Taliban ‘reject offer of Afghan government posts’
The Taliban have been offered posts in the new Afghan government but have turned them down, the BBC understands.
Senate warns ‘strong response’ prepared to Palestinian ICC action
Key members of the United States Senate issued a warning to the Palestinian Authority on Friday, warning the “deplorable, counterproductive” decision to join the International Criminal Court “will be met with a strong response.”
When it comes to its morality, Israel prefers not to be tried
For a country that insists it’s done nothing wrong, Israel sure acts like it has something to hide.
Al Qaeda Source: AQAP Directed Paris Attack
A source within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has provided The Intercept with a full statement claiming responsibility for the attack against the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris…
Federal prosecutors recommend charges against ex-CIA chief David Petraeus
The FBI and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus for providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the CIA, officials said, leaving Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military officer of his generation to prison.
Does the ‘Islamic State’ have financial problems?
The Jihadi organisation “Islamic State” is believed to be the richest terror group in the world. But their operations cost a fortune – so they may run into financial problems medium-term.
Gunmen Hunted After 12 Killed At Paris Magazine
Two masked men shout “we have avenged the prophet” and “God is
Was Naftali Bennett responsible for a massacre of Lebanese civilians?
Controversy erupts over Bayit Yehudi chief’s role in events that led to the Kfar Kana massacre during Operation Grapes of Wrath.
US congressional leaders vow to block Cuba embassy and ambassador
Opponents of Obama initiatives threaten to curtail funding as 2016 presidential aspirants stake out their embargo positions
If It’s True on Cuba, It’s True on Iran
America’s Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles. Seldom has a country pursued such a futile policy for so long while clearly recognizing its senselessness. It’s probably the foremost example of how American domestic politics can take its foreign policy hostage, leaving everyone a loser.
West’s sanctions on Russia bite, but backlash could hurt
As Vladimir Putin tries to gloss over his country’s economic problems, ordinary Russians are starting to feel the double whammy of falling oil prices and sanctions. But has the West bitten off more than it can chew?
Stakes are high as US plays the oil card against Iran and Russia
Washington is trying to drive down prices by flooding the market with crude but risks collateral damage to its own shale industry
What Putin is not telling us
The perfect storm evolves in two fronts; an overt economic war – as in siege by sanctions – and a concerted, covert, shadow attack to the heart of the Russian economy. Washington’s endgame is clear: impoverish and defang the adversary and force him to meekly bow to the ‘Empire of Chaos’s’ whims. And bragging about it all the way to “victory.”
Financial Imperialists Attack Russia
Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?
Bahrain May Start Importing Russian Gas From 2017
A senior official said that gas will be transported by sea from Russia to Bahrain but did not specify the amount of gas that will be imported.
Glenn Greenwald Blasts Dick Cheney And President Obama On Torture
“The reason why Dick Cheney is able to go on ‘Meet The Press’ instead of being where he should be — which is in the dock at The Hague or in a federal prison — is because President Obama and his administration made the decision not to prosecute any of the people who implemented this torture regime despite the fact that it was illegal and criminal,” Greenwald said.
Dump the Dollar, Says Ecuadorean President
President Rafael Correa says the U.S. dollar is the “exact opposite” of what Ecuador needs.
Carnage in Pakistan school as Taliban attack kills 160
In the bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan in years, at least 160 people, mostly children, were on Tuesday killed by heavily-armed Taliban suicide bombers who stormed an army-run school here and took several hostages, a throwback to the 2004 Beslan school siege by Chechen rebels.
Children massacred in Pakistan school attack
Gunmen kill 141, 132 of them children, as the Pakistani Taliban storms school in one of nation’s bloodiest ever attacks.
Nearly 200 dead as al-Nusra fighters take Syria bases
Over 100 soldiers captured; another 100 flee on foot and in vehicles to neighboring town
China offers military help to Iraq to defeat ISIS – report
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari says that his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, has made an offer to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants. Beijing has volunteered to assist with airstrikes, though it will not join the US-led coalition against ISIS.
Imperialism and the Politics of Torture
The US Senate Report documenting CIA torture of alleged terrorist suspects raises a number of fundamental questions about the nature and operations of the State, the relationship and the responsibility of the Executive Branch and Congress to the vast secret police networks which span the globe – including the United States.
CIA torture: health professionals ‘may have committed war crimes’, report says
Physicians for Human Rights called for federal investigation on CIA torture program participation, calling rectal feeding technique ‘form of sexual assault’
First ground clash between ISIS and US forces in Iraq
An American force has fought its actual first battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization during a counter-attack that was carried out by tribal forces.
Palestinians: US to veto UN resolution ‘to end occupation’
Secretary of State John Kerry tells top Palestinian negotiator that US will block Jordanian-backed resolution at Security Council.
Israel Counting On US to Veto Palestinian UN Resolution
Israel seeks US support in opposing a Palestinian resolution in the United Nations Security Council, setting a two-year deadline for Israeli withdrawal from territories in the proposed Palestinian state.
Evo Morales: We Will Confront US Economic Aggression
Strengthening regional unity will move Latin America away from U.S. dominance, says the Bolivian president in an exclusive interview with teleSUR.
Mexico Gov’t Claims on Disappeared Students Exposed
Explosive allegations published in Proceso, one of Mexico’s leading news weeklies, this past Sunday, revealed strong evidence pointing to direct participation of federal authorities in the presumed killings of dozens of education students from the drug war-torn state of Guerrero.
Venezuela Wants to Take the US to Court Over War Crimes
The President of Venezuela proposed the creation an international committee of lawyers to charge the U.S. government for the wars in the Middle East and the deaths of black civilians by police.
Venezuelans march against United States sanctions
Thousands of government supporters in Venezuela have marched through the streets of Caracas to denounce the recent approval of sanctions by the US.