Tag: US

Syria: key events of 2018

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump declared victory against ISIL and announced the withdrawal of approximately 2000 American troops from Syria – a move that has attracted controversy at home and abroad. His fellow Republicans have labelled it a ‘huge’ mistake that may lead to further insurgency, undermine efforts to counter Iranian and Russian influence in…

US imposes second round of sanctions to drive Iranian oil exports to zero

On November 5, 2018, the United States fully re-imposed the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted or waived under the JCPOA.  These are the toughest U.S. sanctions ever imposed on Iran, and will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors. The United States is engaged…

Freeze on US funding for White Helmets (Free Syrian Civil Defense)

Two months ago, the US State Department hosted members of the White Helmets (Free Syria civil defense volunteers) at Foggy Bottom.  At that meeting, the humanitarian group was praised for saving lives in Syria. Now the White Helmets have been told, without any formal notification from the US administration, that American financial support for them…

Coward of the County  

Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it! When I read President Trump’s tweet last week, I was shaken – just like…

Qatar, A Breach in the Blockade

When Saudi Arabia launched a diplomatic crusade against Qatar last June, it was widely speculated that the crisis would reach a swift resolution, as was the case with a similar situation three years prior. However, 2014 saw a quieter conflict in which the diplomatic impasse was relieved after a series of clandestine agreements were struck. The…

What is the dispute over Jerusalem about?

Challenging the delicate status of the contested city and the international consensus, President Donald Trump has announced to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This unprecedented move over the holy place can have a disastrous impact on the stability and security of the region, hindering the peace process. Before expounding what is happening now,…

In the Eyes of Tantalus: Medical Cannabis Under Threat in U.S.

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By Hunky the Centaur A mystified world watches in disbelief and sadness as Trump’s America devolves from its leadership role in the Free World. Countless examples of international floundering are being cautiously noted by allies. Equally glaring, but on a more domestic scale, has been the president’s admiration of authoritarian leadership, and inclination towards racist…