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Middle East

‘Iran nuclear deal game: ‘France-good cop & US-bad cop’
Powerful forces in France along with the US administration don’t want a nuclear deal with Iran; they have an interest in tension with it, says Seyed Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran. They are supported by Saudis and Israel as well, he added.

29.05.2015 12:09

Jerusalem: Witnessing the death of Palestinian trade
To have a shop in the Old City of Jerusalem is kind of a mission aimed at promoting Palestinian presence. No trade – no Palestinians. It’s another aspect of the slow but incessant de-Palestinization which affects every Arab living here.

29.05.2015 08:37

‘Bigger and badder’: US volunteers head to fight ISIS
A group of US volunteers is headed to the Philippines on a contract to fight groups allied with the Islamic State. One counterinsurgency specialist wonders if their enthusiasm will make up for the lack of logistics, weapons and training.

28.05.2015 22:37

​'Hallelujah!' Blair's resignation as Middle East peace envoy prompts internet celebration
When Tony Blair resigned as Middle East peace envoy for the Quartet group on Wednesday, the internet applauded. From sarcastic tweets to satirical videos, the web rejoiced in his departure and speculated on why he was stepping down.

28.05.2015 11:52

​Netanyahu demands ‘up to $45 bn’ in US military aid to deter Iran, Gulf States
Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News

27.05.2015 17:05

Tony Blair resigns as Middle East peace envoy - reports
Tony Blair has reportedly resigned as envoy to The Quartet group of Middle East nations.

27.05.2015 14:16

​Iraq Diary, Day 8: Does the DIA report talk about ISIS roots?
We return to Baghdad, and my social media feeds are buzzing over a released DIA report from 2012 that talks about US policy in Syria.

26.05.2015 22:15

​ISIS rise provoked by outside interference into Middle East, North Africa – Putin
There was previously no terrorism in countries where Islamic State militants “now prosper” until outside forces “not sanctioned by the UNSC” interfered, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, stressing the “serious consequences” that followed.

26.05.2015 20:06

Repressive govts donated to Clinton Foundation, arms deals approved by Hillary’s State Dept. - report
Nations openly chastised by the US for dismal human rights records donated billions to the Clinton Foundation, while gaining clearance for weapons deals approved by the Hillary Clinton-led US State Department, according to a new report.

26.05.2015 15:49

US ‘perception management’ deceives public on foreign policy
As US proxy wars continue to rage in the Middle East, the US is constructing a narrative that’s sometimes very different from that on the ground, Ross Caputi, a former US Marine, revealed to RT.

26.05.2015 09:05

Hummus-ide: ‘After Palestinian land, Israel now covets its food & culture’
Merely altering a culinary map at a Rotterdam eatery has set off a firestorm of debate regarding Israeli actions against Palestinians, which Richard Becker, a member of the anti-war ANSWER coalition, says is increasingly isolating Israel.

25.05.2015 15:36

Invading young Muslims’ ‘private space’ is justified, UK’s top Muslim cop says
UK’s top Muslim policeman believes the country has entered a dangerous phase of Islamization that even the smallest children are vulnerable to. He says the country’s obsession with “private space” is to blame for its failure to notice the warning signs.

25.05.2015 14:00