Middle East

26.10.2020

Saudi to pay millions for Sudan to accelerate normalisation with Israel

Saudi to pay millions for Sudan to accelerate normalisation with Israel

Sources in Sudan and Egypt have revealed that Saudi Arabia is to pay $335 million to the US in order to accelerate normalisation of ties between the government in Khartoum and Israel, Safa news agency reported on Wednesday. According to media reports, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown… »

26.10.2020

METO statement on the impending Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

METO statement on the impending Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) extends its warmest congratulations to the governments of all those states that have ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), a treaty which prohibits the development, testing, production, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.  Under the… »

07.10.2020

President Carter, Do You Swear to Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth?

President Carter, Do You Swear to Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth?

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Conor Tobin’s January 9, 2020 Diplomatic History[1] article titled: The Myth of the ‘Afghan Trap’: Zbigniew Brzezinski and Afghanistan[2] attempts to “dismantle the notion that President Jimmy Carter, at the urging of National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, aided the Afghan Mujahedin intentionally to lure… »

29.09.2020

Cyprus: Asylum Seekers Summarily Returned

Cyprus: Asylum Seekers Summarily Returned

Pushbacks Against Surge of Arrivals by Boat From Lebanon Cypriot coast guard forces summarily pushed back, abandoned, expelled, or returned more than 200 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers coming from Lebanon during the first week of September 2020 without giving them the opportunity to lodge… »

23.09.2020

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands announced on Sept. 18 that it had notified Syria of its intention to hold that government accountable for torture under the United Nations Convention against Torture. The Syrian government responded by saying the Netherlands had no right to address human rights, and that… »

23.09.2020

Will Israel Annex the Jordan Valley?

Will Israel Annex the Jordan Valley?

The Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu plans to annex the Jordan Valley. Why is this decision being made right now? What interest does it represent for Israel? What threats does this pose to the Palestinians? What consequences would this have for peace in the region?. Pressenza examines the above questions… »

20.09.2020

The Stages of Death for the White-West

The Stages of Death for the White-West

Everyone is trying to make sense of this current moment of almost total chaos. Some some call it anarchy, but that is not correct as we still have governance at many levels. This state of chaos can be seen in many situations and human activities: with the climate crisis, with… »

18.09.2020

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Viewpoint by Sara Tafakori* t has been called an Iranian #MeToo movement, and it is. Thousands of women in Iran – and some men – are going online to speak about the sexual assault and harassment they experienced. What is crucially important, at what promises to be a historic turning… »

17.09.2020

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. Reliable large-scale data on Iranians’ post-revolutionary religious beliefs, however, has always… »

10.09.2020

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack, on Wednesday, in Kabul, targeting the official convoy of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The Vice President survived the attack but dozens of civilian casualties – mostly bystanders – were reported in the blast, which took place in a crowded part… »

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