Criticism of “Deal of the Century” Softened in UN Draft Resolution

Condemnation of the US peace plan for the Middle East was deleted from the text of a Palestinian draft resolution to be voted on in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, and it refrains from mentioning the United States, contrary to its first language. The text, presented to the 15 member states of the Security Council on Saturday and seen by the French news agency AFP, states that the initiative “departs from the internationally-endorsed terms of reference and parameters for the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to this conflict, as enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions.”

Trump Confirms Death of AQAP Leader

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that Qassem al Rimi, leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in an American military operation in Yemen. “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri,” the White House said in a statement.

Impeachment: “Your Duty Demands that you Convict President Trump”

Democrats, acting as prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, have asked Senators to do their duty and convict Donald Trump in a final attempt to remove him from office. This seems doomed to fail. “In America, nobody is above the law, even those elected President of the United States,” declared one of these Democratic prosecutors, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), to the 100 Senators charged with trying President Trump.

Key Republican Senators to Vote Against Witnesses, Assuring Trump’s Acquittal

In the final stretch of the Senate trial of US President Donald Trump, it is less and less likely that the Democratic opposition will be able to approve the summons of witnesses to testify against the Republican. After the conclusion of the questioning stage of the senators for the prosecution and defense, one of the Republican senators who had been courted by the Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), announced on Thursday that he will vote against the call of witnesses.

Trump Releases Long-Awaited “Deal of the Century” for Israel, Palestine

Following meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, U.S. President Donald Trump has finally made public the first details of the U.S. peace deal meant to address the Israel-Palestine conflict. Trump announced that the plan stipulates that Jerusalem will be the Israeli capital, and that the U.S. would recognize Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Impeachment: Trump Lawyers Begin Defense, Insist He is Innocent

After three days of Democrats presenting their case against President Trump in the impeachment trial, Donald Trump’s lawyers began their defense on Saturday, warning against the temptation to overturn the result of the 2016 election “without the slightest evidence.” Pat Cipollone, a lawyer for the White House, argued, “we believe when you hear the facts, and that’s what we intend to cover today, the facts, you will find the president did absolutely nothing wrong.”

Trump Lawyers Say Impeachment Process “Illegal”

Attorneys for US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the impeachment case opened against him by the Democratic opposition is a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to try to overturn the 2016 election and interfere in this year’s November elections. The president’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone issued the warning in a seven-page document to respond to the Senate notification that the trial of Trump’s impeachment process will begin on Tuesday.

Trump Open to Negotiations With Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he was open to negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran, but the first step depends on the Iranian regime. His only conditions, as he made clear, are “no nuclear weapons and don’t kill protesters.” Trump tweeted, “National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters.”

Trump to Attend Davos Summit, Claims Soleimani Killing was Self Defense

US President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later in January. Last year, the President didn’t attend the meeting because of the record-long federal government shutdown. The annual World Economic Forum Summit, held in the popular ski resort of Davos, attracts high-profile businessmen and politicians, as well as academics and other community leaders.

Trump, Bloomberg, to Spend $10 Million Each on Dueling Super Bowl Ads

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign team said it would launch a 60-second election advertisement during the Super Bowl, the professional football championship final, to be held on February 2nd in Miami, Florida. The move, which is expected to cost the Republican at least $10 million, was a response to billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is also buying a Super Bowl ad.

John Bolton, Former Trump Advisor, Ready to Testify if Called

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, says he is prepared to testify if the Senate summons him in their impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Democrats believe Bolton has direct information to support their allegations of abuse of power by the president. Trump dismissed John Bolton from the post of national security adviser last September. The US president said Bolton had made mistakes in his analyzes of North Korea.

Trump Threatens Sanctions Over Iraq Resolution

The Iraqi parliament has voted to pass a resolution calling for foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq, including US and German troops. U.S. President Donald Trump also threatened the Iraqi government with sanctions for the first time. The resolution was passed by lawmakers, asking the government to terminate the agreement reached with Washington in 2014. The agreement allowed the United States to deploy 5,200 soldiers in Iraq.

Trump Threatens Iraq with Sanctions if it Kicks Out US Troops

US President Donald Trump threatened Iraq with drastic sanctions on Sunday if the country dares to kick out US troops out of the country in a hostile manner. The Iraqi Parliament has called on the government to send the US-led coalition out of Iraq after Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US drone attack in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, by the US. But should Iraq fail to meet the US conditions for a possible retreat, the country will suffer sanctions “like never before,” Trump said.

Powerful Iranian General Killed by US Drone Strike – What Will Russia’s Role Be in Any Conflict?

Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has been killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. The strike was carried out by the US and was ordered by President Donald Trump. Soleimani was a powerful Iranian General and a veteran of the Syrian War. Soleimani led the work of Iranian military advisers in Iraq, and also led the Quds organization, which is responsible for military and intelligence and sabotage activities outside of Iran itself. The force reports directly to the supreme leader of The Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

Iran Vows “Severe Retaliation” Against U.S. After Soleimani Killing

Iran has vowed that it would carry out a “severe retaliation,” after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of the growing military influence in the Middle East. Soleimani was a general considered to be Iran’s second most powerful figure, after only the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a statement, he said revenge awaits the “criminals” who killed Soleimani.

Qasem Soleimani, Top Iranian General, Killed in U.S. Airstrike

A US air raid on a Baghdad airport in Iraq late on Thursday killed Qasem Soleimani, a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iraqi state television reported. The bombing also killed Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, one of the leaders of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militia. Soleimani headed the Quds Force, one of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite arms, and was one of the most powerful military persons in the country.

Protesters Attack US Embassy in Iraq

Hundreds of protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday to protest US bombings that left dozens of Shi’ite militia fighters dead on Sunday. Iraqi supporters of pro-Iranian factions stormed the embassy compound, damaging the embassy’s outer wall and shouting “death to America.” Pictures posted on social networks show protesters climbing the heavily protected walls of the building, holding Shiite militia flags.

U.S. Helps Russia Thwart St. Petersburg Bombing

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that “great and important coordination” between the United States and Russia helped prevent an attack on St. Petersburg. “President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account. “They were able to quickly apprehend the suspects, with many lives being saved . . . Great and important coordination!” The US president added.

El Mayo’s Son has been Extradited to the United States

Authorities in Mexico have extradited Ismael Zambada-Imperial, who is also widely known as “El Mayito Gordo,” to the United States. The latest development comes in the wake of attempts by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration to save face and further cooperation with the United States government. This is following a spate of violent attacks that have highlighted the government’s failing efforts to contain the growing influence of drug trafficking cartels.

Trump to Pelosi: “You are Declaring Open War on American Democracy”

Ahead of the House vote on his impeachment, which is set to take place today, President Donald Trump sent an angry letter yesterday to the Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He feels he is being subjected to unfair treatment. The Democrats, in Trump’s view, are waging an “open war on American democracy” by launching impeachment proceedings against him.

Obama Praises Women’s Leadership, Hits Out at “Old Men in Politics”

With just a few weeks to the start of the US Democratic Party’s primary election, and less than a year to the 2020 US presidential election, former President Barack Obama has not yet officially declared his support for any of his Democratic Party’s candidates. On Monday, however, he made a statement that could as well be interpreted as a criticism of the top names in the two US biggest parties, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Anti-Semitism the Cause of Deadly Kosher Shop Shooting

A video posted by the founder of Americans Against Antisemitism captures Jews being blamed for their own murder, while people cheer on “Get the Jews out of Jersey City.The police have already declared that the two gunmen had deliberately targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket, where the four hour gun battle took place. The investigation into the motives of this incident shows the two attackers approaching the Kosher store rather than another store on the street.

Iran-Israel Tensions Build

On Sunday, Israel was reported to have attacked a location on the border of Syria and Iraq, which is being used by Iran for storage and transportation of missiles to Syria and Lebanon. Five men belonging to pro-Iranian militias were killed in the attack. This attack was in the same location in which 23 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed last month in another attack, when Israel claimed to have destroyed multiple targets belonging to Iran’s Quds Force. Iran retaliated by shooting several missiles at the Golan and Northern Galilee, which were downed by the Iron Dome.

Trump: Some American Jews “Don’t Love Israel Enough”

Some 4,000 people attended the Diplomat Beach Resort Ballroom on Saturday night at a function of the Israeli American Council. President Trump was invited as the keynote guest speaker at the function. Also at the event was Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino giant who introduced President Trump. Adelson is one of the largest donors to the IAC and a supporter of President Trump financially and emotionally.

Pelosi: House Will Draft Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Thursday that the House already has enough material to begin the drafting of the final report on the impeachment process of US President Donald Trump. “The president’s actions are a profound violation of the public trust,” said Pelosi. “His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution,” she added, and concluded that “today, I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment.”

Could Donald Trump Serve a Third Term Or More?

On the surface, the question of Donald Trump serving three terms seems absurd. Essentially, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution states that a president can only be elected to two terms in office. To most of us, the question is not even in the realm of reality. We don’t even think about it. Serving a maximum of two terms is a a given. Given everything that has happened over the last three years, however, I believe we need to begin to entertain this possibility.

Trump Calls Macron’s NATO Statement “Highly Offensive”

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that NATO was “brain dead” as “very offensive.” In an interview with The Economist in November, Macron stated that NATO is in a “brain dead” state, due to a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on the one hand, and the United States and Turkey on the other.

Trump, Lawyers Won’t Attend Impeachment Hearing

US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not attend the first public hearing on impeachment to which they have been invited by the House of Representatives, the White House confirmed on Sunday. After two months of investigations, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins on Wednesday the legal debate to determine if the allegations against the president are serious enough to justify the opening of a political trial.

China Threatens US Over Hong Kong Law

China reacted angrily on Thursday to US President Donald Trump’s signing of a law that supports the protests in Hong Kong. Beijing called it an “absolute abomination,” and threatened to retaliate against the US government. The legislation allows the White House to impose economic sanctions against both the Chinese and the autonomous region’s officials who are responsible for human rights violations.

Trade Pact Between Beijing and Washington “Very Close”

China and the United Stаtеѕ are close to concluding the fіrѕt рhаѕе оf a trаdе расt, the Global Times, a tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said оn Monday. Reports, citing еxреrtѕ сlоѕе tо thе Chinese gоvеrnmеnt, said Bеіjіng аlѕо rеmаіnеd соmmіttеd to continuing talks оn thе second or even thіrd рhаѕе of аn аgrееmеnt wіth thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. US Prеѕіdеnt Dоnаld Trumр ѕаіd Friday thаt a trade deal wіth Chіnа “іѕ lіkеlу tо bе vеrу close.”