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19th March 2018

  • Since consolidating his power in rigged elections at the start of the decade, the Russian leader has pioneered a politics of fictional threats and invented enemies.
  • Fake news stories. Doctored photographs. Staged TV clips. Armies of paid trolls. Has Putin’s Russia developed a new kind of information warfare – fought in the ‘psychosphere’ rather than on the battlefield? Or is it all just a giant bluff.
  • It did not take long for Suleimani’s proxies to spell all this out to the Qatari government. As their messenger, they used Hezbollah, the only group with trusted links to all the parties involved: Tehran, Doha and the Shiite militia that held the hostages in Iraq.
  • The core of the criminal conspiracy began in March of 2016 when Russian hackers, backed by high-ranking officials in the Russian government, infiltrated the computers of the Democratic National Committee.
  • How a mock political campaign spread confusion and awareness ahead of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections.
  • Many Lebanese fear that Palestinian and Syrian children of non-Lebanese men will never leave the country if they are given Lebanese nationalities, many others say that such concerns are racist.

  • Skaff says parties isolating Popular Bloc.

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Monday for greater access to the civilian population of Afrin, declaring that the Turkish Red Crescent lacked credibility among the Syrian Kurds after Turkey’s military operation.
  • Britain is due to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019, but its post-Brexit relationship with the EU has yet to be worked out.
  • OPCW inspectors begin work on Salisbury nerve agent attack: source.

  • Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies made a lightning advance into the city after Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia appeared to have retreated.
  • Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that his ministry was 70 percent prepared for upcoming parliamentary elections, in comments made after a sit-down with President Michel Aoun.
  • While political alliances are still being hammered out in many of Lebanon’s electoral districts, Chouf-Aley stands out as having one major agreement finalized.
  • Hariri said his job as prime minister and head of the Future Movement was to snuff out “political fires” and prevent wars raging in the region from spilling over to Lebanon.
  • Egypt’s Debt Loses the Edge That Attracted $20 Billion.

  • China to Finance Majority of New Egypt Capital’s Tower District.

  • Trump committed a ‘serious felony’: Former Watergate prosecutor.

  • President Trump on Sunday abandoned a strategy of showing deference to the special counsel examining Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and alarming Republicans who feared he might seek to shut it down.
  • “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?” Trump wrote. “Another Dem recently added … does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!”
  • Mostafa al-Asar’s lawyer said he had barely started work on a documentary critical of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when police arrested him and charged him with publishing “fake news”.
  • Japan, U.S., S. Korea discuss denuclearization, summit talks.

  • “It is unreasonable to think that the purpose of the Constitution is that Japan has to sit and wait for death when it comes under attack by missiles and other weapons,” Hatoyama said.
  • Torture allegations dog Gina Haspel as she is poised to be first female CIA head.

  • A North Korean official will hold unofficial talks in Finland with a delegation from the U.S. and former South Korean government officials, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.
  • Representatives of North Korea, South Korea and the United States are set to meet in Finland for talks on denuclearization, according to South Korean and Finnish officials.
  • Kim Jong-un has committed to denuclearisation, says South Korea.

  • Traders are reacting to speculation that David Davis and Michel Barnier are making progress at today’s meeting, ahead of the EU summit later this week.
  • Britain’s biggest business lobby group is seeking to prevent the loss of as much as €1bn (£882m) in annual European funding for scientific research and technological development, which has been thrown into doubt by Brexit.
  • The Kurdish militia, the YPG, withdrew from Afrin before dawn on Sunday, members blending in with an exodus of up to 150,000 civilians who had been fleeing the city since Friday.
  • Recent dismissals shows the president is gaining confidence in his foreign policy instincts, and surrounding himself with allies.
  • Taking Afrin has been the main objective of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, a ground and air offensive launched on 20 January with the aim of ousting the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia group.
  • Rebels in Syria’s eastern Ghouta discussing ceasefire with UN – statement.
  • Alex Farrell walked through 10 countries alongside a family of Syrian refugees. His groundbreaking documentary records their perilous journey.
  • South Africa’s chief prosecutor has said the former president Jacob Zuma will face prosecution on corruption charges that haunted much of his term in office.
  • Shutting down EU ivory trade is a ‘personal priority’ for Boris Johnson.
  • Japan’s embattled prime minister has hit back at critics over a favouritism and cover-up scandal that has seen his popularity plunge and loosened his grip on power.
  • US anti-war protesters will travel to Ho Chi Minh city for an exhibition that will remind people they were far from a fringe element.
  • North Korean minister’s Swedish visit fuels Trump-Kim expectations.
  • China: “The voyage of a great country cannot do without a helmsman,” the paper wrote.
  • China has called on the US to “correct its mistake” after Donald Trump approved rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taipei counterparts.
  • Diplomacy between India and Pakistan can involve high-stakes negotiation, subtle messaging and the ever present threat of nuclear war.
  • Malcolm Turnbull has encouraged Aung San Suu Kyi to resettle displaced Rohingya but Amnesty International has criticised Australia for adopting a “softly softly” approach on the humanitarian crisis during the Myanmar leader’s visit.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi asks Australia and Asean for help with Rohingya crisis.

  • The chair of the Senate foreign relations committee has predicted Donald Trump will pull the US out of the nuclear deal with Iran.
  • The expected rise in US interest rates will increase financial pressures on developing countries already struggling with a 60% jump in their debt repayments since 2014, a leading charity has warned.
  • Doctors and civil leaders among signatories to open letter to the UN, demanding action to stop massacre by Syrian forces.
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  • Turkey claims to have encircled Afrin, besieging up to 200,000.
  • Syria: Most of deaths, including at least 13 children, were in town of Kfar Batna, with toll expected to rise.
  • Quick Guide: What are the allegations in the Trump-Russia investigation?
     What are the most serious allegations?

    The investigation into Trump and his team appears to encompass allegations of collusionobstruction of justiceabuse of power and charges specific to Trump aides and former aides.

    Any case along these lines against the president would be historic. Both of the presidents to face impeachment proceedings in the past century, Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, faced obstruction of justice and abuse of power charges.

    Is there anything we don’t know?

    It’s important to note that the work of the special counsel is secret, and the public has no way of knowing for certain what charges prosecutors may be weighing against the Trump team or, in what would be an extraordinary development, against the president himself.

    What can the special counsel investigate?

    Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” and related matters. In other words, potential collusion during the 2016 election.

    But so-called “collusion” is only part of it. The special counsel has the broad authority to build a prosecution wherever the inquiry may lead. The investigation has already resulted in charges against former Trump aides such as tax fraud that do not relate directly to election activity.

    Anything else?

    In the course of the investigation, Trump’s past business practices have also come under scrutiny. With his first indictments of people in Trump’s orbit, the special counsel has demonstrated an appetite for the prosecution of alleged white-collar crimes. The president has denied all wrongdoing.

     

 

15th October 2017

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10th March 2017

  • Libya topples back into civil war as rival sides battle for control of oil terminals.
  • UK-funded refugee camps in Libya are indefinitely detaining asylum-seekers.
  • Kenyan security forces, the recipients of a fair amount of US counterterrorism funding, are accused of torture, executions, and disappearances.
  • Besieged: A 360º experience in Sudan’s Nuba mountains.”
  • Japan ends its five year peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
  • War consumes South Sudan.
  • Amid famine, the South Sudanese government signaled that it will increase the cost of work permits for foreign aid workers.
  • Israel passed a law banning those supporting a boycott of the country from entering.
  • A former Guantánamo inmate was killed in a US airstrike in Yemen.
  • The Trump administration looks to resume Saudi arms sales.
  • The UN urges Turkey to investigate killings in the southeast.
  • Emin Ozmen’s photos of the Syrian refugee experience in Turkey.
  • The Syrian war enters its seventh year, with millions internally displaced and millions more in need of humanitarian aid.
  • The US puts hundreds of Marines on the ground in the fight for Raqqa, adding to the international power struggle in the conflict.
  • US forces headed to Manbij to disrupt fighting between rival US-allied forces.
  • Syrian children are suffering toxic stress, showing a range of symptoms as a result of their constant, lifelong exposure to violence and fear.
  • Warlords and armed militias are taking control inside Assad’s territory.
  • After the second Islamic State occupation, Palmyra remains majestic despite the devastation.
  • The Islamic State leaves Mosul’s antiquities museum in ruins.
  • Iraqi troops find Assyrian treasures in the Islamic State’s network of tunnels beneath Mosul.
  • As Iraqi security forces advance through Mosul, the Islamic State deploys vicious and rapidly evolving counterattacks.
  • Bahrain has moved to ban the main opposition party and to shift a number of civilian cases to a military court.
  • Gunmen dressed as medics killed dozens in an attack on Kabul’s main military hospital.
  • NPR interviews Afghanistan’s ambassador to Washington, Hamdullah Mohib.
  • The impossible job of Afghanistan’s attorney general.
  • Putting a human face on the cost of terror in Kabul.
  • The head of US Central Command wants more troops for Afghanistan.
  • A dangerous new development in Myanmar: the formation of the first Rohingya insurgent group in decades.
  • The International Court of Justice declined to reopen the genocide case against Serbia.
  • History repeats itself in Ukraine.
  • Two weeks after being released from prison, police detained Putin critic and activist Ildar Dadin.
  • German lawmakers approved broadened security measures, including expanded video surveillance.
  • The US Army is scouting two facilities in northern Germany as potential spots for bases.
  • Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the first public confirmation that Russia had deployed a cruise missile in violation of an arms treaty.
  • A man who spent years lobbying the Pentagon on behalf of Palantir has taken a job as special assistant to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
  • Attorney General Sessions has said he would adviseTrump to place captured terror suspects in Guantánamo.
  • WikiLeaks published a leak of CIA documents largely on hacking and surveillance.
  • After reporting that US Marines shared nude photographs of female Marines on Facebook, the scandal has widened to other branches of service.

3rd March 2017

  • Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was acquittedby Egypt’s top appeals court in the deaths of protesters in 2011.
  • Three extremist groups in Mali merged and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda.
  • Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is waging war on an independent media, using an intimidation and disinformation campaign to protect himself and stoke ethnic tensions.
  • Nigerians report massacres carried out, not by Boko Haram, but by the military they believed was there to help them.
  • Gambians seek justice for those disappeared under Jammeh’s rule.
  • Politicized humanitarian aid exacerbates and fuels South Sudan’s conflict.
  • Is Somalia ready for the withdrawal of AMISOM?
  • China and the US become wary neighbors in east Africa.
  • Opposition journalists, activists, and members of parliament have been swept up in a wave of arrests in Turkey preceding a referendum that would grant President Erdoğan wide-ranging power.
  • Israel has been detaining Palestinians under a 2002 law that strips them of due process rights.
  • Upcoming Palestinian municipal elections will be held in the occupied West Bank, but not in Gaza, where Hamas reportedly refuses to hold elections.
  • A snapshot of life in rural, famine-burdened Yemen.
  • Pro-government Syrian forces recaptured Palmyra from the Islamic State.
  • Rival groups race for control of Raqqa.
  • Russia bombed US-backed Syrian fighters, apparently by mistake.
  • The Syrian state’s victims and their families are pursuing justice through European courts.
  • A UN report states that the Assad government carried outa number of war crimes in Aleppo in 2016, including chlorine attacks.
  • The Islamic State used a massive sinkhole outside of Mosul as a site of executions and body dumps; thousands of bodies are believed to be there, though the group has filled it in and booby-trapped it.
  • Rival Kurdish group’s clash in Iraq’s Sinjar region.
  • In the final weeks of Obama’s presidency, negotiations took place with Iran for the release of two American prisoners, collapsing days before Trump’s inauguration.
  • An uptick in terrorism in Pakistan is straining its relationship with Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan’s cabinet approved a planned reform package for the tribal areas, including the extension of basic constitutional rights and the ability to vote to those citizens.
  • Philippines police falsify evidence in order justify unlawful killings in the country’s ongoing drug war.
  • A Russian activist recounts his experiences of torture after being imprisoned under the country’s new anti-protest laws.
  • In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as a solution to problems it created.
  • Blockaders in Ukraine aim to cut off rail traffic from the east.
  • Amid worries about Russian aggression, Sweden reintroduces military conscription.
  • New guidance from the British Home Office callously says that gay Afghan asylum seekers can be deportedback home, where homosexuality is illegal, and pretend to be straight.
  • German firms turn to the US and UK when laws in Germany block them from exporting weapons to conflict-affected countries.
  • Leaked court documents show evidence that the 2016 assassination of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was an extrajudicial killing carried out by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces.
  • Trump’s latest moves to publish lists of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants is drawing comparison to Hitler’s lists of crimes committed by Jews.
  • “Money will not fix what ails our military. We don’t have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy.”
  • In the last days of the Obama administration, officials rushed to preserve evidence of Russian hacking and Trump campaign links to Russia.
  • Two years ago, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the new national security advisor, was investigated by the Army and admonished for allowing two lieutenants to attend Ranger School even though they were under criminal investigation for sexual assault.