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The Republic of Fear

The Republic of Fear

The Egyptian government issued a decree in July placing regulatory and independent agencies under the auspices of the president of the country, authorising President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to replace the agencies’ leaders. This move effectively puts an end to the agencies’ independent regulatory role by threatening their... Read more

Defining a paradigm for cooperation between the peoples of both regions

Defining a paradigm for cooperation between the peoples of both regions

Download the full transcript of the address by Wadah Khanfar at the MEMO international conference: Palestine & Latin America in the 21st century. Read more

Traditional horse-riding on the wane in Gaza

Traditional horse-riding on the wane in Gaza

EXCLUSIVE IMAGES In an increasingly unusual scene, dozens of horse-riding fans have gathered in the east of Gaza City to watch what may well be only riding competition left in the whole Gaza Strip. Read more

Saudi to reduce oil price for US and Europe in October

Saudi to reduce oil price for US and Europe in October

Saudi Arabia is to reduce oil prices to the United States and countries in north-west Europe in October, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Read more

No connection between Assad and people fleeing from Syria, claims Putin

No connection between Assad and people fleeing from Syria, claims Putin

Vladimir Putin said on Friday that people leaving Syria are not fleeing from Bashar Al-Assad, but from ISIS, various agencies have reported. The Russian president made his comments on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Read more

Turkey extends military operations in Iraq and Syria

Turkey extends military operations in Iraq and Syria

The Turkish parliament approved a motion on Thursday to extend the mandate authorising Turkey’s Armed Forces to take military action in Syria and Iraq, Anadolu has reported. Read more

Brotherhood in Yemen condemns attack on Red Cross staff

Brotherhood in Yemen condemns attack on Red Cross staff

The general secretariat of the Yemen Gathering for Reformation, a group affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, has condemned an attack on Red Cross staff while they were carrying out their humanitarian mission. The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended its activities in Yemen after two of its staff were kil... Read more

The Arab Spring ‘seed’ refuses to die

The Arab Spring ‘seed’ refuses to die

The popular protests against government corruption and failure in Lebanon and Iraq brought back memories of the Arab Spring that emerged four years ago. They remind us of when the popular uprisings demanded change — even insisted upon it — and sacrificed everything to get it. The uprisings suggested that there is “some... Read more

Cluster bombs are killing civilians in Yemen

Cluster bombs are killing civilians in Yemen

So far, there have been 4,500 people killed and 23,000 wounded in the conflict in Yemen. The calamity shows no sign of abating and the only solution that those fighting seem to have in mind is to have more of the same. Into this has stepped Human Rights Watch, with a report on the use of cluster bombs in Yemen; they ar... Read more

Apartheid & Cultural Boycott: Then and now

Apartheid & Cultural Boycott: Then and now

The following essay, ‘Apartheid & Cultural Boycott: Then and now’, is based on a lecture of the same name given by Ben White at the Southbank Centre in London on July 18, 2015. Read more

The British charities struggling against a tide of suspicion

The British charities struggling against a tide of suspicion

Since the civil war erupted in 2011, millions of Syrians have left their homes in search of safety; some have journeyed to the overcrowded refugee camps of neighbouring countries, such as Jordan or Lebanon, while others boarded unsafe boats to cross the Mediterranean in the hope of finding refuge in Europe. Read more

2,209 Syrian children killed in 2015

2,209 Syrian children killed in 2015

The UK-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a report released Friday that 2,209 children were killed in Syria between January and August this year. Read more

US holds trilateral Syria talks with Saudi Arabia and Russia

US holds trilateral Syria talks with Saudi Arabia and Russia

John Kerry has revealed that the US has held trilateral talks with Saudi Arabia and Russia over the conflict in Syria. “Resolving the situation in Syria requires cooperation with Russia and Saudi Arabia,” said the US Secretary of State. “We are looking at ways to see if we can find a diplomatic path, a political soluti... Read more

Khamenei: Nuclear deal will collapse if sanctions are not lifted

Khamenei: Nuclear deal will collapse if sanctions are not lifted

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the sanctions imposed on his country must be completely lifted, not suspended or frozen, warning that the nuclear agreement will collapse if they remain. Read more

Israel grants settlements $170 million

Israel grants settlements $170 million

According to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, the Israeli government has recently decided to erase $24 million in debt owed by settlements in the West Bank and occupied Golan Heights. These debts have been accumulating since 2011. The government had also decided to erase settlement debts amounting to $146 million, which ha... Read more

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