Middle East

Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo

The US Democrat presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has done it. He has broken a taboo by publicly criticising Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians under its occupation and siege. He is the first political figure in the history of the presidential race to do so, especially as a person of Jewish faith, and just prior to the crucial New York primary, in which the Jewish votes… Source: Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo Read More »

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on April 19 acknowledged “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government and said the systemic expansion of Jewish settlements was moving Israel toward a dangerous “one-state reality” and in the wrong direction… Source: US feels ‘overwhelming frustration’ with Israeli government: Biden – MIDEAST Read More »

Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians?

After five years of war, expecting the Syrians to give Bashar al-Assad a chance is as reprehensible as it is dangerous.. When American and Russian spokespersons deny the existence of a secret agreement between them over Syria, they’re not necessarily lying – but they are being… Source: Are the US and Russia helping or deceiving the Syrians? – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey

As yet another enormous mosque has opened in the U.S. (funded by the Turkish government), Christians in Turkey are waiting for the day when Turkish state authorities will allow them freely to build or use their churches and safely pray inside them. In… Source: Turkey Builds Mega-Mosque in U.S., Blocks Churches in Turkey Read More »

Saudis threatens to sell off $US750b in US assets if Congress passes 9/11 bill

The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to sell hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American assets should the US Congress pass a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, administration… Source: Saudis threatens to sell off $US750b in US assets if Congress passes 9/11 bill Read More »

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

The United States, Russia and China are now aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more… Source: Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War – The New York Times Read More »

Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?

Since fighting broke out in March last year, Yemen’s war has taken a devastating toll on this poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The conflict between the insurgent Huthi movement on the one side and the government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by a Saudi-led international coalition on the other side, has cost the lives of… Source: Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock? | Crisis Group Read More »

Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage

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On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey “harshly criticized” foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul.  At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that “The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What… Source: Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage Read More »

Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues

Turkey and Russia continue their cooperation in the sphere of maritime safety, despite the tensions between the two countries, the commander of Turkish Naval Forces said Wednesday. ANKARA (Sputnik) — Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of the… Source: Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues Read More »

Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)is confident that its US allies are working diligently on formulating a military plan, most likely with the Iraqi government, but the Kurds want to ensure that the strategy to retake Mosul is well thought through, according to KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. Source: Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul Read More »

No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister

Turkey’s minister for European Union affairs and its chief negotiator with the bloc, Volkan Bozkır, said if the EU does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel, Turkey could stop accepting migrants sent from Greece. “If the EU does not grant visa-free travel [to Turkish citizens] then we can suspend the readmission agreement. This is a bargain. If there is no… Source: No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister – EUROPE Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

The Myth of Saudi Power

The ‘Salman Doctrine’ can’t back up its tough talk.. Mohammed Nuruzzaman Analysts from the Gulf Arab states are generally upbeat about Saudi Arabia’s possible military dominance in the Gulf neighborhood and the Middle East… Source: The Myth of Saudi Power | The National Interest Read More »

Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow

Iran has received its first delivery of S-300 air defense systems from Russia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari said on April 11.. “We announced earlier that this contract, regardless of obstacles in the past, is at the stage of completion and today I announce that the first batch of this equipment has… Source: Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow – MIDEAST Read More »