Middle East

24.01.2020

New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

New government in Lebanon still failing to diffuse protests as many raise slogan: Revolution, Revolution

By Countercurrents Collective More than three months of political blockade have passed since protests in Lebanon erupted. A new government has sworn-in. Still violent protests continue with call for an end to corruption, economic woes and sectarian politics. Protesters have called for a “Week of Rage”. Protesters on Tuesday chanted… »

23.01.2020

Standing United: Connecting Nonviolence

Standing United: Connecting Nonviolence

By j.jill “United We Stand” is a motto best-known for the July 1942 campaign to stimulate emotion and capital for United States entry into the Second World War. Yet, its origin heralds to 1768s “The Liberty Song” by John Dickinson and has been used historically as a sort of rallying… »

17.01.2020

Is Iraq Now a Virtual “US-Occupied Territory”?

Is Iraq Now a Virtual “US-Occupied Territory”?

By Thalif Deen Pat Buchanan, a senior advisor to three US Presidents and twice candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, once infamously described the United States Congress as “Israeli-occupied territory” -– apparently because of its unrelentingly blind support for the Jewish state. Never mind post-1967 Gaza, West… »

17.01.2020

USA Vs Iran: Six Decades of American Lies, Deceit and War Crimes

USA Vs Iran: Six Decades of American Lies, Deceit and War Crimes

By Irwin, Jerome The war drums of a World War III in 2020 continue to beat louder and louder since President Trump’s illegal assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani in Tehran. The escalation of each new day’s recklessly-outrageous pronouncements by Trump and his political allies, that speak out for the… »

14.01.2020

Beyond Soleimani!

Beyond Soleimani!

By Murtaza Shibli Finally, the storm over General Qassem Soleimani’s death seems to be over. Had it not been for the strategic restraint and wisdom of the Iranian regime, the war seemed imminent which would have certainly resulted in the decimation of the stranglehold of the religious elite and wide-scale… »

11.01.2020

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

Security Council, beats midnight deadline, approves Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization. Failing last month to extend… »

11.01.2020

Andrew Bacevich: The U.S. Needs to Abandon “Militarized Approach” to Middle East and Build Peace

Andrew Bacevich: The U.S. Needs to Abandon “Militarized Approach” to Middle East and Build Peace

We continue our conversation with Andrew Bacevich, president and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is a retired colonel, Vietnam War veteran and author of, most recently, of “The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.” Bacevich says the crisis with Iran, sparked by… »

11.01.2020

10 Ways Trump’s Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region

10 Ways Trump’s Actions Against Iran Hurt Americans and the Region

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies The U.S. assassination of General Qassem Soleimani has not yet plunged us into a full-scale war with Iran thanks to the Iranian government’s measured response, which demonstrated its capabilities without actually harming U.S. troops or escalating the conflict. But the danger of… »

09.01.2020

Peace Action Statement after Trump’s Remarks at the White House

Peace Action Statement after Trump’s Remarks at the White House

The following is a response to President Trump’s remarks at the White House by Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund: President Trump once again blamed President Obama for the “foolish Iran nuclear deal.” In reality, this crisis is completely Trump’s fault, from violating the deal,… »

09.01.2020

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, António Guterres re-iterated the “passionate appeal for… »

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