US fanning terror, flouting international laws: China
China's top state newspaper on Tuesday accused the United States of flouting international law and fanning terrorism after a NATO attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and it warned that the Islamabad's grip on security could be dangerously weakened.
Iran advises UK against opportunism
Iran's Speaker criticizes the "hasty" UN Security Council move in condemning a student rally outside the British Embassy in Tehran and advises London against exploiting the incident.
Obama: 'No ally more important than Israel'
President Barack Obama is reassuring Jewish supporters that his administration is committed to the security of Israel. He says: "We don't compromise when it comes to Israel's security."
Target Iran: Washington's Countdown to War
As William Blum documented in Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, 1953's CIA-organized coup against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, guilty of the "crime" of nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, may have "saved" Iran from a nonexistent "Red Menace," but it left that oil-rich nation in proverbial "safe hands"--those of the brutal dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.
Obama Refrains From a Formal 'I'm Sorry' to Pakistan
The White House has decided that President Obama will not offer formal condolences — at least for now — to Pakistan for the deaths of two dozen soldiers in NATO airstrikes last week, overruling State Department officials who argued for such a show of remorse to help salvage America's relationship with Pakistan, administration officials said.
Pakistan's air space may be denied to US
Pakistan has decided, for the time being, not to block US military use of its air space for over-flights into Afghanistan, but this could come within 15 days if bilateral diplomacy fails to relieve tensions over the Mohmand attacks, security experts say.
November 29, 2011
Moscow concerned over calls for NATO to become global cop
Moscow is concerned about calls by western politicians to turn NATO into a global cop. This comes in a statement made by an official of the Russian Foreign Ministry Yuri Gorlach at an international conference in Moscow on Euro-Atlantic security architecture.
US and Pakistan enter the danger zone
The air strike by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the Pakistani military post at Salala in the Mohmand Agency on the Afghan-Pakistan border Friday night is destined to become a milestone in the chronicle of the Afghan war.
Kirk and Menendez join forces on new Iran sanctions proposal
Senate Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a way forward regarding new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) that would impose crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy, with an eye toward preventing a catastrophic consequence for the world oil markets.
The Syrian Revolution Hijacked
Mass demonstrations never materialized in Damascus and Aleppo. The military and security forces didn't crack. The Alawite on Sunni crackdown (Alawites form the backbone of the army/security forces/irregular goon squads) fomented sectarian divisions, with most non-Sunnis minorities cleaving desperately to the Assad regime. Prosperous Sunnis have presumably been hedging their bets by donating to the anti-government cause in recent days but have not explicitly abandoned the regime.
Bomb voyage: 600 Libyans 'already fighting in Syria'
The Libyan government apparently wants to share its successful experience of overthrowing the Gaddafi regime with like-minded Syrians. It has sent 600 of its troops to support local militants against the Assad regime, according to media reports.
Nato may reap what they sow in Pakistan
EVEN by the usual standards of American "friendly fire" incidents, the attack on Pakistani troops by US Apache helicopter gunships on Friday was potentially world changing.
Russia Considers Blocking NATO Supply Routes
Russia said it may not let NATO use its territory to supply troops in Afghanistan if the alliance doesn't seriously consider its objections to a U.S.-led missile shield for Europe, Russia's ambassador to NATO said Monday.
Libyan clerics back disarmament of ex-rebels
Dozens of Libyan religious leaders on Monday urged authorities to disarm former rebels and form a national army, backing the transitional government's struggle to exert control over the militias that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
US presses Emirates over Iran
The UAE is under increasing pressure to sever its links with Iran's financial system as US terrorism and financial intelligence officials visit the country to drum up opposition to Iran's nuclear programme, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes.
Bahrain Postpones Protesters' Death Penalty Appeal
A civilian court in Bahrain on Monday postponed a highly anticipated ruling on the appeal of two protesters sentenced to death by a security court during a wave of anti-government protests earlier this year.
Pakistan: Nato ignored pleas for ceasefire
ISLAMABAD: The Nato air raids that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers lasted almost two hours - continuing after commanders pleaded with the US-led coalition forces to stop, the army claimed yesterday.
Former Pakistan FM joins up with Imran Khan
Pakistan's ex-foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi joined forces with cricketer-politician Imran Khan Sunday, becoming the most high-profile defector to his growing campaign to win the next general election.
