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According to a few US officials, Trump discussed about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. US lawmakers have been asking the White House and the President for a complete explanation regarding the matter.
An US ally, probably Israel as suspected by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN, and it’s source of information had been revealed by Trump in a meeting with the Russian officials. This threatens the strength of US confidentiality as it shared the information without consulting the respective country, or the US Congress.
Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday he had an “absolute right” to share facts with Russia, adding he wanted Moscow to be more active in fighting Islamic State militants.
Trump’s alleged ties with Russia, the Russian interference in the US election, firing of Flynn and now the firing of Comey, have all raised flags with how deeply the Russian and Trump involvement goes.
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This is a serious issue. No state can reveal such information without the consultancy of it’s own congress or the source. If this is proven to be true, it will be a major concern for US allies, and a major concern for US as it might not receive reliable data or any data from it’s allies in the future.
#Israel #Syria #airport #missile #MiddleEast #incident
Israeli warplanes stuck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft. The Israel media said that anti-aircraft missiles intercepted a target, what appeared to be an unmanned drone, over the Golan Heights. This was the second Israeli interception of a target coming from Syria.
Israeli missiles hit a military position southwest of an airport east of Damascus, which caused explosions and material losses. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah.
Hezbollah is a close ally of Syria and Tehran, and an enemy of Israel. Israel describes Hezbollah as a group to be the biggest threat to Israeli borders.
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This is amazing. Israel going ahead and blowing up something as per it’s wish.
#Israel #Syria #IS #terrorism #airstrikes #Russia #US #civilians
More than 42 people were killed and wounding more than a hundred in an air strike by unidentified warplanes on a village mosque in Aleppo province. The attack happened during evening prayers and most of the casualties were civilians. The village is held by rebel and Islamist groups, but no jihadist factions are present.
Abu Muhammed, a village resident, said that he saw 15 bodies and a lot of body parts in the debris when he arrived at the scene.
An AFP reporter at the scene said rescuers earlier left the wreckage site but were forced to double back when they heard moaning coming from the debris.
The skies over Aleppo are often busy with Syrian and Russian warplanes as well as US-led coalition aircraft carrying out air strikes. Russia has often denied allegations of civilian deaths in its strikes, whereas US-led coalition said earlier this month that at least 220 civilians had been unintentionally killed in its raids in Iraq and Syria.
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#ApartheidRegime #Israel #Palestine #ESCWA #UN
According to an UN report published Wednesday, Israel is being accused of imposing apartheid regime of racial discriminiation on the Palestinian people.
Although UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the reporters that the report was published without the prior consultation of the UN secretariat, the report was published by UN Economical and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and the report is said to have been published at the request of member states.
ESCWA comprises 18 Arab states in Western Asia and aims to support economic and social development in member states, according to its website.
Richard Falk, the author of the report, is a formed UN human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories and has often criticized Israelis for showing unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
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#NASA #space #SpaceSuit #Israel #StemRad #Mars #EM1
A Tel-Aviv (Israel) based company StemRad has designed a vest to shield astronauts from deadly solar particles in deep space. The company has previously produced and marketed a belt to protect rescue workers from harmful gamma ray radiation emitted in nuclear disasters.
The tailor-made vest for each astronaut is supposed to protect vital human tissue, especially stem cells, which could be devastated by solar radiation in deep space. Although NASA has decided to send astronauts to Mars in the mid-2030s, the vests will be sent in the Lunar Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of the combined Space Launch System Rocket and the Orion capsule.
(Astronauts in Earth’s orbit, such as on the International Space Station (ISS), do not face the same risk because they are protected by the planet’s magnetic field which acts as a shield.)
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Donald Trump tweeted that the United Nations “is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.” This comes three days after the UN passed the resolution on Israel to halt Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory. Such criticism shows that Trump is likely to challenge the international body as a President. The current President, Barack Obama, had instructed UN ambassador Samantha Power to abstain from voting, thus giving a clean passage for the resolution.
This is not the first time that the United Nations has been criticized by a world leader. Earlier, UN has been attacked for infringing on individual nations’ sovereignty as well as wasting resources, while many nations argue that most major decisions remain dominated by a handful of countries that were influential when the United Nations was established decades ago. (Which is in fact, true)
In August 2016, the office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon formally acknowledged that Nepalese peacekeepers sent to Haiti six years ago contributed to a cholera outbreak there even as UN officials maintained they have legal immunity in connection to the epidemic. But still the UN continues to play a key role in helping deliver humanitarian assistance, brokering cease-fires during conflicts and serving as a forum for sprawling issues such as how best to address climate change. Read the full article here.
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The US defended its decision to refrain from vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building in Palestine, saying the unusual step was taken only after all negotiating options to pursue a two-state solution were exhausted. The resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory was introduced in the UNSC by Egypt. However, Trump slammed the US government for abstaining from voting.
The Secretary of State, John Kerry said, “The United States acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two state solution, which every US administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor, told that United States had exhausted each and every effort to pursue a two-state solution through negotiations, discussions and confidence-building measures. Read the full article here.
The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution that would demand that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”
The 15-member council is due to vote at 3 p.m. on Thursday, after Egypt drafter the circular on Wednesday. The position of the United States has been unclear in this vote, since it has protected Israel from U.N. action.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted to the United States that it “should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. Security Council on Thursday.” A resolution needs nine votes in favor and NO vetoes by United States, France, Russia, Britain or China. The last round of U.S. led peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians collapsed in 2014.
The circular to be vetoed on Thursday says that the Israeli establishments has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under International law. Continuous settlement activities are dangerously imperiling the viability of a two-state solution.” Read the full article here.