Syria Expresses Its Freedom Through Resistance

Syria expresses her freedom in her resistance to Empire. Resistance takes many forms and trajectories, but they all lead to freedom. Resistance delivers freedom from terrorism, it expresses itself not only when the SAA defeats Western supported terrorists, but also … The post Syria Expresses Its Freedom Through Resistance appeared first on Global Research .
| English, freedom, Resistance |

Grave threat to public media independence in Bulgaria

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the political pressure that led to a programme host on Bulgaria’s state-owned national radio broadcaster BNR being suspended, and then to the radio station itself being taken off the air for more than five hours on 13 September. Silvia Velikova , who has worked for BNR for 26 years and is known for her tough interviews and probing questions, learned on 12 September,
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Saudi Arabia up in Flames: Riyadh Is Headed for a Major Disaster

On Saturday September 14, Yemen’s Houthi rebels announced that they had conducted a massive attack on several Aramco plants in Saudi Arabia, including the largest oil refinery in the world in Abqaiq, using 10 drones. On Twitter, dozens of videos … The post Saudi Arabia up in Flames: Riyadh Is Headed for a Major Disaster appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Aramco attack, Iran |

Plastic Apocalypse: Alarming Levels of Plastic Found in Children

New studies are being published that detail high levels of dangerous microplastics had been  detected  in some of the most remote regions of the world. Another study warned microplastics are  turning up in human stool . Now there are new … The post Plastic Apocalypse: Alarming Levels of Plastic Found in Children appeared first on Global Research .
| English, microplastics |

Who Owns the Sea?

The coming months are critical if we are going to stop the damaging free-for-all that is the current status quo and save the world’s oceans for our common future. Vanessa Baird  examines the prospects. *** There’s a cartoon that oceanographer … The post Who Owns the Sea? appeared first on Global Research .
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Europe’s Complicity in Latin America’s Deforestation Crisis

Dear President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Dear Heads of State [heads of government] of countries signatory to the Amsterdam Declaration: Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen,  President Emmanuel Macron,   Prime Minister … The post Europe’s Complicity in Latin America’s Deforestation Crisis appeared first on Global Research .
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The Saudi Arabia Oil Refinery Bombing: The Latest False Flag

The United States has long been itching to do Israel’s bidding and invade Iran. This desire was somewhat subdued during the administration of Barack Obama , but returned like gang-busters with the ascendance of the unstable, narcissistic Donald Trump to … The post The Saudi Arabia Oil Refinery Bombing: The Latest False Flag appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Aramco attack, false flag |

Israeli Elections: Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Israel’s second election in the past five months has led to yet another political stalemate . As occurred in April , the two main political parties, the far-right Likud and centre-right Blue and White, fought to a virtual tie. The … The post Israeli Elections: Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic appeared first on Global Research .
| English, israel, Israel elections |

Arabic LGBT Magazine: Breaking Taboos in the Middle East

Many in the Middle East view homosexuality as a sin. The Jordanian Khalid Abdel-Hadi started an Arabic LGBT magazine as a teenager to combat the many taboos and stereotypes in the region. Now he has many thousands of readers.
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Iran Reacts to Developments in the Kashmir Valley

by Giorgio Cafiero Without doubt, the Indian government’s bold decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, thereby ending the special legal autonomy Kashmir has enjoyed for over 70 years, has left Tehran in a difficult position. Fostering closer… Continue Reading  
| Analysis, India, Iran |

Will the Yemen War be the End of Saudi Arabia?

The attack on Saudi Arabia’s major oil processing station in Abqaiq over the weekend was a major turning point in global politics. It may be even bigger than many of us realize. While forces within U.S. political circles, Israel and … The post Will the Yemen War be the End of Saudi Arabia? appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Saudi Arabia, Yemen |

448 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque last week

As many as 448 Israeli settlers raided the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque last week under the protection of Israeli occupation forces, Israeli media reported. The news agencies explained that hundreds of settlers, accompanied by Jewish rabbis, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and performed Talmudic rituals, under security protection by the Israeli occupation forces. The storming of Al-Aqsa begins everyday morning, from Sunday to Thursday, through the Mughrabi Gate, which has been under Israeli control since the 1967 occupation of Jerusalem.
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Sorry Mark Ronson, putting “sexual” on the end of something doesn’t make it a sexuality

