• Trump : comment cela va-t-il finir ?

    Hasta la vista ! © Reuters Avec la nomination d’un procureur spécial chargé d’enquêter sur les affaires russes de Trump et de son entourage, le président est désormais à l’entrée d’une nasse qui peut aboutir à la #destitution ou à la démission. Mais pour cela, il faudrait que ses soutiens #Républicains se décident à le lâcher.

    #International #congrès #Donald_Trump #Etats-Unis #impeachment #James_Comey

  • What Is America’s Secret Space Shuttle For? - The Atlantic

    The news that the military had a space shuttle quietly orbiting Earth for more than 700 days came as a surprise (…)
    The Air Force has two X-37B spaceplanes, and they’ve flown before—three times, in fact, since 2010. Their mission is to “demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform” for the Air Force,

    #espace #armée #navette #États-Unis

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  • L’Iran bénéficie encore peu de la levée des #sanctions économiques

    Hassan Rohani, l’actuel président, qui concourt pour sa réélection. © Reuters L’élection présidentielle iranienne qui se tient vendredi 19 mai est la première depuis l’accord de Vienne sur le nucléaire. Le président sortant #Hassan_Rohani avait gagé son mandat sur une amélioration de la situation économique, qui ne s’est guère manifestée.

    #International #accord_de_Vienne #Ayatollah_Khamenei #banques #commerce #élection_présidentielle #élections #entreprises #Etats-Unis #Iran #president

  • Tillerson: Trump considering impact of U.S. embassy move on peace process -

    In first, the U.S. secretary of state publicly admits that the embassy move is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement

    Amir Tibon and Barak Ravid May 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.789140

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that while President Donald Trump still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an important part of his deliberations is how such a move would impact the Trump administration’s efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
    Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Tillerson explained that “the president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have.”
    This is the first time that a senior figure in the Trump administration has admitted publicly that the embassy move, a promise Trump made during the election campaign, is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach a peace agreement. Tillerson added further that Trump was “being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.” In recent weeks, press reports in Israel indicated that the Trump administration was not planning to move the embassy.
    Tillerson also said that the president wants to understand “whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps as a distraction,” hinting at possible disagreements on the issue within the Israeli government. The Israeli security establishment and the army have warned in the past that moving the embassy could lead to increased violence on the ground in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    #Israël #Jérusalem #Etats-Unis

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  • Retour sur le 13 mai 1985 : la police de Philadelphie bombarde une maison et interdit aux pompiers d’éteindre le feu… 11 morts, dont 5 enfants, 60 logements détruits. Pas une sanction, sauf contre les victimes du « raid ».

    Ramona Africa Talks MOVE, Liberation and Surviving 1985 Bombing

    And not one single official, on any level, was ever held accountable, ever charged with a single crime against MOVE. But yet, you have the MOVE 9 being called murderers and being imprisoned for 38 years, working on 39 years now. Meanwhile, the people that murdered 11 of my family members, publicly on May 13 of 1985, not one of them was ever held accountable.

    #répression #États-Unis #racisme #prisonniers_politiques #histoire (récente)

    Philadelphia’s Osage Avenue police bombing, 30 years on : ’This story is a parable’ | The Guardian

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  • L’empire de l’or rouge - Enquête sur une industrie aux origines de la mondialisation

    La tomate est le légume le plus transformé par les multinationales de l’agroalimentaire, avides de cette matière première stratégique qu’est le concentré de tomate. Cette enquête au coeur du business impitoyable du fruit le plus consommé au monde retrace la route et l’histoire d’une révolution mondiale de couleur rouge.

    #film #tomates #mondialisation #globalisation #ressources_pédagogiques #documentaire #Chine #Italie #USA #Etats-Unis #Californie #Afrique #concentré_de_tomates #agriculture #travail #exploitation #migrations #industrie_agro-alimentaire

    Il y a apparemment aussi un #livre :
    cc @odilon

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  • Exclusive : Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales - U.S. sources | Reuters


    By Mike Stone | WASHINGTON
    Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar with the talks told Reuters this week.

    Saudi Arabia is Trump’s first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with a top regional ally.

    The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. Trump has vowed to stimulate the U.S. economy by boosting manufacturing jobs.

    Washington and Riyadh are eager to improve relations strained under President Barack Obama in part because of his championing of a nuclear deal with Saudi foe Iran.

    #Etats-Unis #Arabiesaoudite

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  • La politique étrangère de #Donald_Trump : incohérente ou imprévisible ?

    Le président Trump semble avoir une politique étrangère qui change constamment. Bon nombre de ceux qui l’analysent ont montré comment il dit une chose sur son compte twitter et dit ou fait autre chose quelques heures plus tard.


    / #Deux, #Etats-Unis_d'Amérique, #Géopolitique, Donald Trump

  • Breastfeeding policies are a barrier to trade? The U.S. trade office thinks so - by Marion Nestle (Food Politics)

    The Trump administration wants to get rid of these “technical trade barriers:”

    – Hong Kong draft code designed to “protect breastfeeding and contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants and young children.” This, according to USTR, could reduce sales of food products for infants and young children.
    – Indonesia: USTR wants to get rid of a draft regulation to ban advertising or promotion of milk products for children up to two years of age.
    – Malaysia: USTR doesn’t like its code restricting corporate marketing practices aimed at toddlers and young children.
    – Thailand: USTR wants to eliminate penalties for corporations that violate laws restricting the promotional, and marketing activities for modified milk for infants, follow-up formula for infants and young children, and supplemental foods for infants.

    This is about protecting sales of infant formulas and weaning foods heavily marketing to mothers in developing countries as superior to breastfeeding, this despite vast amounts of evidence for the superiority of breastfeeding over any other method for promoting infant health.

    #lait #commerce #États-Unis

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  • Cent jours de résistance à Donald #trump

    Depuis trois mois, l’élection de Donald Trump a repolitisé l’Amérique. Les électeurs démocrates, loin de leur parti vermoulu, se mobilisent en des milliers de groupes d’intervention pour « résister » aux furies du 45e président et inventent de nouvelles formes d’action. Premier objectif : battre les Républicains au Congrès en 2018 et attaquer en justice les mesures Trump.

    #International #100_jours #Etats-Unis #Parti_démocrate #Sanders

  • Abbas believes ’historic opportunity’ for peace under Trump, says Palestinian envoy

    ’President Trump has the political capital, the relationships with all the parties involved and the will to actually achieve this goal,’ Husam Zomlot says ahead of Abbas visit to Washington

    Amir Tibon (Washington) Apr 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.786177

    WASHINGTON - Five days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, one of his closest advisers told Haaretz that Abbas believes there is a “historic opportunity” to reach a peace agreement under Trump’s leadership, and that he is looking forward to forging a “strategic partnership” with the new American president.
    Dr. Husam Zomlot, the recently appointed chief representative of the PLO in Washington, said that Abbas is coming to Washington with one clear objective: creating a political horizon for peace together with Trump. He added that Trump and Abbas had a “very positive conversation” when they spoke on the phone last month, and that Abbas is ready to “employ his vision for peace with full force.”
    Asked about the meeting’s agenda, Zomlot clarified that “there is one thing on the agenda – and that thing is the historic opportunity for peace presented by President Trump.”
    In an interview with Reuters overnight, Trump said, “I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians. There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians - none whatsoever.”
    In contrast to some in Israel who declared that Trump’s election was the end of the peace process, Zomlot sounded positive about working with the U.S. administration.

    #Palestine #OLP #Etats-Unis #Israël

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  • #Pawn_Storm : deux années de piratages très politiques

    La société Trend Micro a publié un rapport sur les activités de Pawn Storm, le groupe de #hackers accusé par les États-Unis d’être lié aux autorités russes et suspecté d’être derrière les piratages des mails du parti démocrate américain, de l’Agence mondiale anti-dopage ou encore la tentative de #piratage de la campagne d’Emmanuel Macron.

