Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

Israel to Shut Borders to All Foreigners, Use Phone-Tracking Tech Over Omicron COVID-19 Variant

Israel on Saturday unveiled new plans to ban all foreigners into the country, a world-first in efforts to curb the spread of the newly detected COVID-19 variant called Omicron. The nation has also revealed plans to use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology to surveil the new variant’s spread. The travel ban to all foreigners would last 14 […]

Washington Unleashes Biological Warfare in Syria

The US crimes in Syria have already been repeatedly reported by the Western media, the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA, as well as various international organizations. The airstrikes on Syrian cities, which were carried out by the US and the coalition led by them in violation of international law and had disastrous consequences for civilians, […]

US is Building an Anti-Iranian Alliance, Backed Up by a Propaganda Campaign

At the end of WWII Washington began to establish its Hub-and-Spoke system of alliances between the USA – the “hub” – and its key strategic allies. The system has remained largely unchanged to this day. This alliance system was originally established in response to the Pentagon’s fears that certain Asian countries might leave the US’s […]

Who has the Greatest Chances of Becoming the Political Leader of Libya?

The situation in the country remains tense ahead of Libya’s first-ever presidential elections, scheduled for December 24. On November 12, an international conference on Libya was held in Paris to resolve the crisis in the North African country. Participants, who came from more than 20 States, reviewed the progress made in the political process and […]

Saudi Arabia brings Captagon to Yemen – Looks to Bring New Plague to the Nation

Just as Saudi Arabia has hardened its tone towards Lebanon over the smuggling into its territories of the drug Captagon – ISIS and other radical groups’ drug of choice as it is said to instill courage to its practitioners, Yemen could soon be flooded with the product, yet another plague the war-torn nation will have […]

Libya, on the Eve of Complex and Challenging Elections

The Paris International Conference for Libya, which concluded on November 12, was an important milestone ahead of the long-awaited presidential and parliamentary elections of December 24. Participants, including almost all international and regional stakeholders, reiterated their support for the timely conduct of elections. But they also expressed their view of the vote. However difficult and […]

US newspaper fights against attempts to force allegiance to Israel

A local newspaper in the American state of Arkansas has complained that it is being pressured to declare its allegiance to Israel and that it will not boycott the country, as states in the US continue to pass legislation outlawing the practice. In an article on the New York Times, the founder of the Arkansas […]

Beirut thanks Turkey for standing by Lebanese without discrimination

Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Al-Hajj Hassan, on Tuesday, thanked Turkey for standing by the Lebanese people without discrimination, and for providing unconditional aid to his country, Anadolu News Agency reports. The Minister made the remarks during a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Baris Ulusoy and Orhan Aydin, the coordinator of the Turkish […]

The PA’s diplomacy hurts Palestine

Yet another attempt at managing symbolic gestures by the Palestinian Authority, this time by Prime Minister, Mohammed Shtayyeh. “Whoever cannot punish Israel can at least help Palestine,” he stated during a meeting at the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, in the presence of members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. According to Shtayyeh, […]

Jordan, Israel, UAE sign ‘declaration of intent’ on energy, water exchange

Jordan, on Monday, announced signing a declaration of intent for exchanging water for energy with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, Anadolu News Agency reports. The three countries will start talks to explore the feasibility of a joint energy and water project, according to Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The Ministry said in […]

Settlers begin building new outpost near Jericho

A group of Jewish settlers this morning started to build a new illegal outpost on a tract of Palestinian land they seized in Ein Al-Auja village, northeast of Jericho in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Centre reported. According to local sources, settlers stormed an area close to the village in vehicles and construction […]

Israel says it will not be bound by Iran nuke deal

Israel will not be bound by any new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, said Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. “The mistake we made after the first nuclear deal in 2015 will not repeat itself,” Bennett said in statements at the Reichman University in Herzliya. “From the moment the […]

Israel levels Palestinian farmland in Gaza

The Israeli occupation army this morning carried out an incursion into a border area in the east of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Centre reported. According to local sources, armoured bulldozers escorted by several military vehicles advanced from a military post into a border area in the east of Gaza City. The bulldozers levelled […]

Russian, Palestinian leaders meet in Sochi

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, held a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, in Sochi on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. Opening the meeting, Putin stressed Russia’s position on the settlement of the Palestinian problem remains unchanged. “The Palestinian problem should be resolved in accordance with earlier decisions taken at the level of the UN […]

US must pressure Israel to stop settlement expansion, Congress members say

Some 26 House Democrats yesterday urged US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to pressure the Israeli government to refrain from settlement construction in “Area E1” between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Led by Congressman Mark Pocan, who recently visited Israel and the West Bank, the lawmakers expressed their “immense concern” about Israeli efforts to […]

Morocco buys Israel’s anti-drone system to protect its airspace

Morocco has acquired Israel’s Skylock Dome anti-drone air defence system, the Royal Armed Forces announced yesterday in a statement. The system, first revealed in February at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, can detect and knock out unmanned drones, according to Skylock Systems. Skylock CEO Itzik Huber said his […]

