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The Houthis stage massive demonstrations across Yemen

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1qxXR8T” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dCggS7zNzPw?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=dCggS7zNzPw&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep8353″ /] THE LEVANT  – Abdel Malek Al Houthi’s call for mobilization has been answered by hundreds of thousands of Yemenis this Friday. As Houthi militants and supporters of the movement have flooded the streets of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, one cannot deny the …

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Nazi Resister Returns Holocaust Medal to Israel After Losing Relatives in Gaza

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1sZhexV” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/CfXhycFPjLw?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=CfXhycFPjLw&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep2590″ /] THE LEVANT – Source – http://www.democracynow.org – A 91-year-old man honored by Israel for saving a Jewish life during the Nazi Holocaust has returned his medal in protest of the Gaza assault. Henk Zanoli was given Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations award …

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Islamic State secures advances in Iraq

THE LEVANT – Yesterday, the Islamic State captured the imperative neighborhood of Ma’lameen in the city of Ramadi. The Iraqi Armed Forces withdrew from the neighborhood after violent firefights and the lack of manpower to withstand the onslaught from the Islamic State. At least a dozen Iraqi soldiers were killed during …

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Hamas crackdowns on Israeli informants

THE LEVANT – A Gaza security official says Hamas has killed 11 suspected informers for Israel. Friday’s killings came a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip. Hamas has vowed revenge for the targeting of its leaders. The security …

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What’s a US President to do?

THE LEVANT – At the heart of President Barack Obama’s quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. The president may continue helping Iraqi forces try to reverse the group’s land grabs in northern Iraq by providing more arms and American military advisers and by using U.S. …

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Syria’s civil war death toll rises

THE LEVANT-  The death toll from Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people killed between March 2011 and April 2014, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure is the first issued by the U.N.’s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. …

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The war you don’t see – John Pilger

THE LEVANT -John Pilger has a reputation as a journalist who can be trusted. This video is not only disturbing but truthful in what WE the people are not told or shown. He’s a reporter with more than 25 documentaries, 11 books and countless articles published in media such as …

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Saudi Arabia hands down sentences

THE LEVANT – A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 18 men to prison terms of 10 months to 25 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets between 2003-06, state media reported late on Wednesday. The men were part of a group of 50 …

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US worries about Iran alleged military activities

THE LEVANT – A classified assessment by the US Pentagon has claimed that Iran is increasing its military capabilities, exercisesand buildup of weapons in and near the Strait of Hormuz According to the summary, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News, the Iranian government “has adjusted some of its …

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Boycotting the Boycott

THE LEVANT – Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola are among dozens of US businesses to pull-out their representatives from the Scottish city of Glascow in protest against the City Council’s decision to fly the flag over its city chambers as a sign of solidarity with Gaza. Up to 600 CEOs and investors …

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36 ISIL militants killed near Baghdad

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi army has killed 36 “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) elements in operations around Baghdad this week, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday (August 20th). “The army forces earlier this week clashed with three armed groups in Abu Ghraib, al-Yusufiyyah and al-Taji in western, …

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ISIL is a ‘disgrace to Islam’: Top Muslim clerics

THE LEVANT – By Waleed Abu al-Khair – Egypt’s Grand Mufti recently described the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) as a “terrorist entity” that has “violated all Islamic values and the great purposes of sharia”. “Such a bloody extremist group poses a threat to Islam and Muslims, and tarnishes …

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What’s cooking in Yemen

THE LEVANT – Is A showdown brewing in Yemen? On August 17th the Houthis, a Shia rebel group based in northern Yemen, issued an ultimatum to the government in Sana’a. Yemen’s president, they said, had five days to cut fuel prices and dissolve the government—or face a rerun of the 2011 revolution that …

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Gaza in mourning

THE LEVANT –  Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas’s military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel. Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at …

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Syria – Confession of a rebel militant

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1qpon48″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/KT8KXA-XF4w?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=KT8KXA-XF4w&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3458″ /] THE LEVANT – Sharif as-Safouri, abducted by Al-Nusra Front in July, confesses to receiving antitank weapons in return for protecting the border Free Syrian Army commander, arrested last month by the Islamist militia Al-Nusra Front, told his captors he collaborated with Israel …

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Professor Finkelstein speaks up on Gaza

