Middle East

Israeli police arrest social protest movement leader and break up demonstrations

By Jean Shaoul, June 27, 2012

Israeli riot police have detained dozens of activists demanding social justice, after violently breaking up demonstrations.

US seeks casus belli

Downed Turkish jet pretext for new provocations against Syria

By Joseph Kishore, June 26, 2012

The major imperialist powers, led by the United States, have issued a series of bellicose statements after Syria shot down a Turkish war plane that had entered its airspace.

Washington’s hypocrisy over Russian arms in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, June 23, 2012

Western denunciations of Russia for sending back refurbished helicopters to Syria recall nothing so much as the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program fail

By Peter Symonds, June 21, 2012

The Moscow summit broke up with no further talks planned between the major powers and Iran other than a low-level technical meeting in Istanbul.

Washington’s “democratic” hypocrisy: The cases of Egypt and Iran

By Bill Van Auken, June 20, 2012

The hypocrisy of US imperialism’s pretense of promoting democracy on the world arena is manifest in Washington’s markedly different reactions to the Iranian elections of 2009 and the recent military coup in Egypt.

Bleak prospects for talks on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, June 16, 2012

If negotiations fail, as appears likely, tensions will rapidly escalate with the imposition of harsh new sanctions on Iran and the heightened threat of a US or Israeli military attack.

Threat of war grows in the Caucasus

By Clara Weiss, June 15, 2012

In the southern Caucasus, where US interests collide with those of Russia and Iran, there is a growing danger of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

New wave of sectarian violence in Iraq kills more than 70

By David Walsh, June 14, 2012

A series of bombs exploded in various parts of Iraq on Wednesday in the midst of Shi’ite pilgrims marking a major religious festival, killing more than 70 people.

Cyprus prepares for euro bailout

By Markus Salzmann, June 13, 2012

Cyprus is set to be the fifth of the 17 euro area countries to apply for money from the European bailout fund.

US excludes China from Iran sanctions waiver

By Peter Symonds, June 13, 2012

The new sanctions form part of escalating US threats, including of military strikes, to force Iran to shut down key aspects of its nuclear program.

IAEA talks on Iran’s nuclear program collapse

By Peter Symonds, June 11, 2012

The failure of the International Atomic Energy Agency talks sets the stage for a breakdown of the broader international negotiations next week in Moscow.

Growing tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan

By Clara Weiss, June 5, 2012

The reason for strained relations is Azerbaijan’s close collaboration with the United States and Israel in war preparations against Iran.