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  • Washington’s request for its allies to stay back in Syria
    During the Security Conference that has just taken place in Munich, the US Secretary of Defence, Patrick Shanahan, brought together his principal allies (which included Iraq and Turkey) and asked them to take over from the US in Syria as the US gets ready to pull out. Declaring that Damascus's taking back control of the territory would not guarantee stability, the US Secretary of Defense requested that 1,500 men remain in North East Syria. In any event, those present have questioned the (...) ... ...
  • Towards a Great Albania
    In violation of UNSC Resolution on the end of the Nato war against Serbia in 1999, Kosovo has now equipped itself with an army. According to the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, an agreement was concluded with his Albanian partner, Edi Rama, under which the border between the two States will be abolished on 1 March 2019. Furthermore, during a Joint Council Meeting of Albania and Kosovo, a common fund was established to promote both states joining the EU. When the Albanian (...) ... ...
  • A secret clause that accompanies the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle
    According to the Germany weekly, Der Spiegel, Germany and France have signed a secret clause at the side of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle [1]. It provides that neither party will oppose the sales of arms produced as a joint venture, except on grounds of national security. Following the fall of Nazism, Germany has kept up its pacifist ideal and placed a strict ban on exporting arms to States that could use them for evil ends. However, during the Conference on Security that has just taken (...) ... ...
  • Jordan Foreign Ministry: Iran releases three Jordanians after a two-month arrest for violating its international waters
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  • Anti-Semitism Cover for Censorship
    Let’s get this straight. Anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism, or anti-Jewishness. But the deliberate confusion of the terms allows the Israeli state and its supporters to carry out huge crimes with impunity. ... ...
  • Selected Articles: Political Correctness Demands Diversity in Everything but Thought
    Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? At present we are not covering our monthly costs. The support of our readers is much appreciated.  Click to donate or click here to … The post Selected Articles: Political Correctness Demands Diversity in Everything but Thought appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Russian President Putin Cautions U.S. About Missile Deployments
    Russian President Putin says he's prepared to target his weapons at the U.S., if the U.S. builds up missile forces in Europe. The threat comes after the U.S. withdraw form a Cold War era arms pact. ... ...
  • John Wayne posthumously bashed for 1971 ‘white supremacist’, ‘homophobic’ Playboy interview
    Legendary cowboy actor and all-American tough guy John Wayne has posthumously infuriated social justice types, after a 1971 interview resurfaced in which the ‘True Grit’ actor criticized racial equality and homosexuality. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Chinese tech a threat? Europe weary of Washington’s ‘nonsense’ allegations against Huawei
    Washington is riding another wave of scaremongering by warning the world about the alleged dangers posed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. However, without solid proof, the message seems more like a cover for self-interests. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Watch people DRAG AROUND CARS by hand to make way for fire truck
    A dramatic video shot near St. Petersburg shows dozens of people rush towards poorly parked cars to drag them away from the path of a fire truck rushing to respond to a fire at a residential building nearby. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • Labour’s ‘Anti-Semitism Problem’ is the 2019 Equivalent of ‘Iraqi WMDs’
    If you repeat a lie enough times, people will think it’s true, the old saying goes. In 2003 the neocons repeated ad nauseam the claim that Iraq possessed WMDs. It wasn’t true, but was said with so much confidence that people felt scared of expressing scepticism. ... ...
  • ‘April or July’: Conor McGregor challenged by ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone to sign fight agreement
    Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone looks close to securing his very own 'red panty night' with Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor after revealing that the UFC is looking at April or July dates to host the rumored lightweight fight. Read Full Article at RT.com ... ...
  • President discusses with President of Judicial Council judicial reforms’ matrix
    SANAA, Feb. 20 (SABA) - President Mahdi al-Mashat met Tuesday with Head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Ahmad al-Mutawakil. ... ...
  • Israel’s Left ‘Wants to Define New Borders After Peace Negotiation’ – Journo
    Members of Israel’s Labour party went to the polls on Monday to elect the party’s Knesset slate. The latest surveys show that the Likud party, which dominated Israeli politics for its first three decades of statehood, is likely to see modest results in April’s election. ... ...
  • President inaugurates the executive procedures for tribal honor document
    SANAA, Feb. 20 (SABA) - President, Mahdi al-Mashat, on Wednesday inaugurated the executive procedures for the tribal honor document signed by the different Yemeni tribes. ... ...
  • ‘Staunchly Anti-Israel Stance’: Journo on How Axed V4 Talks Will Affect Tel Aviv
    The recent Polish-Israeli row over Tel Aviv's Holocaust remarks is unlikely to affect Israel's relations with both the EU and Visegrad Group, Noah Phillips, a syndicated columnist and editor of The Jewish Examiner, told Sputnik. ... ...
  • Saudi-led mercenaries shell border populated areas in Saada
    SAADA, Feb. 20 (Saba) - The force of rocketry and artillery of Saudi enemy hit on Tuesday populated areas in Saada province, a security official told Saba. ... ...
  • Airbus wonder proves to be a tactical blunder
    The world’s largest passenger plane, Airbus, was hurt by misjudged market trends, internal dysfunction and production problems. This article is exclusive to Biznews Premium. Members please login here. Not yet subscribed? Taste before you eat by signing up here for free 30 day trial (card details required). ... ...
  • Netanyahu-Putin Meeting in Russia Postponed
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have postponed a planned meeting Thursday in Moscow, an Israeli official said. The two leaders would speak by phone on Thursday instead, the official said on condition of anonymity Wednesday, adding that a new date for the meeting would be set as soon as possible. ... ...
  • Army kills dozens of saudi-led mercenaries in Taiz
    TAIZ, Feb. 20 (Saba) - The army, supported by popular forces, on Tuesday killed and injured scores of US-backed saudi-led aggression coalition' mercenaries in Taiz province, a military official told Saba. ... ...
  • Video: Behind The Oscar-Nominated Music Of Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’
    Composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard reveals the creative process that led to BlacKkKlansman's "Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil)."(Image credit: NPR) ... ...
  • New look Deutsche Bank plans to rebuild SA staff after cuts
    By Roxanne Henderson and Loni Prinsloo (Bloomberg) – Deutsche Bank AG plans to start rebuilding its South African workforce just months after scaling back staff and cutting costs as part of a global restructuring. “The hiring we’re currently pursuing is geared toward enhancing the areas where we have global and local strengths, such as fixed income,” South Africa Chief Executive Officer Muneer Ismail said in an interview on Tuesday. “In the next two-to-three months we should be back to fighting strength.” The bank recently appointed Gregory Scott as the new head of corporate finance coverage in South Africa and ... ...
  • Maverick Tito Mboweni freewheeling on Budget 2019 – Eskom mess, and more
    By Alec Hogg* What a difference a year makes. Of the five people on the podium for the traditional “Budget lock up” press conference in 2018, only one was back in 2019. And that was SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago, who literally didn’t say a word last year, having been frozen out by unlamented former finmin Malusi Gigaba. This time around, a packed auditorium was treated to wooden Malusi’s maverick successor, a freewheeling and confident Tito Mboweni, who expressed himself in a manner quite unprecedented for this usually sombre occasion. Whether it was chiding fellow ANC members for ... ...
  • A New Wave of Internet Censorship May be on the Horizon
    2018 was a pivotal year for data protection. First the Cambridge Analytica scandal put a spotlight on Facebook’s questionable privacy practices. Then the new Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) forced businesses to better handle personal … The post A New Wave of Internet Censorship May be on the Horizon appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Iranian FM reacts to US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reacted to the US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia, which has raised concerns among security analysts over the transfer of sensitive nuclear power technology to the kingdom. ... ...
  • Three MPs Quit UK Governing Party over Brexit
    Three MPs quit Britain’s governing Conservatives on Wednesday over Brexit, saying the issue had “re-defined” the party and was “undoing all the efforts to modernize it”. The trio said they planned to sit in parliament alongside eight former Labour lawmakers who, also citing their opposition to Brexit, resigned from the main opposition party this week to form the new Independent Group. “It is with regret that we are writing to resign the Conservative whip and our membership of the party,” Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston said in a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. ... ...
  • Tahrir Al-Sham’s ringleader Al-Jolani seriously injured in Idlib
    Turkish medical sources reported that the terrorist leader Abu Mohammad Al-Jolani was conveyed to one of the hospitals in Hatti province and put under strict care and supervision due to serious injury inflicted upon him in Idlib twin blats on Monday. ... ...
  • Will President Trump’s Border Wall Keep Drugs Out Of The U.S.?
    Steve Inskeep talks to ex-Deputy Drug Enforcement Administrator Jack Riley about Trump's national emergency declaration, which could take money from drug interdiction efforts to fund a border wall. ... ...
  • As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For ‘Bold Moves’
    American Catholics have become disappointed as Pope Francis described the meeting as featuring "prayer and discernment" — hardly an ambitious vision for what could have been a momentous event.(Image credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP) ... ...
