THE ROVING EYE

by Pepe Escobar   Obama-Rouhani: lights, camera, action The stage is set. By now it’s established Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has given full authority to the new administration of President Hassan Rouhani to talk directly to Washington about Iran’s nuclear program. This happened only a few days after US President Barack Obama leaked that letters…

War Crimes Tribunal’s Back-Door Proceedings

Defence Team for UK national Chowdhury-Mueen Uddin condemn Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal as ‘underhand and irresponsible’ in their extradition approach to UK government Legal team of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin expresses dismay at the standard of trial in absentia of Chowdhury Mueen       Uddin while Bangladeshi authorities continue to make statements as to extradition request to UK Government,…

Erdoğan suggests Israel behind coup in Egypt, has evidence

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo: İHA, Abdullah Cıbır) Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has suggested that Israel was behind the military coup that ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in early July, adding that the Turkish government has evidence to prove the Israeli hand in it. The evidence Erdoğan gave for…

Egypt, the ‘war on terrorism’ and Islamophobia

by Hatem Bazian Egypt’s military and elites resort to Islamophobic rationalisation to legitimise their undemocratic actions. “The utilisation of Islamophobic and ‘war on terror’ tropes in Egypt are reflective of a global post-colonial epistemological trend,” writes Hartem Bazian [Reuters] In an interview with Der Speigel , Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy offered his German audience a history “lesson” reminding them…

Saudi Rulers Pour Money Into Arming Militants in Region

by Finian Cunningham August 11, 2013 “Information Clearing House –  If Saudi rulers had more brains, they might be formidably dangerous. Even with lackluster intelligence assets, they are already causing enough havoc and bloodshed across the Middle East and North Africa regions, pouring millions-of-dollars-worth of weaponry into Al Qaeda and other Takfiri networks that are destroying once…

Egypt’s VP ElBaradei sets out reasons for resignation

Resigning the vice presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei warns that ‘extremist groups’ will be the only beneficiaries of Wednesday’s forced dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins   Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: Reuters)   Egyptian Vice President for International Affairs Mohamed ElBaradei submitted his resignation Wednesday in a letter to the interim president, implying his objections to the interim government’s policy…

AN ELUSIVE PROMISE

by Chinmaya R. Gharekhan – Historians probe the myths surrounding the founding of Israel Al-Aqsa mosque, East Jerusalem To Israel’s credit, almost simultaneously with its creation, historians of great integrity and courage have emerged there to offer to the international community alternative narratives of the events surrounding the new nation’s birth and its immediate aftermath. The…