Author: Middle East Monitor

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EU denies Netanyahu Accusation of Interfering in Israeli Legislation

Brussels (MEMO) – The European Union has rejected accusations made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it interferes in Israeli legislation, Arab48.com reported on Friday. “The way that Israel defines itself is an internal issue,” said the EU Mission in Israel. “We respect the internal discussions.” However, it stressed that “Democracy and equality are basic values that define our […]

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Who are Washington’s “Revolutionaries” in Iran?

Tehran (NEO) – The US-backed Iranian opposition is neither “revolutionary,” nor even “in” Iran. Yet they have been designated as Washington’s proxies of choice, and an alternative government they seek to place into power in Tehran.  As the US-led proxy war in Syria reaches a relative stalemate and with time on Damascus and its allies’ […]

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3 French nationals briefly detained in PKK operations in Turkey

Ankara (TM) – Three French nationals were briefly detained, along with 13 others, during an operation conducted by Turkish security forces targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its umbrella organization the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) in southeastern Şırnak province, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. According to the report, the operation was carried out by the gendarmerie […]

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In Wake of AMLO Victory, US Media Fear Chavismo, Hope for Change

Washington, D.C. (FAIR) – Neoliberal capitalist dogma pervades mainstream media. A case in point is coverage of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) resounding victory in Mexico’s presidential election. Referring to the president-elect by his commonly used acronym, the New York Times’ Azam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas (7/1/18) claimed that one of AMLO’s biggest challenges will be to convince […]

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Mexico: AMLO to Seek Negotiated Peace in Drug War

Mexico City (TSN) – “We will propose decriminalization, create truth commissions, we will attack the causes of poverty,” Sanchez, AMLO’s proposed interior minister said. Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s transition team unveiled a plan Friday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a […]

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Turkish Lira Hits Record Low, Days After Erdogan’s New Government Appointed

Ankara (MEE) – The Turkish lira hit a record low overnight Wednesday, dispelling hope that the currency’s instability would end after June’s snap election. It hit a low of 4.9767 lira to the US dollar in overnight trading with Asia after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he expects interest rates to fall, despite persistently high inflation. […]

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Cutting Off Iran Could Send Oil Soaring to over $120 A Barrel: Bank of America

Tehran (TNA) – Crude oil could surge to more than $120 a barrel, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts, if the Trump administration were to order a complete cutoff of Iranian barrels before the end of the year. “Oil is now a game of chicken,” the analysts wrote in a note Thursday. They said […]

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Brazilian Court Orders Release of Ex-President Lula

Brasilia (TSN) – The order demands the suspension of the provisional sentence and grants Lula his freedom immediately. In a decision released on Sunday federal judge Rogerio Favreto of the appeal Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region based in Porto Alegre, decided to grant freedom to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been imprisoned […]

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Trump to Saudi Arabia: Lower Oil Prices or We Will Not ‘Defend’ You

Washington (MEMO) – If Gulf countries do not increase oil outputs to cover the shortfall left by Iran, America may not defend them, US President Donald Trump has warned in a tweet. America wants to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero by November. Should it succeed and Tehran’s two million barrels a day be taken off the market, […]

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Trump’s Iran Gambit Won’t Pay Off

Washington D.C. (AHT) – It is as clear as day that President Trump is obsessed with regime change in Iran.  What is not made clear is how much his gambit is damaging to Americans and American interests. Without cause or justification, Mr. Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), striking a hard […]

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