Kuwait cabinet resigns amid political crisis
Kuwait's cabinet has resigned after protesters and opposition deputies demanded that the prime minister step down over allegations of corruption, state-run television has reported.
Pakistan blocks U.S. supplies, orders drone base closed after NATO raid
Pakistan on Saturday blocked supply routes for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and announced it would end the use of a Pakistani airbase by American forces, in retaliation for a NATO attack on a Pakistani border outpost that officials said killed at least 24 soldiers and injured another 13.
Egypt's military under pressure from protests, US
The U.S. has increased pressure on Egypt's military rulers to hand over power to civilian leaders, and the generals have turned to a Mubarak-era politician to head a new government in a move that failed to satisfy the more than 100,000 protesters who jammed Tahrir Square in the biggest rally yet this week.
Pressure grows on Syria but foreign powers divided
Turkey and Arab powers kept up pressure on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to end the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators on Friday but longtime ally Russia warned against any foreign intervention.
Libya's new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels
Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya's new authorities on Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
Turkey confronted with possible Syrian civil war
Turkey appears to be preparing for some form of civil war in neighbouring Syria, wary of any unilateral intervention but fearful fighting there could quickly escalate to a broader sectarian conflagration in the Arab world.
On Cairo's Violent Streets, an Untenable Status Quo Meets an Unwritten Future
"Say it, don't be afraid: the military council has to leave," chanted some of the tens of thousands of protesters who thronged Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday night. Their slogan was a combative response to the junta's plan, announced hours earlier in an unprecedented television address by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, for a transfer of power to an elected civilian government next summer.
Drone attacks: Complaint to UN panel planned
ISLAMABAD: The government told the National Assembly on Tuesday it was planning to complain to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against frequent deadly US drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas to target militant hideouts, but held the Punjab government as the main culprit for most domestic human rights violations.
Yemen's Saleh signs power transfer deal
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a Gulf initiative on Wednesday to hand over power to his deputy as part of a proposal to end months of protests that have pushed the Arab country to the brink of civil war.
China opposes expanded sanctions against Iran
China said Wednesday it opposed unilateral and expanded sanctions against Iran, such as those announced by several Western countries aimed at pressuring Tehran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program.
China opposes expanded sanctions against Iran
China said Wednesday it opposed unilateral and expanded sanctions against Iran, such as those announced by several Western countries aimed at pressuring Tehran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program.
U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria "immediately"
The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.
Revealed: how Gaddafi's son was caught
Saif Al Islam Gaddafi was betrayed to his captors by a Libyan nomad who says he was hired to help Muammar Gaddafi's son escape to neighbouring Niger on the promise that he would be paid £1 million (Dh4.95 million).
November 22, 2011
Arab states, Turkey plan 'No-Fly Zone' over Syria
Senior European sources said that Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes, backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly zone in Syria's skies, after the Arab League will issue a decision, under its Charter, calling for the protection of Syrian civilians.
Police burn protest tents to clear Cairo's Tahrir
Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo's Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. At least 11 protesters were killed and hundreds were injured.
Syria Won't 'Bow Down' as Forces Kill 24
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he won't "bow down" to international pressure as an Arab League ultimatum that called for an end to the violence expired.
NATO says trusts Libya, ICC on justice for Saif
NATO trusts Libyan authorities and the International Criminal Court to secure justice for Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam after his capture, a spokeswoman for the military alliance said.
Britain in secret talks with Syrian rebels
Britain has formally opened talks with the Syrian opposition movement as international pressure continues to mount against the beleaguered regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Syria targeted for imperialist intrigue after Arab League suspension
Wednesday's three-day deadline by the Arab League for Syria to meet its terms is a political provocation. It presents terms that the Syrian government cannot possibly accept, to allow other Middle Eastern regimes to continue an imperialist-backed intervention against Damascus.
U.S. Arms Persian Gulf Allies For Conflict With Iran
Rumors and reports of, speculation over and scenarios for attacks against Iran's civilian nuclear power facilities and military sites by the United States, Israel or both have flared up periodically over the past several years, especially since early 2005.
