Thursday, January 18, 2018
"When we do get together at night, the conversation is about who died or who got bombed" The pro-Assad assault on the East Ghouta area near Damascus continues with bombing, shelling, and the tightening of a deadly siege. Amid the threat to almost 400,000 residents, Ammar Hamou and Madeline Edwards of Syria Direct talk with residents about the destruction of social...
John Kelly tries to ease way to immigration deal amid Trump's controversial remarks Developments on Day 364 of the Trump Administration: Chief of Staff: Trump Not "Fully Informed" About Wall White House Chief of Staff John Kelly tells Democratic lawmakers that Donald Trump had not been “fully informed” during the 2016 campaign when he promised a 2,000-mile wall along the Mexican border...
Top Iranian officials have proclaimed ongoing support for Syria's leader Bashar al-Assad while denouncing a US proposal for a 30,000-strong border force. The Supreme Leader's top aide, Ali Akbar Velayati, put out the latest statement on Wednesday after a meeting with the Speaker of the Syrian Parliament Hammouda Youssef Sabbagh. He hailed "growing relations" between the two countries, as Sabbagh...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has presented a revised US strategy for Syria, promising a long-term military presence but only raising more questions about Washington's approach. Using the Islamic State as a pretext, Tillerson said American forces would be positioned alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which Washington has backed since its creation in autumn 2015 to push back ISIS. "The...
I joined Georgina Godwin of Monocle 24's The Globalist on Wednesday morning to discuss the US plan for a 30,000-strong, Kurdish-led border force in Syria. The conversation explains the US motives while asking if Washington has made a serious miscalculation. Then we look at Turkey, with its hostility to both the Kurdish militia YPG and an autonomous Syria Kurdistan, to...
Donald Trump started his year by accusing Pakistan of playing a game of deception and lies with the US. The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the...
Last year the rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, once the largest armed faction opposing the Assad regime, suffered a sudden defeat at the hands of the hardline Islamist bloc Hayat Tahrir al-Sham across Idlib Province in northwest Syria. The defeat changed the pattern of military control across the province, almost all of which has been held by the opposition since spring...
US-led coalition: "We are not operating in Afrin" LATEST Airwars: Russian Strikes Kill Up to 86 Civilians in a Week Claim: Israeli Airstrikes on Military Airport Near Damascus WEDNESDAY FEATURE How Ahrar al-Sham Collapsed in Northwest Syria in 2017 UPDATE 0715 GMT: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has extended Turkey’s threat against Kurdish militia, speaking with reporters after a conversation with US Secretary of State...
Bannon refuses to answer questions of Congressional committee Developments on Day 362 of the Trump Administration: Mueller Summons Bannon to Grand Jury Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist and Trump campaign manager, is summoned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in the Trump-Russia investigation. The revelation of the grand jury subpoena, the first known to be used...
Report claims widespread corruption under 12-year leadership of Mayor Qalibaf LATEST Tehran Denies Negotiations Over Ballistic Missile Program Supreme Leader Seizes on Trump's "Shithole" Remarks Families: No News About Detained Students A city councillor has said that the local government of Iran's capital Tehran is missing more than $5 billion. Councilor Majid Farahani claims that the revenues disappeared during the tenure of Mayor Mohammad Bagher...
I spoke with Rosemary Church of CNN International on Tuesday about Donald Trump's threats following the attention to his "shithole countries" remarks last week. Trump has repeatedly said since that meeting on immigration last Thursday that he will abandon any attempt for a bill establishing the right to remain in the US of almost 800,000 "Dreamers" --- even if this...
Furor over Trump's racist remarks hangs over link between immigration and government funding Developments on Day 361 of the Trump Administration: Trump: Dreamer Bill "Almost Dead" Amid Donald Trump's threat to scrap a deal on immigration and his latest controversial remarks, the Federal Government could be shut down on Friday. The latest supplemental funding to keep the Government open, necessary because the Trump...