Eau Claire, WI (Special to Informed Comment) – President Trump unveiled his administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at the White House on January 28, 2020, telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel that there are ‘many, many countries who want to partake in this,’ and predicting that “you are going to have tremendous support from your neighbors and beyond your neighbors.” The architects of the plan, the trio President’s Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, long-time confidant, and chief legal officer
2020-02-24 05:02 | Israel/ Palestine | JuanCole
Israel said Sunday it struck bases of the Islamic Jihad militant group near Damascus, while Syria claimed that its air defences shot down "enemy missiles". Israel said Sunday it struck bases of the Islamic Jihad militant group near Damascus, while Syria claimed that its air defences shot down "enemy missiles".
The Israeli army said in a statement that fighter jets "struck Islamic Jihad terror targets south of Damascus," following rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
2020-02-24 00:02 | News | Al-Araby
UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged the security council to approve a new transit point for Syria aid amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in the country's north. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to authorise a new passage point on the Turkish border to allow humanitarian aid to reach the embattled population of northeast Syria , where medical supplies are running short.
The recommendation came in a report issued on Friday
2020-02-23 17:02 | News | Al-Araby
Turkey and Russia are facing off over Idlib, with a last-ditch attempt to save Idlib from disaster at French-brokered crisis talks. Fresh clashes between Turkey and the Syrian regime broke out this week in Aleppo province, as the deadline nears for Damascus to withdraw its forces from recently re-captured opposition areas or face a Turkish military response .
Fighting centred on the village of Al-Nayrab , outside Saraqeb - a town
2020-02-23 17:02 | In-depth | Al-Araby
In graphic video footage captured by the drone and shared on social media, the ACV-15 armoured personnel carrier of Syrian rebels (supplied by Turkey) has intentionally rammed the Syrian regime T-72 main battle tank. Bild’s foreign policy editor Julian Röpcke on Saturday shared the video saying, “Maybe the most unreal battle footage of the entire war in Syria, proving the total incompetence of the Assad army, which would be dust since 2015, if Russia did not intervene on its side.”
2020-02-23 10:02 | Army, News, Syria | DefenceBlog
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused by Western intelligence agencies of seeking to interfere in the 2020 US elections in favor of Donald Trump on the right and in favor of Bernie Sanders on the left. But guess what, Russia doesn’t actually want Bernie to win. At all. Moscow just wants the US to be polarized and fighting internally so as to leave Russia alone to pursue its expansionist projects in places like Ukraine.
2020-02-23 06:02 | Bernie Sanders, Climate Crisis, Democratic Party | JuanCole
The different ways people say 'money' across Arab countries Money, money, money... must be funny... in the Arab world 💰🎶 February 23rd, 5:00 am February 20th, 11:47 am Mariam Nabbout The Arab region is one of the world's most diverse areas when it comes to cultures and dialects. The official language we all share around here is the Modern Standard Arabic, which is also known as "fus7a."
2020-02-23 05:02 | News | StepFeed
Joe Lauria at Consortium News headlined on February 21st, “Apparent US Intel Meddling in US Election With ‘Report’ Russia is Aiding Sanders”, and he noted that,
If the story is true and if intelligence agencies are truly committed to protecting U.S. citizens, the Sanders campaign would have been quietly informed and shown evidence to back up the claims.
Instead the story wound up on the front page of the [Washington] Post, “according to
2020-02-22 23:02 | Corruption, Deep State, Democracy | DissidentVoice
Syria's M5 highway has reopened for the first time in nearly eight years following a brutal regime advance into northern towns previously held by rebels. The highway that links the Syrian capital with the northern city of Aleppo is open for public use for the first time in nearly eight years after regime forces recently captured parts of it that had been held by insurgents, the transportation minister said on Saturday.
The reopening of the M5 highway
2020-02-22 17:02 | News | Al-Araby
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2020-02-22 13:02 | Other | JustSecurity
( Middle East Monitor ) – A devastating civil war and international sanctions have destroyed Syria’s economy, leaving it with a GDP that is a third of what it was in 2010. The monetary crisis and depreciation of the currency is the latest chapter of the country’s economic meltdown. Despite the lack of accurate statistics, some agencies such as the UN Development Programme estimate that 83 per cent of Syrians live below the poverty line and close
2020-02-22 05:02 | Bashar al-Assad, Displaced and Refugees, Free Syrian Army | JuanCole
Russian air strikes in Idlib are bolstering a Syrian government offensive that has forced nearly one million civilians to flee - the biggest wave of displacement of the nine-year conflict. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to halt the Syrian regime's violence in Idlib on Friday as efforts intensified to avoid more bloodshed in the final rebel holdout.
