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  • Elham Ahmed: We are fully prepared for direct negotiations with regime (Assad-Syria)

    06/17/2018 12:28:08 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 11 Jun 2018, Mon - 13:50 | ANHA
    Elham Ahmed confirmed that we are fully prepared for dialogue and starting direct negotiations with the Syrian regime if the latter is already ready to initiate such a step. Hawar news agency (ANHA) interviewed with the Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Elham Ahmed about recent events that are taking place, said we are fully prepared to negotiate. Where Elham Ahmed said that the war and military option will not solve the Syrian crisis. "We from the beginning said and still say that we are ready for dialogue and start direct negotiations with the regime." Elham Ahmed said they were...
  • Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

    06/17/2018 12:06:26 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 6 replies
    Jpost ^ | 6/17/18 | Herb Keinon
    Israel will strike against Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily throughout Syria, and not only along the Syrian-Israeli border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend. Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke with both men and discussed the region, with an emphasis on Syria. The prime minister said he reiterated and made clear the principles guiding Israeli policy toward Syria. “First of all, Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria,” he said. “Second, we will take action – and are already taking action –...
  • Erdogan Bans Uber: 'That Business Is Finished'

    06/16/2018 1:33:43 PM PDT · by Rome2000 · 56 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | PHIL BAKER
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, announced that he’s expelling Uber from Turkey, a result of pressure from Istanbul's taxi industry. Istanbul taxi drivers, numbering more than 17,000, claimed Uber was providing an illegal service and that it needs to be banned. Ever since Uber began its service in Turkey in 2014, it's caused dissension among the country's taxi drivers, not unlike what's happening elsewhere. In a speech on Friday, Erdogan said, “This thing called Uber emerged. That business is finished. That does not exist anymore. We have our taxi system.... Where does this come from? It is used...
  • Renault to remain in Iran despite risk of US sanctions, CEO says

    06/16/2018 3:26:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    AFP via France 24 ^ | 2018-06-15
    French carmaker Renault will maintain its presence in Iran while taking measures to avoid the risk of penalties for breaching renewed US sanctions, CEO Carlos Ghosn said Friday. “We will not abandon it, even if we have to downsize very strongly,” he said at the annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris. “When the market reopens, the fact of having stayed will certainly give us an advantage,” he predicted. […] Renault’s rival PSA, which produces the Peugeot and Citroën brands, has also announced it will quit Iran to abide by the US sanctions. But Ghosn signaled that Renault, which counted 160,000 cars...
  • Assad Says He Needs Iranian, Hizballah Forces To Stay In Syria

    06/15/2018 12:59:09 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | June 14, 2018 | AP, Reuters
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he needs the assistance of Iranian and Hizballah forces in Syria and they will stay for as long as they deem necessary. "Hizballah is a basic element in this war. The battle is long, and the need for these military forces will continue for a long time," Assad told Al-Alam. Assad stressed that he invited the allied fighters into his country and he would never ask them to leave, as the United States and Israel are demanding, even as part of any peace settlement. Israel sees Tehran as a mortal foe and has pressed...
  • U.S. expected to retreat from main U.N. rights forum (Human Rights Council): activists, diplomats

    06/15/2018 9:46:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    al Reuters ^ | June 14, 2018 | Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday. A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details. Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6. A separate U.S. official in Geneva had...
  • Trudeau Follows Trump’s Lead, Votes To Denounce Iran Regime (Trump Breaks Trudeau!)

    06/14/2018 4:42:54 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 19 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 6/13/18 | Hank Bierrien
    Conservative Senators had previously brought forward similar legislation and it was defeated last month by Justin Trudeau-appointed Senators. So everyone figured they knew how Tuesday’s vote would go down: Conservatives in favour, Liberals mostly against. Even Speaker Geoff Regan must have thought this. Because after he’d finished tallying the “yeas” from the Conservative side he then called to register the “nay” votes, as if he assumed the “yeas” were done. Then there were rumblings. Regan realized that maybe there were a few more “yeas” kicking around on other benches and reopened the count. There were. And the first one to...
  • The United Nations Condemns Israel in Lopsided Resolution

    06/14/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/14/2018 | Cortney Obrien
    For the umpteenth time, the United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Israel for defending itself. By a tally of 120 to 8, the members declared that Israel was guilty of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians who were protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The resolution also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. For 10 weeks now, the two sides have clashed at the border, resulting in 120 Palestinian deaths. Israeli Defense Forces warned protesters not to approach the Israeli-Gaza border on May 14, the day of the embassy opening. They did anyway - some armed...
  • Yemen latest: Coalition forces launch Hodeidah operation

    06/13/2018 10:35:10 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    The National ^ | 13 June 2018 | The National
    Yemen government forces — backed by the Arab coalition — launched on Wednesday morning an offensive on the rebel-held port city of Al Hodeidah.
  • Pro-Assad Alliance Beginning to Crumble in Syria

    06/13/2018 9:23:26 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 12, 2018 | Mustafa Karkouti
    Recent developments indicate a possible turnaround of events in the hotly contested Syrian war zones because of rethinking process of how best to achieve the aim of containing Iran. This seems to be imminent because of apparent cracks in the Russia-Iran alliance that has been shoring up Al Assad’s regime for the last three years at least. Two other players, namely Turkey and the US, have apparently reached what seems to be a workable level of understanding to coordinate their activities in the heavily Kurdish populated parts of Syria, particularly in Manbij area. Recent reports suggest that the US and...
  • Trump’s Mideast team to push peace plan in region....

