News headlines for “Middle East”

Humanitarian Crisis, Result of Decades of Globalization with No Concern for Social Justice

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GENEVA, Feb 21 (IPS) - The distressing images of desperate people making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans to escape armed conflict, social tensions, discrimination and poverty harm the preconditions to achieve social harmony.

Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban

Monday, February 20, 2017

ROME, Feb 20 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump's decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.

The Algerian Emir Who Set a Protection of Prisoners Code in 1842

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME/OXFORD, Feb 15 (IPS) - As far back as the 1830s, Algerian Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy was known for having introduced, among others, rules concerning the humane treatment of prisoners, which developed in 1842 into his Code for the Protection of Prisoners.

Dubai Ruler Warns Against Economic Isolation at Summit Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017

ROME, Feb 13 (IPS) - Speaking at the opening of the two-day World Government Summit in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said economic openness is a ground reality.

Dubai Global Centre of Green Economy in UAE’s Vision 2021

Thursday, February 09, 2017

ROME, Feb 09 (IPS) - When former UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon was in Abu Dhabi for the World Future Energy Summit last year, he singled out the key role played by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in "safeguarding the future of our planet" by showcasing clean, sustainable energy --- a centre piece of the UN's post-2015 development agenda.

Syrian Prison, a “Human Slaughterhouse” - Amnesty International

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

ROME, Feb 08 (IPS) - At Saydnaya Military Prison, "the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organised the killing of thousands of people in their custody," according to a new Amnesty International (AI) report.

Islamic Nations to Host Pledging Conference for Aid to Yemen

Thursday, December 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 29 (IPS) - While the international community remains intensely pre-occupied with the six-year-old civil war ravaging Syria, the ongoing military conflict in Yemen has triggered a relatively neglected humanitarian crises threatening to explode.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Heads for 50 Years of UN Failure

Thursday, December 15, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 (IPS) - Come 2017, the United Nations will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the world's longstanding unresolved political problems firmly entrenched on the UN agenda: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dating back to the Six Day War in June 1967.

Mideast: ‘Climate Change Will Make a Difficult Situation Much Worse’

Thursday, November 17, 2016

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Nov 17 (IPS) - "Climate change will make a difficult situation much worse, and will affect millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa region," World Bank MENA Vice-President Hafez Ghanem stated at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco on 7-18 November.

International Women’s Boat to Gaza

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

ROME, Nov 01 (IPS) - A few weeks ago, the US government agreed to give Israel $38 billion dollars, the largest military funding package the U.S. has given any nation.

This $38 billion in military and other type of Aid will be used to imprison the Palestinians of Gaza, and continue Israel's military occupation, and imposition of an apartheid state, upon the Palestinian people.

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