China, or any other external "enemy" for that matter. The West's own worst enemy is itself. Or more precisely, the intellectual bankruptcy of its political and military leaders and their dominant public discourse.
Trump's National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne
Implicit in the document is this proposition: more spending will make the armed forces of the United States "stronger" and the United States "safer." Simply put, the NDS is all about funneling more bucks to the Pentagon.
US after supporting South Sudan's leader calls him 'unfit'
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United States is giving up on South Sudan's president after backing the country's independence in 2011 and investing over $11 billion, calling him "an unfit partner" in the pursuit of peace and urging an arms embargo on the conflict-wracked nation.
Scores convicted in Congo's Beni massacre trial
How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy
Twitter Warns Users: We're Watching You
In an overt act of political intimidation, the social media platform Twitter emailed hundreds of thousands of users Saturday informing them that they had shared or followed "Russian propaganda."
The Problem Isn't Just That Trump's a Racist. It's That He Keeps Acting On His Racism
The president has always been a racist. The issue is that he now has the power to make policy based on prejudice.
African Nations Say Trump's Shithole Comments Are "Definition of Racism"
Representatives from across the continent have condemned the president for his vulgar comments – questioning why the US accepts immigration from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.
If You Think Haiti Is a Shithole, Then Blame America for Helping to Make It That Way
Centuries of mistreatment by the U.S. is a primary cause of Haiti's plight.
No regrets for making Haiti a 'shithole'?
Why The US Owes Haiti Billions – The Briefest History
Israel Keeps Bombing Syria
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Danger Lurks from Washington Torpedoing Korea Talks
There was near-unanimous welcoming of the surprise peace talks this week between North and South Korean delegations. Even the bellicose US President Donald Trump put aside his fiery rhetoric to endorse the diplomatic engagement between the two divided Koreas, saying he “hoped something good would result”.
Israel Keeps Bombing Syria and Nobody Is Doing Anything About It
UN Condemns Donald Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Remark as Racist
Calling Out Trump Denial, Durbin Confirms President Said 'Those Hate-Filled' Words 'Repeatedly'
"To no surprise the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true," said the Illinois senator.
Trump Gives World Four Months to Change Iran Nuclear Deal
Extends Iran Sanctions Relief, Says It's 'Last Time'
Russia kills militants behind Syria air base attack: agencies
Be Careful Who You Put Your Trust in When It Comes to Iran Protests
There may be no evidence on the ground of a hidden American or Saudi hand behind the demonstrations at this stage, but they will presumably try to take advantage of them. The former US ambassador to the UN and neo-conservative John Bolton says firmly that "our goal should be regime change in Iran", and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has in the past called for intervention inside Iran.
Panic of Boris Johnson in Moscow: Agony of a Rotting Empire
Africa Awaits the Aftershock After Defying President Trump in the United Nations General Assembly
Trump is Pulling a Libya on Iran
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
North Korea says Trump has 'lit the wick of war' and that it is ready to 'settle the final score with a hail of fire'
Many members of Congress have criticised Mr Trump's 'belligerent' rhetoric towards Pyongyang
China will 'compel' Saudi Arabia to trade oil in yuan — and that's going to affect the US dollar
Beijing sends frigate & jets to warn off US destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands
Trump is Pulling a Libya on Iran
Muammar Qaddafi learned the hard way how the U.S. reneges on deals.
Iran: Trump's Gift to the Hard-liners
Sputnik and RT Under Investigation. What About the First Amendment?
Apparently not as important as demonizing Russia over a fairy tale
Absurd Russian Ads Hype as US Corporations Buy Democracy
Google is the latest US internet company to claim it found "Russia-linked" advertisements on its network — allegedly posted to influence the US presidential election last year.
Kremlin Issues Stern Warning to Washington Over Its Help for Terrorists in Syria
The Science of Spying: How the CIA Secretly Recruits Academics
Trump explains why he's different than Harvey Weinstein
His statement comes on the one year anniversary of the release of the Access Hollywood tape.
The Cost of Empire
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Cost of Empire
Americans must challenge Trump's policies in North Korea and Yemen that stem from imperial priorities.
THE VIETNAM NIGHTMARE — AGAIN
Much of America, including yours truly, has been watching the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, 'Vietnam.' Instead of clarifying that confusing conflict, the series has ignited fiery controversy and a lot of long-repressed anger by soft-soaping Washington's motives.
Pilger Criticizes Ken Burns's 'The Vietnam War'
For decades, the U.S. mainstream media has shied away from a clear-eyed view of the Vietnam War, not wanting to offend the war's apologists, a residue of which tainted the recent PBS series, as John Pilger told Dennis J Bernstein.
US prepared to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely — Pentagon chiefs
Donald Trump as the Slave Master of the Black Athlete Plantation
Sports can reveal so much about where we are in American racial progress: Jackie Robinson, the Mexico City Olympics, Derek Jeter dating white women. White sports fans have made themselves the referees for what black athletes are allowed to do to move the racial equity ball down the field. And they'll be more than happy to shut down a spectacular rush. And that's the end of my sports metaphors.
Russia says IS attacks in Syria come from location near US forces
Russia's Defense Ministry says that the attacks launched by Islamic State in Syria on government forces came from an area near Jordan where a U.S. military mission was located.
Syria strikes killed hundreds, says Russia
Russian air strikes in eastern Syria have left more than 300 Islamic State militants dead, Russia's Defence Ministry says.
US-led coalition airstrike kills 18 civilians in Raqqa
Israel sees Assad winning Syria war, urges more U.S. involvement
3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger
The "Russian Ads" On Facebook Are Just Another Click-Bait Scheme
Congress is investigating 3,000 "suspicious" ads which were run on Facebook. They were claimed to have been bought by "Russia" to influence the U.S.presidential election in favor of Trump.
With more details now known we can conclude that these Facebook ads had nothing to do with the election. The mini-ads were bought to promote click-bait pages and sites. These pages and sites were created and promoted to sell further advertisement. The media though, has still not understood the
Washington's Iron Curtain on the Euphrates
The Killing of History
Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017
US Strategic Command Chief: Iran Fully Adhering to Nuclear Deal
Says Concerns Are Purely on Iran's Conventional Missiles
Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders
Trump imposes new sanctions on North Korea, Kim says will 'tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire'
North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children
Japan braces as North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test in Pacific
Dealing With North Korean Missiles
South Korea approves $8m aid package for North Korea
Decision to release funds for humanitarian programmes for infants and pregnant women risks rift with US and Japan
Germany's Sigmar Gabriel slams Donald Trump's 'national selfishness' in UN speech
Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned against focusing on national interests in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Gabriel has also called for a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis.
Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations
Nuclear weapons: Who are the world's haves and have nots?
More than two-thirds of the world's countries are calling for a global ban on nuclear weapons. DW examines the questions over the state of weapons stockpiles, disarmament deals and their chances of success.
Russia Warns It Would Retaliate Against US Forces in Syria If Provoked
US, Russian Generals Talk Face-to-Face About Syria Problems
The Killing of History
One of the most hyped "events" of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, "They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way".
7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico
Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
At least 20 schoolchildren among 248 killed in Mexico after their school collapsed during a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that triggered explosions, collapsed buildings and sent people fleeing into the street
Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico City, severely damaging buildings
Trump Vomits Hatred All Over The United Nations General Assembly
Korea Solution Needs US to Sign a Peace Treaty
Starve Them to Death: Wall Street Journal's Solution to North Korea
'Genocidal' Trump Blasted for Threatening to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'
"Reminder," says one critic of president's speech to UN General Assembly: "threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you don't like their leader is threatening to commit genocide."
Aung San Suu Kyi is not worthy of her Nobel Peace Prize
There are petitions online calling for Daw Suu to be stripped of her Nobel. In fact, there is no mechanism to take away the prize, but I do wish that the prize money could be recovered and go to feed the widows and orphans being created on her watch
America's Slow-Motion Military Coup
Trump's ability to rely on "his generals" for guidance shouldn't be seen as comforting
Mattis: No need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles
North Korea says more sanctions will spur it to hasten nuclear plans
In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel
Head of IDF's Aerial Defense Command lauds new air defense facility as a symbolic and operational achievement
Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran
Israeli Website Claims ISIS Commander Revealed As Mossad Agent
Libyan security forces arrested a Daesh commander in the city of Benghazi — only to find out soon after that the man they had captured, Ephraim Benjamin, was also an agent of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. Was he working to defeat Daesh or to strengthen it?
