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With threats to foreign diplomats, Turkey’s Erdogan unleashes another distraction drive

Faced with an economy in doldrums and falling approval ratings, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has resorted to his usual tactic of indulging nationalistic rhetoric, this time against western ambassadors. Critics have called it an attempt to divert attention from pressing issues

Chile is at the dawn of a new political era

The search for the new era in Chile has two important avenues: the writing of the new constitution, which is what the 155 members of the Constitutional Convention are doing, and the presidential election to be held on November 21, 2021

Colin Powell. Former US secretary of state Colin Powell leaves legacy of war crimes and lies

Post September 11, 2001, Powell, along with secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and president George Bush Jr, was among the leading architects of the so-called global war on terror that killed almost a million people across the globe

Iranian president on Vienna talks Iranian president asks US to lift unilateral sanctions to show seriousness in Vienna talks

The talks in Vienna between Iran and the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal stopped after six rounds following the election of Ebrahim Raisi in June. Iran said that it wanted to review the outcome of the rounds held so far

One dead, three wounded in an unprovoked Israeli airstrike inside Syria  

Wednesday’s attack was the second such Israeli attack within a week launched from an illegal US military base Al-Tanf inside Syrian territory, Syrian Arab News Agency reported

US conditional aid to UN agency violates Palestinian right of return and other stories

Today we look at protests in Gaza against a funding agreement between the U.S. and the UNRWA, a U.S. court ordering Indigenous people in Ecuador to pay the Chevron corporation’s legal fees, and more

US-UNRWA deal Palestinians continue to oppose UNRWA’s deal with the US

Palestinian refugees claim that the conditions imposed in the deal cancel their right to return and effectively change the UNRWA from being an agency for their assistance to a US security agency 

Lebanon crisis No end in sight to crisis in Lebanon despite new government 

While a new government was formed in Lebanon this month, the country has gained no respite from the ongoing economic crisis. The new prime minister is seen as part of the existing political system, viewed as corrupt and inefficient

Tunisia political crisis Four political parties announce bloc to resist president Saied’s power grab in Tunisia

20 Tunisian and international human rights groups also denounced the president’s actions in a joint statement, calling them unilateral, authoritarian and in violation of the Tunisian constitution

US troops in Syria. Calls for end of US military intervention in Syria grow louder

Iran, Iraq and Russia have raised the issue at the ongoing UN General Assembly session, while some representatives in the US Congress have proposed an amendment in the annual defense spending bill. If passed, it will stop all funding for US military operations in Syria   

Almost 7 trillion dollars spent by US on defense since 2001 went to private companies

A study by the Costs of War project notes that the policy of involving private players in the defense sector has led to the undermining of attempts to seek diplomatic solutions. It has also led to the invention of new threats to keep the defense budget extraordinarily high 

Iran and IAEA reach agreement over servicing of equipment that monitors its nuclear program

The two sides met just days before a meeting of the IAEA’s board of governors. As per the agreement, IAEA’s inspectors are permitted to service the identified equipment and replace their storage media

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