Saudi Dissidents Form Pro-Democracy Political Group

Riyadh (MEMO) – A group of Saudi dissidents, most of them in exile, on Wednesday announced the formation of a party to push for political reform in Saudi Arabia in defiance of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has moved to crush any dissent, Reuters reports. The world’sContinue Reading

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Ankara (TM) – The İstanbul Bar Association on Monday denounced the detention of 60 lawyers by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, saying that the lawyers cannot be charged with practicing law. “The charge of membership in a terrorist organization stems from the [lawyers’] practice of their profession,” said a statement issued by theContinue Reading

Caracas (TSN) – Venezuela has initiatives designed to confront drug trafficking, mostly due to its geographic proximity to Colombia. A plane registered in the United States containing a large shipment of drugs inside was rendered inoperable upon entering Zulia state, on the border with Colombia, as informed by Nestor Reverol, Minister of People’s Power for InternalContinue Reading

Cape Town (TT) – A spokesman for South Africa’s Foreign Ministry has said that the United States’ allegations that Iran plans to kill the U.S. ambassador to Pretoria to avenge the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani took South Africa by surprise. “We only became aware of this report this morning,” LungaContinue Reading

Bagdhad (FT) – Iraq is seeking exemptions from OPEC+ cuts in Q1 of 2021 and has discussed the issue with key producers in the 23-member coalition during three consecutive meetings, state-owned al-Sabaah newspaper reported, citing the country’s oil minister. Ihsan Ismaael said Iraq will continue to trim its output in October throughContinue Reading

Baku (EAN)  – Emboldened by its growing support from Turkey, Azerbaijan has been taking an increasingly harder line against Russia as a diplomatic spat between Baku and Moscow continues to escalate. The particular object of the current dispute is a series of flights that Russian military cargo planes took to Armenia,Continue Reading

Hiding the Impact of US Sanctions on Lebanon

Beirut (FAIR) – That Lebanon is enduring a major financial crisis is clear; that US sanctions regimes have contributed to the problem was obscured in the coverage. However, America’s economic strangulation of Iran and Syria is harming Lebanon, as are similar policies directed against the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The disastrousContinue Reading

Ankara (TM) – A prosecutor has demanded sentences ranging from eight to 19 years for journalists over their reports on a Turkish intelligence officer killed in Libya, the Diken news website reported on Tuesday. Barış Terkoğlu, Aydın Keser, Ferhat Çelik, Eren Ekinci, Erk Acarer, Hülya Kılınç, Barış Pehlivan and Murat Ağırel faceContinue Reading