    #International #Etats-Unis #Fancy_Bear #Russie

  • Guerre sournoise en #Equateur, guerre totale au #Venezuela

    Equateur, 2 avril 2017 : au second tour de l’élection présidentielle, le candidat de la « révolution citoyenne » Lenín Moreno (Alliance Pays ; AP) affronte l’ex-ministre de l’économie (1999) et banquier multimillionnaire Guillermo Lasso (Créons des Opportunités ; CREO) qu’il a devancé au premier tour (39,36 % des voix contre 28,11 %). Rafael Correa qui, depuis 2007, a rendu sa stabilité au pays grâce à d’incontestables avancées sociales, ne se représentait pas. Il n’est pas encore 17 heures et les bureaux de vote ne sont pas fermés quand Rafael Cuesta, ancien député social-chrétien (PSC, droite) devenu « vice-président de l’information » de la chaîne de télévision Canal Uno, annonce à l’écran, avec une évidente satisfaction : « Nous avons un président de la République et c’est Guillermo Lasso. » A 18 h 30, (...)


  • ARTE+7 | Je ne suis pas votre #nègre

    James #Baldwin ne se contente pas de dénoncer les #violences et les #discriminations à l’égard des #Noirs, la terreur dans laquelle lui et ses semblables vivent. Il s’attaque à ce qui, dans la #culture américaine, et le #cinéma hollywoodien en particulier, s’obstine à fausser la #réalité : l’innocence factice, l’héroïsme côté blanc, la souffrance, la faiblesse côté noir, sans oublier les #hypocrites scènes de réconciliations raciales. « Les Blancs doivent chercher à comprendre pourquoi la figure du nègre leur était nécessaire », assène-t-il lors d’une allocution télévisée.


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  • Report: Trump plans to cut foreign aid across world - but increase aid to Palestinians

    WASHINGTON - Internal State Department documents that were published on Monday by Foreign Policy magazine show that while the Trump administration is preparing major cuts in U.S. foreign aid all across the world, one of the few areas where the administration actually wants to increase spending is the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza.
    The documents are an internal budget plan that seems in line with the administration’s stated goal of a deep cut of more than a third of the State Department and USAID’s total budget. They show major cuts in foreign aid to numerous countries in all continents, but a small rise of 4.6% in foreign aid to the West Bank and Gaza, which would go up to $215 million for the 2018 fiscal year.
    In addition to these territories, other places in the Middle East that would see increased aid spending are Syria, Iraq and Libya, which will all see hundreds of millions of dollars invested should the budget proposal gets approved. All other countries in the Middle East that appear in the document, however, will suffer severe cuts in aid.
    The document proposes a 47.4% cut to Egypt’s aid - a surprising policy in light of the warm and friendly way in which Trump has treated Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi. It also proposed a 21% cut to foreign aid to Jordan, whose leader, King Abdullah, is the only world leader to have been invited to meet the president twice since his inauguration.

    WASHINGTON - Internal State Department documents that were published on Monday by Foreign Policy magazine show that while the Trump administration is preparing major cuts in U.S. foreign aid all across the world, one of the few areas where the administration actually wants to increase spending is the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza.
    The documents are an internal budget plan that seems in line with the administration’s stated goal of a deep cut of more than a third of the State Department and USAID’s total budget. They show major cuts in foreign aid to numerous countries in all continents, but a small rise of 4.6% in foreign aid to the West Bank and Gaza, which would go up to $215 million for the 2018 fiscal year.
    In addition to these territories, other places in the Middle East that would see increased aid spending are Syria, Iraq and Libya, which will all see hundreds of millions of dollars invested should the budget proposal gets approved. All other countries in the Middle East that appear in the document, however, will suffer severe cuts in aid.
    The document proposes a 47.4% cut to Egypt’s aid - a surprising policy in light of the warm and friendly way in which Trump has treated Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi. It also proposed a 21% cut to foreign aid to Jordan, whose leader, King Abdullah, is the only world leader to have been invited to meet the president twice since his inauguration.

    #Egypte #Palestine #Etats-Unis #aide

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  • Anti-settlements resolution in Mass could be ’last straw’ for many Dems, warns party boss in AIPAC’s pocket


    This is good news. The Massachusetts Democratic Party is getting involved in the Israel/Palestine issue, with rival resolutions that are already dividing the state committee.

    Writes Shira Schoenberg at Mass Live:

    Democratic State Committeewoman Carol Coakley, of Millis, introduced a resolution, which will be voted on by the State Committee later this month, condemning Israeli settlements as “obstacles to peace” and urging Massachusetts’ members of Congress to oppose the settlements.

