AMNESTY SLAMS ‘ARBIRTARY ARRESTS OF PROTESTORS IN LEBANON

Sat 18 January 2020: Lebanon’s security forces on Thursday released most of the 100-plus anti-government protesters detained in the past 48 hours, after two nights of violent demonstrations in Beirut. Protesters gathered in Beirut again on Thursday evening in front of the Central Bank and interior ministry, where several hundred demonstrators denounced police use of force and outgoing minister Raya al-Hassan. A protest movement […]

PAKISTAN FM, AFTER VISITS, SAYS IRAN WANTS TO DE-ESCALATE

Sat 18 January 2020: Pakistan’s foreign minister, who has shuttled between Washington and Tehran in the course of a week, voiced confidence Friday that Iran was seeking to lower tensions. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi discussed Iran and Afghanistan’s peace process Friday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, five days after seeing Iranian President […]

TURKEY TO PRIORITIZE AFRICA IN 2020

Thu 16 January 2020: Turkey will attach more importance in 2020 to Africa, which possesses important potential, said Turkey’s trade minister. Market diversification is important for Turkey because the world faces trade wars and protectionism, Ruhsar Pekcan told Anadolu Agency. Noting that Turkey’s exports rose yearly by 10% to North Africa and 12% to other […]

ASIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION BANS GAMES IN IRAN

Sat 18 January 2020: Iran’s Football (soccer) Federation has confirmed receiving an official letter from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) banning the country from hosting international soccer matches. “The Islamic Republic Football Federation (IFF) has received an official letter from the AFC that said it had decided to hold the future Asian Soccer League Championship […]

PODCAST: SOLIDARITY WITH IRAN – THE PEOPLE, NOT THE STATE

Mon 13 January 2020: CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg calls out the racist imperial narcissism in coverage of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani—all of which (left, right and center) is solely concerned with whether he was responsible for the deaths of “hundreds of Americans.” Safely invisible is the reality that Soleimani and his militia networks were […]

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