Source : Agencies | 11 Jul 2013
The U.S. government has been quietly funding anti-Muslim Brotherhood political activists in Egypt for the past few years, Al Jazeera reports in a story being touted as an exclusive.
The report comes just days after Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-backed president Mohammed Morsi was ousted from office by the Egyptian army.
Source : AFP | 16 Jan 2012
Israel and the United States have agreed to postpone a major military defence exercise scheduled for spring, a senior security official said Sunday, amid rising regional tension over Iran's nuclear programme.
"Israel and the United States have agreed to postpone the manoeuvre planned for spring," the official said on condition of anonymity.
"The exercises will take place between now and the end of 2012," the official added, without elaborating.
By Agencies : Moscow | 12 Jan 2012
Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev warned that military escalation is likely in Iran, with "real danger" of a US strike, in an interview published on Thursday.
He added that Syria, which has refused to break its ties with Tehran, could also be a target for Western intervention. "There is a likelihood of military escalation of the conflict, and Israel is pushing the Americans towards it," said Patrushev said in an interview published on the website of the daily Kommersant.
By Spencer Ackerman : Danger Room|Wired.com | 13 Jan 2012
Negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban after 10 years of war in Afghanistan is hard enough. But the stalemated politics of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility risk effectively killing the negotiations before they even have the chance to end the war.
The Taliban leadership has evidently decided it wants to talk peace terms. Among the things it wants as a gesture of good faith from its U.S. adversaries: the release of five detainees from Guantanamo.
Source : News Agencies | 13 Jan 2012
Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday that only the United Nations’ decision regarding to Iran were binding for Turkey.
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Yildiz said that "there is news that the United States and European Union (EU) have taken certain decisions against Iran and will apply sanctions on Iranian oil. Only the United Nations’ decisions on Iran are binding for Turkey. Any decision taken out of the U.N. is not binding for Turkey".
By Andrew Quinn : Reuters | Washington | 12 Jan 2012
The number two official in the U.S. State Department met with a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday but chose not to see a more hardline Islamist group that has also fared well in Egypt's first free legislative vote in decades.
by Dahr Jamail : Al Jazeera | Baghdad | 07 Jan 2012
On November 27, 38 months after Royal Dutch Shell announced its pursuit of a massive gas deal in southern Iraq, the oil giant had its contract signed for a $17bn flared gas deal.
Three days later, the US-based energy firm Emerson submitted a bid for a contract to operate at Iraq's giant Zubair oil field, which reportedly holds some eight million barrels of oil.
by Gareth Porter : IPS | Washington | 03 Jan 2012
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu's aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran.
Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinary influence his right-wing Likud Party exercises over the Republican Party and the U.S. Congress on matters related to Israel in order to maximize the likelihood that the United States would participate in an attack on Iran.
By Stephen Collinson : AFP | Honolulu | 31 Dec 2011
US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran's central bank and financial sector, in a move that could intensify a brewing Gulf showdown.
The measures, meant to punish Iran for its nuclear program, were contained in a mammoth $662 billion defense bill, which Obama signed despite having reservations that it ties his hands on setting foreign policy.