Maha K Zubairi

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Israel bombs Gaza in response to attacks by pro-Isil group

Israel bombs three Gaza training camps after rocket attacks claimed by pro-Isil group Omar Brigades accused of "trying to challenge Hamas"<p>Israel launched bombing raids against training camps in Gaza on Thursday in retaliation for a rocket attack claimed by a group with ties to Islamic State of Iraq …

Who owns Jerusalem?

In 1980, Israeli Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law, which states that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.” However, United Nations Security Council Resolution 478, adopted by 14 votes to none, with an abstention from the US, declared the law "null and void." No foreign country …

What Netanyahu’s Victory in Israel Means for the World

Benjamin Netanyahu has survived a serious political challenge, despite a chorus of complaints about his leadership style as well as gripes over …

Saudi Arabia plans a $100 billion mega-city to help end its oil dependence

The Persian Gulf is no stranger to sparkling new development projects, but the latest one announced by Saudi Arabia is big even by those lofty standards.<p>The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city on its western coast the size of Washington, DC — at a cost of about $100 billion. It's …

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia moves military equipment to border with Yemen

Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, US officials have said, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening conflict.<p>The buildup follows an advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shia militants who …

Middle East

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert found guilty of corruption

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of accepting bribes in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.<p>Olmert’s lawyers said they would …

Israel

King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that President Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxieties about the conclusion of a nuclear agreement with Iran.<p>Until Sunday the monarch had been expected to join other heads of state from the six Gulf …

South Asia

Informant says Yemen's Saleh helped direct al-Qaeda

The government of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh supported and even helped direct al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to allegations made to Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit.<p>A former Al-Qaeda operative who says he later turned informant to the Yemeni government made the …

Al-Qaeda

Iran remembers late Imam Khomeini

<b>Millions of people across Iran are marking the 26th anniversary of the decease of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed</b> …

Marijuana Legalization in Israel: Recreational Cannabis Use Proposed By Israeli Lawmaker

Marijuana use in Israel for recreational purposes could become a reality if a recently-elected, first-term politician has his way. Freshman MK Yinon …

Saudi Arabia: an unlikely ally in the march towards renewable energy

If the 19th-century epitome of a futile economic transaction was carrying coals to Newcastle, then the 20th century equivalent might have been importing oil to Saudi Arabia. Rarely has a country been so spectacularly well endowed with a resource so fundamental to the functioning of the global …

Renewable Energy

ISIS Advance On Iraqi City Endangers Hebrew Prophet's Ancient Tomb Guarded By Assyrian Christians

A 2,700-year-old tomb of a Hebrew prophet in Al Qosh is in danger of ruin by ISIS militants, who are battling Kurdish forces just 10 miles outside …

How the Israeli Govt Is Increasingly Trying to Stifle Speech on the Internet to Prevent Accusations of Racism

For a couple of weeks in May, it seemed as if protests by black Jews might force Israelis to look inward and consider their complaints of systemic …

World Cup loss would hit Qatar hard, says Brian Rice

<b>Qatar-based coach Brian Rice says the Middle East nation's population would be devastated if they lose the right to host the 2022 World Cup.</b><p>Swiss authorities have launched an investigation into the World Cup bidding process as Fifa officials face corruption charges in the USA.<p>"Thousands of jobs …

Human Rights

War, Imperialism and the People’s Struggle in the Middle East | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>Since March 26 the Saudi Arabian monarchy along with its neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been waging war on the nation of Yemen.</i> …

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Targeting Different Areas In Gaza

04 Jun<p>12:43 PM<p>The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Thursday at dawn, several air strikes targeting a number of areas, and resistance camps, in …

Face-to-face with suspected Islamic State bombers

<b>For 15 days they lay in wait, monitoring their prey from a distance. The UN convoy was timed as it snaked its way through Baghdad's morning rush hour.</b><p>A lookout, posing as a taxi driver, followed behind, blending in with the traffic.<p>When the route and routine had been mapped out by the minute, a …

Extremism

Iran's Ayatollah: Shiite And Sunni Muslims Must Unite Under Islam

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei each urged this week for Muslim unity against the West during speeches …

ISIL makes major advance on Syria's Hasakah

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group has advanced on Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah following deadly battles with Syrian government forces.<p>An activist in Hasakah, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that ISIL took over al-Ahdath prison and three …

Middle East

Isis declares war on Israel: Islamic State affiliate in Gaza Strip threatens 'worse is coming'

An Islamic State-affiliated jihadi group in Gaza has declared war on Israel after claiming responsibility for two rocket attacks over the past two …

The startlingly simple reason Obama ignores Syria

"The president feels very strongly that the very significant problems that are faced by people in Syria, for example, are not problems that the United States is going to come in and solve for them," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said recently.<p>It's becoming clear that the Obama …

Iran and ISIS 'both approach Iraq and Syria in the same way'

A campaign of air strikes carried out by a US-led coalition hasn't prevented the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) from continuing its campaign of violence.<p>ISIS seized Ramadi, a provincial capital in Iraq, and Palmyra, an ancient city in Syria, in May and the group is now closing …

Obama warns Israel could lose US support at UN

US president warns lack of progress in peace talks and Israeli PM's stance on a Palestinian state leave Israel in danger of losing "credibility"<p>Barack Obama has warned that America's veto in support of Israel at the UN is increasingly "difficult" because of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's …

Iraq: ISIS fighters close Ramadi dam gates, cut off water to loyalist towns

<b>Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) —</b> ISIS has closed off a dam to the north of the Iraqi city of Ramadi -- seized by its forces last month -- cutting water supplies to pro-government towns downstream and making it easier for its fighters to attack forces loyal to Baghdad, local officials and residents said.<p>ISIS …

Islamic State (ISIS)

The Middle East Is Falling Apart

America isn’t to blame. There's no easy fix.<p>As news out of the Middle East goes from bad to worse—the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, Libya’s disintegration, the fall of Ramadi to ISIL, take your pick—the inevitable American tendency, especially in the political season, is to attribute all these …

Middle East

Abbas: Israeli-Palestinian relationship must change

PA will look to activate "an Arab financial security net," Abbas says.<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at opening meeting of Arab …

Economist erreoneously blames Israel for the slow pace of Gaza reconstruction

An article published in the print edition of The Economist (As Bleak as Ever, April 25th) focused on Gaza reconstruction in the aftermath of the …

Gaza

Arab League agrees to create joint military force

<b>The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force.</b><p>The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya.<p>However, establishing the make-up and remit of …

Middle East

Arab League Condemns Israeli Strikes On Gaza - Ezzedeen Al

Gaza - The Arab League condemned, Wednesday, the latest Israeli bombardment of different parts of the Gaza Strip, and said that the “extremist …