Turning your “coming out” into an implied brag about your IQ without a doubt qualifies as “being a dick”. Let’s get something straight: Mark Ronson didn’t “come out” as sapiosexual, he announced it. In the same way someone might announce they only enjoy reading Dostoevsky in the original Russian. I first came across the term “sapiosexual” back in
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Report: Children make up 80% of deaths in Syria camp

Children make up over 80 per cent of deaths at northern Syria’s Al-Hawl refugee camp, a report by the International Rescue Committee has revealed. The NGO said it “has been extremely concerned about the deaths of children arriving” at the camp, adding that “between December and September 1st, 339 deaths of children were recorded – over 80% of the total deaths in Al Hol camp to date.” The IRC’s most recent data reveals that a third of these deaths have
| Middle East, News, Syria |

US allows Iran president to attend UN General Assembly

The administration of United States (US) President Donald Trump has issued visas to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in order for them to attend the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York next week. Both the US and Iranian officials have confirmed that the two senior figures have received the documents required to travel, but some members of the Iranian delegation have been refused visas for unspecified reasons, according to one source familiar
| Asia & Americas, International Organisations, Iran |

The Case Against the Popular Vote

Two hundred years ago, the Founding Fathers made a mistake. They decided that the president of the United States should be elected by a popular vote held among the entire country’s citizens. The results of this flawed system speak for themselves. Under the popular vote, Americans have endured two centuries of elections where the presidential candidate who receives the most votes is also the winner. This is simply too much democracy. Time and time again, the American people have shown
| Politics, Democracy, Electoral College |

National Security at the United Nations This Week

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. Saudi Oil Attack Escalates US-Iran Standoff With New Sanctions and Threats A drone attack on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend has raised already high tensions between the United States and Iran.…
| United Nations, Afghanistan, Aung San Suu Kyi |

Ilhan Omar: Trump’s ‘lies put my life at risk’

Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has hit back at US President Donald Trump’s tweet that hinted that she held a party on 9/11 saying the premier’s “lies” endanger her life. On Wednesday Trump retweeted a video by comedian Terrence Williams that had accused Omar of having a party after the terrorist attacks that shock the country in 2011. Williams has since uploaded a video in which he claims to have only deleted the Democratic party from his life, implying he didn’t
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

The growing scandal of Muslim concentration camps

Internment is a well-tried and deeply mistrusted tool of reactionary governments. It involves large groups of people – often entire communities including women and children – being locked up without trial. Historically, the practice has given rise to its own sinister vocabulary, notably such terms as “concentration camps”. They are firmly associated with numerous crimes against humanity, not least of all mass murder. Little wonder, then, that Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “No-one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”
| Article, Asia & Americas, China |

Jeremy Corbyn should not be forced to choose a side on Brexit — the people must decide

Labour is now the only party putting the unity of the nation ahead of narrow calculation and easy headlines.  Let the people decide. What could be clearer — or more honourable — than that? In these divided times, where the Tories and the Liberal Democrats, two parties aspiring for government, have opted for the polarising messaging of the demagogue, Jeremy Corbyn
| News |

Ministry of Education: Activity assessment meeting

The Ministry of Education organized annual activity assessment meeting on 19 and 20 September here in the capital Asmara. Asmara, 20 September 2019- The Ministry of Education organized annual activity assessment meeting on 19 and 20 September here in the capital Asmara. Indicating that the objective of conducting assessment meeting is to identify strengths and challenges encountered and give due attention to find solution for the bottlenecks, Mr. Petros Hailemariam representing the Minister of Education called on the
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Why does Bill Maher get to run anti-Semitic jokes with Bari Weiss, when Ilhan Omar can’t say a word about Israel?

Bari Weiss has written a book about how to fight anti-Semitism, but during an interview with Bill Maher where he was telling anti-Semitic jokes non-stop she just laughed. Jonathan Ofir says this is because they agree on Israel and Zionism.
| Media Analysis, anti-semitism charges, Bari Weiss |

Zarif says Arab oil more important than its blood for US

Iranian foreign minister referred to US crimes in Yemen, saying Arab oil is more important than its blood in US’ policy. “Arab blood vs. Arab oil / A primer on U.S. policy,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in his Twitter account. Zarif revealed a list of US’ crimes as follows: – 4 yrs of indiscriminate bombardment of Yemen – 100,000 dead Yemenis – 20M malnourished Yemenis – 2.3M cholera cases = carte blance for culprits. – Retaliatory Yemeni strike on oil
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Number of elephants population increases by 10 fold

