Archive for January, 2020

News and Analysis (1/5/20)

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

More than seventy protests across America planned by Act Now and other organizations have been planned to protest Trump policies and US presence in the Middle East …

… as a discredited FBI sting operation is floated as evidence of al-Quds force plans to target diplomats and as the U.S. VP joins in spreading disinformation …

… and the U.S. President continues, in the words of Alain Gabon, to be “a bad cop-good cop all by himself” …

… prompting enough concerns that young men may be drafted (women are still exempt) that the Selective Service website experienced disruptions due to high volume:

Former CIA analyst calls peace-time assassination “a dangerous tool, especially when used in the conduct of foreign policy against top-ranking foreign officials”:

Among the numerous issues plaguing Palestinians due to the Israeli illegal siege includes 49% of Gaza’s children consuming the undrinkable water of Gaza:

The victim, “who is a foreign exchange student from Saudi Arabia, said she now wears a hat to cover her head because she doesn’t feel safe wearing a hijab in public”:

Archbishop Atallah Hanna equates Palestinians’ struggle to South Africa’s anti-apartheid; Israel considers his peaceful struggle problematic and it has made him a target:

Would Iran hit back at U.S. relying on its regional allies without alienating the European interest in protecting the nuclear deal?

News and Analysis (1/3/20)

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Trump assassinates a senior military leader of a state with which we are not at war, offering no evidence in support of the claimed justification that “the Iranian general was ‘plotting to kill’ US citizens” …

… and assassinated a leader of the group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad just after the group had withdrawn:

Iran’s FM calls the assassination of the man who fought against ISIS “rogue adventurism”:

Is Trump’s act of war against Iran a desperate attempt to save a failing presidency?

Gold and “[o]ther haven assets, including Treasury bonds, platinum, and silver, rose on news of the US strike”:

Tunisia may be an anomaly and elsewhere “Islamists and conservatives … may face a radical version of the Enlightenment: fiercely anticlerical and decidedly antireligious”:

News and Analysis (1/1/20)

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Enabling round the clock surveillance is the government’s price for liberalized store hours:

The U.S. called the demonstrations in Iraq a protest against Iranian intervention while Iran accused the U.S. of fomenting violence; now the shoe is on the other foot:

For 16 days, women in India’s capital, are leading protests over India’s citizenship law:

Muslim women abused and forced to have abortions in China’s detention camp say they are unable to bring abusers to justice:

In an aggressive campaign to transform and indoctrinate Muslim minorities mostly Uighurs and Kazakhs, Chinese officials pushing Xinjiang’s into cheap labors to supply Chinese factories:

The Department of homeland security of Dekalb County, Georgia, is investigating a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim flyers found in homes and cars:

Esquire publishes a history of U.S. election meddling, and US political propaganda in other countries …

… and an Iranian rear admiral declares “the era of American free action in the region is over”:

“Accountability has, until now, been largely missing in action throughout the 52-year-old occupation” — Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory:

“[M]ass arrests, torture, killings, use of excessive force, harassment, and intimidation” following the India’s removal of Kashmir’s special status have changed everything: