Iran sees influence growing in Syria

TEHRAN, Iran — When the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah entered Syria for the first time, almost a year ago, the status quo was different. Syrian regime forces were losing ground to opposition rebels. Among some observers, it became conventional wisdom that it was only a matter of time before the regime fell; the rebels were at the gates of Damascus, or at least

Marginalized Saudi youth launch virtual protests

Saudi Arabia today faces something more challenging than a revolution — a sporadic and frustrated youth protest thus far expressed only in the virtual world. More than half a dozen men and women in recent weeks began to post videos on YouTube in a desperate move to attract attention to their economic and political

Real News Network: who will benefit from imf bailout of ukraine ?

JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.While much of the reporting on Ukraine has focused on the political battles between the U.S., the E.U., and Russia, there’s little coverage on the economic consequences of such battles for the debt-ridden nation, especially what

South African Parliamentary Conference backs boycott of Israel

  South Africa’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee held a “Solidarity Conference in Support of the Peoples of Palestine, Western Sahara and Cuba” on Thursday, 6th February. The session was opened by an icon of the anti-apartheid struggle, Ahmed Kathrada. He was followed to the podium by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of

Turkey shifts toward Iran on Syria

 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu helps Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 1, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas) TEHRAN, Iran — What’s going on between Iran and Turkey? Questions are being raised by allies before enemies. The two neighboring, former Islamic empires were thought to

Hamas denounces ‘threats’ of potential Egyptian attack on Gaza

Hamas’s spokesman accuses Egypt and Fatah of aiming to destroy Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip   Sami Abu-Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas (Photo: Reuters)   Rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas condemned Wednesday recent statements allegedly made by Egyptian officials regarding a potential military offence

Egypt’s government fails to end civil strife, terrorism

A Molotov cocktail is seen mid-air during clashes between riot police and students of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Dec. 27, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) The sight of blood and charred debris, the screams of loss and pain and the rising death toll often leave people speechless, unable to comprehend a thought.

Nasrallah named Lebanon’s person of 2013

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has been named Lebanon’s person of the year 2013 by a poll conducted by the country’s leading media corporation. The poll conducted by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation shows Nasrallah has gained more than 60 percent of the votes. The 53-year-old has been leading the

Aleppo’s bloodiest week

  People flee after what activists said was the return of government jet planes in Aleppo’s al-Marja district, Dec. 23, 2013. More than 350 people have been killed in a week of air raids on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and nearby towns by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a

US completely infiltrated by Israeli spies: Analyst

“News is what someone, somewhere is trying to suppress; the rest is just advertising.” - Press Magnate Alfred Harmsworth, later Britain’s Lord Northcliffe There is a total stand down on prosecuting Israeli espionage networks here. Such a situation could never have happened unless all of our counter-intelligence, judicial and political institutions

Fresh protests in Egypt turn deadly

Several protesters killed and hundreds arrested as police disperse rallies in support of deposed president. At least five people have been killed and 265 others arrested as Egyptian riot police deployed water cannon and tear gas against hundreds of rock-throwing supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi, government officials said. The

Turkish probe marks AKP-Gulen power struggle – Features – Al Jazeera English

Turkey has been shaken by the most extensive and sensational corruption investigations of its recent history that have led to dozens of detentions – from renowned business people to senior bureaucrats and sons of ministers. There is a consensus in Turkey that the graft crackdown is linked to the recent

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

  Dahr Jamail* – The Nation How will climate change affect the future of the planet? Scientists predict it will be nothing short of a nightmare. I haven’t returned to Mount Rainier to see just how much further that glacier has receded in the last few years, but recently I