All sides declare victory in historic Iran nuclear deal
Iran and the US hailed an accord that temporarily halts Iran’s nuclear program and offers sanctions relief – but holds major political risks for both President Obama and Iran’s President Rouhani.
Iran’s top officials hail nuclear deal as beginning of new era
Iran’s top officials on Sunday welcomed the initial agreement struck with world powers over its nuclear activities, hailing the deal as the beginning of a new era for the Islamic republic, both in its relations with other countries and for its sanctions-ravaged economy.
Iran sanctions to be eased as US and west work out full Geneva deal
Oil revenues to be paid to Tehran in first phase of nuclear agreement, with warmer relations expected across region
U.S. Unfreezes $8 Billion in Iranian Assets
The United States released $8 billion in frozen assets to Iran on Sunday in a move meant to ensure Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear pact signed over the weekend, according to top Iranian officials.
Saudi prince to Iran: We won’t sit idly by
Riyadh’s envoy to London slams US ‘incomprehensible rush’ to a deal with Tehran, won’t comment on reports of Saudi-Pakistan nuclear deal
Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own
Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own
Netanyahu: Israel is ‘by itself,’ ‘not bound by this agreement’
Gray and solemn pronouncements about Israel acting “by itself” were issued by the Israeli prime minister at his Cabinet meeting today and mark Israel’s sudden isolation from world opinion– and signal division inside the Israel lobby in the U.S.
Israel vows ‘whatever is necessary’ to stop Iran
‘All options on table’ after Tehran strikes deal with West
Israeli Officials Knew White House Was Holding Secret Talks With Iran
“We felt like we were being stabbed in the back.”
Robert Fisk: He may huff and puff but Benjamin Netanyahu is on his own now as nuclear agreement isolates Israel
It marks a victory for the Shia in their growing conflict with the Sunni Muslim Middle East. It gives substantial hope to Bashar al-Assad that he will be left in power in Syria. It isolates Israel. And it infuriates Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Kuwait and other Sunni Gulf States which secretly hoped that a breakdown of the Geneva nuclear talks would humiliate Shia Iran and support their efforts to depose Assad, Iran’s only ally in the Arab world.
Syria: Clashes to break siege kill over 160 in 48 hours
Two-day death toll unusually high as rebel forces attempt to fight off government forces in Damascus
Jeremy Scahill: the man exposing the US Dirty War
While making the documentary Dirty Wars, Scahill met the survivors of secret US hit squads in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia – and promised to tell their stories
Anti-Drone Protesters in Pakistan Set Up Checkpoints, Block NATO Trucks
Information Minister Slams Protests, But Blockade to Continue
Africa to world’s top court: Stop picking on our leaders
Kenya is staging a diplomatic revolt against the International Criminal Court and the West as President Kenyatta is told to stand trial in February.
Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC
America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ are both spying on the OPEC oil cartel, documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal. The security of the global energy supply is one of the most important issues for the intelligence agencies.
Jim Sensenbrenner takes NSA reform case to European parliament
Wisconsin congressman attends meeting of EU civil liberties committee and labels Feinstein reform proposals ‘scary’
Last-minute rethink stalled deal on nuclear Iran
Details have emerged of how talks with Tehran in Geneva broke up at 11th hour after France and US took a robust stance
White House Applies Presidential Pressure On Iran Skeptics
The president and the vice president have been personally appealing to members of Congress to back off on a new round of Iran sanctions.
Kerry: All options to be exhausted with Iran
US secretary of state says Iran declined P5+1 offer on disputed nuclear programme and sees a deal within months.
Iranians angry and bewildered after French torpedo Geneva nuclear entente
France should replace US as le grand satan, joke some inside Iran after Paris defies Washington and blocks stopgap deal
Why France Sank an Iran Nuke Deal
Exclusive: Saudis and Israelis wanted to sink the negotiated deal on Iran’s nuclear program, so the French launched the diplomatic torpedo to take it down. But behind France’s action were Saudi financial muscle and Israel’s political skill, reports Robert Parry.
Leaders All Blame Someone Else for Lack of Iran Deal
Conflicting Statements on Who Said ‘No’
‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal, French MP told Fabius’
Paris legislator Meyer Habib, a friend of Netanyahu, called his FM in Geneva to warn of likely response should accord be signed, Israeli TV reports
US firms poised to seize opportunities in Iran
Iran and the West have not reached a deal yet, but businesses on both sides are keen to boost trade. If sanctions are lifted, experts predict tough competition between Europe and the US.
WikiLeaks reveals ‘unintended consequences’ of US sanctions
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 at The Hague in the Netherlands to prosecute individuals alleged to have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide.
