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Israel settlements: Netanyahu orders UN ties review

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations. BBC The move comes after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land… Israel settlements: Netanyahu… Read More »

Mediterranean crossings death toll ‘highest ever,’ says UN

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UN Refugee Agency calls death toll a ‘devastating milestone.’ By ESTHER KING Politico The number of migrants who have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is the highest ever recorded, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in a statement Friday. Mediterranean crossings death… Read More »

Egypt: Trump convinced Sisi to withdraw UN resolution

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Egypt confirms Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement activity was withdrawn after Trump called Sisi. Al Jazeera News Egypt agreed to postpone a vote on a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements after US president-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president’s office said. Egypt had circulated the… Egypt: Trump convinced… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »

Could ambassador’s slaying bring about Russian-Turkish cooperation?

Personnel carry the coffin containing the body of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while delivering a speech in an Ankara art gallery on December 19, after a memorial service in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool - RTX2W4WV

The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov deeply shocked the public and the ruling circles in Moscow. Al Monitor Vladimir Avatkov President Vladimir Putin canceled his long-planned annual press conference to bid farewell to the diplomat. Given the recent worsening of… Could ambassador’s slaying… Read More »

Gazan girl turns walls into canvas for giant paintings

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On a hilltop in the Shajaiya neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City, which was extensively damaged by the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in July-August 2014, lives Ansam Raed Saleh al-Wadiya. Al Monitor Nirmine al-Jadi The teenager has turned the walls of her house into murals in an expression of her emotions and imagination, attracting visitors despite the piles of stone and rubble they must pass in the streets to get there. The eyes of Ansam… Gazan girl ... Read More »

The Turkish assassin is a product of Tayyip Erdogan’s incitement

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The murder of Andrew Karlov by an off-duty policeman in Turkey shocked the world. It was the first assassination of a Russian ambassador since 1829, when a mob egged on by Muslim clerics sacked the Russian embassy in Iran and shot Ambassador Alexander Griboyedov. AEI Michael Rubin Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the incident, and both agreed that they would not allow the incident to derail their rapprochement. Karlov’s murderer was… The ... Read More »

How far would you really go for the Syrians?

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The atrocities unfolding in Aleppo over the past few weeks have resulted in a reinvigorated outpouring of global grief. On Line Opinion Marieke Jacobs Images of bloodied and lifeless bodies flood our socials, while the hashtags #prayforaleppo, #saveallepo, and #savesyria coalesce into a collective narrative of horror, compassion and despair. We have taken to the streets to… How far would you really go for… Read More »

Sticks And Stones May Break Israel’s Bones, But It’s Words That Really Frighten

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The ‘Democratic State of Israel’ has decided to go ‘full North Korea’ and threaten to not renew an Australian Jewish journalist’s press visa for… wait for it… asking a question at a media event. New Matilda Chris Graham Chris Graham explains. Living in a free and democratic society is… Sticks And Stones May Break… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

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Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

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Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter

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Kuwait illustrates the oft-ignored tension between liberty and democracy. The National Interest Doug Bandow It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple… Why Kuwait’s Elections… Read More »

Turkey at the precipice

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Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed today while he attended an art exhibit in Ankara. By MICHAEL RUBIN Washington Examiner According to eyewitnesses, the assailant — an Islamist terrorist dressed as a policeman — shouted, “You killed innocent people, Ya… Turkey at the… Read More »

Battle for Mosul: ‘I miss everything there’

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As Mosul residents prepare to return home, they fear that the city they once knew is gone. Al Jazeera News Jabeen Bhatti Baghdad, Iraq – Karam Hassawy has Mosul on his mind. For two years in enforced exile in… Battle for Mosul: ‘I miss… Read More »

Hopeless Afghan struggle to save boy sex slaves

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Power and impunity ensure tradition of culturally sanctioned enslavement and rape of children by Western-backed security forces Asia Times Anuj Chopra Quivering with quiet rage, Shirin holds a photo of his teenage brother-in-law, who now lives as the plaything of policemen, just one victim of a hidden epidemic of kidnappings of young boys for institutionalised sexual slavery in… Hopeless Afghan struggle to… Read More »

“There is no truth to the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state.”

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Irish senators attacked Israel with accusations of apartheid during a parliamentary debate in late November about the closure of the bank account of a BDS group, prompting criticism on Friday from the Jewish state and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. JPost “What has happened with… “There is no… Read More »