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How will Washington’s Third Gulf War Play Out?

    How will Washington’s Third Gulf War Play Out?

With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won’t be pretty. The New York…

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Israel Wants Its Own War in Syria

    Israel Wants Its Own War in Syria

Hard as it may be to believe, at the moment of writing these words I am at the airport about to embark on a trip which will culminate in Mashhad, Iran. At the same time, Israeli army spokesperson is tweeting that twenty rockets launched by Iranian Quds brigades stationed in Syria were intercepted by the…

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New Film Gives an Iranian Perspective on the Battle Against ISIS in Syria

    New Film Gives an Iranian Perspective on the Battle Against ISIS in Syria

The “West” is competing against the “East” on the Syrian battle-field, in conflicting news and analysis, and now also in the cultural and film arena. A new full length action movie, titled “Damascus Time”, gives an Iranian perspective on the battle against ISIS in Syria. The movie comes from Iranian screenwriter and film director Ebrahim…

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Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change

    Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change

WASHINGTON – As aggressive neoconservatives increasingly take the helm of the United States foreign policy establishment, Washington’s appetite for “regime change” has only grown. The reinvigorated mood for intervening in the internal affairs of nations who don’t adhere to Washington’s dictates was on full display Tuesday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley…

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Interview: Western-Trained Brazilian Troops Deepen Nightmare for Homeless Women of Rio

  Interview: Western-Trained Brazilian Troops Deepen Nightmare for Homeless Women of Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (Interview) — Brazil’s federal government, led by President Michel Temer, gave the green light for a military takeover of all police duties in the state of Rio de Janeiro on February 16. His justification for the move? The restoration of law and order. Criminal gangs and violence had, in his words, “virtually…

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Israeli Attack On “Iranian” Targets in Syria a Sign of Tel Aviv’s Frustration, Fear

  Israeli Attack On “Iranian” Targets in Syria a Sign of Tel Aviv’s Frustration, Fear

GOLAN HEIGHTS, SYRIA — An hours-long exchange of fire between the Israeli military and alleged rocket-equipped Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel seized the world’s attention early Thursday morning just after midnight, fanning fears that the Middle East is once again being plunged into a major new war pitting the settler-colonial state against its bitter…

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Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story From the Gaza Protests

  Eclipsing Factionalism: The Missing Story From the Gaza Protests

The Gaza border protests must be understood in the context of the Israeli Occupation, the siege and the long-delayed ‘Right of Return’ for Palestinian refugees. However, they should also be appreciated in a parallel context: Palestine’s own factionalism and infighting. Factionalism in Palestinian society is a deep-rooted ailment that has, for decades, thwarted any unified effort…

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The Rohingya, Facing Turmoil in Exile, Welcomed Back to Myanmar With Words but Not Action

  The Rohingya, Facing Turmoil in Exile, Welcomed Back to Myanmar With Words but Not Action

The English-language Bangkok Post reported on May 5 that the Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar will be safe, according to the military there, as long as they stay confined to the camps being set up for them. Myanmar’s current commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, told a visiting delegation from the UN Security…

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Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

  Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. summit with North Korea fast approaches, both countries are jostling to preserve their respective interests. The tense signals, subtle shifts in position, and U.S. provocations make clear that the summit won’t be short on tough negotiations. Despite the honeyed words of previous months following U.S. President Donald Trump’s agreement to…

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Israel Launches Air Strike On Syrian Army Position Near Damascus

  Israel Launches Air Strike On Syrian Army Position Near Damascus

Just minutes after Israel instructed local authorities in the occupied Golan Heights to “unlock and ready bomb shelters”, after identifying apparent “irregular activity of Iranian forces in #Syria”, and putting Israeli troops on high alert, an Israeli air strike on Syrian army positions was reported after missiles were reportedly fired from Israel above Qunaitra province…

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