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Trump, Netanyahu Dismiss “Two-State Solution,” Threaten Iran

Trump, Netanyahu Dismiss “Two-State Solution,” Threaten Iran

  In a White House press conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump backed away from a decades-old pretense by Washington of a commitment to the pursuit of a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, echoing remarks by Netanyahu, Trump advanced a “much bigger deal, a much more important deal” that “would take in[Read More…]

Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Donald Trump’s national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday following an escalating controversy in Washington over reports that he discussed anti-Russian sanctions with Moscow’s ambassador to the US in the month before President Donald Trump took office. Speculation within the media was rife Monday that Flynn could either be fired or forced to resign following the[Read More…]

Russia, Iran And Turkey Issue Joint Declaration On Syrian Settlement

Russia, Iran And Turkey Issue Joint Declaration On Syrian Settlement

After meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, top officials of the Russian, Iranian and Turkish governments issued a joint eight-point statement of principles calling for the extension of a ceasefire throughout Syria and a negotiated settlement between the Syrian government and its opponents. Much of the statement, dubbed by Russian officials as the “Moscow Declaration,” was boilerplate. It declared the three[Read More…]

Russia And Turkey Condemn The Assassination Of Russian Ambassador In Ankara

Russia And Turkey Condemn The Assassination Of Russian Ambassador In Ankara

An off-duty Turkish policeman shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, Monday in front of a horrified audience at a photo exhibition in Ankara. The gunman was identified as a 22-year-old member of the Ankara riot police, Mevlüt Mert Altintaş. Dressed in a black suit and carrying his police ID, he entered the art gallery where Karlov[Read More…]

While Decrying “Massacre” In Aleppo, US Steps Up Bloodshed In Mosul

While Decrying “Massacre” In Aleppo, US Steps Up Bloodshed In Mosul

Even as columns of green buses were ferrying the last of the Western-backed Islamist “rebels” out of eastern Aleppo Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry took the podium at a State Department press conference to describe the situation in the northern Syrian city as “unconscionable” and to denounce the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out “nothing short[Read More…]

US-Russian War Tensions Mount Over Eastern Europe And Syria

US-Russian War Tensions Mount Over Eastern Europe And Syria

NATO defense ministers convened a two-day meeting in Brussels Wednesday to thrash out final plans for the deployment of some 4,000 combat troops organized in four battle groups within striking distance of Russia’s border. These front-line forces are to be backed by a 40,000-strong rapid reaction force capable of going into battle within days. The plan represents the largest military[Read More…]

Civilian Toll Mounts As Mosul Offensive Enters Second Week

Civilian Toll Mounts As Mosul Offensive Enters Second Week

With the US-led offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS), there are increasing reports of death and suffering on the part of Iraqi civilians caught up in the fighting and facing retribution from both ISIS and troops and militias loyal to Baghdad. Abdul-Ghani Asadi, the commander of the Iraqi army’s anti-terrorism contingent, reported Monday that Iraqi artillery has[Read More…]

Obama Administration Split On “Plan B” For Syria Intervention

Obama Administration Split On “Plan B” For Syria Intervention

The Obama administration’s National Security Council has discussed proposals for a “Plan B” in Syria, involving a major escalation of the five-year-old US intervention aimed at toppling the government of President Bashar al-Assad. “Plan B”—meant to signal Washington’s response to its failure to secure its goal of “regime change” by means of a negotiated agreement with Russia, the main ally[Read More…]

Turkish Bombing In Syria Threatens Wider War

Turkish Bombing In Syria Threatens Wider War

  The threat of the US military intervention in Iraq and Syria erupting into a far wider war has increased sharply in the wake of a series of Turkish air strikes against Syrian Kurdish militia forces that are aligned with Washington. The Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reported that Turkish war planes carried out 26 strikes against[Read More…]

US Has Spent Nearly $5 Trillion On Wars Since 9/11

US Has Spent Nearly $5 Trillion On Wars Since 9/11

In another indication of the terrible price paid by working people in the United States and all over the globe for the crimes of US imperialism, a new reportfrom Brown University estimates that Washington has squandered nearly $5 trillion since September 11, 2001 on the wars launched under the pretext of fighting terrorism. The report coincides with the 15th anniversary[Read More…]

Growing Disquiet In Washington Over Russian-Iranian Actions In Syria

Growing Disquiet In Washington Over Russian-Iranian Actions In Syria

Russian bombers used an air base in the northwest of Iran for a second day Wednesday to attack targets inside Syria described by Moscow as arms depots and command centers used to support jihadist militias fighting Syrian government forces for control of the city of Aleppo. The air strikes, carried out by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and SU-34 tactical bombers, mark[Read More…]

A Week Before Rio Games, Protesters Extinguish Olympic Flame

A Week Before Rio Games, Protesters Extinguish Olympic Flame

  Protesting workers and youth in Angra dos Reis, a coastal town about 100 miles south of Rio de Janeiro, blocked an Olympic procession Wednesday night, seizing and extinguishing the Olympic torch before being driven back by police firing teargas and rubber bullets. The protest, coming barely a week before the August 5 opening of Rio Olympics, is emblematic of[Read More…]