Middle East

How Erdogan’s Family Uses Non-Profits In D.C. For Lobbying

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“We created ‘Everything For Turkey Platform’ as if it was apolitical… a structure that was supposed to voice democratic demands of Turks in the U.S. … But because [Turkey’s ruling party] AK Party is not officially here, all our activities so far have been outright political. I am not disturbed by that. Of course, we… How Erdogan’s Family… Read More »

13 Years of War: Mosul’s Frightening and Uncertain Future

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Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. by Patrick Cockburn It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and… 13 Years of… Read More »

Italy PM brands UNESCO Jerusalem vote ‘unacceptable’

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“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable, it was a mistake,” Renzi told Italian radio. World Bulletin / News Desk Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, on Friday described a UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s actions in east Jerusalem as “incomprehensible and unacceptable” and said his officials should have voted… Italy PM brands… Read More »

Aleppo Siege, Strikes Are ‘Crimes of Historic Proportions’: UN Rights Chief

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The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that the siege and bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo constituted “crimes of historic proportions.” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and the current U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, referred to Aleppo as “a… Aleppo Siege, Strikes… Read More »

Russian warships pass through English Channel

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A flotilla of Russian warships is passing through the English Channel en route to Syria. Two British naval ships are shadowing the vessels. The Ministry of Defence said they would be “man-marked every step of the… Russian warships pass… Read More »

EU Dancing to Washington’s Tune in Syria

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The EU’s threat to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to accuse Moscow and Damascus of war crimes is yet another attempt by the US and its European allies to throw a wrench in the Russo-Syrian counter-terrorism operation, experts suggest. On Monday EU foreign ministers strongly criticized Russia for the country’s air operation over Aleppo and hinted at the… EU Dancing to… Read More »

Palestinian builds dream car despite Gaza challenges

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Car enthusiast in blockaded Gaza Strip puts ingenuity to test, builds replica of classic 1920s-era Mercedes World Bulletin / News Desk At first glance, Muneer Shindi’s automotive workshop looks just like most others in Gaza City’s industrial district. But upon closer inspection, his badly-kept secret can be seen stowed in the… Palestinian builds dream… Read More »

Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi

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Iraqi artist’s major retrospective in Doha is a “manifesto” against events following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Andrew Chappelle Doha, Qatar – Dia Azzawi, the 77-year old Iraqi pioneer of modern Arab art, has described his latest major exhibition as a… Qatar retrospective exhibits Iraqi… Read More »

Shoring Up the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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Defusing conflict over Jerusalem’s holiest site Even the name of Jerusalem’s holiest site causes fundamental disagreement. For Jews, it is the Temple Mount, for Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. So when the Holy Esplanade looked set to become an… Shoring Up the… Read More »

America’s Assad Quandary

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An excruciating fact confronts us: it does not necessarily follow that Bashar al-Assad’s departure would improve the situation in Syria. Robert D. Kaplan A PRINCIPAL tenet of realism is that disorder is worse than injustice, since injustice merely means the world is imperfect, whereas … America’s Assad… Read More »

Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

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Israeli PM says UN body has lost its legitimacy by adopting resolution that rejected Jewish ties to the holy site. Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the United Nations cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised… Israel suspends UNESCO… Read More »

The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future

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The future direction of Iran’s foreign policy is all about internal politics. Farhad Rezaei Iran watchers have puzzled to assess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that Iran and the… The Quiet Fight… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

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For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Syrian refugees share excitement and nerves while journeying to new home in Australia

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The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Australia is increasing, as families who received visas under the Government’s new protection program begin to arrive. Correspondents Report By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill travelled with some of these newest Australians, on the journey to their new home. I could spot them at… Syrian refugees share excitement and… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »