Pakistan Condemns Drone Strikes as ‘Unlawful’

Islamabad issued another condemnation on Monday of Washington’s drone war in northwest Pakistan, branding it “unlawful, counterproductive and unacceptable,” after President Obama for the first time publicly acknowledged the classified program. Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said: “Our position on drone strikes is clear and based on principle. We cannot condone the violation of our […]

‘New’ US Strategy Keeps Massive Nuclear Arsenal in Place

‘New’ US Strategy Keeps Massive Nuclear Arsenal in Place | Cold War momentum prevails decades after era’s end

Air Force Retaliated Against Whistleblowers Who Uncovered Landfill Dumping of Corpses

Air Force Retaliated Against Whistleblowers Who Uncovered Landfill Dumping of Corpses | Special Counsel urges Air Force to ‘deter’ future retaliatory moves

Taliban Leadership: No Talks With Karzai Govt.

Taliban Leadership: No Talks With Karzai Govt. | US officials confirm Gitmo releases possible

Resolution Unlikely as UN Security Council Meets on Syria

Resolution Unlikely as UN Security Council Meets on Syria | Western nations deny plans to attack Syria

US Drone Strike Kills At Least 12 in Yemen

US Drone Strike Kills At Least 12 in Yemen | One ‘wanted militant’ slain, rest termed ‘al-Qaeda’

Iraq Security Forces Detain 16 Vice Presidential Guards

Iraqi security forces have detained 16 of Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi’s bodyguards, according to the interior ministry, in the latest attempt to incriminate him. Hashemi is in hiding in Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region after Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered him detained on trumped up terrorism charges, in a broader plan to marginalize Sunni authorities […]

Iran-IAEA Talks ‘Constructive,’ as US-Israel Keep Aggressive Postures

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) three day negotiations with the Iranian government were “constructive,” according to Iranian news media. “The negotiations between the two sides were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere,” an IAEA official was reported as saying. The two sides agreed to hold additional talks in the future. The IAEA inspectors […]

Israeli Government Moves to Subsidize Settlers, Legalize Outposts

In an effort to appeal to right-wing sentiments ahead of an election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has reinstated subsidies for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and appointed a panel in an attempt to legalize illegal settlements. Years ago, Israel halted generous financial incentives encouraging Israelis to settle in occupied Palestinian territory. But this […]

Days of US Hegemony in Mideast May Be Numbered

Rising powers like Russia and China are changing the power dynamic in the geopolitics of the Middle East and Asia. Despite America’s unquestionable military superiority, domestic and international forces may be influencing a trend of gradual pullback, especially compared to the first two decades after the Cold War. At the same time, millions of people […]