Russia: OPCW Likely to Again Make Claims About Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Islam Times - The Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) may announce the launch of another investigation into purported use of chemical weapons in Syria, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy told a UN Security Council session on Tuesday.
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Syria and the escalation in US-Russia hostility

America has made it clear that it will not participate in any support that might reach the Syrian regime within the framework of the donors' conference for Syria in Brussels on Tuesday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has cancelled his speech in the Belgian capital and called a conference for the international coalition against Daesh, also tomorrow. Meanwhile, the
| Article, Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia |

Rivals seeking to gain as Biden mulls approach to Syrian war

The Biden administration is mulling over America’s role in Syria’s ongoing conflict as the U.S. tries to break away from Middle East wars, but Vladimir Putin’s top diplomat already has been busy on the ground, trying to win support for a Syria approach that could establish Russia as a broker of security and power in the region.
| Middle East |

The War of Hunger is Taking Over From the War of Guns…and All Syrians are the Victims

“The war of hunger … scares me more than the war of guns,” says Ghassan Massoud, the Syrian actor famous for playing Saladin in the 2005 Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven. A politically neutral and popular figure in Syria, Massoud is quoted as saying that government employees are earning 50,000 Syrian pounds ($13/£9) a month when they need 800,000
| articles 2015 |

Damascus: EU Responsible for Suffering and Bloodshed of Syrian People

Islam Times - Syria has affirmed that the EU is responsible for suffering and bloodshed of the Syrian people and their livelihood through its support for terrorism with all its forms in addition to the economic terrorism, affirming that the EU has no right to pretend caring about the Syrians, and it has no capacity to undertake any positive role.
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Biden's War Policy Offers Chance for Change -- or More of the Same

Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images U.S. drone policy is arguably more important than ever in terms of setting the tone for the use of armed drones globally. “A review of the drone program is certainly what’s needed. But that review needs to be a real review — not one that simply asks whether we should go back to 2016 and policies as they were under
| National Security, Politics |

Roaming Charges: No Neanderthal Ever Bombed Syria

Joe Machin (WV)… 230,000 Jon Tester (MT)… 126,000 Jeanne Shaheen (NH)…146,000 Maggie Hassan (NH)….146,000 Angus King (ME)…158,000 Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)…840,000 Tom Carper (DE)…106,000 Chris Coons (DE)…106,000 See the paid-off local bottom feeders Passing themselves off as leaders Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows Open for business like a cheap bordello And they call it democracy….(The other Cockburn) Democrats 97-119 (or 45%-55% against) Republicans 0-209 Booked Up What I’m reading this week… Free Speech and the
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

Just Security Obtains Overseas Troop Counts That the Pentagon Concealed from the Public

On Nov. 23, DoD disclosed the quarterly numbers of troops permanently assigned to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria from December 2017 to September 2020. On Dec. 11, DoD produced 20 pages of heavily redacted documents responsive to the request for explanatory records, and claimed that the redacted information was withheld under FOIA Exemption 1, which applies to properly classified information related to
| Military, combat troops, Department of Defense |

Biden’s air strike plays into the hands of Iran’s hardliners, Israel, and Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu and his government were not the only people who jumped for joy after Joe Biden ordered the air strike on the Syria/Iraq border yesterday. Hardliners in Iran were also pleased, because the U.S. attack may slow down the restoration of the Iran nuclear agreement, and relaxation of U.S./Iran tensions could weaken the hardliners in upcoming Iranian elections. Source
| Media Analysis, News, Biden |

Engaging the World: The Making of Hamas's Foreign Policy

On 4 February, representatives from the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development in the unity talks with the other Palestinian factions, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas officials had travelled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues to represent an important political breathing space for
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, ICC |

Russia condemns US airstrikes in Syria

The Kremlin announced on Friday that it is closely monitoring the situation in Syria in the wake of the US airstrikes in the country and maintaining close contact with the Syrian authorities. Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters via teleconference that he could not say whether the US had informed Moscow of its plans in advance, adding that communications on operations
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Middle East |

Court rules Daesh bride cannot return to UK

A UK-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Daesh should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a security risk, Britain's Supreme Court ruled today according to Reuters. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two school
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Biden’s Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance?