Russian air strikes in the northwestern province of Idlib are
2020-02-21 18:02 | News | Al-Araby
WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, according to three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing. Trump pushed back Friday accusing Democrats of launching a disinformation campaign.
“Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in
2020-02-21 17:02 | 2020 election, adam schiff, chris wray | TruthDig
News Amid intensifying fighting in recent weeks in Idlib and Aleppo, in which two Syrian journalists were killed and eight were injured, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) voices concern about the risks for reporters covering military operations in Syria and calls for every effort to be made to protect them. The latest fatality was Abdel Nasser Haj Hamdan , a journalist working as a photographer for the Binnish Media Office, who
2020-02-21 17:02 | News | ReportersWithoutBorders
Editor’s Note: This is the latest in Just Security’s weekly series keeping readers up to date on developments at the United Nations at the intersection of national security, human rights, and the rule of law.
World Health Organization Projects Cautious Optimism on Ability to Contain Coronavirus amid Reports of Underfunding and Corruption
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that there have been 92 cases of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19—the official
2020-02-21 15:02 | United Nations, budget, Idlib | JustSecurity
India's Modi faces the challenging task of navigating an unfamiliar and tricky geo-political situation in order to keep intact the close partnership he has forged with some Gulf countries. When five Muslim countries, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Indonesia met in Kuala Lumpur in December, it was widely expected to be another episode in the 'Game of Thrones' series played out by major Arab powers. But there was more to the summit than meets the eyes as the gathering turned
2020-02-21 14:02 | In-depth | Al-Araby
The promises made by the international community after the fall of Nazi Germany have once again been shown to be worthless.
“We're going to see a massacre on a scale that has never been seen during this entire war.” These are the words of UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Mark Cutts, speaking to Sky News about the Assad
2020-02-21 13:02 | News | NewStatesman
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ROGER STONE CASE
President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison yesterday for obstructing a congressional investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as part
2020-02-21 13:02 | Daily News Roundup, Featured | JustSecurity
Eyal Weizman said he is "alarmed" that the US asked him to give information on contacts in order to be allowed entry to the country, after his visa was revoked. The head of the human rights-focused investigative group Forensic Architecture has been denied entry to the US because he is deemed a security threat by an algorithm, according to a statement released on Thursday.
Eyal Weizman, whose group's work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
2020-02-21 12:02 | News | Al-Araby
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+ Michael Bloomberg is, of course, the perfect person to lead a party which has been the driving political force behind the neoliberal policies which helped make him the 9th richest person in America. In fact, he may be its apotheosis. Finally, we’ll have some clarity about what the Democratic Party has really been up to for the last 40 years.
+ The Democratic Party has been bought for
2020-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges | CounterPunch
By Bakr Sidqi | – Amid international neglect of the tragedy of an additional one million displaced individuals from the “de-escalation” zones in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo provinces, Moscow and Ankara announced that the talks that took place on Monday and Tuesday failed to reach any new understandings.
“We did not accept the map [of de-escalation zone borders] proposed by Russia,” said Turkish spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, while Lavrov said that Russia did not
2020-02-21 05:02 | Russia, Syria, Turkey | JuanCole
Eyal Weizman , an Israeli-born British architect who uses visual analysis to investigate war crimes and other forms of state violence, was barred from traveling to the United States this week for an exhibition of his work after being identified as a security risk by an algorithm used by the Department of Homeland Security.
Weizman, a professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, where his human rights research agency Forensic Architecture is based, frequently travels to the U.S.
2020-02-21 03:02 | National Security, Robert Mackey, World | TheIntercept
It is this author’s analysis that the effect of the Donald Trump presidency has been, somewhat paradoxically, to put wind in the sails of a kind of patriotic liberalism, reaffirming confidence in the forms and functions of US governance. Since Trump’s election, the calling words have been “not my president,” “not my country,” “this isn’t the America I know”–and the protagonists in the valiant anti-Trump struggle has been Robert Mueller, the FBI, Nancy Pelosi, the CIA, and NATO. With the
2020-02-21 01:02 | Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Boris Johnson | DissidentVoice
Merkel and Macron want to meet with Putin and Erdogan to discuss the intensified fighting in Idlib. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia's Vladimir Putin they want to meet him and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan to defuse the crisis in Syria .
In their phone call with the President Putin, Merkel and Macron expressed their "concern over the humanitarian catastrophe for residents of Syria's Idlib province," Merkel's office said.
2020-02-20 23:02 | News | Al-Araby
The death sentence of Tarek Houshieh, who killed British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes, has been overturned. A Lebanese court has overturned the death sentence of a man charged with the rape and murder of a British embassy worker in Beirut, local media reported on Thursday.
