Middle East

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 »

Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria

Moscow entered and exited the conflict all within five months. Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops stationed in Syria will lead to much speculation over his true motives for doing so. Has the Russian military, as his announcement claimed, actually achieved its… Source: Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria | The National Interest Read More »

Emaar’s Dubai Opera to open doors in Downtown Dubai this year

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The city’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre, Dubai Opera overlooks the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Emaar Properties will mark the inauguration of its iconic ‘Dubai Opera’ in Downtown Dubai, with a spectacular line-up of world-class performances later this year. The city’s first purpose-built multi-format… Source: Emaar’s Dubai Opera to open doors in Downtown Dubai this year – Khaleej Times Read More »

These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind

For some asylum seekers, their “well-founded” fear of persecution is proven only after they’re repatriated. By Michelle Chen Two years ago, back in their hometowns in Bangladesh, they were ordinary young men whose political involvement didn’t go beyond local support for the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP)… Source: These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind | The Nation Read More »

Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe

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Abdullah tells US politicians that radicals are being ‘manufactured in Turkey… as part of Turkish policy’. King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe at a top level meeting with senior US politicians in January, the MEE can reveal. The king said Europe’s biggest… Source: Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe | Middle East Eye Read More »

Turkey must accept responsibility for downed jet to restore relations – top Russian senator

Russian is ready to resume normal relations with Turkey on condition that Ankara takes the blame for the November downing of the Russian combat jet on the anti-terrorist mission in Syria, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko has said. “Russia-Turkey relations currently could be much better, to put it softly,” Matviyenko, whose role chairing Russia’s upper house of parliament makes her one of the country’s most influential officials, told RIA Novosti. “As you know, Russia is not… Source: Turkey must accept ... Read More »

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades: Assist Cinel and Koray to prosecute Turkey in the court of the EU.

Why this is important Cinel Senem Husseyin and Koray Basdogrultmaci are a Turkish Cypriot couple who were persecuted repeatedly by Turkey through its puppet regime in the occupied part of Cyprus. Their “crime” is that they support a Unitary state in Cyprus and they raised the flag of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC). As citizens of the RoC, 9 months ago, they asked for the assistance of their president, Mr. Anastasiades, to help them take Turkey to the court of ... Read More »

Israeli-Turkish Relations Appear to be Thawing

Ankara’s increasing isolation believed behind the Turkish thaw […] A phone call from Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, represents a subtle but clear sign of improvement in the two Mediterranean states’ diplomacy. The warming in relations between the erstwhile allies follows a suicide bombing in… Source: Israeli-Turkish Relations Appear to be Thawing – The Media Line Read More »

SAS deployed in Libya since start of year, says leaked memo

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King Abdullah of Jordan indicates US was briefed about plans for Jordanian special forces to operate alongside… Randeep Ramesh The Guardian SAS forces have been deployed in Libya since the beginning of the year, according to a confidential briefing given to US congressional leaders by the king of… A leaked memo indicates the US… SAS deployed in… Read More »

The empire the world forgot

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Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts. BBC News Joseph Flaherty An abandoned city of ghosts Ruled by a dizzying array of… The empire the world… Read More »

Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil. By ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the… Source: Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria – POLITICO Read More »