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Taliban Expects US to Announce Afghan Pullout Date During Next Round of Talks

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Taliban negotiator spokesman Mohammed Sohail Shaheen, currently in Moscow from the recent talks between Taliban and Afghan officials, reported that he expects, during the next round of talks with the US, the Americans will announce a specific date for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The US and Taliban have been known to be advancing toward a […]

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Pentagon Official: Purchase Of Russian Missile System ‘Devastating’ For Turkey

May 30, 2019           |                                       

A top Pentagon official has again warned Turkey about the consequences of purchasing a missile-defense system from Russia, turning up the pressure despite Ankara’s stated determination to go through with the deal. Kathryn Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, on May 30 said the purchase of the S-400 missile system […]

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Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the “Deal of the Century”

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the ‘Deal of the Century’ confirm Palestinians’ worst fears: the ‘Deal’ is but […]

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Bolton Accuses Iran of Seeking Nukes

May 29, 2019           |                                       

On Wednesday from Abu Dhabi, National Security Advisor John Bolton commented on Iran backing out of the nuclear deal, “There’s no reason for them to do any of that unless that’s part of an effort to reduce the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons.” The United States backed out of the nuclear deal over a […]

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North Korea: Keep Mike Pompeo Out of Future Talks

April 18, 2019           |                                       

On Thursday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding that the US withdraw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from future negotiations, asking that the US replace him with someone “more careful and mature.” The spokesman said that wherever Pompeo “pokes his nose in,” the talks go wrong, adding that he worries if Pompeo […]

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DiEM25 was founded just a few months ahead of the Brexit referendum, a week before the signature of the shameful deal through which David Cameron tried to reform the EU in regressive terms. Since then DiEM25 has pioneered innovative and imaginative thinking on Brexit. At the referendum in 2016 DiEM25 fought against Brexit to stay […]

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EU Leaders, British PM Agree To Extend Brexit Deadline Until October 31

April 10, 2019           |                                       

British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Union leaders have agreed to extend the deadline of Brexit until October 31 at a late-night emergency summit in Brussels. European Council President Donald Tusk announced early on April 11 that May had agreed to the EU’s conditions for the extension. Tusk described the agreement as “a flexible […]

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<!– –> Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) As Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) attempts to get his Democratic colleagues on board with President Donald Trump’s new North American free trade deal, he’s facing pressure from a progressive Democratic group with rising influence within the party. The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats group is raising money […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Congress has finally grown a spine. For the first time in more than forty years, Congress has invoked the War Powers Resolution to demand that the US end its assistance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The […]

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Liz Cheney Proposes Bill to Keep US Troops in Afghanistan

April 5, 2019           |                                       

18 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is looking to ensure that the war can continue to be a sinkhole for US troops and money for years to come, introducing the Ensuring a Security Afghanistan Act. The bill, which Cheney is cosponsoring with Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mike Waltz […]

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Ziggy May is still prime minister, despite the fact that her Brexit deal has been thrice voted down by parliament, and despite her announcing that she would leave office once her deal was passed. The Maybot is still PM because the bait offered by her quid pro quo was not enough to prevent a 3rd […]

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Ingush Activists Under Pressure After Protests Over Chechnya Border Deal

April 3, 2019           |                                       

MAGAS, Russia — Police and security forces in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Ingushetia have searched homes of five activists days after mass rallies against a controversial border deal with neighboring Chechnya. Journalist Izabella Yevloyeva told RFE/RL that the homes of members of the NGO called the Ingush Congress of National Unity — Akhmed Pogorov, […]

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UN Tries to Save Ceasefire in Yemen’s Hodeidah as Fighting Rages

April 3, 2019           |                                       

Heavy fighting has broken out around the Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, the source for some 70% of all food consumed in the war-torn nation, as Saudi-backed forces attacked the Houthi Shi’ites in neighborhoods near the Hodeidah airport, and the Red Sea food mills. The food mills are particularly important, with an estimated 51,000 tonnes […]

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U.S. Suspends F-35 Deliveries To Turkey Over Russia's S-400 Missile Deal

April 1, 2019           |                                       

The United States says it is halting deliveries to Turkey related to the F-35 fighter jet program in response to Ankara’s decision to move ahead with the purchase of Russian missile-defense systems. “Pending an unequivocal Turkish decision to forgo delivery of the S-400, deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability […]

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Once a Washington groupthink takes hold, as it has in the fervent belief about Russia-gate, respect for facts and logic fly out the window since all these important people can’t be wrong, wrote Robert Parry on Dec. 5, 2017. The Tangled Threads of Russia-gate By Robert Parry Special to Consortium News A curious feature about […]

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