    James Segel, a former aide to Congressman Barney Frank, at a public hearing on Wednesday introduced an alternative resolution urging support for a two-state solution and acknowledging that there are many impediments to peace — including both Israeli settlement expansion and Palestinian incitement and terrorism.

    Longtime Democratic Party boss/treasurer Steve Grossman, who also headed the Israel lobby group AIPAC, is upset that anyone would take a stance against settlements:

    “I think passage of the Coakley resolution would be deeply divisive at a time when Democrats should be working on common shared principles and values, and I think it would harm the Democratic Party,” warned Steve Grossman, a former state Democratic Party chairman and a lifetime member of the Democratic State Committee who previously led the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a national pro-Israel lobby.

    Here’s the Globe’s panicky report, which gives Grossman paragraph after paragraph to sound off:

    State Democratic Party heavyweights are sounding a red alert against a provocative proposal for their state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without specifically mentioning Palestinian violence, a step some top leaders fear would lead to an exodus of Democratic voters…

    Grossman… said it feeds a “one-sided blame game,” which is playing out across college campuses and in pockets of the “progressive wing of the Democratic Party,” and would send a disturbing message to many Democratic activists.

    “A lot of people would read about it and would read the language and say: ‘Frankly, that’s the last straw. This is not a place I feel comfortable any longer,’ ” Grossman said.

    “Many would see it as an attempt to drive a rhetorical stake through Israel’s heart and lay the blame — not part of the blame, but virtually the exclusive blame — for the failure of the peace process at Israel’s door, to the exclusion of any responsibility by Palestinians,” he said.

    Here’s that resolution. Very mild! We affirm our support for longstanding US policy, from Johnson to Obama, that settlements “are an obstacle to peace.”

    #Israël #colonies #Etats-Unis

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  • Pence’s visit to Indonesia another strike in internal White House battle over Islam

    Pence praised Indonesia’s ’moderate Islam’ as ’an inspiration to the world,’ but others in Trump’s administration still see all Muslims as a threat

    Amir Tibon Apr 22, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.784940

    Vice President Mike Pence became this week the first senior figure from the Trump White House to visit a Muslim country. As part of his tour in Southeast Asia, that was focused mostly on the crisis in the Korean peninsula, Pence stopped in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which is home to approximately 250 million people. 
    During his visit to Jakarta, the country’s capital, Pence made a statement that under previous U.S. administrations probably wouldn’t have been filed as more than a footnote, but in the Trump era, immediately made headlines and raised some eyebrows. “As the largest majority Muslim country, Indonesia’s tradition of moderate Islam, frankly, is an inspiration to the world,” Pence declared. He added that the United States commends Indonesia and its people “for the great inspiration that Indonesia provides to the world.”
    Indonesia is indeed a Muslim country led by moderate and democratically elected leadership. Its president, Joko Widodo, was elected in 2014, and was presented in news reports at the time as an “Indonesian version” of Barack Obama. Indonesia is also an important trade partner for the United States and has the largest navy in Southeast Asia. All of these factors can explain why Pence found it important to flatter his hosts in Jakarta this week. But the fact that he chose to specifically speak about the importance of moderate Islam was what made it into the news reports. 
    The reason is obvious: during his election campaign last year, Pence’s boss, Donald Trump, made statements and promises that ignored any kind of differentiation between various movements and groups in the Muslim world. Trump talked about banning all Muslims from entering the United States, without exception, and in March 2016 he said in an interview to CNN that “Islam hates us. There is tremendous hate there.” 
    Trump also assembled around him a number of key advisers with strong anti-Muslim opinions. Michael Flynn, his first choice for the position of National Security Adviser, claimed that Islam wasn’t truly a religion, but rather a political ideology that must be defeated. He also said radical Islamism was like cancer “inside the body of 1.7 billion people” - suggesting that every Muslim person in the world was “infected” by it.

    #Islam #Etats-Unis

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  • #Etats-Unis : une vague sordide d’exécutions relance le débat sur la #peine_de_mort

    Manifestation contre la peine de mort devant la Cour suprême, à Washington. © Reuters Ledell Lee a été exécuté jeudi 20 avril. Sept autres mises à mort sont programmées dans les jours à venir dans le petit État de l’Arkansas. La raison ? Les stocks de produits létaux sont menacés de péremption. L’abject de l’affaire fait scandale. Il relance le débat sur la peine de mort, en perte de vitesse aux États-Unis.

