FROM Julian Borger
British Parliament Debates Military Strike on Syria With no chance of support from the UN Security Council, President Obama wants allied support if he decides to punish Syria with military action. Today, British Prime Minister David Cameron made the case to Parliament, referring to videos of bodies with "symptoms consistent with nerve agent exposure, including muscle spasms and foaming at the mouth and nose…all inflicted by weapons that have been outlawed for a century." But some members of Cameron's own coalition government and the opposition, including Labour Party leader Ed Miliband , called for delay. Julian Borger is diplomatic editor for the Guardian and a former correspondent in the Middle East.
Obama, Netanyahu and the Threat of a Nuclear Iran As President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu finished exchanging views about Iran's nuclear program, came a surprise announcement from Brussels today: Europe, China, Russia and the United States will accept Iran's invitation to renew talks that ended more than a year ago. The possibility of attacking Iran's nuclear program has been the principal topic of Netanyahu's visit to Washington. Have the prospects changed?
The President, the Prime Minister and Possible War with Iran Just as President Obama 's agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israel has the right to attack Iran's nuclear program, there's a proposal for renewed diplomacy. Europe, Russia, China and the US have accepted Iran's invitation for renewal of talks that broke down more than a year ago. Are upcoming new sanctions already working, as the President hoped they would, or will this be just another effort to kick the can down the road? Has Netanyahu's visit to Washington altered the prospects for armed conflict in the Middle East?
Iran's Nuclear Technology: Is There a Threat of War? The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has released a report expressing " serious concerns " that Iran is still trying to develop technology that’s only useful for nuclear weapons, and that it has enough enriched uranium to fuel a small arsenal, if it chooses to build one. Will Israel launch a pre-emptive attack? Should the US be more assertive? Is diplomacy possible without new sanctions that might threaten Iran’s economy?
Iran's Nuclear Technology: Is There a Threat of War? The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency is reporting " serious concerns " about Iran's ability to build an atomic bomb. There's still no evidence that it wants to. But it's still trying to develop technology that's only useful for nuclear weapons, and that it has enough enriched uranium to fuel a small arsenal, if it chooses to build one. It's also moving more projects to a chamber under a mountain. In Israel, there's public debate over whether it's time to attack. Is that likely? Would the US become involved? Will Iran engage in diplomacy if it faces a tough new round of economic sanctions?
Gadhafi Forces Score Key Victories against Rebels Rumors that Moammar Gadhafi was negotiating to leave Libya have been shot down as a distraction while Libyan forces conduct devastating attacks on Zawiyah, a city just 30 miles from Tripoli, where Gadhafi has total control. We update the situation in Libya with Peter Beaumont and Julian Borger of the Guardian.
Freed Sailors Arrive in London amid Many Questions After a week and a half of what looked like comfortable captivity in Iran, fifteen British marines and sailors are back with their families as the rest of the world looks at the aftermath of a potentially dangerous episode. Iran and the European Union already have resumed discussions on Iran's nuclear program, so communications channels are still open. What about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Tony Blair? Was the prisoner release a "gift" from Iran or dramatic damage control? Despite Britain’s denials, was there a deal? We’ll hear how perceptions differ from the Middle East to the Western World.
British Sailors Seized by Iranian Forces in Persian Gulf In disputed waters of the Persian Gulf today, 15 British sailors boarded a vessel suspected of smuggling cars. They were then seized by Iranian forces. Although Britain insists they were on the Iraqi--not the Iranian--side and is demanding their immediate and safe return , it appears they are still being held. We hear more about the troubling incident from Julian Borger, diplomatic correspondent for the Guardian , and Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times .
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?