Monday, April 24, 2017
Writing for The Guardian, Ruth Maclean cuts through illusions and propaganda for a snapshot of life in Syria's capital Damascus after more than six years of conflict: Waiters dressed for the 1930s, with pencil moustaches and slicked-back hair, spoon tabbouleh on to the plates of women who take drags on shisha pipes at the grand Selena restaurant in Damascus’s old...
"Trump has started veering closer to the usual model of American supremacy than many of his worried critics expected." Maria Ryan of the University of Nottingham writes for The Conversation: Donald Trump campaigned to be a radical and disruptive president, and not just on the domestic front. His views on America’s role in the world suggested he would drastically re-orient the...
Russian bombing helps pro-Assad forces take town of Halfaya, opening up all of northern Hama Province to an offensive SUNDAY FEATURE Damascus Beyond the Propaganda: “Iranians Are First. And the Russians Are Gods” UPDATE 0800 GMT: Multiple reports say pro-Assad forces, including Iranian-led foreign militias, have moved into Halfaya in northern Hama Province. Enabled by some of the heaviest Russian bombing in Syria's...
Trump: "My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment" Developments on Day 93 of the Trump Administration: Trump Administration Returns to a Traditional US Foreign Policy March for Science Rattles Trump Hundreds of thousands of people around the world took part in the March for Science on Saturday, putting Donald Trump on the defensive...
Facing a conservative-hardline effort to remove him in elections on May 19, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced new economic projects on Sunday. Rouhani's leading opponents, cleric Ebrahim Raisi and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Qaddafi, are likely to focus on Iran's economic record and claim that the Government has not delivered promised economic recovery since it took office in 2013. The President...
Trump gives no details but tax cuts will be "bigger I believe than any tax cut ever" Developments on Day 92 of the Trump Administration: Trump's Unrealistic Proclamation of a "Massive Tax Cut" Seeking an impression of a political victory before his 100th day in office, Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform...
FM Zarif: "We’ll see if US prepared to live up to letter of deal, let alone spirit. So far, it has defied both." LATEST Live Debates Reinstated in Presidential Election Iran has hit back at the Trump Administration's rhetoric that Tehran is the "“world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism”, raising questions about the future of the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic...
Russia tries another line to discredit inquiry into April 4 chemical attack in northwest Syria LATEST US Says It Killed Top ISIS Official in April 6 Raid Russia & Pro-Assad Forces Seek Breakthrough in Northern Hama Province Video: Displaced Residents of Madaya and Zabadani Speak Out Russia has complained again about the international investigation into the Assad regime's deadly chemical attack on a town...
In a year of European election wild cards, will Italy's Five Star Movement be the joker in the pack? Amid a series of important elections in Europe --- The Netherlands in March, France this month, the UK in June, and Germany in September --- Italy may take its place. What could that vote mean for the country and for the European...
Trump: “The plan gets better and better and better, and it’s gotten really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot.” Developments on Day 91 of the Trump Administration: White House Renews Attempt to Repeal ObamaCare Trying to rebound from a stinging defeat last month, the Trump Administration is trying again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But...
Guardian Council passes 6 of 1,636 applicants for May 19 election LATEST Rouhani Criticizes Judiciary Crackdown on Communications Iran's Guardian Council has approved six candidates to stand in the May 19 Presidential election, including President Hassan Rouhani and two leading conservative challengers, cleric Ebrahim Raisi and Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. The Council blocked an attempt by former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to re-enter...
US spokesman: "At this time there is no new trilateral meeting scheduled." LATEST Russian Officer Killed in Combat Pro-Assad Forces & Russian Bombs Take Another Hama Town The US has turned down a possible re-entry into the political process over Syria's conflict, declining a meeting with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva on Monday. The session...