    #International #Arkansas #exécution_capitale

  • Les deux foyers névralgiques de la politique mondiale de #Donald_Trump

    Le président Trump l’a clairement annoncé : sous sa présidence, la Maison Blanche aura une position sur tout et partout. Il a également déclaré que lui seul déciderait en dernier ressort de la politique de son gouvernement. Il a choisi deux terrains prioritaires pour son action extérieure : le #Mexique et la région syro-irakienne, zone de force du califat de l’Etat islamique (EI). Ces deux points de la planète peuvent être qualifiés de foyers névralgiques, à propos desquels Trump manifeste son comportement le plus provocateur. Le Mexique a sans doute été le sujet principal de toute la campagne de Trump, d’abord celle de la primaire républicaine, puis celle de la présidentielle. Ses diatribes incessantes contre le Mexique et les Mexicains lui ont probablement valu plus de soutien populaire que tout autre (...)

    #Etats-Unis_d'Amérique #Diplomatie #Moyen-Orient

  • Les premiers pas de Donald Trump au #Proche-Orient

    Trois mois après son accession à la présidence, Donald Trump n’a toujours pas formulé une doctrine de politique étrangère claire. Pourtant, les nominations dans l’appareil d’État comme les premières décisions prises en #Syrie ou au #Yémen ou la décision d’utiliser en Afghanistan la plus puissante bombe américaine non atomique permettent de dégager quelques grandes orientations de la future politique américaine au Proche-Orient. Le 5 avril dernier, Donald Trump a pris la première initiative substantielle de (...)


    / Syrie, Yémen, Émirats arabes unis (EAU), Proche-Orient, #Relations_internationales, #Géopolitique, #Relations_bilatérales, #Arabie_saoudite, (...)

    #Émirats_arabes_unis_EAU_ #États-Unis

  • Résister ? Résister ! Pourquoi et comment ?

    Depuis la nuit des temps, des gens qui se sentent opprimés et/ou ignorés par les puissants ont résisté à ceux qui détiennent le pouvoir. Une telle résistance a souvent fait changer les choses, mais seulement en certaines occasions. Considérer que la cause défendue par ces résistants est vertueuse dépend des valeurs et des priorités de chacun. Aux Etats-Unis, au cours de la seconde moitié du siècle passé, a émergé une résistance latente à ce qui était perçu comme une oppression exercée par les élites, ces dernières ayant introduit des changements dans les pratiques sociales qui heurtaient de front certains groupes religieux et ignoré les populations rurales et les gens dont les niveaux de vie déclinaient. Au début, la résistance a pris la forme d’un retrait de l’engagement social. Puis elle a pris une forme (...)

    #Etats-Unis_d'Amérique #Résistances #Donald_Trump

  • What did Tillerson’s Russia trip achieve?


    ❝Moscow also seized the moment of direct contact with the top US diplomat to clarify its own positions. On Syria, the departure of President Bashar al-Assad was and remains a non-starter for Russia. What neither Lavrov nor Putin would probably say to Tillerson, but do expect him to understand, is that Russia has invested so much into Syria now, politically and militarily, that Moscow’s primary concern is less about Assad than about the principle, power and prestige of maintaining its position. Hence, any plan that might move Moscow from this standing would have to involve some face-saving mechanism that the Kremlin could package as a win-win internationally, and as a “decision made in Russia’s best interest” domestically.

    So far, the US vision has been to get Russia on board by offering Moscow an opportunity to “play a constructive role in the humanitarian and political catastrophe in the Middle East.” That approach misses a critical point in Russian political psychology: The Kremlin believes it has already stepped up as a constructive player to counter the increasingly destructive forces unleashed by the United States. This belief — no matter how uncomfortably it sits with anyone — is not entirely groundless. Many players in the region perceive Russia in this capacity, even if it’s just for their own political reasons.

