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Argentina and United Arab Emirates Open New Stage in Bilateral Relations

Friday, February 05, 2016

, Feb 05 (IPS) - With United Arab Emirates' foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit to Argentina, the two countries launched a new stage in bilateral relations, kicked off by high-level meetings and a package of accords.

Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast escalates

Thursday, February 04, 2016

TURKEY, Feb 04 (IPS) - The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and soldiers shooting at invisible assailants – the situation in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeastern regions resembles a war zone.

United Arab Emirates Strengthens Ties with Argentina’s New Government

Monday, February 01, 2016

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 01 (IPS) - The new government of Argentina and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are strengthening the relationship established by the previous administration, at a time when this South American country is seeking to bring in foreign exchange, build up its international reserves and draw investment, in what the authorities describe as a new era of openness to the world.

The UAE’s Journey Towards Clean Energy

Friday, January 29, 2016

ABU DHABI, Jan 29 (IPS) - (WAM) - The discovery of hydrocarbon reserves brought tremendous prosperity for the UAE and made it a central player in the global energy market. With one of the highest gross domestic product per capita levels in the world, the UAE has generally used its wealth wisely to stimulate sustainable economic growth. However, volatility in oil markets, growing unrest across the region and the growing threat of climate change has concentrated minds on the need for immediate and decisive action.

Western Powers Protect Arms Markets Ignoring Civilian Killings

Thursday, January 14, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (IPS) - The West continues its strong political and military support to one of its longstanding allies in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia –- despite withering criticism of the kingdom's battlefield excesses in the ongoing war in neighbouring Yemen.

Analysis: Kurdish-led peace conference is best hope for Syria

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec 16 (IPS) - While the war in Syria continues to draw in more outside forces, the work towards finding a political solution to this five-year old conflict carries on. In the past week, no less than three separate conferences were organized by different clusters of opposition groups. Conferences were held in three places: Damascus, Dêrîk – a city in the Kurdish-controlled northern part of Syria – and Riyadh, the Saudi capital, respectively.

New Poll Highlights Need for Reform in the Middle East

Monday, December 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (IPS) - A new public opinion survey undertaken in six Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey finds that people are more likely to blame "corrupt, repressive, and unrepresentative governments" and "religious figures and groups promoting extremist ideas and/or incorrect religious interpretations" for the rise of violent groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State than they are to blame "anger at the United States."

Aspects of Dualism in the Gulf

Thursday, December 03, 2015

NEW DELHI, Dec 03 (IPS) - The crash in oil prices is not the only challenge confronting the Gulf States in West Asia. Economic disorder and lack of opportunity are contributing to instability in the region, stated Bahrain's minister for industry, commerce and tourism, Zayed Al Zayani, while kicking off the recent IISS Bahrain Bay Forum. He emphasized the need for "unprecedented" economic reform across the Gulf in the wake of the lower oil revenues. These policies include the generation of millions of jobs for the youth in these economies that continue to depend heavily on expatriate labour from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines.

The Over-Written, Under-Reported Middle East - Part I: Of Arabs and Muslims

Thursday, December 03, 2015

MADRID, Dec 03 (IPS) - Of all over-written, under-reported issues and regions, the Middle East is perhaps one of the oldest, outstanding ones.

U.N. Rights Commissioner Blasts Harsh Treatment of Refugees

Thursday, October 22, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - As the flow of migrants continues to rise – from war-ravaged countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to Europe – so do the horror stories of the harsh treatment meted out to these refugees.

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