Russian air force airdrops humanitarian aid in Deir Ez-Zour (photo by Russian Ministry of Defense)
19 Feb 2016

United States, Russia, Agencies Coordinate Syria Humanitarian Aid

Next Cold War 2/19/16 Last week’s deal by the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) in which they agreed to work to expedite aid to besieged areas of Syria and work on a cessation of hostilities succeeded in getting more aid trucks and an arrangement for airdrops but the group struggles

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15 Feb 2016

US Shrugs Off Yet Another Report of Cluster Bombs Launched By Saudis In Yemen

The U.S. government refuses to take responsibility for the repeated use of banned cluster bombs by its ally in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.

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29 Jan 2016

Media Silent As US-Backed Saudi Forces Starve Half Million Yemeni Children

The United Nations warned that 8,000 children could suffer from severe malnutrition in 2016. And that’s just in one southern city in Yemen.

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28 Jan 2016

Carnage Continues In Yemen With US Weapons

Cluster bombs were banned by international agreement, but Saudi Arabia has invested millions in the CBU-105 from U.S. manufacturer Textron Systems.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland, March 2015 (Dept of State)
18 Jan 2016

Battles in Idlib and Aleppo May Trump Peace Talks in Syria

Next Cold War Roundup 1/18/16 Iran Sanctions Lifted, Prisoners Swapped, US Treasury Slapped New Ballistic Program Sanctions "We’ve achieved this historic progress through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the Middle East." —@POTUS #IranDeal — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2016   _ #JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) criteria were

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14 Jan 2016

Kept In Guantánamo For Years For Being Yemeni, Ten Captives Released To Oman

With the latest release, Oman has resettled more prisoners from Guantánamo Bay than any other nation. Many were held for years simply for being Yemeni.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Libyan National Security Adviser Mutassim Gaddafi in 2009 (StateDept)
06 Jan 2016

Emails Show Hillary Clinton Briefed On Crimes Of Libyan Rebels

Next Cold War Roundup 1/8/16 Libya _ Thank goodness someone reads email news dumps slipped in on holidays. In this case it was the excellent investigative journalist, Brad Hoff. The New Year’s Eve release of Hillary Clinton emails now show that she was “getting personally briefed on the battlefield crimes”

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08 Dec 2015

Obama Promises Limitless War In Response To San Bernardino Attack

President Obama’s address after the San Bernardino shootings was largely routine, but with one noteworthy addition: openly embracing endless war.

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04 Dec 2015

US Coalition Grows, Russia Opens Two New Bases in Syria

Next Cold War Roundup: Iraq’s Prime Minister says he doesn’t want Western troops, but it looks like he’ll be getting them soon anyway.

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02 Dec 2015

Review Board Admits Military Wrongfully Detained Guantanamo Prisoner For 13 Years

The Periodic Review Board, which reviews the cases of Guantanamo prisoners, admitted that Mustafa al-Shamir has been held without cause for over a decade.

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