Middle East

12.07.2019

An Iranian and an Israeli talking about nuclear weapons

An Iranian and an Israeli talking about nuclear weapons

This unremarkable title for an evening event last Wednesday at the Framed.berlin cultural centre did, in fact, draw attention. Discussion events are not necessarily a big crowd-puller nowadays and most people prefer to look away rather than listen when it comes to nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, about 80… »

12.07.2019

Trump threatens new sanctions amid farcical indictment of Iran

Trump threatens new sanctions amid farcical indictment of Iran

By Bill Van Auken US President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to ratchet up once again the punishing US “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran. In an ignorant and lying tweet, the US president stated: “Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching’, in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made… »

07.07.2019

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control. It was carried out at the behest of the United States as part of the campaign of… »

29.06.2019

Asterix and the Myth of Money: the Trump-Kushner peace plan for the Middle East

Asterix and the Myth of Money: the Trump-Kushner peace plan for the Middle East

In 1976 René Goscinny wrote a script for his instalment of Asterix “Obelix and Co.” which turned out to be one of the best studies of neoliberal capitalism and the reasons for its failure. In short, tired of getting defeated by the pugnacious magic potion drinking Gauls who refuse to… »

23.06.2019

Why Trump Backed Off On Iran

Why Trump Backed Off On Iran

By Dr Arshad M Khan War is a failure of reason, it has been said, and war with Iran makes little sense after they have faithfully complied with their nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), endorsed as it has been by the Security Council. It was the US,… »

21.06.2019

After Approving Strike on Iran Backed by Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel, Trump Reportedly Called Off Attack at Last Minute

After Approving Strike on Iran Backed by Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel, Trump Reportedly Called Off Attack at Last Minute

“This ought to put an end to dismissal of a U.S. war of choice with Iran as too idiotic to happen, and an end to the idea that if it did happen it would be an ‘accident,’ as opposed to immoral madness.” by Jake Johnson, staff  for… »

20.06.2019

How to Avert the Impending War on Iran

How to Avert the Impending War on Iran

The military is currently putting the breaks on the drive to war in Iran, says a former colonel and diplomat, but concerned citizens need to step up. By Eric StonerJune 18, 2019 Since coming to power, the Trump administration… »

20.06.2019

UK Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales

UK Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales

Campaigners have welcomed a Court of Appeal decision to overturn a 2017 High Court judgment which allowed the UK government to continue licensing the export of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The appeal hearing took place in April 2019. The judgment comes amidst global concern over the use of… »

19.06.2019

Turkey: Gezi Protests Trial to Begin

Turkey: Gezi Protests Trial to Begin

Drop Bogus Charges, Free Kavala and Aksakoğlu The trial of 16 people accused of organizing and financing peaceful protests which began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013 is scheduled to begin on June 24, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a short video about the case. The 16 are… »

17.06.2019

‘Blatant Theft’: Netanyahu Unveils Illegal Settlement Named ‘Trump Heights’ in Occupied Syrian Territory

‘Blatant Theft’: Netanyahu Unveils Illegal Settlement Named ‘Trump Heights’ in Occupied Syrian Territory

“Trump Heights is such a great name for the colony built on theft, since Trump’s whole life has been about being wealthy and powerful enough to escape the consequences of his crimes.” by Jake Johnson staff writer for Common Dreams In what critics denounced as an obscene celebration of… »

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