by Mohamad Bdeir, Al-Akhbar English
Israeli media reported yesterday that Israel asked for Russian mediation to alleviate tensions with Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.
Several media outlets quoted political sources in Tel Aviv as saying Israel assured Russia that it is not interested in a security deterioration with the Resistance, which could lead to a full-scale war. Instead, the Zionist state wants to defuse tensions in order to prevent the situation from becoming worse. Israeli Channel 10 pointed out that choosing Russia to act as intermediary stems from Moscow’s good relationship with the three previously mentioned parties on the other side of the border. Continue reading From Russian Mediation to Military Plans: Cowardly Israel Desperately Seeks to Alleviate Tensions
by Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture
In the wake of the terrorist attack against the French satirical newspaper «Charlie Hebdo», it has become apparent that the magazine’s editorial chiefs killed in the attack on its headquarters in Paris and groups such as FEMEN and Pussy Riot are all connected in a campaign to disparage Islam and Christianity. In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the occasion of the memorial service in Paris attended by a number of world leaders to admonish France’s parliament for having recently recognized the independence of Palestine and urge France’s large Jewish population to emigrate to Israel. Continue reading Charlie Hebdo, FEMEN and their Anti-Gentile Allies
by Adam al-Sabiri, Al-Akhbar English
The sands of the desert in southern Algeria are moving to the beat of popular protests, and the ruling party has warned that the protests might evolve into an “Arab Spring.” Fears have particularly heightened after the dismantling of a terrorist cell of 12 members in sensitive areas in the south of the country. According to the Algerian army, the cell was planning attacks on oil sites in collaboration with foreign parties.
Algeria — Algeria has so far been able to evade the winds of the “Arab Spring.” However, Algerian officials have recently warned of its belated arrival, in light of the protests that are expanding across the areas of southern Algeria. The statements made by Amar Saadani, secretary-general of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), confirm the concerns of the officials in Algeria. Continue reading Is a Late ‘Arab Spring’ Knocking on Algeria’s Doors from the Desert?
by Eva Bartlett, Al-Akhbar English
On January 8, in his sparsely-furnished New York City office, the Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, sat down with Al-Akhbar for an interview. The veteran diplomat, who has held his position at the UN since 2006, and lives restricted to a 25-mile radius of New York City, has much more to say than the half hour allowed. Defiant as always, he discussed the challenges he faces at the UN, explained why he thinks the organization has lost its way, and censured Western states and media for their hostility toward the Syrian government. Continue reading Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari on Sovereignty, Terrorism and the Failure of the UN
by Arthur Topham, Radical Press
Chutzpah alone is insufficient a term to describe this latest move on the part of the Zionist controlled Harper government to undermine Canada’s former status as an independent, sovereign western democracy and drag it further down into the demonic pit of Isra-hell’s demented, psychopathic, war-crazed, terrorist-ridden criminal actions. Continue reading Harper regime steals $9 million from taxpayers to fund covert Zionist ‘Digital Public Square Project’
by Graham Peebles, Redress Online
Ethiopia is being hailed as a shining example of African economic growth.
Principal donors and devotees of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank development model (an imposed ideological vision which measures all things in terms of a nation’s GDP) see the country as an island of potential prosperity and stability within a region of failed states and violent conflict.
“Economic performance in recent years has been strong, with economic growth averaging in double-digits since 2004,” states the IMF country report. The economic model (a hybrid of western capitalism and Chinese control) adopted by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government is a centralised system that denies democracy – consultation and participation in “development plans” is unheard of – and ignores and violates human rights. Continue reading US-Israeli-backed state terrorism in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region
by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, Open Democracy
One of the main “lessons learned” from the war of July-August 2006 is that the modern concept of asymmetric warfare, which emerged in the late 1990s in the United States, is already in dire need of revision. Hizbollah’s military performance during the war demonstrates that asymmetric warfare can no longer be identified exclusively with political actors who adopt “non-traditional” methods “that differ significantly from the opponent’s usual mode of operations” (as per the US military’s definition). Continue reading The Hizbullah Project: Last War, Next War
by Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Al-Jazeera English
Western pundits who blithely assert that the Islamic Republic of Iran can or will cooperate with the United States in Iraq against ISIL ignore a basic problem: How can the US be a serious partner in fighting a terrorist movement that Washington may have played a critical role in creating? Continue reading The fantasy of an Iran-US partnership
by Gloria La Riva, Liberation News
Dec. 17, 2014, was an historic day for Cuba. On that morning, the three remaining Cuban Five members in U.S. prison flew home to freedom. At the same time, Alan Gross, an American who was arrested in Cuba 5 years ago, and convicted for illegally bringing into Cuba undercover communications equipment, was returned to the United States.
This was announced on Dec. 17 at 12 noon, simultaneously by Cuban President Raul Castro on Cuban Television and by President Obama in Washington.
Both announced that for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. and Cuban embassies will be opened in each respective country. This means the re-establishment of diplomatic relations. Continue reading The U.S. agenda in Cuba remains counter-revolution