Pompeo to Iraq: If you kick us out, we will bury you
- Mike Whitney مایک ویتنی
The Trump administration is threatening to destroy Iraq’s economy by withholding a critical source of money that is controlled by the Federal Reserve. The threat is a response to the Iraqi parliament’s unanimous decision to end Washington’ ...
‘Marry-your-rapist’ bill to be introduced by lawmakers in Turkey
- Maya Oppenheim
Critics argue legislation legitimises child marriage and statutory rape
A law which would allow men accused of having sex with girls who are under 18 to avoid punishment if they marry their victims is set to be introduced to parliament ...
Reading Sun Tzu in Tehran
- Alastair Crooke
Iran is not done. General Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said in a briefing yesterday that the strike “was the starting point of a great operation”. He also underlined that “the strikes were not meant to cause fatalities: ...
Qatar: 5-year prison sentence set for ‘fake news’
- Human Rights Watch هيومن رايتس ووتش
Penal Code amendments a setback for freedom of expression
(Beirut) – Qatar has amended its penal code to restrict further the already-narrow space for free expression by setting criminal penalties for spreading “fake news” online, ...
The roots of USAmerican demonization of Shi’a Islam
- Pepe Escobar Пепе Эскобар
The US targeted assassination, via drone strike, of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, apart from a torrent of crucial geopolitical ramifications, once again propels to center stage a quite inconvenient truth: the congenital incapacity of so-called US elites ...
The deeper story behind the assassination of Soleimani
- Federico Pieraccini
Days after the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, new and important information is coming to light from a speech given by the Iraqi prime minister. The story behind Soleimani’s assassination seems to go much deeper than what has thus ...
Trump moves to de-escalate Iran crisis
- Pepe Escobar Пепе Эскобар
‘Iran’s offensive missiles cannot be defended against; it hugs the ground going underneath the radar screens’
Even before US President Donald Trump addressed world public opinion from the White House, following the Iranian missile ...
Can USA win an unconventional war against Iran?
- Daniel J. Levy
America has the big guns: but Iran is a master of unconventional warfare. Could Tehran repeat the many successes of its asymmetric, proxy-based warfare if conflict with the U.S. escalates?
Iranian mourners carry a symbolic coffin wrapped in a U.S. ...
I was in Iraq during the assassination of General Soleimani. Trump has made a huge mistake
- Ali-Asghar Abedi
In death, it now seems the Major-General will achieve what he couldn't in life
I would have been shocked by the news of the US assassination of Iran’s Major-General Qassem Soleimani no matter where I was in the world. But it was particularly jarring ...
Targeting Iraq, Iran, U.S. threatens wider war
- Sara Flounders
Jan 7–Enormous demonstrations in Iran, Iraq and region-wide are expressing anti-imperialist rage, and signaling a new day, a rebirth of mass movements that will drive the U.S. out of the region.
A criminal U.S. act has kindled this firestorm. ...