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Iraq hands over to Russia 4 women, 27 children linked to Islamic State

Iraq has handed over to Russia four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the Islamic State militant group, local television broadcaster Al-Sumaria quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Thursday. Iraq is currently conducting the trials of hundreds of foreign women who have been detained, along with hundreds of their children, since August by Iraqi forces as Islamic State strongholds crumbled. “Iraq has returned to Russia 27 children and 4 women who were tricked into
2018-02-22 16:02 | News | AbrarOnline

"A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation": Death Toll in Eastern Ghouta Tops 300 from Syrian Assault

The United Nations has condemned the Syrian government’s recent deadly barrage of airstrikes and artillery fire against the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital of Damascus. Aid workers report at least 300 people have been killed over the past three days. Many of the victims are women and children. Targets have included hospitals and residential apartment buildings. We are joined now by three guests: Rawya Rageh of Amnesty International, Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek and Wendy Pearlman, author of
2018-02-22 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow

The Early Edition: February 22, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. SYRIA “My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities in Eastern Ghouta, allowing for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need,” the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday, urging action as the
2018-02-22 13:02 | Daily News Roundup ,Featured | JustSecurity

Headlines for February 22, 2018

U.N. Warns of "Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation" in Syria Tallahassee, Florida: Survivors of School Massacre Demand Gun Reforms Students Across the Country Hold Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence Families of Gun Victims Confront Trump in White House Listening Session School Shooting Survivors Confront Politicians at Florida Town Hall California: Police Say They Thwarted a School Shooting at High School Amnesty International: Trump
2018-02-22 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow

Syria: 400,000 Trapped In Assad’s Campaign In Eastern Ghouta

Desperate residents trapped in Eastern Ghouta waited for their “turn to die” on Wednesday beneath one of the most intense bombardments of the Syrian war. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein described the assault by Syrian regime forces as a “monstrous campaign of annihilation” against the opposition-held territory on the edge of Damascus. At least 310 people have been killed in the district since Sunday night and more than 1,550 injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
2018-02-22 02:02 | 1 ,Social Issues ,World News | EurasiaReview

The Coming Wars to End All Wars

The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imagination. — John Steppling, “ Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk into a Ba r”, Dissident Voice , February 21, 2018. The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable
2018-02-22 00:02 | CIA ,Culture ,Disinformation | DissidentVoice

Lebanon: Should it be Devil, Deep Blue Sea … or Russia?

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger. Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality – Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules, sidelining Hezbollah , ending Iranian influence in the country, and promoting Saudi business and political interests… or else. It is clear that foreign aid from the Gulf is increasingly conditional. Tension with
2018-02-21 23:02 | Israel ,Lebanon ,Militarism | DissidentVoice

Israel’s coming war with Hezbollah

By Mara Karlin Another war between Israel and Hezbollah is almost inevitable. Although neither side wants a conflict now, the shifting balance of power in the Levant and shrinking areas of contestation are indicators of a looming showdown. The real questions are how and where—not if—the impending conflagration will occur. The events of February 10 underscored the Levant’s instability. Israel shot down an Iranian drone that flew into its airspace and bombed the site in Syria from which the
2018-02-21 20:02 | News | Brookings

Geopolitical Interests And Moral Rhetoric In States’ Policy Options: Analysis Of Pakistan’s Policy Making

Introduction Although moral/religious values have lesser to do with geopolitics, states do invoke moral rhetoric when it suits their geopolitical interest. Pakistan’s policy choices strengthen the aforementioned dictum. For, Pakistan which proclaims itself as ideological Muslim state, has often used religion to create a favorable opinion for its official policies. Nevertheless, such play of morality/religion and politics in a diverse society like Pakistan has often proved itself dearly for the state. The following article analyzes how the state’s interplay with
2018-02-21 16:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

Russia stumbles in the fog of Syrian war

By Pavel K Baev The February 10 Israeli air force strike on the Tiyas (or T-4) military airbase near Palmyra, Syria brought the Syrian civil war into a new phase, as my Brookings colleagues Dror Michman and Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud recently argued . Russia overall finds its ability to control the complex Syrian conflict—particularly the interplays between the parties involved—much diminished. Just a couple of months ago, its mission of ensuring the survival of the internationally ostracized Bashar al-Assad regime
2018-02-21 16:02 | News | Brookings

Lebanon: One Big Iranian Arms Factory? – OpEd

Lebanon goes to the polls on May 6. Nine long years have passed since the last parliamentary elections which, according to the constitution, are supposed to be held every four years. Ever since 2014 ministers and politicians have voted again and again to postpone elections and extend the current parliament, citing security concerns, political crisis and a dispute over the election law. When the new poll is held, the political landscape within Lebanon and in the region will have changed
2018-02-21 16:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

UN chief ‘deeply alarmed’ by escalating violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday he was “deeply alarmed” by the escalating violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave after more than 100 civilians were killed in the second straight day of air strikes. Guterres urged all sides to uphold the basic principles of humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians, AFP reported. “The secretary general is deeply alarmed by the escalating situation in Eastern Ghouta and its devastating impact on civilians,” said UN spokesman Stephane
2018-02-21 16:02 | News | AbrarOnline

The Early Edition: February 21, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. SYRIA At least 250 civilians have been killed in the past two days in the besieged, rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital of Damascus after intensified bombing by the Syrian government and its allies, with the U.K.-based
2018-02-21 13:02 | Daily News Roundup | JustSecurity

Headlines for February 21, 2018

Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment Guess Co-Founder
2018-02-21 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow

Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk Into a Bar…

Since the FBI never inspected the DNC’s computers first-hand, the only evidence comes from an Irvine, California, cyber-security firm known as CrowdStrike whose chief technical officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, a well-known Putin-phobe, is a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank that is also vehemently anti-Russian as well as a close Hillary Clinton ally. — Daniel Lazare, “ NYT’s ‘Really Weird’ Russagate Story “, Consortium News The masses did not mistakenly choose fascism. Rather, there is
2018-02-21 10:02 | Afghanistan ,Capitalism ,Censorship | DissidentVoice

Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire

Photo by Diariocritico de Venezuela | CC BY 2.0 Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, “American exceptionalism” and “make America great again” – two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist
2018-02-21 09:02 | articles 2015 ,Leading Article | CounterPunch

So, You Think You Are My Partner? International NGOs and National NGOs, Costs of Asymmetrical Relationships

Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development | CC BY 2.0 Despite decades of talk in the humanitarian community about empowering national partner organizations to be equals of the international non-government organizations – and in fact having them take over the work – little has changed. Not only do the vast majority of national organizations remain in a relationship that resembles a prolonged adolescence to an international ‘parent’, the failure to truly partner national
2018-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Hizbullah: “You Don’t See Them…They See You!”

[Author’s Note: This is Part Four of a multi-part expose direct from Istanbul and Lebanon. Please see Part One , Part Two , or Part Three for information not repeated here.] ***** “This is not good!” cautions a new Lebanese friend in a stern tone of warning, clutching this reporter’s arm for emphasis. “This, where you are going.. it is their neighbourhood… Hizbullah’s neighbourhood. They control this completely!”
2018-02-21 08:02 | Israel ,Lebanon ,Media | DissidentVoice

Revisiting ‘Make America Great Again’

It’s been over a year since Donald Trump has been sworn into office. How does his campaign slogan of ‘Make America Great Again’ hold up? Well, unsurprisingly, not too spectacular. To start with, Making American Great Again is the antithesis of being even more beholden to the military-industrial-security complex, with a newly proposed $716 billion gift to the Pentagon. It is not inflaming tensions with a faraway dictator who has nuclear weapons. It is not bowing to
2018-02-21 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire

Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, “American exceptionalism” and “make America great again” – two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coin, ruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working
2018-02-21 06:02 | Activism ,Barack Obama ,Capitalism | DissidentVoice

LOC Flare-Ups And Aspirations Of The Common Man – OpEd

“Let Line of Control (LOC) be a line of peace.” — Mr. Manmohan Singh, ex-Prime Minister of India. The end of the British Raj paved way for the freedom of the masses at the time of independence. However, it was at the cost of the economic and socio-political exploitation of the masses. The division of the British colony into the two states ascribed to the circumstances was a heart wrenching and sordid state of affairs post independence. The
2018-02-21 03:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Who Will Return Prosperity To Libya? – OpEd

After the NATO-led coalition under the pretext of creating a United Nations-backed no-fly zone to protect the rights of Libyans initiated a military intervention and toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011, Libya was on the verge of complete destruction of its statehood and humanitarian disaster. For the last seven years, Libya hasn’t only descended into chaos but also turned into a new stronghold for terrorists from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Nowadays, illegal armed gangs in the country are
2018-02-21 03:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

How Turkey Was Deceived In Syria’s Afrin? – OpEd

By Qasem Mohebali* About 20 days after Turkey started its military operation in Syria’s Afrin region, it seems that Ankara has so far failed to achieve its goals through this operation. During recent days, Turkey’s military advances in northern Syria have remarkably slowed down and its forces have suffered high causalities. Turkey’s goal was to achieve its goal in Afrin through a rapid operation in a matter of a couple of days. However, existing evidence shows that Turkey is
2018-02-21 01:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Islamic State Targets Southern Philippines As ‘Strategic Ground’

By Felipe Villamor and Jeoffrey Maitem Islamic State (IS) has chosen Mindanao island as a “strategic ground” for recruiting fighters after being routed in its Middle Eastern strongholds last year, the leader of the largest Muslim guerrilla force in the southern Philippines warned on Tuesday. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) lost 24 guerrillas in 2017 as it helped the Philippine government fight a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), which pledged allegiance to IS and was
2018-02-21 01:02 | 1 ,World News | EurasiaReview

Syria: Assad Launches Fresh Raids, Almost 200 Killed

The Syrian regime tightened its grip on a rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus yesterday, with dozens of people killed as fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships unleashed some of the worst violence yet in the country’s seven-year civil war. Witnesses to the attack on Eastern Ghouta described scenes of unprecedented devastation in a conflict that has already displaced millions and destabilized the entire region. Pictures from the enclave showed desperate civilians, including women and children, bleeding and covered
2018-02-21 00:02 | 1 ,World News | EurasiaReview

Turkey Cozying Up To Russia And Disavowing US – Analysis

By Ty Joplin As Turkey invades territory in Syria held by U.S. allies, and threatens U.S. troops while buying billions of dollars in Russian arms, American diplomats and analysts are worried. Former U.S. ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman and former advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden sum up the collective fear in a recent Politico article, claiming that Turkey is “out of control.” But Turkey’s actions are not spontaneous or chaotic; they are part of a larger geopolitical
2018-02-21 00:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

Erdogan’s Mission Impossible In Syria – OpEd

The Turkish offensive in Afrin now has a new enemy: the battle-hardened pro-government Syrian forces, thus vastly complicating President Erdogan’s military triumphalism. Less then 24 hours after dismissing the Syrian official report of dispatching forces to Afrin to assist the local forces against the “Turkish aggression,” the Turkish leaders are hit with the television images of a flag-waving Syrian convoy entering Afrin, i.e., yet another clear indication of on-going Turkish miscalculations, e.g., its erroneous expectation of quick fall of Assad’s
2018-02-21 00:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

The struggle for Syria, Chapter Two

By Itamar Rabinovich In 1965, the British writer Patrick Seale published his classic “ The Struggle for Syria: 1945-1958 .” His history of the Syrian Republic’s first 13 years depicted a fragile, weak state, torn by domestic conflicts and buffeted by more powerful regional and international actors. Seale argued that Syria was the prize that these external actors were seeking in order to establish hegemony in the core area of the Middle East. Today, Syria is facing a very similar
2018-02-20 18:02 | News | Brookings

Defeats in Middle East driving Islamic State fighters to Philippines – separatist

Foreign Islamic State fighters forced out of Syria and Iraq have been arriving in the Philippines with the intent of recruiting, and they have plans to attack two Philippine towns, the head of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group said on Tuesday. More than 1,100 people were killed last year when pro-Islamic State militants attacked and held the Philippine city of Marawi for five months, leading to massive destruction across the scenic lakeside town. That could happen in
2018-02-20 16:02 | News | AbrarOnline

'No Words Will Do Justice': Onslaught On Syrian Suburb Kills Some 100 Civilians

The rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, one of the few left in Syria, has been bombarded by pro-regime forces recently — and UNICEF and other aid groups have struggled to describe the carnage. (Image credit: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)
2018-02-20 15:02 | News | NPR