Washington’s Neo-Colonial Policy in Syria

The use of armies and mercenaries to support colonial commercial projects has become the standard of US behavior. And this is particularly evident due to the actions of Washington in Syria. The US, supported by its army and its many thousands of private military companies (PMCs), continues to loot the country, its energy resources, artifacts, […]

Netanyahu was a ‘control freak’ over his public image, ex-spokesman says

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ex-spokesman and close adviser began testifying against him at his corruption trial yesterday. Speaking at the Jerusalem District Court with Netanyahu present, Nir Hefetz, one of a small group of ex-aides to turn state’s witness, said that Netanyahu was a “control freak” when it came to his public image, […]

We do exist: Why the Palestinian voice should take centre stage

At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time “to reclaim the narrative on Palestine”. This phrase – ‘reclaiming the narrative’ – is relatively new to the Palestinian discourse. Years ago, the concept, let alone its implementation, were quite alien: […]

Jordan keeping door open for possible relations with Hamas: report

After senior Hamas leader, Mohammad Nazzal, joined a discussion panel in Amman, Rai Al Youm newspaper said yesterday that Jordan is keeping the door open for possible relations with the Palestinian movement. The newspaper said this was evident as a result of the inclusion of senior former and current Jordanian officials, including two former prime […]

Palestine court nullifies decision to stop paying salaries of 28 Hamas MPs

The Palestinian High Court of Justice yesterday nullified the decision to stop paying the salaries of 28 members of Hamas’ parliamentarian bloc, Quds Press reported. The court nullified the decision after accepting an appeal filed by lawyer Daud Diraawi on behalf of the MPs. “The court accepted the appeal we filed in 2019 against cutting […]

Palestinian MP criticises PA for discriminating between Fatah and Hamas prisoners

Deputy Speaker of Palestinian Parliament, Hassan Khreisheh, yesterday criticised the Palestinian Authority (PA) for discriminating between Fatah and Hamas prisoners, Al-Resalah newspaper reported. Khreisheh condemned the PA security services’ “aggression” on the reception parades for freed Hamas prisoners and the confiscation of the movement’s flags and those of other Palestinian parties. “We see intensive gunfire […]

Gantz: ‘We will not allow Hamas to get foothold in Jerusalem’

The Israeli government “will not allow Hamas to get foothold in Jerusalem,” Arabs48 reported Defence Minister Banny Gantz saying yesterday. Gantz’s remarks came following a shootout that took place in Jerusalem on Sunday where a Palestinian teacher and Israeli soldiers were killed and four Israelis were wounded. Hamas claimed that the Palestinian teacher, Fadi Abu Shkeidem, 42, was one of its leaders in the Palestinian holy […]

Sudan FM: Egypt, Israel backed Burhan’s coup

Egypt and Israel backed the military coup carried out on 25 October by army chief Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi revealed yesterday. In a discussion with the Atlantic Council, Al-Mahdi said Egypt refrained from expressing publicly its support for the coup while refusing to condemn it when “it was pressed by the […]

Iraq begins manual recount of votes in 870 stations

Iraq’s High Electoral Commission yesterday announced that it will start manually recounting votes in 870 electoral stations based on judicial orders, Anadolu news agency reported. The agency quoted Imad Jamil, a member of the commission’s media team, as saying that the manual recount came upon the order of the Elections Judicial Commission, which accepted 21 […]

Israel activist calls for ‘weapons to protect Palestinians’ from settler violence

Left-wing Jewish Israeli activist, Haim Shadmi, asked the Knesset on Sunday to allow him to bear arms to protect Palestinians from Jewish settler violence which they experience on a daily basis, the Jerusalem Post reported. During the Knesset conference “Stop Settler Violence”, Shadmi was reported saying: “Give us the authority to bear arms,” while going […]

Egypt FM reiterates refusal to use Yemen as base to target Saudi Arabia

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated his country’s “categorical rejection” of using Yemen as a platform to target Saudi Arabia and harm navigation in the Red Sea. This came after Shoukry met with the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, and discussed a number of issues including Cairo’s support for Yemen’s unity, sovereignty […]

Posters of Egyptian dictator Sisi raised in Gaza

Posters of Egypt’s dictator Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi have been placed around Gaza to thank him for reconstructing part of the Strip. The display is reminiscent of 2017 when his image appeared across Gaza, as gratitude for Egypt’s role in reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Following the 11-day Israeli bombardment on Gaza in May, an Egyptian […]

We can expect stronger Algeria-Iran ties as Israel plans to establish a base in Morocco

Bilateral relations between Algeria and Iran have grown ever since ties were restored 21 years ago. They were initially severed in 1993 after the North African country accused Tehran of supporting the armed wing of the Islamic Salvation Front during the civil war, brought on by the Algerian military’s decision to cancel elections the year […]

Yemen’s Houthis using Sanaa airport as military base, Saudi TV says

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya TV channel yesterday released “an exclusive video clip” that it said showed “the Iran-backed Houthi militia using Sanaa International Airport as a military base to conduct experiments and tests of air defence systems.” The channel said the video clip also showed how the Houthis have transformed the airport hangars into a base […]

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