All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). *** The Alt-Media Community is suspiciously silent about the S-300s’ no-show following … The post Biden’s Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance? appeared first on Global Research.
| English, Russia-Israel, S-300 |

Video: Two Truths and a Lie: US Patriot Missiles Leave Saudi Arabia for Syria

All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). *** The United States has deployed a Patriot defense battery to Syria’s … The post Video: Two Truths and a Lie: US Patriot Missiles Leave Saudi Arabia for Syria appeared first on Global Research.
| English, Saudi Arabia, Syria War |

Israel 'rewards' allies with surplus Covid-19 vaccines

Honduras, the Czech Republic, and Guatemala have all opened or promised to open diplomatic offices in Jerusalem. Israel is rewarding key allies, who have taken steps to recognise its contested sovereignty over Jerusalem , with surplus coronavirus  vaccines , according to a report by the country's public broadcaster. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that Israel
| News |

Israel planning to 'use Covid-19 vaccines to buy normalisation'

The Israeli government could use the Covid-19 vaccine to establish relations with an undisclosed nation, an official said. Israel may donate precious Covid-19 vaccine doses to an undisclosed Arab country in return for  normalisation , the country's Army Radio reported on Sunday. The vaccines would be given to Arab states after its own inoculation efforts have concluded,
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Another Brick In the Wall: Music Site’s Blocking Further Closes Off Chinese Internet

Nobody was surprised when Clubhouse, the viral app on which Chinese users shared their unfiltered views with global audiences, was blocked in China. Users had widely anticipated that Clubhouse would have to die. But the sudden blocking of Bandcamp, an international independent music platform, shocked Chinese and international observers. Together with the recent raid on Renren Yingshi, the subtitling group
| China & the World, Culture & the Arts, Information Revolution |

Syria Insight: Regime walk-out leads to new 'constitution crisis'

For some the constitutional talks were a last hope in ending the Syrian war peacefully. For others, it was another attempt by the regime to stall for time. The unexpected success of the fourth round of UN-backed Syrian Constitutional Committee talks in late 2020 meant that the next session, held in late January , came amid a rare atmosphere
| In-depth |

Citizen Lab Response to the U. N. Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

The Citizen Lab’s response to the questionnaire of the U.N. Working Group on the use of mercenaries on the provision of military and security products and services in cyber space by cyber mercenaries and related actors and its human rights impact. In a recent report to the General Assembly (A/75/259), the Working Group on the use of mercenaries identified “cyber mercenaries”
| News, NSO Group, United Nations |

AHRC applauds Life for Relief and Rahma Worldwide

AHRC applauds Life for Relief and Rahma Worldwide The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) commends Life for Relief & Development (LIFE) and Rahma Worldwide for their recent humanitarian effort in Lebanon responding to an urgent call for relief. The aid was provided to Syrian and Palestinian refugees residing at camps in the city of Tyre... The post AHRC applauds Life for
| American Arabs, NewsWire, Syria |

Ten Steps Biden Can Take Toward Peace

When it comes to war, if personnel is policy, America is yet again in deep trouble. As retired Army Major Danny Sjursen recently pointed out at TomDispatch, when it comes to foreign policy, President Joe Biden’s new cabinet and advisers are well stocked with retired generals, reconstituted neocons, unapologetic hawks, and similar war enthusiasts. Biden himself has taken to asking God
| Uncategorized, biden administration, Cold War |

The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn ostentatiously, and otherwise disrupt the serious, well-researched presentations of their fellow students. Then, when it was their turn
| Democracy & Governance, Arms Control, Donald Trump |

Moscow's mercenaries: How Russia is swelling the global market for private military companies

Analysis: In an era of increasingly privatised warfare, Russia is spearheading the use of mercenaries to expand its influence. What do we think about when we hear the term 'mercenaries'? For the president of Mozambique , the word has only one meaning - control - and he is willing to pay handsomely for it. Examples from Africa, Syria and
| In-depth |

How should Turkey's military presence in northern Syria be assessed?

