President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined Wednesday to commit to the long-standing search for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a shift favored by Israel’s right wing that could spark fresh turmoil in the Mideast.
This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.
Here’s a list of six countries and major international institutions that Trump and his team have threatened—injecting anything but stability into international affairs. Certainly this behavior is silly, unnecessary, and stupid. The question is, will these provocations and others to likely follow lead to serious new international conflict.
The White House put Iran “on notice” Wednesday over what it said were a series of provocations, giving Americans — and the world — a chance to see how President Donald Trump handles a foreign crisis. Top aides would not rule out military action.
Trump’s ban created predictable chaos around the world. Watching the stranded travelers and bewildered families, I kept wishing I could apologize to those whose lives, careers, and plans were thrown into needless turmoil because a minority of American voters chose to invest a fear-mongering man-baby with the awesome powers of the presidency.
Retired Marine General James Mattis said Russia, China and Islamist militants were presenting the biggest challenge to the U.S.-led world order since World War Two, and called for Congress to lift spending caps undermining military readiness.
“America’s president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation … and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond,” Iranian President Rouhani said
Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.
Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan also said that in dealing with the Syrian crisis, Donald Trump should be cautious in trying to work with Russia.
Donald Trump threatened to “rip up” the Iran deal throughout his campaign, and the House recently passed legislation to re-authorize sanctions. Iran argues that sanctions violate the nuclear pact, and the White House agrees.
Not only did John Bolton support the scheme to attack Iraq, but he actively promoted the official lies and propaganda that led up to the US invasion.
Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump.
Confirming the findings of a confidential report, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said Tehran has observed the deal, opposed by Iran’s hardliners and Western skeptics.
Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city’s opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.
Echoing a myth peddled by right-wing media, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that there was a link between the execution of Shahram Amiri, a nuclear scientist in Iran, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which contained a couple emails that appear to discuss Amiri’s case.
After repeatedly stating that he had watched ‘secret’ footage of a U.S. plane unloading money in Iran the same day four American detainees were released, Trump took to Twitter to acknowledge that he never watched such a video, because, of course, it does not exist. “The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!” Trump clarified on Friday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s payment of $400 million in cash to Iran, denying it was a ransom for the release of American prisoners by Tehran or tied to the Iran nuclear deal. “The United States does not pay ransoms,” Kerry told a news conference in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
A year later, the Islamic Republic is again a player on the international circuit. Tehran has hosted a steady stream of heads of state or foreign ministers, many from the West, interested in upgrading relations.
In the wake of the recent attacks on European capitals by Islamic State, the continued instability of the Middle East that resulted in a refugee crisis that has hit Europe hardest and continued economic insecurity for many, Obama acknowledged a tendency “to withdraw” that was increasingly common on both sides of the Atlantic.
Peace talks between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and government are set to begin in Kuwait after the Houthis agreed to participate following assurances that pro-government forces would respect a ceasefire, the United Nations has said. A delegation of Houthi representatives and their allies flew out of Sanaa on Wednesday to join the talks, saying the UN […]
The conflict between the Yemeni army and Houthi rebel rivals has killed more than 6,200 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis in one of the Arab world’s poorest countries.
The report singled out United States for being the only country in the Americas to continue to use the death penalty over the past seven years.
Despite ISIS continuing to lose more territory by the day in Iraq and Syria, Republican Senator Tom Cotton got on MSNBC to tell the American public that President Barack Obama’s plan was not working. He didn’t suggest any alternative plan to defeat ISIS and instead spent the duration of his appearance whining about everything Obama was doing wrong as president.
Reformists and moderate conservatives have won a majority of seats in the Iranian parliament following the first elections since the nuclear deal.
The 290-seat parliament is important as it will dictate the success of Rouhani’s policies of economic reform and greater political and social freedoms.