'No Words Will Do Justice': Onslaught On Syrian Suburb Kills Some 200 Civilians

The rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, one of the few left in Syria, has been bombarded by pro-regime forces recently — and UNICEF and other aid groups have struggled to describe the carnage. (Image credit: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)
2018-02-20 15:02 | News | NPR

'No Words Will Do Justice': Onslaught On Syrian Suburb Kills Scores Of Civilians

The rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, one of the few left in Syria, has been bombarded by pro-regime forces recently — and UNICEF and other aid groups have struggled to describe the carnage. (Image credit: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)
2018-02-20 15:02 | News | NPR

The “Shift Cold” Military Tactic and International Humanitarian Law

“Shift cold,” the practice of deliberately diverting a guided munition in flight away from its intended target, is increasingly drawing attention within the legal community. In this contribution, we begin by explaining the practice from an operational perspective.  We do so with some granularity, for it is one with which few beyond the uniformed operational law community are familiar.  The context laid, the remainder of the piece is devoted to unpacking the legal issues that are raised by the shift
2018-02-20 13:02 | Executive & Military ,ISIL ,Laws of war | JustSecurity

The Early Edition: February 20, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. SYRIA At least 110 people were killed yesterday in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to local counts, four hospitals were also bombed by pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and there have been
2018-02-20 13:02 | Daily News Roundup | JustSecurity

Headlines for February 20, 2018

Syria: Up to 100 People Die in Gov't Airstrikes Against Eastern Ghouta School Shooting Survivors Travel to Florida Capitol to Demand Gun Control CNN: Mueller Investigating Kushner's Contact with Foreign Investors During Transition Donald Trump Jr. Arrives in India to Promote Trump Family Luxury Apartments Israel: 7 Members of Netanyahu's Inner Circle Arrested as Corruption Probes Widen Oxfam Releases Internal Report into Its Sex Scandal
2018-02-20 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow

Vision 2030 & the Political Costs of Saudi Reforms – Part 2

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, author of Vision 2030. Credit: UN Photo By Adel Abdel Ghafar DOHA, Qatar, Feb 20 2018 (IPS) A pillar of the Saudi social contract has been the allocation of oil rents to the population in exchange for loyalty and fidelity to the Saud clan. A key weakness of Vision 2030 is its lack of focus on the potential political consequences of economic reforms. The plan seems to assume that its ramifications
2018-02-20 11:02 | Featured ,Global Geopolitics ,Headlines | IPSnews

Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk Into a Bar…

Photo by Broward County Sheriff’s Office | CC BY 2.0 “Since the FBI never inspected the DNC’s computers first-hand, the only evidence comes from an Irvine, California, cyber-security firm known as CrowdStrike whose chief technical officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, a well-known Putin-phobe, is a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank that is also vehemently anti-Russian as well as a close Hillary Clinton ally.” — Daniel Lazare “The masses did not mistakenly
2018-02-20 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Plumpes Denken: Crude thinking

George Burchett – δημοκρατία (democracy), silkscreen print on hand-made Dò paper, 2014. I chanced upon “crude thinking” while reading Bruce Cumings’ The Korean War . Here’s the quote from his book: Nothing is more important than learning to think crudely,” Brecht once said. “Crude thinking is the thinking of great men.” So was the milieu of crisis in which he wrote, and Koreans fought: crude, illiberal, murderous. It struck me and prompted
2018-02-20 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

The Trouble With Optimism: Syria In The Rear-View Mirror – Analysis

By Adam Garfinkle* (FPRI) — It is a touching characteristic of the optimistic liberal soul that it perennially inclines to believe that bad situations cannot get worse. But of course they can and often do get worse. This would seem to make it hard to be an optimistic liberal for very long, but some people accomplish it for decades on end apparently without much effort. How do they do it? A hint to the answer reposes in
2018-02-20 07:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

Goldfein’s Visit And IAF-USAF Affiliation – Analysis

By Murli Menon* US Air Force (USAF) Chief Gen David L Goldfein visit to India in February, along with the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Gen Terrence O’ Shaughnessy, was an important development indicating the US’ interest in greater operational association between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and USAF. Considering the significant contribution Indian purchases from the US would make to sustain and promote the US military industrial complex, the ambit of IAF-USAF affiliation would throw up significant opportunity for Indian
2018-02-20 06:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