Analysis: Has Ankara's role in northern Syria made any positive impact, or will it ultimately be counterproductive? Turkey has retained a military presence across significant swathes of northern Syria since it launched its first cross-border operation into the region in 2016.  Many Arab Syrians in the areas Turkey holds are content with the situation: they see it as
| In-depth |

Russia, Turkey, Iran meet to discuss Syria conflict

Delegations from Russia, Turkey, and Iran are meeting in Sochi to discuss the Syria Constitutional Committee and the ceasefire in rebel-held Idlib province. Officials from  Russia , Turkey, and Iran will meet today in the Russian city of Sochi, as part of the Astana peace process, which seeks to find a solution to the conflict in Syria . 
| News |

With the world distracted, Islamic State readies for a resurgence in Syria

Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems afoot, writes Sam Hamad. Though many took Trump's  triumphalist hyperbole on his administration's victory over the Islamic State group (IS) last year with a pinch of salt, the status of the group in Syria has slipped almost
| Comment |

Syria's White Helmets awarded funds to produce coronavirus prevention equipment

The award-winning NGO will produce millions of pieces of personal protective equipment to protect volunteers, healthcare workers and displaced Syrians from Covid-19. Syria 's Nobel Prize-nominated White Helmets have received more than $1 million in funding to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment  (PPE). The Syria Civil Defence , a volunteer first responder organisation popularly known
| News |

History whispers to blockading Arab states as GCC rift is resolved

Comment: As blockading states agree to end their irrational boycott of of Qatar, Rami Khouri highlights how diplomacy and statecraft also helped preserve the ancient Nabataean Arab Kingdom. This week's agreement to end the boycott  of Qatar by four Arab countries is important and historic, and reflects a striking combination of old ways and new realities in
| Comment |

Understanding U.S wars, ISIS and Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Islam Times: while the ISIS was having field days destroying and taking over different towns and villages in Iraq and Syria, with the active support of the US and Israel, that General Qassim Soleimani emerged from the blues, when hope was almost lost by the people of Syria and Iraq, and with divine strength and support, he deteated the proxy
| The martyr of Quds |

In pictures: The Middle East bids farewell to 2020

Here's our look at how the region said farewell to a year of change and challenges. The past year presented the world with challenges unseen for generations. As fireworks displays lit up the skies of cities across the Middle East on Thursday evening, some celebrated while others braced and reflected on a year of change and challenges. For those in
| News |

Ankara seeks normalisation with EU in 2021: Turkish official

Ankara wants to mend its strained relations with the European Union this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Kaymakci said. Turkey hopes to normalise its strained relations with the European Union in 2021, the country's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday. Ankara expects "dialogue and engagement with no conditions" from the EU, explained Faruk Kaymakci. "2021 can
| News |

Democracies Don’t Start Wars. But Democrats Do

Islam Times - It may have been President Bill Clinton who once justified his wrecking of the Balkans by observing that liberal interventionism to bring about regime change is a good thing because “Democracies don’t start wars with other democracies.” Or it might have been George W. Bush talking about Iraq or even Barack Obama justifying his destruction of Libya
| US |

Why rumours of a Biden-Erdogan showdown are greatly exaggerated

Analysis: Despite assumptions that Biden will pursue a more aggressive policy towards Turkey, Ankara could re-emerge as an invaluable ally for the new administration. The recent and long-expected US decision to sanction Turkey over its Russian S-400 missile system purchase under the CAATSA law has once again fuelled debate about what's next for US-Turkish relations.  The US decision to sanction
| In-depth |

Failure to realise Yemen's political reality prolongs the conflict and crisis

With both sides blaming the other for the failure to fulfil their obligations under the agreement, it is evident that the Sanaa-based de facto government has been gaining the upper hand politically and militarily despite the huge foreign support that the Hadi government and STC receive from their respective patrons. The NSG is resisting the notion that Yemen is Saudi
| Article, Middle East, Opinion |

In memoriam: UN Resolution 194

51 per cent of Palestinians live outside Palestine, and are prevented from returning. 49 per cent of the Palestinians live in occupied Palestine. 43 per cent of the total Palestinian population inside historic Palestine are refugees. 2 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); thousands remain unregistered with the agency. 7 per cent of
| Article, International Organisations, Israel |

UAE claims new visa suspensions 'temporary coronavirus measure'

The UAE Foreign Minister told his Pakistani counterpart that the travel visa suspensions were 'temporary'. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said that visa restrictions rolled out by the Emirates last month are only a 'temporary' measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The state-run WAM agency cited bin Zayed saying
| News |

