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CNN hired top al-Qaeda propagandist for award-winning Syria documentary and wants to cover its tracks

<b>(FBI via AP)</b><p>Star CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward worked with al-Qaeda “media man” Bilal Abdul Kareem<p>Max Blumenthal • Ben Norton<p>July 9, 2017 9:58am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>On June 16, an American media activist living in rebel-held Syrian territory sat down before a camera …

Loose Definition of Terrorism Upends a Syrian Asylum Seeker’s Life

A prominent Syrian dissident has been told he cannot get political asylum in the United States because he organized a conference with Syrian opposition groups — even though the American government has supported members of those same groups in the Syrian civil war.<p>The case of the dissident, Radwan …

Trump reverses course in Qatar call

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump changed course on Qatar Wednesday, a day after praising a move by other Gulf nations to sever diplomatic relations with Doha, which hosts a US military base crucial to the fight against ISIS.<p>In a phone call with the Qatari Emir, Trump extended an olive …

Trump's statements about Qatar 'funding extremism' directly contradict his own State Department's stance

On Monday, the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain announced they had severed diplomatic relations with Qatar.<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was quick to urge representatives of each country to "sit down together and address these differences" and said the US …

Trump Pushes Montenegro Leader- But Clinton Bombed Them

Montenegro

Exactly What Is Trump Accused Of With Russia?

Comedians

Who Is Rod Rosenstein?

The new deputy attorney general, who has a reputation for being apolitical, has suddenly found himself in a position he spent decades avoiding.<p>If the firing of former FBI director James Comey is part of a Trump administration plot to foil the investigation into Russian election meddling—as many of …

Dan Rather: The number of press praising Trump's Syria air strikes “as 'presidential' is concerning”

Veteran American journalist Dan Rather says he is “concerned” by how many in the U.S. press are praising Donald Trump's whimsical missile assault …

KITV: Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act Continues to Gain Support in Washington

Fact: Establishment Dems Are So Awful They’ve Made The GOP The Default Anti-War Party

We are now a month and a half into an administration we were told over and over again with increasing urgency would kill us all immediately if we …

Foreign Policy

Mexico's ascendant cartel is making a deadly addition to a trafficking hub on the US border

Ciudad Juarez — just across the border from El Paso, Texas — has long been coveted by Mexico's narco traffickers, representing a gateway into the voracious US drug market.<p>Fighting for control of Juarez turned it into one of the most violent cities in the world between 2008 and 2012, but, much to …

US Funding Terrorism? House Bill Would 'Stop Arming Terrorists' In Syria

A bipartisan group of legislators gathered Wednesday in Washington to rally support for a bill aimed at halting U.S. support for Syrian rebels groups …

Syrian Dissident Says War 'Over,' Credits Russia

A prominent Syrian dissident said on Friday he believed the country's war was effectively over, as foreign governments have cut support to rebels …

Free Syrian Army

Behnaz Shafiei: Iran's trailblazing female biker makes history with women's race

<b>When Behnaz Shafiei crosses the finish line on Friday at the end of a dusty, rock-strewn race track in Karaj, near Tehran, it will mark both the end of a simple motorbike race and the culmination of a tireless campaign for women's rights in Iran. Whether she wins the race or not, it's a …

Is Donald Trump the Friend Israel Needs?

JERUSALEM — “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect.” Thus President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted just before Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last week. He added: “They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but …

Ten Important World Figures Who Died in 2016

<i>This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site.</i><p>Below are 10 world figures who died this year. Each made a mark on history. Some …

Human Rights

Iran to profit from Israel's submarine deal with ThyssenKrupp

Israel is purchasing German submarines to protect itself against its archenemy Iran. However, the Islamic Republic stands to profit from the deal …

Rand Paul writes superb defense of the Bill of Rights on its anniversary

Conservative and Libertarian favorite, Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, is often one of the first to come to mind when people think of a true freedom loving politician. He’s not afraid to butt heads with his own party if Republicans set themselves to defy the principles they claim to stand …

Saudi arms money is running out | Letters

Saudi Arabia is certainly fighting proxy wars in the Middle East (Allies rally to Johnson over Saudi gaffe, 9 December), as well as promoting its form of Islam in many countries around the world. But it is not just for their oil and for their lucrative custom, for as long as they can pay, that we …

UN criticises Israel settlement law that would legalise 4,000 West Bank homes

United Nations high commissioner for human rights says bill to retroactively legalise settler homes is a clear violation of international law<p>The UN human rights chief has strongly criticized a bill in Israel that would legalise some 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, saying it would …

Bolivia detains airline CEO after Colombia soccer crash

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivian authorities detained on Tuesday the chief executive of airline LaMia, the owner of the plane that crashed last week in Colombia and killed nearly all of Brazil’s Chapacoense soccer team, prosecutors said.<p>A rescue worker sits near the wreckage of a plane that crashed into …

Syria says it rejects Aleppo ceasefire if rebels remain - state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media.<p>The sun rises while smoke is pictured near Aleppo's historic …

Sons of Ethel Rosenberg urge Barack Obama to clear their mother of spying before Donald Trump enters White House

The sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were sent to the electric chair after being convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, are appealing to Barack Obama to exonerate their mother before Donald Trump takes office.<p>Robert and Michael Meeropol – who took the name of their adoptive …

Chernobyl disaster site enclosed by shelter to prevent radiation leaks

Ukraine plant reactor, scene of worst nuclear accident in history in 1986, covered with airtight structure after years of work<p>Reactor No 4 at Chernobyl, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the …

Ukraine detains two Russian soldiers near Crimea border

Russia claimed servicemen were captured in Crimea while Ukrainian authorities said the soldiers were army deserters seized on their territory<p>Ukrainian security services have detained two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea, with Ukraine saying the men were deserters from the Ukrainian army …

More women in Iran are forgoing marriage. One reason? The men aren't good enough

Then in her late 20s and rebounding from a string of broken relationships, Fahimeh Azadi moved alone into an apartment in working-class southern Tehran. Her very presence, she recalled, was "a walking challenge to the men."<p>Azadi had joined a growing number of women in Iran who are electing to …

Rand Paul has returned over $3 million in taxpayer money from his budget during his time in Washington

During my time working for Sen. Rand Paul on Capitol Hill, I remember discussing once with another staffer about potentially making some policy-based …

Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel

American musicians who support boycotting Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights are terrified to speak out for fear their careers will be …

Israel

Hillary Clinton Never Met A War She Didn't Want Other Americans To Fight

Never before were the two leading presidential candidates so disliked. Both major parties have nominated candidates that most Americans desperately want to reject.<p>There many reasons to oppose Hillary Clinton: a history of scandal, reaching back to Bill Clinton’s Arkansas governorship; greedy, …

Don’t lose the plot

IT IS hard to dissuade people from believing conspiracy theories, especially when there really has been a conspiracy. The attempted coup in Turkey on …

Turkey