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Release of Senate Torture Report Insufficient, Say Rights Groups

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dic 10 (IPS) - Tuesday's release by the Senate Intelligence Committee of its long-awaited report on the torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of detainees in the so-called "war on terror" does not go far enough, according to major U.S. human rights groups.

War Knocks on the Squat House in Zwara

Friday, December 05, 2014

ZWARA, Libya, Dic 05 (IPS) - It could be a squat house anywhere: music is playing non-stop and there is also a radio station and an art exhibition. However, weapons are also on display among the instruments, and most here wear camouflage uniform.

Iraqi Kurds Seek Greater Balance between Ankara and Baghdad

Thursday, December 04, 2014

ERBIL, Dic 04 (IPS) - After a period of frostiness, Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Turkey seem intent on mending ties, as each of the parties show signs of needing the other.

Mubarak Acquitted as Egypt’s Counterrevolution Thrives

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dic 03 (IPS) - The acquittal of former Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak is not a legal or political surprise. Yet it carries serious ramifications for Arab autocrats who are leading the counterrevolutionary charge, as well as the United States.

Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (IPS) - Buoyed by the failure of the U.S. and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord.

Refugees Between a Legal Rock and a Hard Place in Lebanon

Friday, November 21, 2014

BEIRUT, Nov 21 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

OPINION: Israel’s Arabs: Marginalised, Angry and Defiant

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (IPS) - The recent killing of an Arab youth by the police in the Israeli Arab village of Kufr Kanna, outside Nazareth, the ongoing bloody violence in Jerusalem, and the growing tensions between the Israeli security services and the Arab community in Israel could be a dangerous omen for Israeli domestic stability and for the region.

Iranians Keep Hope Alive for Final Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (IPS) - In the United States, the negotiations aimed at a final deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme—in a crucial phase this week—are far from the minds of average people. But for many Iranians, the talks hold the promise of a better future.

OPINION: Why Israel Opposes a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran and What to Do About It

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (IPS) - Nov. 24 is the deadline for six world powers and Iran to reach a final deal over its nuclear programme. If there is no deal, then the talks are likely to be extended, not abandoned.

OPINION: Will There be Peace Between Iran and the West?

Monday, November 17, 2014

ROME, Nov 17 (IPS) - In just a few days, a meeting is scheduled that will be decisive for the security of the Middle East and of the whole world.

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