Judge Jamal al-Hajjar of Lebanon's highest court overturned the ruling against Tarek Houshieh, who had been sentenced to death in November for the rape and murder of Rebecca Dykes . No reason was given
2020-02-20 23:02 | News | Al-Araby
Turkey is hinting that it may get US Patriot support in war-torn Syria. Turkey said Thursday it wanted no "face-off" with Russia over Syria's offensive near the two countries' border but said it might receive US defence missiles to protect Turkish forces.
Tensions have mounted in the last three months between rebel-backer Turkey and Syria ally Moscow over dictator Bashar al-Assad's offensive in northwest Idlib, the last-rebel held region.
Earlier this month,
2020-02-20 21:02 | News | Al-Araby
HANAU, Germany — A 43-year-old German man who posted a manifesto calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst” shot and killed nine people of foreign background, most of them Turkish, in an attack on a hookah bar and other sites in a Frankfurt suburb, authorities said Thursday. He was later found dead at his home along with his mother, and authorities said they were treating the rampage as an act of domestic terrorism.
2020-02-20 16:02 | domestic terrorism, far right, far-right violence | TruthDig
Two Turkish soldiers were killed by an air strike attributed to the Syrian regime, while Turkey claims its forces killed 'up to 50' regime soldiers in its Idlib operation. Turkey's defence ministry said on Thursday that two of its soldiers were killed and five wounded following an airstrike in Idlib province, northern Syria, where the Turkish military is carrying out operations to recapture territory from the Syrian regime.
The ministry added
2020-02-20 15:02 | News | Al-Araby
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Upon U.S. entry into the war, in 1917 the Wilson administration proposed and a compliant Congress almost immediately passed the Espionage Act, a direct attack on American press freedom. The law criminalized newspaper journalists who dared to oppose the war, question the official narrative, or encourage dissent. Massive fines and stiff prison sentences were dealt out with regularity throughout the war. The postmaster general,
2020-02-20 14:02 | barack obama, espionage act, germany | TruthDig
It’s everyone’s fault except the U.S. and Israel The first week in February was memorable for the failed impeachment of President Donald Trump, the “re-elect me” State of the Union address and the marketing of a new line of underwear by Kim Kardashian. Given all of the excitement, it was easy to miss a special State Department press briefing by Ambassador James Jeffrey held on February 5 th regarding the current situation
2020-02-20 13:02 | Commentary & Analysis, Iran, Israel Lobby | CftNI
A Turkish-led operation recaptured a key town in Syria’s Idlib, reports say, following days of Turkish threats of an operation to curb the crushing regime offensive on the opposition-held province. The Turkish military has launched a "limited" ground operation inside Syria to recapture towns on Idlib ’s southeastern front, Turkish diplomatic sources told The New Arab ’s Arabic-language site on Thursday.
Video footage has circulated on social media showing Turkish infantry commandos storming the
2020-02-20 13:02 | News | Al-Araby
Book Club: Reclaiming Home: The struggle for socially just housing, land and property rights in Syria, Iraq and Libya, offers insights into how property loss impacts those in conflict. Syria, Iraq and Libya are three countries locked in intractable conflicts that have caused enormous loss of life and destruction, and while attention is centred on armed groups, fighting and political alliances, war raises issues that are often overlooked. A key issue in need of scholarly and policy focused
2020-02-20 13:02 | Society | Al-Araby
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TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS
President Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with the 2016 hack and leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee, one of Assange’s
2020-02-20 13:02 | Daily News Roundup, Featured | JustSecurity
Democratic Contenders Take Aim at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg in Nevada Debate Protesters Interrupt Nevada Debate to Demand Immigration Discussion Michael Bloomberg Made Transphobic Remarks in 2019 Bloomberg Campaign NDAs Could Prevent Reporting of Abuses U.N. Warns of Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria's Idlib German Far-Right Gunman Kills 10 in Frankfurt Suburb China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters over "Racist" Op-Ed
2020-02-20 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow
Turkey is set to welcome six countries, including the UK and Poland, into its visa-free club as a move to open European borders. In a bid for European diplomacy, Turkey has decided to offer visa-free travel to six more European countries, a Foreign Ministry official said.
Turkey will lift visa restrictions for tourists from Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK starting 2 March, spokesperson Hami Aksoy revealed.
Currently, British travellers must apply
2020-02-20 11:02 | News | Al-Araby
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On Wednesday night, six of the remaining Democratic candidates faced off in Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucuses. All eyes were on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, despite sitting out the early
2020-02-20 11:02 | Deconstructed, Deconstructed Podcast | TheIntercept
Since 2019, the British government has ramped up its attempts to criminalise people travelling to Northern Syria to join the Rojava revolution.
