Peace in Sudan is a boost for stability in South Sudan: Kiir

October 14, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday called on the Sudanese parties to make the needed concessions for peace in Sudan stressing it would be a boost for peace and stability in South Sudan. Kiir made his call at the opening session of the talks for peace in Sudan in Juba attended by several leaders from Egypt, Ethiopia, and Uganda, three countries particularly concerned by peace in the Greater Sudan. "I appeal to
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S. Sudan's FM delivers Kiir's message to Eritrean leader

October 14, 2019 (ASMARA) – The South Sudanese Foreign Affairs minister, Awut Deng Acuil was in Asmara, Eritrea to deliver President Salva Kiir's message to his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki. The Eritrean head hosted Acuil at State House in the capital, Asmara. President Kiir's message to his Eritrean counterpart reportedly centered on peace-building efforts in South Sudan, its facilitation of peace talks between Sudan government and opposition movements and ties of cooperation (...) - News /
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Kurdish Women Fighters helped Defeat ISIL, & now are a Target of Turkish Invasion

By Haidar Khezri | – Kurdish fighters under attack by Turkey have described President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria as a “stab in the back.” Since bombing began on Oct. 9, Turkish military operations against the Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria, Washington’s staunchest and most effective allies in the […]
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Why? 3 Possible reasons Trump is threatening Turkey with Sanctions after Greenlighting Syria Invasion

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand […]
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How Palestinian women successfully defended their village from demolition

By Sarah Flatto Manasrah | – ( Waging Nonviolence) – One year after Israel gave the green light to demolish Khan al-Amar, the small Bedouin village survives thanks to a bold and creative women-led campaign. Just over one year ago, photos and videos of Israeli border police violently arresting a young Palestinian woman went viral. […]
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‘No Friend But the Mountains’: A History of US Betrayal of the Kurds

To be clear, what follows is not an endorsement of a continued US military presence in Syria. There is, however, a difference between President Donald Trump attempting to fulfill a campaign promise to end American involvement in wars that have cost so much in blood and treasure and giving the green light to what many … Continue reading "‘No Friend But the Mountains’: A History of US Betrayal of the Kurds" The post ‘No Friend
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Is the Interventionists’ Era Over for Good?

President Donald Trump could have been more deft and diplomatic in how he engineered that immediate pullout from northeastern Syria. Yet that withdrawal was as inevitable as were its consequences. A thousand U.S. troops and their Kurdish allies were not going to dominate indefinitely the entire northeast quadrant of a country the size of Syria … Continue reading "Is the Interventionists’ Era Over for Good?" The post Is the Interventionists’ Era Over for Good?
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Washington Is Wrong Once Again – Kurds Join Assad To Defend Syria

When President Trump Tweeted last week that “it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars,” adding that the US would be withdrawing from Syria, Washington went into a panic. Suddenly Republicans, Democrats, the media, the think tanks, and the war industry all discovered and quickly became experts on “the Kurds,” … Continue reading "Washington Is Wrong Once Again – Kurds Join Assad To Defend Syria" The post Washington Is Wrong
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Endless Afghanistan: War Without Justification

"Farm boys with guns." That’s how then Captain Sjursen described average Taliban fighters while serving in Kandahar province. I was speaking to a Reuters reporter that shadowed me for a few days – since I was a New Yorker – to mark the then 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks way back in 2011. Much … Continue reading "Endless Afghanistan: War Without Justification" The post Endless Afghanistan: War Without Justification appeared first on
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Iraq Daily Roundup: Six Killed; Another Ammo Dump Explodes

Another ammunition dump was set on fire causing the ammo to explode. This has happened several times in the last two years. The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Six Killed; Another Ammo Dump Explodes appeared first on Original .
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The US–Japan trade deal a win for Trump or Abe?

