2020-07-07: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2020-07-07). 'Solidarity selfie' campaign draws support for persecuted Kurdish mayors, MPs in Turkey. greenleft.org.au

Max Parry (2020-07-06). The Battle of Seattle was Fought by the Pro-war "Left" in Northern Syria. dissidentvoice.org The ongoing series of protests, riots and unrest following the death of George Floyd culminated in the establishment of a self-declared "autonomous zone" by activists in Seattle, Washington, after police abandoned a local precinct in the city's Capitol Hill district. Lasting just three weeks until law enforcement retook the six block territory from occupants on …

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Lebanese block roads in Beirut amid economic woes. yenisafak.com Lebanese protesters blocked several roads in the capital Beirut on Monday, amid growing anger over deteriorating economic conditions in the country. | In a statement, Lebanon's traffic control room said demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads in the capital in protest of frequent power blackouts. | Drivers also staged a protest outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry in the Sanayeh area of Beirut to demand the cancellation of mechanics and inspection fees. They also called for reducing fuel prices. | Lebanon's currency has taken a nosedive, losing around 70% of its value in recent months. Lira was…

_____ (2020-07-06). Ambassadors Are Not Completely Useless, It Seems. Many Are Getting Their Hands Dirty in New Diplomacy. strategic-culture.org Diplomacy is in a crisis, re-emerging as something else more sinister and darker for its ambassadors. From Venezuela to Lebanon though, their time is up. Their dirty game is no longer a secret and it will be the starving Lebanese who will unseat them. | Diplomacy has been in the news quite a bit in late June. Yet it has still left many of us wondering if there is ever a real role for diplomats to play in this junk-news, social media-obsessed world which has reduced them to mere "waiters who are occasionally allowed to sit down" as Peter Ustinov once put it. | But Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro, who the We…

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). PKK/YPG forcing children to join terror group in Syria. yenisafak.com The PKK/YPG terrorist organization has been trying to forcibly recruit children who lost their parents in the Syrian civil war, Turkish security sources told Anadolu Agency on Monday.Having suffered severe blows in recent years, the PKK/YPG has established teams to seek out and brainwash such children and teenagers, threatening them to join the terrorists' ranks if they did not cooperate.According to reports by security forces, these teams have pursued Syrian orphans between the ages of 10 and 15 and kidnapped them to terror camps to indoctrinate them with their ideology and train them for armed combat after turn…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Libya arrests Daesh/ISIS cell west of Tripoli. yenisafak.com Libyan forces have dismantled a Daesh/ISIS cell in Az-Zawiyah city, west of the capital Tripoli, according to the Interior Ministry on Monday. | A ministry statement said the cell was planning "to carry out terrorist attacks and plots to harm security and stability and spread chaos in the country". | The statement, however, did not specify how many cell members were arrested. | On Sunday, the Joint Security Operations Room in Misrata city, 200 km east of Tripoli, announced the arrest of a Daesh/ISIS militant, who arrived in the country from Syria in 2016. | Earlier Monday, local Syrian sources said 300 mercenarie…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). FM spokesman, Chinese envoy meet in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi met and held talks with Chinese Ambassador to Iran Chang Hua on Monday in Tehran.

Press TV (2020-07-05). US Builds New Air Base in Syria. dissidentvoice.org The United States has built a new military base, including an airport for military aircraft, for its occupying forces in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah. Local sources told Syria's state news agency SANA on Wednesday that the new base and its airport had been established in Jazira Region, located between Um Kahif Village and Tal …

South Front (2020-07-05). Video: String of ISIS Attacks Continues in Syrian Desert. globalresearch.ca Since the start of the week, the Syrian Army has repelled several ISIS attacks on its positions in the desert in central Syria. | The most recent attack took place in eastern Homs early on July 2 and became the largest …

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-05). Hezbollah between two fires: its own society and its domestic allies. thealtworld.com Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah enjoys unparalleled support among Shia in Lebanon and more broadly among the "Axis of the Resistance" he is leading. He is the most famous leader in Lebanon and is highly respected and heeded by both followers and enemies, particularly Israel. However, since the financial situation in Lebanon has sharply deteriorated, he is no longer in an enviable position and will need exceptional skills to keep Lebanon united at a time when his supposed political allies are exhibiting unfriendly behaviour. Hezbollah's followers and Hezbollah's political allies are no…

_____ (2020-07-05). The Return Of The Anti-Antiwar Left. popularresistance.org In the writings of Dreyfuss, The New York Times' Michelle Goldberg, Mother Jones' David Corn, The Atlantic's Franklin Foer, New York magazine's resident dolt Jonathan Chait, and many more besides, we can see the emergence of the anti-anti-Cold War Left, there has also reemerged alongside it the very vocal and ravenously unscrupulous anti-antiwar Left. And it is on the issue of the Syrian war on which the anti-antiwar Left has coalesced, inexplicably arguing for the wholesale takeover of a secular police state by the very same Islamist radicals who, if given the chance, would turn around and immediately kill them…

yenisafak (2020-07-04). Antifa, YPG/PKK ties threaten national peace in West. yenisafak.com Many Western countries support the idea of backing the YPG/PKK in Syria but Turkish officials reject aiding a terror group to beat another, ISIS/Daesh. A recent report released by the Turkish National Police Academy warned that countries of origin might face serious security challenges once foreign fighters in Syria return home.The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group that has the blood of tens of thousands of Turkish citizens on its hands. But warnings by Ankara have fallen on deaf ears and the YPG continues to recruit more and more foreign fighters. The report written by academics Murat Tinas and…

_____ (2020-07-04). UK Decision On Venezuelan Gold Condemned: 'It's Daylight Robbery!'. popularresistance.org The fact that the UK High Court cites the UK government's recognition of Juan Guaidó as the reason for blocking access to the gold is farcical. The UK government has formally recognised Guaidó as "interim president", but maintains full consular and diplomatic relations with Venezuela and its legitimate government. There is a Venezuelan ambassador in London and a British ambassador in Caracas. | Furthermore, the Venezuelan government had pledged that proceeds from the repatriation of the gold reserves would only be used, under supervision of the UN Human Development Program, in the fight against the COVID-19 pande…

yenisafak (2020-07-04). Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit. yenisafak.com Russia is not in talks with Washington about its potential role at an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday, insisting that China should also be included in the event.His comments to TASS news agency countered those of John Sullivan, U.S. ambassador to Russia, who told RBC TV on Friday that Washington was "engaged with the Russian Foreign Ministry and with the other G7 governments about whether there is an appropriate role for Russia at the G7."U.S. President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of Russia's return to the group, which includes the w…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-04). Head of Interpol in Iran holds talk with S Korean envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Director General of Interpol in Iran met and held talks with South Korean Ambassador to Tehran, conferring on boosting bilateral ties.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-04). Hezbollah denounces Saudi media's insult to Ayat. Sistani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah condemned, in a statement issued on Saturday, the insult of a Saudi Arabia's newspaper, Asharq al-Awsat, against Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani, top Iraqi Shia leader.

_____ (2020-07-03). Bounty-Hunter Hoax to Kill U.S.-Russia Relations. strategic-culture.org Relations between the United States and Russia have already been badly wounded during recent years, largely as a result of baseless allegations such as Moscow interfering in American elections, colluding with President Donald Trump, or regarding other international developments, from the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, to purported war crimes in Syria, to the alleged poisoning of British double-agent Sergei Skripal in England. | But the latest U.S. media effort claiming Russian military intelligence involvement in sponsoring Taliban assassins or "bounty hunters" to target American troops in Afghanis…

South Front (2020-07-03). Video: Syria Prepares for Military Confrontation with Turkey in Northeast. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria. | Several convoys of government forces, including …

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-07-03). No Israeli War on Lebanon Before the Next US Elections. globalresearch.ca There is no doubt that, since Ben Gurion, the Zionist

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Iran enduring 40yrs of sanctions on human principles: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Paris Bahram Ghasemi said that Islamic Republic of Iran has endured sanctions against human standards for more than forty years.