Last week, the father and brother of Dan Newey, who has joined the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to fight fascist Islamist forces, were charged with funding and assisting terrorism.
The widening web of criminalisation suggests a dramatic escalation of the state’s actions in clamping down on political protest and
2020-02-20 11:02 | Articles, Opinion, activism | NovaraMedia
Three years after his disappearance, the family of American citizen Majd Kamalmaz, held in Syria, are calling on former detainees to share what they know. In February 2017, Virginia resident Majd Kamalmaz travelled to Syria from neighbouring Lebanon to visit with relatives and pay his condolences following the death of his father-in-law. A day later, the dual US-Syrian citizen was detained at a checkpoint in a Damascus suburb and has been missing ever since.
2020-02-20 10:02 | In-depth | Al-Araby
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Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which
2020-02-20 08:02 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Feb. 20 that there was some rapprochement with Russia in talks about Syria's Idlib region, where Ankara has threatened to mount an offensive, but added that discussions were not at the desired level yet.
2020-02-20 08:02 | Turkey | Hurriyet
If you were mad enough to judge the state of the world by the daily outpourings of ‘mainstream’ media, you would have no real understanding of the perilous state of the human race. Or, if you had concerns on seeing the latest news on climate breakdown, you would not be fully informed about the powerful elites that are driving all of us towards this looming catastrophe. Nor would you be alerted to the overriding and immediate imperative for the
2020-02-20 06:02 | Capitalism, Democracy, Doomsday Clock | DissidentVoice
By Umut Korkut and Tarik Basbugoglu | – The recent turn of events in Idlib, an opposition stronghold in north-western Syria undergoing bombardment by the Syrian military, has put Turkey in a difficult position. Since the end of January, Syrian regime forces have killed 13 Turkish soldiers who were monitoring a tense ceasefire in Idlib . It now looks like the Syrian army is gradually winning the battle for Idlib.
For the past
2020-02-20 05:02 | Russia, Syria, Turkey | JuanCole
They say we’ve been down this road before. The “last time” creakily hinged upon a hysterically hyped WMD threat from Iraq that overwhelmingly forced the W. Bush regime and its bipartisan cheerleaders to preemptively invade Iraq in order to eliminate the imminent threat that Saddam Hussein’s non-existent WMD posed to the “Freedom-loving” world. Such was the logic then. That time has long since passed, yet U.S. troops are still in Iraq, as in Afghanistan, and also Syria today. The current
2020-02-20 02:02 | Donald Trump, Iran, Iraq | DissidentVoice
The Assad regime's key backer has repeatedly blocked UN resolutions on the conflict. Russia on Wednesday warned Turkey against intervening in Syria as it blocked a UN bid to end the Syrian regime's brutal assault on the last opposition enclave.
Syrian aid workers called urgently for a ceasefire and international help for nearly a million people fleeing the regime onslaught in the country's northwestern Idlib province -
2020-02-20 01:02 | News | Al-Araby
UNITED NATIONS — Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being squeezed into ever smaller areas near Turkey’s border “under horrendous conditions” in freezing temperatures that are killing babies and young children, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday. Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that “the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe” in northwest Idlib province, which is the last major rebel stronghold, has “overwhelmed” efforts to provide aid.
He said nearly 900,000 people have been displaced
2020-02-19 23:02 | aid, children, cold | TruthDig
An 'unidentified armed group' attacked an Oxfam vehicle in Daraa, the NGO said, killing two workers and injuring one volunteer. Two Oxfam aid workers were killed and another volunteer injured in an attack on their vehicle in Syria on Wednesday, the UK-based non-government organisation said.
The incident occurred at 2:00 pm local time (1200 GMT) in Daraa in the south of the country, Oxfam said, naming those who died as its southern
2020-02-19 20:02 | News | Al-Araby
The murder of two young Cambridge graduates on London Bridge last year was the latest atrocity committed by a follower of al-Muhajiroun, the Islamist group given freedom by the British state to radicalise a generation of Muslims.
On the afternoon of 29 November 2019, a convicted Islamist extremist out of prison on licence stabbed and murdered two people in a rampage
2020-02-19 16:02 | News | NewStatesman
Last month, and as reported this week by Prof. Stefan Talmon, the German government disclosed its position on various legal questions relating to the presence of Russian and U.S. troops on Syrian territory. International law enthusiasts would surely find interest in Germany’s explicit statements on the legality of Russian presence in Syria (i.e., valid consent by the Syrian regime), as well as in its quite permissive understanding of the legal basis for the U.S. presence in oil fields in
2020-02-19 13:02 | ISIL, occupation, Syria | JustSecurity