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Trump Control Comes Through Congressional Vote On Iran
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Trump Control Comes Through Congressional Vote On Iran

A Republican controlled senate has finally passed a resolution to control President Donald Trump’s military moves against Iran. Now, Trump cannot make a move towards Iran with a congressional authorization.

This development has come through after a vote fell short of the two-thirds majority necessary to overcome a promised veto by the White House.

This reiterates that there is lack of faith in Trump’s administration that does not speak for the betterment of the United States as a whole. The vote shows that some Republicans have no qualms about break away from Trump on foreign policy, even if they largely remained aligned with the administration on most other issues.

While being a Republican leader, he has not received thumps up for his obtuse point of view when it comes to trade and foreign policy. His various decisions in Syria, China and Iran, have done nothing but created sense of unrest and disturbed inter-government dynamics.
In 2019, Republicans had joined Democrats to challenge the Trump administration on several foreign-policy measures. Nearly 130 House Republicans voted to oppose Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria last year.

Bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate also have approved resolutions that aimed to withdraw U.S. support for a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and block arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Trump vetoed both of them.
Sen. Tim Kaine is a democrat from Vermouth and the author of the resolution. According to Kaine, “While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there,” Mr. Kaine said. “An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition.”

In America, most such strategic decisions that can affect the national security of the country cannot be taken by the President without running it through the congressional approval. This is done merely to ensure the onus of a major decision does not lie with one person only. Read more Latest news on africa .

Franco-Iranian researcher imprisoned in Iran stopped her hunger strike
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Franco-Iranian researcher imprisoned in Iran stopped her hunger strike

Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelakha, who has been imprisoned in Iran since last June, suspended her hunger strike that started six weeks ago. The researcher’s lawyer, Saeed Dahqan, told Agence France Presse that “Adelkha has responded to a written request from civil and political activists and has stopped her hunger strike Wednesday afternoon”.

Last January, the French newspaper “Le Figaro” quoted a research fellow saying that Adelakha had entered a hunger strike since December 24 and that her health condition had deteriorated, while that of her colleague arrested with her, Ronald Marshall, was completely unstable.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged Iran earlier to release the French citizen and her colleague, saying that their health had deteriorated.

According to AFP, on January 7 Fariba Adelakha’s lawyer said that the authorities had dropped her charges of espionage but was still holding her for other security-related charges, adding that Marshall was being held on suspicion of acts harmful to Iranian national security. Read all the Latest news on africa visit us.

Why Does Palestine Feel Like ‘Swiss Cheese’?
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Why Does Palestine Feel Like ‘Swiss Cheese’?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been very vocal in his disgust over the Trump proposed Middle Eastern peace plan when he addressed the United Nation’s Security Council recently. However, bringing attention to the larger picture, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a pertinent opening speech at the Security Council meeting talking about the increasing instability in Yemen, Syria and Libya. He said, “upheaval in these regions asks for an immediate political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has lasted far too long and which remains crucial for sustainable peace in the Middle East.”

He has indicated that ‘a two state’ solution looks like a viable one for Israel and Palestine. There is evident opposition from Abbas, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and they are not hiding it. Everyone has noticed that Trump’s plan has once again deviated from the international norms. It has favoured Israel more than anyone else and has been disapproved off by African Union member states as well.

Abbas later addressed the Security Council, saying Trump’s plan “violates UN resolutions” and annuls the Palestinians’ right to self-determination while legitimizing illegal Israeli settlements and the illegal annexation of occupied Palestinian land.

Abbas has called the state of Palestine a hopelessly ‘swiss cheese’ state where everything is fragmented and the hope of unity and strength. He is now calling for the convening of an international conference “to bring real peace between the Palestinians and Israel.”

Strangely, when the UN council was about to convene for a resolution vote, Palestinian looked as if it took a back step, showing their lack of confidence that, they would after all not get passed a complete US veto vote.

Abbas also communicated that he was more confident that most nations will side with the Palestinian people and an open dialogue would be the best way to solve the situation. Read all the Middle East Latest news.

Emirati forces … an eternal imprint in Yemen’s memory.
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Emirati forces … an eternal imprint in Yemen’s memory.

The UAE armed forces represented a difference, within the Arab Alliance to Support Stability in Yemen. In addition to its military effort in assisting brothers and combating terrorism, the armed forces have contributed to supporting humanitarian efforts, and have contributed prominent, pivotal and strategic roles in normalizing public life and advancing various developmental aspects in more than 22 Yemeni governorates, where a long and wide range of humanitarian, charitable and development projects have been implemented that It benefits all segments and societal groups.

The liberation of Al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut, the largest Yemeni city from the hegemony and control of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, represented a pivotal turning point in the path of combating terrorism in Yemen, where qualified Yemeni security and military formations that were carefully trained by the Emirati forces managed to regain control of the city that Al-Qaeda transformed it into a closed “emirate” on its influence and control, which turned into an after-effect after the Emirati intervention that started from the established values ​​of Emirati values ​​in combating extremism and fighting terrorism, which made the UAE represent the spearhead in the international coalition to combat terrorism.

The researcher in the history of fundamentalist groups, “Muhammad Abdel Nasser Banaji,” in a statement, considered that Hadramout, which is the largest governorate of Yemen and represents a third of the country, was threatened by the entire Al-Qaeda organization, which represented its control of the capital of the province, “Al-Mukalla”, a nightmare for all The sons of Hadhramaut, as it will pave the way for the terrorist organization to expand its influence and control over other parts of the province, which was not achieved, thanks to the Emirates that have competently led the battle to liberate the “Mukalla” and were able with their own forces and the Yemeni units that qualified them to fight this battle .Many of the leaders and elements of al-Qaeda who survived being killed in the clashes, disguised themselves in women’s clothes, to avoid being caught by the anti-terrorist forces.

Panaji pointed out that ending the presence and control of the so-called “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”, which is the strongest branch of the extremist fundamentalist organization in Mukalla and the “Azan” region of Shabwa, which the organization declared a “emirate” for it, striking the organization’s dens in “Abyan” and pursuing its elements in Marib Adjacent to the Saudi border, such an unprecedented achievement would not have been achieved without the UAE’s support, extensive logistical support operations, and the serious and qualitative qualification of the forces that fought.

The UAE has a unique, effective and pivotal role in enhancing the capabilities of the national army forces, both at the armed and combat levels, by undertaking the task of qualifying more than 90,000 soldiers and commanders and enabling them to “advanced” technical and field capabilities. See more Latest news on africa.

Iraq dismisses MP’s request that Germany, France, and Australia proposed to pull back soldiers
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Iraq dismisses MP’s request that Germany, France, and Australia proposed to pull back soldiers

Questions regarding the presence of foreign troops in Iraq come during a period of high pressure amid the US and Iran, following the death of the leader of Quds Force Qassem Suleimani, who was killed at Baghdad International Airport via a US drone strike.

The killing incited mass protests in Iran and retribution assaults against US bases in Iraq, The National report.

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command has dismissed a claim by a member from its security and defense board that France, Germany, and Australia approached Baghdad to prepare to remove their forces.

On Monday, Badr Al Ziyadi Member of Parliament’s Office disclosed to The National that Canberra and Berlin had officially offered a letter to set a timetable for the exit of their soldiers.

“Their solicitation has been to set up a timetable for the withdrawal of their soldiers. The next government will take charge of setting the timetable and the exit plan for foreign soldiers.”

However, Major General Tahsin Al Khafaji, the representative of the Joint Operations Command, denied that the three countries had presented any such solicitation.

According to The National, when they reached Al Ziyadi’s office, they stated that the solicitation was just made verbally by commandants from the three nations to the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, and not conveyed by official letter.

“It is an unsubstantiated rumor,” a foreign ministry representative told The National.

Al Sadr’s Mahdi Army battled the US and British armies in Baghdad and the city of Najaf following the US-led attack in 2003. A month ago, his supporters organized a march in Baghdad to request that US troops leave Iraq alongside other foreign powers. They likewise wanted Iraq’s security alliances with the US to be dropped, and the closing of Iraqi airspace to the US military.

Due to the growing tensions Iraqi legislature voted last month to ask for the withdrawal of US forces from the nation.To read more Middle East Latest news

Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.
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Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.