North Korea: ballistic missile launched over Japan
Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017
North Korea: ballistic missile launched over Japan – as it happened
Tillerson on North Korea: Russia and China must take 'direct action' over missile launch
Japanese PM says Pyongyang has 'no bright future' and calls for UN security council meeting after projectile flew over island of Hokkaido
U.S. calls on China to use 'powerful tool' of oil to sway North Korea
US threatens to 'cut China off' from dollar if it does not uphold sanctions against N. Korea
China and Russia Warn the U.S. Not to Seek North Korean Regime Change
No nuclear weapons in South Korea, says President Moon
Reagan Documents Shed Light on U.S. 'Meddling'
"Secret" documents from the Reagan administration show how the U.S. embedded "political action," i.e., the manipulation of foreign governments, in ostensibly well-meaning organizations, reports Robert Parry.
Confusion hits consumer market over US ban of Kaspersky
Interventionism Produced the 9/11 Attacks
Senate votes down bipartisan push for new U.S. war authorization
Do not drive N. Korea into corner: Putin
Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Putin warns U.S. not to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons
White House says denuclearization remains priority for Korean Peninsula
U.S. Desire for North Korea Oil Cutoff Puts China in a Tight Spot
Putin orders Foreign Ministry to sue U.S. over seizure of diplomatic property
Bolivia Slashes Infant Mortality Rate by 52 Percent
Bolivia has some precedent-setting health care programs in place under President Evo Morales.
South Korea's defense minister suggests bringing back tactical U.S. nuclear weapons
China demands "immediate stop" to THAAD deployment
China on Wednesday demanded an immediate stop to deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the Republic of Korea (ROK).
North Korean delegation arrives in Russia, to be joined shortly by South Korean President
The Eastern Economic Forum is a unique meeting which will be attended by delegations from Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia, South Korea and North Korea.
What the Media isn't Telling You About North Korea's Missile Tests
A closer look at which countries trade with North Korea
US President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States could cease trading with any country that "does business" with North Korea. But which countries actually trade with the reclusive communist state?
China May Be The Real Target Of North Korea's Pressure
The North's Kim dynasty has repeatedly used nuclear brinkmanship over the years in a push to be taken seriously by the United States but traditionally avoided causing major embarrassment to China, its sole major ally and economic lifeline.
Do not drive N. Korea into corner, sanctions alone will not solve problem — Putin
Putin North Korea Would Rather Eat Grass Than Give Up Nuclear Weapons
Make no mistake, the latest US thuggery is a sign of weakness, not strength
Victory at Last!
In America's Wars, Failure Is the New Success
Hezbollah co-leader: US nurtured ISIS monster against Syrian govt, now has to fight them
Jeff Sessions Announces End of DACA
President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the United States illegally as children, giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide their fate.
Obama slams Trump for rescinding DACA, calls move 'cruel'
Syrian forces 'break ISIL siege' in Deir Az Zor
President Assad congratulates Syrian army for breaching three-year siege on government-held areas of the eastern city.
Putin: Situation in Syria is improving in favor of Syrian Army...success of military operation in Deir Ezzor means terrorism defeat
Bashar Assad's Deir ez-Zor victory puts illegal US presence in spotlight
The symbolic victory for Assad and his allies has galvanized Russia, Iran and Hezbollah like never before in its campaign to rid Syria of terrorist groups.
US raid of Russian diplomatic sites a 'parade of power to reassert claim for global dominion'
The shutting and subsequent searches of Russia's diplomatic sites are a meaningless show of power and domination by the US, which, however, could help push through controversial new intelligence related legislation, believes Annie Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer.
Putin on US diplomatic row: What do you expect from people who mix up Austria and Australia?
Civilian death toll in Yemen tops 5,000: UN
Save the Children warns of unlivable conditions in Gaza
Save the Children says kids are 'unable to sleep, study or play' as enclave faces electricity and environmental crises.
Israel evicts Palestinian family from home of 53 years to make way for Jewish settlers
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