Pity The Almond Tree – OpEd

Pity the almond tree, especially when it is in full bloom. The bloom of the almond is, in German, Mandelblüt. That is also the name of Israel’s chief legal official, called “the Legal Advisor of the Government”. The Legal Advisor is appointed by the government, but is supposed to be completely independent. He is in practice the Attorney General, the person who has the final say about indicting people, especially the prime minister. That is now his unhappy lot.
2018-02-20 06:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Mapping Trump’s Empire: Assets And Liabilities – OpEd

The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries. The map of empire is a shorthand measure of the vectors, reach and durability of global power and wealth. The map of empire is changing — adding and subtracting assets and liabilities, according to the successes and retreats of domestic and overseas power centers. While the US empire has
2018-02-20 05:02 | 1 ,Opinion | EurasiaReview

Afghanistan: Renewed Commitment – Analysis

By S. Binodkumar Singh* On February 15, 2018, 20 Islamic State (IS, formerly, Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, also Daesh) terrorisms were killed in air and ground attacks conducted by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Pacheragam, Kot, Heska Mina and Rawodat Districts of Nangarhar Province. On February 13, 2018, 43 Taliban terrorists were killed and another 20 were injured in clashes with ANDSF in the Nish District of Kandahar Province. On February
2018-02-20 05:02 | 1 ,Analysis | EurasiaReview

Iran: Zarif Decries US Presence In Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the US government’s ‘uncalculated’ policy towards Syria and the dire consequences of American military presence in the Arab country. Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Moscow for the annual Valdai Club Middle East Conference, Zarif denounced US activities in Syria, particularly the most recent and “very dangerous” stage of its presence in the Arab country. The US is in Syria with an ‘uncalculated’ policy and is trying to occupy parts of
2018-02-20 04:02 | 1 ,World News | EurasiaReview

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s ‘myth of invincibility’ has crumbled

Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui “Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbours,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich
2018-02-19 13:02 | News | AbrarOnline

The Early Edition: February 19, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. TRUMP-RUSSIA The office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities on Friday for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said the suspects “allegedly conducted
2018-02-19 13:02 | Daily News Roundup | JustSecurity

Headlines for February 19, 2018

Trump Lashes Out in Angry Tweetstorm After DOJ Indicts Russians for Election Meddling After Parkland, Students Launch Historic Youth-Led Movement to End Mass Shootings 66 Feared Dead After Iranian Plane Crash in Zagros Mountains Israeli & Iranian Leaders Clash over Syria Conflict at Munich Security Conference Syrian Gov't to Enter Afrin to Help U.S.-Backed Syrian Kurds Repel Turkish Offensive Gaza: Two Palestinian Teenagers Killed by
2018-02-19 13:02 | News | DemocracyNow

UN: Israel demolishes 6 EU-funded structures in January, 44 schools awaiting demolition

Israeli authorities demolished six European Union-funded structures in Area C of the occupied West Bank in January under the pretext of lack of building permit while 44 schools have pending demolition orders, a report on Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures during January by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday. OCHA said in another report also published on Friday on the protection of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories covering the first
2018-02-19 10:02 | News | AbrarOnline

Mueller, Russia and Oil Politics

Photo by Backbone Campaign | CC BY 2.0 Dunder-Mifflin as Troll Farm The Mueller indictment made public on Friday charges 13 Russian nationals with trolling the American electoral process to ‘sow discord’ by falsely representing themselves as American dissident personas. Once the field of presidential aspirants had been narrowed in 2016, their goal became to support Donald Trump’s candidacy while disparaging Hillary Clinton. There is no charge that the outcome
2018-02-19 09:02 | articles 2015 ,Leading Article | CounterPunch

‘Peace Through Strength’ is a Racket

Photo by DVIDSHUB | CC BY 2.0 Donald Trump has embraced the popular “peace through strength” doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: “I’m going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us,” Trump  says . On other occasions he’s said similar things: “We want to defer, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military strength” (same link) and,  a year ago
2018-02-19 08:02 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch