Middle East

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 »

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled a home-built drone that they said was capable of carrying bombs, state media reported on Oct. 1, in what appeared to be another copy of a reconnaissance U.S. drone that Iran captured five years ago. DUBAI – Reuters The drone, called Saegheh, or lightning, was unveiled at an expo showcasing the latest achievements by the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace arm. Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft… Read More »

Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen

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Efforts to move Yemen’s Central Bank will likely add to risks of insolvency and starvation, while complicating and deepening civil war divisions. Regional and international powers should rally round this critical institution and… Source: Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen | International Crisis Group Read More »

Juncker’s rhetoric versus Cyprus’s reality

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s 2016 State of the European Union address was clear in its analysis: the EU is at a critical juncture and has to become more effective to regain its credibility. Andreas Theophanous But the solution needs more work. Crucially, it needs political will. And it needs an understanding of past failures – not least those that… Source: Juncker’s rhetoric versus Cyprus’s reality | Europe’s World Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales

In allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Congress protected American jobs, U.S. companies and the wider defense industry. Oleg Svet Senators Paul Ryan and Chris Murphy recently proposed a congressional resolution to stop a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Their measure… Source: Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales | The National Interest Read More »

Saudi Aramco eyes $334bn investment by 2025

State-owned oil giant plans to pump in billions for infrastructure and create about 500,000 jobs for Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant Aramco plans to invest a total of about $334bn by 2025, including spending on infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity. Senior Aramco official Abdulaziz al-Abdulkarim, vice… Source: Saudi Aramco eyes $334bn investment by 2025 – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Gunman kills prominent writer Nahed Hattar outside Amman court where he was facing charges over “offensive” cartoon. A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the… Source: Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »

Educate refugee children or lose them forever

Children forced to flee their homes also end up missing out on schooling. by Bassam Khawaja As world leaders gather for US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, they should urgently address how to get the… Source: Educate refugee children or lose them forever – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency

No rotating Presidency, no deal warned the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mustafa Akinci on Sunday.“ Red line and compromises Speaking to the Turkish press, the Turkish Cypriot community leader drew a red line. If the Greek Cypriot side says that ‘the rotating presidency will never be a… Source: Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency Read More »

Leader raps fear-mongering in name of Shia Islam

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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says inciting sectarian sentiments of Muslims under the guise of a fake version of Shia Islam has led to the emergence of such groups as Daesh and al-Nusra Front (recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham). “Inciting the feelings of other Islamic sects in the name of Shia [Islam], which is in fact “British Shia,” has resulted in the emergence of evil and mercenary groups that are affiliated with the US and the ... Read More »

Trump met his favorite Middle East strongman. What happened next will not surprise you.

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Although Donald Trump doesn’t have too many nice things to say about people in the Middle East, he has spent the past year and a half lionizing one man in particular: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. By Ishaan Tharoor The Egyptian leader and former army officer came to power in a military coup in 2013 and has since set about consolidating his grip through a… Source: Trump met his favorite Middle East strongman. What happened next will not surprise you. – The Washington ... Read More »

‘This is my job’: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about risking her life to take on ISIS and how George feels about her dangerous new case

An emotional Amal Clooney spoke about her latest high-profile case during an interview on Today Monday morning, revealing that she is preparing to take ISIS to court. By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM The human rights lawyer appeared on the program alongside her newest client Nadia Murad, who was captured by the terrorist group when she was just 19 and… Source: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about taking ISIS to court | Daily Mail Online Read More »

Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrian refugees, more refugees per capita than anywhere in the world. International support is needed to keep this fragile country from reaching the breaking point… Source: Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx | International Crisis Group Read More »