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inked the US–Japan Trade Agreement to much fanfare on September 25, 2019. The post The US–Japan trade deal a win for Trump or Abe? appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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Al-Burhan voices support for Juba as venue for Sudan peace talks

October 14, 2019 (JUBA) - The head of the Transitional Sovereign Council has expressed confidence in Juba's ability to host Sudan's peace talks as the head of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) renewed his call to discuss their reservations and fully implement the Juba Declaration. After the fall of the Bashir regime, Juba strongly renewed its initiative for peace in Sudan, pointing to its good relations with the armed movements and proposed to host the talks instead of facilitating the
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US senator warns Hong Kong becoming ‘police state’ as thousands rally

HONG Kong is sliding towards becoming a police state, US senator Josh Hawley warned Monday, as tens of thousands filled the strife-torn city's streets waving American flags and calling on Washington to punish China over sliding freedoms. The post US senator warns Hong Kong becoming ‘police state’ as thousands rally appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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New Zealand universities face fines after dorm death

NEW Zealand universities and dorm accommodation providers were told Tuesday they could face hefty fines following a gruesome case in which a student's decomposing body lay undetected in his room for weeks. The post New Zealand universities face fines after dorm death appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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Why I stand by 70 years old Communist China

Happy Birthday, People’s Republic of China! Heartfelt Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday, and thank you for being here, for standing, for not bending down and never surrendering. The capitalist world is in decay. The West is rotting. Anger and nihilism are pouring from the imperialist empire whose citizens are frustrated; not at peace with themselves. Imperialist […]
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Ecuador and the IMF’s Killing Spree

For close to 40 years the IMF has weaponized its handle on the western economy through the dollar-based western monetary system, and brutally destroyed nation after nation, thereby killed hundreds of thousands of people. Indirectly, of course, as the IMF would not use traditional guns and bombs, but financial instruments that kill. They kill by […]
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The Last Lifeline: The real reason behind Abbas’ call for elections

The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas’ leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place? On September 26, Abbas took on the world’s most important political platform, the United Nations General Assembly, to call for “general elections in Palestine – in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”. The Palestinian
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Extinction Rebellion and the Undeniable Power of Non-Violent Revolutionary Change

As the second week of Extinction Rebellion's International Rebellion begins, I report on the success of the group's disruptive tactics, drawing in part on the campaigning group's co-founder Roger Hallam's new book, 'Common Sense for the 21st Century.'
| Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Environmental crisis, Extinction Rebellion |

As Democrats Head to Debate Stage, Buttigieg Attacks Warren and Sanders—Who Have Outearned Him—for Small-Dollar Donations

Julia Conley, staff writer A day before 12 candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates take the stage in the fourth debate of the primary, Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized three of his opponents for their reliance on grassroots, small-dollar fundraising and bold policy proposals—despite the broad popularity of both.
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'Too Little, Too Late': Critics Pan Trump Plan to Sanction Turkey

Eoin Higgins, staff writer "Trump's statement on hitting Turkey with sanctions over the military operation in Syria does not mention the Kurds once."
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French national killed in Tunisia knife attack

An attacker killed a French citizen and wounded a soldier with a knife in northern Tunisia on Monday, Reuters quoted the Interior Ministry as saying. Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled Hayouni was quoted on state news agency TAP as saying police knew the identity of the assailant, a 28-year-old man with a criminal record, but he did not suggest a motive for the killing. The attack took place in Jarzouna, a town connected by bridge to the port city of Bizerte, the day
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French Foreign Minister to snub France vs Turkey football match

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has decided not to attend Monday’s football match in Paris between France and Turkey in the wake of Turkey’s military offensive in northeastern Syria, said Le Drian’s office. Le Drian had previously planned to be at the game, said the minister’s department. French officials are planning to step up security ahead of this evening’s European Championship game in the Stade de France between the two countries, following the condemnation by France and the European Union of the Turkish offensive. Jean-Yves
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Denmark to strip foreign fighters of Danish citizenship

Denmark will fast-track legislation allowing people with dual citizenship who have gone abroad to fight for militant groups like Daesh to be stripped of their Danish nationality, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday, according to a report by Reuters. European states are trying to accelerate a plan to shift thousands of foreign Daesh militants out of Syrian prison camps and into Iraq, as a fresh conflict in Syria has raised the risk of militants escaping or returning home. “There
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Averting an ISIS Resurgence in Iraq and Syria

by International Crisis Group What’s new? In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is down but not out. The group remains active but reduced and geographically circumscribed. Keeping it down requires sustained effort. Any of several events – Turkish intervention in north-eastern Syria,… Continue Reading  
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Saudi visit showcases Putin’s growing Middle East influence

