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United Nations

In Ghana, Student’s Radicalization Prompts Fears ISIS Is Infiltrating Universities


Palestinian women, children stop IDF soldier detaining a minor - Diplomacy and Defense

An Israeli soldier tried to detain a minor during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday, but a number of Palestinian women and …


Swiss envoy says: invest in Iran, Middle East's pole of stability | Reuters

* Swiss ambassador adresses business conference in Zurich

* Europeans race back to do business with Iran

* Nuclear deal still faces vote in U.S. Congress

By John Miller

ZURICH, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Switzerland's ambassador on Thursday called Iran a "pole of stability" in the Middle East and urged …

Middle East

Turkey's Political Uncertainty:

More than two months have passed since Turkey's June 7 elections, in which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost a parliamentary …

Republican People's Party

Meng Opposes Nuclear Deal with Iran

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on the Middle East, today issued the following …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Building the BDS Movement for Justice in Palestine

Chris Hedges is a world renowned journalist and author whose column is published weekly on the Truthdig website. He has written twelve books, …

U.S. drone strikes batter Jabhat al-Nusra, encouraging moderates - The Washington Post

Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the U.S. launched drone attacks last month to defend a moderate opposition group called “Division 30.”

“The U.S. strikes caused some of our dear brothers to be granted their martyrdom and others …


Yemen army recruits 4,800 southern fighters: officer | Middle East Institute

The Yemeni army has recruited 4,800 southern fighters following a presidential decision to integrate loyalist militiamen who helped push Iran-backed …

Middle East

French writers held for 'bid to blackmail Morocco king'

Two French journalists known for their critical writings about Moroccan King Mohammed VI have been arrested in France for allegedly trying to blackmail the monarch, according the Paris prosecutor's office and the king's lawyer.

The prosecutor's office said on Friday the two reporters, Eric Laurent …


Turkish PM vows Erdoğan-approved interim gov’t will function like regular one

As President Erdoğan approved his list, Prime Minister Davutoğlu has pledged that his interim government up until the Nov. 1 snap election will …


The pen-seller of Beirut

It is a poignant image: a man on the street in Beirut, visibly distressed, with his daughter over his shoulder, holding out a handful of cheap pens for sale.

The man is Abdul Halim Attar, a Palestinian refugee from Yarmouk in Syria, and his daughter is called Reem. We know this because an Icelandic …


Swiss Regret Envoy Showing Anti-Netanyahu Cartoon

Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister …


Turkey's first election gov't comes with more firsts

Turkish PM Davutoğlu's interim government, approved by President Erdoğan, is the first one that a Kurdish problem-focused party takes part. It also …


Apartments in Toronto? Only to Muslims

The Canadian public is reeling Friday, after several media outlets exposed this week that an Islamist organization had been given a grant by the City …


Race to Congress: Support for Iran Deal Climbs to 30

Delaware's Tom Carper insists Iran deal lessens nuclear threat in official support announcement. Could he tip Congress toward a 'yes' vote?

Middle East

Opposition's failure rather than Erdoğan's success

Both the failure of the opposition bloc against the AK Party and the political success of the party is demonstrated by the bloc's dependence on the …


Lebanon: Garbage out has always been the problem

Middle East

Morocco: Prospects for Civil Society

This second chapter in the essay series Beyond Islamists and Autocrats examines the increasingly influential role played by civil society …


At least 6 killed in latest Turkey-PKK clashes

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least six people, including a seven-year-old child, were killed in separate clashes between Turkish troops and the …

Kurdistan Workers' Party

Putin woos Mideast:Should West worry?

n the clear, blue skies over Zhukovsky, an air base south of Moscow, Russia's newest warplanes screech past, looping noisily over the spectators …


Don’t let it spoil!

An expat friend asked me about the “Let it Spoil” campaign. He read about it in the paper and wondered what I think about it. I immediately said, …


Causing death by festive firing is manslaughter — attorney general

AMMAN — Legal authorities have for the past three years indicted suspects of manslaughter in cases of festive firing that involve fatalities, a …

Attorney General

Iran may have built extension at nuclear site, says UN watchdog

Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy …

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are on the verge of retirement, but why? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Author: Iyad Qatrawi Posted August 27, 2015

A draft resolution amending civil service and retirement laws has raised the ire of Palestinian public …


BDS Profs vs. the Muslim Leadership Institute

Who would object to a program that sends American Muslims to Israel to meet with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian residents in order "to explore how …

Middle East

Iran Should Release Bahareh Hedayat

In response to the decision by Judge Mohamad Moghiseh of Branch 28 of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court to extend by two years the prison sentence …

Middle East

Dr. Asali Discusses the Middle East Conflict at the Chautauqua Institution

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Dr. Ziad Asali, president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine discuses the Middle East conflict …

Middle East