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US Intervention in Syria? Not Under Trump
By Gareth Porter
With Trump in office, the supporters of a US war in Syria now have little or no chance of selling the idea.. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46284.htm
Russia, Beware of Trump U-Turns
By Finian Cunningham
When Trump says the US-led NATO military alliance is « obsolete », what does that really mean? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46287.htm
The Philippines in the Center of Asian Realignment
By Andre Vltchek
In Manila, where the US used to roam unopposed, now Russian warships are calling on goodwill and symbolic visits. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46288.htm
Palestinians Will Need More Than Grudging Unity To Save Them
By Jonathan Cook
The infrastructure of annexation will only accelerate under the blind eye of a Trump administration. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46282.htm
How the GOP Is Playing Trump Until They Can Dump Him
By Robert Reich
Pence is their guy. They all think Trump is out of his mind. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46280.htm
As Trump Takes Power, Politicians Around the US Move to Make Protesting Illegal
By Sarah Cronin
Indiana passed a bill on Wednesday that authorizes police officers to shut down highway protesting « by any means necessary. » http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46281.htm
USA: Banana Republic? Far Worse
By Norman Pollack
Capitalism and militarism merged, indivisible, monolithic, holding America in a death grip. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46283.htm
Are Americans Racists?
By Paul Craig Roberts
It is amazing how proud some Americans are of their ignorance. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46286.htm
Ashley Judd : Nasty Woman Speech At Anti Donald Trump Protest
Did Judd, a self-proclaimed « loud, vulgar, proud woman, » go to the extreme by comparing Trump to Hitler? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46285.htm
Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America
By Chris Hedges
In Manila, where the US used to roam unopposed, now Russian warships are calling on goodwill and symbolic visits. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46289.htm
Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting:
Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition and fighting killed at least 52 fighters among Shiite Huthi rebels and allied troops loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the sources said. Fourteen members of pro-government forces were also killed.
Trumps first US drone strike kills 3 alleged al-Qaida in Yemen:
Suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed three alleged al-Qaida operatives in Yemen’s southwestern Bayda province, the first such killings reported in the country since Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency Friday.
Yemen army claims control of port city of Mokha:
The Yemeni army said it has taken full control of Mokha, a port city southwest of the capital Sanaa, that had been taken by Houthi rebels in November 2014.
Turkish Forces Kill 65 Daesh Militants:
The Turkish armed forces have eliminated 65 Daesh militants over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said Monday.
Syrian Army nears Turkey-backed rebels in new advance:
The Syrian Army and its allies on Sunday drove ISIS from several villages east of Aleppo, a military media unit run by Hezbollah and pro-opposition war monitor reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels.
Syria : War of words as peace talks open in Astana:
The Syrian government’s lead negotiator has denounced what he called his rebel counterpart’s « provocative » comments at the start of peace talks in Astana.
US under Trump won’t send a delegation to Syria talks:
The Trump administration has decided against sending a U.S. delegation to Kazakhstan for talks on the war in Syria, despite receiving a formal invitation from the Kazakh government with the backing of Russia and Turkey
Here’s how and why the US has been helping ISIS take Deir El-Zour;
The US has been materially helping ISIS capture the strategic eastern Syrian town of Deir El-Zour because it is a vital link binding together the territories of the Middle East’s Axis of Resistance.
Dozens of IS leaders flee toward Syria:
« Dozens of vehicles belonging to the Islamic State, carrying leaders and their families, were seen while withdrawing from eastern Mosul toward the Syrian territories, » pointing out that, « The liberation battles of eastern Mosul finished. »
Iraq executes 31 convicts in Speicher Camp massacre:
Iraqi judicial authorities executed on Monday 31 convicts linked to a massacre carried out by the Islamic State that left 1700 Iraqi air force cadets dead in 2014.
Mortar shelling kills, wounds 8 civilians in western Mosul;
« A civilian was killed, while seven others were wounded by mortar shells in the the old industrial area and al-Zera’i neighborhood in western Mosul. »
Iraqi forces take complete control of eastern Mosul: defense ministry;
Iraqi forces have captured all of eastern Mosul, dislodging Islamic State militants from the last pocket they held east of Tigris river, the defense ministry said on Monday.
Suicide bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia:
Security forces engaged ‘terrorists’ in a firefight with suspects who later detonated explosives in the city of Jeddah.
Israel approves permits for 566 illegal squatter homes:
Building plan in occupied East Jerusalem approved by local council after being held up until Donald Trump took office in the US.
Israel lifts restrictions on building more homes in occupied East Jerusalem:
« We can build where we want and as much as we want, » the statement quoted Netanyahu as saying, adding that he also intended to allow the start of building in the West Bank.
1,000s of Israeli Arabs protest against housing demolitions & killing of Bedouin teacher:
Several protesters were injured after police deployed stun grenades against the crowd, Haaretz newspaper reported.
Donald Trump ‘to announce US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday’:
The White House will on Monday announce that the US embassy in Israel is to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to an unconfirmed report by an Israeli news outlet.
Mattis and Iran; Op-Ed:
Mattis’ record at Centcom would be less of a concern if he weren’t joining an administration that is already overflowing with vocal Iran hawks.
Three Malian soldiers killed in landmine blast:
Three Malian soldiers died Sunday and a fourth was seriously injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in the troubled north, the army said.
Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people:
As many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for civilians displaced by the unrest, a local official told AFP
The Gambia: Ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh ‘plundered coffers’:
Exiled former leader accused of ‘stealing’ state funds as regional troops prepare to secure arrival of President Barrow.
25 killed in Pakistan blast:
At least 25 people including two children were killed and more than 50 others injured when a strong bomb blast hit a fruit and vegetable market in northwest Pakistan on Saturday morning, local administrator said.
Air strikes kill 21 ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan’s Zabul province
13 Marine Aircraft to Deploy to Australia:
The Marine Corps this spring is sending its largest aircraft element to date, all out of Hawaii — to the next $25 million rotation of Marines to northern Australia as the Corps continues to redistribute its forces around the Pacific.
A police officer has been shot and wounded in north Belfast, police said:
The Police Federation which represents rank and file officers said it was a terrorist shooting and added that their thoughts were with the officer and his family.
Donald Trump BATTERS Brussels with order to STOP EU Army plans or lose US Nato support:
Despite comments by President Trump calling Nato « obsolete », new US defence secretary Gen James Mattis affirmed America’s commitment to the Alliance – and reinforced concerns against Russia.
Republican lawmakers sponsor bill to ‘terminate U.S. membership in the United Nations’:
A bill co-sponsored by about half a dozen Republicans would force the United States to quit its membership in the United Nations.
Swedish politician resigns after suggesting someone should ‘shoot’ Trump;
« I believed that Donald Trump would calm down after he became the president [of the US]. But how wrong I was! He exceeded my worst fears! Could anyone shoot him? »
UK government covered up ‘disastrous failure’ in nuclear missile test: report:
The British government covered up a failed test of a nuclear missile system last year, just weeks before lawmakers voted to renew it, « The Sunday Times » newspaper alleged on Sunday.
Dutch PM Rutte: ‘If you don’t like it here, then leave’:
« If you live in a country where you get so annoyed with how we deal each other, you have a choice. Get out! You don’t have to be here! »
Pope Francis warns against populism, citing Hitler:
Declining to directly pass judgement on US President Trump, the pope condemned border walls being built.
Rex Tillerson Already Talking Regime Change in Venezuela:
The new U.S. administration of Donald Trump has made it public that it will seek a regime change policy in Venezuela disguised in « transition to democracy » rhetoric, the country’s potential new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview this week.
Protesters Take Control of Mexican Border Crossing With US:
Protests closed southbound traffic for hours at the San Diego-Tijuana San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest crossing along the 2,000-mile border, and halted southbound traffic at one of two crossings in Nogales, Arizona.
March turns into confrontation in Tijuana:
Millions of Americans live in Mexico. Can we continue to coexist? ;
With nearly two million Americans living among us, Mexico is the country with the largest community of US citizens living outside the United States
Authorities Resume Repression at Standing Rock, Target Media:
Standing Rock demonstrators against the Dakota Access pipeline and journalists covering the resistance are once again facing violence from security agencies emboldened by the North Dakota state legislature’s attempts at criminalizing dissent.
Donald Trump protests attract millions across US and world:
Larger numbers of demonstrators than expected turned out for more than 600 rallies worldwide.
Anti-trump protesters all over the world : 1 Minute Video
Women protesters swarm streets across U.S.:
Hundreds of thousands of women, many with husbands, boyfriends and children in tow, filled the streets of several major U.S. cities on Saturday to protests against President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration.
Ex-WSJ Reporter Finds George Soros Has Ties To More Than 50 « Partners » Of The Women’s March:
What is the link between one of Hillary Clinton’s largest donors and the Women’s March? Her answer: « as it turns out, it’s quite significant. »
Ex-CIA Boss Brennan, Others Rip Trump Speech in Front of Memorial;
« Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes, »
The CIA aren’t happy about Donald Trump’s first speech at their headquarters:
During his speech, the president addressed his hostility towards the media, calling them the « most dishonest human beings », and tried to brush aside any notion of animosity between him and the intelligence agencies:
Trump places hiring freeze on some federal workers:
Also cuts off funding for international groups that perform abortions
Trump to ‘massively’ cut taxes and regulation:
He pledged to lower corporate taxes to 15% or 20% from the current 35% and lift regulations by up to 75%.
President Trump To Immediately Withdraw U.S. From Trans-Pacific Partnership:
The president will in the meantime reportedly begin to work on overhauling former President Bill Clinton’s North American Free Trade Agreement.
Sanders praises Trump for nixing TPP, delighted to work with him on pro-worker policies:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who campaigned hard against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in last year’s Democratic presidential primaries, praised President Trump for an executive order to officially pull the United States out of the deal.
Mexico set to ‘mirror’ policy on any U.S. trade tax change: minister:
Mexico’s economy minister said his country was ready to renegotiate trade rules with the United States and that any change in U.S. tax policy that affected imports would have to be countered with a « mirror action » in Mexico.
Mexico’s president to meet with Trump amid populist pressure at home:
Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet at the end of this month to discuss trade, immigration and security issues, as the Latin American leader faces increased populist pressure at home.
Foxconn CEO says investment for display plant in U.S. would exceed $7 billion;
Foxconn’s proposal to build a display plant, which would be planned with its Sharp Corp unit, depend on many factors, such as investment conditions, that would have to be negotiated at the U.S. state and federal levels
Trump Administration Suspends Insurance Cut for Risky Mortgages:
Move effectively ends attempt by Obama administration to lower costs for certain mortgage borrowers.
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