In a embarassing incident that has the Qatari government bending over backward to fix its “tarnished” reputation in the face of its petrodollar-fueled and U.S.-backed Gulf allies, the state-run Qatar News Agency took down an article that defended all of Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran, claiming the site was hacked.
Following Tuesday’s announcement that regional parliament and governor elections will be held in December, and elections for the National Constituent Assembly in July, opposition leader Julio Borges referred to the announcement as a “trap,” and called for opposition protests to continue in response to the announcement, El Nacional reported Tuesday.
When the uprising against the Libyan Jamahiriya broke out in 2011, it was widely considered, especially in the West, to be a popular and democratic revolt against an oppressive and despotic regime with extreme poverty. The orientalist images of millions of Arabs oppressed by their own government seeking to liberate themselves with the help of the democratic Western nations were propped up, and grotesque stories such as the claims of the Gaddafi government distributing Viagra pills to soldiers of the Libyan Army were propagated on an enormous level. It was soon found that there was hardly any real basis for such claims. Nevertheless, such stories persisted and new horror stories were fabricated, with the aim of demonizing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his rule which lasted from 1969 to 2011.
The majority of the people killed in violent opposition protests in Venezuela that have sought to oust President Nicolas Maduro over the past two months were not demonstrating, found a Public Ministry’s report presented by the Bolivarian government Monday.
The report — monitoring the 51 days of opposition protests, was presented by Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and the head of the Human Rights National Council, Larry Devoe at a press conference, citing a death toll nearing 60 victims.
Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that it will be launching a national weapons manufacturing company as part of a jobs program and in order to diversify its economy.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on eight current or former members of the Venezuela’s Supreme Court Thursday, in its ongoing attacks on the Bolivarian nation.
Senator Marco Rubio stood on the Senate floor Thursday and lambasted the eight judges for aiding and abetting Venezuela’s democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro for supposedly “murdering” protesters amid weeks of opposition-spurred violent demonstrations. The Republican senator from Florida also accused the government of carrying out a “coup.”
Seven years ago, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was crossing the border from Mexico into San Diego — where he had lived for 25 years and raised five children.
But Hernandez Rojas would never see his kin again after that day, as he was tasered, beaten and eventually killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Now seven years later, an international body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, has agreed to open a case against the U.S. government, for their complicity in the murder of the late father.
All eyes are on Seoul after South Korea’s Democratic Party President Moon Jae-In was sworn in Wednesday, promising to ease the crisis on the Korean peninsula and balance relations with long-time ally the United States and its rising neighbor, China.
Moon said in his first speech as president he would begin efforts to defuse tensions in the region.
“I will urgently try to solve the security crisis,” Moon said in the domed rotunda hall of the parliament building. “If needed, I will fly straight to Washington. I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and, if the conditions are right, to Pyongyang also.”
“They have gas, we have excrement,” read a message that floated around social media advertising Wednesday’s “La Marcha de la Mierda” — or “Shit March” — in several cities throughout Venezuela.
“Let’s arm ourselves!” read the call to join the protests, heralding the right-wing opposition deployment of a new “shittier” weapon after more than a month of nearly-daily protests aimed at ousting the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro: “poopootov cocktails.” Dubbed for their likeness to Molotov cocktails, the poopootovs are plastic bottles filled with human feces and water. Images circulated on social media have shown some of the containers inscribed with messages like “with love.”
According to El Pais, the fetid weapon first debuted in the city of Los Teques, a few miles from Caracas, over the weekend. As the opposition called on Monday for escalated protests throughout the country this week to protest Maduro’s call for a constituent assembly, the poopootovs were also launched during demonstrations in the cities of San Cristobal, Merida, Valencia and Caracas.
In Los Teques, officers from the National Guard, the target of the attack, began vomiting as they ducked for cover.