Category: Middle East

U.S. missile sale to Saudi Arabia escalates tensions in Mideast

The possible sale a US missile system to Saudi Arabia will escalate tensions in the Middle East and benefit the American military-industrial complex, says a journalist and political commentator in Canada. The US State Department’s approval to sell 600 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles to Riyadh “will force other countries to buy weapons to match […]

If Damascus falls, Europe won’t be far behind – U.S. senator

As a new report details the devastation wrought upon Syria by four years of rebellion, a Virginia state senator who once thanked the Syrian government for defending Christians is worried about the fate of Damascus, the Middle East and Europe. “If Damascus falls, the dreaded black and white flag of ISIS will fly” over Syria, […]

Iran’s president accuses nuclear powers of hypocrisy

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has berated the world’s nuclear powers, saying atomic weapons have not kept them safe and reiterating that his country is not seeking the bomb. Rouhani, in an unusually fiery speech, avoided explicit mention of ongoing nuclear talks between the west and Iran, but accused atomic-armed states of hypocrisy. “They tell us: […]

‘I won’t be used to peddle UK arms in Middle East’ – Charles

The Prince of Wales wants to end his role as a promoter of British arms in Gulf States where possible, according to his new biography. The unauthorized book, ‘Charles: Heart of a King’, is due to be published on Thursday. It was written by Catherine Mayer, an American-born, UK-educated, London-based journalist. Reflecting on the biography, […]

Pro-Israel American Conservative: Thank God for ISIS

Speaking on a panel about “Obama’s assault on the military” at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend last month, Family Research Council executive vice president Jerry Boykin lamented that “people are not paying enough attention” to “the destruction of our military” under President Obama, adding, “thank God for ISIS” for bringing attention to it.

Ron Paul: What US does now in M.East will increase violence

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin speaks with former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul, discussing his views on the ramifications of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, how US foreign policy has exacerbated the growth of Islamic extremism, the hypocritical partnership with Saudi Arabia, and the marginalization of alternative […]

Campaign to sack Tony Blair as Middle East Peace Envoy

Russell Brand, has joined Stephen Fry, Noam Chomsky, George Monbiot and many more, calling for Blair to be sacked as Middle East Peace Envoy. Add your name now. Seven reasons to sack Blair for the seven years he has been Middle East peace envoy • 1 War = Peace Tony Blair and George W Bush’s […]

U.S. may free Israeli spy if Israel frees Palestinian prisoners

The United States is talking with Israel about releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive to the Israelis in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations. Releasing Pollard, a thorn in US-Israeli relations for three decades, would be an extraordinary step underscoring the urgency of US peace efforts. Two people describing […]

UK Reaper drones to be sent to Africa and Middle East

Britain’s squadron of Reaper drones is likely to be redeployed to Africa and the Middle East rather than returned to the UK, a UN official has said. Ben Emmerson QC, the UN rapporteur monitoring counter-terrorist operations by unmanned aircraft, whose report on armed drone operations around the world will be published on Tuesday, said he […]

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