Friday May 26th 2017

Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

Saudis Seek Independent Policy in Wake of US Duplicity

Saudis Seek Independent Policy in Wake of US Duplicity

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Despite initial positive statements by Saudi Arabia on the Iran nuclear deal reached Sunday in Geneva, a senior advisor to the Saudi royal family said that his country was deceived by the United States in the agreements and will pursue an independent foreign policy in response. The Telegraph reports that the [...]

Snowden Claims Victory

Snowden Claims Victory

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Edward Snowden, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned whistleblower, recently spoke with the Washington Post in Russia, where he has been given asylum. According to Snowden, his "mission is accomplished." Snowden's leaking of United States spying secrets revealed a global surveillance system of [...]

Kerry Trying to Force Jordan Valley Plan on Israel

Kerry Trying to Force Jordan Valley Plan on Israel

by Naama Ben-Yaakov American Secretary of State John Kerry appears to be pressing a program, devised in Washington, on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud). The proposal, which comes as part of negotiations with the Western-backed Palestinian Authority being forced on Israel by the United States, includes uprooting Jewish communities [...]

Quartet Demands Practical Steps Towards Partition

Quartet Demands Practical Steps Towards Partition

by Avi Yellin The Middle East Quartet on Friday demanded that Israel begin promoting conditions on the ground to enable the surrender of the Samaria and Judea regions to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority within the coming year. The Quartet, comprised of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, was established by [...]

Secret Budget Reveals US Spying on Israel

Secret Budget Reveals US Spying on Israel

by Avi Yellin The Washington Post has revealed a collection of clauses from the United States government's top secret $52.6 billion "black budget," meant to finance the special operations of the intelligence services, including operations against the State of Israel. The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program, which [...]

US Arms Sales to GCC Hit Record High in 2011

US Arms Sales to GCC Hit Record High in 2011

by Avi Yellin According to a new study for the United States Congress, American weapons sales tripled in 2011 to a record high, driven by major arms sales to member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), specifically Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Overseas weapons sales by the US totaled $66.3 billion last year, or [...]

Russia Calls for NATO to Remain in Afghanistan

Russia Calls for NATO to Remain in Afghanistan

by Sagit Levi Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Western occupation forces should stay in Afghanistan until they have finished their job, criticizing the planned withdrawal of most NATO combat troops by 2014. Putin reiterated Kremlin concerns that the pull-out of the American-led alliance, due to start next year, will [...]

Turkey Threatens to Strike at Syrian Kurds

Turkey Threatens to Strike at Syrian Kurds

by Mahmoud Abu Ghosh Ankara implied in recent days that it would not hesitate to take military action against Kurdish militants in Syrian-occupied Kurdistan that have gained some measure of autonomy amid instability in the country. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday it was a “given” that Turkish troops would [...]

Clinton Urges Israel-PA Talks

Clinton Urges Israel-PA Talks

by Naama Ben-Yaakov American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud) to take advantage of a new political opening to resume negotiations with the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. The objective of such negotiations according to the United States would be an Israeli withdrawal from [...]

EU Fights Legalization of Jewish Communities

EU Fights Legalization of Jewish Communities

by Naama Ben-Yaakov The European Union demanded on Wednesday that Israel reverse its decision to legalize three communal villages in the disputed Samaria and Judea regions. “I am extremely concerned about the decision of the Israeli authorities regarding the status of the 'settlements' of Sansana, Rehalim and Brukhin,” EU Foreign [...]

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