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Commodities: Egyptian bloodbath threatens crucial routes for oil and gas supplies

August 18th, 2013
Categories: Middle East, Economic

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/commodities/10251219/Commodities-Egyptian-bloodbath-threatens-crucial-routes-for-oil-and-gas-supplies.html

Crackdown by Egyptian army, fears of a disruption of oil supplies to the West have boosted oil price. Egypt plays a vital role in international energy markets through the operation of the Suez Canal and the Suez-Mediterranean (Sumed) pipeline. These are vital pieces of infrastructure in the global oil market.

Israel's West Bank Plans Will Leave Palestinians Very Little

August 18th, 2013
Categories: Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35886.htm

Israel is incorporating the territory on the Israeli side of the "separation wall" cutting through the West Bank, taking arable land and water resources and Palestinian villages, clearing Jordan Valley of Palestinians establishing Jewish settlements, sinking wells,preparing for eventual integration.

The New Rules of the Game in Egypt

August 17th, 2013
Categories: World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://truth-out.org/news/item/18246-the-new-rules-of-the-game-in-egypt

Although some openly state that they would prefer a military dictatorship to an elected Brotherhood government, most anti-Brotherhood apologists have held out hope that the military may yet guide the country back to democracy. In light of recent events—this might be wishful thinking.

Military fire shots, tear gas at Cairo mosque filled with Islamist protesters

August 17th, 2013
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://rt.com/news/military-gunfire-mosque-egypt-616/

Egyptian security unleashed a barrage of bullets after gunmen opened fire at security from a second-story window at around 2 pm local time. One lone gunman started shooting from one of the mosque’s minarets, forcing the surrounding crowds to take cover. A small explosion was heard.

Iraq’s Kurdistan in emergency due to Syrian refugees influx

August 17th, 2013
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/17/319258/refugees-cause-emergency-in-kurdistan/

Iraqi Kurdistan region has faced an emergency situation as it is dealing with an influx of Syrian Kurds, who have managed to escape from Takfiri militants, Press TV reports.According to the report on Saturday, a massive number of refugees have arrived in the region since Thursday.

Al-Qaeda attacks Syrian Kurdish town, kills 18

August 17th, 2013
Categories: World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/17/319202/alqaeda-attacks-syria-town-kills-18/

The incident took place after the foreign-backed militants assaulted the strategic border town, clashing with the Kurds in the area, reports said on Saturday.Most of the dead are militants. The attack forced a large crowd of civilians to flee into villages in the neighboring Turkey.

Mass protests defy curfew, army crackdown in Egypt

August 17th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/17/egyp-a17.html

The junta mobilized sharpshooters in helicopters and on rooftops and tanks,armored vehicles and barbed-wire emplacements to block off large parts of downtown Cairo for the protests. Thugs armed with sticks and machetes to attack marchers protesting coup that toppled President Mohamed Mursi.

Egypt threatened by full-blown conflict: Political commentator

August 17th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/17/319131/egypt-threatened-by-fullblown-conflict/

“Egypt is indeed at a critical stage. There is no doubt that the massacre that occurred just two days ago has clearly escalated the tensions inside the country and then the spreading of sectarian violence throughout Egypt,” will have devastating implications throughout the region.”

Syria: Gunmen kill 11 near Christian villages

August 17th, 2013
Categories: Middle East, War

Link: http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-gunmen-kill-11-near-christian-villages/

Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority. Christians are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping the country of 22 million.

Syrian airstrike kills at least 15, wounds dozens

August 16th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-17/227634-syrian-airstrike-kills-at-least-15-wounds-dozens.ashx#axzz2cBhfZEOf

BEIRUT: Syrian warplanes struck targets in a rebel-held district in the contested northern city of Aleppo Friday, killing 15 people, wounding dozens, leaving some trapped under the rubble of buildings. Three buildings completely flattened in the rebel-held district of Kalassa,

Clashes kill 70 as Egypt Islamists protest

August 16th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-16/227516-egypt-braces-for-more-violence-as-brotherhood-calls-march-of-anger.ashx#axzz2cBhfZEOf

Thousands of Islamists protested Friday across Egypt, sparking violence that killed at least 70 people and turned parts of Cairo into battlefields after police authorised the use of live ammunition, two days after 578 people were killed. Crackdown drew strong condemnation from the international community

Saudi King Abdullah expresses support for Egypt crackdown

August 16th, 2013
Categories: World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/16/319064/saudi-king-backs-egypt-crackdown/

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has said his country supports Egypt's fight on terrorism, describing the brutal crackdown on supporters of Morsi as the military-backed government's "legitimate right."

