The Middle East

EU officially publishes settlement guidelines despite Israeli objections

EU officially publishes settlement guidelines despite Israeli objections

EU foreign policy chief Ashton says directives restricting interaction with Israeli entities beyond Green Line not meant to “prejudge” the outcome of Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiations, as Israel has suggested. The European Union, as expected, published new guidelineslimiting interaction with Israeli entities beyond the pre-1967 lines on Friday, with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton saying that this is… Read more →

Learn the truth behind terrorist organization Hezbollah: how it lies to justify murder and terror, targets Israelis & civilians around the world & oppresses the people of Southern Lebanon. Thanks to Iranian funding, Hezbollah has a stockpile of weapons “bigger than most governments in the world” that threatens the whole of Israel.
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Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Protests in Egypt: Largest Political Event in World History

Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Protests in Egypt: Largest Political Event in World History

The demonstrations that began Sunday in Cairo, Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohamed Morsi have attracted “millions” of supporters and many counter-demonstrators as well, making the protest the largest political event in the history of the world, according to the BBC. The protests in Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt exceed those that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011… Read more →

The US and Russia are coming to blows, leaving the Syrian conflict to spread unabated into widening circles of cross-border and internecine Muslim violence. This also impinges on a secret US-Iranian nuclear dialogue.

Navy SEALs’ Parents Sue Biden, Panetta Over Sons’ Deaths

Navy SEALs’ Parents Sue Biden, Panetta Over Sons’ Deaths

Vice President Joe Biden and ex-U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were sued by the parents of Navy SEALs, who accused the officials of exposing their sons to retaliation by publicizing their unit’s role in the raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. The men were killed in an Aug. 6, 2011, attack on their helicopter, three months after the bin Laden raid,… Read more →

Muslim scholar tied to pro-Hamas group, radical cleric visits White House

Muslim scholar tied to pro-Hamas group, radical cleric visits White House

A Muslim scholar whose group supports Hamas, who has urged the U.N. to criminalize blasphemy and who is the deputy of an Egyptian cleric banned from the U.S. over his radical statements was able to secure a visit at the White House earlier this month. A report from The Investigative Project on Terrorism uncovered a statement on the website of Sheikh… Read more →

Netanyahu: Israel to continue acting against Gaza rocket fire

Netanyahu: Israel to continue acting against Gaza rocket fire

PM responds to overnight rocket fire on South, vowing “nothing will be allowed to drip or accumulate”; Liberman says Israel should consider reoccupying Gaza; Hamas PM Haniyeh: We are not afraid of Israeli threats. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday warned Palestinians in the Hamas-led Gaza Strip that Israel would continue to act militarily against elements who launch missiles and… Read more →

How Syria's Islamists govern with guile and guns

How Syria’s Islamists govern with guile and guns

(Photo: Wikipedia) (Reuters) – The Syrian boys looked edgy and awkward. Three months ago their town, the eastern desert city of Raqqa, had fallen to rebel fighters trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Now the four boys – clad in tight jeans and bright T-shirts – were whitewashing a wall to prepare it for revolutionary graffiti. “We’ll make this… Read more →

Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither

Syria’s Islamists seize control as moderates dither

(Photo: Wikipedia) (Reuters) – As the Syrian civil war got under way, a former electrician who calls himself Sheikh Omar built up a brigade of rebel fighters. In two years of struggle against President Bashar al-Assad, they came to number 2,000 men, he said, here in the northern city of Aleppo. Then, virtually overnight, they collapsed. Omar’s group, Ghurabaa al-Sham,… Read more →

A Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad flies past before firing missiles at Erbeen near Damascus January 26, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. Picture taken January 26, 2013. REUTERS-Karm Seif-Shaam News Network-Handout(Photo: Reuters) - Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, will not permit no-fly zones to be imposed over Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Monday.

“I think we fundamentally will not allow this scenario,” Lukashevich told a news briefing, adding that calls for a no-fly zone showed disrespect for international law.

Lukashevich spoke before planned talks between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a G8 summit in Northern Ireland which were expected to focus on the conflict in Syria that has killed at least 93,000 people.

Russia and the United States are trying to bring representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to the negotiating table, but Moscow has criticized U.S. plans to arm rebel forces and to consider imposing a no-fly zone.

“All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for international law,” Lukashevich said.

He said Russia did not want a scenario in Syria that resembled the events in Libya after the imposition of a no-fly zone which enabled NATO aircraft to help rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.

 

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