The several days of organized protests in Ukraine are notable for the relative lack of police violence.
Unlike in the US, Canada, Thailand, Greece, and Spain, peaceful protesters have not been beaten, tear gassed, water cannoned, and tasered by Ukrainian police. Unlike in Egypt, Palestine, and Bahrain, Ukrainian protesters have not been fired upon with live ammunition. The restraint of the Ukrainian government and police in the face of provocations has been remarkable. Apparently, Ukrainian police have not been militarized by US Homeland Security.
The White House says the United States does not recognize the Islamic Republic of Iran’s right to enrich uranium.
US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement on Tuesday that Washington would only be prepared to discuss Iran’s enrichment on a very limited scale.
She said the US would agree to that because Iran has indicated in a public document that it’s ready to accept rigorous monitoring and restrictions on the level, scope, capacity and stockpiles of enriched uranium.
A political analyst says that the recent developments will increase tensions and destabilization not just in Mali and Niger but throughout the entire region of West Africa and the northern regions of the continent as well.
This is while the US has set up a new drone base in Niger reportedly aimed at fighting al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Africa and helping French troops in their war on Mali. A report by The New York Times said on Friday that the US deployed a number of Predator drones to Niger, suggesting a shift in Washington's anti-terrorism efforts towards Africa
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran rejected a US demand for setting up a direct military hotline between the two countries' armies, the Iranian Supreme Leader's top military aide said Sunday.
"The US had requested Iran for setting up a direct hotline and Iran rejected the request," senior Military Aide to the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi announced on Sunday.
MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL According to a leaked draft of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s annual report to Congress, obtained by Bloomberg News a week before its scheduled release, Chinese hackers are employing “increasingly advanced types of operations or operations against specialized targets.”
Iran fired on an unarmed U.S. drone last week as it was hovering in international airspace, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
Spokesman George Little said the incident, which marks the first time the Iranians have fired on a U.S. drone, occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET. He said the unarmed, unmanned drone was conducting "routine surveillance" over the Persian Gulf when it was "intercepted" by Iran. He said the MQ1 Predator drone, which was not hit, was not in Iranian airspace.
It's the consensus among the pundits: foreign policy doesn't matter in this presidential election. They point to the ways Republican candidate Mitt Romney has more or less parroted President Barack Obama on just about everything other than military spending and tough talk about another "American century."
The consensus is wrong. There is an issue that matters: Iran.