Middle East

European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees

Struggling to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country. Afghanistan’s Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them… Source: European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Assad says ‘Erdogan’s army of terrorists’ fighting in Syria

Turkey’s direct support for terrorists fighting in Syria makes them President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s own army, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an exclusive interview with Sputnik, adding that his country is ready to counter the aggression… Source: Assad says ‘Erdogan’s army of terrorists’ fighting in Syria — RT News Read More »

Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s President, is coming to Washington this week, where he’ll probably meet President Obama. It’s a good bet he’ll manage to get in and out of the capital without being subjected to the public humiliation he deserves… Source: Erdogan’s March to Dictatorship in Turkey – The New Yorker Read More »

Turkish Gov’t Children’s Magazine Promotes Martyrdom

A cartoon published by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs shows a father extolling the virtues of Islamic martyrdom to his son. A cartoon published by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs shows a father extolling the virtues of Islamic martyrdom to his son… Source: Turkish Gov’t Children’s Magazine Promotes Martyrdom Read More »

Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk

Syria and Colombia serve as an example of the consequences more than 87 million children face for growing up in conflict zones… Source: LatinAmerican Post – Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk Read More »

Turkey doesn’t want to join Europe – it wants to undermine it

On 18 March 2016, the European Union (EU) struck a controversial deal with Turkey, aiming to stem the flow of refugees fleeing across the Aegean Sea. According to the deal, any refugee arriving on the shores of Greece can now be deported back to Turkey if their claim is rejected. In order to determine the validity of refugee claims, border authorities will conduct a swift individual interview. If sent back, the EU will resettle one Syrian refugee from camps in ... Read More »

Europe Versus the Islamic State

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PARIS – Ever since the terrorist attacks in January on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, Parisians knew that barbarism lurked around the corner, and that it would strike again. But it is one thing to know something, to anticipate it, and another to be confronted with the grim reality. On Friday night, reality struck us with a vengeance. We are at war. It would be wrong – even dangerous – not to… Source: Europe Versus the ... Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres

Egypt’s increasing intolerance of dissent and diversity is often obscured by the regional challenges facing this country of 90 million people. But new attempts to curb foreign funding of non-government organisations (NGOs) and other human rights groups have again brought it into sharp international focus…. Source: Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Turkey violated right to a fair trial in anti-terror case, says ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled Turkey violated the right to legal assistance and the right to examine witnesses in a 2003 court ruling which sentenced an alleged member of a terror organization to 18 years and nine months of imprisonment… Source: Turkey violated right to a fair trial in anti-terror case, says ECHR – CRIME Read More »

Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

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The biggest military defeat that Isis has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn’t they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn’t we? Source: Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis? | Voices | The Independent Read More »

The Long Battle for Palmyra

Syrian government forces have regained control of the historic city after a months-long siege by the Islamic State. Syrian government forces have regained control of Palmyra, the historic Syrian city that was overrun by the Islamic State in May of last year. Syrian state media reported Sunday that government troops, backed by Shia… Source: The Long Battle for Palmyra – The Atlantic Read More »

The Unbearable Lightness of Schulz Cyprus Journey 

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It is a truism to say there is a price to everything in the world we live in. As more and more ‘atmospheric’ noise is made by international actors (UN, EU) about the imminence of a Cyprus settlement, it is vital that we shed at least some light on the real cost of the settlement and pose the fundamental question… Such an exercise of estimating the multiple costs involved in the implementation of the three-state settlement – one Greek… Source: ... Read More »

Wave of sympathy for Israeli who shot injured Palestinian

Human rights group filmed shooting of wounded assailant in head. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has defended the army decision to arrest a soldier over the shooting of a subdued Palestinian assailant following a wave of sympathy for the soldier who is suspected of murder. Source: Wave of sympathy for Israeli who shot injured Palestinian Read More »

Al-Jazeera network to slash 500 staff

Qatar’s al-Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 per cent of its staff, reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas. Most of those affected are based at its Doha headquarters, according to Sunday’s statement from the network, which is controlled by Qatar’s royal family… Source: Al-Jazeera network to slash 500 staff Read More »

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

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All week, the G-word has been rattling around the foreign ministries of the world. Ever since John Kerry – he of Israeli-Palestinian peace “in six months” fame – announced that Isis was committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, we’ve been trying to work out just what he’s talking about. Even the poor old Canadians and their super-liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, have since been refusing to recognise the Isis atrocities as “genocide” – the attempt to exterminate an entire race ... Read More »