Middle East

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… »

10.06.2019

It’s less about Iran and more about stability in the Middle East

It’s less about Iran and more about stability in the Middle East

History suggests that attempts to exclude such regional powers produce instability, or worse. Erwin Van Veen 7 June 2019 for openDemocracy The web of American sanctions on Iran is being tightened. The White House recently cancelled the waivers that still permitted a few countries to import Iranian… »

27.05.2019

An oasis of progressive thinking in the midst of the Syrian war

An oasis of progressive thinking in the midst of the Syrian war

Have you ever heard of Rojava, the semiautonomous Kurdish region in North West Syria? Probably not, or you may have seen a recent article/letter in The Guardian from relatives of British people who went to join the US-backed Kurdish effort to fight ISIL (several died) and now are treated… »

21.05.2019

Palestinians need a state, not a ‘business plan’

Palestinians need a state, not a ‘business plan’

Jared Kushner believes the first stage to peace is investing capital in Gaza and the West Bank. But just how far can that investment go when Israel is determined to maintain full control of and exploit every aspect of the Palestinian economy? By Sam Bahour President Donald Trump is taking part in… »

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