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in over a decade, seeking to capitalise on growing influence borne of military advances in Syria, strong ties with regional rivals and cooperation on energy policy. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have been key backers of President Bashar al-Assad amid civil war, while the United States pulled back. On the eve of Putin’s trip,
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Western Governments May Have Abandoned the Kurds but Let’s Not Abandon Hope and Solidarity

Five years ago western media was abuzz with the heroic actions of the Kurdish forces who had saved the Yazidi people from being wiped out by the so-called Islamic State (Isis). At the same time, Turkey was the key transit, trade and logistical hub for Isis, with tens of thousands of foreign fighters and their […]
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France says securing military in Syria as US begins withdrawal

France said on Monday it was taking measures to ensure the safety of its military and civilian personnel in northeastern Syria as the United States begins to withdraw its forces from the area following a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias, reports Reuters. France has been one of the main allies in the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq, with its warplanes used to strike militant targets and its special forces on the ground coordinating with Kurdish and Arab
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Air strike on Libyan capital kills 3 children – ministry

Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike that hit a house near a military intelligence camp in Libya’s capital on Monday, according to a report by Reuters. The mother was in critical condition and her daughter had emergency surgery to amputate a leg after the strike in the Al Fornaj neighbourhood of southern Tripoli, the Tripoli-based Health Ministry and hospital officials said. Libya’s internationally recognised government blamed the strike on forces of Khalifa
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Mozambique elections: Opposition groups doubt fair polls

Doubts over fairness of Tuesday's general elections put fragile peace agreement under threat renewing fears the country could be plunged back into armed conflict.
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US could pull bulk of troops from Syria in matter of days

The United States is considering plans to withdraw the bulk of American troops from northern Syria in the coming days, two US officials told Reuters on Sunday, in what would be a faster-than-expected timeline for the US pullout amid Turkey’s escalating offensive. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced earlier on Sunday that he was acting on orders from President Donald Trump to begin a deliberate withdrawal from northern Syria, where the United States has around 1,000 forces. Esper did not
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Lessons Not Learned from History Can Kill You

The Kurds in Northern Syria have been abandoned by the United States military and left to the mercy/mercilessness of the invading Turks. This is what’s happening in N. Syria now. Most stable part of the country is being ruined. These armed groups are executing people on M4 Highway earlier today — Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) […]
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Saudis take control of Yemen’s Aden port

Saudi Arabian forces have taken over control of Yemen’s southern port of Aden as part of efforts to end a power struggle between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and southern separatists, four sources familiar with the matter said. Last week the United Arab Emirates, Riyadh’s main partner in a Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi group, started withdrawing troops from Aden, seemingly to pave the way for a deal to end the local standoff. The UAE-backed separatists are part of the Sunni Muslim coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to try to restore the government of President
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Majority of Democrats in Early Voting States 'Think Donald Trump Belongs in Prison, Not the Oval Office,' Poll Shows

Jake Johnson, staff writer The survey found majority of likely 2020 Democratic primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina agree that "Trump should not only be impeached, but also imprisoned."
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The match has been increased! Support Gaza writers by unlocking these funds before time runs out.

The young Gaza writers of We Are Not Numbers could not ask for a more responsive audience than you, the Mondoweiss community. “What I’m mostly concerned with when I write is to show reality as it is, portraying what precisely happens in Palestine from within, without exaggeration,” Fadi says. You can help spread Fadi’s writing far and wide by participating in the current challange: as of now, we will receive $100 for every new donor who signs up for a
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Russia: Turkey’s military operation in Syria must be proportionate

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday that Russia wanted Turkey to ensure its military incursion into northern Syria was proportionate with the situation, reports Reuters. Ushakov, speaking in Riyadh during an official visit to Saudi Arabia by President Vladimir Putin, was commenting on Turkey’s military operation which it launched last week. Ushakov said the main thing for Moscow was that Turkey’s offensive – which targets Syrian Kurdish militia seen by Ankara as aligned with Kurdish separatists in Turkey – not harm efforts
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Erdogan signals Turkish operation to Syria’s Manbij

President Tayyip Erdogan signalled on Monday that Turkey aims to drive Kurdish-led fighters from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, after Syrian Kurdish officials struck a deal with the Syrian government to confront Ankara’s offensive, reports Reuters. Earlier on Monday, Syrian army troops entered the town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria, according to state media. The Syrian Observatory later said that Syrian government forces had also deployed to Ain Issa in northern Syria, to the frontlines of territory where
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Shadow Cabinet members tell Corbyn: respect Brexit vote, no ref before GE

