When it comes to its morality, Israel prefers not to be tried

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…

Boko Haram May Have Killed Thousands in Attack, Say Experts

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

At least 12 dead in Paris after attack on satirical newspaper

US Investigating Civilian Casualties in Airstrikes Against ISIS

Iran, top general saved Baghdad from falling to IS: Iraq MP

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.

Car bomb kills 35 people outside Yemen police college

The Problem with Obama’s Cuba Speech

The Problem with Obama’s Cuba Speech

Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

The US – not Cuba – comes in from the cold

Who’s afraid of Cuba? Almost nobody anymore.

The ill-fated schemes to upend Castro

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

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

US Was at Odds With World Over Cuba Policy

U.S. spy freed by Cuba was longtime asset

The American Spy Traded in the U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Breakthrough

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.

Rand Paul Breaks with Other 2016 Candidates on Cuba

Emails Reveal US State Department Influenced Sony’s “The Interview” so as to Encourage Assassination and Regime Change in North Korea

The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

Obama Vows U.S. Response to North Korea Cyberattack on Sony

US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

Russia warns US over sanctions bill

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?

China Prepares To Bailout Russia

Russia signs deals with China to help weather sanctions

Western Nations Want to Chain ‘the Russian Bear’ – Putin

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

Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks in Putin’s Defense

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.”

Free Fall of the Ruble – A brilliant ploy of Russian economic Wizards? Who’s chess game?

Financial Imperialists Attack Russia
Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?

Foreign Bankers Rape Ukraine

Russia says EU sanctions on Crimea unacceptable

European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia

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.

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185 women and children, kills 32 people

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.

The lesson of the torture report: Governments lie

Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland

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

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.

A Rare Glimpse Inside Pakistan’s Anti-Taliban Operation in North Waziristan

Sydney gunman was ‘wanted in Iran’

Sony hackers threaten terror attacks on theaters

Terror Threats Over ‘The Interview’ Are Quandary for Sony

Obama backs bill imposing new sanctions on Russia

Obama Signals Support for New U.S. Sanctions to Pressure Russian Economy

Russia says arms for Kiev won’t help solve Ukraine crisis: RIA

Russia says it wants east Ukraine to stay with Kiev under reformed constitution

Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

White House: Sanctions Putting Russian Economy on ‘the Brink of Crisis’

Russia Defends Ruble With Biggest Rate Rise Since 1998

The U.S. Government Is Practically Begging for Global War

How Vladimir Putin Upset NATO’s Strategy

Regime-Change Makeover: Blaming Syria for the Rise of ISIS

Al-Qaeda faction in Syria claims to have U.S.-supplied anti-tank weapon

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’

How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters

The allegations against MI6 are serious – so why aren’t they front page news?

U.S. fights to stop release of photos showing soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating prisoners in Iraq

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.

Joining the military doesn’t make you a hero

OPEC won’t cut production even if oil below $40 – UAE energy minister

25 people killed after two car bombs explode in central Yemen

John Kerry races to stop UN bid to force Israeli withdrawal

30 Palestinians injured as thousands lay Qalandiya man to rest

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.

The new European ‘arc of instability’

How To Renounce Your US Citizenship And Become Stateless