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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

Al-Aswany: Egyptian parliament does not represent the people

Al-Aswany: Egyptian parliament does not represent the people

The Egyptian parliament does not accurately represent the people, writer and novelist Alaa Al-Aswany said yesterday, adding that the parliamentary elections had “very low participation”. Read more

Canada sends frigate to Aegean Sea to combat refugee smuggling

Canada sends frigate to Aegean Sea to combat refugee smuggling

A Canadian frigate headed to the Aegean Sea today on the orders of Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, to end the smuggling of refugees in the Aegean Sea. Read more

Turkey, Saudi, Qatar discuss Syrian crisis

Turkey, Saudi, Qatar discuss Syrian crisis

Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Jawish Ihsanoglu yesterday held a trilateral meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Adel Al-Jubeir, and Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani in Munich, Germany. Read more

US State Department: Israeli actions 'imperilling' viability of Palestinian state

US State Department: Israeli actions 'imperilling' viability of Palestinian state

The US State Department said Thursday that “current trends on the ground” in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are “imperilling” the “viability” of a “two-state solution.” Read more

Fabius: Assad responsible for killing 260,000 people in Syria

Fabius: Assad responsible for killing 260,000 people in Syria

Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad is primarily responsible for the death of 260,000 people in his country and the displacement of half of Syria’s population, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said yesterday. Read more

Shin Bet confirms that almost all Palestinian ‘attacks’ occur in occupied territories

Shin Bet confirms that almost all Palestinian ‘attacks’ occur in occupied territories

87 per cent of stabbings or alleged stabbings carried out by Palestinians from October to January took place within the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), according to Israeli authorities. Read more

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