Archive for November, 2020

#Iran’s SNSC Secretary Shamkhani: The assassination of #Fakhrizadeh was carried out with electronic equipment & no one was present at the scene, but there are clues. We know who did it… The MEK surely played a role; The criminal element behind this is Zionist regime & Mossad.

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on #Iran’s SNSC Secretary Shamkhani: The assassination of #Fakhrizadeh was carried out with electronic equipment & no one was present at the scene, but there are clues. We know who did it… The MEK surely played a role; The criminal element behind this is Zionist regime & Mossad.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Shamkhani: The assassination of Fakhrizadeh was carried out with electronic equipment & no one was present at the scene, but there are clues. We know who did it… The MEK surely played a role; The criminal element behind this is Zionist regime & Mossad.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Mossad, MKO Behind Assassination of Iranian Scientist: Top Security Official

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Mossad, MKO Behind Assassination of Iranian Scientist: Top Security Official

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has held Israel, its intelligence agency Mossad, and the MKO terrorists accountable for the assassination of distinguished Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

British-Australian Academic Accused of Spying by Iran Freed in Reported Prisoner Swap Deal

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on British-Australian Academic Accused of Spying by Iran Freed in Reported Prisoner Swap Deal

A British-Australian academic has been released from prison in Iran after more than two years. Kylie-Moore Gilbert was convicted on espionage charges, which she has always denied.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Azerbaijan’s Parliament Calls For French Removal From Nagorno-Karabakh Mediation

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Azerbaijan’s Parliament Calls For French Removal From Nagorno-Karabakh Mediation

Azerbaijani lawmakers on November 26 called for France to be expelled from the Minsk Group mediating in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute after the French Senate backed the breakaway region’s independence claim.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Kavkaz

Russia Accuses West Of ‘Meddling’ In Belarus

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Russia Accuses West Of ‘Meddling’ In Belarus

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of interfering in Belarus as he met Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has faced months of protests over his disputed reelection.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Russian Military Successfully Tests New Anti-Ballistic Missile

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Russian Military Successfully Tests New Anti-Ballistic Missile

The Russian military has successfully tested a new anti-ballistic missile. It was launched from the Sary-Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan and hit the simulated target, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Ethiopia to begin final phase of offensive against major rebel-held city

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Ethiopia to begin final phase of offensive against major rebel-held city

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the military will begin the final phase of its full-scale offensive in the northern Tigray region, where rebel forces have missed Addis Ababa’s deadline to surrender.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Murky Bosnian Charity Appeals for African Wells Raise Concerns

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Murky Bosnian Charity Appeals for African Wells Raise Concerns

Millions of euros have been raised through appeals in Bosnia and Herzegovina to build wells and mosques in Africa, but concerns persist about suspect fundraising methods and claims that photographs documenting some charity-funded wells were faked.

This was posted under category: Africa, Balkans, Eurasia

DEMOCRACY DIGEST: HUNGARY AND POLAND REMAIN DEFIANT OVER EU BUDGET BLOCK

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on DEMOCRACY DIGEST: HUNGARY AND POLAND REMAIN DEFIANT OVER EU BUDGET BLOCK

The EU’s awkward squad of Hungary and Poland stand alone in their opposition to the rule-of-law mechanism that could, under certain circumstances, deny them EU funds. Poland and Hungary held firm in their decision to block the 1.8-trillion-euro budget and recovery fund at the European Union leaders’ videoconference on Thursday. However, the two countries received […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Biden and Erdogan: Five Potential Flashpoints in US-Turkish Relations

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Biden and Erdogan: Five Potential Flashpoints in US-Turkish Relations

After being protected by Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could soon face US sanctions and political pushback from Joe Biden’s administration that would sour Ankara-Washington relations. President Donald Trump shielded his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the consequences of buying proscribed Russian weapons, evading US sanctions on Iran, holding US consular workers […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

North Macedonia Weighs Next Steps After Bulgaria’s EU Veto

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on North Macedonia Weighs Next Steps After Bulgaria’s EU Veto

As Bulgaria’s blockade on North Macedonia’s EU accession talks threatens to undo all the progress the two neighbours have made, three former North Macedonia foreign ministers offer their own ideas on ways out of the imbroglio.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Huawei Fights Exclusion from Romania’s 5G Race

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Huawei Fights Exclusion from Romania’s 5G Race

The Chinese tech giant is battling tooth and nail to stop a bill banning it from developing 5G in the country from getting through parliament. Between 10 and 12 August this year, the Romanian government websites hosting the draft law that establishes the conditions for eligibility to implement 5G technology in the country – which […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Romania, South East Asia

War Victims Urged to Raise Voices at Kosovo Guerrillas’ Trials

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on War Victims Urged to Raise Voices at Kosovo Guerrillas’ Trials

In a pioneering scheme, victims of alleged wartime crimes are being offered the opportunity to play a role in the upcoming trials in The Hague of former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas including ex-President Hashim Thaci. “The voices of the victims are indispensable to justice.”

This was posted under category: Eurasia

In Spending on Serbs Abroad, Serbia Looks to Maintain Influence

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on In Spending on Serbs Abroad, Serbia Looks to Maintain Influence

Most of the money Serbia spends on Serbs in the rest of the former Yugoslavia goes to those in Bosnia and Montenegro, where Serbian influence is greatest.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina, Eurasia, Montenegro, Serbia

Top U.S. Envoy Says New Sanctions Against Iran Coming ‘Until The End’ Of Trump Administration

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Top U.S. Envoy Says New Sanctions Against Iran Coming ‘Until The End’ Of Trump Administration

As U.S. President Donald Trump’s time in office comes to a close, his outgoing administration intends to put further pressure on Iran by introducing new punitive sanctions against the U.S. adversary.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

China formally acknowledges Biden win, marks possible return of new major power relations

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on China formally acknowledges Biden win, marks possible return of new major power relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on his win in the US presidential election in what analysts call a well-timed, goodwill message, after China had adopted a cautious approach toward the highly disputed election results. This is believed to mark the likely return of a new major relationship between the two powers, […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Treasury Sanctions Militia and Its Leader in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Libya

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Treasury Sanctions Militia and Its Leader in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Libya

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against Mohamed al-Kani (al-Kani) and the Kaniyat militia, which is responsible for the murder of civilians recently discovered in numerous mass graves in Tarhouna, as well as torture, forced disappearances, and displacement of civilians. Al-Kani and the Kaniyat […]

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia, Magreb

Ethiopia’s Leaders Rebuff Foreign Appeals for Diplomatic Solution in Tigray

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Ethiopia’s Leaders Rebuff Foreign Appeals for Diplomatic Solution in Tigray

Ethiopia’s prime minister has rejected calls for dialogue to end an internal conflict that has already killed hundreds and displaced more than 40,000 people in the key U.S. ally in East Africa — a stance that has alarmed diplomats from Addis Ababa to Washington about the potential for escalating conflict.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Iran’s president hopes Biden unravels Trump’s Iran policies

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s president hopes Biden unravels Trump’s Iran policies

Iran’s president reiterated his hope Wednesday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would return America’s Iran policy to where he left things as vice president four years ago, state TV reported, rejoining Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Syrian army says Israel hits southern Damascus in second strike in week

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian army says Israel hits southern Damascus in second strike in week

The Syrian army said early Wednesday that Israel launched air strikes on an area in the southern outskirts of Damascus, where military defectors believe has a strong Iranian military presence in the second such attack within a week. The Israeli aerial strike on a strategic area that Israel had hit in the past came from […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Libya lawmakers hold consultative session in Morocco

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Libya lawmakers hold consultative session in Morocco

A consultative meeting of Libyan lawmakers aimed at unifying the divided Libyan parliament, and resolving the political crises started in Tangiers, Morocco on Tuesday. The House of Representatives, which consists of two parts in Tripoli and Tobruk, are holding the joint session with the support of Morocco to address differences.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb

UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states: document

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states: document

The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. A source briefed on the matter told Reuters the visas had temporarily stopped being issued to Afghans, Pakistanis and citizens of several other […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Keeping the Empire Running: Britain’s Global Military Footprint

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Keeping the Empire Running: Britain’s Global Military Footprint

A few nostalgic types still believe that the Union Jack continues to flutter to sighs and reverence over outposts of the world, from the tropics to the desert. They would be right, if only to a point. Britain, it turns out, has a rather expansive global reach when it comes to bases, military installations and […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Will Biden Go Big or Go Backward on North Korea Diplomacy?

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Will Biden Go Big or Go Backward on North Korea Diplomacy?

