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Responding to Intensifying US “Hostility” Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift

    Responding to Intensifying US “Hostility” Iran Announces Bold Foreign Policy Shift

The enemy has failed to know you! The enemy has failed to know the Iranian nation! He does not know the Revolution or the revolutionary and faith-based spirit!, proclaimed Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei to a gathering of Basij paramilitary forces on Thursday, October 4. In a typically combative fashion, the Iranian leader set out the…

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Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism. It Won’t Work.

    Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism. It Won’t Work.

Trump is trying to square a globalized world through a national-based American capitalism. It won’t work. Former President Teddy Roosevelt (1901-09) described the essence of US foreign policy as “speaking softly while carrying a big stick”. Under the incumbent president, Donald Trump, it seems to be all about “speaking loudly”. What Trump is carrying in…

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Donald Trump Vows “Severe Punishment” If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

    Donald Trump Vows “Severe Punishment” If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

Facing pressure from Congress to act, President Donald Trump vowed “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing WaPo reporter Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as Trump turned up the pressure on the kingdom in an interview to be broadcast Sunday night. “Nobody knows” whether Saudi officials are involved…

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In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward

    In Latest Yemen Offensive, Saudi Arabia Destroys Hospital and Maternity Ward

HODEIDA,YEMEN-– Saudi Arabia and its allied coalition launched a second major military campaign against the heavily-populated cities of Tuheita and Dreihimi in Yemen’s Hodeida province on Thursday, leaving scores of civilians dead and a major hospital in ruins. The coalition’s latest attacks come amid a worsening famine in Yemen, a famine that has hit Hodeida…

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Facebook Purges US-Based Independent Media For Political Disinformation

  Facebook Purges US-Based Independent Media For Political Disinformation

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA – Facebook announced on Thursday that it was removing more than 800 pages from its platform, accusing the pages of “inauthentic behavior” even though the pages produced “legitimate” content. According to Facebook, the “inauthentic behavior” involved using “sensational political content – regardless of its political slant – to build an audience and…

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Yemen’s Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan

  Yemen’s Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan

JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA — The media branch of Yemen’s Ansar Allah military released footages on Friday showing the moment that strategic Saudi military locations were captured in the eastern al-Doud mountains and al-Reqa’h military bases deep inside of Saudi Arabia.  The bases are located in the southwestern region of Jizan, some 900 kilometers (559 miles)…

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Venezuela and Israel Take Center Stage in Brazil’s Far Right Presidential Campaign

  Venezuela and Israel Take Center Stage in Brazil’s Far Right Presidential Campaign

Pays-de-Gex, France — Jair Bolsonaro, who took 46 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazilian presidential elections on Sunday, has been using Venezuela as a scarecrow to attack his political opponents, with the runoff scheduled for October 28. A former army captain during Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964–1985), Bolsonaro was a relatively obscure…

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The New York Times’ Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election

  The New York Times’ Shaky Case that Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election

In their long recapitulation of the case that Russia subverted the 2016 election, Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times painted a picture of highly effective Russian government exploitation of social media for that purpose. Shane and Mazzetti asserted that “anti-Clinton, pro-Trump messages shared with millions of voters by Russia could have made the difference”…

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American College Student Considers Taking BDS Detention Case to Israel’s Supreme Court

  American College Student Considers Taking BDS Detention Case to Israel’s Supreme Court

After her legal challenge to end her detention was rejected by an Israeli district court on Friday, academics and activists pledged their support on Friday for Lara Alqasem, the 22-year-old U.S. graduate student who has been held for 10 days by Israel over accusations she has supported the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that…

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International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Biological Weapons

  International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Biological Weapons

In 1969, US President Richard Nixon ended all offensive aspects of the US bio-weapons program — the first category of weapons prohibited by an international treaty. In 1975, the US ratified both the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) — the international treaties outlawing biological warfare. But many reports from different…

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