Syrian potter preserves family's 450-year-old craft

85-year-old Syrian potter of Armenian origin, Misak Antranik Petros uses an ancient pottery wheel to throw different shapes from clay. Inside a dusty and dark workshop on the banks of the Jaghjagh river in northeast Syria , Misak Antranik Petros uses an ancient pottery wheel to throw different shapes from clay.
| News |

Biggest issue with US is its support to YPG, not S-400s: Defense minister

The biggest problem between Turkey and the United States is the latter’s continued support to the YPG in eastern Syria, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said, calling on its NATO ally to revise its decision to impose sanctions on the Turkish defense industry body over the acquisition of the Russian S-400 systems.
| Turkey |

Syria approves over 40 new trade agreements with Russia

Syria's Assad regime has approved dozens of projects with Russia under a new economic pact expected to be ratified before the end of the year. The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has reportedly approved a new set of bilateral agreements with Russia to expand economic ties between the allied countries. Proposed in Damascus last September by
| News |

Syria Stresses Sovereign Right in Golan, Calls for The End Of ‘Israeli’ Occupation

Islam Times - Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, reiterated that Syria calls on the UN to take urgent measures to put its resolutions into force and end the ‘Israeli’ occupation of the Arab territories, affirming that Syria’s sovereign right on the occupied Golan Heights is non-negotiable, inalienable and can’t be prescribed.
| Syria |

Can Post-Trump US Stay In Eastern Syria?

Islam Times - While only 50 days separate Trump from evacuating the White House for next president, one of the main foreign policy matters of the US currently is the implementation of Trump’s “doctrine of withdrawal”, he promised during his campaign speeches. During his 2016 addresses, Donald Trump vowed to end the “endless” and resultless US wars and bring home
| Syria |

Reform family Muslim & customary laws in Sudan

2. Legal reforms and development Sound legal frameworks are prerequisites for economic growth and social development. The process through which laws and regulations are conceptualized, drafted, enacted, publicized and enforced is the foundation of a society governed by the rule of law. Legal reform is an ongoing and incremental process that involves the executive and legislative branches, law reform commissions, non-governmental
| News |

Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2021

Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, will be the venue of a special 22-team Arab Cup next year. Qatar will host a 22-team football tournament for Arab nations next year, FIFA announced on Wednesday, in preparation for the 2022 World Cup . Speaking from the  Lusail Stadium in Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the first-of-its-kind tournament will be
| News |

How Assad clawed his way to becoming the lone Arab Spring survivor

Ten years on Syria's Bashar Al-Assad defied the odds, surviving international isolation and temporary loss of two thirds of the national territory to claw his way back into relevance. When the Arab revolts that were sweeping the region and toppling autocrats like dominoes reached Syria, Bashar al-Assad' s days at the helm looked numbered.
| News |

The reactionary alliance between Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Cairo

The rapprochement between the three states was evident in the nature of Arab trade deals, especially the UAE's purchase of Russian weapons, as well as in NATO's cooperation in various regional arenas. This includes Syria, with the support of Abu Dhabi and Cairo as the pawns moved by Moscow. In Yemen, meanwhile, Moscow's support for the Houthis has shifted to
| Africa, Article, Egypt |

Sudan to host Russian military base

MOSCOW — Russia will establish a naval logistic center and repair yard in Sudan under a new agreement signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Nov. 6 but just made public this week. According to the agreement’s text, the naval logistics center will host up to 300 people. This figure includes both naval service members and civilian personnel. The base
| News |

Retiring Syria envoy says he hid US troop numbers from Trump

Soon-to-be former Syria envoy for the US, James Jeffrey has admitted that he and his team routinely misled Donald Trump about the number of US troops in Syria. James Jeffrey , who oversaw the Trump administration's policies on Syria and the Islamic State and has announced his intention to retire, has revealed that his team misled
| News |

Turkey's Erdogan stays silent as world leaders congratulate Biden

The Turkish president has yet to follow suit with other world leaders by congratulating Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Turkey 's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has yet to join a chorus of world leaders congratulating Joe Biden on his victory in the US election. While leaders from Canada , the United Kingdom, the
| News |