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Thomson Reuters Under Fire for Providing ICE Access to Immigrants’ Data

London (TLS) – According to the Intercept’s investigation, as part of a federal contract nearing US$30 million, Thomson Reuters Special Services has been supplying ICE with data on migrants. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the parent company of the newswire service, Reuters, has come under heat for having a multimillion contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, […]

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UK, Intelligence Agencies Slammed for Role in Ill-Treatment of Terrorism Suspects

London (HRW) – Today, the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee confirmed that, while cooperating with US-led post-2001 counterterrorism operations, the UK took and tolerated actions that were “inexcusable.” For those unfamiliar with polite euphemisms in British English, some of the actions the report is talking about were torture and other ill-treatment, acts which are […]

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Italian Company Discovers Massive Gas Find off Egyptian Coast: Report

Cairo (MEE) – Find would cement country’s ‘gas hub’ dreams and casts doubt over $15bn deal to import Israeli gas announced in February. An Italian energy company has reportedly discovered a gas field off the Egyptian coast three times larger than one found in 2015 which was described as the largest ever found in the […]

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NYT’s ‘Economic Logic’ Ignores Italy’s Economic Reality

Rome (CEPR) – A NYT article discussing the possibility that Italy will leave the eurozone told readers that this decision would defy economic logic. It noted the various downsides for Italy of leaving the euro and then told readers: “As demonstrated by the Brexit vote, which numerous analyses showed would not be good for Britain’s health, economic […]

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Hariri Heads to Saudi Arabia for Second Time Since Suspect Resignation

Paris (MEE) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri headed to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the second time since his shock resignation in the kingdom last year. On 4 November, Hariri announced he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking concerns that he was being detained against his will. After French mediation, however, he rescinded […]

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Will Oil End the American Century?

Washington D.C. (NEO) – The American Century, so triumphantly proclaimed in a 1941 Life magazine editorial by US establishment insider Henry Luce, was built on the control of oil and on an endless succession of wars for that control of global oil. Now, ironically, with the illegal and unilateral cancellation of the Iranian nuclear agreement […]

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Ayatollah Khamenei Outlines Tehran’s Conditions for Staying in Iran Nuclear Deal

Tehran (TNA) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday announced necessary conditions for Tehran to stay in 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrawal from the agreement. On the seventh day of the auspicious month of Ramadan, the heads of government branches, officials, government authorities, a group of senior managers as well as […]

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Brussels Rises in Revolt Against Washington: a Turning Point in the US-European Relationship

Brussels (SCF) – The May 16-17 EU-Western Balkans summit did address the problems of integration, but it was eclipsed by another issue. The meeting turned out to be a landmark event that will go down in history as the day Europe united to openly defy the US. The EU will neither review the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) nor join […]

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UK Has Sold $1bn of Weapons to Turkey Since Coup Attempt

London (MEE) – Theresa May is set to roll out the red carpet for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this weekend, as new figures reveal that Britain has sold more than $1bn of weapons to Ankara since the failed 2016 coup and subsequent crackdown under emergency powers, Middle East Eye can reveal. Turkey remains a “priority market” for […]

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Iran Won’t Remain in JCPOA without Practical European Guarantees

Tehran (TNA) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei urged that any decision to keep the 2015 nuclear deal running without the US should be conditional on “practical guarantees” from the three European parties to the JCPOA. In comments during a visit to the Farhangian University in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei […]

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