Tuesday, October 06 2015

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Britain’s approach to Yemen has been both naïve and duplicitous

Sanaa, YemenThe British government resigned itself to war in Yemen long before the Saudi-led coalition carried out its first sorties against Houthi-held targets in March this year. That's according to a series of damning British government documents I have seen regarding “Friends of Yemen”, a diplomatic effort supposedly spearheaded by Britain to aid peaceful transition in the country. A joint initiative between the Republic of Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK, its last meeting was in September 2014.


Israel’s role in the Guatemalan genocide

Nick RodrigoOn 1 September, Alejandro Maldonado was installed as Guatemalan president. The choice was controversial due his role in nullifying the conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who had been sentenced for acts of genocide during the civil war. This thirty-six year war was a particularly brutal episode in Guatemala’s troubled postcolonial history and still leaves deep wounds, particularly on the collective psyche of the country’s Mayan population. Israel’s support of Guatemala government forces during this time is an example of Zionist foreign policy at its most calculated.


Egypt supports Russia in Syria

Tariq Al HameedIt is interesting that Egypt has announced its support for Russian intervention in Syria. “The information available to Egypt through direct contact with the Russian side affirms Russia’s eagerness to counter terrorism and restrict its spread in Syria,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. “Russia’s entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and eradicating it.”


Russian airstrike in Syria: Saving the world from freedom and dignity

Russian airstrikes on Kafranbel

Russia’s military intervention in Syria has been sold to the world as action against Daesh but it is now clear that the real targets are anyone but the militant group. On the first day of the airstrikes, 65 people were killed, the vast majority civilians. The casualties of these airstrikes are added to the estimated 200-300,000 casualties of the Syrian conflict – 95 per cent of them caused by the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Activists uploaded videos of a child injured by the airstrikes in Talbiseh and a mosque destroyed in Jisr Al-Shughour as a result of the strikes, but they have broadcast many such videos in the past, when Al-Assad’s planes dropped missiles, barrel bombs, and chlorine and mustard gas on civilian towns and villages, and been ignored by the world’s media.


Egypt's coup regime has devastated its own people in Sinai

Asa WinstanleyA new report by Human Rights Watch has cast light on the scale of the Egyptian dictatorship's crimes against its own people in the Sinai region.

The report on forced evictions in the Egyptian town of Rafah says that "at least 3,255" homes, businesses and other local buildings have been demolished by the military since it came back to full power in the coup of July 2013. Innocent people have been forced to move out of their own homes, often at extremely short notice and with little or no compensation in return.


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