Libya UN envoy says Qatar arming Islamists
Libya's U.N. envoy Mohammed Abdel Rahman Shalgam on Friday urged Qatar to stop meddling in his country's domestic affairs, accusing the fellow Arab nation of providing funds and weapons to Libyan Islamists.
Analysis: As Libyans wrangle, Qatar in wings
With horse-trading over Libya's new government in its intense final days, foreign travel might not seem a priority for the interim leader, but when Mustafa Abdul Jalil jetted off to Qatar this week, few were surprised.
Two British terror suspects killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan
Two young British men have been killed in US drone strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal belt, according to reports from the country. The pair, both Muslims from London, are reported to have been killed in separate drone strikes two weeks apart in South Waziristan.
IAEA resolution to sharply criticize Iran for nuclear efforts
World powers meeting at the United Nations' nuclear agency have agreed on a draft resolution sharply criticizing Iran for its nuclear activities while deferring any discussion of new U.N. sanctions until the spring, two Western diplomats familiar with the document said Thursday.
Bomb Iran? Sanity in Exile
Or as Mitt Romney put it, playing the irresponsible-lunatic game convincingly enough to become the leading Republican presidential candidate: "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon."
China, Russia Resist Sanctions Against Iran
A new U.S. and European-led push to censure Iran before the United Nations nuclear agency for alleged efforts to develop atomic weapons is facing resistance from Russia, China and a bloc of developing countries, which threaten to dilute any international punishment.
Barak tries damage control after 'Iran gaffe'
Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, has reassured Israelis about his government's resolve after he appeared to empathise with Iran's alleged quest for nuclear weapons during a US television interview.
Sanctioning Syria: The Long Road to Damascus
In 1996, an Israeli think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, prepared "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" for incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In that seminal report, the Richard Perle-led study group suggested that Israel could "shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria."
US drone strike kills 7 in NW Pakistan
At least seven people have been killed in the latest non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone strike in the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, Press TV reported.
"Nuclear Option" Against Iran's Economy Paves Way for War
The drumbeat for another round of draconian sanctions against Iran is growing louder on Capitol Hill. While Illinois Senator Mark Kirk's proposed legislation to "collapse the Central Bank of Iran" was intended to be attached to the now-stalled international affairs funding bill, the pressure from Congress for another round of indiscriminate sanctions continues to build.
Powers make "progress" on IAEA Iran resolution
World powers are making progress in narrowing their differences on how to respond to a U.N. watchdog report that aired intelligence suggesting Iran has worked on designing a nuclear weapon, Western diplomats said on Wednesday.
Iran ready to help Turkey with nuclear plant - aide
An adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader said on Tuesday that Tehran was willing to share its controversial nuclear technology with neighboring countries, suggesting it could help Turkey build an atomic power plant.
Who said Gaddafi had to go?
So Gaddafi is dead and Nato has fought a war in North Africa for the first time since the FLN defeated France in 1962. The Arab world's one and only State of the Masses, the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyya, has ended badly. In contrast to the bloodless coup of 1 September 1969 that overthrew King Idris and brought Gaddafi and his colleagues to power, the combined rebellion/civil war/ Nato bombing campaign to protect civilians has occasioned several thousand (5000? 10,000? 25,000?) deaths, many thousands of injured and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, as well as massive damage to infrastructure. What if anything has Libya got in exchange for all the death and destruction that have been visited on it over the past seven and a half months?
US drone kills 7 in Pakistan
Pakistan: A suspected US drone fired missiles at a house in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border early Tuesday morning, killing seven alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Syrian soldiers killed in clash with defectors
Dozens of soldiers and security forces were gunned down by suspected army defectors in southern Syria, a deadly ambush that comes as President Bashar Assad increasingly appears unable to manage the crisis, activists said Tuesday.
Syria decides not to attend the Arab League meetings in Morocco
The Syrian government decided late Tuesday that it will not take part in the 4th session of the Arab-Turkish Forum nor the Arab League ministerial meetings scheduled to convene in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on Wednesday, the state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) reported.
Nuclear Pots Call Iranian Kettle Black
Here we go again. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) long awaited, much ballyhooed report on Iran's nuclear activities has been thunderously greeted in North America as conclusive evidence that Iran is working on nuclear weapons.
Iran Getting Nukes? The Hard Sell to Send Troops to Iran
In politics, there is no such thing as coincidental timing. Over the last week, Iran has become more prevalent in the next as Israel may be preparing for a preemptive strike on the nation in the hopes of preventing Iran from creating a nuclear weapon. Today, there is word of a United Nations report that points out that Iran is very close to a nuclear weapon. I would say that these announcements were not coincidence.
Iran students form chain to defend nuclear site
Hundreds of Iranian students on Tuesday formed a human chain around one of the Islamic republic's nuclear sites, vowing to strongly respond to any strike by arch-foe Israel, Fars news agency reported.
November 14, 2011
NATO countries may face war crimes inquiry
Some NATO members are worried that their organization may be investigated by the International Criminal Court after its prosecutor said allegations of crimes committed by NATO in Libya would be examined "impartially and independently," according to diplomats accredited to NATO headquarters.
Libyan scenario unfolding in Syria
The "illegitimate" decision to suspend Syria from the Arab League has received wide support from the EU and the US. Russia, however, has strongly opposed the measure, which is starting to look like another step on the road to a Libya-style scenario.
Israel says Iran closer to atom bomb than thought
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the full extent of Iran's nuclear programme was not reflected in a recent U.N. report, which said that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb.
'IAEA report contains nothing new'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has criticized the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program, saying it "contains nothing new."
US speeds up militarization of Iran's neighbors
With American and Iranian relations on the brink of war due to news or a nuclear program being developed out of Tehran, Obama administration insiders say the US is about to cut an arms deal with a powerful American ally in the region.
Libya: Media blackout, why?
Has anyone noticed the virtual silence on Libya among western news agencies? If Libya was today quiet, and without any conflict, we could believe the Lies on Sky and friends incorporated that a dictator had been toppled and his enraptured people freed, living now in peace, preparing for democracy. But this is not the case...
Libyans say clashes resolved, but firing goes on
Despite continued gunfire and explosions near Tripoli on Sunday, Libyan officials and fighters said a bloody local dispute that has strained nerves in the city for three days was being resolved.
America's Media War on Iran
When Washington goes to war or threatens it, America's media march in lockstep, cheerleading. Fiction substitutes for fact.
U.S. demands Iran respond to IAEA report within days
Iran must respond soon to a report by the UN atomic agency alleging that it is working secretly on developing a nuclear weapon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday while attending a Pacific Rim summit.
Eyeing Iran, US plans weapons sale to UAE
THE United States has plans to provide thousands of advanced "bunker-busting" bombs to the United Arab Emirates as part of efforts to contain Iran, The Wall Street Journal says.
Libya interim leader: No place for extremist Islam
Libya won't turn into an extremist Islamic country, its interim leader assured the European Union's top diplomat on Saturday, adding that the formation of a new government of experts is to be completed in the coming week.
Terror and Revenge Engulfs NATO's Libya
The "new Libya" has entered its own "Terror" which is spreading inexorably, aided by NATO member states including American, French and British SAS units known locally as "disappearance squads". This is one of the rapidly developing consequences of the UN's rush to "protect Libya's civilian population" last spring.
Obama to announce US marine base in Darwin
PRESIDENT Barack Obama is to announce that the US will begin rotating marines through an Australian base in Darwin in a permanent new military presence, intensifying the alliance in a sign of heightened concern about China.
Reports of Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Sound Like a Repeat of Iraq Eight Years Ago
"We will not build two (nuclear) bombs in the face of (America's) 20,000," said Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in response to an International Atomic Energy Agency report this week that accuses Iran of doing just that. He called Yukiya Amano, the head of the IAEA, a U.S. puppet, saying: "This person does not publish a report about America and its allies' nuclear arsenals."
Clinton urges China to put pressure on Iran
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to use its influence to raise pressure on Iran after new charges that the Tehran regime is pursuing nuclear weapons, officials said.
Fighting reported in western Libya
Clashes were being reported Friday in western Libya between two rival groups vying for control of the base of a brigade formally led by one of the sons of ousted leader Moamer Gaddafi.
NATO may have ended its operations in Libya, but the Western presence is far from over - with big companies replacing the warplanes. The countries that bombed the oil-rich country are now getting lucrative contracts to rebuild it. RT's Laura Smith adds up the profits of war.
Pakistan Drone Strikes Aided by Covert Emitters?
The targeting by American Predator and Reaper UAVs of terrorists along the Afghan-Pakistan border is being aided by GPS tracking devices placed covertly in the suspects' vehicles, according to media reports.
Reports: U.S. Military to Help Fight Nigerian Terrorists
The Pentagon's shadow war in Africa could have a new front, if reports coming out of Nigeria are accurate. U.S. troops are headed to Nigeria to help local forces do battle with Boko Haram, an Islamic terror group that has killed up to 400 people this year in an escalating campaign of bombings and shootings.
November 10, 2011
IAEA errs on "foreign expert" in Iran n-programme
The latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran appears to have falsified information about a Russian scientist who allegedly helped Tehran advance its nuclear weapons programme.
Dennis Ross Fired Over IAEA Dud
I have a hunch that the abrupt firing of Dennis Ross is one of the (well deserved) outcomes of the recent "nuclear Iran" IAEA, Americn induced report dud.
Russia, China: No new Iran sanctions
Russia and China have voiced their opposition to fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced.
Heavy security measures along Iraqi-Syrian borders
Source at the Border Guards Command told NINA on Thursday, Nov. 10, that heavy security measures are been taken along the Iraqi-Syrian borders in Anbar province in anticipation of infiltration by gunmen as a result of Syrian forces withdrawal into cities witnessing demonstrations.
Iran's Nuclear Program and the Legal Mandate of the IAEA
Daniel Joyner of the University of Alabama School of Law says the IAEA went outside of its legal mandate with its latest report on Iran, a move that has been viewed by some states as indicating the IAEA's shift from a technical body to a politicized one.
The Obama Doctrine: Making a Virtue of Necessity
After nearly 3 years in deep pursuit of the colonial wars initiated by ex-President Bush, the Obama regime has finally recognized the catastrophic domestic and foreign consequences. As a result the "reality principle" has taken hold; the maintenance of the US Empire requires modification of tactics and strategies, to cut political, military and diplomatic losses.
New Libyan PM seeks cash, reassures fighters
Libya's incoming prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib was forced on Wednesday to pacify an angry crowd of armed fighters demanding jobs and back-pay, and urged his Western allies to unblock frozen funds so his government can pay its way.
14 dead as Niger clashes with convoy from Libya
Niger's army has clashed with a heavily armed convoy of vehicles that entered its territory from Libya, killing 13 in the convoy and suffering one casualty on its side, military sources in the West African country said on Wednesday.
Russia criticizes release of IAEA Iran report
MOSCOW: Russia criticized the release of information in a UN watchdog report pointing to Iranian work on designing an atom bomb, saying it would dim hopes for dialogue with Tehran and could be meant to scuttle chances for a diplomatic solution.
IAEA: Iranian Nuclear Explosive Development 'May Still Be Ongoing'
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "is unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities," according to a report by the UN watch-dog.
Iran Guard says will retaliate if leaders killed
An Iranian semi-official news agency says that a top commander in the country's Revolutionary Guard force has threatened to kill "dozens" of American military commanders, should the U.S. kill any one of theirs.
Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu 'liar'
Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!
From Balfour to Obama: Colonial Thinking on Palestine
The phrase "British Mandate of Palestine" is as commonplace in Western and Zionist scholarship on Palestine as to be inoffensive and therefore barely given a second thought. Indeed, a quick internet search of this seemingly innocuous term reveals some two million results of wildly varying quality and usefulness.
Senior Cleric Warns of Iran's Powerful Reprisal for US Plots
Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami, a senior and influential cleric in the Islamic Republic, warned on Monday that Tehran would reciprocate any US move and plot against the Islamic Republic with such strong acts of reprisal that Washington and its allies would never forget.
Iran says IAEA's documents on its missile program "fake"
A senior member of Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said Monday that the documents of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its missile program are "fake," the official IRNA news agency reported.
Former Syria VP leads new opposition group
A new Syrian opposition group backed by Bashar al-Assad's former Vice-President Abdul-Halim Khaddam said on Monday it wanted to unify the various opposition strands and use "all means" necessary to oust the Syrian leader.
