Middle East

UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy

New UN report finds Palestinian economy would double in size without Israeli occupation. By Zena Tahhan The economy of the occupied Palestinian territories would be at least twice as large if the 49-year-old Israeli occupation was lifted, a new United Nations report has found… Source: UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

The Unspoken War on Yemen, Anglo-American Crimes against Humanity, U.N. and Media Silence, Complicity of “The International Community”, Destruction of an Entire Country…

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Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?” (Bob Dylan, b 1941, Masters of War.) By Felicity Arbuthnot On Tuesday 6th of September, twenty-four hour monitoring by Yemen’s Legal Centre for Rights and Development (LCRD)recorded the bombings by the Saudi led “coalition”, armed by the US and UK and advised by their military specialists, thus collusion and co-operation of both countries render them equally culpable for the… Source: The Unspoken War on Yemen, ... Read More »

Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees claims that its mission ishumanitarian, apolitical, and dedicated to non-violence. Yet UNRWA’s critics claim otherwise, citing evidence of resistance to resettling refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which resulted in an unprecedented legal claim to the… Source: Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp :: Middle East Forum Read More »

The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Ankara has sent evidence to Washington allegedly proving that Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, orchestrated the recent failed coup in Turkey. The US is understandably hesitant to agree to his demand for Gülen’s extradition, given Erdoğan’s post-coup purge to consolidate power and unapologetic silencing of his critics, as well as his tyrannical behavior in… Source: The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry | Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Read More »

Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj

A bitter war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia intensified on Sept. 7 ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage from which Iranians have been excluded for the first time in decades. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the “incompetence” of the Saudi royal family as he met with the families of victims of a deadly stampede during last year’s hajj. “This incident proves once again that this cursed, evil family does not deserve to be in charge and… Source: Tehran-Riyadh war of words heats up as Iranians miss hajj – MIDEAST Read More »

Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean

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Shaul Chorev, Mary Landrieu, Ami Ayalon, Seth Cropsey, Charles D. Davidson, Douglas J. Feith, Arthur Herman, Ron Prosor, Gary Roughead & Eytan Sheshinski Authoritarian politics, energy and computer technology and war are rapidly transforming the Eastern Mediterranean.Political instability — triggered by the Arab Spring — has made the region extraordinarily violent. Syria is disintegrating; millions of refugees from the conflict have spread across the… Source: Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean – by Shaul Chorev Mary Landrieu Ami ... Read More »

A Fight to the Death: Syria’s Kurds Defend Their Land Against Invading Turks

The Syrian Kurdish leadership vows to defend their de facto state in north east Syria to the end, but is fearful of a growing understanding between the Syrian and Turkish governments in opposition to Kurdish separatism at a time when US support for the Kurds is faltering. by PATRICK COCKBURN In an exclusive interview with The Independent, a senior Syrian Kurdish official says that the Kurds will fight to the death to stopTurkey “invading the region” and… Source: A Fight to ... Read More »

What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian?

August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. By Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Russia Beyond the Headlines A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on… Source: What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian? – UPI.com Read More »

Cyprus-Egypt pipe deal opens door for East Med gas

Cyprus has signed a deal to build a pipeline to supply Egypt with natural gas once production starts from the Aphrodite field located offshore the Mediterranean island. The agreement sets the political framework for additional commercial agreements, Cyprus’ Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Tarek el-… Source: Cyprus-Egypt pipe deal opens door for East Med gas Read More »

Can Israel become a maritime power?

A commission of former Israeli and American navy admirals and policymakers is calling for the Jewish state to take a far greater role in securing and administering the Eastern Mediterranean, so the US doesn’t have to. BY HAVIV RETTIG GUR Several years ago, before the onset of the Arab Spring, the eminent historian Bernard Lewis suggested that Israel’s future in the Middle East was more secure than many assumed. In measurable ways, the nearer… Source: Can Israel become a maritime ... Read More »

Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter

LONDON — Israel’s energy minister laid on the charm as he spoke to a few dozen oil executives, contractors and analysts in a crowded hotel conference room about the country’s natural gas prospects. By STANLEY REED  He crowed that the country could one day be a top supplier to Europe, while explaining how multinationals in other industries were already… Source: Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter – The New York Times Read More »

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Rose Asani Hundreds, if not thousands, came to watch Turkey’s President Erdogan unveil a masterpiece in design and engineering. Named after the conquering Ottoman Sultan who expanded the Empire into the Middle East, it has been billed as a ‘bridge to the future’ for the… Source: Is Turkey turning its back on the US? | Coffee House Read More »

Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege

First buses of evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb, as rebels prepare to cede control of area to government forces. Residents and rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, part of an evacuation deal to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year-long war… Source: Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow

Ankara is carrying out a full-scale ground operation in Syria. This format has not been coordinated with Moscow and threatens to undermine the warming of Russian-Turkish relations… Source: Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces. By Michael Horowitz It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from… Source: How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria Read More »

Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen?

Riyadh can’t bomb its way out of this one. Thomas W. Lippman It took only two days after the collapse of Yemen peace talks in early August for the Saudi-led coalition to resume its intense bombing of the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. With it… Source: Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen? | The National Interest Read More »