4:43 [Press TV] (E)
Turkey has threatened the United States with requesting its withdrawal from Incirlik Air Base if Washington imposes sanctions on Ankara over purchase of S400 missile defense systems from Russia.
7:43 [Fars News Agency] (E)
A senior member of the Iraqi parliament`s Security and Defense Commission disclosed on Tuesday that the US continues non-stop dispatch of arms and military equipment to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province without the government`s knowledge.
22:54 [Elijah J. Magnier] (E)
For several weeks now, much of the Lebanese population has turned on the country’s traditional political leaders and wrought havoc on the corrupt domestic political system. Those who have ruled the country for decades have offered little in the way of reforms, have paid little attention to the infrastructure, and done little or nothing to provide job opportunities outside the circle of their clients. The protestors were also driven into the street by the US measures strangling the Lebanese economy and preventing most of the 7-8 million expatriates from transferring financial support (around $8 billion per year) to their relatives back home. This is how the US administration has conducted its policy in the Middle East in its failed attempt to bring Iran and its allies to their knees.
10:52 [Consortium News] (E)
The bulk of Lebanon’s corrupt ruling class are clients of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, not Iran. But this fact is too inconvenient for Western media to point out, writes As’ad AbuKhalil.
20:44 [Press TV] (E)
Lebanese businessman Samir al-Khatib, one of the leading candidates for the position of prime minister, has withdrawn his candidacy to lead the next government, paving the way for caretaker Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri to re-emerge for the job.
20:39 [Sana] (E)
Life is gradually returning to normal in Abu Rasin area and its villages in Hasaka northern countryside, with the return of business activity to markets there due the state of stability brought to the area by the presence of the Syrian Arab Army.
20:36 [Press TV] (E)
Hundreds of displaced Syrian citizens are heading towards their hometowns and villages from an overcrowded desert camp in the northeast of the conflict-hit country.
17:59 [Press TV] (E)
Lebanon’s new government must have a plan to immediately carry out reforms in the cash-strapped country, says a lawmaker from the Hezbollah resistance movement, stressing that “chances of a solution to the crisis have not been eliminated.”
22:11 [TASS] (E)
According to the peacekeeper, once the civil war broke out, this strategically important site fell under the control of IS. The strategically vital Al-Ba’ath HPP, in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa, is in the process of being renovated, Vladimir Varnavskiy, an officer from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides told TASS.
0:26 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
When the Saudi King Salman promoted his son Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) to Defense Minister and then Crown Prince the expectations were high. But three of the major projects Muhammad since launched soon ran into trouble. Now initiatives are under way to limit the damage he caused. The end of the five year old Saudi war on Yemen is coming into sight. The public offering of the Saudi state owned ARAMCO oil company is finally taken place but with a much lower valuation than originally planned. The thirty month spat with Qatar is under repair.
0:15 [Gospa News] (E)
Israel must leave the Golan. The UN General Assembly reiterated it in recent days, which gave a great slap to US President Donald Trump who on several occasions declared legal the occupation of the territories taken from the Tel Aviv army to Syria. The news did not have prominence in the western media that instead in June last had celebrated with enthusiasm the laying of the foundation stone of the city Trump Heights, so named by the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu after the public recognition by the White House of the territories occupied by Israel in the the Golan plateau.
10:43 [Mint Press News] (E)
What’s happening in Yemen may not be literal biological warfare, but it is certainly biological warfare by other means reports Ahmed AbdulKareem. Beyond the devastation it has caused on the back of tens of thousands of airstrikes, a crippling blockade and the intentional targeting of civilian infrastructure, the Saudi-led coalition supported by the United States has sparked an outbreak of disease and epidemics in Yemen in a manner not seen since World War II.
14:49 [Press TV] (E)
Syrian government troops have successfully foiled an offensive by members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, Takfiri terrorist group in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib, as they continue to seize back more areas in the embattled territory from extremists.
16:56 [IMEMC News] (E)
On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Palestinian agricultural lands, west of Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and uprooted them....Israel is trying to expand its illegal colonies, built in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, by illegally annexing and destroying more Palestinian lands.
16:40 [IMEMC News] (E)
Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, the al-Jawareesh area, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit, before uprooting 30 olive trees, in addition to demolishing 150 sustaining walls and several water wells. The Palestinian Agriculture Ministry said the soldiers uprooted the trees, and carried the demolitions out without prior notice.
16:34 [IMEMC News] (E)
Israeli soldiers injured, on Wednesday at dawn, at least twenty-six Palestinians in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after the army accompanied dozens of colonialist settlers into Joseph’s Tomb, east of the city. Media sources said the soldiers invaded Joseph’s Tomb area, and resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian youngsters, protesting the invasion. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers shot 15 Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused at least eleven to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. It is worth mentioning that an armored bulldozer accompanied the invading soldiers while a military drone hovered overhead.
23:03 [Consortium News] (E)
With the annexation of 5 million Palestinians in the occupied territory, Vijay Prashad says Israel is content with being an apartheid state. On Nov. 13, 2019, as part of its deadly attack on the people of Gaza, Israeli armed forces bombed a building in the Deir al-Balah neighbourhood of Gaza City. That strike killed eight people:...What happened on that day has become routine in Gaza, which is a ruin populated by nearly 2 million people. A garrotted sliver of land that sits on the Mediterranean Sea, Gaza cannot import goods to survive, let alone to reconstruct the damage caused by Israeli attacks.
13:58 [zerohedge] (E)
The U.S. military reportedly attacked four tanker ferries on Saturday that were attempting to smuggle oil from the SDF-held areas in eastern Syria to the Syrian government territories.
13:29 [Voltaire Network] (E)
he Russian army has deployed to Tal Tamr, in northern Syria, to protect the population from abuses at the hands of the Turkish army and the PKK/YPG Kurdish militias. The city of Tal Tamr was annexed by the PKK/YPG to "Rojava", the state devised by the Pentagon in 2013 as part of the plan for redrawing the Middle East. At that point, the PKK-YPF proceeded to push out many Assyrian Christians, who constituted the majority, replacing them with Kurds. For its part, the Turkish army is destroying all non-Muslim monuments in its path, and consequently the traces of a Christian presence.
20:49 [Press TV] (E)
On Friday, Israel`s Channel 12 TV reported that top Likud members have been convinced “the Netanyahu era is over” and are trying to unseat him as the party`s head within the current 21-day period allotted for the parliament (Knesset) to agree on a prime minister.
15:47 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Israel had two parliament elections this year which both ended in a political stalemate. Neither Prime Minister Netanyahoo of the Likud Party nor Blue and White coalition leader Benny Gantz managed to form a government. Both were unable to find enough additional votes to form a coalition and to gain a majority. Now the parliament has 21 days to find a majority. It will likely fail and a third election seems inevitable. It is curious that Israel`s Attorney General used this point in time to finally charge Netanyahoo: Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced Thursday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be charged with bribery, fraud and breach in three corruption cases, dubbed Cases 4000, 2000 and 1000.
15:31 [One World] (E)
What originally began as an expression of legitimate outrage at the Mideast country`s dysfunctional government and endemic corruption quickly transformed into a Color Revolution aimed at carrying out regime change in Lebanon through the removal of Hezbollah from its government, the threat of which makes this a defining moment for the Resistance because its supporters` loyalty is being tested to the core.
10:19 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Netanyahu, a four-time premier, is to be charged with bribery in one case, and with fraud and breach of trust in all three cases in which he allegedly made illicit deals either with supporters or with local businesses, in exchange for gifts or cash.
7:46 [Steve Pieczenik/YouTube] (E)
Pompeo is a smarty But he is a poser and a tool. He needs to go now.
7:45 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Russia has condemned what`s being called the largest Israeli attack in over nine months.
20:30 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Two years, three years, five years’ maximum from now, you will not recognize the same Middle East”, says the former Egyptian FM, Arab League Secretary General and Presidential Candidate, Amr Moussa, in an interview with Al-Monitor.
8:50 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Called it a severe blow to peace after Pompeo announced, “The Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements.”
22:33 [youtube/RT] (E)
In this exclusive interview with RT, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad talks to Going Underground`s Afshin Rattansi in a ground-breaking interview. In the interview he discusses why he hasn`t given an interview in over a year, accusations of the US stealing Syria`s oil, the White Helmets which he calls an offshoot of the Al-Nusra Front, Erdogan`s involvement in the Syrian Civil War and his invasion of Northern Syria, the West`s support for terrorists in Syria and how this is no different from previous episodes of Western foreign policy and relations between Damascus and the Kurds (including the US-backed SDF).
7:26 [Mint Press News] (E)
There are strong indications that Israel is planning to launch airstrikes against Yemen under the pretext of preventing an Iranian military presence from taking hold, much as it did in Syria and Iraq. As the war in Yemen nears the end of its fifth year, the situation in the country seems to be escalating. There are strong indications that Israel is planning to launch airstrikes against the country under the pretext of preventing an Iranian military presence from taking hold, a move that is likely to open the door for further escalation.
7:12 [Common Dreams] (E)
"If the threats of annexation by Israeli leaders could spark bold commitments to condition U.S. funding to Israel, certainly extrajudicial killings and flagrant attacks on civilians ought to as well." JVP condemns the latest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. We see this escalation as yet another example of Israel’s illegal and unconscionable attacks on Palestinians, which put the lives of all who live in the region at risk.
15:30 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
When the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says “The Iraqi and Lebanese people want their country back. They are discovering that the Iranian regime’s top export is corruption”, he is directly accusing the respective governments in Iraq and Lebanon of being pro-Iranian and therefore supporting the revolution. The US involvement in the Iraqi and Lebanese streets and its wish to see governments removed has not gone unnoticed by the highest Shia authority in the world, the Iranian Najaf-based Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who enjoys significant influence in Iraq and the rest of the Islamic world.
16:16 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
For the first time since Lebanese independence in 1945, protestors in Lebanon have hit the streets to protest against the corruption of all political leaders currently in power. However, they were not alone: many of the over one and a half million Syrian refugees and seven hundred thousand Palestinian refugees in the country also participated. They all demanded reforms, and expressed anger over the corruption of Lebanese politicians, poor public services, and the mismanagement of economic resources.
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