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MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — During an ongoing court case regarding the legality of Israel’s controversial Settlement Regularization Law, the Israeli government has argued that the Israeli Knesset can “legislate anywhere in the world” and is “allowed to ignore the directive of international law in any...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

BRUSSELS — Three months after an Ecuadorian court requested that Interpol issue a “red alert” to detain, imprison, and extradite former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, the former head of state remains free and has continued to wage his legal defense against charges emanating from officials...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

AMMAN, JORDAN — Travel agents in Jordan and Palestine have reported that Saudi Arabia is no longer extending entry visas to Palestinian holders of temporary Jordanian passports, effectively banning them from undertaking the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. The new restriction is set to affect at...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell said Thursday that the Spanish government will promote a motion in the European Parliament to recognize Palestine as an independent state. If the move fails, the Pedro Sánchez-led government will consider a Spain-only recognition.

Left-...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his counterpart from the South, President Moon Jae-in, made a powerful show of unity with the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration on Wednesday, underscoring their pursuit of “mutual reciprocity, common good and shared prosperity,” a...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping US sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election Reuters reports.

The US State...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

The death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the age of the reporter. Parry was “a trailblazer for independent journalism”, wrote Seymour Hersh, with whom he shared much in common.

Hersh revealed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the secret bombing of Cambodia,...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

On rare occasion a story is unearthed in the mainstream media which demonstrates in stunning clarity how major foreign policy decisions are really made in Washington, especially when it comes to waging perpetual war in the Middle East often under the official rhetorical guise of “protecting...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Amnesty International yesterday responded to Israeli forces’ killing of six Palestinians within a 24-hour period by accusing Israeli authorities of demonstrating an “utter disregard for right to life”.

The international human rights group warned that “several of...

MintPress - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Along with tens of thousands of children and families, cancer patients, Americans with substance abuse disorders, and victims of domestic violence are among the casualties of President Donald Trump’s detention of young immigrants—according to government documents outlining the administration’s...

MintPress - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon has suspended food rations and aid for 8,000 Syrian families, local activists said yesterday according to Syrian news agency Zaman Al-Wasl.

News agencies on the ground confirmed with officials that October...

MintPress - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell recently revealed that Donald Trump suggested that the government of Spain build a wall across the Sahara desert to prevent immigrants from traveling into the country.

During one meeting, a Spanish diplomat reportedly pointed out that the Sahara...

MintPress - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

TEL AVIV – A new report from the Emirati news website Al-Khaleej Online has revealed that many of the mercenaries leading the assault against the Yemeni port city of Hodeida were trained in Israel by Israeli soldiers, shedding light on Israel’s covert role in the war in Yemen.

According...

MintPress - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

AMMAN, JORDAN — Though it had been suspected for years, testimony from a former high-ranking official from the Iranian militant opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq (MEK) has confirmed that the group had been covertly financed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For decades, the Gulf Kingdom — known...

MintPress - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

As the flooding from Hurricane Florence dissipates, North Carolina residents could face significant public-health and environmental crisis after at least 17 animal waste pits, coal ash facilities, and human sewage plants across the state released millions of gallons of toxic liquid into nearby...

MintPress - 2018-09-20 - Original post - cached version

This story was co-published with Stat.

It’s a promising new drug for multiple myeloma, one of the most savage blood cancers. Called Ninlaro, it can be taken as a pill, sparing patients painful injections or cumbersome IV treatments. In a video sponsored by the manufacturer, Takeda...

MintPress - 2018-09-19 - Original post - cached version

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” is now more dire than ever according to a new report from the U.K.-based charity Save the Children, which warns that 5.2 million children now face starvation in Yemen.

The group’s warning comes as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia...

MintPress - 2018-09-19 - Original post - cached version

There is one thing that Israel fears more than anything else in Syria. The loss of its ability to fly its F-16’s with impunity and hit whatever targets it wants claiming defensive measures to stop Iran, their existential enemy.

Israel finally admitted to carrying out over 200 such...

MintPress - 2018-09-19 - Original post - cached version
On Wednesday, North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un has pledged to dismantle the country’s main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon, if the United States undertake similar act, to “eliminate all the danger of war.”

“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from...

MintPress - 2018-09-19 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to progressive proposals aimed at social well-being, the associated costs are always the first explanation for why such efforts are either unrealistic “pie in the sky“.

Medicare for All. But how you gonna pay for it?

Tuition-free public college. But how you gonna pay...

MintPress - 2018-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Geneva – Geopolitics Alert editor Randi Nord participated in two side panel events at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 39th session in Geneva, Switzerland last week. The second panel demanded accountability for war crimes committed against civilians in Yemen — particularly due to the...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

As more information about the downing overnight of a Russian reconnaissance plane by aging Syrian anti-aircraft weapon becomes available, the Russian Defense Ministry has issued a shocking claim that will undoubtedly ratchet up tensions between Russia and Israel.

While Russia had...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights with its mass surveillance programs. The court ultimately found that these activities violate the family and privacy rights of British and European...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

In the escalating US-China Trade war, US President Donald Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, which are to come into effect on September 24th.

Nearly 200 pages long, the list covers almost 6,000 individual items. Some are quite common, such as coal, printing ink...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, it went from being dubbed America’s most innovative company by Fortune Magazine to being the poster child of American corporate deceit. Using a classic recipe for book-cooking, Enron ended up in...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Ellen R. Wald’s timely, well-written history of the Saudi national oil company, Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Power and Profit (Pegasus Books, 2018), is as much the story of the Saudi oil industry as it is of the ruling Al Saud family’s reliance on black gold to ensure the survival...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Sana’a – The US-backed coalition escalated their attacks against civilians in Yemen — particularly Hodeidah province which suffered dozens of airstrikes in the past few days.

Saudi warplanes attacked a home in al-Bayda on Monday killing eight civilians including several women and children...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Out from the ashes of the two mega projects of this expiring decade – i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) attempted Mideast take-over, and, contrarily, the Gulf project to rupture the MB – and to reconstitute hereditary, tribal absolutism (the ‘Arab System’) – two different oppositional ventures...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government’s secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations “important” and “terrifying.”

The...

MintPress - 2018-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday but were intercepted by air defences, Syrian state media said.

According to Reuters the official SANA news agency said the Technical Industry Institution in the...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

AMSTERDAM — Amid continued concerns that the White Helmets are currently staging a “false flag” chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib, the Netherlands has decided to halt funding for the controversial group due to the “inadequate supervision” of White Helmets members on-the-ground and the...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Last week, Peter Brookes tweeted his latest cartoon for The Times, commenting:

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Not long after UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen and the Saudi coalition in Geneva failed last week, the Saudi-led coalition renewed its offensive to capture Yemen’s strategic port of Hodeida. The attacks targeted internally displaced persons, vital facilities and...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Israeli and Turkish envoys yesterday flew to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to hold secret backchannel talks on restoring diplomatic relations.

According to a Hebrew language report by Ynet, “an Israeli executive jet and a Turkish government...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian resistance icon, traveled to France for a debate on Friday. The young resistance leader was invited by L’Humanité newspaper and the French Communist party, or PCF, to participate in an event organized by Association France Palestine Solidarite.

Ahed spoke...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been accused of going on a nearly two-week-long “serial killing spree” that came to an end on Saturday after he was arrested him in connection with the deaths of four women and the kidnapping of a fifth woman.

Webb County-Zapata County District...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

For decades, Western governments, corporate media and Hollywood have engaged in a project of mass deception to manufacture consent for military interventions. Waged in the name of lofty ideals like freedom, human rights and democracy, US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya wound up bringing...

MintPress - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Geneva (GPA) – Geopolitics Alert founder and editor, Randi Nord, participated in two side panels about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen at the United Nations Human Rights Council 39th session during its first week.

The first panel, sponsored by INSAN Organization, covered human rights...

MintPress - 2018-09-15 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON — (Analysis) In the months leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, the U.S. has colluded with Israel in a string of policies and decisions that completely undermine the legitimacy of the agreement, not to mention Palestinian claims to justice, freedom and ultimately...

MintPress - 2018-09-15 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON — A massive spending bill, which would deliver $3.3 billion dollars in military aid to Israel over the next year, passed the House on Wednesday under cover of a media blackout. The U.S. Senate had passed a different version of the same bill in early August, a vote that also went...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Prior to 2011, Syria was a prosperous Middle Eastern country. The Baathist government had taken tremendous steps to improve the lives of Syria’s people. Between 1970 and 2009, the life expectancy for Syrians increased by 17 years, and the infant mortality rate was reduced exponentially....

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

BEIJING – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received a rare yet exceedingly warm welcome Thursday as he landed in Beijing, where the oft-maligned leader and target of U.S.-spearheaded regime-change efforts will discuss new ways in which his government and the People’s Republic of China can...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

There is a growing body of pro-establishment statements opposing the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. The latest expression of this position is a New York Times editorial titled “Stay Out of Venezuela, Mr. Trump” published on September 11. At first glance, the editorial is...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

On Thursday an anti-Assad group in Syria’s south confirmed to Reuters via its ‘rebel’ commander that it is conducting rare military exercises with American forces in order to “send a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL –  Israel issued a denial Thursday of a report that it inked a deal to sell the Iron Dome missile defense system to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after reports of such a deal in Arabic-language news media citing unnamed high-level diplomatic sources spread across the world press...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

This story was originally published by ProPublica.

In 2016, as Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi performed at college campuses around the United States, his appearances seemed to spark student protests.

Before his visit to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Immigrant rights advocates and lawmakers are demanding the Trump administration address the ongoing crisis caused by its rampant detention of children, after it was reported Wednesday that the number of minors being held in U.S. government custody is at its highest ever recorded—with President...

MintPress - 2018-09-14 - Original post - cached version

UN chief Antonio Guterres said in comments published Thursday that US power is in decline as Washington loses its ability to impact world events, Anadolu reports.

“I think that the soft power of the United States … is being reduced at the present moment,”...

MintPress - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

JERUSALEM — (Analysis) According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, anti-Semitism is defined as “hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.” This is also how anti-Semitism is understood by people in general. However, the state of Israel and Zionist...

MintPress - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – As the U.S. marked the 17 years that have passed since September 11, 2001, people across the Muslim world have looked back on the destruction the U.S. has unleashed in the so-called “Global War on Terror” that was launched in the wake of the World Trade Center’s destruction...

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