THE LEVANT – Professor Norman Gary Finkelstein, a fierce American Jewish critic of the Israeli government for its acts of genocide against the Palestinians, has slammed the international community for its silence on Gaza. Finkelstein, who is the author of “The Holocaust Industry” and is himself the son of Holocaust survivors, …

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Christian leaders in Iraq plead for help

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1veAiWM” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ianoA75PVi8?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=ianoA75PVi8&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3596″ /] THE LEVANT – Christian leaders in Iraq say their faith will be obliterated in communities as old as the church itself unless international troops and more airstrikes drive the Islamic State from the country. Catholics and Anglicans said yesterday they had lost confidence …

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US journalist beheaded by ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Journalist James Foley was believed to have been arrested by militias loyal to the Syrian Government in late 2012; however, video footage from the Islamic State media confirmed he was not in the Syrian Air Force Intelligence’s custody. A gruesome video posted by the Islamic State shows Foley …

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Military aid reaches Kurdistan Regional Government

THE LEVANT – The Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government said that the process of distribution of heavy weapons on the axes of fighting are going on according to the need to them, confirming that they received heavy weapons, including anti military Hummer rockets. The site of the Kurdistan Democratic Party …

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Al Abadi reaffirms his commitment towards religious authority

THE LEVANT – Assigned Prime Minister, Dr. Haider Abadi confirmed his commitment to the directives of the Supreme Religious Authority, which is to ensure the unity of Iraq and the Iraqis. Dr. Abadi stressed in a press statement, the commitment to fight corruption and eradicate it, “that’s what we confirmed …

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Ceasefire in Gaza extends for a day

THE LEVANT – The announcement that the two sides had agreed to extend the ceasefire for another day came shortly before it was set to expire at midnight local time on Monday. “Palestinians and Israelis agreed on extending the ceasefire by 24 hours to continue current negotiations,” said a statement released by the …

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Hezbollah takes out Jihadist heavy weight in Syria

THE LEVANT – Fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah have killed a top jihadist from the Islamic State group in Syria who allegedly planned bloody attacks in Lebanon, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah fighters had killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi in the Qalamun region …

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Even Israelis don’t want Bibi anymore

THE LEVANT – By 21 Manifesto – More than10,000 people arrived Saturday night at Rabin Square to rally for a political solution to the occupation of the Palestinian territories under the slogan, “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war.” Many carried signs proclaiming, “Whoever doesn’t want peace is making excuses” …

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Egypt hunts down the Brotherhood

THE LEVANT – Over the past eight months, the Egyptian government has sequestered 342 companies, 1107 charitable associations and 174 schools owned by Muslim Brotherhood figures, along with the finances of 1441 group leaders, a legal source from the movement said Monday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told The …

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Breaking Palestine one house at a time

THE LEVANT – The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished on Monday a two-storey building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur/ Mount of Olives, leaving a family of 17 homeless, according to media sources. WAFA correspondent in Jerusalem said Israeli Police demolished a house belonging to a local Palestinian …

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Syrian army hits ISIL hard in Raqqa

THE LEVANT – Syrian government forces struck ISIL positions in and around the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said on Monday, part of a growing campaign against militants who control a third of the country. Raqqa is a major stronghold of  ISIL, which took one of the Syrian army’s last …

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Boycotting Israel – the Palestinian BDS goes to work

THE LEVANT – by Palestinian BDS National Committee – Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is once again committing heinous massacres on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Israel enjoys criminal impunity because of the direct support from governments in the North America and Europe but also from corporations that are implicated in …

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Kuwait briefly detains cleric US accuses of militant financing

THE LEVANT – Kuwait briefly detained a prominent preacher less than two weeks after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion he was funnelling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer said on Monday. Shafi al-Ajmi, who was detained on Sunday on the border with Saudi Arabia while returning home from a pilgrimage, was …

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Iraq’ second Sunni insurgency

THE LEVANT –  By Kirk H. Sowell – The state of Iraq in 2014 represents a dramatic reversal when compared with four years earlier. National elections in March 2010 took place during a period when the Sunni insurgency, having reached its peak in 2006, was at a low ebb, and …

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Iraq war – Mosul Dam is back under state control

THE LEVANT – Iraqi officials said on Monday that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex. Iraqi state television quoted …

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