Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tag: John Kerry

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

The “fake news” hysteria has become the cover for the U.S. government and mainstream media to crack down on fact-based journalism that challenges Official Washington’s “Group Thinks.” A key reason why American foreign debacles have been particularly destructive mostly to the countries attacked but also to the United States is...

What to Do About Fake News

In the wake of Donald Trump's victory, a hot new issue – raised by President Obama in an international setting on Thursday and touted on The New York Times’ front page on Friday – is the problem of “fake news” being disseminated on the Internet. Major Internet companies, such as...

Obama directs Pentagon to target al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, one of the most formidable...

President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to find and kill the leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria that the administration had largely ignored until now and that has been at the vanguard of the fight against the Syrian government, U.S. officials said. The decision to deploy more drones and...
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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Amanpour program on CNN International

Question: Foreign Minister Lavrov, welcome to the programme. Sergey Lavrov: Thank you. Question: We are here at an extraordinarily difficult and painful time: what’s happening in Syria has got the world very, very upset. In the United Kingdom people are saying that this is the worst bombardment of civilians since the Nazis...

Warmongering in Washington, Preparation for War in Moscow

In reaction to US words and deeds, the Kremlin is preparing the Russian nation for the possibility of war. Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. Continuing the subject of last week’s discussion—the growing possibility of actual military...

It’s Time to Negotiate With Iran Over Syria

The war won’t end until Assad’s most powerful backer has a seat at the table — and that isn’t Putin. Whenever there has been a glimmer of light in the Syrian war, it has always been quickly extinguished. Take the cease-fire agreement reached in September by Washington and Moscow. After...

Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War

As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. During the Reagan administration, I was one of the CIA analysts assigned to present to White...

Russia sends S-300 advanced missile system to Syria, U.S. runs out of options

As US struggles to respond to Syrian army advances, reports circulate of Russia deploying advanced S-300 VM Antey-2500 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. Shortly before the US announcement of its decision to suspend talks with Russia on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ agreement reached by US Secretary State Kerry and Russian Foreign...

Russia suspends plutonium deal with U.S.

Citing “unfriendly actions” by the United States, the Kremlin announced Monday that Russia would suspend a landmark agreement to dispose of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, yet another sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. In a decree released by the Kremlin, President Vladi­mir Putin said Moscow would consider a resumption...

The Obama Administration’s Suspension of Syria Talks With Russia Is the Most Dangerous Development

The collapse of talks takes the United States one step closer to an unnecessarily deadly “military solution” to the Syria crisis. This afternoon the State Department announced that the Obama administration is suspending bilateral talks with Russia regarding the war in Syria. The statement by State Department spokesman John Kirby...

Syria on brink of final victory in Aleppo

With Jihadi counter offensives crushed, the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo trapped, and the US out of options, the Syrian government backed by Russia is on the brink of winning 'the Great Battle of Aleppo' and restoring its full control over Syria's biggest city. Whilst all the attention is focused on...

How the White Helmets Became International Heroes While Pushing U.S. Military Intervention and Regime...

Created by Western governments and popularized by a top PR firm, the White Helmets are saving civilians while lobbying for airstrikes. The following is Part 2 of a two part investigation into the forces cultivating Western public support for regime change in Syria. Read Part 1 here. It is rare for...

Audio Reveals What John Kerry Told Syrians Behind Closed Doors

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Secretary of State John Kerry was clearly exasperated, not least at his own government. Over and over again, he complained to a small group of Syrian civilians that his diplomacy had not been backed by a serious threat of military force, according to an audio recording of...

Syria Rebels Draw Closer to al Qaeda-Linked Group

Move follows collapse of cease-fire and devastating strikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo. SANLIURFA, Turkey—Some of Syria's largest rebel factions are doubling down on their alliance with an al Qaeda-linked group, despite a U.S. warning to split from the extremists or risk being targeted in airstrikes. The rebel gambit is complicating...