When President-elect Joe Biden enters the Oval Office on Jan. 20, he is unlikely to have North Korea at the front of his mind, given the many other urgent crises he will confront. But the Korean Peninsula has a way of forcing American presidents to pay attention. Crucial decisions about how to approach negotiations with […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

How Long Can Portugal Continue to Play Both Sides of the U.S.-China Rivalry?

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on How Long Can Portugal Continue to Play Both Sides of the U.S.-China Rivalry?

Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean 65 miles south of Lisbon, Portugal’s Sines peninsula has long been recognized by foreign powers for its geostrategic importance. The Romans, Visigoths and Moors all established settlements alongside the natural deepwater port. Today, however, plans to redevelop the port have become the latest source of friction between the U.S. and […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

US Reportedly Closed at Least 10 Bases in Afghanistan Since Signing Deal With Taliban

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on US Reportedly Closed at Least 10 Bases in Afghanistan Since Signing Deal With Taliban

At least 10 US military bases in Afghanistan have been closed since the United States committed to decreasing military presence under the deal with the Taliban in February, the Washington Post newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Iran Blames Israel For ‘Terrorist’ Attack That Killed Top Nuclear Scientist

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Blames Israel For ‘Terrorist’ Attack That Killed Top Nuclear Scientist

Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist has been assassinated near Tehran by “armed terrorists” in an attack that Iran said bore the hallmarks of an Israeli operation.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Prominent Iranian physicist assassinated near Tehran

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Prominent Iranian physicist assassinated near Tehran

Prominent Iranian physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated in a terrorist attack near the capital Tehran. The Fars news agency reported that he had been targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran Province.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Israel-Saudi-UAE alliance sends signal to Biden to tread lightly with Iran

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Israel-Saudi-UAE alliance sends signal to Biden to tread lightly with Iran

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Much has changed since Saudi Arabia last sent troops to help other Arab countries wage war on Israel. The message Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokeswoman Shir Cohen sent to journalists on Saturday night seemed innocuous enough.“In order for minister [Ze’ev] Elkin and Izhar Shay to complete their work on digital means [to trace […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The SDF Seeks a Path Toward Durable Stability in North East Syria

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on The SDF Seeks a Path Toward Durable Stability in North East Syria

A sudden U.S. troop pull-out from north east Syria could prompt a humanitarian crisis, an Islamic State resurgence and renewed conflict between Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces, especially its Kurdish component. The U.S. should commit to an eventual, gradual and conditional withdrawal that protects civilians.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Bayik: The PKK can provide a peaceful and democratic solution

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Bayik: The PKK can provide a peaceful and democratic solution

Bayik wrote in the French newspaper L’Humanité: “The PKK has a strategy for resolving the Kurdish question peacefully and democratically within the borders of the existing states based on constitutional guarantees. Cemil Bayik, Co-President of the Executive Council of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK) called on Europe to side with the Kurds in an […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a disaster for Iran

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a disaster for Iran

The latest conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has been a disaster for Iran. The terms of the cease-fire agreed on by Armenia and Azerbaijan represent a grave threat to Tehran’s long-term strategic interests. The effects of this are likely to affect the perception of the regime among the Iranian people, and alter its policies on Azerbaijan and […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Kavkaz

Syrian desert | Squadron of Russian jets pound ISIS positions at Hama – Idlib – Raqqa triangle

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Syrian desert | Squadron of Russian jets pound ISIS positions at Hama – Idlib – Raqqa triangle

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored a squadron of Russian fighter jets targeting ISIS positions in the Syrian desert at the Hama-Idlib-Raqqa triangle. The attack which started in the early hours of the morning and is still underway. No information has been reported on the losses.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Assassination of Iran’s Fakhrizadeh Draws Regional, International Condemnations

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Assassination of Iran’s Fakhrizadeh Draws Regional, International Condemnations

Reactions pour in to assassination of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh east of Tehran on Friday. Regional Condemnations Hezbollah Deputy Chief Sheikh Naim Qassem offered condolences to the Iranian nation on the martyrdom of Fakhrizadeh, stressing that the issue of retaliation is to be decided by the Iranian leadership itself.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Hezbollah Sheikh Qassem: Retaliation to Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination in Iran’s Hands

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah Sheikh Qassem: Retaliation to Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination in Iran’s Hands

Hezbollah Deputy Leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Friday that the retaliation for the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was in Iran’s hands, warning that Hezbollah was fully prepared for any Israeli aggression.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient