Haitians, Peace Activists Denounce Plan for Another US-Backed Intervention

As U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Thursday in Ottawa to discuss a possible multilateral invasion of Haiti in the name of restoring “stability,” Haitian and antiwar voices denounced the prospect of yet another U.S.-backed intervention – which they say will bring the opposite of stability to the … Continue reading “Haitians, Peace Activists Denounce Plan for Another US-Backed Intervention”

Despite Calls for Diplomacy To End War, US Confirms More Weapons Headed to Ukraine

Proponents of a negotiated diplomatic solution to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week decried the Biden administration’s latest military assistance package for the embattled country, warning that the longer the fight continues, the greater the chance of a catastrophic nuclear war. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the U.S. will deliver up to $625 million … Continue reading “Despite Calls for Diplomacy To End War, US Confirms More Weapons Headed to Ukraine”

Anti-War Voices Warn US Bill on Taiwan ‘Will Make War Much More Likely’

A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill to dramatically boost American military support for Taiwan, a move that prompted warnings from both China and anti-war voices in the United States that such a policy increases the likelihood of armed conflict. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17-5 in favor of the Taiwan Policy … Continue reading “Anti-War Voices Warn US Bill on Taiwan ‘Will Make War Much More Likely’”

6 Million Afghans Facing Famine as US Refuses To Return $7 Billion in Seized Funds

The United Nations aid chief on Monday led calls for a resumption of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan that ended after the Taliban reconquered the war-ravaged nation one year ago – pleas that came as six million Afghans face famine and the Biden administration continues to refuse to return billions of dollars in frozen funds. … Continue reading “6 Million Afghans Facing Famine as US Refuses To Return $7 Billion in Seized Funds”

Israeli Ex-Diplomat Says Growing Acknowledgment of Apartheid ‘Must Be Wakeup Call’

Two Israeli ex-diplomats late this week publicly criticized their government’s apartheid policies against Palestinians, with one former negotiator of the Oslo Accords calling the growing use of the word around the world a “wakeup call” that must not be ignored. Speaking Thursday at a United Nations Security Council session examining the long-term impacts of maintaining … Continue reading “Israeli Ex-Diplomat Says Growing Acknowledgment of Apartheid ‘Must Be Wakeup Call’”

Saudi Arabia’s Enablers Condemned as Woman Sentenced to 34 Years for Tweets

Human rights defenders this week accused U.S. President Joe Biden of empowering Saudi oppression after an activist was sentenced to 34 years in prison for tweeting about the fundamentalist monarchy’s repression of women. Salma al-Shehab, a 34-year-old Saudi mother of two and graduate student at the University of Leeds in England, was on holiday in … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia’s Enablers Condemned as Woman Sentenced to 34 Years for Tweets”

After Meeting Blinken, Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family ‘Still Waiting’ for Justice

Relatives of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian-American journalist shot dead by Israeli forces in occupied Palestine in May, followed up a Tuesday meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken by imploring the Biden administration to pursue justice for the slain Al Jazeera reporter. “Our family just finished meeting with Sec. Blinken,” Lina Abu Akleh, … Continue reading “After Meeting Blinken, Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family ‘Still Waiting’ for Justice”

Biden Ripped for $1 Billion UAE Arms Deal Days After Khashoggi Lawyer Sentenced

Progressives this week decried the Biden administration’s approval of a nearly $1 billion weapons support deal with the United Arab Emirates – a move that came days after an Abu Dhabi court controversially sentenced a Virginia civil rights lawyer to three years in prison. The U.S. State Department’s approval of the $980.4 million agreement for … Continue reading “Biden Ripped for $1 Billion UAE Arms Deal Days After Khashoggi Lawyer Sentenced”

Outrage as Biden Reportedly Considers Lifting Ban on ‘Offensive’ Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

As President Joe Biden prepares to visit Saudi Arabia this week, peace and human rights campaigners on Monday decried a report that his administration is considering lifting its amorphous ban on the sale of “offensive” US weaponry to the repressive monarchy. According to Reuters, the US administration has come under pressure from Saudi officials to … Continue reading “Outrage as Biden Reportedly Considers Lifting Ban on ‘Offensive’ Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia”

Biden Denounced for Imposing New Sanctions as Iran Nuclear Talks Falter

Progressive Middle East watchers on Wednesday condemned the Biden administration’s targeting of 15 firms and people in at least five countries allegedly linked to the sale and shipment of Iranian petroleum products in violation of US economic sanctions. In announcing the new sanctions, the US Treasury Department cites an executive order signed in 2018 by … Continue reading “Biden Denounced for Imposing New Sanctions as Iran Nuclear Talks Falter”