Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

Palestinians in the besieged enclave ready themselves for the Muslim holy month

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Muslim world facing historic test over Al-Aqsa Mosque: IUMS

Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Ali Qaradaghi, said yesterday that the Muslim world is facing an historic test withh regards Al-Aqsa Mosque and the attacks by Israeli occupation forces. Speaking to Al-Resalah newspaper, Qaradaghi said: "The chaos and provocation of the Israeli occupation and its settler groups at Al-Aqsa Mosque put Arabs and Muslims ahead of a real historic test." He said that the "deadly calls […]

Amnesty: More than 200,000 people demand end of Israeli apartheid

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for putting an end to the demolition of Palestinian homes as a first step towards dismantling apartheid, Amnesty International said yesterday. The rights group's petition, named Demolish Apartheid, Not Palestinian Homes, is addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has been signed by people in at least 174 countries. The petition was submitted to […]

Netanyahu: Israel will not build new settlements in vacated West Bank sites

After condemnation from the US, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government backed down from a plan to return to four abandoned illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, news agencies reported yesterday. Early this week, the Israeli Knesset passed the second and third readings of a bill to allow Israeli settlers to resettle in four illegal settlements […]

Lebanon’s Mufti calls for choosing president before it’s too late

Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian warned on Tuesday of chaos should a president not be chosen soon, Arabi21 reported. In a message issued on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Derian said: "Oh, Lebanese politicians, it is enough to waste time. We reached the last stage before the complete collapse. Unite your vision […]

Can Cairo torpedo the UN’s plans in Libya despite its rapprochement with foe Ankara?

Egypt warmly welcomed Turkiye's Foreign Minister for the first time in a decade that saw relations between the two countries soured over, mainly, what Ankara saw as a "coup" that deposed its Muslim Brotherhood ally, the late President Mohammed Morsi. Mr. Cavusoglu's visit to Cairo came after his boss, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met his […]

China is Making the ‘New’ Middle East

This was inevitable. When the US started to strategically withdraw from the Middle East and shifted its focus towards Southeast Asia and (Eastern) Europe to contain its two rivals (China and Russia), the Middle East was left without a traditional balancer. Without making an orientalist argument and arguing that the Middle East always needed an […]

Lebanon’s Tragedy and the difficulties in overcoming it

When Michel Aoun left office as president of Lebanon last October, many politicians assumed that finding a successor would be relatively easy, not least because none of the main political parties were interested in blocking the election of a new president. Four months later, however, no compromise solution has been found, and many wonder when […]

Israel Army says drone fell in Syria during ‘routine activity’

An Israeli drone fell in Syria, on Wednesday, during routine activity, the Israeli military said, according to a report by Reuters. A military statement said there had been no breach of information and the incident was under investigation. It did not provide further details. Earlier in the day, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at Aleppo International […]

Israel officials fear Smotrich’s Palestine statements could damage ties with Egypt, Jordan

Israeli security officials are reportedly concerned that controversial statements made by Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, could damage ties with Egypt and Jordan. On Sunday, Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionism political alliance, said during a conference held in Paris that "there was no such thing as Palestinian people".  During the conference he spoke at a […]

What Kind of Hackers will the USA Use in the Turkish Elections?

Everyone is now aware of the fact that the United States aggressively meddles in practically all political movements and elections that take place in different nations. In fact, the US publicly touts its “successes” in this area, making no secret of the fact. It is sufficient to read Scott Shane’s article in the New York […]

Turkey proposes a parallel project, “TANAP-2”…

With the breakthrough of energy links in the South Caucasus from 1994 to 2006, Turkey gained new favorable opportunities for oil and gas extraction and export to the world market (especially to EU countries). Azerbaijan was the first post-Soviet country to gain access to the western shores of the Caspian Sea. Over the past two […]

EU urges UN to investigate Iran schoolgirls poisonings

European lawmakers have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to carry out an investigation into the poisoning of tens of thousands of schoolgirls in Iran, as accusations grow of the Iranian government’s potential involvement in the cases. At the beginning of this month, Iranian state media and officials revealed and announced the […]

Mansaf in a Cup comes to Gaza

Amr Abu Al-Khayr wanted to bring a new idea to Gaza, when he came across mansaf in a cup, he knew this was something people would appreciate and enjoy. Mansaf, a dish popular in Jordan and Palestine, has three main components: lamb, rice and jameed. Jameed is made from fermented and dried goat’s milk that is then formed into hard […]

Does the Saudi-Iran agreement reflect the change in China’s foreign policy?

The agreement signed between Saudi Arabia and Iran under Chinese auspices on 6 March aroused much interest in the Arab world, the Middle East and the world in general. It came after a diplomatic break between the two countries in 2016, with a statement that confirmed: “It is a response to the Chinese president’s initiative […]

UN resolutions on Palestine and the European selectivity on human rights

Almost every year, draft resolutions related to Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights are discussed and voted on at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and its subsidiary organ, the Human Rights Council (HRC). While resolutions adopted by UNGA and HRC may not be legally binding, they indicate strong political commitments and show states’ positions. The debate […]

France: ‘No reason to normalise ties with Assad regime’

The French Foreign Ministry has stated there is no reason to normalise ties with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, news agencies reported on Friday. “There is no reason to go ahead in the normalisation of ties with the Syrian regime, which has been cracking down on its people, preventing the return of refugees and causing […]

Former Israel PM urges world leaders to boycott Netanyahu

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has called on world leaders to boycott current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to pushing ahead with the judicial overhaul. Israeli media reported that this rare call for international intervention in Israel’s affairs came amidst protests from tens of thousands of Israelis against the planned judicial overhaul. Olmert […]

100 officers reject military services, protest against judicial overhaul

Around 100 officers from a secret unit of the Israeli Air Force have threatened to stop military service if the government goes ahead with legislation limiting the power of the judiciary. This came in a letter signed by the officers and sent to mass media. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday that the list […]

Sharm El-Sheikh summit: Hamas supports escalating resistance against occupation

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas announced on Friday that it advocates escalating resistance against the Israeli occupation, which has intensified its crimes against Palestinians, Al-Resalah newspaper reported. This came in press remarks delivered by senior Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouq, who stressed that the Sharm El-Sheikh meeting plans to rein in Palestinian resistance. Regarding […]

Russian gas hub in Turkey, a profitable reality

Given the high dependence of today’s energy-intensive economy on gas supplies, it can be argued that any proposals to optimize the transit and sale of the blue fuel are of high interest in world markets. Before the aggravation of Russian-Ukrainian relations, the European Union was the main buyer of Russian gas, with export volumes reaching […]

Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Moscow and the changing face of the Middle East

Today, it is becoming increasingly clear to everyone that the very effective diplomacy of Moscow and Beijing is radically changing the face of the Middle East. In particular, the unexpected breakthrough in Syrian-Turkish relations after Moscow’s proposal last December to Ankara and Damascus to resume dialogue and return to cooperation is indicative of this. On […]

A positive new milestone in Saudi-Iranian relations

According to a joint statement issued following talks in Beijing, Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies. It also confirmed the two parties’ agreement to mutual sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s affairs. According to the statement, the two countries agreed to reopen their embassies within two months, while the […]

Why is the White House urgently changing US ambassadors to Central Asia?

In hopes of further spinning its geopolitical project of establishing a “belt of instability” around Russia, the Biden administration has recently started to place a special emphasis on working with the countries of Central Asia, seeking to turn these “five” into puppet states wholly dependent on the United States. For this purpose, since the end […]

Why does Israel seek out international students for internships?

Many countries’ official institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been actively recruiting foreign students to their universities for various internships and “advanced training” in recent years. In this day and age of globalization, it is objectively difficult for higher education to develop further without a mix of foreign and local students. Foreign students already have […]

Turkish opposition has settled on a single candidate

The closer the next general presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey get, the more obvious the peculiarities of the internal political conflict between the opposition and the government become. Last week, one of the members of the Alliance of Six (in particular, the leader of the Good Party, Meral Akşener) refused to support Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, […]

Iraq: Twenty Years of Lost History

Two bloody events have enraged the entire country, raising the painful question of whether the negative effects of the brazen, unjustified invasion of Iraq by hordes of US troops 20 years ago are still wreaking havoc on all Iraqis today. When Jassim al-Assadi, a leading campaigner for the preservation of Iraq’s famous southern marshes, was […]

Netanyahu slammed by political foes over Saudi-Iran rapprochement

Israeli politicians used the surprising Saudi-Iran rapprochement to stage a severe attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli media reported on Friday. Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations on Friday after talks in Beijing between top security officials from the two rival countries. "As a result of the talks, Iran and Saudi […]

Ex-Mossad chief: Israel experiences ‘unprecedented’ danger

Ex-Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo warned on Friday that Israel is facing "disastrous" and "unprecedented" danger, The Palestine Information Centre (PIC) reported. Pardo, the PIC disclosed, spoke to Channel 12, warning: "Israel reached a very dangerous situation regarding the internal segregation that happened due to the right-wing plan to weaken the judicial system and turn the […]

UNRWA discusses work opportunities for Palestine refugees in Lebanon

Commissioner-General of the United Nations Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, on Friday discussed with Lebanese officials the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and their work opportunities. The two sides addressed the Lebanese National Plan and what Lebanon can offer to Palestinian refugees. In a press release, Lazzarini said: "The [Lebanese] National Plan is […]

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