Middle East News For The Perplexed

By marcdubey | Keeping Middle East issues outflanked with regional and opinion articles from all sides. Israel, Syria, Gulf States, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Palestinians, Kurds, Central and South Asia and Africa are all covered.

Russian diplomats keep dying unexpectedly

Russia's ambassador to Sudan was found dead Wednesday in Khartoum. That's the seventh Russian diplomat to have died since November last year, in …

Russia

Israel's Foreign Ministry blasts CNN, BBC for 'manipulation'

Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responds to CNN's tweet indicating killing of four Palestinians preceded deadly shooting of IDF soldier; ‘We will …

Israel

Christian church destroyed by Isis rebuilt by Muslim residents

<b>A church in a district once terrorised by so-called Islamic State has been restored with the help of Muslim neighbours.</b><p>Local residents were horrified …

Religion

Turkey seen as reintroducing state of emergency through ‘back door’ | Thomas Seibert | AW

ISTANBUL - A decision to keep a US pastor in detention despite high-level pleas from Washington for his freedom and new security measures blasted as …

South Asia

Turkey’s economic growth trend continues, finance minister says

ANKARA - Reuters<p>Turkey is continuing its strong economic growth trend and the foundations of its economy are strong, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s …

Interest Rates

Weapon used to hit soldier - product of Iran

The funeral of the late Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi is currently taking place at the military section of the Segula cemetery in Petah Tikva.<p>Levi, who …

Israel

US launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders

The Trump administration has launched a campaign of speeches and online communication meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its …

U.S. Dept. of State

At least nine PKK terrorists 'neutralized' in southeast Turkey

Counterterrorism operations conducted in rural areas of southeastern Hakkari province<p>At least nine PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in Turkey's …

Extremism

Statement on #TishaBAv, a day of mourning for our Jewish brothers and sisters. @AustralianJA @AmbDermer @LindaFrum @GadSaad @AdelleNaz @OzraeliAvi @MissDiagnosis @Raheelraza https://t.co/3zoErGykDA

Iran Corruption Scandal Hits Ex Foreign Minister, TV Celebrities

A former Iranian foreign minister and two top TV celebrities are among several figures suspected of being involved in corruption, the reformist …

Corruption

We did not know: How Ethiopian Jews discovered the Second Temple was gone

Up until the age of 9, I lived in a world where the Beit HaMikdash — the Holy Temple in Jerusalem — actually existed. Like my parents and teachers, I …

Israel

Israel Obtained List of Iranian Targets in Iraq For Potential Strikes - Report

Israel has obtained a "list of targets inside Iraqi territory," writes Arabic website Al-Jarida, as quoted and translated by The Jerusalem Post's …

Field near Gaza set ablaze as Israel says border passage to reopen if arson ends

2:25 pm<p>Top UK diplomat thanks Israel for role in White Helmet rescue<p>UK foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is thanking Israel for facilitating the rescue …

Israel

Kuwaiti celebrity says maids should not get a day off, sparking outrage https://t.co/4ZGWA7alv2

Afghan VP Dostum to return after more than a year in exile

Kabul (AFP) - Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is expected to return to Kabul Sunday, more than a year after fleeing the country during an …

Pakistan

Mounir al-Sharqi Showcases Houthi Brutality with his Burned Body

Surviving an acid-burned body, scalded scalp, countless torture scars and plied fingernails, Mounir al-Sharqi’s heart keeps a faint, but resilient …

Middle East

Saudi Arabian paralympians celebrate golden jubilee of Special Olympics

article author: Arab NewsRIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s paralympians have joined the International Special Olympics in celebrating its Golden Jubilee on …

Saudi Arabia

Bodies of mother and 1-year-old son found on banks of Evros River

The bodies of Hatice Akçabay and her 1-year-old son Bekir Aras, who went missing when a boat capsized on Wednesday, have been found on the Turkish …

Turkey

Hamas headquarters before and after IDF attack

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit on Sunday morning published aerial photographs of three Hamas headquarters in Gaza before and after they were attacked by …

Israel

#BREAKING Confirmed reports of an #earthquake felt on #Iran-#Iraq Border Region https://t.co/q5DSfDJlTq

#BREAKING: 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Kurdish province of Kermanshah. It was felt in different areas in Iranian #Kurdistan (Rojhelat) and the Kurdistan Region. Via @TruTawar https://t.co/2ujvPtx8Wi

IDF Releases Name of 21-Year-Old Soldier Killed by Gaza Terror Sniper

The Times of Israel reports: The soldier killed Friday by Palestinian sniper fire along the Gaza border was named by the IDF on Saturday night as …

Israel

Putin envoy tells Iran that cooperation in Syria will continue

Iranian and Russian officials have insisted that despite pressure from outside countries, the two countries will continue to support the Syrian …

Middle East

Batman, a zip line and Modhesh at the Burj

Holy haberdashery, Batman! As the caped crusader says, if you can’t spend it, money’s just a pile of worthless paper, isn’t it? Malls and tourist …

Travel

Assad’s Prisons Are Flooded With the Dead

Dozens, if not hundreds, of families are shocked daily by the news of the death of their children in the prisons of the Assad regime — either by …

Middle East

Latest Libel: The “Assault” of the Palestinian With Down Syndrome

The palestinians and their supporters are claiming Israeli soldiers assaulted a palestinian with Down Syndrome. Yet as usual, they cannot stick to …