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Syria army enters Manbij in new alliance with Kurds | Arab News

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 28, 2018 11:03 AM
"The Kurds issued a statement welcoming the regime advance, a pragmatic shift in alliances that will dash their aspirations for autonomy but could help cut their losses after a US pullout they resent as a betrayal. "We invite the Syrian government forces... to assert control over the areas our forces have withdrawn from, particularly in Manbij, and to protect these areas against a Turkish invasion," the YPG said in a statement."

Trump on Syria Withdrawal: We Give Israel Billions of Dollars, They'll Be OK | Ha'aretz

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 27, 2018 05:05 PM
"He added, "I’m the one that moved the embassy to Jerusalem. I was the one who was willing to do that. So that’s the way it is – we are going to take great care of Israel. Israel is going to be good. We give Israel 4.5 billion a year. And we give frankly a lot more than that if you look at the books. They’ve been doing a good job.”"

‘It was a rejection of Trump’s way of thinking’: Ilhan Omar on being elected to Congress | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 26, 2018 07:49 PM
"As one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress ... I’m hopeful for what Congress can achieve in 2019. The Democratic party’s first piece of legislation is HR1: a bill that aims to curb the influence of money in politics and expand voting rights. Once we accomplish that, we have the opportunity to organise around other things we want to enact. Our aim of supplying Medicare for all has bipartisan support nationwide, and our other aims, such as more humane immigration laws and making college more accessible, will be helped by passing HR1. When the House of Representatives sits for the first time on 3 January, it will be the most racially diverse, with the most female members, in history. With the other first-term congresswomen, such as Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sharice Davids, Ayanna Pressley, Pramila Jayapal and Deb Haaland, we’re trying to make sure that our firsts lead to many more."

Palestine to apply for full UN membership early next year, foreign minister says | Press TV

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 26, 2018 11:51 AM
"About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. ... The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories."
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