  • Book of “Muhammad (PBUH) was like a flower” published in French
    The book of “Muhammad (PBUH) was like a flower” was translated into and Published in French at the initiative of the Astan Quds Razavi (AQR) Deputy Office for Non-Iranian Pilgrims’ Affairs. ... ...
  • Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies Amid Reports of Talks with Washington
    Foreign Minister Arreaza has confirmed meeting twice with US Special Envoy Abrams despite denials by the latter of any dialogue with Caracas. *** Venezuelan authorities have expelled six deputies of the European Parliament (EP) this Sunday after denying them entrance … The post Venezuela Expels Euro Deputies Amid Reports of Talks with Washington appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Latest 2019/20 tax tables: Personal income gets a breather
    JOHANNESBURG — Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s maiden Budget Speech is built on six fundamental prescripts. Achieving higher rates of economic growth, increasing tax collection, reasonable and affordable expenditure, stabilising and reducing debt, reconfiguring state-owned enterprises and managing the public sector wage bill. The one area that was left untouched was the personal income bracket. With households under pressure, and a South African economy that sometimes needs households to spend their way to growth, the relief will be felt by many. Here are the latest tax tables. – Stuart Lowman ... ...
  • Russian FM underlines necessity of eliminating terrorism in Syria
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed the necessity of eliminating terrorism in Syria and finding a political solution to the crisis in it. ... ...
  • Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West Should Stop Its Interventions
    Foreign intervention has pushed many Middle Eastern populations into poverty, at the same time making them more determined to confront and reject the global domination sought by the USA. The number of Middle Eastern countries and non-state actors opposed to … The post Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West Should Stop Its Interventions appeared first on Global Research. ... ...
  • Canadian Policy on Venezuela and Haiti reveals Hypocrisy that Media Ignores
    If the dominant media was serious about holding the Canadian government to account for its foreign policy decisions, there would be numerous stories pointing out the hypocrisy of Ottawa’s response to recent political developments in Haiti and Venezuela. Instead silence, or worse, cheer-leading. Venezuela is a deeply divided society. Maybe a quarter of Venezuelans want the president removed by (almost) any means. A similar proportion backs Nicolas Maduro. A larger share of the population oscillates between these two poles, though they generally prefer the president to opposition forces that support economic sanctions and a possible invasion. There are many legitimate ... ...
  • President Aoun Expects Successful Governmental Term
    President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, told a delegation of the Syndicate of Editors that “controlling the media is not a restriction to freedoms, but a commitment to the ceiling of truth.” On the repatriation of displaced persons, Aoun said, “We refuse to wait for a political solution for the return of the displaced. Our experience with the Palestinian cause, in this context, is in no way encouraging.” Aoun uttered surprise over “the positions of some of the major countries that do not make any effort for the return of the displaced, and seek to prevent us from working ... ...
  • Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse
    Photograph by Mahmoud Bali (VOA) – US-backed Forces Press Deeper Into Southern Raqqa City President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record – the New York Times. The paper devoted serious attention to the Syrian civil war in 2018, echoing the sustained attention U.S. leaders have devoted toward the conflict. To better understand how this conflict has played out ... ...
  • When Saudi Arabia Gets the Bomb
    Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealed that, based on the testimony of “multiple” whistleblowers, the Trump Administration has been attempting to rush through a transfer of “highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology” to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without Congressional approval in violation of federal law. Before the Committee’s revelation on Tuesday, we knew that since 2017, the Trump Administration has been in negotiations with the kingdom over a “123 agreement” which would allow American corporations such as Westinghouse to transfer technology to the Saudis for the construction of two nuclear ... ...
  • “Electability” is Real (Unless Married with the Junk Science of Ideological Spectrum Analysis)
    Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair If electability were dependent on how moderate a candidate is, or is perceived to be, Jimmy Carter would likely have won a second term. We also likely would have had Presidents Mondale, Kerry, McCain, Romney and President Hillary Clinton. Maybe also President Gore. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi is disgusted with the way “electability” was used to shout down Sanders in 2016 and has already been deployed against Elizabeth Warren. Taibbi wants to deem the whole enterprise “alchemy and a crock.” But this is the wrong take. Far more effective are the four simple words ... ...
  • The Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Another Boondoggle in Virginia
    Image from US Forestry Service Two pipelines– the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)—earmarked for construction in Virginia have been the source of massive controversy. In a previous CounterPunch article I discussed the MVP, saving the equally controversial ACP for this article. The ACP is a 42-inch fracked-natural gas pipeline that would run about 600 miles/970 km from West Virginia through Virginia before terminating in eastern North Carolina. The ACP is a joint-venture between Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and Southern Company Gas. All three companies have poor records on environmental protection (and the latter has even been ... ...
