‘West Moves in for Syrian Endgame and War on Iran’

‘West Moves in for Syrian Endgame and War on Iran’
US President Barack Obama’s renewed warning against Syria this week, that any use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces is a red line triggering direct military assault on the country, can be seen as the Western powers moving towards their endgame of “regime change.”

Clinton says “desperate” Assad could use chemical arms

Anonymous US Officials: Syria Has Loaded Chemical Weapons into Bombs
The anonymous intelligence would appear to give green light to US, given Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syrian chemical warfare

Thousands of US troops arrive near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower
The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention.

Israel rejects UN call to open nuke program to probe
Israel dismissed on Tuesday a resolution passed overwhelmingly in the UN General Assembly calling on it to open its nuclear program to inspection as a “meaningless mechanical vote” void of meaning.

How Obama Could Stop Those Israeli Settlements
According to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Bibi Netanyahu has delivered “the worst possible slap in the face” to President Obama. Olmert was referring, of course, to Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel will proceed with a settlement project that, the New York Times reported, “has long been condemned by Washington as effectively dooming any prospect of a two-state solution.”

Israel’s West Bank Settlements Violate International Law

The US and Israel: a short quiz on ‘rogue nation’ status
A series of events just from this week makes clear who is actually violating the consensus of the international community

Abbas: New Israeli settlements ‘red line’
Palestinian president continues belligerent post-UN resolution tone; says will seek Security Council’s help to block contested E1 building plans

Palestinians: settlement expansion means 1 state

EU summons Israeli ambassador over settlement expansion concerns

Israel accuses US of backing European settlement backlash
Israel has accused its closest ally, the United States, of endorsing a concerted European backlash against its plans to expand settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egypt summons Israeli ambassador over settlement expansion
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Israeli Ambassador to Cairo Yaakov Amitai to protest a recent decision by Tel Aviv to build new settlements in the West Bank.

Amid reported White House pressure, bid to shut PLO’s Washington office fails in Senate
Right-wing ZOA praises senators for trying to pass a series of hard-hitting punishments for Abbas’s UN ‘Palestine’ victory; left-wing J Street chalks up initiative’s failure to mass email campaign

Iran importing gold to evade economic sanctions, Turkish official says
Over the last six months, Iran has evaded U.S. sanctions by importing Turkish gold to pay for billions of dollars worth of energy sales to Turkey.

Iran Shows Signs of Resilience Ahead of Potential Bilateral Talks

US Issues IAEA Ultimatum for Iran in March
The US is demanding that Iran “start cooperating” with the IAEA by March, threatening unspecified UN Security Council moves if they are not satisfied with the progress.

Video of the American Drone Captured By Iran

Iran tells US to ‘recount’ drones
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is telling the United States to “recount” the drones in its fleet as it insists that — despite US denials — it captured a small US unmanned spy plane over Gulf waters, Iranian media said Wednesday.

Iran vows to sue U.S. over “drone incursion”

Kofi Annan urges Kenyans not to vote for indicted politicians
Kofi Annan has urged Kenyans not to vote for politicians facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in next year’s election.

Cuban Officials Attack U.N. Ruling on Imprisonment of American

China grabs Mideast oil as U.S. power dips
China’s muscling into Iraq’s oil sector as Baghdad grapples with defections by international majors like Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Total

20 FARC rebels killed as deadline set for peace deal
BOGOTA: Colombian leftist rebels faced on Monday a new deadline for striking a peace deal with the government after President Juan Manuel Santos warned they have less than a year to reach a negotiated end to Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.

Four Afghan boys ‘shot by British while drinking tea’
British forces have been accused of killing four boys at close range in an operation in Afghanistan.

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