November 06, 2011
Ron Paul: Befriend Iran
GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul says "offering friendship" to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful to achieving peace with Tehran.
Israel set to attack over Iran nuclear risk
ISRAELI President Shimon Peres has warned that an attack on Iran was "more and more likely," ahead of tomorrow's release of a report by the UN nuclear watchdog, which is expected to say Tehran has tested nuclear triggering technology and modified ballistic missiles to carry nuclear warheads.
Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran IAEA: Iran Had Model of Nuclear Warhead
The UN atomic agency plans to reveal intelligence this week suggesting Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead and other previously undisclosed details on alleged secret work by Tehran on nuclear arms.
Iran to IAEA: Go ahead and publish 'counterfeit' report
A crucial IAEA report on Iran's nuclear programme due in the next few days -- raised as a possible trigger for war by Israel -- is based on "counterfeit" claims, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in comments published on Sunday.
Iran says US plot suspect is anti-Tehran militant
Iran has complained to the United Nations about a U.S. accusation it tried to assassinate a Saudi diplomat, saying one of the alleged plotters Washington calls an Iranian military official is really a member of an anti-Tehran rebel group.
The Guardian of Israel
Gilad Atzmon argues that, by regurgitating Israeli disinformation that the UK is ready to join the US and Israel in attacking Iran but without any attribution or substantiation, Britain's Guardian newspaper has turned itself into a mouthpiece of Israeli propaganda.
'15,000 strong' army gathers to take on Syria
An insurgent army which claims to be up to 15,000 strong is being coordinated from Turkey to take on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, which risks plunging the region into open warfare.
Cornered in Free Libya
"We've walked all the way here to tell everybody that we are being treated like dogs," said 23-year old Hamuda Bubakar, among a couple of hundred black refugees protesting at Martyrs Square in Tripoli. "I'd rather be killed here. I wouldn't be the first, or the last."
Syria and Iran: the great game
This summer a senior Saudi official told John Hannah, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, that from the outset of the upheaval in Syria, the king has believed that regime change would be highly beneficial to Saudi interests: "The king knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria."
Vicious triangle forming against Iran
In recent days, there has been a vociferous interest in Israel, the US and the UK in fanning the flames of Iranophobia in what observers see as a political red herring to engage in a catastrophic war in the Middle East.
'Keep Gaza lull, or Israel will attack'
Egyptian official says escalation and rocket fire toward Israeli cities could prompt wide military offensive in the Strip; says Cairo's ability to thwart operation limited
Urgent: ships BOARDED by Israeli Navy
Canadian and Irish ships sailing with Freedom Waves to Gaza have been illegally boarded by the Israeli military in international waters a short while ago.
Libya militias taking law into own hands
Many of the fighters that pushed Muammar Qaddafi from power have refused to stand down. Now, some of Libya militias are allegedly stealing and targeting Qaddafi supporters for revenge.
Libya's Liberation Front Organizing in the Sahel
"Sahel" in Arabic means "coast" or "shoreline". Unless one was present 5000 years ago when, according to anthropologists, our planets first cultivation of crops began in this then lush, but now semiarid region where temperatures reach 125 degrees F, and only camels and an assortment of creatures can sniff out water sources, it seems an odd geographical name place for this up-to-450 miles wide swatch of baked sand that runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.
CIA Drones Kill Large Groups Without Knowing Who They Are
The expansion of the CIA's undeclared drone war in the tribal areas of Pakistan required a big expansion of who can be marked for death. Once the standard for targeted killing was top-level leadership in al-Qaeda or one of its allies. That's long gone, especially as the number of people targeted at once has grown.
Ex-Mossad Chief: Radical-Right Jews More Dangerous than Iran
A former chief of Israel's intelligence service, the Mossad, says that ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel pose more of a threat to the Jewish state than Iran. Ephraim Halevy pooh-poohed the threat from Iran, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were said to be rounding up support for a unilateral attack on Iran. Halevy said Iran is "far from posing an existential threat to Israel."
The Lynching of Libya
British writer and political thinker George Orwell died at 46. In the short span of his writing life, he left behind lucid pieces of prose in which he articulated his brilliant political thought. Had he lived longer, the world would have been further enriched by his political philosophy. In his essay "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell wrote, "When the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys." After having launched unprovoked wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the white man has now inflicted tyranny on Libya.