More Squandered Opportunities to Deal With the New Cold War

The enemies of détente with Russia sabotaged Obama's proposed alliance with Russia in Syria while the American presidential debate ignored all the perilous issues inherent in the Cold War. Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. In this...
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Top US general warns Syrian no-fly zone means war with Russia

The enforcement of a "no-fly" zone in Syria would mean a US war with both Syria and Russia, the top US uniformed commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spelled out the grave implications of the policy...

How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria – and the ceasefire

Was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces an intentional hit by the Pentagon to block military cooperation with Russia? Another US-Russian Syria ceasefire deal has been blown up. Whether it could have survived even with a US-Russian accord is open to doubt, given the incentives for al-Qaeda and...

Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a...

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria...

How Failed Peace Talks in Syria Help Al Qaeda

If the West can’t deliver for Syria's mainstream rebels, maybe al Qaeda will. It didn’t take long for the breakdown in cease-fire talks between the United States and Russia to affect the situation on the ground in Syria. Early Friday, Damascus heavily bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo in a...

In Kerry’s Own Words: Syria Prohibited from Attacking al-Qaeda

No wonder the United States insisted that its Syria ceasefire deal with Russia remain secret! It turns out that one of the US demands was that the Syrian air force must be prohibited from attacking al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). Crazy conspiracy theory? Listen to John Kerry's own words...

Top U.S. general: Unwise to share intelligence with Russia on Syria

The top U.S. general told Congress on Thursday it would be unwise to share intelligence with Russia and stressed that would not be one of the military's missions if Washington and Moscow were to ever work together against Islamist militants in Syria. The United States and Russia clinched a ceasefire...

US-led air strikes in Syria kill at least 60 Assad soldiers

US military says strikes were halted after Russia said they hit Syrian army; UN Security Council meeting called. Air strikes blamed by Moscow and Damascus on the US-led coalition hit a Syrian army position in the east of the country on Saturday, killing more than 60 soldiers, the Russian army...

Details of Syria Pact Widen Rift Between John Kerry and Pentagon

WASHINGTON — The agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry announced with Russia to reduce the killing in Syria has widened an increasingly public divide between Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, who has deep reservations about the plan for American and Russian forces to jointly target...

Syrian cease-fire reflects US, Russian interests

A Syrian cease-fire brokered over the weekend by the United States and Russia went into effect Sept. 12, though it remains to be seen whether it holds. Pessimism over the agreement’s prospects for success followed soon after it was announced Sept. 10 in Geneva by US Secretary of State John...

Obama Unlikely to Vow No First Use of Nuclear Weapons

President Obama, who has weighed ruling out a first use of a nuclear weapon in a conflict, appears likely to abandon the proposal after top national security advisers argued that it could undermine allies and embolden Russia and China, according to several senior administration officials. Mr. Obama considers a reduction...

A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it is time the world woke up

Homes flattened by air strikes. Boys killed by discarded cluster bombs. Babies dying in incubators. This is Yemen in 2016. MEE sent Peter Oborne to survey the devastation. SANAA - The humanitarian calamity in Yemen entered a terrifying new phase of horror this month as air strikes on the capital...

Has Turkey really stepped into Syrian quagmire?

Let's be clear: Turkey's cross-border operation that captured the Syrian town of Jarablus was dramatic and unprecedented. However, it was not really aimed at the Islamic State (IS) but actually at the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkish officials at...

Obama chides Russia, but will test cooperation to curb Syria war

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama, reviewing progress in combating the so-called Islamic State (IS) with his national security team at the Pentagon on Aug. 4, said the group will inevitably be defeated militarily and driven from its remaining strongholds of Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria. But a long-term solution to...

U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward. Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other...

US seeking bilateral trade deal with UK to press EU on TTIP

American officials moving swiftly to cement economic relationship with Britain and speed up stalled transatlantic trade deal with Europe. A potentially swift bilateral trade and investment deal with the UK is being suggested by American officials as a way of pressing the European Union to speed up its own stalled...

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