Middle East

Ex-general Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference after surviving an assassination attempt, in Al Marj

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Libya’s House of Representatives formally declared an alliance with renegade former general Khalifa Haftar and his militia, Operation Dignity, in a bid to counteract Islamist influence in the country. According to parliament spokesperson Farraj Hashem,  parliament gave Operation Dignity an official role leading officers and soldiers Continue →


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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the Turkish government will introduce a bill in parliament which would give law enforcement greater powers over protests. The introduction of the bill will follow violent clashes between pro-Kurdish protesters and police that killed more than 35 people across Turkey. Continue →


US needs strong Palestinian Authority

by sarahbenton on October 21, 2014

Mustafa Barghouti, 2013

Mustafa Barghouti: US-Palestinian ties strong

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Palestinian Minister Mustafa Barghouti says that the US commitment to the Palestinian Authority’s survival will withstand the Palestinian initiative of seeking UN recognition.

By Shlomi Eldar, trans Sandy Bloom, Al Monitor / Israel Pulse October 20, 2014

For many years, US Continue →


Israeli minister claims UK welcomes Islamic state

by sarahbenton on October 21, 2014

Deputy Education minister Avi Wortzman. Wortzman is a religious MK, a member of Jewish Home. In 2013 he said of talks with the Palestinian Authority and a possible Palestinian state:

Bayit Yehudi’s stance is clear. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. We oppose a two-state solution. The nations Continue →


Only a Palestinian state ensures Israel’s survival

by sarahbenton on October 21, 2014

Image from the From River to Sea Palestine will be Free facebook page.

British MPs’ recognition of Palestine is a pro-Israel move

As one-state idea sinks into Palestinian and international consciousness, any recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state is in Israel’s best interest.

By Steve Plocker, Op-ed, Ynet news October 20, 2014

The British Parliament Continue →

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The State Department issued a statement on Saturday congratulating the Iraqi people and their representatives in parliament on the decision to elect seven new cabinet ministers, completely filling the cabinet for the first time since 2010. Parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Khaled al-Obeidi as the new Continue →


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On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor dropped charges against 53 defendants involved in a “sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics” and had threatened the government of recently elected President Tayyip Erdogan. The case “posed one of the biggest challenges to Erdogan’s 11-year Continue →


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France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States issued a joint statement Saturday, condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an “immediate cessation of hostilities.” The statement expressed concern for General Khalifa Haftar‘s recent assault on Islamist positions in Benghazi. Haftar is a former Continue →


On Friday, October 17, POMED and the Congressional Tunisia Caucus held a panel discussion titled “Previewing Tunisia’s Elections,” at the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill, with opening remarks from his Excellency M’hamed Ezzine Chelaifa, the Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic to the United States. The panelists Continue →


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Human rights defender Sulaiman Bin Jassim was sentenced in Kuwait by the Court of Misdemeanors on October 19 to one month in prison. On April 18, he monitored a political demonstration in the Al-Andalus area of Kuwait City on behalf of the National Committee for Monitoring Violations Continue →


Chile’s LGBT movement marches united

by Monse Sepulveda on October 19, 2014

The March (Agencia Uno)

by Monse Sepulveda

The March for the Respect of Sexual Diversity in Chile on October 18. (Agencia Uno)

Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations Continue →


Last word on why Brit crit matters

by sarahbenton on October 19, 2014

The massive demonstration in London last summer against Israel’s abuse of its military power against Gaza.

Duncan’s speech delivers a damning verdict on Israel

By H A Hellyer, The National October 16, 2014

Earlier this week, the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising Palestine as a state. Perhaps even more importantly, Continue →