Clashes spread in Egypt amid rising death toll from army massacre

August 16th, 2013
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/16/egyp-a16.html

Casualties mount into the thousands, fighting spreads, at least 4,200 injured, angry people mobilizing on the ground. Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi issued a statement praising police for their “self-restraint” and justifying the massacre: “The state had to intervene to restore security and peace

Hundreds of Morsi supporters torch govt building in Giza after brutal crackdown

August 16th, 2013
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/egypt-crackdown-brotherhood-protest-530/

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have stormed a government building in Giza and set it alight, reports state TV. This comes after Wednesday’s brutal crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood loyalists in which over 630 people died.

Clashes, shots and tear gas at 'March of Anger' in Cairo

August 16th, 2013
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/cairo-march-egypt-protest-574/

Shooting has erupted in central Cairo at a massive "March of Anger" as pro-Morsi supporters and other opponents of the military protested Wednesday's brutal security crackdown.Deaths of at least 17 Morsi supporters, and 15 law enforcement officials throughout Egypt, with scores more wounded.

Egypt Is Descending Into Civil War, But Don’t Expect Obama To Cancel His Golf Vacation

August 15th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/egypt-is-descending-into-civil-war-but-dont-expect-obama-to-cancel-his-golf-vacation/59729/

The largest Islamic nation in the Middle East is on the verge of descending into civil war, the Syrian civil war is starting to spill over into Lebanon.638 people are now dead 3,994 people wounded . Egypt heading to civil war

Egypt vows lethal response ahead of nationwide ‘March of anger’

August 15th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/egypt-violence-un-protest-551/

The bloodiest in decade’s violence in Egypt has been condemned by the UN Security Council. Meanwhile Egyptian law enforcement has been ordered to use deadly force to prevent further riots as the Muslim Brotherhood is bracing for a “march of anger.”

Drone industry thinks ‘drone’ is a dirty word

August 15th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/usa/washington-drone-uav-convention-543/

"The average person on the street, and even intelligent and informed people, when they think of the word ‘drone,’ they think of the military, they think hostile, they think weaponized, they think large and they think autonomous.

Huge car bomb blast kills 20 in Beirut’s Zahiyeh neighborhood

August 15th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/15/318872/big-blast-rocks-southern-beirut/

A huge car bomb blast has rocked the Zahiyeh neighborhood in the southern areas of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. blast occurred in the area where the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has a huge following.

Why are we at war in Yemen?

August 15th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/12/318409/why-are-we-at-war-in-yemen/

Most Americans are probably unaware that over the past two weeks the US has launched at least eight drone attacks in Yemen, in which dozens have been killed. It is the largest US escalation of attacks on Yemen in more than a decade. US presence in the country seems to be creating more extremism.

Yemeni political elites condemn US assassination drone strikes

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/14/318731/yemen-elites-condemn-us-drone-strikes/

Yemeni political elites have condemned US assassination drone strikes in the Arab country, saying the attacks violate their country’s sovereignty. US drone attacks has killed at least 40 people in the country over the past two weeks. U. S. assassination drones hit targets in Yemen,Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia.

Bahraini regime forces fire tear gas at anti-regime protesters

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/14/318735/bahraini-forces-fire-tear-gas-at-demos/

Bahraini security forces have fired tear gas and birdshots to disperse anti-regime demonstrators in several towns near the capital, Manama, violent clashes between protesters and regime forces. Riot police charged into the crowd, firing birdshot and tear gas. Plan to hold anti-regime rallies near the US Embassy.

Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=26478

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, Israeli government to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. Netanyahu wrote its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy

'War zone': Scores killed in Egypt violence, month long state of emergency proclaimed

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/news/egypt-police-disperse-protesters-471/

A state of emergency was declared on Wednesday after Egyptian security forces violently broke up sit-in camps of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo. Officials say at least 278 have been killed nationwide.Protesters accusing military ordering snipers to shoot at them from the rooftops.

Egypt's interim VP announces resignation amid deadly crackdown

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/14/318745/elbaradei-resigns-amid-crackdown/

Egypt's interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has announced his resignation after violent crackdown by security forces claimed hundreds of lives across the North African country.Move comes after scores of people killed in a crackdown by security forces on supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

Turkey threatens Lebanon over pilots

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1504789

Turkey: abduction of two of its citzens in Lebanon last week could hamper ties between Ankara Beirut, Lebanese militant group claimed responsibility demanding in exchange for the Turkish Airlines pilots the release of nine Lebanese hostages held by Syrian militants for over a year.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1504813

Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as the two sides were to hold resume the so-called Middle East talks amid a growing row over illegal Israeli settlements. Talks overshadowed by Israel's plans to build thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers on Palestinian lands.