The Forestry and Wild Life Authority reported that the number of elephants population in the country that was 15 according to the study conducted in 1996 has currently reached to 250. Asmara, 20 September 2019- The Forestry and Wild Life Authority reported that the number of elephants population in the country that was 15 according to the study conducted in 1996 has currently reached to 250. Indicating that 44 thousand hectares of land has been reserved for elephants
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Al Jazeera staff show solidarity with colleague detained for 1,000 days in Egypt

Staff at Al Jazeera showed their support for fellow journalist Mahmoud Hussein to mark 1,000 days of his detention in Egyptian prisons, the New Khaleej news site reported. According to Al Jazeera, the Egyptian prosecution has repeatedly renewed Hussein’s detention without trial, in violation of international laws and his right to a fair trial. More than 20 organisations have highlighted their concerns regarding Hussein’s continued incarceration, the news site said, adding that the UN Human Rights Council is among them. Hussein is one
| Africa, Egypt, News |

Perpetual Peace? Lea Ypi on Brexit, Sovereignty and Partisanship

James Butler is joined by political theorist Lea Ypi (LSE) to discuss socialist internationalism in the 21st century: from the democratic tensions of Brexit in the UK, to the roots of the EU in the 18th century, through to the virtues of partisanship.
| #NovaraFM, Audio, brexit |

Rentier capitalism does not come with a reset button

Monopolisation, profit without purpose and social corrosion are not accidents – they are inherent, and ever more pronounced, factors of the system itself. This week, the  Financial Times  launched an eye-opening series of articles on the disorderly state of world politics that calls for a “reset” of the global capitalist system to make it more inclusive and committed to “profit with
| News |

General Conference Day 5 Highlights

The 63rd IAEA General Conference concluded yesterday (see this article summarizing the resolutions), but several scheduled Conference side events and other activities took place today.
| News Story |

Charter School Advocates Grow More Belligerent

Steadily mounting opposition to privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools is inevitable and becoming a bigger thorn in the side of nervous neoliberals, privatizers, and corporate school reformers. Terrified of discussion, investigation, and analysis, and hell-bent on privatizing schools, no matter the cost to society, on September 11, 2019, “Chiefs for Change” issued a letter […]
| Charter Schools, Education |

Tackling hepatitis C in Machar Colony, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan has the world's second-highest number of people with hepatitis C. Médecins Sans Frontières is focusing on tackling the viral infection in Karachi.
| News |

Yemen Group of Experts’ Report Highlights Need to Halt Arms Sales

The UN Group of Experts’ report on Yemen shows that the U.S (and its allies) have helped create a humanitarian disaster in Yemen and have a duty to help end it, starting by immediately ending their arms sales to the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition. The post Yemen Group of Experts’ Report Highlights Need to Halt Arms Sales appeared first on Just Security .
| Congress, International and Foreign, Laws of war |

Nigerian army orders closure of aid agency for 'aiding terrorism'

Action Against Hunger urges authorities to allow ‘life-saving’ work to continue after sanction imposed without ‘notice or explanation’ The Nigerian army has ordered Action Against Hunger to close its main office in Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, amid allegations the group has been “aiding and abetting terrorism”. Soldiers forced the organisation to stop its work in the region on 18 September. Related: Nigeria detained children as young as five over 'Boko Haram links'
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Nuclear Safety Regulators Discuss How to Develop and Maintain a Competent Workforce

Ensuring that countries, particularly those with nascent nuclear power programmes, have the tools to meet and sustain capacities to ensure safe operation of nuclear facilities was at the heart of the discussion during the tenth plenary meeting of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF). Examples of the impact of the RCF’s work in recent years were also presented.
| News Story |

Climate Change Denialism Poses a National Security Threat

We need innovative legal and policy solutions to tackle the “super wicked” problems caused by climate change. Here are three interrelated climate-security questions that are in need of answers. The post Climate Change Denialism Poses a National Security Threat appeared first on Just Security .
| Military, Climate Change, Climate security |

Twitter suspends account of MBS’ henchman in crackdown of pro-Saudi and UAE propaganda

Twitter has suspended the account of one of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s senior aid, Saud Al-Qahtani, who is regarded by many as the kingdom’s enforcer following his involvement in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi nearly a year ago. The suspension of Al-Qahtani’s page is part of a much wider crackdown on Twitter accounts that are being used for propaganda purposes by users of the social media site in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. The social network
| Africa, Egypt, Middle East |

This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa

Climate youth activist Nasratullah Elham of Afghanistan was invited to participate in the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, but the United States rejected his visa. He breaks the sound barrier to join us from Phuket, Thailand, where he is a 12th grade student, and says his activism is based on the crisis's impact on his home country. "The poor people there are very badly affected in a situation [where] they do not really have much carbon emissions," he says.
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New Reports of ‘Saudi and Israeli Airstrikes’ on Syria-Iraq Border Only Heighten Concerns of Wider War

The United States is discussing with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies about possible responses to Saudi Aramco oil facility attack . What is not being aired are any discussions between Washington and Israel on the matter. US Secretary of … The post New Reports of ‘Saudi and Israeli Airstrikes’ on Syria-Iraq Border Only Heighten Concerns of Wider War appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Aramco attack, Iran |

Was Iran really behind the attack on Saudi Aramco facilities?

On 14 September, state-owned Saudi Aramco’s oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in the Eastern Province were the target of a sophisticated drone and cruise missile attack. The Houthis of Yemen were quick to claim responsibility for “Operation Deterrent Balance 2”, which more than halved Saudi Arabia’s oil output and caused a surge in oil prices by 20 per cent at one point. If true, this would be their most significant and daring attack in the Kingdom to date.
| Article, Asia & Americas, Iran |

Supreme Court decision on UK Parliament suspension next week

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson should find out next week whether his decision to suspend parliament ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline was legal.
| News |

Hadi reshuffles cabinet in Yemen’s south

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi appointed new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle yesterday. The announcement by the Saudi-backed government, based in Riyadh, named new Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance – Mohammed Al-Hadhrami and Salem Bin Breik, respectively. President Hadi also decreed that Ahmed Al-Fadhli will be the new governor of Yemen’s Central Bank in the southern port city of Aden, becoming the fourth person to assume the role since the city became the de facto capital after the government
| Middle East, News, Saudi Arabia |

"Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.": Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis

Among those joining today's Global Climate Strike will be Kelsey Juliana, lead plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, the landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. She joins us for a roundtable discussion, along with Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Strike organizer, founder and executive director of OneMillionOfUs.
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"Young People Have Had Enough": Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marching Today

Today is the Global Climate Strike, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. As people took to the streets in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, we host a roundtable discussion with youth activists organizing marches in the United States — in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis — ahead of next week's U.N. Climate Action Summit. We are joined by Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old climate justice activist originally from Mexico who is an organizer with Fridays for Future New
| News |

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.
| Advocacy, Eastern & Central Europe, Feature |

Business reporting on trial on Turkey

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate acquittal of six journalists and 32 Internet users who are facing up to five years in prison for covering last year’s
| News |

Bin Salman ‘bulling’ wealthy Saudis for money

Declining global confidence in the Saudi economy has driven Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman into a familiar tactic of bullying and coercing some of the kingdom’s many wealthy families in an effort to pump cash into the state-run oil company Aramco. The plan, according to the Financial Times, is to build confidence in the Saudi Aramco deal, which has been rocked by last weekend’s devastating attacks on Riyadh’s largest oil processing plant, Abqaiq. It’s feared that Saturday’s attack, on what
| Middle East, News, Saudi Arabia |

Is Iran’s Economy Sliding?

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Last April, in a column for this blog I predicted that sanctions are very unlikely to force Iran to renegotiate the multilateral nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In particular, I argued that… Continue Reading  
| Analysis, Economy, Iran |

Headlines for September 20, 2019

Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike, Two Die in Texas as Storm Dumps 40 Inches of Rain on Houston Area, Red Cross: 2 Million Need Humanitarian Aid Every Week Due to Climate Crisis, Bird Population in U.S. & Canada Dropped by Nearly 3 Billion Since 1970, Benny Gantz Declares Victory, Rejects Overture from Netanyahu, Trudeau Apologizes Again as New Blackface Photos Emerge, Funeral Held in Afghanistan After U.S. Drone Strike Killed 30 Civilians, Mostly
| News |

The Early Edition: September 20, 2019

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.   WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT The whistleblower complaint related to U.S. President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader filed by a member of the U.S. …   continue » “The Early Edition: September 20, 2019” The post
| Daily News Roundup, Featured |