Iran Crisis Has Always Been America’s Creation, Enemy of Necessity, and Oil

Iran Crisis Has Always Been America’s Creation, Enemy of Necessity, and Oil

Aug. 20, 1953//Prime Minister Ousted in Coup//The Central Intelligence Agency backs a plan, coordinated with British intelligence, to overthrow the Iranian prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. The plan has the approval of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is conceived because of British concerns over petroleum exports and the relationship of the prime minister with the Soviets. The coup, orchestrated by an American agent, leads to the ouster of Mr. Mossadegh, and the shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, becomes an authoritarian monarch. Continue reading Iran Crisis Has Always Been America’s Creation, Enemy of Necessity, and Oil

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AL JAZEERA’s ‘AJ Shorts’ wins human rights press award in Hong Kong

AL JAZEERA’s ‘AJ Shorts’ wins human rights press award in Hong Kong

The Al Jazeera English Online unit AJ Shorts was honoured alongside fellow awards winners from The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, Washington Post and leading East Asian news outlets at this year’s Human Rights Press Awards ceremony in Hong Kong.

The AJ Shorts digital documentary, Growing up too Fast in Afghanistan, won in the Short Video (English) category, which was announced at the event on May 16. The film is the first-person narrative of a 14-year-old boy, Khudai, whose father was killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group, forcing him to abandon school and take odd jobs to ensure the survival of his mother and five younger sisters.

Filmed and directed by Preethi Nallu, Growing up too Fast in Afghanistan also garnered two awards at the Webby Awards gala in New York City earlier this month.

Al Jazeera Media Network’s director of Digital Innovation and Programming Carlos Van Meek said he is proud of his team’s accomplishments.

“This was a great collaboration between our broadcast partners and our digital team. I credit everyone involved for thinking laterally and working together across platforms to get the most out of a great story. Much more of this to come,” said Van Meek. Continue reading AL JAZEERA’s ‘AJ Shorts’ wins human rights press award in Hong Kong

IRAN CRISIS: Saudi Arabia won’t hesitate to defend itself

IRAN CRISIS: Saudi Arabia won’t hesitate to defend itself

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran 

The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there are no U.S. or coalition casualties.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, Bill Urban, says in a statement that Iraqi Security Forces are investigating Sunday’s incident.

A State Department spokesman says that “a low-grade rocket” landed within the International Zone near the U.S. Embassy and that there was no significant damage or impact on any U.S.-inhabited facility. Continue reading IRAN CRISIS: Saudi Arabia won’t hesitate to defend itself

US National Security Adviser John Bolton: “To Stop Iran’s BOMB, BOMB Iran”

US National Security Adviser John Bolton: “To Stop Iran’s BOMB, BOMB Iran”

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says//Crimson Tazvinzwa

BRUSSELS — With strong memories of the last catastrophic war in Iraq, Europeans are united in opposing what many consider the United States’ effort to provoke Iran into a shooting war. Yet, despite the strains in trans-Atlantic relations in the Trump years, flat-out opposition to Washington remains an uncomfortable place for European nations.

Initially, not even pro-American Britain would go along with the Trump administration, with officials defending a senior British general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State who said that there was no enhanced threat from Iran in Iraq and Syria.

But that brought an American rebuttal, and soon the Europeans, reluctant to confront Washington directly, softened the criticism. Britain officially rowed back, saying that it now agreed with the Americans, while Germany and the Netherlands suspended their troop training in Iraq, citing the American warnings. (Germany subsequently said it was planning to resume the training exercises.) Continue reading US National Security Adviser John Bolton: “To Stop Iran’s BOMB, BOMB Iran”

Iceland’s act ‘to be punished’ after Palestine protest live on Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland’s act ‘to be punished’ after Palestine protest live on Eurovision Song Contest

Despite being the bookies’ favourite, the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence looked shocked at being named the winner//Crimson Tazvinzwa

Iceland’s Eurovision act could be punished after displaying Palestinian flags during the live song contest, organisers have confirmed.

Hatari, a leather-clad bondage punk trio, were critical of Israel before Saturday’s grand finale, and even challenged the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to a “friendly match of traditional Icelandic trouser grip wrestling”. Continue reading Iceland’s act ‘to be punished’ after Palestine protest live on Eurovision Song Contest