US weighs UN funding cuts after Palestinians join agencies

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The United States is considering whether to cut funding to two UN agencies and the chemical weapons watchdog after the Palestinians joined the organizations, a US official said Wednesday. In a move aimed at boosting their international profile, the Palestinians have joined the UN trade development organization UNCTAD, industrial development agency UNIDO and the Chemical Weapons Convention which is upheld by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). US legislation bars ...

Hezbollah media unit says US-led coalition hit Syrian army positions

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Warplanes from the US-led coalition targeted two Syrian army positions in the eastern Syrian desert, a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah group said early on Thursday, but U.S. military officials denied any knowledge of the strikes. “Some of our military sites between Albu Kamal and Hamimia were exposed at dawn today to aggression launched by US coalition jets,” state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source. The media unit run by Hezbollah, a military ally of ...

Saudi ambassador to US hails steps to curb Iranian support for Houthis in Yemen

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, has thanked the United States for taking steps to target Iranian individuals providing ballistic missile support to Houthis in Yemen. In a tweet on Wednesday, Prince Khaled bin Salman said he is grateful to US for taking this step. “To date, over 140 ballistic missiles were fired at civilian targets in KSA. Iran claims its missile program is defensive. I ask @JZarif how is supplying missiles to a Yemeni militia ...

From Iran’s ‘cost-free expansion’ to 12-step program

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

“No more cost-free expansions of Iranian power” perfectly sums up the Trump administration’s new policy toward the Iranian regime and its menacing expansion in the Middle East.The speech of the newly minted US Secretary of State, Mike Pomepo, from the pulpit of the Heritage Foundation – a Washington-based right wing think-tank and a creation of the Reagan years – is not merely a declaration of the economic sanctions on Iran; but rather more of a eulogy that once and ...

Makram Rabah

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: The father of Iranian regime’s nuclear bomb

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a brigadier general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and a professor of physics at the Guard’s Imam Hussein University, is a man cloaked in mystery. Until April this year, no photograph has ever existed of him, and on top of this, after the killing of several nuclear scientists, a protective shield of secrecy and security had been thrown around him, in an effort to protect him against Israeli assassins. Then in another twist to his shadowy existence, ...

Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A Pentagon report to Congress says North Korea sees nuclear weapons as central to its security, an assessment that would seem to complicate President Donald Trump’s effort to persuade the North’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, to give them up. The report was delivered to Congress in April, one month after Trump agreed to meet Kim to discuss the North’s denuclearization. It was based on the Pentagon’s analysis of North Korea’s military capabilities and strategies through ...

Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday a planned summit with Kim Jong Un may not take place next month as planned, despite his belief that the North Korean leader is “serious” about denuclearization. “It may not work out for June 12,” Trump said, being characteristically coy about the prospects for the historic meeting in Singapore. “If it does not happen, maybe it will happen later,” Trump said, as he began talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the ...

Understanding the US policy on Iran in light of Pompeo speech

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Dedicating his first foreign policy speech to the grave subject of Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined the Trump administration’s new strategy vis-à-vis Iran on Monday, coming shortly after President Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Obama-era nuclear deal. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Secretary Pompeo vividly explained how the US administrations is standing alongside the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom and ...

China and the EU: Will support to Iran be enough?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA) nuclear pact has made both the EU and other signatory countries like China and Russia scramble to try and save the deal, but their life support packages are not certain to overcome the drastic US financial and trade curbs on complying companies.Both the EU and Beijing have undertaken a number of diplomatic moves to lend their strong support to Iran in its latest showdown with Washington.On the ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Rouhani on Pompeo: We do not accept that a spy chief decides for others

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani dismissed threats made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, saying the rest of the world no longer accepts Washington making decisions on their behalf. “Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?” Rouhani said in a statement carried by multiple Iranian news agencies. “The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world. Countries have their independence,” he added. It was a pointed response to ...

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