Deadly Iraq bombings target cafe, school and playground

August 14th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE97B05120130813?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

16 people killed, 41 wounded Monday in suicide bomb attack on a crowded cafe in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, al Qaeda said it was behind attacks on Saturday, warned government to stop arresting suspected militants or face more violence.

Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike

August 13th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-13/227165-two-suspected-al-qaeda-militants-killed-in-yemen-drone-strike.ashx#axzz2bujzD3vd

At least two suspected Islamist militants were killed in a drone missile strike in Yemen's southern Shabwa province, the latest in a surge since Washington warned of possible attacks by Al-Qaeda in the region.

Kerry: US views all settlements as illegitimate

August 13th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4416902,00.html

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Israel's announcement of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected," but reiterated that "The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate."

Report: 400 US Surface-to-Air Missiles Went Missing in Benghazi

August 13th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Science

Link: http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/surface-air-missing-missiles/2013/08/12/id/520026?promo_code=F492-1&utm_source=Test_Newsmax_Feed&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

A lawyer representing one of the whistleblowers with knowledge of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last September says 400 surface-to-air missiles were "diverted to Libya" during the attack and fell into "the hands of some very ugly people."

Fresh clashes erupt between pro, anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo

August 13th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/13/318530/morsi-fans-opponents-clash-in-cairo/

Fresh clashes have broken out between the supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo, prompting police intervention.The violence came as Morsi supporters demonstrated outside several government ministries in the capital.

Pro-Morsi protests continue in Egypt

August 13th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/13/318450/promorsi-protests-continue-in-egypt/

Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies, often resulting in deadly clashes, since July 3, when the country’s army ousted President Mohamed Morsi in what has been described by his supporters as ‘a military coup.’ supporters of Morsi refused to end their protest sit-ins in the capital, Cairo.

American drone attacks could provoke terrorism in Yemen

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/john-glaser-intelligence-foreign-policy-world/2013/aug/12/america-engaging-terrorism-yemen/

Yemenis enraged by recent drone strikes - 8 strikes in 13 days ordered by Washington. resumption of U.S. drone strikes in late July unleashed terror in regions most affected. gap between U.S. and al-Qaeda, has shrunk in the eyes of Yemenis, little difference between what the two are doing.

Syrian Child Raped and Brutalized by Jihad

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.raymondibrahim.com/from-the-arab-world/syrian-child-raped-and-brutalized-by-jihad/

“Syrian child, tortured, raped, her face disfigured at the hands of the Saudis and others from among the psychos and criminals of the revolution.” In fact, as many as 95% of the “freedom-fighters” in Syria are foreign jihadis trying to carve out an emirate justified by fatwas permitting rape and other perversities

Syrian Kurds end truce with al-Nusra

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1504431

Kurdish community taken arms to fight al-Nusra Front, Takffiri groups after the terrorist groups failed to comply with a truce made in Eid-al-Fitr celebration. Democratic Union Party leader discussed with Turkish authorities threats by Takffiri al-Qaeda groups linked al-Nusra Front, Ankara claims no ties to the groups .

NY ‘stop & frisk’ policy violates minorities’ rights, US Constitution - judge

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/usa/police-search-violates-minorities-399/

A US Federal Judge found that stop-and-search tactics used by the New York Police Department have violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of citizens and are racist, and called for a federal monitor to oversee reforms to the policy.

Syrian Army regains strategic town near Damascus

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/12/318419/syrian-army-regains-strategic-town/

The army units have battled the foreign-backed militants in the town of Drusha, killing many of them and forcing many others out of the town. Over the past few days, Syrian forces have killed scores of Takfiri militants -- mostly foreign mercenaries -- in Latakia.

Israel settlement plan counterproductive: Russia

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/12/318396/russia-slams-israel-settlement-plan/

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday said Moscow was "seriously concerned" by the move, which gave the final approval for the construction of 1,187 apartments in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank.Decision has infuriated the Palestinians

Bomb attacks kill 24, injure dozens in Iraq

August 12th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/12/318415/bomb-attacks-kill-24-injure-70-in-iraq/

At least 24 people have been killed and nearly 70 others injured in three separate bomb explosions that rocked Iraqi cities in a single day. Iraqi authorities said some nine blasts rocked mostly Shia neighborhoods during the Muslim Eid day

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