Month: May 2016

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

12 European countries have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Sisi’s Egypt, rights group says. (MEE) Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union’s members of fueling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday. International organisations have accused Egyptian President Abdel […]

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France: 3,000 Gas Stations Closed, Short of Fuel Due to Strike

(teleSUR) About 3,000 gas stations across France have been shut down or close to shutting down due to the oil strike. France has started using its strategic oil reserves for the first time since 2010 to counter union blockades of its refineries, which has forced about a fourth of the country’s gas stations to close due to the lack of gasoline, the […]

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Where Will First Chinese Overseas Military Bases Spring Up?

China (NEO) – As history shows, significant improvement of a country’s economic situation inevitably boosts its military ambitions. The world has been holding its breath for the last 30 years witnessing the rapid economic growth in China, waiting for the new developments. And China did not fail the expectations of the global community. Whereas before the mid-2000s […]

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If Israel didn’t Assassinate Hezbollah Leader, Who Did? – Geopolitics Alert 05-18-16

(GPA) – After initial reports of Israel being responsible for the targeted assassination of a major Hezbollah leader; conflicting reports emerge of how Mustafa Badreddin actually met his end.   Initial reports over the weekend claim Israeli Air Force behind the assassination of Hezbollah commander.  http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Hezbollahs-top-military-commander-killed-in-IAF-operation-near-Damascus-453893 The first reports on the death of Mustafa Badreddine claimed that that […]

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Meet Brazil’s Corrupt, Business-Friendly Coup-Imposed Cabinet

(teleSUR) The cabinet of Brazil’s interim Senate-imposed President Michel Temer includes several ministers embroiled in corruption scandals. Senate-imposed President Michel Temer’s new cabinet has already garnered widespread criticism for being made up entirely of old white men for the first time since the country’s last dictatorship, but the reasons to be worried about the ministers […]

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Iran orders Hezbollah to target Saudi Arabia

David Hearst (MEE) The military wing of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has been instructed by Iran to suspend operations against Israel and to target Saudi Arabia instead, Middle East Eye can reveal. The instruction comes in the wake of widespread anger at the apparent assassination of Mustafa Badreddine, its military commander in Syria and head […]

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May 15: Your Key Take-Aways for This Week From Geopolitics Alert

Here are your world news key take-aways for the week:   From Tunisia to Somalia, the United States increased its influence and military support throughout North Eastern Africa this week. Washington is trying to draft up a plan to supply the new UN-backed government in Libya with arms. The embargo on arms and assets has been […]

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Making Sense of The African War on Terror – Geopolitics Alert 05-14-16

(GPA) – In this episode of the Geopolitics Alert podcast hosts Randi and Jim discuss the growing role of The United States and their allies in combating the growing threats of terrorism in North and East Africa. US and UN seek to lift arms embargo on Libya to supply government in fight against the Islamic State. https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-ready-loosen-libya-arms-embargo-us-official-030301974.html […]

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The World’s Largest Refugee Camp is Closing

Nairobi, Kenya (TFC) The Kenyan government is constructing a timetable to close all refugee camps due to security concerns. About 600,000 people will be displaced– some of which have spent decades or even their entire lives in the camps. Kenya is home to the world’s largest refugee camp system. The Dadaab camp lies along the Somali […]

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Ukrainian Activists Leak Personal Information of Thousands of War Reporters in the Donbas

Ukraine (GVO) – Earlier this week, the Ukrainian activist website Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”)published a spreadsheet listing what appear to be the names and details of thousands of journalists who have received accreditation to report in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”). The database was published on May 7 with little publicity, until a Facebook post on Tuesday by Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian […]

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