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Journalists detained during peaceful protest in West Bank

Journalists detained during peaceful protest in West Bank

Israeli forces detained two Palestinian journalists on Friday while they were covering the weekly, peaceful, anti-settlement demonstration in the West Bank city of Qalqilia, Quds Press has reported. The men were named as cameraman Ayman Al-Nobani from Wafa, and Mohamed Turabi from 24 FM radio. Read more

Israel-Greece rapprochement is ‘unjustified retreat’ by Athens, claims PFLP

Israel-Greece rapprochement is ‘unjustified retreat’ by Athens, claims PFLP

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has described the current rapprochement between Israel and Greece as an “unjustified retreat” in Athens’ position on the Palestinians, Quds Press reported on Friday. Read more

Munich deal does not mean ‘ceasefire’ in Syria, insists UN

Munich deal does not mean ‘ceasefire’ in Syria, insists UN

A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told journalists that the Syria deal reached in Munich does not mean a “ceasefire”, Anadolu reported on Friday. It is, insisted Stéphane Dujarric, a “cessation of fire”, meaning that those who have their finger on the trigger, remove that finger. Read more

Why does Turkey denounce America’s position on the Democratic Union Party?

Why does Turkey denounce America’s position on the Democratic Union Party?

Some may question or wonder about the firm opposition of the Turkish government to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its contact and cooperation with the US administration. The party is Syrian, not Turkish, and in normal circumstances any objections should come from the Syrian government rather than... Read more

Corbyn needs a compelling vision for the radical debate to go mainstream

Corbyn needs a compelling vision for the radical debate to go mainstream

That Jeremy Corbyn is still leader of Britain’s Labour Party shouldn't be a surprise. He's won eight general elections as an MP, rebelled more than any other Labour member in the House of Commons and never faced deselection. In all that time he never made any secret of his views on the so-called “Troubles” in Norther... Read more

Israeli arms company Elbit Systems to train British RAF aircrew

Israeli arms company Elbit Systems to train British RAF aircrew

Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems, whose weapons systems are used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), will train British RAF aircrew, it was recently announced. Read more

The West is playing an old game with the minorities of the Orient

The West is playing an old game with the minorities of the Orient

Francois Guizot (1787-1874), France’s foreign minister, and Brugière, Baron de Barante, its ambassador in St Petersburg (the capital of Tsarist Russia) were friends. On 31 December 1840, the minister wrote a special letter to the ambassador in Russia. Guizot started his letter saying "my dear friend, there is no nece... Read more

Turkish FM: Russian airstrikes rule out Syria cease-fire

Turkish FM: Russian airstrikes rule out Syria cease-fire

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said peace could not be maintained in Syria unless Russia halts its airstrikes. Read more

Israel uses media leaks to influence negotiations with Turkey

Israel uses media leaks to influence negotiations with Turkey

Experts in Israeli affairs believe that senior officials are trying to influence the course of negotiations with Turkey by means of media leaks that include strict conditions. This is at a time when an Israeli newspaper reported on Wednesday that Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon is demanding that any reconciliation agr... Read more

The week in pictures

The week in pictures

The last 7 days in pictures. Read more

US informs Israel that it will not increase its military aid

US informs Israel that it will not increase its military aid

It was revealed on Monday in Tel Aviv that after nearly three rounds of negotiations between the US and Israel regarding American support for Israel, the path has lead to a dead end. As a result, there are high levels of tensions between the two sides. Read more

Saudi decision to send ground troops to Syria ‘irreversible’

Saudi decision to send ground troops to Syria ‘irreversible’

Saudi’s decision to send ground troops to fight Daesh in Syria is “final and irreversible”, the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition said yesterday. Read more

14 foreign companies halt investments in Egypt

14 foreign companies halt investments in Egypt

Some 14 foreign companies have halted their investments in Egypt because of the dollar crisis, a member of the Egyptian Investor Relations Association (EIRA) said. Read more

It’s time for the EU to punch its weight in the drive for peace in the Holy Land

It’s time for the EU to punch its weight in the drive for peace in the Holy Land

The European Union is a powerful bloc. Around 500 million people live within its 28 member states. Their combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $18 trillion in 2014, making it the largest or second largest economy in the world. Read more

Is Bernie Sanders a civil rights campaigner or a loyal supporter of Israel?

Is Bernie Sanders a civil rights campaigner or a loyal supporter of Israel?

Standing metres from Martin Luther King during a Civil Rights march must have been a proud moment for the young Bernie Sanders. One can imagine the now veteran US senator sensing the gravity of the situation, burdened by duty and moral obligation to bring an end to centuries of legalised discrimination. Read more

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