Does Pakistan have nuclear weapons ready to ship to Saudi Arabia?
A new BBC report says they are packed and ready to go
Major blow to rebellion: Syria army retakes key rebel town
Monitoring group says rebels in southern Damascus have now had practically all their supply routes cut off near capital after army’s takeover of Sbeineh.
Syria troops launch major offensive in Aleppo
Soldiers retake parts of strategic airbase near international airport in northern province.
The U.S. Army discovers Africa
Africa has many needs. Whether it needs the United States bringing to bear a million American soldiers is doubtful.
Al Jazeera Investigates – Killing Arafat
An exclusive investigation tells the inside story of the exhumation of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Typhoon Haiyan death toll in Philippines estimated at 1,200
Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies describe hundreds of bodies floating in waters and on roads amid destruction
Typhoon Haiyan: Hundreds feared dead in Philippines
“The massive scale of devastation means it could be several days before the… loss of life is known”, reports Jon Donnison from Manila
JFK assassination: CIA and New York Times are still lying to us
Fifty years later, a complicit media still covers up for the security state. We need to reclaim our history
Killing Arafat: Swiss study – Polonium found in Arafat’s bones
Scientists find at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive element in late Palestinian leader’s remains.
Kerry urges Israeli settlement limits
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building, an issue that is weighing on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The US and Pakistan: An Incompatible Couple
The US needs Pakistan for Afghan pullout, and Pakistan needs US funds
Pakistani Govt Under Growing Pressure to Close NATO Supply Lines
Provincial Ultimatum May Force Sharif to Act
The Obama administration may be guilty of war crimes
Reports on US drone strikes suggest White House policy violates international law. If so, they should be held accountable
The CIA, Not The Pentagon, Will Keep Running Obama’s Drone War
In May, the White House leaked word that it would start shifting drone operations from the shadows of the CIA to the relative sunlight of the Defense Department in an effort to be more transparent about the controversial targeted killing program. But six months later, the so-called migration of those operations has stalled, and it is now unlikely to happen anytime soon, Foreign Policy has learned.
6 Months After Obama Promised to Divulge More on Drones, Here’s What We Still Don’t Know
The number of drone strikes has dropped this year, but they’ve continued to make headlines. On Friday, a U.S. drone killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban. A few days earlier came the first drone strike in Somalia in nearly two years.
Kerry Dismisses EU Anger Over NSA Surveillance
Insists Administration Will ‘Strike the Right Balance’
Shouting ’9/11′ in a Crowded Internet
Why the NSA’s ‘we keep you safe from terrorists’ rationale is bogus.
Tech Companies Slap Back at the N.S.A.’s Smiley Face
What does it take to make tech companies, Dianne Feinstein, Germans, Indonesians, and John Kerry lose patience with the National Security Agency’s practices? Everyone unhappy with the N.S.A. is unhappy in his or her own way. (The Indonesians, for example, are angry because we helped the Australians spy on them.) As for those who are happy with it—there are too few in that pool to produce epiphanies.
White House rejects clemency for Edward Snowden over NSA leaks
Obama adviser and heads of House and Senate intelligence signal hard line despite European support for whistleblower
UK government reaction to NSA leaks eroding freedom, rights groups warn
Coalition of organisations says Cameron’s response has damaged UK’s reputation for freedom of expression
Brazil defends spying as ‘different’ from that of US
Brazil’s justice minister has defended his country’s spying activities, saying they were “completely different” from those carried out by the United States.
50 displaced Syrians ‘die of starvation’ near Jordan border
Fifty Syrian refugees trapped along the Jordanian-Syrian border by ongoing shelling died of starvation and malnutrition on Monday and Tuesday, activists and border region residents said.
Russia says Iran must be invited to Syria conference
Russia said on Tuesday Iran must be invited to a proposed peace conference on Syria, reiterating its stance after the main Syrian opposition leader said his coalition would not attend if Iran took part.
Israel says Separation Wall will be border
Negotiators tell Palestinian officials they will not get a state based on 1967 borders, Israeli reports say.
Ireland: Israeli products marked with yellow sticker
BDS movement places yellow stickers on Israeli products reading ‘For justice in Palestine – Boycott Israel’. Israeli Foreign Ministry : Yellow sticker – reminiscent of dark days of racism, incitement
Noam Chomsky: De-Americanizing the World
During the latest episode of the Washington farce that has astonished a bemused world, a Chinese commentator wrote that if the United States cannot be a responsible member of the world system, perhaps the world should become “de-Americanized” — and separate itself from the rogue state that is the reigning military power but is losing credibility in other domains.