    06/13/2018 8:37:49 AM PDT · by caww · 4 replies
    apnews ^ | 6/13/2018 | By MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiating team will visit the region 'next week' as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip. The trip comes as officials say the Trump administration is near completion of the plan with an eye on a possible release this summer. The National Security Council said Wednesday that senior adviser Jared Kushner and special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt would travel to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It said they would discuss “the next stages of the...
  • Riots In Jordan Put Gulf States On Edge-Will Abdullah II be the next Arab leader to fall?

    06/13/2018 5:12:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | June 13, 2018 | Ari Lieberman
    The oil-rich Gulf States - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates - are not known for easily parting with their petro-dollars. But this miserly instinct dissipates when the Sheikhdoms perceive a direct threat to the stability of their respective governments. On Sunday, the three nations led by Riyadh pledged to provide Jordan with a cash infusion of $2.5 billion to help the arid kingdom prop up its free-falling economy. Separately, the European Union announced that it would provide Jordan with $23.5 million. The hefty Gulf State bailout is testament to how seriously they view the problem. Jordan has...
  • Iran warns North Korea: Trump could nullify any deal

    06/13/2018 12:38:00 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/18 | Ben Ariel
    A spokesman for the Iranian government on Tuesday warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that U.S. President Donald Trump could nullify any nuclear deal with North Korea, reported The Associated Press. The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Bagher Nobakht as saying, "We are facing a man who revokes his signature while abroad." Nobakht's remarks came following the historic summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim. Even before the summit began, Iran urged North Korea to be cautious, with a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry saying Pyongyang should enter the gathering with “awareness” because the United States has a...
  • Israel to top up Sea of Galilee after years of drough

    06/12/2018 5:07:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6-11-18
    Inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water has reached its lowest level in a century The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater. A plan given Israeli cabinet approval will pump 100 million cubic metres of water annually by 2022 into the lake in the Galilee region, said Yechezkel Lifshitz, from the country’s energy and water ministry. In 2017 Israel’s water authority said the sea, hit by years of drought, had reached its lowest level in a century. Situated 200 metres (656ft) below...
  • US tells German businesses to stop trade in Iran 'immediately'

    05/09/2018 9:14:24 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    The Local ^ | May 9, 2018 | Staff
    German businesses should immediately halt their operations in Iran following President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, the US ambassador to Germany said on Tuesday. "German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately," tweeted newly-appointed Richard Grenell. Germany is one of Iran's largest trading partners, with German exports hitting some €2.6 billion in 2016, up 26 percent on the previous year, according to the Ministry of Finance in Berlin.
  • Hundreds killed as Saudi coalition closes in on rebel enclave

    06/11/2018 11:57:17 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/11/18
    Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days, security officials said Monday. A charity said meanwhile that an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition had destroyed a new cholera clinic in the country's north. Government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, have been advancing along the western coast in recent weeks as they battle the Iran-allied rebels, known as Houthis. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals,...
  • Time for Europe to fill US vacuum, says ex-Danish PM [Helle Thorning-Schmidt]

    06/11/2018 10:32:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/11/2018 16:43 | Eric Maurice
    “Keep calm and carry on.” In the wake of a disastrous G7 summit where US president Donald Trump all but broke off the Western alliance, the EU should stay cool and prepare to take over global leadership. That is the message on Monday (11 June) by a former member of the EU leaders club, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. “The US is leaving a vacuum. And who should step in? For me, it is completely obvious, it is Europe’s time to step in,” the former Danish prime minister said at an event in Brussels. “That’s where our new next opportunity is,” she said,...
  • Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

    06/11/2018 7:26:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces. The two Israeli state-run companies officially unveiled the new weapon in...
  • Prince William to hold talks with Netanyahu and Abbas on historic Mideast trip

    06/11/2018 7:43:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2018 | Ed Riley
    Prince William will sit down for talks with the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president during his historic visit to the Middle East. William will also visit Jordan, and the capital Amman where his wife the Duchess of Cambridge lived from May 1984 until September 1986. 'The non-political nature of His Royal Highness's role – in common with all Royal visits overseas –allows a spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences.' The palace said his 'goal' is to meet as 'many people from as...
  • Syria Update: Government Launching Offensive Soon In SW, US Warned Against It

    06/11/2018 1:51:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/11/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    (News, Comment, Analysis) "What will Israel's reaction to this be? How effective will Syrian air defenses be against a reaction? What will Russia's reaction be to Israeli attacks on its ally's forces?" Col. Pat Lang on his "Sic Semper Tyrannis" blog 6/10/2018 The word from Syria is that the Assad regime is planning their "largest offensive of the war" to launch this week. The report published by "Almasdar News" Saturday June 9th says the big offensive expected in southwestern Syria against the jihadists is about to kick off. The US State Department issued a statement May 25th warning the Syrian...