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7 children dead after Syrian regime bombs school

November 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

At least seven children have been killed and dozens injured in the besieged province of Eastern Ghouta, after the Syrian regime shelled an elementary school on Tuesday, according to Syria Direct. Reported bombing across the Damascus suburb prompted school officials in the town of Jisreen to send students home early. As the children were exiting the building, an artillery shell struck the door of the school, according to Bassam Al-Tounsi, spokesman for the area’s local education directorate. Five children were killed immediately and at least one man, who was selling sweets outside also died. In a video released by Jisreen Media Office, injured children covered in blood can be seen screaming, whilst others sit mute in shock. At least seven […]

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Trump’s choice for civil rights post under fire over BDS crackdown

November 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

US President Donald Trump’s nominee for a senior civil rights post is proving a controversial choice, according to a report by Haaretz. Kenneth Marcus, picked by Trump to be assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, is accused by Palestine advocacy groups of conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, and thus stifling free speech and legitimate political activism. An open letter to that effect has been signed by more than 200 professors, organised by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. According to JVP, Marcus equates “the movement to boycott Israel with anti-Semitism, casting free speech, criticism and nonviolent resistance as violations of civil rights”. His appointment, the group adds, […]

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US War on Terror costs $3.6bn a month

November 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Since the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, American taxpayers have spent $1,463.3 billion on the “War on Terror”, a 74-page US Department of Defence report confirms. The war in Afghanistan, “Operation Enduring Freedom”, cost $584.7 billion, 40 per cent of the overall expenditure, according to the report. The US-led Iraq war, “Operation Iraqi Freedom” or “New Dawn”, cost $731 billion, 50 per cent of the costs. In addition to new operations in the Middle East, such as Syria, the average monthly spending is $3.6 billion during 2017. The US-led “War on Terror” continues to target the accused perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, namely Al-Qaeda, Taliban and associated forces in Afghanistan. The war moved over to countries […]

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Israel warplanes launch overnight attack on Syria

November 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel has conducted airstrikes in Syria overnight causing the Syrian air defences to retaliate using surface-to-air missiles, according to Syrian state TV. The attacks targeted a rural area in central Syria around Homs, the country’s third-largest city. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the ongoing conflict in Syria, reported that huge explosions were heard south of Homs coming from a Hezbollah military base that is thought to manufacture weapons. Prior to the attack, local residents witnessed Israeli jets circling the area, and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported they had been doing so for over an hour. The Syrian military claimed that it had successfully hit one of the jets during the Israeli attack, warning of “dangerous consequences”. In […]

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Why should Britain apologise for the Balfour Declaration?

Until now, the British government does not seem inclined to review its colonial behavior in Palestine, which led to the establishment of the Zionist state “Israel” there, and caused a catastrophe for the Palestinian people. They were dislodged from most of their land, and their social fabric was ripped apart, while most Palestinians became refugees. The statement by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in which she showed pride in the Balfour Declaration and the foundation of Israel, is only proof of that. British policy has for decades claimed that during its occupation of Palestine in 1917–1948, it sought not to inflict harm on the Palestinian people…, and that the context of events is responsible for their tragic situation. Following are […]

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More from Carney: “Gently rising” rates are consistent with inflation falling back over the next year

November 2, 2017 Mike Paterson 0

BOE gov Carney continues his presser 2 Nov
So why the concern in your earlier comment? Make your mind up Mark!
– BOE would reassess outlook if there is clarity to Brexit
IE. Oi, Theresa, get a move on and do a deal !

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Iran encourages Russia to ditch the dollar

November 2, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Iran has suggested isolating the US by ditching the dollar during a meeting yesterday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran. Remonstrating against US threats to impose new sanctions and cancel the nuclear agreement, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said: “We can nullify US sanctions, using methods such as eliminating the dollar and replacing it with national currencies in transactions between two or more parties; thus, isolate the Americans.” Putin, who is visiting the region for trade talks, gave strong backing to the nuclear deal with major world powers. Moscow has condemned America’s “unilateral sanctions” against Iran as illegal. Putin considers Iran a “strategic partner and a great neighbour” adding that Russia “will take advantage of every opportunity to expand and […]

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