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  • 24th August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    George Papadopoulos, the first person to plead guilty in the Trump-Russia affair, is due to be sentenced soon for giving false information to the FBI but, since he later agreed to cooperate with the investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller has recommended a light or non-existent jail term...
  • 17th August 2018
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    Fifteen years after US-led invasion, Iraq continues to face a multitude of problems. Iraqi citizens are tired of it and, increasingly, they are blaming the country's politicians. Demands are growing for political reform and a serious effort to tackle corruption.  In an article ...
  • 16th August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A former British ambassador has called on western governments to "shorten the agony of Syria" by re-engaging with the Assad regime – in effect, turning a blind eye to the regime's atrocities during the seven-year conflict. In an article circulated (here, here and here) by the regime's...
  • 13th August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Boris Johnson, Britain's recently-resigned foreign secretary, built his political career by courting controversy. He has gained notoriety over the years by referring to young women as "hot totty", gay men as "tank-topped bumboys" and black Africans as "piccaninnies". His latest foray into...
  • 7th August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia launched an extraordinary campaign against Canada yesterday. Besides expelling the Canadian ambassador, it announced a trade freeze and a suspension of flights to Toronto and said thousands of Saudis currently studying in Canada will be transferred to other countries. In a more...
  • 4th August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Deadly explosions that hit the Yemeni city of Hodeidah on Thursday have been widely attributed to Saudi-led airstrikes but emerging evidence suggests they were probably the result of mortar fire. Hodeidah, on the Red Sea coast, is seen as a key battleground in the Yemen conflict. It is...
  • 3rd August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia blamed rebels for two reported airstrikes on the Yemeni city of Hodeidah yesterday. More than 20 people died when the strikes hit a fish market and the entrance to a hospital, according to witnesses and medical staff. Colonel Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led...
  • 2nd August 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On April 13 this year, American, British and French forces launched airstrikes against Syria intended – in the words of Donald Trump – to deter "the production, spread and use of chemical weapons". They were responding to what British prime minister Theresa May described as "a despicable and...
  • 24th July 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Largely unnoticed by the British public, the Emir of Qatar has arrived in London for a visit which includes talks with prime minister Theresa May. Visits by Gulf potentates don't generally arouse much interest in Britain and the Emir's arrival is no exception – though it hasn't escaped the...
  • 16th July 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A pro-Israel thinktank with a reputation for Islamophobia is funding a campaign in Britain to release Tommy Robinson, a far-right agitator currently serving a jail sentence for disrupting a court case. Last week the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum (MEF) announced that it is supporting...
  • 12th July 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a move that appears to license war crimes, the Saudi king has issued a pardon for "all military men" involved in the Yemen conflict.  An announcement by the government news agency on Tuesday said the pardon would apply to "military and disciplinary penalties, in regard of some...
  • 9th July 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last Friday the OPCW published the results of laboratory tests on samples from a suspected chemical attack in Syria – thus prompting a wave of misreporting not only by the usual activists on social media but by others who ought to be setting a better example. A few hours after the findings...

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