AFGHANISTAN: US, Taliban Officials Agree to ‘Peace’ Plan as Fighting Resumes

Photo: US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (right) By Sherman Cox and Ben Robinson On Monday, reports emerged that fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces resumed, just two days after the US government signed a ‘peace’ deal with the Taliban, aiming for a near-total US withdrawal and a cessation of hostilities. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad … Continue reading AFGHANISTAN: US, Taliban Officials Agree to ‘Peace’ Plan as Fighting Resumes

Trump Expands Travel Ban to Seven More Countries

Photo: Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at press conference this week. By Felipe Vera Last Friday, Donald Trump signed a proposed expansion of the current travel ban which will go into effect February 22, three years after the initial travel ban was put in place. Belarus, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will now be … Continue reading Trump Expands Travel Ban to Seven More Countries

Iranian Parliament Declares US Troops “Terrorists” as Tensions Dial Up

Photo: Iranian Parliament votes to designate US military as “terrorists”  By Mike Talavera Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly passed a measure today which labels the US military as “terrorists” in response to the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani last week. The move follows a series of rapid developments in the region over the past few days, holding the gaze of an anxious world … Continue reading Iranian Parliament Declares US Troops “Terrorists” as Tensions Dial Up

Turkey Poised to Intervene in Libyan Civil War over Energy Disputes

Photo: Turkish Parliament approved the deployment of troops to support the UN-installed Libyan Government of National Accord on Thursday By Jennifer Kelly On Sunday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkish military units have begun moving into Libya to support the UN-installed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the ongoing Libyan civil war. The military agreement with Turkey was requested by the Libyan GNA, among … Continue reading Turkey Poised to Intervene in Libyan Civil War over Energy Disputes

IRAQ: Protesters Storm US Embassy in Response to Airstrikes

Photo: Protesters set fire to a reception area at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq By Jakob Stein 6,000 protesters who had been rallying outside of the US Embassy in Baghdad in retaliation to US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend finally withdrew this morning. The protests included several Shia militias. During the protest, several dozen participants broke through the outer gates of … Continue reading IRAQ: Protesters Storm US Embassy in Response to Airstrikes

IRAN: Protests Flare Against Government Resulting in Media Blackout

Photo: A motorcycle is set blaze during the ongoing protests in Iran By Jennifer Kelly Earlier this month on November 15, the Iranian government announced sharp increases to fuel prices and a fuel rationing plan which would limit purchases of fuel for private vehicles to 16 gallons per month. In response, hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets, blockading highways and destroying government … Continue reading IRAN: Protests Flare Against Government Resulting in Media Blackout

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges

Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently being indicted on corruption charges By Jennifer Kelly Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust on Thursday, the first in the history of Israel to face indictment while in office. The charges include offering government favors and regulatory benefits to media companies in exchange for gifts and positive media … Continue reading ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges