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The Fuller Picture – Iran, Russia and TPP: Obama tries to pivot to Asia

This week US relations with Saudi Arabia cool down, while heating up with Russia and Iran. Is the US considering a sweeping change to foreign policy? Saudi King Salman chose not to attend a joint US-Gulf State meeting this week set to deal with the possibility of giving Gulf States a missile defense system to […]

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Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes

The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, after a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly Israel has hit out at the move, saying that it damages prospects for peace in the region. The treaty, which was agreed, though has yet to be formally signed states the Vatican has […]

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ISIS, Albanian extremists – US supports anyone who does what it wants

The US still supports the Kosovo project even though it has failed and brought great instability to the region making many Kosovan extremists join ISIS and come back now to destabilize nearby Macedonia, says International affairs commentator Marko Gasic. Anti-government protests are back on the streets of Macedonia’s capital, Skopje.

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“Hold Israel accountable for occupation,” eminent former European officials urge EU

A group of prominent former European officials have called on the EU foreign chief to review the bloc’s policy towards the Palestinian issue and find an effective way to hold Israel accountable for its actions in the occupied territories. In their four-page letter to Federica Mogherini, the former top brass (which includes ex-foreign and prime […]

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White House psychologist implicated in CIA torture now helping FBI

Before the dust has had a chance to settle on the report detailing the American Psychologists Association’s complicity in the CIA torture program, the psychologist found to have violated the ethics code now appears to be helping the FBI do the same thing. In late April, a 60-page report entitled ‘All the President’s Psychologists’ pointed […]

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‘No big deal’: Senior Iranian commander says Tehran ready for war with US

A top commander warned that Iran is ready for an all-out war with US, alleging that aggression against Tehran “will mobilize the Muslim world” against it. The remarks follow Secretary of State John Kerry’s claims that military force was still an option.

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E.Ukraine forces close-up: Meet Margarita Seidler, female voice for Strelkov’s cause

The question many people ask: How come hundreds of West Europeans came to fight for the self-proclaimed republics in Eastern Ukraine? In fact, the defense of Donbass became the first major volunteer war in Europe since the Spanish Civil War. Then the internationalist brigades (briogadistas) composed of the British, French and Polish leftists, coupled with […]

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US-led airstrikes kill 52 Syrian civilians in a day, not 1 ISIS fighter – monitor

US-led airstrikes have killed 52 Syrian civilians in one day, a monitoring group reports. There was fighting in the vicinity, but the strike allegedly failed to kill even a single Islamist fighter. “Airstrikes by the coalition early on Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo province killed 52 civilians,” the head of the Syrian […]

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Any reader of Orwell would be perfectly familiar with US maneuvers – Chomsky to RT

Major American media organizations diligently parrot what US officials want the public to know about global affairs, historian Noam Chomsky told RT. To US leaders, any news outlet that “does not repeat the US propaganda system is intolerable,” he said. The culpability of the West – namely the United States – for world affairs, such […]

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Christians in peril – because of Western foreign policy

Easter should be a time of celebration for Christians, but for those of the faith living in the Middle East, there hasn’t been too much to celebrate in recent years. “Kill the Christians” is the title of a new BBC documentary, to be broadcast this week.

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“Slave labor” Migrants building Guggenheim, Louvre in UAE “treated like battery hens”

An International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has slammed conditions faced by migrant workers building Abu Dhabi’s $27-billion Saadiyat Island cultural hub, set to feature new branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums.

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5 ways Vladimir Putin is driving America crazy

Although Russian President Putin has worked to form a strong and lasting partnership with Washington – in fields as diverse as fighting terrorism and exploring outer space – the spirit of goodwill and bilateral relations has not been reciprocated.

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Israelis vote against pretence of peace

Despite the predictions, the Israeli left has been soundly beaten in Tuesday’s elections by its more honest “right wing”, whose commitment to the total eradication of the Palestinians as any kind of political entity is openly stated. The defeat of the Zionist Union, ostensibly committed to negotiations and a two-state solution, should not, therefore, be […]

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5 things Netanyahu forgot to tell the American people

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke with American protocol and delivered a speech before the US Congress without consulting the White House first. Many Democrats viewed the speech as an attempt by a foreign leader to chastise and change Washington’s foreign policy efforts, specifically with regards to Iran over its alleged efforts to […]

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“Britain is leading the war against human rights” –  Amnesty International

Ramped up surveillance in Britain against a backdrop of dwindling legal protection has contributed to the most rattling assault on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, human rights experts warn.

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