2020-07-06: News Headlines

Max Parry (2020-07-06). The Battle of Seattle was Fought by the Pro-war "Left" in Northern Syria. dissidentvoice.org The ongoing series of protests, riots and unrest following the death of George Floyd culminated in the establishment of a self-declared "autonomous zone" by activists in Seattle, Washington, after police abandoned a local precinct in the city's Capitol Hill district. Lasting just three weeks until law enforcement retook the six block territory from occupants on …

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Lebanese block roads in Beirut amid economic woes. yenisafak.com Lebanese protesters blocked several roads in the capital Beirut on Monday, amid growing anger over deteriorating economic conditions in the country. | In a statement, Lebanon's traffic control room said demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads in the capital in protest of frequent power blackouts. | Drivers also staged a protest outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry in the Sanayeh area of Beirut to demand the cancellation of mechanics and inspection fees. They also called for reducing fuel prices. | Lebanon's currency has taken a nosedive, losing around 70% of its value in recent months. Lira was…

_____ (2020-07-06). Ambassadors Are Not Completely Useless, It Seems. Many Are Getting Their Hands Dirty in New Diplomacy. strategic-culture.org Diplomacy is in a crisis, re-emerging as something else more sinister and darker for its ambassadors. From Venezuela to Lebanon though, their time is up. Their dirty game is no longer a secret and it will be the starving Lebanese who will unseat them. | Diplomacy has been in the news quite a bit in late June. Yet it has still left many of us wondering if there is ever a real role for diplomats to play in this junk-news, social media-obsessed world which has reduced them to mere "waiters who are occasionally allowed to sit down" as Peter Ustinov once put it. | But Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro, who the We…

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). PKK/YPG forcing children to join terror group in Syria. yenisafak.com The PKK/YPG terrorist organization has been trying to forcibly recruit children who lost their parents in the Syrian civil war, Turkish security sources told Anadolu Agency on Monday.Having suffered severe blows in recent years, the PKK/YPG has established teams to seek out and brainwash such children and teenagers, threatening them to join the terrorists' ranks if they did not cooperate.According to reports by security forces, these teams have pursued Syrian orphans between the ages of 10 and 15 and kidnapped them to terror camps to indoctrinate them with their ideology and train them for armed combat after turn…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Libya arrests Daesh/ISIS cell west of Tripoli. yenisafak.com Libyan forces have dismantled a Daesh/ISIS cell in Az-Zawiyah city, west of the capital Tripoli, according to the Interior Ministry on Monday. | A ministry statement said the cell was planning "to carry out terrorist attacks and plots to harm security and stability and spread chaos in the country". | The statement, however, did not specify how many cell members were arrested. | On Sunday, the Joint Security Operations Room in Misrata city, 200 km east of Tripoli, announced the arrest of a Daesh/ISIS militant, who arrived in the country from Syria in 2016. | Earlier Monday, local Syrian sources said 300 mercenarie…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-06). FM spokesman, Chinese envoy meet in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi met and held talks with Chinese Ambassador to Iran Chang Hua on Monday in Tehran.

South Front (2020-07-05). Video: String of ISIS Attacks Continues in Syrian Desert. globalresearch.ca Since the start of the week, the Syrian Army has repelled several ISIS attacks on its positions in the desert in central Syria. | The most recent attack took place in eastern Homs early on July 2 and became the largest …

Press TV (2020-07-05). US Builds New Air Base in Syria. dissidentvoice.org The United States has built a new military base, including an airport for military aircraft, for its occupying forces in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah. Local sources told Syria's state news agency SANA on Wednesday that the new base and its airport had been established in Jazira Region, located between Um Kahif Village and Tal …

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-05). Hezbollah between two fires: its own society and its domestic allies. thealtworld.com Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah enjoys unparalleled support among Shia in Lebanon and more broadly among the "Axis of the Resistance" he is leading. He is the most famous leader in Lebanon and is highly respected and heeded by both followers and enemies, particularly Israel. However, since the financial situation in Lebanon has sharply deteriorated, he is no longer in an enviable position and will need exceptional skills to keep Lebanon united at a time when his supposed political allies are exhibiting unfriendly behaviour. Hezbollah's followers and Hezbollah's political allies are no…

_____ (2020-07-05). The Return Of The Anti-Antiwar Left. popularresistance.org In the writings of Dreyfuss, The New York Times' Michelle Goldberg, Mother Jones' David Corn, The Atlantic's Franklin Foer, New York magazine's resident dolt Jonathan Chait, and many more besides, we can see the emergence of the anti-anti-Cold War Left, there has also reemerged alongside it the very vocal and ravenously unscrupulous anti-antiwar Left. And it is on the issue of the Syrian war on which the anti-antiwar Left has coalesced, inexplicably arguing for the wholesale takeover of a secular police state by the very same Islamist radicals who, if given the chance, would turn around and immediately kill them…

yenisafak (2020-07-04). Antifa, YPG/PKK ties threaten national peace in West. yenisafak.com Many Western countries support the idea of backing the YPG/PKK in Syria but Turkish officials reject aiding a terror group to beat another, ISIS/Daesh. A recent report released by the Turkish National Police Academy warned that countries of origin might face serious security challenges once foreign fighters in Syria return home.The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group that has the blood of tens of thousands of Turkish citizens on its hands. But warnings by Ankara have fallen on deaf ears and the YPG continues to recruit more and more foreign fighters. The report written by academics Murat Tinas and…

_____ (2020-07-04). UK Decision On Venezuelan Gold Condemned: 'It's Daylight Robbery!'. popularresistance.org The fact that the UK High Court cites the UK government's recognition of Juan Guaidó as the reason for blocking access to the gold is farcical. The UK government has formally recognised Guaidó as "interim president", but maintains full consular and diplomatic relations with Venezuela and its legitimate government. There is a Venezuelan ambassador in London and a British ambassador in Caracas. | Furthermore, the Venezuelan government had pledged that proceeds from the repatriation of the gold reserves would only be used, under supervision of the UN Human Development Program, in the fight against the COVID-19 pande…

yenisafak (2020-07-04). Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit. yenisafak.com Russia is not in talks with Washington about its potential role at an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday, insisting that China should also be included in the event.His comments to TASS news agency countered those of John Sullivan, U.S. ambassador to Russia, who told RBC TV on Friday that Washington was "engaged with the Russian Foreign Ministry and with the other G7 governments about whether there is an appropriate role for Russia at the G7."U.S. President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of Russia's return to the group, which includes the w…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-04). Head of Interpol in Iran holds talk with S Korean envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Director General of Interpol in Iran met and held talks with South Korean Ambassador to Tehran, conferring on boosting bilateral ties.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-04). Hezbollah denounces Saudi media's insult to Ayat. Sistani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah condemned, in a statement issued on Saturday, the insult of a Saudi Arabia's newspaper, Asharq al-Awsat, against Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani, top Iraqi Shia leader.

South Front (2020-07-03). Video: Syria Prepares for Military Confrontation with Turkey in Northeast. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria. | Several convoys of government forces, including …

_____ (2020-07-03). Bounty-Hunter Hoax to Kill U.S.-Russia Relations. strategic-culture.org Relations between the United States and Russia have already been badly wounded during recent years, largely as a result of baseless allegations such as Moscow interfering in American elections, colluding with President Donald Trump, or regarding other international developments, from the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, to purported war crimes in Syria, to the alleged poisoning of British double-agent Sergei Skripal in England. | But the latest U.S. media effort claiming Russian military intelligence involvement in sponsoring Taliban assassins or "bounty hunters" to target American troops in Afghanis…

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-07-03). No Israeli War on Lebanon Before the Next US Elections. globalresearch.ca There is no doubt that, since Ben Gurion, the Zionist

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Iran enduring 40yrs of sanctions on human principles: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Paris Bahram Ghasemi said that Islamic Republic of Iran has endured sanctions against human standards for more than forty years.

South Front (2020-07-02). Video: Internal Tensions Do Not Stop Militants from Provocations in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Late on June 30, fighting resumed near the villages of Kansafrah, Al-Ruwayha and Bayanin in southern Idlib between the Syrian Army and Turkish-backed militants. Intense artillery shelling also targeted positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham across the Jabal Al-Zawiyah area. Pro-militant …

yenisafak (2020-07-02). Turkish resort city ready for safe tourism season. yenisafak.com Turkey's Mediterranean resort city of Antalya is fully set up to ensure safe tourism and a virus-free environment, according to Ukraine's envoy to Turkey."We see that visits from Ukraine started well. There are serious preparations for safe tourism in Antalya, we had the chance to see them ourselves by visiting like a tourist," Ambassador Andrii Sybiha said during a meeting with Ersin Yazici, Antalya's governor.Sybiha said Antalya is a very beautiful city and is not only the capital of Turkish tourism but also agriculture.Telling how flights from Ukraine to Antalya started on Wednesday, he called on more Ukrainia…