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MintPress - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

You know life’s become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring foreign media to register as foreign agents. Will the BBC be forced to issue a disclaimer with every broadcast and web posting: “Proceed with caution – British propaganda ahead”? Don’t bet the ranch on it.

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MintPress - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Joseph Aoun, the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces has put the military “full readiness” mode after observing the “Israeli enemy” conducting provocative maneuvers on Lebanon’s southern border.

This comes as Lebanese President Michel Aoun stated,

Israeli targeting...

MintPress - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has earnestly played the role of salesman-in-chief for United States arms manufacturers.

The U.S. accounts “for more than half the world’s annual arms deals.” Trump may make it much easier for the government to sell weapons by enlisting...

MintPress - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — Leeann Tweeden has alleged that Senator Al Franken forcibly kissed her under the guise of rehearsing for their USO tour show in 2006.  Sen. Franken was a comedian at the time and headlined the show.

If the story was correctly recounted, and Sen. Franken has not contradicted it,...

MintPress - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Riyadh is now serving as a temporary prison, holding some of the 201 people that have been detained on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. 1,800 bank accounts have been frozen.

The drama is escalating on the international front as well. The...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

It’s no secret that there is an occupation happening in and around Israel.

Most people agree that the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been occupied since 1967. Much less thought and literature is dedicated to the treatment of Palestinians living inside modern-day Israel proper. I decided to...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Zionist righteous indignation would be a lot more convincing if it wasn’t covered with so much crap.

In response to an upcoming lecture planned in London where Dr. Azzam Tamimi and I are to speak at University College of London, UCL, the Jewish Chronicle came out with an article titled: “...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Paul Ryan used Twitter to introduce “Cindy,” a fictional mother of one who works as an assistant restaurant manager making $30,000 a year.

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

NEW YORK (Analysis) — On November 14, 2017 military forces in Zimbabwe took control of the streets, sequestered President Robert Mugabe in his residence, and publicly announced that the kinda sorta but not really coup was merely a clean-up operation intended to “target criminals.” While the...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (Analysis) — In the wake of last week’s off-off-year mini-election in the U.S., there’s been a lot of undisguised celebrating going on, even among the professionally impartial. Protests, parades, petitions, polls, tweets, and op-eds may be indicators of national mood, but...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Members of the Arab League have met in Cairo at the behest of the Saudi regime, to discuss the supposed “threat of Iran”. The meeting featured all the crude, undiplomatic and nonfactual language about Iran that one has come to expect from American, Israeli and Saudi Arabian spokesmen.

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MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

When Yousry Abushady studied the highly unusual May 2008 CIA video on a Syrian nuclear reactor that was allegedly under construction when Israeli jet destroyed it seven months earlier, the senior specialist on North Korean nuclear reactors on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s staff knew...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in early 2015. By March-April, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman, now the crown prince, had ordered...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Last week’s US air operation in Somalia took the total number of strikes carried out in 2017 to a record 29, raising the possibility of an expansion in military operations outside of conventional battlefields under President Donald Trump.

Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had already...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

A minister from Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade (DIT) lobbied the Brazilian government to smooth the path for BP and Shell to secure oil blocks in the country’s controversial pre-salt region, according to a diplomatic cable that officials accidentally...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centers that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centers, which were recently harshly criticised by the UN Human Rights...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Maybe you thought America’s nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong.

The...

MintPress - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

After a court battle lasting nearly two years, the bribery case against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has been declared a mistrial, when the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision after nine weeks of testimony and a week of deliberation. Ten of the 12 jury members had reportedly voted to...

MintPress - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Even as Iraq’s pro-government forces close in on Rawa, one of the very last strongholds of the extremist group known as the Islamic State, ordinary Iraqis everywhere are wondering where the extremists will turn up next.

A series of recent attacks and arrests are cause for concern. In...

MintPress - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — The events at the United Nations Security Council surrounding the joint OPCW-UN-JIM investigation  report (“the report”) into the alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapon attack are not being widely reported.

This is unfortunate because they show that international opinion is...

MintPress - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The strange case of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his surprise resignation, delivered in Saudi Arabia, has developed international overtones with rumors about his possible kidnapping by the Saudis and France extending an invitation for him to come to Paris before possibly returning to...

MintPress - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — Aaron Miller and Richard Sokolsky, writing in Foreign Policy, suggest “that Mohammed bin Salman’s most notable success abroad may well be the wooing and capture of President Donald Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.” Indeed, it is possible that this “success” may prove to be...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is in Moscow where he has spoken of elements within Lebanon attempting to sabotage joint initiatives and cooperative agreements with Russia.

Bassil who is a member of President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement has stated the...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — My personal Facebook account, which has the maximum 5,000 friends and an additional 5,000+ followers, has been blocked from posting for three days. My page hasn’t been blocked yet, but we’ll see; I shared the article there, too....

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Israel has released new documents dating from the 1967 war. According to Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth the papers date from the period during and immediately after the war and “document Israeli officials’ discussions regarding the fate of the occupied Arab territories.”

In one of the...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

In “an awful new low” that elicited warnings about “a new wave of media consolidation,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday rolled back media ownership regulations under the guise of trying “to modernize its broadcast ownership rules & to help promote ownership diversity...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

The US is usually number 1 in the German research firm Gfk’s rankings, headed up by political consultant Simon Anholt. They ask some 22,000 people around the world to rank countries on six scales.

This year it fell five full places to number 6. No such fall has taken place since 2004,...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

AMHERST, S.D. (AP)  TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, the third committee of the UN General Assembly passed three non-binding resolutions condemning alleged human rights violations and free speech restrictions in specific countries – Iran, Syria and North Korea. Though non-binding resolutions cannot become law and technically carry no...

MintPress - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, in addition to including passages involving regime change in Venezuela and exorbitant expenditures on the maintenance and expansion of American empire, continues to surprise: its latest draft includes a measure that will cement...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — Since the year 2000, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission of the US Congress has produced reports on the nature of China-US relations, including on matters related to trade and security.

This year, the Commission has named Chinese news agency and broadcaster...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The US has added to the confusion about a major civilian casualty allegation in Afghanistan, complicating its initial statement that there were no innocents killed in the 4 November airstrike in Kunduz province.

Residents’ claims in the media that the attack on Chardara district had...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The US chaired an informal meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday to discuss the situation in Venezuela despite a boycott from leading members such as China and Russia.

“The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to international peace and security....

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

On November 3, professor John Mearsheimer made a short and stunning presentation at “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?” conference held at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In the unipolar world after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Despite report after report linking air pollution to deterioration of the lungs, heart and brain, Professor Robert Phalen believes the air is “too clean” for children.

After all, everybody needs a bit of immune-system-boosting dirt in their lungs.

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MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Analysis — The Chief of Staff of Israel’s military has confirmed to a Saudi newspaper, that the Israeli regime is now prepared to share intelligence with the Saudi Arabia on matters concerning Iran.

While some will doubtlessly feign shock at the announcement, it is merely a confirmation...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

A Texas sheriff is under fire for making a Facebook post about his intention to take punitive measures against a truck driver displaying a bumper sticker declaring “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

On Wednesday morning, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls of Fort Bend County, Texas, posted...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) blasted the U.S. government on Tuesday for enabling the humanitarian crisis that’s underway in Yemen—just before the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition bombed the airport in the nation’s capitol of Sanaa, further blocking aid from getting to Yemeni civilians.

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MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

As temperatures drop and the winter months near, the city of Chicago remains committed to ensuring homeless individuals are unable to erect “Tent Cities” in the Uptown area of the city near Lake Shore Drive. Authorities also contend the city has no obligation to offer alternative housing for...

MintPress - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Earlier this month, the Pentagon offered scant details to a group of concerned lawmakers regarding its assessment of casualties that could result from a military conflict with North Korea. However, last week, the Pentagon’s assessment was repudiated by one of its own, when retired Lt. General...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Opinion — There is a desperate humanitarian crisis underway in Myanmar, centering around the Rohingya Muslims.

There is what has been described as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing” against the approximately one million Rohingya who live in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. As well...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a “non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIA’s...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

After several months of investigation into the strangling of U.S. Army Green Beret Logan Melgar, the accounts of those at the center of the homicide investigation – two members of the famed Navy SEAL Team Six – have unraveled. The killing occurred while the SEALs and Melgar were on a secret...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

In a bipartisan show of support for endless war and out-of-control military spending, the House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the nearly $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 that aims to boost war outlays by $80 billion—an amount that critics noted...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, the creators of the popular politically incorrect game, Cards Against Humanity, announced their strategy to foil President Trump’s notorious plans for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It’s 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice: Cards Against...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused the United States government of meddling in his country’s internal affairs and upcoming election campaign by offering to fund “objective media in Hungary.”The U.S. has expressed concerns about “negative trends” for press...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the most recent ceasefire announcement did not involve any commitment for Russia to force Iran out of Syria, saying that Iran can maintain a legitimate presence in Syria.

This isn’t sitting well with Israeli Prime Minister...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, Turkey lambasted the US and its largely Kurdish allies in Syria, the YPG, for having made a deal that allowed 250 Daesh (ISIS) fighters and all their children and relatives to flee from Raqqa.

Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim said,

The YPG terrorists...

MintPress - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

In the Famous-Last-Words department, this Dec. 12, 2016, headline from Reuters surely ranks among the worst: “Trump attack on Lockheed Martin foreshadows war on defense industry.” When it comes to military contractors, President Trump surely prefers to make love, not war.

Not only does he...

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