by Hussein Dakroub, The Daily Star
BEIRUT: A war of words flared up Monday between MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement over the presidential deadlock, threatening to raise political tension in the volatile country and further complicate already stalled attempts to elect a new president.
Coupled with mounting security threats linked to the war in Syria, the political escalation, a norm in Lebanon’s turbulent history, reflected the state of disarray and divisions in the country following the rival parties’ failure to elect a president or hold parliamentary elections on time.
A number of Future lawmakers lashed out at Aoun, accusing him of losing his temper after the FPM leader charged that the Future Movement took orders from Riyadh and accused Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of vetoing his candidacy for the presidency. Continue reading Michel Aoun: Decision On Lebanese Presidency Blocked by Saudi Arabia
by Andrew Roth, The New York Times
MOSCOW — When Dmitry K. Kiselyov, the firebrand Russian television pundit, announced on Monday that the state news agency he leads was planning a major foreign expansion, he did not deny that the goal was to spread a type of propaganda.
After all, Mr. Kiselyov said during a kickoff event attended mainly by foreign press and a smattering of diplomats, the West was already doing it. So why not Russia?
“Komsomolskaya Pravda has its editorial politics,” said Mr. Kiselyov, referring to a popular Russian tabloid that features young, sometimes skimpily dressed women on the back cover, “and The New York Times has its own editorial politics.”
In today’s information war, he claimed, no one is objective.
Continue reading Russian News Agency Expands Global Reach
(NaturalNews) Tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages, reports the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization. Continue reading Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Kenyans
Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic have openly resisted the European Commission’s decision to deny Schengen visas to residents of Crimea who have Russian passports.
In March 2014, the EU banned Schengen visas for Crimean residents unless they have Ukrainian passports and file visa applications through Kyiv.
However, despite the ban, the Moscow visa centers of four EU member states have been issuing visas for Russians living in Crimea. This information has been confirmed by representatives of these centers. Continue reading Four EU countries recognize Crimea as part of Russia
by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams
Palestinian activist and torture survivor Rasmea Odeh was found guilty of an immigration violation on Monday by a U.S. federal jury in Detroit, following what her supporters say was an unjust trial for trumped up charges aimed at crushing political movements.
“Make no mistake. Rasmea came under attack by the U.S. government because she is Palestinian and because for decades she has organized for Palestinian liberation and self-determination, the Right of Return, and an end to U.S. funding of Israeli occupation,” reads a statement from the Rasmea Defense Committee issued immediately following the verdict.
Presiding Judge Gershwin Drain revoked the 67-year-old’s bond, and Odeh was immediately taken into custody. She will remain incarcerated until her sentencing hearing. Continue reading Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty in ‘Travesty of Justice’
Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters in Yemen have succeeded in taking control of a district in the southwestern province of Ibb from al-Qaeda-linked militants.
The Houthi fighters captured full control of the Hazm al-Udayn district on Monday after two weeks of intense fighting with the terrorists.
They also seized a training camp belonging to the militants in the area. Continue reading Ansarullah fighters gain ground in southwest Yemen
Russia on Tuesday signed a deal with Iran to build two new nuclear reactors and agreed to expand the total number of Russian reactors in the country to eight, the state nuclear agency Rosatom said.
A series of agreements, signed during a visit to Moscow by Iran’s nuclear program chief Ali Akbar Salehi, includes a contract for two new reactors at the existing Russia-built Bushehr plant. Continue reading Iran Signs Deal with Russia for Two New Nuclear Reactors
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Utterly deplorable that Al-Arabiya, the most prominent mouthpiece of the House of Saud, would “report” that these nuclear engineers were murdered in cold blood by “unidentified assailants”, when all evidence points to the usurping Zionist entity. As Professor As’ad AbuKhalil bluntly put it back in the summer of 2012, when the first such assassinations had occurred, “The assassination of scientists whose knowledge and expertise bother Israel clearly proves a link between the Israeli terrorist state and Free Syrian Army. This does not even require analysis.” Then again, as reprehensible as it is, it’s quite typical, as Al-Arabiya has been parroting hasbara for as long as one can remember. Recently, the Saudi royalist propaganda channel echoed “Israeli” language when discussing Jewish aggressions against Al-Aqsa and if we go back to the genocidal nightmare of Operation Cast Lead, Al-Arabiya’s coverage was so horrific and biased towards the illegitimate “Israeli” regime that Arabs began calling it Al-Ibriyya, “The Hebrew”. In military terms, this latest Mossad-Takfiri assassination has clearly been carried out in response to the rapid gains of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies across the country. International Zionism is frustrated over its failure in Bilad al-Sham and is therefore lashing out in the only way it knows how: through pure terrorism. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Activists say five nuclear engineers murdered in Syria
Occupied Jerusalem, SANA – The Israeli occupation forces transported three wounded terrorists from Syria to the north of occupied Palestine to provide the required treatment to them.
Israeli Walla website said “The Israeli army brought three wounded Syrians to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias on Monday morning,” indicating that the hospital has treated 117 wounded up till now. Continue reading Yet Again: Zionist entity treats injured terrorists fighting in Syria