Despite Israel’s Threat, Palestinian Unity Pact Announced April 24, 2014
Political dispute between PLO and Hamas declared "over" after seven years, but skepticism remains over its true impact on Israeli occupation.
Obama To Russia: More Sanctions Are ‘Teed Up’
TOKYO — Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions “teed up” — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine. Obama’s frank pessimism underscored the limits of Washington’s ability to prevent Russia from stirring up instability in Ukraine’s east and exerting influence
Costa Rica Demanding US Explain ‘Cuban Twitter’ Actions
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The Costa Rican government says it’s still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries’ diplomatic relations. In an interview with The Associated Press, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said efforts to affect other countries should not be carried out from
Did Japanese Lawmakers Intend To Provoke Obama By Honoring War Criminals?
'In Japan, very few educated Japanese really have detailed knowledge of Imperial Japan’s cruelties, atrocities like massacring civilians and operating a military brothel.'
Israel’s Nightmare: Mobsters With The Tactics Of Terrorists And The Tools Of The Israeli Army
JERUSALEM — In the last year, fewer Israelis were killed by terrorist attacks than at any point since the outbreak of the second intifada. But as Palestinian terrorism has receded, bombings haven’t stopped. In fact, they may be increasing. This time the perpetrators aren’t jihadists, but rather much more technologically advanced organized crime groups. Israelis are discovering the drawbacks of a society where everyone serves in the army: a whole lot of citizens know how to use explosives. In
Soldier Faces Hearing In Killings Of Iraqi Boys
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera has been charged with premeditated murder and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He is set for a preliminary hearing Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The Army has released few details about the allegations against him. The March 2007 killings were documented
Analysis: Weak US Hand In Ukraine Confrontation
Nearly a quarter century after the Cold War ended, the crisis in Ukraine symbolizes the weak foreign policy hand the United States often finds itself playing despite its status as the only global superpower.
UN Heads Say Syria Aid Needs ‘Largely Unanswered’
GENEVA — The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored. With only $1.2 billion pledged, the agency heads are renewing their December appeal and emphasizing that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the day as the 3-year-old civil war escalates in many areas. The December appeal “has gone largely unanswered” for a crisis affecting 9.3 million people,
Chasing The Truth In Pakistan Is Risky Business
Who is behind the violent and sometimes fatal attacks on the media in Pakistan?
Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ Funded Anti-Capitalist Movement with Bank Swindle
In recent interviews from the lam, Enric Duran predicts 'transformation of the state and capitalism as we know it today'
US Weighs Curbing Deportations
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported,
Appeals Court Orders Release of ‘Targeted Killing’ Memo April 22, 2014
Panel sides with ACLU and New York Times in demanding legal rationale for al-Awlaki killing
In West Bank, Israelis And Arabs Face Different Justice Systems
The tale of the two teens provides a stark example of the vast disparities of Israel's justice system in the West Bank, a contested area at the heart of the elusive search for a lasting peace.
Palestinians Challenge Movement Restrictions In Marathon
The Palestine Marathon gives runners an opportunity to challenge and bring attention to the way Israel restricts movement and freedom of Palestinians in the territory.
UN Condems South Sudanese ‘Massacre’ Of Muslim Civilians
Some individuals "associated with the opposition" had used an FM radio station to broadcast hate speech, even urging "men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community."
Court To Look At ‘Born In Jerusalem’ Passport Case
WASHINGTON — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel. The court said Monday it will review a lower court ruling that struck down a 2002 law that authorized identifying Jerusalem as part of Israel on U.S. passports. The law was passed over the objection of President George W. Bush, and the lower court said the law impermissibly
Violent Gun Battle Shatters Short-Lived Truce In Ukraine
Agreements calling for reduced tensions and promises of a holiday cease-fire do not hold up to realities on the ground.
US Drones Bomb Yemen For Second Time In Two Days
Twenty-five people killed on Sunday a day after separate attack kills at least fifteen others, including civilians.
Syria To Hold Presidential Election On June 3
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3, the country’s parliament speaker announced Monday, a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest, and win, as the country enters its fourth year of war. Assad, who has ruled the country since taking over from his late father in 2000, has suggested he would seek another seven-year term in office, reflecting his determination to show he is the legitimate leader of Syria. He has strengthened his once-tenuous hold on power
Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees: ‘An entire Generation Is Growing Up With PTSD’
Refugees are a daily fact of life in Lebanon. They are middle class people with nowhere else to go. There is nothing they can do but wait.
France Moves To Ban GMO Corn Cultivation, Harvesting
Amid debate over the safety and long-term effects of genetically-modified organisms, France takes a major step toward banning genetically-modified corn within its borders.
Seymour Hersh: Benghazi Attack A Consequence Of Weapons “Rat-Line” To Syria
A veteran journalist presents a damning timeline of the lead up to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and alarming details of how the U.S. was feeding weapons to Syria.