Russia pledges military response to prediction of U.S. strike in Damascus – Middle East Affairs

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack. Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that […]

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With U.S. secretary of state ousting, uncertainty deepens for Iran nuclear deal – Middle East Affairs

By Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Robin Emmott WASHINGTON/PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming U.S. secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal given that there is only one voice that counts in President Donald Trump’s administration: his own. Trump’s choice of the Central Intelligence Agency director to replace Rex […]

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Israeli forces raid East Jerusalem cemetery, destroy tombstones of slain Palestinians

Some tombstone in an East Jerusalem cemetery contained the words “graves of martyrs of the Intifada of Jerusalem.” This was objectionable to Israeli forces, so they raided the cemetery in the middle of the night an broke the tombstones to pieces. That’s how it works under occupation.

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Top Israeli university marketing country’s arms industry to the world

A new university course at Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology teaches students how to brand and market Israel’s defense industry to global audiences. By Shimrit Lee Contrary to popular belief, Israel’s military-industrial complex doesn’t run on government and arms manufacturers alone. Academia, a sphere often imagined as a bastion of free speech, independent from corporate interests, plays a crucial, though less visible, role in the establishment. Its complicity in violence shouldn’t be ignored. [tmwinpost] That’s why last Thursday evening, I joined a small group of activists from Coalition of Women for Peace in central Tel Aviv to protest a new program, put…

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