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A cold civil war in Israel

A cold civil war in Israel

“Livni suggested that other extremist groups want to turn Israel into a religious law state, a matter that would send Israel over the edge. She also noted that this situation in itself is the end of Zionism.” This statement was made on 10 January 2013. Today, there are legal amendments being studied by the Knesset th... Read more

The limits of the ‘French initiative’

The limits of the ‘French initiative’

The refusal of Netanyahu’s governments (three consecutive governments; four in total) to stop its policies of violence, Judaisation and settlement as a condition for negotiations is nothing new compared to the actions of previous Israeli governments, regardless of the parties and trends, since the Madrid Conference i... Read more

Running rings around the occupation

Running rings around the occupation

EXCLUSIVE IMAGES The harsh conditions in Gaza have not stopped Mohammad Abu Aoun and Jihad Al-Hamami from reproducing Turkish rings that had been made by the Ottomans for centuries in a skilled and professional manner. Read more

Israeli authorities tighten security measures in Jerusalem

Israeli authorities tighten security measures in Jerusalem

The Israeli authorities have recently tightened security measures in occupied Jerusalem and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of its Palestinian residents, Quds Press reported on Wednesday. Read more

Fabius criticises 'ambiguous' US policy towards Syria

Fabius criticises 'ambiguous' US policy towards Syria

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday questioned the United State’s commitment to resolving the Syrian crisis, saying the country’s ambiguity worsens the crisis. Read more

Egypt to build to new prisons

Egypt to build to new prisons

An Egyptian human rights activist described the situation in Egyptian prisons as "very bad”, noting that it is, at the same time, "witnessing a relative improvement than was the case before 2011”. Read more

Davutoglu: Russia will be defeated in Syria as it was in Afghanistan

Davutoglu: Russia will be defeated in Syria as it was in Afghanistan

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that Russia will withdraw in defeat from Syria similar to the country’s previous defeat in Afghanistan. Read more

Helped by Russian warplanes, Kurds advance in northern Aleppo

Helped by Russian warplanes, Kurds advance in northern Aleppo

Under the cover of the Russian airstrikes, Kurdish fighters affiliate with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party gained control of a number of villages and neighbourhoods north of Aleppo over the past few days, Syrian opposition sources told the Anadolu Agency yesterday. Read more

500 Syrians killed and 50,000 fled since beginning of Aleppo battles

500 Syrians killed and 50,000 fled since beginning of Aleppo battles

Some 500 individuals were killed, at least 100 of whom were civilians, since the beginning of the Assad regime's attack on Aleppo in early February, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has revealed. Read more

Ex-Israeli PM to serve 19-month jail term for corruption

Ex-Israeli PM to serve 19-month jail term for corruption

Israel’s Jerusalem Magistrate on Wednesday extended a jail sentence handed down earlier against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after the latter was convicted on bribery charges. Read more

Will Saudi really send ground troops to Syria?

Will Saudi really send ground troops to Syria?

As the one year anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen draws nearer, Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced to Al-Arabiya TV that the Kingdom is likely to take part in deploying ground forces to Syria to fight Daesh if needed. The UAE later announced it would do the same. This move was ... Read more

Does Palestine need elections?

Does Palestine need elections?

It is difficult to give a definite answer to the question of whether or not Palestine needs elections in light of the fact that most of the reconciliation efforts are focusing on this point, and that the majority of the factions are relying on elections for different reasons. These include an improvement in their ele... Read more

Tunisia struggles to cope with radicalised youth

Tunisia struggles to cope with radicalised youth

The Tunisian parliament has voted in favour of changes to a law which will ensure that detainees have a right to an attorney. The legislative revision comes at a time when an increasing crackdown on terrorism has resulted in rising reports of youth arrests accompanied by police brutality, as well as detention and tor... Read more

US intelligence agency rules out recapturing Mosul in 2016

US intelligence agency rules out recapturing Mosul in 2016

The US will not launch any major operation to recapture Mosul from Daesh’s group this year, a senior intelligence official said yesterday. During his speech to Congress, Marine Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, said: “The Mosul operation will be complicated. I’m not as opt... Read more

Russia proposed new plan to end Syria war

Russia proposed new plan to end Syria war

Russia proposed a new plan to Washington to resolve the Syrian crisis, noting that it did not include the removal of President Bashar Al-Assad, the Anadolu Agency reported a senior official as saying yesterday. Read more

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