Middle East

Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat

Rasha Atamny, 31, from Baqa al-Gharbiya, will be heading to… DOV LIEBER The Times of Israel The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s… Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the… Israel appoints its… Read More »

The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum… But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally… The Guardian A few weeks ago I dusted off my expired Iranian passport photo, an unsmiling eight-year-old version of me – stunned, angry… The ungrateful refugee… Read More »

Syria conflict: Dozens dead, including children, in suspected chemical attack in Idlib

The deadliest chemical weapons attack in years in Syria killed dozens of people in northern Idlib province on Tuesday morning, including women and children, and sickened scores more, according… The Age New York Times, Reuters A few hours later, according to several witnesses, another airstrike hit one of the clinics treating victims, who had been farmed out to… Syria conflict: Dozens… Read More »

Egypt Is Trump Country

But is the American president’s embrace of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as radical as it… Shadi Hamid The Atlantic In one of his first acts in office, President Donald Trump phoned his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al… The symbolism was telling: Sisi wasn’t just another Arab autocrat but one of the region’s most… The Trump-Sisi mutual appreciation society of two… Egypt Is Trump… Read More »

Israel, European States advance plans for world’s longest underwater gas pipeline

The proposed 2,000 kilometer (subsea pipeline would connect gas fields offshore Israel and Cyprus with Greece and possibly… SHARON UDASIN TheJPost Aiming to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a regional energy hub, Israeli and European officials signed a joint declaration on Monday to promote construction of the world’s longest subsea natural-gas… Israel, European States… Read More »

Kushner has a singular and almost untouchable role in Trump’s White House

When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, touched down in Iraq on Monday, his visit to the critical Middle East country preceded more traditional trips by either the… By Ashley Parker and John Wagner  The Washington Post Kushner’s unusual journey to Baghdad — including a… In an administration riven by competing factions and… Kushner has a… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

PFLP reiterates call to confront Oslo Accords, criticizes Al-Fatah, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), reiterated its call for confronting the… Christof Lehmann nsnbc The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and called repeatedly for the… The PFLP also criticized the policies of Al-Fatah, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and all policies that… PFLP reiterates call… Read More »

Egypt court voids block on islands transfer to Saudis

The ruling invalidates a January decision that blocked the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi… Al Jazeera An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a controversial deal to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia can go forward, voiding an earlier ruling that blocked the… The Court of Urgent Matters ruled against a… Egypt court voids… Read More »

April vote challenges established tutelage hegemony

Reforming the Constitution is an absolute must to end coups, memorandum or coups attempts and the tutelage over Turkish… ÖMER BAYKAL Daily Sabah Turkey goes to the polls for the April 16 referendum to change its governing system and revise its… Indeed, holding the referendum has not always sounded great to the Turkish public since almost every past referendum, some… April vote challenges… Read More »

Liberation of Mosul: A new catastrophe?

We are deeply concerned over the deteriorating plight of the civilians in Mosul, who are paying an excessively high price for their liberation from terrorists. Alexander Yakovenko RT We have seen devastating consequences of the first phase of the military operation in the eastern districts of Mosul, where the Coalition applied doubtful tactics to push terrorists out of the city. Those efforts led… Liberation of Mosul… Read More »

A lost history of cultural tolerance

Unbeknownst to many, Qur’anic calligraphy still adorns stone pillars of certain Sicilian churches. Zaid M. Belbagi Arab News The best-known example is the “Bismillah” motif engraved into a column at La Martorana Cathedral in Palermo. Such pillars were… A lost history of… Read More »

Iraqi parliament votes against flying KRG flag in Kirkuk

The Iraqi Parliament on April 1 voted against the decision of Kirkuk Provincial Council to raise the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) alongside the Iraqi flag in the… Hurriyet Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the parliament session and the… “We left the parliament session after tensions erupted over the… Iraqi parliament votes… Read More »

Why the Pentagon doesn’t want Turkey’s help in Syria

Like a marriage held together for the sake of the kids, the U.S. and Turkey keep saying nice things in public, while privately fuming and… JAMIE MCINTYRE Examiner The growing rift between the two countries stems from the intractable dispute over the U.S. plan to liberate Raqqa with a loose coalition of… Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered his military to… Why the Pentagon… Read More »

One man’s quest to save the Jewish Iraqi language

On Friday mornings in a class on the heritage of Babylonian Jewry, Oded Amit has taught a small group of Israelis to speak Jewish Iraqi, the language of his ancestors. Jacky Hugi Al Monitor Amit, 70, was born and raised in Baghdad, and Jewish Iraqi was the language in which his mother raised him. “It’s a beautiful… One man’s quest… Read More »