US Military “Commemorates” Its Iraq Massacre. “Tell Them It’s the Sound of Freedom.”

By Felicity Arbuthnot   “We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected round the world.”  (President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, 24th January 2012.) As Easter was celebrated in the US and UK with, for believers, the message of hope, Fallujah, the region and much…

Egyptian police ‘using rape as a weapon’ against dissident groups

  Claim comes amid widespread anger at crackdown that has seen 16,000 arrested Egyptian students, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, demonstrate outside Cairo University. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images   Two male political dissidents claim they were raped in Egyptian police custody in separate assaults that campaigners suspect are indicative…

Criminal Court a U.S.-Israeli “Red Line” for Palestinians

By Thalif Deen April 11, 2014 “ICH” – “IPS” – – When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts…

Iran sees influence growing in Syria

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) arrives at the Syrian parliament building for talks with Syrian officials in Damascus, Jan. 15, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri) 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,…

Turkey will be new president of the D-8

ANKARA — The Developing Eight have high expectations of Turkey’s presidency this year, says the group’s secretary general. Sayed Ali Mohammad Mousavi said Saturday Turkey was the “founding father” of D-8, which represents an economic development alliance among eight countries with high Muslim populations. “We appreciate the Turkish government’s support to the D-8,” Mousavi said. “Turkey…