Lavery, Trickett and others remind Labour leader of 2017 commitment to enact 2016 referendum result A number of Shadow Cabinet members, including party chair Ian Lavery and and senior member […]
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Israel President asks Putin to pardon US-Israeli jailed on drug charges

Israel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to pardon a US-Israeli woman given a seven and a half year jail sentence for drugs found in her luggage as she transited through a Moscow airport, reports Reuters. Naama Issachar’s case has opened up an unusually public rift between Israel and Russia. Her family says she is being punished disproportionately to pressure Israel into freeing a Russian held in Israel on a US extradition request. Issachar was arrested in April during
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'Demand Justice in Her Honor': Outrage After Police Fatally Shoot Atatiana Jefferson in Her Own Home

Andrea Germanos, staff writer "Black people shouldn't have to live every day with the pain of knowing we are not safe even in the comfort of own homes."
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Violent spoof video of Trump killing his critics shows how memes have reshaped politics

The video's airing at a conservative event — and its mass sharing afterward — revealed how the once-fringe movements of online trolling and meme-making have helped reshape mainstream politics and the media.
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The Madman Has No Clothes

If you pretended you oversaw the most powerful military, diplomatic corps, and liberal political system in human history, and you wanted to discover the single action that would threaten a friendly people with atrocities, war crimes, and genocide; expose U.S. troops to attack by a foreign state’s military; scatter Islamist terrorist prisoners to the winds and invigorate their movement; boost anti-democratic, murderous regimes in Damascus, Ankara, Moscow, and Tehran; shred longstanding liberal alliances; and demoralize citizens of your own nation—you
| The Insecurity Complex, Syria, Kurds |

Uber: The ride-hailing app that says it has ‘zero’ drivers

Uber raised eyebrows last month when its chief lawyer asserted that “drivers’ work is outside the usual course of Uber’s business” in a call laying out the company’s resistance to a California bill that would alter the employment status of many gig workers.
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Saudi Arabia opens tourist visas to travellers from US, Europe

Tourist visas for Saudi Arabia are now available online and on arrival to holidaymakers who already hold a visa from the United States, Britain or the EU’s Schengen zone, expanding eligibility beyond an initial list of 49 countries, reports Reuters. The conservative Muslim kingdom, relatively closed off for decades, launched a new visa regime last month for nationals from countries in Europe, North America and much of Asia to boost foreign tourism and diversify the economy away from oil. Executive
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Newest Nobel Economics Laureates Praised for Experimental Research Into Poverty—and Their Work's Real-World Impact

Julia Conley, staff writer Three researchers were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their groundbreaking work in studying poverty-stricken communities around the world and developing ways to make a difference in poor people's lives through education and healthcare.
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Citing 'Moral Duty to Take Radical Action,' Over 700 Scientists Endorse Mass Civil Disobedience to Fight Climate Crisis

Jake Johnson, staff writer "We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and nonviolent protest and direct action, even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law."
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Free Trade is Dead

Bernd Lange has been a Member of European Parliament (MEP) for the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 2009, and since 2014 he is chairman of the Trade Committee and a deputy member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.   Tim Peter has been a commercial policy officer in the office of the Chairman of the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament since 2014. Prior to his work in the EP, he
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‘Only God and Israeli officials know what happened,’ wife of hospitalized Palestinian detainee speaks out

Samer and Noura Arbeed dropped their kids off at school and were on their way home when they noticed that they were being followed. As their car stopped, four armed men wearing civilian clothes and holding guns beat Samer, including blows to the neck, and then forced him into their vehicle. After more abuse during interrogation, he now is hospitalized with kidney failure and broken ribs.
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Trade costs of non-tariff measures now more than double that of tariffs, finds new UN report

(ESCAP News) – While applied tariffs in the Asia-Pacific region have halved over the past two decades, the number of non-tariff measures (NTMs) – policy regulations other than tariffs affecting international trade – has risen significantly, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the […] The post Trade costs of non-tariff measures now more than double that of tariffs, finds new UN report appeared first on
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