Dozens of Iranian opposition parties, organizations and personalities under the umbrella of the “Council of Democratic Forces in Iran” met in an expanded conference in Stockholm, the capital of the Kingdom of Sweden, on Saturday afternoon, to discuss ways to unify efforts and possibilities to overthrow the regime in Tehran.

The organizers stated to that delegates from the Swedish parliament, Iranian and international figures, activists and members of Iranian society organizations in the Diaspora will participate in the conference that will present how to support the protests of the Iranian interior and the role of the opposition abroad in communicating with the international community to communicate the demands and aspirations of the Iranian people in salvation From the system of Wilayat al-Faqih, and the formation of a pluralistic democratic system that represents all components of society with a national, cultural, religious and political diversity.

The Council of Democratic Forces in Iran, made up of 13 parties and organizations, is the broadest alliance of all Iranian opposition factions that includes the Persian Nationalist parties represented by the Iranian Democratic Front and the Union of People’s Fedayes and the Liberal Republicans, in addition to the parties and organizations of non-Persian nationalities, which are each of the “Kurdistan Democratic Party, The Ahwazi Democratic Solidarity Party, the Azerbaijani Political and Cultural Center, the Baloch People’s Party, the Iranian Kurdistan Alliance Party, the Turkmen Political Cultural Center, the United Front of Baluchistan, the Bakhtiari and Lorestan Union party, in addition to a number of Syndicates Workers, civil society activists, and independent political figures.

The council has issued invitations to the rest of the opposition parties and organizations whose representatives will attend – according to the organizers – to discuss uniting all opposition forces under a comprehensive umbrella to harness efforts and capabilities to overthrow the Iranian regime.

The meeting will offer to form a broad coalition and a joint program and win sympathy and support for nations, peoples and free and progressive countries in cooperation with international institutions to change the Iranian regime with peaceful popular protests and a smooth transition to democracy.

It is noteworthy that the convening of the conference comes in light of the suffocating international isolation experienced by the Iranian regime because of the nuclear program and the crisis of shooting down the Ukrainian plane with a missile for the Revolutionary Guard and the consequences of the bloody repression of the popular protests in November and January.

The European position, after activating the “trigger mechanism” to settle the nuclear dispute with Iran, is approaching more than the American position on concluding a comprehensive agreement that includes freezing the nuclear and missile programs, stopping the regional regime’s interference and continuing its support for terrorism. See more Latest news on africa .

Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!
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Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!

The U.S. ambassador to Israel has warned Israel against its actions in tandem with the Middle Eastern Plan.  He has asked Israel not to move unilaterally annex territory in the West Bank because it could jeopardize future U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty in the occupied areas.

At the moment, Israel has not put down a proper annexation plan and map that defines the area that they would annex. Unless that happens, US officials are not happy with the Trump- Netanyahu bonding. From the beginning, it seems Trump’s plan has been to give maximum control of Palestinian lands to Israel.  It actually allows Israel to annex about 30% of the West Bank.  According to the Israeli government, this territory is critical to ensuring the country’s security. Also quoting biblical importance, the Netanyahu government has allowed for extensive expansion of Israeli settlements in the area in recent years.

The Trump driven Middle Eastern Plan literally crushes the possibility of a contiguous independent Palestinian state, as it allows for the Israeli annexation of all of the Jewish settlements.

David Friedman has rightly mentioned the media that nothing is stopping Israel from keep it side of the bargain and it does not have to wait till March 02 voting cycle, which is what Netanyahu is doing as of now. Friedman has cleared any confusion saying that the U.S. recognition of the Peace Plan only comes after the U.S. and Israel convened to agree to final, detailed maps.  This is saving grace for Palestinians and all those who are in opposition of a plan that is heavily tilted towards benefiting the dictator that Benjamin Netayahu has been over two decades in Israel. Follow us for more Middle East Latest news.

To contain the nuclear crisis: the European Union foreign minister visits Iran
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To contain the nuclear crisis: the European Union foreign minister visits Iran

European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, according to what Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced, in light of renewed tension between the West and Tehran over its nuclear file.

Moussaoui said in a press statement that Borrell “will arrive in Iran for the first time since he took office (early December). Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to meet with other prominent officials in our country for consultations.”

Moussaoui did not provide further details about Borel’s arrival time or the duration of his visit.