  • Interview 1421 – Bruce Levine on Resisting Illegitimate Authority
    [audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-02-20%20Bruce%20Levine.mp3"][/audio]Dr. Bruce Levine joins us to discuss his book Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models. We talk about authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism, how dissent has been pathologized by power structures in the past, how it is pathologized today, and how anti-authoritarians can fruitfully resist and dissent against oppressive power structures. ... ...
  • Truffle Hunters Executed; 17 Killed in Iraq
    A day after 12 people were kidnapped in Anbar province, six bodies were recovered. The post Truffle Hunters Executed; 17 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow
    The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to … Continue reading "Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow" The post Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • US Counterterror Missions Across the Planet
    Originally posted at TomDispatch. “Training.” It sounds so innocuous. It also sounds like something expected of a military. All professional soldiers undergo some sort of basic training. Think: calisthenics, negotiating obstacle courses, and marksmanship. Soldiers require instruction, otherwise they’re little more than rabble. Sometimes soldiers from one country even train the troops of another, imparting … Continue reading "US Counterterror Missions Across the Planet" The post US Counterterror Missions Across the Planet appeared first on Antiwar.com Original. ... ...
  • Tzipi Livni couldn’t save Israel because Israel doesn’t want to be saved
    Tzipi Livni, who bid farewell to politics this week, won’t be Israel’s de Gaulle. She will not be the leader that shakes us out of our collective slumber. Today, it is difficult to imagine any other Israeli leader having the desire to even try. Tzipi Livni holds a press conference in the Knesset, January 1, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) It’s strange to consider that a mere decade ago, Tzipi Livni and her Kadima party won the Israeli elections. Yet 10 years since Benjamin Netanyahu pushed her into the opposition back benches, Livni tearfully announced on Monday that she will not be running in the upcoming elections. ... ...
  • Rats begin leaving the Labour ship – but how much of a health risk do they pose?
    Stuart Littlewood says the seven Labour Party deserters – small fry compared to the Gang of Four of 1981 – are nothing without the party’s help and the party’s brand, but may “serve as a magnet for other malcontents with little regard for British interests, only their own warped ambition”. ... ...
  • Netanyahu is working hard for racist party of ‘David Dukes’ so as to hold a rightwing majority in Israeli parliament
    Today Barak Ravid, the senior diplomatic reporter for Haaretz, published a series of tweets about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts at coalition-building on the far right. Here is the entire thread Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been spending much of his time making sure a racist, xenophobic, Homophobic Ultra-Right wing fringe party which is the Israeli version of David Duke passes the electoral threshold [of four seats] & makes it into the Knesset in the April 9th elections. The name of this party is “Jewish Power” & its members are followers of Meir Kahana – former leader of “Kach” party which was ... ...
  • The last eyewitnesses: a new film on the Nakba
    Today marks the release of a new film on the Nakba, entitled “1948: Creation & Catastrophe.” Stephen Shenfield interviews co-directors and executive producers professor Ahlam Muhtaseb, head of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at California State University at San Bernardino, and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Andy Trimlett. Stephen Shenfield:  Ahlam, please tell us how the Nakba has affected you and your family.   Ahlam Muhtaseb:  Although I am of Palestinian origin, I am not a refugee. I grew up on the West Bank, in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), under Israeli military occupation – one of ... ...
  • Palestinian Professors’ Unions Urge International Hispanistas Association to Move Congress From Hebrew University
    Palestinian Professors' Unions Urge International Hispanistas Association to Move Congress From Hebrew UniversityOpen LetterPalestinian professors' unions call on the International Association of Hispanistas to relocate its 2019 congress from Hebrew University, which is built in part on stolen Palestinian land in Israeli occupied East Jerusalem.  Academic BoycottFebruary 19, 2019 By:  Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) ... ...
  • The Israel lobby is built on the biggest guilt trip in the world
    I’ve been reading Amos Oz’s books since his death, and one of the feelings he leaves me with is: Self-contempt.Many of Oz’s characters look on American Jews with disdain. “To be without power is, in my eyes, both a sin and a catastrophe. It’s the sin of exile, and Diaspora,” says one. Another says that Diaspora Jews “shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of… life.” The message is clear. Jews in the west are half-made because they never had to fight. They haven’t served in the Israeli army, at the front line of reborn Jewish sovereignty. ... ...

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