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The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign

By Gareth Porter / Consortium News Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentationof...

May 12: A potentially future-shaping day for the Middle East

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Credit: Newsrescue.com With US President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day that could shape the future of the Middle East. May 12’s significance...

Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? Remembering May 1968

By Richard Greeman / Socialist Project. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the wave of radical revolts and revolutionary uprisings that startled the world in 1968 and which – although ultimately crushed by the forces of reaction that dominate the world to this day – left in its wake rights so fundamental that we tend to take them for granted...

Gulf crisis escalates as major corporations are forced to take sides

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Credit: Qatar Tribune The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar is escalating in discreet but no less worrisome ways that effect major third-party commercial interests and could increase international pressure for a resolution of the dispute. In a major shift away from...

Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Credit: KUNA Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative and subtle ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The shifts involve greater dependency of the Gulf states on oil and gas exports to China, the world’s...

The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us

By Norman Solomon / Truth Dig. Then-President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett at the White House in July 2010. Obama was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors to make new investments in the...

Geopolitics magnify sustained political violence in Balochistan

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. More than 60 cadets were killed in 2016 attack on Quetta police academy / Credit: Dawn Twin attacks earlier this week on Pakistani security forces in the troubled province of Balochistan cast a light on a sustained and violent campaign against police and paramilitary units as well as Shiite and Christian minorities. ...

Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street

By Norman Solomon / Truth Dig. A supporter holds a picture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a demonstration in March outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has gone silent on social media after his internet connection at the embassy was unplugged because of remarks he made about the arrest of a Catalan politician. (Kirsty...

Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather than exclusively pursue a muscular, assertive and...

“How Come?” Questions

by Andrew Levine / Counterpunch. Photo by Elvert Barnes | CC BY 2.0 There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic...

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