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Embattled Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh urged to make exit deal | The Guardian

The United States and Britain are pressing Saudi Arabia to persuade the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to formally stand down after flying to Riyadh for treatment for injuries that were sustained in shelling in Sana’a on Friday. Diplomats said that Washington and London were insisting that Saleh now be urged to implement a deal under which he would relinquish ...

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Yemeni president arrives in Saudi Arabia as truce breaks in capital | guardian.co.uk

Reports of gunfire and explosions in Sana’a a day after Saudi-brokered ceasefire between Saleh’s forces and Hashid tribe President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s authoritarian grip on Yemen appeared to be slipping as he arrived in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment for wounds suffered in a rocket attack on his compound. Saleh, whose Saudi medical evacuation plane was met by a senior ...

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Obama’s Foreign Policy Objectives: The Geopolitical Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia Mosaic | Global Research

You’ve seen the headlines in the last weeks and days: The Arab uprisings, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Washington’s efforts to keep troops in Afghanistan and Iraq beyond pullout schedules, Egypt’s reopening of the border with Gaza, Pakistan’s role in the Afghan war, President Barack Obama’s speeches on the Middle East and Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence, ...

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Seymour Hersh: Despite Intelligence Rejecting Iran as Nuclear Threat, U.S. Could Be Headed for Iraq Redux | Democracy Now

In his latest article for The New Yorker magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says the United States might attack Iran based on distorted estimates of Iran’s nuclear and military threat—just like it did with Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq. Hersh reveals that despite using Iranian informants and cutting-edge surveillance technology, U.S. officials have been unable to find decisive ...

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Yemen slides towards all-out war after President Saleh survives rocket attack | The Guardian

Government claims attack on presidential compound was ‘attempted coup’ as fighting intensifies in Sana’a Yemen’s embattled president survived an apparent attempt to kill him on Friday as fighting intensified in Sana’a amid warnings that the country is sliding inexorably into all-out war. Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 32 years, emerged lightly injured but defiant from his compound ...

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The Middle East: all process, no progress | Carne Ross, guardian.co.uk

Whenever an international problem starts being called a “process”, one should immediately become suspicious that the problem itself will not be solved. Indeed, the naming of a problem as a “process” is a way to obscure lack of progress with endless anaesthetising conferences, meetings and statesmanlike speeches.The climate change “process” demonstrates this dismal rule: after years of preparatory meetings, and ...

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First Tunisia, then Egypt, next Palestine? | Al Jazeera

With Mideast peace talks at an impasse, Palestinians have been looking for another route to statehood: the United Nations. “We are taking our destiny in our hands,” the Palestinian’s top UN diplomat told a small group of reporters in New York on Tuesday. Ambassador Riyad Mansour predicted millions of Palestinians would take to the streets come September, when the UN ...

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Gareth Porter: Splitting the Taliban | CounterPunch

The US Uses Peace Talks to Divide the Taliban From Pakistan The leaked reports over the past two weeks of a series of meetings between U.S. officials and a Taliban figure close to leader Mullah Omar seemed to point to real progress toward a negotiated settlement of the war in Afghanistan. But in fact the talks are part of a ...

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Andrew Levine: Who’s Afraid of the Israel Lobby? | CounterPunch

Seldom has any country been as dependent on another as Israel is on the United States, and never in American history has the United States been as servile towards another country as it is towards this beneficiary of its diplomatic, economic and military largesse. Are geopolitical considerations the decisive factor joining the United States and Israel or is American domestic ...

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