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The Counter-productive Isolation of Proud and Hungry Sanaa

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Our Arabian Peninsula Senior Analyst April Longley Alley finds pride, resilience and an eagerness to end the conflict during field research and many conversations in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. April Longley Alley ICG She concludes that isolating one side or making the famine and suffering worse will only prolong the war. SANAA, Yemen – One of the… The Counter-productive… Read More »

Fethullah Gulen: The Turkey I no longer know

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Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate. SAYLORSBURG, Pa. Fethullah Gulen The Washington Post As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee… Fethullah Gulen: ... Read More »

Kuwait raises $4 million for debt convicts

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Kuwaitis have donated around $4 million in a matter of hours in a fund-raising campaign to help secure the release of Kuwaiti prisoners convicted for failing to pay their financial dues. Gulf Insider Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Mohammad Al Jabri said the fund-raising campaign aimed to alleviate the financial burdens on… The campaign, organised by Zakat House in collaboration with the… Kuwait raises $4… Read More »

New nation-branding plan needed for Arab world

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It is crucial for the Arab world to put together a committee of the best experts and partners to create programs and initiatives that will promote Arab culture globally. Mark C. Donfried  Arab News An Arab News poll conducted from March 17-22 proved the negative perception of the Arab world, especially in the US, and the urgent need for new nation-branding initiatives. The poll results were published and announced on May 2 at the… New nation-branding… Read More »

Israel arrests Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh

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Israeli army detains former political prisoner, Ahmad Qatamesh, as 1,300 Palestinians continue hunger strike in jails. Patrick Strickland Al Jazeera Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and detained at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of… Israel arrests Palestinian… Read More »

N. Korea fires missile days after new S Korea leader pledges dialogue

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 14 in defiance of  calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue. Seoul – Reuters Hurriyet The U.S. Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was “not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic… Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the… N. Korea fires… Read More »

10 workers gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in Pakistan

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QUETTA, Pakistan: Ten laborers were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country’s $57-billion Chinese “Belt and… Gul Yusufzai Reuters Arab News The attack on the The attack on the Pakistani laborers took place some 20 kilometers from the emerging port city of Gwadar in… “All the laborers were shot at… 10 workers gunned… Read More »

Kerala villagers bring dead river back to life in 70 days

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Rajeevan spent most of his life watching his favourite river die. Gulf Insider For two decades, the Kuttemperoor river in south Kerala’s Alappuzha district slowly choked under the weight of rampant illegal sand mining and construction sites that dumped tons of sewage on its once-pristine banks. Fish and aquatic life were wiped out, and the once-gurgling river of Rajeevan’s childhood was reduced to a… Kerala villagers bring… Read More »

Indonesians take tiny steps against tobacco

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A neighborhood in the Indonesian capital has informally declared itself a smoke-free zone as students plan further protests against what they see as an increased effort by cigarette companies to target the… Hurriyet Indonesia has one of the highest rates of smoking and is the world’s fourth-biggest cigarette producer, mostly of the pungent “kretek” clove and tobacco variety, but parliament has proposed a… A few groups are now… Indonesians take tiny… Read More »

Israel-Turkey: Erdogan claims Jerusalem for Muslims and raises tensions

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Erdogan’s claims on Jerusalem for Muslims – dangerously raises tensions with Israel and creates more instability in the Middle East Alexis P. Kitsios Curated byBlasting News Uk Turkish President #Erdogan has called on all Muslims to visit “Al Cuds,” the Islamic name for Jerusalem, in order to protest against alleged violations of the rights of Muslims in #Israel. After that, according to local reports, he… Israel-Turkey: Erdogan… Read More »

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

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The country’s president, Recep Erdogan, won sweeping new powers last month in a national referendum. Alison Kanski PR Week WASHINGTON: The Embassy of Turkey has hired Burson-Marsteller for integrated PR services in the U.S. ahead of a visit by its president. The contract, which began this month, is scheduled to run through 2017. The WPP firm is set to earn $1.1 million for the… Turkish Embassy hires… Read More »

PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

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The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia. Philip C. Tubeza Inquirer  WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at… Exercise Balikatan 2017, which… PH, US Balikatan… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

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Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »

The End of Turkey’s Jews?

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Can Jewry in Turkey survive? Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s growing autocracy. Michael Rubin Commentary Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains both tolerant and democratic. The problem, they say, is limited to the followers of Islamic theologian Fethullah Gülen and… The End of… Read More »

Israel’s Delek group seeks to conduct natural gas exploration in Turkey

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After discovering the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas reserves, the largest ever discovered, Israel’s Delek group hopes to conduct exploration work for Turkey, as the country starts its activities in the Mediterranean. Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency Citing the likely presence of significant oil and natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean, Israeli oil and gas exploration firm Delek Drilling and… The CEO of Delek Group Yossi Abu said that they… Israel’s Delek group… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »