Middle East

US coordinates with Turkey in proxy Syria war

By Chris Marsden, August 16, 2012

US efforts to bring down the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria focus on collusion with Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Iranian earthquakes leave over 300 dead

By Mark Church, August 14, 2012

The communities affected are remote, with limited transport infrastructure making rescue and relief efforts difficult.

Clinton visits Turkey to step up Syrian proxy war

By Niall Green, August 13, 2012

Washington is continuing to intensify its bloody intervention into the Syrian war, aiming to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Egypt launches Sinai crackdown in collusion with Israel

By Jean Shaoul, August 9, 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government has launched a crackdown in response to an armed raid at the Rafah border checkpoint.

New York Times gives glimpse of sectarian bloodbath being prepared by Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, August 8, 2012

An article published last week in the New York Times on the spillover of sectarian tensions from Syria into Turkey belies the “democratic” and “humanitarian” pretexts for the ever more violent drive for regime change by the US and its allies.

Turkey attacks Kurds, threatens military action against Syria

By Chris Marsden, August 7, 2012

On the eve of an expected offensive in Aleppo by the Syrian regime, Turkey has threatened to invade Syria.

Israeli cabinet reveals draconian austerity budget

By Jean Shaoul, August 3, 2012

Israel’s cabinet has approved austerity measures aimed at increasing taxes by NIS13 billion ($3.25 billion) and slashing state expenditure by NIS12 billion ($3 billion).

Israel steps up military threats against Iran

By Peter Symonds, August 2, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned US Defence Secretary Panetta that time was running out for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Book on Mossad confirms Israel assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists

By Jean Shaoul, July 30, 2012

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars states unequivocally that Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, assassinated five of Iran’s top scientists in that country’s nuclear programme.

Hundreds killed and wounded in Iraq bombings, ambushes

By Patrick Martin, July 27, 2012

Monday, July 23 was the bloodiest single day of sectarian fighting in Iraq in more than a year.

Netanyahu government in crisis over drafting orthodox Jews

By Jean Shaoul, July 25, 2012

Shaul Mofaz has pulled his Kadima party out of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government over the Likud leader’s refusal to force Israel’s orthodox Jews to carry out military or some other form of national service.

Israel threatens Iran over Bulgarian bombing

By Peter Symonds, July 21, 2012

The real purpose behind Israel’s unsubstantiated denunciations of Tehran is to create the pretext for military strikes on Iran.