Intel Report: Trumped Up Diplomacy in the Middle East

Trump has been critical of most aspects of the foreign policy agenda of his predecessors, but on the promotion of the “special” relationships (Israel, Saudi Arabia) he seems intent on doubling down

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Richard Falk, Common Dreams: Trumped Up Diplomacy in the Middle East

Trump has been critical of most aspects of the foreign policy agenda of his predecessors, but on the promotion of the “special” relationships (Israel, Saudi Arabia) he seems intent on doubling down on the most misguided aspects of earlier approaches to the region. CONTINUE READING


Yael Marom,+972 Magazine: Anti-Trump protests greet U.S. president in Israel

A slew of protests against Donald Trump and American policy await the U.S. president. Trump arrives on the 36th day of the mass hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners. The prisoners’ physical condition is starting to deteriorate. The Palestinian hunger strikers are suffering in order to try and improve basic conditions in prison, including access to public telephones (which all other prisoners have), family visits, adequate health services, improvement in conditions of transport between prisons, air conditioning, an end to administrative detention, and more. CONTINUE READING


Medea Benjamin and Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Congress Should Halt Trump’s $110B Arms Deal over Saudi Atrocities in Yemen & Region

It’s just appalling to see Trump in Saudi Arabia, touting this $110 billion arms deal, when you look at the history of how those arms have been used, as in devastating Yemen. We also have the example of them crushing the democratic uprising in neighboring Bahrain, using those weapons to fund al-Qaeda groups in Iraq and in Syria, and using those weapons internally to crush dissent, particularly in the Shia areas, which is happening right now with the Saudi siege of the Shia town of Awamiyah, that is getting absolutely no press in the United States. CONTINUE READING