Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs, has confirmed that the European Union will be providing financial assistance to the Egyptian military government to the tune of €90 million. She confirmed that "in line with the EU's commitment at the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on 21 August 2013, EU assistance to the socio-economic sector and to civil society will continue."
EU pledges €90 million to Egypt despite continued human rights violations
- 28 November 2013
- Shazia Arshad
Journalism in Syria is fast becoming impossible
- 21 November 2013
- Samira Shackle
Journalism in Syria is no easy task. With access for foreign journalists becoming increasingly difficult, much of the newsgathering falls to local reporters and citizen journalists – but the situation for them, too, is hazardous.
An evening at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards
- 15 November 2013
- Dr Jamil Sherif
Gaza government spokeswoman breaks the equality barrier
- 07 November 2013
- Muhammad Abu Zaydeh
As the spokesperson of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, Israa Al-Mudalal is breaking stereotypical images of, and breaking the equality barrier for, Muslim women. "When I heard that I was being hired for this new role," she told Al-Risalah.net, "I saw it as a starting point for achieving my dream of delivering my message to the western world." She intends to use her position to inform and advise the world of the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. The fact that she is a young Muslim woman and mother enhances her suitability for the role, she insists, not hampers it.
Syria: my journey into a nightmare war
- 05 November 2013
- Samira Shackle
I don't know how to feel. Part of me is relieved that I made it back alive, but I feel guilty that my relatives and my people are dying. I have only minor physical injuries, but the mental scars are still there. I don't sleep well at night and I often wake up screaming. Most people in Syria don't have the option of running away like I did. But I am glad to be alive.