Middle East

24.04.2017

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

By Baher Kamal for IPS. A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security. Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN… »

24.04.2017

Interview with Khaled, during a rally to support Palestinian prisoners

Interview with Khaled, during a rally to support Palestinian prisoners

by Antonietta Chiodo, ProMosaik, English translation by Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. A couple of days ago, the leader of al Fatah, Marwan Barghouti, published his shocking article on New York Times. He had just started a legendary protest, called the “struggle of the empty stomachs”. Marwan has been able to… »

24.04.2017

Without any in situ inspection, OPCW confirms sarin exposure during the explosion that took place in Syria on 4th April

Without any in situ inspection, OPCW confirms sarin exposure during the explosion that took place in Syria on 4th April

On April 19, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed that “the analysis indicates that the victims were exposed to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance” during the events in Idlib, Syria, last April 4th (see full text of the press release issued at the end of… »

22.04.2017

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

By James Cogan The US national security advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, was in Afghanistan over the weekend, speaking with President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, the US military commander in the country. The aim of the talks, the Military Times reported prior to McMaster’s arrival in Kabul, was… »

21.04.2017

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

By Baher Kamal A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security. Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN… »

19.04.2017

Chemical weapons in Syria and UN Security Council: No resolution adopted

Chemical weapons in Syria and UN Security Council: No resolution adopted

Would you like to know why? On April 12, the Security Council met again to discuss the issue of chemical substances that caused the deaths of 87 persons on April the 4th in Syria. A first urgent session took place on April the 5th on the very same topic (see… »

11.04.2017

The U.S. attack on Syria’s al-Shayrat Airfield

The U.S. attack on Syria’s al-Shayrat Airfield

By Jan Oberg Most of the Western mainstream press has decided – in conspicuous uniformity with the U.S. foreign policy establishment – that it was the government of Syria that was responsible for the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. With no investigation undertaken, there is no empirical evidence. Perhaps logically… »

10.04.2017

Understanding the situation of the Middle East today : from the end of the Cold War to the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” (3/3)

Understanding the situation of the Middle East today : from the end of the Cold War to the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” (3/3)

To understand the situation of the Middle East today, it is necessary to go back a century in history. In effect, you must go back to the aftermath of the First World War to understand a large part of the geopolitical conditions which explain the multiplicity and convolutedness of current… »

08.04.2017

US Threatens More Strikes After Cruise Missiles Hit Syria

US Threatens More Strikes After Cruise Missiles Hit Syria

By Bill Van Auken The day after US warships rained some 60 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian government airbase, US officials made it clear that this unilateral and criminal attack against an oppressed former colonial country is merely the first shot in what is to be an escalating and widening… »

07.04.2017

Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons. This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no less immoral, and no less illegal… »

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