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Ted Cruz claims FAA flight ban is 'economic boycott of Israel'

Texas Republican Ted Cruz attacked the Obama administration on Wednesday, claiming the FAA flight ban to Israel was politically motivated.
In the Media by Dan Pelberg - 2 comments

ISIS leader demands female genital mutilation of 2 million girls

Mosul - A Jihadist leader associated with the militant Islamist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — has ordered that all women aged from 11 to 46 years in Iraq undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a UN spokeswoman.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Al Jazeera reporters evacuate building after shots are fired

Two "precise" shots fired into the Al Jazeera prompted an evacuation Tuesday morning. There are no reports of any fatalities from their branch on the Gaza Strip.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Death toll in Gaza Strip passes 100 as Israeli assault continues

Jerusalem - Israel said Friday that it would keep up its attack on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for as long as it took Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets across the border.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Rally protests collective punishment against Gaza Special

Edmonton - An emergency rally held in Edmonton on July 8 called for an end to what protesters called collective punishment against the people of Gaza.
Digital Journal Report by Paula Kirman - 21 comments

Towards Southern Shores: Russia in the Middle East Special

Russia's close support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria over the last three years along with its recent annexation of Crimea has led to considerable worry over its intentions and foreign policy. But how much of it do we in fact understand?
Digital Journal Report by Paul Iddon - 2 comments

Middle East football fans enjoy and endure the World Cup

Wall-to-wall television coverage of the World Cup in Brazil has been made available across the Middle East for the first time with this completion. A new survey reveals exactly how people plan to enjoy (or otherwise) the tournament.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Who is it good for?

An alternative point of view regarding Islamist group ISIS and the chaos they are spreading in the middle east. This article is based on my own experience of the politics of the region.
In the Media by Russell Chapman - 7 comments

Terrorists steal $425 million in cash and more

Terrorists affiliated with ISIS have made off with 500 billion Iraqi dinars ($425 million) in addition to an undisclosed quantity of gold bullion.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 1 comment

Mideast leaders arrive at Vatican for prayers, talks

Well, why not? When armed conflict and diplomacy fail to change people's minds, maybe prayer is the next best option after all.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 4 comments

'Industrial scale' justice as Egypt court sentences 683 to death

Minya - A court in Egypt, Monday, recommended the death penalty for 683 people after a mass trial that’s been heavily criticized both by European government leaders and human rights organizations.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Israelis, Palestinians meet Wednesday in effort save peace talks

Washington - Negotiators for Israel and the Palestinian Authority plan to meet Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to save failing peace talks scheduled to expire at the end of April.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Bashar al-Assad to hold presidential elections this summer

Damascus - The Syrian presidential election will proceed as scheduled, at least according to officials. Despite the heavy death toll and destruction in the war-torn country, experts say things are looking up for Bashar al-Assad.
In the Media by Scott Tuttle - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Syria -Three Years and a Lost Childhood

Today marks three years since the conflict in Syria began, three incredibly long, tumultuous years for far too many innocent children.
In the Media by Samiyah Currimbhoy

White House pressured by key senators over Iran nuclear talks

As negotiations with Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program entered its second day on Sunday, President Barack Obama remained under fire by key senators from both parties for ignoring prior legislation on Iranian sanctions.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Start date for next round of Iran nuclear talks confirmed

Munich - Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has confirmed the next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program will start in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 18.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Death toll rises in Egypt as tensions spread to Libya

Cairo - With at least 49 dead, and hundreds injured in clashes between protesters and security forces, possibly the last thing stability in Egypt needs is tension with Libya, after five Egyptian diplomats are reportedly kidnapped in Tripoli.
In the Media by R. Francis Rubio

Op-Ed: John Kerry claims that U.S. is actively engaged in Middle East

Davos Platz - Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal said that he had hoped the the U.S. would have invaded Syria by now. In Davos, he complained that U.S. foreign policy is increasingly disengaged from the region and also lacks direction.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

2013 a record year for Rolls-Royce

The luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has just released figures showing that 2013 was a record breaking year for the company. The two biggest growth markets were in China and the Middle East.
In the Media by Mark Harradine - 2 comments

Kerry stands firm against Iran skeptics, urging no new sanctions

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday, calling for Congress to give diplomacy a chance and hold off from imposing any new sanctions against Iran.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Israeli plan to relocate 30,000 Bedouins faces widespread protest

An Israeli plan to remove tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin populations from their existing land and resettle them elsewhere was met with broad protest, including from well-known musician Peter Gabriel.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 6 comments

Syria conflict: Geneva peace talks scheduled for January

Geneva - The long-promised peace conference aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis has been given a start date of January 22. The conference will be held in Geneva and will be the first talks to include representatives of the regime and the opposition.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 1 comment

Netanyahu: Iran nuclear agreement in Geneva is 'historic mistake'

Speaking from Jerusalem just hours after Western powers struck a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his stark disagreement with the deal.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 7 comments

Yasser Arafat possibly poisoned with polonium-210

Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have died from polonium-210 poisoning, according to test results from Swiss scientists.
In the Media by Lesley Lanir - 8 comments

Historic exchange between Obama and Iranian President Rouhani

New York - Iran and the United States ended 35 years of diplomatic dudgeon last night as President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chatted on the telephone then took to Twitter exchanging a series of cordial tweets.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Assad: I don't rule out possibility of US attack

In an interview with Venezuelan television, Syrian President Assad has said he still doesn't doubt that the U.S. might launch a military strike against his country, even in light of the recent Russian-brokered agreement.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Op-Ed: An alternative American letter to Vladimir Putin

In the fallout from Russian President Vladimir Putin's open letter to Americans and U.S. Senator John McCain's response, I would like to offer an alternative letter to President Putin.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

Putin addresses Syria and American exceptionalism in open letter

In an open letter addressed to the American people and published in The New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin responds to President Obama's public address on Syria.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 10 comments

Kerry: A military strike on Syria will be 'incredibly small'

Speaking at a press conference in London, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that a military strike on Syria would be "unbelievably small."
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 5 comments
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Sanaa  Yemen: Protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest against a film produced in the U.S
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Sanaa, Yemen: Protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest against a film produced in the U.S
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A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists an...
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A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists and then murdered in her home. Signs of torture are obvious as her eyes are gouged out and a large wooden crucifix is jammed into her mouth. The jihadists also appear to have made an unsuccessful effort to severe her left breast. This image was released to the public by the parents of the young woman who want the world, especially the West, to know the plight of Christians in Syria.
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile f...
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and in...
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Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and instability.
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Stone  wheel  structures scattered across the Middle East desert.
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Stone "wheel" structures scattered across the Middle East desert.
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Protesters raising separatist flags in the southern Dhalea governorate.
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Protesters raising separatist flags in the southern Dhalea governorate.
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Suicide bomber kills and injures over 100 in this mornings bomb attack in the Iraq city of Baghdad.
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Suicide bomber kills and injures over 100 in this mornings bomb attack in the Iraq city of Baghdad.
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Protesters calling for change in Libya
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Protesters calling for change in Libya
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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A map of the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. This region has a collective population of over...
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A map of the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. This region has a collective population of over 350 million and consists of the following countries: Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, and Yemen. Sometimes Turkey and Cyprus are included as MENA nations.
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Camels carry riders along the Gulf in Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
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Camels carry riders along the Gulf in Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates.
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon  Alpha Battery  1st Battalion  319th Airborne Field Artillery Re...
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment prepare for a early morning mission out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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A protester raising Libya s Independence flag above the  Libyan Embassy in Zamalek Cairo
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A protester raising Libya's Independence flag above the Libyan Embassy in Zamalek,Cairo
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The Jordanian flag
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The Neyshabur region in northern Iran
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The Neyshabur region in northern Iran
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