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Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

U.S. President Barack Obama held talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on April 20 as he began a two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic U.S. ally. Riyadh and its Sunni Arab Gulf allies have bristled at what they see as Washington’s tilt toward regional rival Iran after Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers… Source: Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit – MIDEAST Read More »

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 »

How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve

“My wife told me to sell the boats,” says Brad Pettinger, a longtime trawl fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. “But I said, honey, who’s gonna buy them? At that time we just didn’t have anything.” The “anything” was fish to catch. Fifteen years ago, America’s vast… Source: How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve – The New York Times 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 »

College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, was taken off a flight after he called an uncle in Baghdad and a passenger overheard him… Source: College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane – The New York Times Read More »

Muslims for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is the closest candidate to the aspirations of millions of decent Americans dreaming of a better future.. The dramatic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn on April 14, in anticipation of the New York primaries on April 19, notwithstanding, the national conversations about the US presidential campaign has become positively… Source: Muslims for Bernie Sanders – Al Jazeera English 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 »

The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada

The media attacks are a sign: a New Democratic Party that takes on inequality and climate change can crack open the country’s political debate. From the headlines screaming outrage on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers, you’d think the New Democratic Party had shuttered their… Source: The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian 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 »

The United States of Insolvency

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James Grant offers view on how we got here—and what we can do about it… Source: The United States of Insolvency | TIME 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 »

Portman meets Merrick Garland, still opposes Supreme Court nomination

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President Barack Obama tapped Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. on U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans have said they will not a hearing on the nomination. Source: Portman meets Merrick Garland, still opposes Supreme Court nomination – News – Times Reporter – New Philadelphia, OH Read More »

We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers

Around the world politicians are raising issues of fairness, equality and social values – so why have Australians gone quiet? In the context of elections and political discourse, there is a debate about core democratic values emerging in countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada – nations with… Source: We’re asking the wrong questions and our democracy suffers Read More »