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Death threats and travel bans: A Yemeni journalist speaks out

Comment: Winner of the International Free Press Award, Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser has so far been banned from entering the US to receive her …

Iraq's Role in Countering the Islamic State's Finances

Watch the governor of Iraq's central bank discuss steps to combat financial activity from the receding caliphate.<p><i>On October 16, Ali Mohsen Al-Alaq</i> …

Economy

EU leaders agree to explore cutting accession funds to Turkey

EU leaders agreed to cut funds linked to Turkey’s frozen membership bid in response to the authoritarian turn Ankara has taken since last year’s …

Turkey

Jasbir Puar's intersectional anti-Israel academic gibberish

Jasbir K. Puar of Rutgers University is publishing a book called The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability.<p>The blurb:<p>In The Right to Maim …

Referendum Declaration: Another Step toward the “Erbilization” of Yemen's South?

Referendum Declaration: Another Step toward the “Erbilization” of Yemen’s South?<p>It is a gamble that has not paid off for secessionists in Catalonia …

Middle East

Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

Islamic State (ISIS)

The Kurdish retreat from Kirkuk along the Sulaymaniyah road seen from space on 16 Oct https://t.co/fuEphSu9j6

Iranian military chief visits frontline near Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's military chief of staff visited a frontline position near the Syrian city of Aleppo, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported on Friday, during a visit that has underlined Tehran's deep military role in Syria.<p>General Mohammad Baqeri visited the …

Syria

White Evangelicals Used to Dominate Christian Zionism, but Not Anymore

Why thousands of Christians from across the globe travel to Jerusalem each year to celebrate a Jewish holiday<p>JERUSALEM—The scene was like a contemporary Christian music concert, but with a lot more Jewish swag. European pilgrims wore Star of David jewelry as they swayed among the palm trees of Ein …

Israel

Iran condemns Afghanistan bomb blasts #KabulAttack #Ghor https://t.co/ZZNGolJESW

#Breaking confirmed #AltunKupri under KRG control, fighting continues between #Peshmarga forces and Iran-backed militia #PMF #Iraq #Kirkuk https://t.co/FshBNocri0

Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

<b>Iraqi forces say they have now wrested control of all areas of Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, following fierce fighting.</b><p>They say they have retaken Alton Kupri, the last Kurdish-held area. There has been no Kurdish confirmation.<p>A BBC correspondent at the scene witnessed rocket, …

Iraq

Egalitarian Prayer Supporters Barred From Western Wall

(JTA) — Security guards at the Western Wall prevented a group of men and women promoting gender-egalitarian prayer for accessing the holy site’s main …

Western Wall

Antisemite Robert Martin Still Do Terrible Job Hiding his Jew Hatred

obert Martin is still playing "anti-Zionist-not-antisemite" - and still losing!

September terror attacks against Israelis at 5-year low

JTA - Israel’s domestic security agency recorded 103 attacks against Israelis in September, the lowest tally in five years for that tense month.<p>The …

Israel

Alan Parsons Proud to be Speaking at Anti-BDS Event

• shares<br>• 0<br>• 0<br>• 0<p>We already knew Alan Parsons was a mensch who has stood up to bully BDS-hole Roger Waters.<p>But to see him post this to promote an anti-BDS …

If the PA isn't bound by the Oslo accords, then it should self-destruct, right?

MEMRI recently published this clip:<i></i><i><br>Fatah Revolutionary Council member Salwa Hudaib said that the Oslo Accords had destroyed Jerusalem. "I say, on my</i> …

Water - the foundation of our existence

We started with the box because we know that some people mistakenly begin Tal uMatar after T'filat Geshem, together with Mashiv HaRu'ach...<p>Rosh …

Israel

10/20 Links Pt1: Palestinian mission in Colombia calls for Israel’s destruction; Glick: Iran’s very good week

From Ian:<br>Quoting Arafat, Palestinian mission in Colombia calls for Israel’s destruction<br>The official Palestinian mission to Colombia on Thursday night …

Germany approves submarine sale to Israel

Sources say Germany has approved MoU for the sale of three submarines to Israel.

Israel

The Bloody End of the Islamic State's Utopian Dream

“The fall of Raqqa this week completed the slow-motion demolition of the world’s only utopian movement worthy of the name.”<p>The fall of Raqqa this week completed the slow-motion demolition of the world’s only utopian movement worthy of the name. Like most utopian movements, the Islamic State was …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Iraqi forces on Friday clashed with Kurdish fighters as the central government said it wrestled back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk …

Iraq

US-backed Syrian force declare victory over IS in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence.<p>At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian …

Syria

Tillerson blames Saudi bloc for impasse in Qatar crisis

The US will again try to resolve a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads back to the region to visit Saudi Arabia …

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Monitor reports Israeli warplanes target with rocket fire weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah near Damascus airport.<p>President Trump’s decision to go …

Some 100,000 Kurds Flee Kirkuk Since Iraqi Army Takeover

<b>About 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region for fear of persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook disputed territory after a Kurdish</b> …

Iraq

Vancouver Sun Shamelessly Promotes Roger Waters BDS Event

• shares<br>• 0<br>• 0<br>• 0<p>Stuart Derdeyn of the Vancouver Sun has written a piece about an upcoming Roger Waters event organized by vehemently anti-Israel …

Israel establishes ‘red lines’ with Syria

<b>Tags:</b>ILTV<p>Related Stories<p>Construction of Tel Aviv light rail is on schedule<br>• The US UNESCO move and Israel<br>• Can the US change the Iran deal?<br>• Get to know …

Israel