February 20, 2017

Growing up with War: Children of Syria



Since war broke out in Syria almost six years ago, a whole generation of kids has never known life in peaceful times. 

They’ve witnessed family members being killed and their houses destroyed. Many were wounded and war has robbed them all of their childhoods.

With no end in sight to the bloody conflict, their futures remain uncertain.

RT

“De media misleiden het publiek over Syrië”

Lode Vanoost - “De berichtgeving over de oorlog in Syrië zal worden herinnerd als een van de meest beschamende episodes in de geschiedenis van de Amerikaanse pers”. Niet de uitspraak van een rabiate anti-Amerikaanse stem op een of andere alternatieve website, maar Stephen Kinzer, sterreporter van The New York Times.

In het opinie-artikel 'The media are misleading the public on Syria' in de krant Boston Globe van 18 februari 2017 geeft Stephen Kinzer zijn mening over de vooringenomenheid van de berichtgeving in de Amerikaanse mainstream media. Dit is een samenvatting van zijn argumenten met eigen commentaar. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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Saudi arms imports up 212% amid Yemen campaign, US & Europe top suppliers to Mid East – report

Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military intervention in Yemen, is the world’s second-largest arms importer, according to a new report. Riyadh’s arms imports increased 212 percent compared with 2007–11, with the US remaining the world’s top weapons exporter.

Between 2007–2011 and 2012–2016 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. Read more.

RT

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February 19, 2017

Crops sprayed by Israel destroy Gaza's farmlands



In January, the Israeli army said it used crop-dusters to kill off vegetation along the border with Gaza.

According to Palestinian officials, 170 hectares of land were damaged as a result, and the effects continue to be felt by farmers in the region. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Gaza.

Al Jazeera

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Daoud Kuttab - Trump and Netanyahu are trying to push a more blatant and legalised form of apartheid on the Palestinian people.

Thanks to the lovefest between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, ignoring the Palestinian national leadership seems to be back on the front burner. Read more.

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Iraq begins military operation targeting western Mosul



The UN says it is now a race against the clock to prepare for the displacement of civilians as Iraqi troops begin an offensive on western Mosul. 

There are about 750,000 people trapped in the city Government troops and their allies retook last month the eastern side of Mosul, the last major ISIL stronghold in Iraq.

Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from Erbil in northern Iraq.

Al Jazeera

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Turkey will be part of Raqqa op if deal reached, says Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Feb. 18 that Turkey will be part of an operation to liberate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bastion of Raqqa, though not directly, if a deal with U.S.-led coalition forces can be reached.

“We will not be directly inside an operation [on Raqqa], we will provide tactical support, of course if we agree in principle,” state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Yıldırım... Read more.

Hürriyet

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Turkish FM to visit Turkish Cyprus amid crisis in peace talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will visit Turkish Cyprus on Feb. 20-21, as peace talks on the divided island hit a snag following the Greek Cypriot Parliament’s decision to celebrate a 1950 referendum aimed at unification with Greece.

“Çavuşoğlu … will pay a working visit on Feb. 20-21, 2017 to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus [TRNC] to exchange views... Read more.

Hürriyet

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Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Involvement in Ecuador



Wikileaks cables reveal the devious role of U.S. in Ecuador 2010 coup attempt that injured nearly 280 people. And how the U.S. attempted to plot against Rafael Correa.

teleSUR

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Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations

The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants... Read more.

Reuters

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Tens of Thousands Attend Refugee March in Barcelona



Tens of thousands took to streets in Barcelona with the slogan "We want to welcome them" urging the Spanish government to take in more refugees.

teleSUR

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'Montenegro assassination claim part of psychological warfare op against Russia'



The Telegraph, as a favored mouthpiece for British intelligence service disinformation, is a part of psychological warfare operation against Russia, said independent journalist Martin Summers.

RT

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Moody's upgrades outlook on Russia’s sovereign rating to stable from negative

"In addition, the Russian economy is now recovering after a nearly two-year-long recession," the agency said 

MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Moody's international rating agency has changed its outlook on Russia’s sovereign rating to stable from negative, the agency said in a statement. Read more.

TASS

Ukraine faces energy crisis after blockade



Activists have cut off Ukraine’s coal supply in the eastern region of Donbass. Kiev says the blockade can cost the country’s economy up to 2 billion dollars.

PressTV

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Putin signs decree legalizing some Donetsk, Lugansk documents in Russia



President Vladimir Putin's decree legalizing some documents issued by authorities in Donetsk and Lugansk, in the territory of Russia, does not signal any change in Moscow's stance on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Minister has said.

RT

‘CIA leaks like a sieve, Obama’s holdovers should be probed' - frmr Trump adviser Roger Stone



Rumors of the US President’s ties to the Kremlin are based on nothing but loosely interpreted illegal leaks from rogue intelligence agents, former Trump adviser Roger Stone told RT, denouncing anti-Russian hysteria as neocons’ attempt to justify their warmongering.

RT

February 18, 2017

Greece: Stalled bailout talks fuel debate in Parl't, action from Merkel

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis clashed in Parliament on Friday in a debate that was intended to focus on crime but dealt primarily with Greece’s stalled bailout negotiations. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to have undertaken an effort to bridge differences between Berlin and the International Monetary Fund over the best way to deal with Greece.

According to daily Die Welt, Merkel spoke with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and determined that the Fund will participate in Greece’s third bailout after all. Read more.

eKathimerini

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IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt



There's a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson

TRNN

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