Middle East

06.08.2020

Beirut blast death toll rises to 137; countries around the world offer aid

Beirut blast death toll rises to 137; countries around the world offer aid

The Lebanese cabinet announced on Wednesday a two-week-long state of emergency in Beirut. The death toll from the deadly blast at the capital’s port area Tuesday evening has climbed to 137, with around 5,000 people wounded and dozens others missing. Here is what we know so far:  The… »

06.08.2020

Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast

Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast

The United Nations is working closely with the authorities in Lebanon to support ongoing response in the aftermath of the massive deadly explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, destroying large swathes of the capital. More than 130 people were killed in the blast, which ripped through the port and surrounding… »

05.08.2020

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

It happened all at once, without any coordination. Suddenly, all 150 protesters were on the street — lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queers, and their allies. All proudly Palestinian, marching from Haifa’s German Colony to the Baha’i Gardens. “A queer cry for freedom,” they chanted. Courageous and beautiful, the demonstration, which… »

22.07.2020

Time Is Not on Our Side in Libya

Time Is Not on Our Side in Libya

By Vijay Prashad Ahmed, who lives in Tripoli, Libya, texts me that the city is quieter than before. The army of General Khalifa Haftar—who controls large parts of eastern Libya—has withdrawn from the southern part of the capital and is now holding fast in the city of Sirte and at… »

18.07.2020

Iran arrests about 30 following Behbahan protests

Iran arrests about 30 following Behbahan protests

Yaghoub Fazeli Iran has arrested about 30 people following the anti-government protests that broke out in the southwestern city of Behbahan on Thursday, the Iranian Human Rights Activists’ News Agency (HRANA) said on Friday. Protests broke out in Behbahan in the oil-rich Khuzestan province on Thursday with demonstrators demanding the… »

11.07.2020

Israeli Teens to Netanyahu: ‘Stop Annexation as Soon as Possible’

Israeli Teens to Netanyahu: ‘Stop Annexation as Soon as Possible’

400 Israeli teenagers sign letter addressed to the prime minister, saying ‘annexation means deepening the conflict while entrenching occupation, violence, and racism.’ By Oren Ziv – +972 Magazine, Four hundred Israeli teenagers from around the country have signed a letter demanding Israel halt its plans to… »

08.07.2020

Free Palestine Movement comments on U.S Members of Congress move to block Israel’ Annexation of Palestinian West Bank Territories

Free Palestine Movement comments on U.S Members of Congress move to block Israel’ Annexation of Palestinian West Bank Territories

The Free Palestine Movement accepts the positive statement by twelve members of the U.S. Congress to condition aid to “Israel” on blocking annexation of territories in the Palestinian West Bank. It is a gesture in the right direction, and we support it as such. However, we caution that it is… »

01.07.2020

Palestinians live the Apartheid of the 3rd millennium

Palestinians live the Apartheid of the 3rd millennium

The murder of Georges Floyd committed by a police officer who placed his knee on his neck, outraged all of America and a large part of humanity. Despite this awakening of a large part of the North American population. In this technologically advanced world, there is a minority that daily… »

27.06.2020

Hajj 2020: coronavirus pandemic frustrates Saudi vision for expanded religious tourism

Hajj 2020: coronavirus pandemic frustrates Saudi vision for expanded religious tourism

Saudi Arabia has finally clarified that due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic only very limited numbers of local pilgrims will be allowed to perform Hajj in 2020. During the past decade, the kingdom has typically welcomed between 1.9 to 3.2 million pilgrims per year from across the Muslim… »

26.06.2020

The Lack of Dialogue Between Palestinians and Israelis

The Lack of Dialogue Between Palestinians and Israelis

For decades there has been an ongoing political conflict between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, its solution still seems to be far away. Can an open dialogue put an end to this tragedy? And how realistic is a dialogue between the citizens of both countries in the near future?… »

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