    A senior Russian diplomat speaking with Al-Monitor not for attribution said: “[Russia] stepping aside from Assad would mean, among other things, an ultimate win for the US regime-change policy. It would indicate that no matter how long you resist this policy, you’ll be made to surrender. That’s a serious red line in Russia’s foreign policy thinking, the one that President Putin cannot afford to be crossed — not for all the tea in China, or should I say, a chocolate cake in Mar-a-Lago?”

    Therefore, Tillerson’s statement on the importance of Assad’s departure in a “structural, organized manner” is seen in Moscow as a positive outcome. It leaves open the prospect of returning to the political process that was underway for several months before the gas attack and the airstrikes.

    However, it might be much more difficult to achieve now, as the parties focus on reinforcing their respective and contradictory narratives. Reports of US intelligence intercepting communications between Syrian military and chemical experts about preparations for a sarin nerve gas attack in Idlib are a powerful argument for the audience that shares the “American narrative” — as Moscow sees it. However, it is producing counternarratives on the Russian side. One such narrative, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, suggests that of all “12 facilities that stored Syrian chemical weapons, 10 were destroyed in the timeline between 2013 and 2016 under the watch of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons … [while] the remaining two compounds are out of reach for the Syrian government since they are located in the territory controlled by the so-called opposition.”

    Also, as Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, put it: “The recitation of mantras on the necessity of Assad’s departure” won’t budge Moscow’s position an inch, nor will it help with a political solution to the Syria crisis. On the contrary, it will only reinforce Russia’s position on Assad. So far, Moscow has been operating on the principle of presumed innocence and calling for an “unbiased probe” into the Syria attack. To Russia, a refusal to have such an investigation would show that the case against Assad is being pursued for political rather than humanitarian reasons.

    Remarkably, a recent Mir interview with Putin indicates Moscow hasn’t reached a concrete conclusion on exactly who perpetrated the attacks. Putin’s statement that it could have been the Syrian opposition or the Islamic State (IS) is based primarily on the opposition’s hope of saving itself in a losing battle and on previous IS chemical attacks in Iraq. On factual grounds, however, Russia’s arguments look as shaky as the West’s “confidence” that Assad did it. Yet this state of affairs leaves enough space for US-Russia cooperation on investigating the case, if only inspired by a solid political will.

    Though it seems counterintuitive, Russia’s veto of the UN resolution on Syria proposed by the United States, the UK and France hours after the Tillerson-Lavrov press conference is an important sign of Russia’s commitment to work with the United States. Deputy Russian UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov explained the veto by saying the resolution assigned guilt “before an independent and objective investigation” could be conducted.

    However, Russia probably had decided to veto the resolution even before Tillerson and Lavrov met, to give itself more time to think through the negotiation results. Moscow wanted to come up with a fresh proposal at the UN that would reflect a more engaging approach for both US and Russian interests. Hence came Safronkov’s heated and scandalous lashing out against British diplomat Matthew Rycroft, whom he accused of trying to derail a potential agreement on Syria and Assad’s fate that Moscow had hoped to reach with Washington. "Don’t you dare insult Russia!” he said at the UN Security Council meeting April 12.

    Rycroft had accused Moscow of supporting Assad’s “murderous, barbaric” regime.

    In general, the visit left a feeling in Moscow that the initiatives Lavrov and Tillerson discussed will face intense scrutiny in Washington. The confrontational rhetoric flying from both capitals will remain prevalent. But the parties have articulated a need and agreed on some — though not many — concrete steps toward managing the situation. It’s not likely to lead to a “great-power alliance” or help both parties accomplish much together. But it might be just what’s needed to take the two back from the brink of a direct military clash and spare the world even more uncertainty. Given the current circumstances, this might be the most comfortable paradigm for the bilateral relations — at least until Putin and Trump meet face to face.

    Editor, Russia-Mideast 
    Maxim A. Suchkov, PhD is the Editor of Al-Monitor’s Russia-Mideast coverage as well as an expert of the Russian International Affairs Council. He is also an Associate Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director for Research at the School of International Relations, Pyatigorsk State University based in the North Caucasus, Russia. Formerly he was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Georgetown University (2010-11) and New York University (2015). He is the author of the “Essays on Russian Foreign Policy in the Caucasus and the Middle East.” On Twitter: @Max_A_Suchkov

    #Russie #Syrie #Etats-Unis

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