John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

Iran may pull further away from nuclear deal after latest sanctions

Tehran comments follow US warning not to mistake prudence and discretion for weakness Iran has announced it may take further steps to pull away from its nuclear deal with international powers as John Bolton, Donald Trumps national security adviser, said a fresh round of sanctions against Tehran would serve as a warning not to mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness. The comments on Sunday followed reports that Washington had mounted a sophisticated and crippling cyber-attack on the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards after the US president decided against a more conventional airstrike in response to US air force was cocked and loaded when he decided the estimated civilian death toll of a military action would be a disproportionate response to …

Syrian footballer and ‘singer of revolution’ killed in conflict

Goalkeeper Abdul Baset al-Sarout dies of wounds sustained in battle with government troops A Syrian footballer who became a symbolic figure in the rebellion against the countrys president, Bashar al-Assad, has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces. Abdul Baset al-Sarout, 27, who rose to fame as a goalkeeper for his home city of Homs, joined peaceful protests against Assad in 2011 and was known as the singer of the revolution. He later took up arms as the country slid into civil war. Four of his brothers and his father have also been killed in the fighting. Sarouts life and his role in Syrias uprising and conflict was the subject of Original Article : HERE ; This …

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ hasn’t a hope of bringing peace | Yehuda Shaul

Nothing short of ending ending legal discrimination will make a difference to Israel and Palestine, says former IDF commander Yehuda Shaul Here in Jerusalem, we await publication of Donald Trumps picture posted by Uri Karzen, a leader in the Israeli settler community in the West Bank city of Hebron. The picture showed an iftarcelebration in Hebron attended by both Israeli settlers and a few Palestinians. We are laying the groundwork for peace, wrote Karzen. Greenblatt, in his retweet, opened fire on Palestinians during morning prayers, murdering 29 and injuring more than 100. Ostensibly to protect settlers from retaliation by Palestinians after the massacre, the army closed Shuhada Street, the citys central road, as well as the vegetable, wholesale and meat …