The Guardian fires American journalist after a tweet criticizing US military aid to Israel

American journalist Nathan Robinson, the founder and editor in chief of the "Current Affairs" Magazine, has revealed that the UK's "The Guardian" newspaper fire him as a columnist in the newspaper's American edition after a tweet criticizing the US military aid to the Israeli occupation entity.

In an article titled "How the Media Cracks Down on Critics of Israel", recently published in the Current Affairs magazine, Robinson said that it is widely recognized that critics of Israel, no matter how well-founded the criticism, are routinely punished by both public and private institutions for their speech.

He added that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has documented a pattern by which “those who seek to protest, boycott, or criticize the Israeli government are being silenced.”

UNRWA appeals for 1.5 billion US dollars to support Palestine refugees in 2021

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has called on the international community to secure 1.5 billion US dollars to finance its basic services for registered Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

According to a press release published on its website, UNRWA said that of the required $1.5 billion, $ 806 million are needed for core services, such as education, health, relief and social services, protection and infrastructure and camp improvement. Emergency humanitarian assistance that UNRWA provides in response to the devastating effects of blockade and occupation in the occupied Palestinian territory requires $ 231 million.

White House: Biden wants to close Guantanamo Detention Center

US President Joe Biden wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for "terror suspects" before the end of his term, the White House said Friday, echoing an unfulfilled campaign promise from Barack Obama's administration, according to AFP.

Asked at a press conference about a possible closure of the prison in Cuba during Biden's tenure, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "That certainly is our goal and our intention."

She said the administration was working through the National Security Council to "assess the current state of play that the Biden administration has -- well, we've inherited from the previous administration."

In his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump expressed willingness to keep the Guantanamo prison open and "fill it with bad guys." The Republican retained this position once elected.

However, some detainees were promised their release from Guantanamo under his Democratic predecessor Obama, but he never succeeded in working out a compromise with Congress. Biden was Obama's vice president.

Pandemic didn’t affect fight against terrorism in Syria, says Syromolotov

Syromolotov underlined that Russia had played "the decisive role in destroying a hotbed of international terrorism in Syria," while a sustainable ceasefire is maintained across the majority of Syria thanks to Moscow’s consistent actions

MOSCOW, February 5. /TASS/. Counterterrorist operations conducted with the support of Russian troops in Syria are going ahead, the coronavirus pandemic had almost no effect on steps to counter militants, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told TASS in an interview.

"The Syrian government army is conducting local counterterrorist operations in a number of districts around the country with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces. If the spread of the coronavirus infection did introduce some changes to this work, they were insignificant. The fight against terrorism continues and will do so until it is eradicated from the Syrian land," he said.

Nordic Monitor: Erdogan’s regime jailed senior forensic expert for identifying weapons sent to Al-Qaeda in Syria by Turkey’s MIT

The Swedish Nordic Monitor website has unveiled that the government of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan punished a senior Turkish forensics expert for his role in the exposing of illegal arms shipments to Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organizations in Syria by Turkish intelligence agency MIT.

According to confidential documents obtained by the website, Burhanettin Cihangiroglu, former chairman of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and former head of the Gendarmerie Forensics Department (Jandarma Kriminal Daire Başkanlığı, or JKDB) in Turkey, played a crucial role in the verification and identification of mortars found in intercepted Syria-bound trucks in January 2014.

European Union considers imposing sanctions on Russia over Navalny's arrest

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced today that the European Union will consider next month the issue of imposing sanctions on Russia over the arrest of Russian politician Alexei Navalny.

Russian security forces arrested Navalny on the 17th of this month upon his arrival at Sheremetyevo airport from Germany, in implementation of a previous judicial order issued against him on charges of fraud.

Developments  in this issue are available in the following link:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/01/27/nikos-dendias-and-peter-szijjarto-break-down-the-eu-s-pending-issues

 

Inas Abdulkareem

 

US House delivers article of impeachment against Trump to Senate

Donald Trump will become the only president to face a second impeachment trial, and the first to go through the process after leaving office. If 67 senators vote to convict him, the chamber can then decide whether to bar him from holding office again and receiving benefits given to former presidents.

According to CNBC, The House delivered its impeachment article against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, setting in motion a trial where senators will decide whether to convict the former president for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government.