Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai has ordered his top security officials to take full control of the prison at Bagram air base. It’s still run by the US – despite an agreement to transfer power to Afghan authorities signed back in March.
21st Century Wire says: Too scared to Tweet for fear of another McLibel? First the license paying public get slapped with a snap payout to McAlpine – even though the BBC never actually libeled the man – so what is the technical basis for the payout again? Will we ever know? Tip of the cap, eh. [...]
Wahington Post Anne Gearan The Israeli-Hamas conflict is putting the Obama administration at odds with two of its most important partners in the Middle East, threatening to undermine other U.S. objectives in the region at a time of political upheaval. On Monday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, which has frequently served as a moderate [...]
Clinton Will Visit Middle East As Israel Weighs Risky Choices On Gaza Amid Upheaval Across Middle East
Washington Post Micheal Birnbaum TEL AVIV — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the Middle East on Tuesday to meet with officials in Israel, Gaza and Egypt to discuss ongoing violence in Gaza, White House officials said. Clinton will talk with leaders in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Cairo. She will depart for the region [...]
Oped News Scott Baker This piece was mostly supplied by one of my colleagues in the public banking movement here in the U.S. but it shows how things are reaching the final breaking point in Spain, and perhaps all of Europe. When the police – 5,000-6,000 in this case – start striking over working conditions, [...]
Peter Sterry 21st Century Wire Geopolitics and ethnic cleansing is often a staged affair. The current show of force by Israel, lording over a million and a half residents trapped in their Palestinian poverty cesspit, is no different. Not a week went by after the US election before Israel got the green light from Washington [...]