News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. Freezing Inside UAE’s High Rise Buildings While Temperatures Soar Outside

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 20 (IPS) - "Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid brick by brick," says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Akhtar has seen the evolution of Dubai's skyline over time. "It has been an overwhelming journey."  When asked what has changed in the last 10 years, Akhtar smiles and says the weather.

  2. 25 years Since the Oslo Accords: Israeli Security Depends on Palestinian Rights

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    OSLO, Norway, Sep 14 (IPS) - Jan Egeland is Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. He co-organized the secret talks between Israel and Palestine that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Twenty-five years ago, on 13 September 1993, I sat on the White House lawn to witness the landmark signing of the Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Diplomats around me gasped as Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with former foe, Chairman Yasser Arafat. But for some of us present, the handshake came as no surprise.

  3. The US vs. UNRWA: Who’s the Real Loser?

    Friday, September 07, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 07 (IPS) - Mona Ali Khalil, PassBlue*It is entirely the United States' prerogative to cut off its voluntary contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA.

  4. UN Seeks Probe into Saudi Bombing of Civilian Targets

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of relentlessly bombing civilian targets in strife-torn Yemen and threatening executions of human rights activists, is fast gaining notoriety as a political outcast at the United Nations.

  5. Palestinian Children, the True Victims of the Conflict

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 15 (IPS) - Over 700 West Bank children were detained by Israeli military forces between 2012 and 2017, with 72 percent of them enduring physical violence after the arrest, according to Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP).  

  6. Europe Needs to Stop the Criminal Business Behind Immigration

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    ROME, Jul 10 (IPS) - Debating on migration as an emergency is a huge mistake and treating it as such opens the door for illegal and unfair activities, says a migration expert.

  7. Peace “Only Way Forward” For Yemen

    Wednesday, July 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 04 (IPS) - Tackling the relentless conflict in Yemen has never been more urgent as it has pushed the Middle Eastern nation "deep into the abyss." However, much can be learned from recent and ongoing initiatives.

    While a recent humanitarian conference on Yemen attempted to address the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis, Norwegian Refugee Council Europe's Director Edouard Rodier told IPS that it was a "failed opportunity."

  8. Overly Bureaucratic Procedures and Long Waits Cuts off Support to 22 Million Yemenis

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    ROME, Jun 28 (IPS) - As Yemen's people struggle to survive amid what has been described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the stranglehold by both government coalition forces and rebels over the country's main ports of entry and distribution is cutting off a lifeline of support to 22 million people.

  9. Mideast Faces Tragic Shredding of its Diverse Religious, Ethnic & Cultural Fabric

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 26 (IPS) - António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, in an address to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East & North Africa I thank the Russian Federation Presidency for convening this debate at a crucial juncture for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. The region faces profound divisions, troubling currents and a tragic shredding of its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural fabric.

  10. Civilians Paid a Very High Price for Raqqa’s Devastating “Liberation” by US-led Forces

    Tuesday, June 05, 2018

    RAQQA, Syria, Jun 05 (IPS) - Donatella Rovera is a Senior Crisis Response Adviser and Benjamin Walsby is a Middle East Researcher at Amnesty InternationalDriving around in Raqqa, it was easy to believe what a senior US military official said – that more artillery shells were launched into the Syrian city than anywhere else since the Viet Nam war.

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