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27.06.2022 - 20:29 [ Rappler.com ]

NATO to have over 300,000 troops at higher readiness – Stoltenberg

(27.06.2022)

BRUSSELS, Belgium – NATO will massively boost the number of troops on high readiness to over 300,000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, June 27, with allies set to adopt a new strategy describing Moscow as a direct threat four months into the Ukraine war.

26.06.2022 - 10:39 [ Veterans for Peace ]

Veterans For Peace Statement on Ukraine

Veterans For Peace (VFP) unequivocally condemns Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine. VFP opposes western militarism and increased US military spending, and we are deeply concerned about even the possibility of nuclear warfare.

25.06.2022 - 06:37 [ YnetNews.com ]

Zelensky says Israel not doing enough to support Ukraine

He also said he expects Israel to join the sanctions imposed by the West. „Unfortunately, we haven’t seen Israel joining yet,“ he said.

18.06.2022 - 12:05 [ Haaretz ]

Russian Escalations in Syria Risk Direct Conflict With U.S., Military Officials Warn

According to the report, Russian forces on Wednesday struck al-Tanf, a U.S. military base, where some 200 U.S. military personnel are stationed alongside local fighters in a bid to suppress a resurgence of the Islamic State. The report however states that Russia informed the U.S. of the attack through a communication line set long ago, suggesting it was not targeting American troops, but looking to harass U.S.-led coalition in Syria.

Despite no U.S. or coalition casualties, a U.S. military official described the operation as a „significant increase in provocation“ this month, the report said.

15.06.2022 - 09:33 [ Nexta / Nitter.net ]

#Russia is discussing plans to divide #Ukraine into districts. A scheme for the administrative-territorial division of Ukraine in the case of its occupation by #Russian troops was shown at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

14.06.2022 - 06:47 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

13.06.2022 - 23:20 [ Haaretz.com ]

Sara Netanyahu Recorded Losing Temper: ‚I’m an Educated Woman, a Psy-cho-lo-gist!‘

(Jan. 28, 2018)

According to the report, the aide facilitated the publication of a gossip column which mentioned the Israeli prime minister’s wife, but reportedly failed to properly state the fact that she is a trained psychologist.

Netanyahu is heard yelling in the recording, „This must be stopped. I am doing it! As a professional, as an educated woman, as a psychologist.“ Netanyahu then yelled out her credentials: „B.A! M.A.! That’s it!“

In response, the aide is heard saying: „But it says in the first sentence that you’re a psychologist,“ to which she answered: „No.“ The aide continued, saying that „in the first sentence [it says that] you’re a psychologist.“ …

13.06.2022 - 23:06 [ Haaretz ]

Adelsons Told Police Sara Netanyahu Is ‚Crazy‘ and ‚Decides Everything‘

(Sep. 8, 2019)

“She’s completely crazy,” said Sheldon Adelson, publisher of the Israel Hayom daily. “She was compulsive about photos of herself and how she looked. She said ‘I’m the first lady, I’m a psychologist and I teach children about psychology.’ … She would tell my wife that if Iran attacked it would be her fault … because we didn’t publish good pictures of her,” said Adelson, a leading donor to Israeli and Jewish causes as well as to the Republican Party.

13.06.2022 - 22:59 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu testifies in Olmert defamation case

Netanyahu rejected Olmert’s allegations that his family had a history of mental illnesses, according to The Jerusalem Post.

„I have no psychiatric history,“ he told Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Deputy President Amit Yarivin.

The defamation trial of Netanyahu and his family against Olmert started earlier in January with the Opposition Leader demanding Olmert pay nearly $261,000 of alleged damages for statements against Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara and their son Yair’s mental health in two April 2021 interviews.

12.06.2022 - 18:55 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

It is too late to find understanding with Russia – Zelensky

„We respect international law, we respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each state. But please do not forget that the war is being waged on our soil. This is a war on our land. Therefore, we put pressure on Russia, on our land. There is no longer any need to reassure the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation. It is too late. We needed preventive sanctions, when we had to talk to them on a daily basis, implement specific financial and economic sanctions before a full-scale invasion,“ he said on Saturday, speaking at the 19th Asian Shangri-La Dialogue Security Summit.

„Now there is no gray area. If you are for peace now, then you support Ukraine, if you support this particular war, then you find mutual understanding with Russia. That is all.

24.05.2022 - 06:29 [ TaiwanNews.com.tw ]

Biden says US will use force to defend Taiwan if China invades

He warned that China is already „flirting with danger by flying so close and all the maneuvers they are undertaking (in Taiwan’s ADIZ).“ The president said that although the U.S. is committed to the ‚one China‘ policy, it does not mean that China has the „jurisdiction to go in and use force to take over Taiwan.“

Biden pledged that the U.S. „stands firmly with Japan and other nations not to let that happen.“

24.05.2022 - 06:24 [ Japan Today ]

Japan hosts Quad summit seeking unity on countering China

Leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States met in Tokyo on Tuesday, looking to put China on notice as it expands its military and economic influence in the region.

The summit of the grouping known as the Quad comes a day after U.S. President Joe Biden said Washington would be ready to intervene militarily to defend Taiwan, prompting China to accuse him of „playing with fire“.

Tuesday’s gathering is expected to produce fewer fireworks but still be clearly directed at China.

24.05.2022 - 05:11 [ Algemeiner.com ]

Pentagon, CENTCOM Deny Reports US Refueling Planes Took Part in Israel Iran-Strike Drill

(23.05.2022)

According to Buccino, the fuel tankers simulated refueling two US F-15s and four Israeli F-16s. The timing of the refueling exercise was coincidental, Buccino said.

“There is no direct US military involvement in that exercise,” Buccino said, referring to “Chariots of Fire.”

Pentagon spokesman Maj. Rob Lodewick also denied that the Department of Defense was “directly participating” in the exercise, according to the report.

“A small number of personnel from across US Central Command are observing portions of the exercise,” Lodewick added.

24.05.2022 - 04:56 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: In 1st, US refuelers to take part in major Israeli drill for strike on Iran

(17.05.2022)

According to the unsourced report, the US Air Force will serve as a complementary force, with refueling planes drilling with Israeli fighter jets as they simulate entering Iranian territory and carrying out repeated strikes.

The unprecedented Israel- US aerial collaboration in a drill simulating a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is seen as a potential message to Iran amid long-stalled negotiations in Vienna over a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, a possibility Israel has repeatedly voiced its objection to, warning it would lead to “a more violent, more volatile Middle East.”

24.05.2022 - 04:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Israeli military to hold large-scale drill simulating widescale strike on Iran

(17.05.2022)

Gantz is slated to meet with his American counterpart, Lloyd Austin, on Thursday at the Pentagon in Washington. Meanwhile, Michael Kurilla, head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), arrived in Israel on Tuesday for his first official visit.

21.05.2022 - 11:45 [ World Economic Forum ]

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: List of confirmed Public Figures

Heads of State and Government 50
Foreign Affairs 30
Finance / Economy 43
Trade / Commerce / Industry 27
Central Bank 7
International Organizations 36
Digital / Information, Communication and Technology 11
Energy and Resources 11
Environment 17
Health 6
Labor / Social Affairs / Education 6
Transport and Infrastructure 5
Defence and Intelligence Chiefs 3
Others 58

20.05.2022 - 22:48 [ Gasum.com ]

Natural gas imports from Russia under Gasum’s supply contract will be halted on Saturday 21 May at 07.00

On the afternoon of Friday May 20, Gazprom Export informed Gasum that natural gas supplies to Finland under Gasum’s supply contract will be cut on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 07.00.

20.05.2022 - 22:35 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukraine to give no consent to alternatives for EU membership – Yermak

„We will not agree to the alternatives of joining the EU, which have begun to sound again recently,“ he said.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was proposing to create a new political union, in which it would be possible to accept countries outside the EU, for example, Ukraine. proposing „to create what I would call a European political community.“

16.05.2022 - 19:38 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

16.05.2022 - 18:47 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

16.05.2022 - 18:38 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

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The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

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Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

07.05.2022 - 10:21 [ Yonhap - yna.co.kr ]

(4th LD) N. Korea fires apparent SLBM off east coast: S. Korean military

North Korea fired an apparent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast Saturday, South Korea’s military said, in the recalcitrant regime’s latest saber-rattling that comes three days before President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration.

07.05.2022 - 10:18 [ TaiwanNews.com.tw ]

Taiwan reports 18 ADIZ intrusions by Chinese military aircraft

A total of 18 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Friday (May 6), according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The planes included six J-11 fighter jets, six J-16 fighter jets, two Xi’an H-6 bombers, two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, and one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft, CNA reported

05.05.2022 - 12:31 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

Belarus president tells @AP it would be ‚unacceptable‘ to use nuclear weapons, but can’t say if Russia has such plans.

04.05.2022 - 15:25 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

01.05.2022 - 10:58 [ John Oberlin / Twitter ]

It’s like Putin is going out of his way to encourage Sweden and Finland to join NATO as rapidly as possible.

01.05.2022 - 10:54 [ bnonews.com ]

Sweden says Russian plane violated airspace as NATO application looms

(30.04.2022)

A statement from the Swedish Armed Forces said the aircraft, an Antonov An-30, was first located when it was east of Bornholm and flying towards Swedish territory. It briefly violated Swedish airspace before leaving the area.

“Swedish fighter jets followed the incident and photographed the plane,” the defense ministry said.

29.04.2022 - 10:14 [ Japan Today ]

Scholz says Germany seeks closer ties with Indo-Pacific

„My trip is a clear political signal that Germany and the European Union will continue and intensify their engagement with the Indo-Pacific region,“ Scholz said after meeting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Kishida said he and Scholz agreed that as members of the Group of Seven industrialized nations they share a responsibility to work together to end Russian aggression and restore peace, stability and international order as quickly as possible.

22.04.2022 - 16:36 [ theGuardian.com ]

Russian commander suggests plan is for permanent occupation of south Ukraine

A senior Russian military commander has said that the goal of Russia’s new offensive is to seize control of southern Ukraine and form a land bridge to Crimea, indicating that Russia plans a permanent occupation of Ukrainian territory taken in the war.

Rustam Minnekayev, acting commander of the central military district, also told members of a defence industry forum on Friday that control over southern Ukraine would give Russia access to Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway region of Moldova, indicating that Russia may attack the port city of Odesa.

21.04.2022 - 19:27 [ @khan_1995hp / Twitter ]

After stabilization of the situation in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region, a referendum may be held, head of the provisional civil administration Vitaly Ganchev told RIA Novosti

21.04.2022 - 19:22 [ Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

Russia has reportedly begun to consolidate power in areas of Ukraine under its control, shaking up the leadership of the Luhansk People’s Republic and trying to push a referendum in Kherson.

21.04.2022 - 19:05 [ theNationalnews.com ]

Ukraine fears Russia will hold sham referendum in occupied Kherson

(Apr 18, 2022)

Human rights commissioner Lyudmila Denisova said Russian forces were distributing propaganda material telling people in occupied Kherson that Moscow was acting for their benefit.

She said leaflets handed out “blame the Ukrainians themselves and their chosen government” for the aggression against their country, echoing the Kremlin’s messaging about the invasion.

21.04.2022 - 19:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin wants ‘Korean scenario’ for Ukraine, says intelligence chief

(27.03.2022)

Vladimir Putin is seeking to split Ukraine into two, emulating the postwar division between North and South Korea, the invaded country’s military intelligence chief has said.

In comments that raise the prospect of a long and bitter frozen conflict, Gen Kyrylo Budanov, who foretold of Russia’s invasion as far back as November, warned of bloody guerrilla warfare.

17.04.2022 - 22:49 [ Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan / Twitter ]

What happened in Punjab Assembly was condemnable & against all democratic norms & constitutional provisions. No one was in the Chair conducting the supposed elections – a total violation of all norms. We reject this sham mafia-captured „elections“

17.04.2022 - 22:35 [ Sky News / Twitter ]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in Karachi to protest against the removal of former Prime Minister Imran Khan from power. Imran Khan has accused the US of being behind his downfall because he asked Russia for economic help.

17.04.2022 - 22:29 [ Hindustan Times ]

Over 40 civilians including children killed in Pakistan airstrikes in Afghanistan

Over 40 Afghan civilians, including children, were killed after Pakistani aircraft launched airstrikes in different parts of Khost and Kunar provinces on Friday night, according to Habib Khan, a journalist and the founder of Afghan peace watch, Afghanistan’s independent peace watchdog.

15.04.2022 - 05:30 [ Fox News ]

Netanyahu warns Iran could ‚take the entire world hostage‘ if West approves new nuke deal

(March 20, 2022)

In an interview airing Sunday on „Life, Liberty & Levin“, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against the U.S. potentially empowering the terrorist-supporting regime in Tehran by going ahead with approving a new nuclear deal.

Netanyahu told host Mark Levin that when the regime currently led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi is armed with nuclear weapons, they can threaten anyone they want while also having the boosted defense capabilities that nukes provide:

15.04.2022 - 05:26 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Director Airs Concern That Putin Might Turn to Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

12.04.2022 - 17:57 [ Times of Israel ]

Hearings in submarine affair probe to be open to public, despite state’s request

(15 March 2022)

The state commission of inquiry, approved by the cabinet in January, will consist of five panelists headed by former Supreme Court president Asher Grunis.

It is tasked with examining a murky $2 billion deal to purchase submarines from the German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp. More specifically, it will attempt to evaluate the procedures and decision-making employed by the political echelon related to the sensitive procurement, conducted under the government of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

12.04.2022 - 17:48 [ IsraelHayom.com ]

PM vows will not seek coalition with Joint Arab List, Netanyahu

Asked about the immediate aftermath of Silman’s resignation, he said that „the first order of business was to stabilize the faction. I’ve spoken with the party heads and this government is moving forward. The alternative is to return to the dark days of more election campaigns. Instead of fighting terrorism, fighting each other.“

Bennett further rejected the assertion that the current 60-60 situation in the Knesset has left his government paralyzed, saying that political paralysis „is measured in actions. Controversial laws are hard to pass, but we have no issue with regular legislation.“

12.04.2022 - 16:11 [ Washington Post ]

Will Israel Ever Move Past the Netanyahu Era?

(April 6, 2022)

Netanyahu has been relatively quiet on Ukraine, which would put him at odds with the current administration and key parts of the U.S. Republican Party. In the past he has seen Putin as a partner in fighting Iranian influence in Syria and in the effort to keep Iran from supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with cash and weapons. That is similar to Bennett’s policy, though it is hard to imagine Bibi trying to mediate the conflict or allowing his foreign minister to call Putin a war criminal, as Lapid is now doing.

12.04.2022 - 15:33 [ AlArabiya.net ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing amid Ukraine crisis

(26 February ,2022)

Russia sees its military coordination with Israel over Syria continuing, the Russian embassy said on Saturday, after Moscow signaled displeasure with Israeli statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a “deconfliction mechanism” with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighboring Arab state.

12.04.2022 - 06:42 [ OpIndia.com ]

Allegations of white phosphorus munitions being used by Russia and Ukraine emerge: Read if it’s considered a chemical weapon and is illegal to use it during war

(28 February, 2022)

WP has not been categorised as an incendiary or chemical weapon by international agencies. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, has not listed WP in any of the three Schedules of Chemical Weapons. However, United Nations considers it as an incendiary chemical.

11.04.2022 - 11:03 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

10.04.2022 - 11:24 [ anews.com.tr ]

Zelensky reiterates embargo demands for Russian oil and gas

„Ukraine does not have time to wait. Freedom does not have time to wait. When tyranny launches aggression against everything that keeps peace in Europe, action must be taken immediately. It is necessary to act in a principled fashion,“ he said.

„And the oil embargo should be the first step. At the level of all democracies, the whole civilized world. Then Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them – to seek peace, to stop pointless violence.“

10.04.2022 - 10:45 [ T.dog Stretch / Twitter ]

Le Pen doesn’t stand a chance… as per usual French election practice, on the second round all parties will stand together to oppose Le Pen. As such it’s easy to say Macron has already won…

well he controls the media and is backed by the big shots (WEF)

10.04.2022 - 10:40 [ Reuters ]

Macron faces a tough fight as France votes on Sunday

Opinion polls still see Macron leading the first round and winning a runoff against Le Pen on April 24, but several surveys now say this is within the margin of error.

10.04.2022 - 10:15 [ Al Jazeera ]

Pakistan: Key players behind PM Imran Khan’s removal

The brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif – who has been disqualified from ever again running for office and is currently in exile in Britain – Shehbaz is the main candidate to replace Khan.

10.04.2022 - 10:11 [ Washington Post ]

Why Pakistan’s Leader Is Facing the Risk of Ouster

(April 8, 2022)

Pakistan’s military has outsized power for a country conceived as a democracy. There have been three successful military coups. When Khan became prime minister, it was only the second time since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 that a civilian administration had transferred power to another. Even when elected governments have ruled, the military, especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has played a forceful role.

(…)

Khan, who has been critical of the U.S. while seeking better relations with Russia and China, has said he would continue to pursue an “independent” foreign policy. His opponents have vowed to improve ties with the U.S. and Europe if they win.

10.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Hindustan Times ]

Imran Khan attempted to sack Pakistan army chief Gen Bajwa: Report

According to BBC Urdu, “two uninvited guests” reached the Prime Minister’s House, which was blanketed in extraordinary security, by helicopter on Saturday night and met Khan in private for about 15 minutes. An hour before this meeting, Khan had ordered the removal of a senior official who was at the meeting, the report said.

However, an official notification was not issued by the defence ministry for dismissing this senior official and appointing his successor, “thus thwarting the Prime Minister’s House’s attempt at a ‘revolutionary’ change”, the report said

10.04.2022 - 09:52 [ thePrint.in ]

US asked Pakistan not to proceed with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia: Qureshi

Qureshi talked major foreign policy issues, especially the alleged regime change being plotted by the US in Pakistan.

“Today Pakistan is standing at a historic juncture and the people need to decide whether they want to live in an independent state or become slaves [to the West],” the 65-year-old politician said, acknowledging that today might be his last day as the foreign minister of Pakistan.

10.04.2022 - 09:46 [ Newswire.lk ]

Imran Khan ousted as Pakistan Prime Minister

The no-confidence motion, which required 172 votes in the 342-seat parliament to pass, was supported by 174 lawmakers.

The assembly will now appoint a new prime minister.

That person will be able to hold power until October 2023 when the next election is due to be held.

10.04.2022 - 02:41 [ MSN.com ]

Israeli government on verge of collapse as Netanyahu eyes political comeback

(08.04.2022)

On Wednesday, Idit Silman, a right-wing member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, announced her defection from Bennett’s political party, Yamina, robbing the government of its majority.

The coalition whip is said to have resigned after reports of middle-of-the-night secret meetings between the former PM and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who is desperate for a political comeback.

The crisis comes after a series of deadly attacks in Israel that killed 11 Israelis, putting high pressure on the government.

10.04.2022 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

The Common Thread Between Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

To the bystander, it’s clear that this government’s prospects of serving out its full term were very much reduced on Wednesday. Even if an election is still a complicated and distant scenario, the political turmoil aids the revolution that opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to foment at a critical moment in his trial, when the testimony of Shlomo Filber, who has turned state’s evidence, raises the danger of a prison term for the former prime minister.

30.03.2022 - 16:45 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Russian, US officials to attend meeting in China on Afghan situation, amid China’s efforts to mediate heated issues

While the third Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries is scheduled in China’s Anhui Province on Wednesday and Thursday, China will also host a Troika Plus meeting there with Russia, the US and Pakistan over the Afghan situation. Observers said that against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis, the upcoming meetings on Afghanistan will help congregate the stake-holding parties to help Afghanistan despite their grudges, which showcases China’s efforts to promote regional stability and its capability to mediate heated issues.

28.03.2022 - 08:25 [ Trendsmena.com ]

EU envoy holds talks in Iran to bridge nuclear deal gaps

Iran has been engaged in negotiations to revive the accord formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia directly, and the United States indirectly since April 2021.

European Union diplomat Enrique Mora, who coordinates talks between Iran and the US, arrived in Tehran late Saturday and on Sunday met Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri, state news agency IRNA reported.

27.03.2022 - 16:29 [ Al Mayadeen English / Twitter ]

#AmirAbdollahian suggested that now that the deal is close to making a breakthrough, the #US is sending mixed signals to #Iran by making some last-minute changes that are making things increasingly difficult. #ViennaTalks

27.03.2022 - 16:22 [ New Yorker ]

Naftali Bennett’s Calculated Effort to Engage with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine—and Iran

(March 14, 2022)

Bennett, like Netanyahu, has been a fierce opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions on Iranian trade. The Biden Administration and its European allies want the deal, but, in the Moscow meeting with Bennett, Putin elaborated on a new roadblock to its signing. Sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and European powers mean that any third-party company or government entity that trades with Russia may itself be sanctioned. Putin now insists that Russia’s support for the final deal is contingent on its being able to trade freely with Iran—which the original deal allowed.

27.03.2022 - 14:02 [ theHill.com ]

Blinken tries to calm allies ahead of Iran nuke deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday tried to soothe the fears of Israel and its Gulf Arab allies ahead of the possible renewal of global powers’ international nuclear deal with Iran.

Blinken made the comments shortly before joining his counterparts from Israel and four Arab countries at a special gathering where the Iranian nuclear deal was expected to top the agenda.

26.03.2022 - 12:02 [ theAsianIndependent.co.uk ]

US will introduce new UNSC resolution to strengthen sanctions on N.Korea: Envoy

(today)

It was however, not immediately clear when the US plans to introduce the new UNSC resolution

26.03.2022 - 11:18 [ United-Nations.org ]

Charter Chapter VII: Action with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression

Article 42

Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of members of the Renewed United Nations, when peaceful solutions to the conflict, leading to freedom, personal responsibility, self-determination, increased prosperity and further implemenations of fundamental rights and freedoms for the population of the territory are simultaneously proposed or put into effect.

26.03.2022 - 10:36 [ Olivia Dalton / Twitter ]

During today’s #UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s ballistic missile launches, @USAmbUN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that the United States will be introducing a Chapter VII Security Council resolution to update and strengthen the sanctions regime.

26.03.2022 - 10:18 [ Reuters ]

U.S. urges China and Russia to send strong message to North Korea after missile launch

(25.03.2022)

China and Russia should tell North Korea to avoid more „provocations“ after it resumed intercontinental ballistic missile testing this week, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said on Friday.

24.03.2022 - 22:02 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

The Pentagon said that over past 7-10 days #US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chief of Staff Mark Milley have tried to get in touch with Russian Defense Minister and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov.#Russian military leadership does not make contact.

24.03.2022 - 20:44 [ Wall Street Journal / Youtube ]

‚NATO Has Never, Never Been More United Than It Is Today:‘ Biden Remarks From Brussels | WSJ

Watch live coverage of a news conference with President Biden from Brussels.

24.03.2022 - 19:50 [ YNA.co.kr ]

Seoul, Washington react sternly to provocative North Korean ICBM firing

Pyongyang’s show of force, the 12th this year, means an end to its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and a long-range missile testing.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that it detected the launch from the Sunan airfield in Pyongyang at 2:34 p.m. and the missile flew some 1,080 kilometers at a top altitude of over 6,200 km.

19.03.2022 - 17:43 [ CNBC.com ]

Russia backs down on demands in Iran nuclear deal talks, making revival of 2015 pact imminent

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that he had “received written guarantees” from the U.S. that its demands would be met, meaning the talks will likely proceed. The nearly simultaneous release of British-Iranian dual nationals from years of Iranian detention back to the U.K. and a reported U.K. repayment of a decades-old $530 million debt to Iran have improved prospects for an agreement.

15.03.2022 - 14:19 [ Bloomberg ]

Russia Says U.S. Guaranteed Sanctions Won’t Impede Iran Business

The U.S. has given Russia “written guarantees” that sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine won’t affect its nuclear supply agreements with Iran, clearing the way for a resumption of talks to revive the 2015 atomic accord. Oil prices fell.

13.03.2022 - 18:14 [ OpIndia.com ]

Allegations of white phosphorus munitions being used by Russia and Ukraine emerge: Read if it’s considered a chemical weapon and is illegal to use it during war

WP has not been categorised as an incendiary or chemical weapon by international agencies. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, has not listed WP in any of the three Schedules of Chemical Weapons. However, United Nations considers it as an incendiary chemical.

13.03.2022 - 18:10 [ Yahoo.com ]

Ukraine human rights ombudswoman accuses Russia of using phosphorus munitions

Reuters was not immediately able to verify her statement.

The ombudswoman, Liudmila Denisova, shared a photograph purporting to show the alleged attack, but did not say if Ukraine had concrete evidence.

13.03.2022 - 10:58 [ Dmitri Alperovitch / Twitter ]

As expected and predicted, Russia is doing its best to tank the JCPOA nuclear talks with Iran in retaliation for the sanctions

(March 11, 2022)

12.03.2022 - 17:17 [ Mostafizur Rahman / Twitter ]

After Kunduz Hospital bombing, Pentagon stated that it was not war crime. War crimes are comitted only by the ‚others‘.

09.03.2022 - 16:16 [ Yahoo.com ]

UPDATE 5-Do not sabotage Iran deal with new conditions, West tells Russia

Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani is due back in Vienna on Wednesday after unexpectedly returning to Tehran on Monday for consultations, an Iranian and a European official said.

09.03.2022 - 15:22 [ Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan,15.3M Followers / Twitter ]

Earlier today I spoke with EU Council President @CharlesMichel about the Ukraine situation. Shared concern over continued military conflict, highlighted its adverse economic impact on developing countries, stressed urgent need for ceasefire & de-escalation.

(07.03.2022)

09.03.2022 - 15:14 [ Asia Times ]

Khan duels with EU on Russia-Ukraine ‘neutrality’

Many analysts attribute Pakistan’s “neutrality” in the Ukrainian crisis to the country’s growing military and economic dependence on China, which is an ally of Russia. Beijing has refused to refer to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as an “invasion” and blamed the US and West for precipitating the crisis.

09.03.2022 - 14:40 [ Tennessean.com ]

A neutral Ukraine could shatter Putin’s claims on the former Soviet republic | Opinion

(22.02.2022)

The Eurasian Economic Union is not exactly a nightly topic on Western cable news. But since its formation in 2015, it has grown into the 10th largest economy in the world. The member states are all former members of the Soviet Union, anchored by three key players: Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

It may not have the heart of the Soviet Union, but Putin’s new bloc has all the same resources. What’s missing in this “RUBK” cube, as author Austin Bay calls it, is the “U.” Ukraine’s addition to the EEU would transform the EEU into a major world economic power.

08.03.2022 - 19:59 [ ORF.at ]

Selenski-Partei: Sicherheitsgarantien statt NATO-Beitritt

Zudem müsse Russland zweifelsfrei bestätigen, dass es die ukrainische Staatlichkeit anerkenne „und garantieren, dass es unseren Staat nicht bedrohen wird“. Seit 2019 ist das Ziel des NATO-Beitritts in der ukrainischen Verfassung festgelegt. Russland fordert, dass die Ukraine darauf verzichtet und sich für neutral erklärt.

08.03.2022 - 03:08 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Bennett, Ukraine, and Putin’s Rigged Game

Conspiracy theories aside, it’s still apparent that Israel and Russia have some common interests – something that is seemingly inconceivable – and these interests are opposed to those of the United States and Iran.

In recent days, Russia has imposed conditions on its consent to a new nuclear deal with Iran. It is demanding an American promise that the sanctions that Washington has imposed on Moscow won’t apply to Russian relations with Iran.

Oh, how the wheel turns

08.03.2022 - 03:01 [ Politico.eu/ ]

Russia obstructs Iran nuclear deal as the Kremlin frets over its oil income

Hopes had been high that international negotiators from the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and the EU would be able to secure a deal with Tehran on Saturday to put strict limits on Iran’s atomic work in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

07.03.2022 - 13:00 [ Researchgate.net ]

The „Snipers‘ Massacre“ on the Maidan in Ukraine

(September 2015)

Conference: Annual Meeting of American Political Science AssociationAt: San Francisco

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a civil war in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. A conclusion promoted by the post-Yanukovych governments and the media in Ukraine that the massacre was perpetrated by government snipers and special police units on a Yanukovych order has been nearly universally accepted by the Western governments, the media, and many scholars. The Ukrainian government investigation identified members of the special company of Berkut as responsible for killings of the absolute majority of the protesters, but did not release any evidence in support, with the exception of videos of the massacre. The question is which side organized the “snipers’ massacre.” This paper is the first academic study of this crucial case of the mass killing. It uses a theory of rational choice and a Weberian theory of instrumental rationality to examine actions of major actors both from the Yanukovych government, specifically various police and security forces, and the Maidan opposition, specifically its far right and oligarchic elements, during the massacre. The paper analyzes a large amount of evidence from different publicly available sources concerning this massacre and killings of specifics protestors. Qualitative content analysis includes the following data: about 1,500 videos and recordings of live internet and TV broadcasts from mass media and social media in different countries (some 150 Gigabytes) , news reports and social media posts by more than 100 journalists covering the massacre from Kyiv, some 5,000 photos, and nearly 30 gigabytes of publicly available radio intercepts of snipers and commanders from the special Alfa unit of the Security Service of Ukraine and Internal Troops, and Maidan massacre trial recordings. This study also employs field research on site of the massacre, eyewitness reports by both Maidan protesters and government special units commanders, statements by both former and current government officials, estimates of approximate ballistic trajectories, bullets and weapons used, and types of wounds among both protesters and the police. This study establishes a precise timeline for various events of the massacre, the locations of both the shooters and the government snipers, and the specific timeline and locations of nearly 50 protesters’ deaths. It also briefly analyzes other major cases of violence during and after the “Euromaidan.” This study includes two video appendixes. This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of “snipers” targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered various videos and photos of armed Maidan “snipers” and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

07.03.2022 - 12:52 [ BBC ]

False flags: What are they and when have they been used?

(18 February 2022)

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine intensifies, Britain and the US suspect Russia of planning „false flag“ attacks to create an excuse for an invasion.

Russian-backed separatists have already accused Ukraine’s military of a series of highly dubious attacks and are now calling for civilians in the occupied areas to leave.

07.03.2022 - 11:55 [ UN.org ]

Security Council Approves ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya, Authorizing ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Civilians, by Vote of 10 in Favour with 5 Abstentions

(17 March 2011)

Adopting resolution 1973 (2011) by a vote of 10 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russian Federation), the Council authorized Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory — requesting them to immediately inform the Secretary-General of such measures.

06.03.2022 - 13:38 [ Haaretz ]

New Russian Position Tying Iran Talks and Ukraine Sanctions Is ‚Not Constructive,‘ Tehran Says

The announcement by Russia, which could torpedo months of intensive indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in Vienna, came shortly after Tehran said it had agreed a roadmap with the UN nuclear watchdog to resolve outstanding issues which could help secure the nuclear pact.

06.03.2022 - 13:26 [ Times of Israel ]

Russia says won’t back Iran nuke deal without US guarantees over Ukraine sanctions

“We requested that our US colleagues… give us written guarantees at the minimum level of Secretary of State that the current [sanctions] process launched by the US will not in any way harm our right to free, fully-fledged trade and economic and investment cooperation and military-technical cooperation with Iran,” Lavrov said at a news conference.

06.03.2022 - 13:22 [ Times of Israel ]

Iran, IAEA agree on next steps to settle dispute over Tehran’s past nuclear activity

Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog said Saturday that they had agreed to an approach for resolving issues crucial to reviving the country’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers — but new Russian demands may delay a deal.

The announcement came shortly before Russia said it would seek guarantees from the United States before it backs the deal, potentially scuppering hopes an agreement could be wrapped up quickly.

06.03.2022 - 02:18 [ New York Times ]

Live Updates: Putin Threatens to Strip Ukraine of Statehood, as Russian Advance Slows

(05.03.2022)

“The current leadership needs to understand that if they continue doing what they are doing, they risk the future of Ukrainian statehood,” Mr. Putin said. He also said any third-party countries that tried to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be considered enemy combatants.

06.03.2022 - 02:14 [ New York Times ]

Putin Calls Ukrainian Statehood a Fiction. History Suggests Otherwise.

(21.02.2022)

“Modern Ukraine was entirely and fully created by Russia, more specifically the Bolshevik, communist Russia,” Mr. Putin said. “This process began practically immediately after the 1917 revolution, and moreover Lenin and his associates did it in the sloppiest way in relation to Russia — by dividing, tearing from her pieces of her own historical territory.”

As a misreading of history, it was extreme even by the standards of Mr. Putin, a former K.G.B. officer who has declared the Soviet Union’s collapse the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.

04.03.2022 - 14:47 [ Bloomberg ]

Nuclear Chief Says His Trip to Iran May ‘Pave Way’ for Deal

The head of the world’s atomic watchdog said his trip on Saturday to Tehran could “pave the way” to reviving the Iranian nuclear deal, an agreement that would return the country’s oil exports to global markets.

04.03.2022 - 14:42 [ UN Human Rights Council #HRC49 / Twitter ]

At #HRC49, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented her report into accountability for alleged violations of international human rights law committed by relevant actors in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

REPORT https://bit.ly/3Ce7IhM

28.02.2022 - 11:12 [ Yanis Varoufakis / Twitter ]

The only issue today should be to stop the war and to secure the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. The only way that could happen is a Washington-Moscow agreement that Russia withdraws in exchange for a commitment of Ukrainian neutrality. Anything else is war mongering.

(24.02.2022)

23.02.2022 - 07:34 [ AsiaTimes.com ]

China takes rare earth aim at Raytheon and Lockheed

Early this month, Washington approved a deal for the two firms to provide maintenance services to Taiwan’s missile defense systems worth US$100 million. The latest round of Chinese sanctions marks its third salvo, with previous punitive measures imposed in 2019 and 2020.

State media said without Chinese rare earth minerals, the two US firms’ production would be seriously disrupted.

21.02.2022 - 22:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin’s absurd, angry spectacle will be a turning point in his long reign

This was not a politician convening his team for discussions, this was a supreme leader marshalling his minions and ensuring collective responsibility for a decision that, at minimum, will change the security architecture in Europe, and may well lead to a horrific war that consumes Ukraine.

Putin appeared genuinely angry and passionate in his speech, which he almost certainly wrote himself.

21.02.2022 - 21:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Putin paves way to invade as he signs decree officially recognising independence of two rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine to let him send in troops to ‚defend them‘ – while Boris condemns move as ‚very ill omen and a very dark sign‘

– Vladimir Putin will recognise Ukraine’s eastern regions as independent and sign a degree to that effect shortly
– Move would pave the way for Russian troops to roll in, on basis of ‚defending‘ them against Ukrainian ‚threats‘
– Mr Johnson said Putin’s decision to recognise the two separatist Ukrainian republics was an ‚ill omen‘ and a ‚dark sign‘ that things are moving in the wrong direction
– Putin spoke after an hours-long meeting of Russia’s security council, with aides laying out the case for war
– Having spent days staging what are widely thought to be false flag attacks and blaming them on Kiev, Kremlin officials presented them as ‚evidence‘ that ethnic Russians are at risk of ‚genocide‘ and must be protected
– All eyes will now turn to Ukraine’s border regions, where Russian tanks have been spotted in ‚battle formation‘

21.02.2022 - 21:15 [ Kyiv Post ]

Ukraine seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting over Russia threat

“On President (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s initiative I officially requested UNSC member states to immediately hold consultations under article 6 of the Budapest memorandum,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted, citing the landmark 1994 deal, also signed by Russia, the United States and Britain.

21.02.2022 - 20:06 [ Washington Post ]

Kremlin says Moscow will see two Ukrainian regions as independent, a potential pretext for war

The Kremlin announced Monday that Moscow will recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, a move that Russia could use to justify an attack in those areas.

21.02.2022 - 04:01 [ Mikhail Ulyanov, Representative of Russia Flag of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna / Twitter ]

In my view the deal will be finalised by the end of February.

21.02.2022 - 03:53 [ Times of Israel ]

‘Turned diplomacy into a religion’: Israel officials said to lash Biden on Iran deal

As reports swirl of an imminent new Iran nuclear deal, Israeli officials on Sunday lashed out at Washington, according to a TV report.

“The Biden administration has turned diplomacy into a religion, and the agreement the US will sign with Tehran is meaningless,” officials quoted by Channel 13 news said.

21.02.2022 - 03:27 [ Weißes Haus ]

Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France today. They discussed ongoing diplomacy and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s military buildup on the borders of Ukraine.

21.02.2022 - 03:24 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron at the French side’s initiative.

18.02.2022 - 09:30 [ Logan Ratick / Twitter ]

Members of Congress attending the Munich Security Congress this weekend.

14 Senators (8 D’s, 6 R’s)

Democrat Reps. (not on this list) also attending: Speaker Pelosi, Adam Smith, Schiff, Deutch, Lee, McCollum, Himes, Keating, Maloney, Swalwell, Gallego, Moulton, Khanna, Kim

18.02.2022 - 09:22 [ The Recount / Twitter ]

VP Kamala Harris on the way to the Munich Security Conference, where she will meet with NATO’s president on Friday and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this weekend for the first time.

18.02.2022 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Pelosi Headed to Israel With Iran, Ukraine on the Agenda

(Feb. 14, 2022)

Pelosi will head the congressional delegation set to visit the Knesset on Wednesday, over two years since her last official visit to Jerusalem, with the Iran talks in Vienna sure to be on the agenda. She will be accompanied by key lawmakers related to foreign relations, appropriations and intelligence — including Reps. Adam Schiff, Ted Deutch, Barbara Lee, Bill Keating, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna and Andy Kim.

18.02.2022 - 08:42 [ tass.com ]

US Secretary of State views JCPOA as example of Russian-US security cooperation

GENEVA, January 21. /TASS/. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an example of cooperation between Russia and the US on security issues, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said following the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

„I should mention as well that the foreign minister and I had an opportunity to discuss Iran, an example of how the US and Russia can work together on security issues of shared concern,“ the US diplomat noted.

18.02.2022 - 08:38 [ iranintl.com ]

Draft Deal In Vienna Stipulates ‘Step By Step’ Return To JCPOA

(16.02.2021)

A US-Iranian deal taking shape in Vienna lays out phases of mutual steps to bring both sides back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, Reuters reported.

17.02.2022 - 16:34 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine and Donbass accuse each other of heavy shelling

Kiev has been locked in a civil war with the two breakaway territories since 2014, when separatists declared independent republics following the ousting of then-President Viktor Yanukovych during mass street protests. Ukrainian officials, along with Western countries, have accused Russia of supporting the rebels and fueling the conflict.

11.02.2022 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

New fight in Congress over war powers with US troops in Eastern Europe

The contours for a congressional authorization are murky at best. One could argue that portions of the 2001 AUMF serve as justification for the U.S. raid last week in Syria against an ISIS leader. But ISIS didn’t even exist when Congress approved that AUMF to invade Afghanistan and take on al Qaeda following 9/11. Many Democrats – and some Republicans – suggest that multiple presidential administrations have abused AUMF’s for decades now. They say the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Obama, Trump and even Biden have leaned on these older AUMFs as a crutch when they need to act overseas.

02.02.2022 - 03:30 [ Boris Johnson / Gov.uk ]

PM statement at Ukraine press conference: 1 February 2022

But we have to face a grim reality which is that as we stand here today Volodmyr, more than 100,000 Russian troops are gathering on your border in perhaps the biggest demonstration of hostility towards Ukraine in our lifetimes.

And the potential deployment dwarves the 30,000 troops Russia sent to invade Crimea in 2014. Since that time of course, as everybody knows, more than 13,000 Ukrainians have been killed and Ukraine has been plunged into nearly a decade of war.

It goes without saying that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a political disaster, a humanitarian disaster, in my view would also be, for Russia, for the world, a military disaster as well. And the potential invasion completely flies in the face of President Putin’s claims to be acting in the interest of the Ukrainian people.

02.02.2022 - 02:29 [ Secretary Antony Blinken / Twitter ]

In my conversation today with Foreign Minister Lavrov, I emphasized the willingness of the United States, together with Allies and partners, to continue discussions of mutual security concerns.

24.01.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

Olmert: I Called the Netanyahus Mentally Ill After Consulting With Experts

(Jan. 10, 2022)

At the start of the hearing, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Judge Amit Yariv asked Olmert what he based his claim on when he said “what can’t be fixed is the mental illness of the prime minister and his wife and son. That’s not fixable.”

Olmert responded that “I followed their actions, I listened to recordings of the family members, I consulted with experts and with people close to them who know them well. They described to me behavior that … is known as abnormal behavior, crazy behavior.”

04.01.2022 - 17:30 [ Kreml ]

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapons States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons – for as long as they continue to exist – should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.

04.01.2022 - 17:23 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.

31.12.2021 - 06:56 [ Weißes Haus ]

Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on President Biden’s Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation

The tone of the conversation between the two presidents was serious and substantive. They each framed their positions as they’ve done in previous calls and also as they have done publicly.

President Biden laid out two paths, two aspects of the U.S. approach that will really depend on Russia’s actions in the period ahead. One is a path of diplomacy leading toward a de-escalation of the situation, and the other is a path that’s more focused on deterrence, including serious costs and consequences should Russia choose to proceed with a further invasion of Ukraine. And those costs include economic costs, include adjustments and augmentations of NATO force posture in Allied countries, and include additional assistance to Ukraine to enable it to further defend itself and its territory, as we’ve laid out previously.

22.10.2021 - 16:10 [ Antiwar.com ]

Some Democrats Want to Give Biden War Powers to Fight China Over Taiwan

There is an ongoing debate between centrist Democrats and progressives in Washington over giving President Biden war powers to go to war with China in the case that Beijing invades Taiwan, Foreign Policy reported on Wednesday.

The centrists are in favor of expanding Biden’s authorities even though any military action against China risks nuclear war, while the progressives favor the current policy.

One Democrat in the House, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), the House Foreign Affairs Committee vice-chair, made the case to give Biden the war powers in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

22.10.2021 - 06:00 [ theAviationist.com ]

NATO’s Annual Nuclear Strike Exercise Underway In Southern Europe

The DCA aircraft committed by the nuclear capable European air forces are always the same, since they are the only ones configured to carry the B61: German and Italian Air Force Tornado IDS; Belgian, Dutch and Turkish F-16s. The American participation involves the tactical assets based in Europe: F-16s and F-15Es.

22.10.2021 - 05:47 [ theFrontierPost.com ]

NATO will retain a nuclear deterrent: Stoltenberg claims

„Also on the agenda are talks on how to preserve the gains made in the fight against terrorism after the end of the Alliance’s military operation in Afghanistan.

And tomorrow, the ministers will meet with our closest partners, Sweden, Finland, and the European Union.

And we all look forward to discuss how we can further strengthen the partnership.“

21.10.2021 - 03:08 [ UN Geneva / Twitter ]

While the Syrian constitutional talks are ongoing at @UNGeneva this week, our security colleagues and their K9 dogs are making sure everything is safe and secure. In this photo: Moscou is taking a break after inspecting the venue of the talks.

18.10.2021 - 11:14 [ Yahoo.oom ]

Syrian government, opposition agree to redraft constitution -envoy

The drafting committee, comprising 45 representatives of Syria’s government, opposition and civil society, has a mandate to draw up a new basic law leading to U.N.-supervised elections.

Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said its Syrian co-chairs, who he met together for the first time ahead of week-long talks, had agreed to „prepare and start drafting constitutional reform.“

27.09.2021 - 16:20 [ Bloomberg.com ]

If Anybody Can Lead Europe After Merkel, It’s Super Mario

With the German chancellor now on the way out, only one leader even remotely has the stature to fill her shoes. He’s in Rome, not Paris.

27.09.2021 - 16:10 [ Marion Van Renterghem / theGuardian.com ]

Europe is losing its moral compass – how will it find its way without Merkel?

Elizabeth and Angela: two opposite worlds, two entirely different functions, and yet, similarities. Those boring speeches no one dares to make any more. That style, that calm, that stability and that way of embodying their countries.

Merkel now embodies more than Germany; she embodies Europe. She’s a pop icon, who has entered our consciousness like a song.

27.09.2021 - 15:55 [ TodayUKNews.com ]

Europe still lacks a unifying vision

This is not to say that strategic autonomy is a bad idea — or that the EU is doomed to geopolitical irrelevance. The prospect of a trade deal with Europe or the threat of EU sanctions can shape the behaviour of countries all over the world. But economic power and moral suasion are not always an adequate substitute for military might. (As Stalin once reportedly asked: “How many divisions has the pope?”)

25.09.2021 - 08:41 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

India, the Quad and AUKUS

Delhi has deep concerns about Chinese actions and intentions in the region. The ongoing border crisis and fatal military clash last year brought Sino-Indian relations to their worst point in decades. Given these circumstances, Delhi watches the U.S. and other countries’ stance on China very closely. And, notwithstanding the emphasis on competition with China from two consecutive U.S. administrations and the hardening of the U.S.’s attitudes on China, Delhi worries about the possibility of American commitment to the region waning or a reversion to a more accommodating position on China.

25.09.2021 - 08:28 [ NPR.org ]

Quad Countries Have 1st In-Person Summit At The White House

President Biden hosted the first face to face summit with leaders of Japan, Australia and India. The four countries are known as the Quad and see themselves as a democratic bulwark against China.

20.09.2021 - 16:52 [ Economist.com ]

The strategic reverberations of the AUKUS deal will be big and lasting: A profound geopolitical shift is happening

After news of the AUKUS deal emerged, a German official called for “coherence and unity” among Western powers, which he said would require “a lot of effort” to bring about. France has concluded that it will struggle for fair treatment in the face of the reflexes of Anglophone allies to club together (the trilateral deal comes on top of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance that involves the same three countries plus Canada and New Zealand).

20.09.2021 - 16:28 [ theConversation.com ]

Undersea internet cables connect Pacific islands to the world. But geopolitical tension is tugging at the wires

The laying of undersea internet cables has become entwined with geopolitics.

20.09.2021 - 16:25 [ punchng.com ]

‘Africa to get eight new submarine cables soon’

The experts said that as the world’s second most populous continent with 1.4 billion people and covering 20 per cent of the planet’s landmass, adequate availability of digital infrastructure across the continent would play a crucial socioeconomic role in helping to increase critical connectivity options.

According to them, only 25 per cent of the 1.4 billion African people are connected to the internet presently.

20.09.2021 - 16:01 [ CNN ]

The global internet is powered by vast undersea cables. But they’re vulnerable.

(July 26, 2019)

Clatterbuck, the Seacom CEO, was skeptical about how much use tapping an undersea cable would be, pointing to the huge amounts of data passing through it every second, creating a huge hayfield in which to look for needles.
„If you wanted to spy on people would you put a giant microphone over the US and spy on everyone?“

10.09.2021 - 19:44 [ NBC News ]

‚A heavy price‘: Two decades of war, wariness and the post-9/11 security state

What Biden outlined was pointedly not an end to the post-9/11 era. Rather, it was a much narrower admission that an idea once shared by conservatives, liberals and foreign policy elites, including Biden himself — that the U.S. could use force to destroy other societies and then rebuild them in America’s image — had proved a failure. And it was an acknowledgment that the nature of warfare, not the enemy, has changed for the world’s pre-eminent superpower.

23.08.2021 - 12:19 [ Jamaal Bowman Congressman for #NY16 / Twitter ]

President Biden made the tough and right decision to end the military occupation in Afghanistan. Blair’s language invokes tropes against Muslims, disrespects @POTUS and pretends to care about Afghans when this is really about Western Imperialism for him.

18.08.2021 - 13:56 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

14.08.2021 - 14:46 [ Global Research ]

U.S. Out of Africa: U.S. Imperialism in Somalia

Worse still, the U.S. planned to use the strategic City of Berbera as the base of its newly launched AFRICOM (Africa Command), a Pentagon-orchestrated scheme aimed at completing the militarization of the entire African continent.

06.08.2021 - 14:55 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

Israel’s nuclear capabilities – 25 Oct 09

While Israel is one of the loudest voices calling for a tougher line on Iran’s nuclear programme, its own nuclear capability has never been put to inspection.

Israel has two nuclear research centres – at Dimona and Soreq. The latest estimates suggest that Israel has produced at least 118 warheads with weapons grade plutonium.

The Jericho ballistic missiles are capable of carrying such weapons.

06.08.2021 - 14:45 [ TODAY / Youtube ]

Hiroshima Bombing Remembered By An American Survivor | TODAY

(Aug 7, 20209

This weekend marks 75 years since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Harry Smith talks to Howard Kakita, an American who looks back on surviving the Hiroshima bombing when he was 7 and now warns that “somebody’s going to make a mistake … the world that we know today will be gone.”

06.08.2021 - 14:13 [ FNNプライムオンライン / Youtube ]

2021広島平和記念式典 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

8月6日午前8時15分を私たちは忘れない。

広島平和記念公園の原爆死没者慰霊碑前で行われる平和記念式典。
今年も昨年に引き続き、新型コロナウイルス感染防止のため、式典は招待者のみに参列者を絞って行われます。

05.08.2021 - 17:28 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says Israel Is Prepared to Strike Iran, ‚Hope We Won’t Get Dragged Into It‘

With tensions running high in the aftermath of the tanker attack off Oman, the defense minister says strikes in Lebanon were ‚warning shots‘

28.07.2021 - 15:37 [ France24 ]

Without apologising, Macron says Paris owes ‚debt‘ to French Polynesia over nuclear tests

Only 63 Polynesian civilians have been compensated for radiation exposure since the tests ended in 1996, Disclose said, estimating that more than 100,000 people may have been contaminated in total, with leukaemia, lymphoma and other cancers rife.

16.07.2021 - 16:18 [ off-guardian.org ]

On The Psychology Of The Conspiracy Denier

We know, without question, that politicians lie and hide their connections and that corporations routinely display utter contempt for moral norms – that corruption surrounds us.

We know that revolving doors between the corporate and political spheres, the lobbying system, corrupt regulators, the media and judiciary mean that wrongdoing is practically never brought to any semblance of genuine justice.

We know that the press makes noise about these matters occasionally but never pursues them with true vigour.

We know that in the intelligence services and law enforcement wrongdoing on a breathtaking scale is commonplace and that, again, justice is never forthcoming.

We know that governments repeatedly ignore or trample on the rights of the people, and actively abuse and mistreat the people. None of this is controversial.

So exactly what is it that conspiracy deniers refuse to acknowledge with such fervour, righteousness and condescension?

28.06.2021 - 21:29 [ miragenews.com ]

Joint Communiqué by Ministers of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Daesh/ISIS no longer controls territory and nearly eight million people have been freed from its control in Iraq and Syria, but the threat remains. The resumption in Daesh/ISIS activities and its ability to rebuild its networks and capabilities to target security forces and civilians in areas in Iraq and Syria where the Coalition is not active, requires strong vigilance and coordinated action. This includes allocating adequate resources to sustain Coalition and legitimate partner forces’ efforts against Daesh/ISIS, and significant stabilization support, both to address the drivers that make communities vulnerable to recruitment by Daesh/ISIS and related violent ideological groups, as well as to provide support to liberated areas to safeguard our collective security interests. In this regard, the Ministers noted the 2021 Pledge Drive for Stabilization as an important means to help sustain the recovery of areas liberated from Daesh/ISIS and prevent its resurgence. The Ministers reaffirm that Daesh/ISIS will continue to be pressured by curbing its ability to raise revenue, enhancing information sharing on terrorists through bilateral and/or multilateral channels like INTERPOL, and fighting against Daesh/ISIS’ toxic propaganda and denying the group space to exploit social media online.

27.06.2021 - 07:42 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Imperialist EU punishes nations it dislikes, says Hungary’s Viktor Orban

(20.06.2021)

In a contribution to the EU’s “future of Europe” debate this summer, Orban, 58, accused von der Leyen and the European institutions in Brussels of “imperialistic” diktats to “punish democratically elected governments it does not like”.

“[This] will inevitably lead to a lack of democracy,” he

23.06.2021 - 17:17 [ BBC ]

Russian jets and ships target British warship

Our correspondent, who had been invited aboard the ship before the incident happened, describes more than 20 aircraft in the skies above the British ship – and says two Russian coastguard boats shadowed the vessel, at times just 100 yards away.

Russia claims the illegally-annexed peninsula and its waters are its territory, but Britain says its ship was passing through Ukrainian waters.

10.06.2021 - 10:39 [ Tass.com ]

Work on final document at talks on Iran in Vienna to resume soon – Ryabkov

There are no problems at negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal in Vienna, and the work on the final document will resume in the near future, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on the sidelines of the international forum of experts, diplomats, and decision makers Primakov Readings in Moscow on Wednesday.

08.06.2021 - 15:19 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

The CIA Has Been Taking Over for Decades—Even Former Presidents Tried to Warn Us

December 22, 1963 — exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, former President Harry S. Truman published an op-ed in the Washington Post that most people, especially our perfumed ruling elite, wanted to ignore.

Truman, who signed the CIA into existence just after World War II, wrote, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—the CIA. […] For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas. …There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.”

Not only did that adorn the pages of the Washington Post one month after JFK’s death, Truman hand wrote the first draft just one week after JFK met up with a bunch of bullets in Dallas. Sure, one may wish Harry had sent his thoughts to John a month before the President’s televised execution. Maybe he could’ve sent a singing telegram or something. But let’s at least give Truman partial credit for the belated message.

Before his death President Kennedy also held no love for the Central Intelligence Agency. Following the calamitous Bay of Pigs invasion, Kennedy said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.”

Point being, clearly Truman, who created the CIA, and Kennedy, who met a mysterious untimely end by professional killers, knew the agency had run amok.

Yet the CIA is still here, bigger and filled with more Bond villains than ever, and now they have a whole cavalcade of other intelligence agencies working with them.

08.06.2021 - 10:18 [ NATO.int ]

NATO Secretary General meets with President Biden at the White House

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday (7 June 2021), to discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit on 14 June. The Secretary General thanked President Biden for his leadership and the “powerful commitment” of the United States to NATO, saying that he welcomed the President’s “strong message on the importance of alliances.”

05.06.2021 - 12:50 [ Wall Street Journal ]

FBI Director Compares Ransomware Challenge to 9/11

(04.06.2021)

Christopher Wray points to Russian hackers, calls for coordinated fight across U.S. society

05.06.2021 - 12:48 [ NBC News ]

‚They are hair on fire‘: Biden administration mulls cyberattacks against Russian hackers

(03.06.2021)

Although using the military to take action against criminals wouldn’t be without precedent, it’s controversial in legal circles, and any American cyber action against targets in Russia would risk retaliation.

24.05.2021 - 12:45 [ CNN ]

Wuhan lab director says US intelligence report is „a complete lie“

The director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab told Chinese state media Monday the claim in a new United States intelligence report that several researchers at the lab were hospitalized in November 2019, was „a complete lie.“

„Those claims are groundless,“ lab director Yuan Zhiming told nationalist tabloid Global Times. „The lab has not been aware of this situation, and I don’t even know where such information came from.“

21.05.2021 - 08:14 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

(20.05.2021)

THE PRESIDENT: Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt.

And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other groups in Gaza have also agreed.

21.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel-Gaza ceasefire comes into effect, ending 11 days of intensive fighting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday night that the cabinet had unanimously approved the truce without preconditions on the recommendation of all defense officials, including IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.
The statement said that Israel’s achievements in Operation Guardian of the Walls were „unprecedented.“

20.05.2021 - 19:51 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu and Hamas Are Working Together to Destroy My Israel

Everyone knew it at once. Some Israelis hated the idea, others saw it as a blessing in disguise. After all, even if Israel had already lost the war, even if parallel lynch mobs of Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews were out for rival blood; even if in Israel synagogues were torched and a Muslim cemetery desecrated and sacred texts firebombed to ash, Netanyahu’s death grip on power had been rescued. By Hamas. And by the Jewish scumbag fascist supporters of terror whom Netanyahu had spent recent months coddling and courting and campaigning for.

20.05.2021 - 14:53 [ USA Today ]

Israel unleashes airstrikes after vowing to press on in Gaza

Explosions shook Gaza City and orange flares lit up the night sky, with airstrikes also reported in the central town of Deir al-Balah and the southern town of Khan Younis. As the sun rose, residents surveyed the rubble from at least five family homes destroyed in Khan Younis. There were also heavy airstrikes on al-Saftawi Street, a commercial thoroughfare in Gaza City.

20.05.2021 - 13:47 [ Press TV ]

Vienna talks: Significant progress made, key issues remain unresolved

Iranian lead delegate Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the issues that needed resolution were difficult. Araqchi said Iran is standing firm on its position that the US needs to fully lift all sanctions in a verifiable manner before Tehran can take action to come back to full compliance with the JCPOA.

Reports indicate that though the US has agreed to ease sanctions on various sectors like oil and gas, banking, shipping and insurance there are still differences on sanctioned individuals and entities including Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

20.05.2021 - 13:44 [ Haaretz ]

Iran’s Rohani Says ‚Agreement in Principle‘ Has Been Achieved in Nuke Talks

“All parties to the talks have agreed to lift all major sanctions on oil, petrochemicals, shipping, insurance, the central bank and so on,” he said.

On Wednesday, Enrique Mora, the EU official leading the talks, said that he was confident a deal would be reached as the negotiations adjourned, although European diplomats said success was not guaranteed with very difficult issues remaining.

20.05.2021 - 08:19 [ Ynetnews.com ]

EU foreign ministers to arrive in Israel in show of solidarity

Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia’s top diplomats will arrive in Israel as part of Jerusalem’s effort to strengthen its legitimacy as it defends itself against Gaza’s terrorist factions

20.05.2021 - 08:09 [ Haaretz ]

Support for the Palestinians Is Growing in Washington, and It’s Not Just About Gaza

The pro-Palestinian stance of these lawmakers reached unprecedented levels on Wednesday after Reps. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Mark Pocan introduced a resolution attempting to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel — the first-ever attempt by sitting members of Congress to block such a sale.

20.05.2021 - 08:03 [ Washington Post ]

Biden is increasingly at odds with other Democrats over Israel

(19.05.2021)

The president’s top spokeswoman has repeatedly declined to say whether Israel’s military response in the Gaza Strip was appropriate to the provocation, while many Democrats have not been shy about calling it disproportionate. And Biden and his advisers have stuck to an assertion that liberal Democrats reject as insufficient, the notion that Israel has a right to defend itself.

That has led to sharp criticism of the Biden administration from some Democrats, which otherwise has been rare.

20.05.2021 - 07:53 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S. conversation on Israel is changing, no matter Biden’s stance

(17.05.2021)

President Donald Trump’s close alliance with Netanyahu may have helped erode the once ironclad bipartisan consensus around Israel. But many Democrats are also waking up to how Trump’s predecessors, including Biden himself during the Obama years, did not stop the steady expansion of Israeli settlements or impose costs on Israel for undermining the prospects of a viable Palestinian state.

19.05.2021 - 20:15 [ The Hill ]

Ocasio-Cortez leading effort to block arms sale to Israel

The Biden administration notified Congress on May 5 that it approved selling Israel $735 million in weapons, mostly Boeing-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions that can turn so-called dumb bombs into precision-guided missiles.

19.05.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose

Wiping out entire families in Israeli bombings was one of the characteristics of the war in 2014. In the roughly 50 days of the war then, UN figures say that 142 Palestinian families were erased (742 people in total). The numerous incidents then and today attest that these were not mistakes: and that the bombing of a house while all its residents are in it follows a decision from higher up, backed by the examination and approval of military jurists.

19.05.2021 - 18:39 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu rebuffs Biden’s call for immediate ‚de-escalation‘ in Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to ignore US President Joe Biden’s plea for a scaling back of the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) retaliatory attacks on Hamas and other Islamists within the Gaza Strip.

Following the release of a transcript detailing the conversation between the two earlier Wednesday, in which Biden called for „significant de-escalation“ on the path to a ceasefire.

19.05.2021 - 18:36 [ i24news.tv ]

Biden told Netanyahu he expected ’significant de-escalation‘ Wednesday

US President Joe Biden in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday said that he „expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,“ according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.

19.05.2021 - 06:39 [ KashmirMirror.com ]

Gaza death toll reached to 217, including 63 children and 36 women

Two Palestinians were killed and eight others injured on Tuesday on the 9th day of Israel’s continued attacks on the Gaza Strip, raising the death toll in the besieged enclave to 217, including 63 children and 36 women.

18.05.2021 - 13:56 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Israel-Gaza Crisis for Third Time

The statement distributed on Monday among the council members calls on the parties to reach a ceasefire and expresses concern for a possible eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

An Israeli official said that the statement was predictable given the „bias“ of the council members. As expected, the United States blocked the passing of the statement by exercising its veto.

18.05.2021 - 13:53 [ CBS News ]

Biden „expressed his support for a ceasefire“ in call to Israeli Prime Minister

President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, their second phone call since Saturday. The president is expressing support for a ceasefire, which comes as fellow Democrats are urging him to do more to stop the violence.

According to the readout of the call, Mr. Biden „reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.“ Mr. Biden also „encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.“

17.05.2021 - 15:17 [ New York Times ]

For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6

Like Trump, both Bibi and Hamas have kept power by inspiring and riding waves of hostility to “the other.” They turn to this tactic anytime they are in political trouble. Indeed, they each have been the other’s most valuable partner in that tactic ever since Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996 — on the back of a wave of Hamas suicide bombings.

No, Hamas and Bibi don’t talk. They don’t need to. They each understand what the other needs to stay in power and consciously or unconsciously behave in ways to ensure that they deliver it.

17.05.2021 - 14:37 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: US approves $735 million sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel

The administration of US President Joe Biden has earlier this month approved the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

According to the outlet, US lawmakers were notified of the move on May 5, well before the latest military escalation between Israel and Gaza Strip-based terrorist groups.

17.05.2021 - 13:34 [ New York Times ]

When Fighting Erupts Between Israel and Hamas, the Question of War Crimes Follows

Civilian deaths on both sides raise urgent questions about which military actions are legal, what war crimes are being committed and who, if anyone, will be held to account.

17.05.2021 - 13:29 [ CNN ]

Palestinians deserve the same security, equality and right to a homeland as the Israelis

If history serves as a guide, however, after a ceasefire is reached, the conflict will slowly fade from the headlines, the world will go back to its business and the Palestinians will largely be forgotten — yet again. For those who sincerely want to see a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, this time must be different. The world, and especially the Biden administration, cannot look away but must engage on the question of Palestine. It’s 2021 — a homeland for Palestinian Christians and Muslims is long overdue, as is safety and equality for Palestinians.

17.05.2021 - 13:14 [ Haaretz ]

Dozens of Democrats Urge Immediate Israeli-Palestinian Cease-fire to Prevent Further Loss of Life

Twenty-eight Democratic senators, led by Sen. Jon Ossoff, and eight House Democrats issued joint statements calling for a swift end to the flare-up in order to prevent a further loss of life.

“To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate cease-fire,” the senators said.

17.05.2021 - 08:12 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

The devastation in Gaza is unconscionable. We must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must end. We must also take a hard look at nearly $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for U.S. aid to support human rights violations.

17.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Facebook ]

The nightmare for the people of Gaza and the West Bank must end.

(video)

17.05.2021 - 07:45 [ Logan Bayroff / Twitter ]

A Republican Senator about to call for a ceasefire before the Biden White House has. Incredible.

17.05.2021 - 07:41 [ J Street / Twitter ]

.@JeremyBenAmi on The @mehdirhasan Show: „This occupation is now 54 years old. It is strategically terrible for the State of Israel, but it’s also morally reprehensible and runs counter to not only democratic principles, but I would say to Jewish values.“

17.05.2021 - 07:16 [ wtop.com ]

Biden faces an angry rift in his own party over Israeli-Palestinian conflict

It’s an awkward public fight for a party that has made its commitment to social and racial justice a main part of its platform. As the US comes to grips with its own history of racism in new ways and adopts the Black Lives Matter movement in a mainstream way, liberals want to apply similar notions of justice to foreign policy, where an increasing number see apartheid in Israel’s approach to the Palestinians.

17.05.2021 - 07:08 [ imemc.org ]

UN Security Council Calls for Ceasefire; US Vetoes Statement

14 out of 15 Security Council members were in favor of the statement. Only the US was opposed. And since the US has ‘veto power’ at the UN Security Council, they were able to block the resolution.

The U.S. also blocked a similar resolution this past Monday, May 10th, the day that the escalation began.

17.05.2021 - 07:00 [ Ramy Abdu| رامي عبده / Twitter ]

Another night of HELL. Random bombing across civilian areas in west, south, east and north of Gaza. This is an onslaught. Bombing is ongoing for 25 minutes so far. Many houses are directly hit #GazaUnderAttak

17.05.2021 - 06:53 [ Al Jazeera English / Twitter ]

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with the death toll expected to rise further. Rescue workers are digging through rubble to find survivors.

17.05.2021 - 06:34 [ J. Shawa جاسم الشوا / Twitter ]

Can’t believe the savagery. They have been bombing like crazy for severe minutes. Car alarms going off shrapnel flying all over

17.05.2021 - 06:13 [ Mohammad Alsaafin / Twitter ]

So among the people killed in yesterday’s airstrikes on Gaza: Gaza’s top neurologist (Dr Mouin Al-Aloul) The head of Coronavirus response at Gaza’s biggest hospital (Dr Ayman Abu Al-Ouf) Psychologist and social worker Rajaa Abu Al-Ouf (as well as her children)

17.05.2021 - 06:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

In addition to destroying the roads to al-Shifa Hospital and killing 33 in the process, including 8 children, Israel targeted a Doctors Without Borders clinic

17.05.2021 - 05:52 [ CNN ]

Israel-Palestinian conflict marks its deadliest day as scenes of horror unfold in Gaza

(16.05.2021)

Two Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed at least 43 Palestinians — including eight children — and injured 50 others, most of whom were women and children early Sunday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. (…)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a Tweet on Saturday that „Israel has no interest in escalation, but is ready for any scenario,“ echoing an Israeli military official, who said on Friday that Israel is prepared to continue hitting „quality targets“ for an „extended period of time.“

17.05.2021 - 05:36 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Biden Stonewalls U.N. Concern Over Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

(12.05.2021)

In recent days, the United States has on at least three occasions refused to engage in negotiations initiated by Norway and Tunisia aimed at adopting a Security Council statement criticizing Israel’s evictions and demolitions of Palestinian properties in occupied East Jerusalem.

16.05.2021 - 15:11 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid Suggests Political Considerations Are Behind Israel’s Gaza Operation

Lapid, who has been tasked with forming a coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate expired, also accused Kahanist lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir of having a central role in the escalation in tensions that led to rioting around the country and ultimately Israel’s flare-up with Gaza. “No one would let a card-carrying lunatic like Itamar Ben-Gvir to set Jerusalem and then the entire country ablaze.”

15.05.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Flees to His Masochistic Comfort Zone: Under Netanyahu’s Sway

The facts are simple: Hamas is good for Netanyahu, and Netanyahu is fabulous for Hamas. He never intended to “topple” its rule. He keeps strengthening this organization, intentionally, to weaken Israel’s interlocutors in the PA.

Hamas-Gaza is a perfect exemplar of the basic concept Ehud Barak coined in his day, and which has kept the left in the political margins for the past 20 years: There is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side. This is exactly what Netanyahu wants. Hamas and Netanyahu are a long, stable, profitable romance.

15.05.2021 - 07:45 [ Najla Shawa / Twitter ]

Navy shelling is intense – 5 each round so far more than 5 rounds across the coast. #GazaUnderAttack

15.05.2021 - 07:33 [ @amoreyedam / Twitter ]

Loud Explosion Warning! Civilian settlements in Western Gaza were shaken after the Flag of Israel warship bombed a residential area.

(…)

15.05.2021 - 07:28 [ Basant Hameed / Twitter ]

#Urgent : Shehab correspondent: An Israeli warship bombarded the beaches of the southern Gaza Strip, making big explosions.

#GazaUnderAttack

15.05.2021 - 07:25 [ Najla Shawa / Twitter ]

Heavy shelling from Israeli warship #gazaunderattack #PalestineUnderAttack

(14.05.2021)

15.05.2021 - 07:06 [ Agencia AJN / Twitter ]

.. #IDF release video of Spike ATGM strikes by IDF Special Navy Forces against Gazan targets belonging to Hamas’ Naval forces

15.05.2021 - 06:57 [ defensenews.com ]

Israeli Navy welcomes new generation of German-made warships

( December 3, 2020 )

“Behind me is one of the most advanced war machines in the world, which poses a significant leap forward in the Israeli military’s ability to ensure our strength at sea and in naval operations,” said the military’s chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi.

Israel agreed to buy the vessels in a 2015 deal valued at roughly €430 million (U.S. $480 million at the time), with the German government covering about one-quarter of the cost.

Several Israeli businessmen, including confidants of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a former commander of the Navy, are suspects in a graft scandal connected to the purchase of the warships and submarines from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

15.05.2021 - 06:32 [ Mohamed Hashem @mhashem_ Journalist @MiddleEastEye / Twitter ]

Latest #Gaza death toll: – At least 137 dead, including 36 children – At least 920 injured

Early Saturday, Israeli air strikes killed 7 Palestinians, including at least 5 children, in an attack on the overcrowded al-Shati camp, west of Gaza city. #Gaza_Under_Attack

15.05.2021 - 06:30 [ i24news.tv ]

Germany brands Hamas rocket fire on Israel ‚terror attacks‘

„These are terrorist attacks that have only one goal: to kill people indiscriminately and arbitrarily and to spread fear,“ Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told a press conference.

Merkel’s government defended „Israel’s right to self-defense against these attacks“, he added.

13.05.2021 - 06:43 [ CNN ]

67 killed in Gaza, 7 killed in Israel as UN warns conflict could turn into ‚full-scale war‘

(today)

Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza has now killed at least 67 people, including 17 children, and injured more than 388 more, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry. Israel says at least 15 of the dead were Hamas militants.

13.05.2021 - 06:41 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong.

(12.05.2021)

By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions – which are condemnable – & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence.

This is not neutral language. It takes a side – the side of occupation.

13.05.2021 - 06:40 [ JTA.org ]

Biden says Israel has a ‘right to defend itself’ as he sends envoy to deescalate conflict

(12.05.2021)

During a White House press conference Wednesday afternoon, Biden said he had just spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had an “expectation and hope” that the conflict would end soon.

13.05.2021 - 06:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden speaks with Israel’s Netanyahu amid spiraling conflict with Hamas

(12.05.2021)

“I had a conversation for a while with the prime minister of Israel, and, I think, my hope is that we’ll see this coming to conclusion sooner than later,” the president said during remarks to the press about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president said his national security and defense staff have been in “constant contact” with their counterparts in the Middle East, including the Israelis but also the Egyptians, Saudis and Emiratis.

13.05.2021 - 06:25 [ i24news.tv ]

US halts statement by UN Security Council on escalation in Israel-Palestinian tensions

(11.05.2021)

The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting Monday on the unrest in Jerusalem but issued no immediate statement, with diplomats saying the United States assessed that public comments could be counterproductive.

11.05.2021 - 07:34 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Far-right lawmakers‘ visit to Sheikh Jarrah reignites clashes

(10.05.2021)

Religious Zionist Party chief MK Bezalel Smotrich, who arrived at the contentious area with several members of his faction, slammed law enforcement and security forces‘ for their lax treatment against Palestinian violence and called for the formation of a stable government that can tackle the unrest.

10.05.2021 - 02:05 [ B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم / Twitter ]

„After attorney general requests deferral, High Court says a new date for the hearing will be set within 30 days and that the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah will remain in their homes until a decision is made“

09.05.2021 - 19:01 [ Haaretz ]

Democrats Urge U.S. to Act Against Israel’s ‚Abhorrent‘ East Jerusalem Evictions

Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chris Van Hollen and Chris Murphy have called on Israel …

09.05.2021 - 18:55 [ MiddleEastEye.net ]

Jerusalem: Biden administration’s ‚bothsidesism‘ angers Palestinians

But in a timid statement released on Friday night, the State Department urged „both sides to exercise decisive leadership“ to quell the violence.

Washington also expressed „concern“ about Israeli efforts to displace Palestinians without condemning the move or warning the Israeli government against it