This visit comes amid new tension between Iran and Western countries, against the background of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

On January 24, Borrell invited the signatories of the 2015 nuclear agreement in Vienna to a meeting in February, in order to preserve the agreement that has been at risk of collapse since the United States unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018.

He stated at the time that all parties “confirmed their determination to preserve the agreement that is in everyone’s interest.”

In Vienna, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for a partial lifting of international sanctions that stifle its economy.

But the U.S. exit from the agreement, and its reimposition of sanctions against Iran since 2018, deprived Tehran of the economic benefits it had been awaiting from the agreement.

With sanctions re-imposed, in May 2019, an economy in recession, Iran declared its non-compliance with the restrictions agreed in Vienna.

In an attempt to force Tehran to return to compliance with the terms of the agreement, the Europeans launched a mechanism in January to resolve the dispute.

In a related context, a Japanese destroyer sailed to the Gulf of Oman, amid increasing tension in the Middle East, in order to protect the shipping lines that supply the third largest economy in the world with almost all of their oil needs.

“Thousands of Japanese ships sail in these waters every year, including ships carrying nine-tenths of our oil. They are the lifeblood of Japan,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the crew of the destroyer Takanami, at the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo, before sailing.

The ship, which will be escorted by two maritime patrol aircraft, will not join a U.S.-led naval force or any other naval alliances in the region.

Japan opted to act independently in the region’s conflicts. The Tokyo government has friendly relations with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, and Abe traveled to the region in January to brief Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman on the mission after having held talks with Iranian leaders.

Tension has increased in the Middle East since the rift between Iran and the United States intensified following the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement that Tehran concluded with world powers in 2015, and the subsequent re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran.To read all the latest news on africa.

Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”
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Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”

By Julia Dzekish.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s Middle East settlement plan, emphasizing the importance of a two-state solution and the unacceptability of annexation of Palestinian territories.  This is stated in a communiqué circulated by the office of the head of the British government following a telephone conversation on Thursday with Johnson and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“They discussed United States proposals for peace between Israel and Palestine, and the prime minister reaffirmed his support for US efforts. He also clearly outlined a long-standing position in the UK on the importance of a two-state solution and our rejection of the unilateral annexation of territory.” – says the communique.

The leaders also discussed relations between the two countries in the light of the British withdrawal from the EU on January 31, including in the field of trade.

On January 28, Trump, together with Netanyahu, announced in Washington the key provisions of the so-called deal of the century – a plan for a Palestinian-Israeli peaceful settlement based on mutual recognition of the two states.  Washington suggests inextricably linking Palestinian territory, consisting of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with high-speed transport links, and recognizing only part of East Jerusalem as the capital of the Arab state (according to Netanyahu, we are talking about the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis).  At the same time, the owner of the White House called all of Jerusalem “the indivisible capital” of Israel and announced the US intention to recognize Jewish settlements as Israeli territory. you can see more news middle east latest news.

EU Top Diplomat To Discuss Way Out With Iran
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EU Top Diplomat To Discuss Way Out With Iran

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell has plans to visit Iran according to confirmed news from Tehran and Brussels. This will be his first visit since taking office where he aims to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.

On his two day trip, Borrell will be meeting up with all top level Iranian officials. This includes President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani. Borrell intends to de-escalate the tension that has been mounting between the US and Iran, after the US retracted itself from the 2015 Nuclear Deal. His visit also aims to come out with a viable political solution.

Washington took to imposing sanctions over Tehran something that has crippled the latter’s economy.  It has been the EU sentiment that Borrell’s visit will convey, of that of ‘preservation’ of the nuclear deal  known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to discuss cooperation between the EU and Iran.

The nuclear deal was landmark movement by then president of US, Barack Obama, under which Iran had received partial reprieve from crippling international sanctions. In return, Tehran had agreed to drastically reduce its nuclear activities and to submit to a tailor-made inspection regime by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Donald Trump has undone everything good that had been done by his predecessor, pushing Iran to move to take drastic measures in order to retaliate to the mounting economical pressure brought forth by the US. All participating nations in the 2015 Nuclear deal are against any kind of violent outcome. This includes France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia as well, though Moscow is known to dance to its own tune. Watch more news about Middle East Latest news, Latest news on africa .

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