Middle East

As victims pile up, the binary options industry parties in Cyprus

Passing the buck, blaming the clients, and dancing gangster-style: Behind the scenes at the scandal-wracked industry’s annual festive get-together.. LIMASSOL, Cyprus — The first person I met at the IFX Expo, an annual summit for the binary options and forex industry held at the Palais des Sports in this industrial Mediterranean port, was a prim Russian woman in her thirties who had recently taken a job with a binary options company in Israel… Source: As victims pile up, the binary ... Read More »

Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said a long-dormant Arab peace initiative with the Palestinians that he has spoken of reviving must be changed before Israel can support it. Netanyahu made the comments on June 13 night to members of his Likud party, Israeli media reported, after facing pressure from right-wing members of his cabinet over his recent comments on the Arab initiative… Source: Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten – MIDEAST Read More »

Qatar to deport Dutch woman for ‘illicit sex’ after rape report

A Dutch woman who was arrested after she told police she had been drugged and raped was convicted of having sex out of wedlock by a Qatari court on Monday… Source: Qatar to deport Dutch woman for ‘illicit sex’ after rape report Read More »

Israel wants to sign US aid deal before Obama depar

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Negotiations over military aid package ongoing in Washington over level, whether part can be spent in Israel.. Key voices inside the government are arguing it is in Israel’s interests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to govern US military aid for the next decade while President Barack Obama is in office, as a way of locking in support for the deal from wider swaths of the American public… Source: Israel wants to sign US aid deal before Obama departs – ... Read More »

Beating Turkey in court

A week after the European Court of Human Rights ruled for Turkey to pay over €14 million to a Greek heir in an Istanbul inheritance case, Ankara’s property woes continued yesterday in Strasbourg.. That is where the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers examined Ankara’s refusal to pay awarded damages by the ECHR with regard to 33 property cases in Turkish-held northern Cyprus. And even though justice is a slow process, Nicosia-based lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, who won the Greek case ... Read More »

How UN summit disappointed its Turkish hosts

On May 27, Al-Monitor ran a vivid report about the massive destruction from Turkish security operations in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast. The story described how people gathered on tall buildings in Diyarbakir’s ancient district of Sur, hoping to locate their homes intact in devastated neighborhoods that are still off-limits to residents, while others scrambled to recover usable belongings or the bodies of relatives. According to the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), at least 550 civilians have been killed and ... Read More »

Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis

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With Kenya’s announcement to close down two of its biggest refugee camps, it’s time to focus on the effective alternatives.. At last month’s World Humanitarian Summit, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto announced that the decision to close down its two largest refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, was final… Source: Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian Read More »

Israel suspends permits after deadly attack

The Israeli military revoked on June 9 permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault by two gunmen on Wednesday in a trendy shopping and dining market near Israel’s Defense Ministry, but Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups were quick to praise it. The assailants came ... Read More »

Erdoğan lifts Turkish MPs’ immunity in bid to kick out pro-Kurdish parties

President signs bill that allows prosecution of lawmakers currently under investigation – most of whom are from pro-Kurdish or opposition parties.. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has signed a bill lifting lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution – a constitutional change likely to remove a pro-Kurdish opposition party from parliament… Source: Erdoğan lifts Turkish MPs’ immunity in bid to kick out pro-Kurdish parties | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Blaming Spree: Is Ankara Really Seeking to Mend Russo-Turkish Relations?

Due to his inconsistent foreign policy Turkish President Erdogan still remains at odds with Russia. It is hardly surprising since Ankara has spoiled relations with countries all across its neighborhood.. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to acquire almost absolute power in Turkey as well as his inconsistent foreign policy triggers concerns both in Russia and in the West… Source: Blaming Spree: Is Ankara Really Seeking to Mend Russo-Turkish Relations? Read More »

US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization

The U.S. has stated that the country does not consider the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen a terror organization, a position which stands in contrast with the latest decision taken during a Turkish National Security Council (MGK) meeting on the movement… Source: US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization – AMERICAS Read More »

German MPs vote on Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury

German MPs are set to recognise the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as “genocide” – in the face of Turkish protests.. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term “genocide”… Source: German MPs vote on Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury – BBC News Read More »

Thousands of Muslims demand right to pray at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

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ISTANBUL // Thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday to demand the right to pray there. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. “Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia,” chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of ... Read More »

Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’

Moscow is ready to restore relations with Turkey, but the first step is up to Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. According to him, it is still unclear why Turkey hit the Russia’s Su-24 military aircraft. Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s willingness to resume relations with Turkey, but said the Ankara government should make concrete steps in this direction… Source: Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’ Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Riyadh accuses Iranian officials of walking out of talks despite offers for “solutions” to Tehran’s demands.. Saudi Arabia and Iran have failed to reach a deal on arrangements for Iranians to attend this year’s Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, with officials from both countries trading accusations on who was to blame for the impasse. Saudi officials accused their Iranian counterparts of walking out of talks early on… Source: Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj – AJE News Read More »

Israeli minister quits ‘extremist government’ 

Israeli environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation on May 27, saying the appointment of a hardline nationalist as defense minister had created an “extremist government” Gabbay said that he was “unable to swallow” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to take the defense portfolio from former general Moshe Yaalon and hand it to Avigdor Lieberman, who has pledged harsh measures against Palestinian “terrorists.”… Source: Israeli minister quits ‘extremist government’ – MIDEAST Read More »