Egypt: "We Will Not Allow Israel To Attack Gaza"
Egyptian security leaders stated that they believe Israel still intends to conduct a large-scale military offensive against the Gaza Strip, despite extensive Egyptian efforts to maintain calm, and added that Egypt will not allow Israeli to cross "Red Lines".
Syria: At least 12 dead as number of army defectors reaches 15,000
Rights activists said at least 12 Syrian civilians were killed Thursday by security forces, one day after Damascus announced its acceptance of the initiative put forward by the Arab League to resolve the crisis. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced earlier the killing of 7 civilians in the city of Homs.
Israel attack on Iran military suicide
There is a strong speculation that Israel is bound to mount an attack on Iranian nuclear sites, a threat which the Zionist regime has frequently repeated and an idea which, if translated into action, will bring about apocalyptic consequences for the Zionist entity.
US drone raids kill over 120 in 2 days
At least 127 people have been killed in separate US assassination drone strikes in Somalia and Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan over the past two days.
US night raids killed 1,500 Afghan civilians
United States Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the US-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command reveals.
Murder as Instrument of Foreign Policy
President Obama has openly deployed murder as an instrument of foreign policy. Soon after assuming office, Obama authorized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to plan and execute the murder of terrorists and other enemies, regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens.
IMF to meet with Libya's TNC officials
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday said it was meeting with leaders of Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC) to determine the needs of the country. "There will be a meeting with the authorities shortly. I don't have a specific date but it will be soon," IMF spokesman David Hawley said at a news conference in Washington.
Israeli nuclear bluff and the American hand behind it
As reported by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, a senior U.S. State Deapartment official has said that Washington is concerned that Israel will mount a military operation against Iran's nuclear facilities. An uncontrolled an uncoordinated unilateral Israeli action against Iran "may not necessarily be in line with US interests in the region."
The human toll of the U.S. drone campaign
The principal reason so little attention is paid to the constant victims of American violence in the Muslim world is because the U.S. Government refuses to disclose anything about these attacks and media outlets virtually never report on those victims (MSNBC demoted and then fired its then-rising-star Ashleigh Banfield when she returned from Iraq and pointed out that fact in an April, 2003 speech denouncing the "one-sided" coverage of American wars: meaning, the invisibility in U.S. media of America's civilian victims).
US drone attack kill 20 Somalis
The US assassination drone carried out the attacks on Wednesday morning on the outskirts of Kismayo city, leaving 20 people dead and 60 others, mostly women and children, injured.
Group: Syrian army deserters kill 15
Syrian army deserters killed seven soldiers and eight members of the security forces and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in an apparent response to the killing of 11 villagers earlier on Wednesday, an activist group said.
November 01, 2011
Bahrain rights probe head says torture systematic
Bahrain said on Tuesday it would push ahead with parliamentary reforms it hopes will end unrest in the Gulf Arab country in an announcement that came a day after the head of a rights commission said he had found evidence of systematic abuse.
Syria mining Lebanon border
Syria is planting landmines along parts of the country's border with Lebanon as refugees stream out of the country to escape the crackdown on anti-government protests, officials and witnesses said Tuesday.
In Libya, Fighting May Outlast the Revolution
Many of the local militia leaders who helped topple Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi are abandoning a pledge to give up their weapons and now say they intend to preserve their autonomy and influence political decisions as "guardians of the revolution."
Libya's Other Victims Pick Up the Pieces
Suleyman and Rasool have come to the University of Bani Walid, in western Libya. If they are lucky, they might find some chemistry notes and, perhaps, a computer that works. Unfortunately, it is not likely, since NATO reduced the campus to rubble.
Libya: Military Success Doesn't Erase Moral Questions
Shortly after the first U.S. cruise missiles fell in Libya on March 19, 2011, signaling the start of the seven-month NATO campaign to "protect civilians" by dropping bombs on that country, I wrote that even if we reduced our moral standards to those of Osama bin Laden, the murder of even one Libyan in the name of "human rights" must still be considered immoral. With the declared end of NATO's "Operation Unified Protector" on Oct. 31, 2011, it is worth revisiting the morality of the so-called humanitarian intervention in Libya.