‘Nodding like Bobbleheads’: Putin Slams NATO’s Support for US Violation of International Law in Syria

The missile strike on Syria was a clear breach of international law, while Washington’s claim that Damascus carried out the chemical attack that the US used as its casus belli is yet to be proven by any hard evidence, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them … Continue reading ‘Nodding like Bobbleheads’: Putin Slams NATO’s Support for US Violation of International Law in Syria

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A Palestinian child looks at Israeli soldiers patrolling in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

US Furious over Another Scathing UN Report on Israeli Abuses

A United Nations rights expert issued a scathing report criticizing Israel’s policies Monday, just a few days after the world body withdrew a report that accused Israel of “apartheid” against Palestinians after U.S. and Israeli pressure. In the report, Michael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, charged Israel with “the subjugation … Continue reading US Furious over Another Scathing UN Report on Israeli Abuses

Putin Bored by Netanyahu’s Bible Stories, Invites Israeli PM to Join Real World

It seems that we missed a crucial exchange from yesterday's Sore Loser Summit in Moscow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Moscow on Thursday to complain to Putin about big, bad Iran and how tragic it is that Tehran destroyed legions of "moderate" rebels and ISIS fanatics in Syria. Here's Netanyahu, tissue in hand, … Continue reading Putin Bored by Netanyahu’s Bible Stories, Invites Israeli PM to Join Real World

Russia, China Block Bid by Western Powers to Impose UN Sanctions on Syria

Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council proposal that would have banned the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government, and blacklisted eleven Syrian military commanders over allegations of toxic gas attacks. The proposed resolution, put forward by Britain, France and the United States, was put to the vote of the international body … Continue reading Russia, China Block Bid by Western Powers to Impose UN Sanctions on Syria

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‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

China says it respects the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight, but “opposes” when other states undermine its sovereignty using this pretext. The statement comes after a US aircraft carrier group began patrols in disputed South China Sea waters. "China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," … Continue reading ‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

The Trump administration is in discussions about the formation of a regional Arab security alliance with Israel as a counterbalance to Iran's influence in the Middle East, according to Arab officials. The alliance would include Egypt and Jordan, both of whom recognise and have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the … Continue reading Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

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‘Trump Didn’t Consult Moscow on Syria Safe Zone Plan, Should Consider All Consequences’ – Kremlin

Moscow has reacted to Donald Trump’s plans on establishing ‘safe zones’ for Syrian refugees, with the Kremlin spokesman saying the question had not been raised with Russia, while also suggesting the US should consider the possible consequences of such a move. “Our American partners did not consult with Russia [regarding the ‘safe zones’]. It is … Continue reading ‘Trump Didn’t Consult Moscow on Syria Safe Zone Plan, Should Consider All Consequences’ – Kremlin

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Warship Diplomacy: Chinese Fleet Tours Gulf in Bid to Build Ties

Three Chinese military vessels have docked in Doha, Qatar, as China seeks to match its economic power with a more prominent international role. The Chinese fleet, comprising Harbin, a destroyer, Handan, a frigate, and Dongpinghu, a supply ship, was welcomed with an honor ceremony in the Qatari capital at the start of a 5-day visit … Continue reading Warship Diplomacy: Chinese Fleet Tours Gulf in Bid to Build Ties

Israeli Diplomat Caught on Camera Plotting to ‘Take Down’ UK MPs

Senior diplomat would like to 'take down' Alan Duncan and brands Boris Johnson 'an idiot' An Israeli diplomat has said there are MPs he would like to “take down” in undercover footage filmed covertly during a conversation with a civil servant. Shai Masot’s remarks to Maria Strizzolo, who is Conservative MP Robert Halfon’s former chief … Continue reading Israeli Diplomat Caught on Camera Plotting to ‘Take Down’ UK MPs