News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. U.N. Criticised for Link-up with Saudi Prince MBS

    Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 04 (IPS) - The United Nations is under growing pressure to scrap an event it is co-hosting with the private foundation of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has been linked to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  2. The Syrian Tragedy

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 21 (IPS) - As I often do, I recently discussed the Syrian Civil War with a friend of Lebanese origin. He is far from supporting the Syrian regime, which occupied his country of origin between 1989-2008.

    My friend assumes the Syrian government was behind the assassination of Lebanon´s prime minister Bachir Gemayel, who in 1982 together with 26 others were blown to pieces by a bomb planted at the headquarters of the Lebanese Forces. He also suspects Syria was behind the death of former prime minister Rafik Harari, who in 2005 was killed in a car bomb explosion.

    However, this does not make my friend an admirer of Israel or the U.S., which together with Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia meddle in Syria´s bloody internal strife. It is an almost impossible task to disentangle the mess of warring fractions guided by corrupt politicians, religious fanatics, liberal politicians, bandits, Mafiosi and/or foreign commercial and strategical stakeholders.

  3. UN Aid Boss Promises “Punishment” for Misconduct in Yemen and Palestine

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (IPS) - A senior United Nations official has promised a thorough investigation into allegations of misconduct in field operations in Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territories, saying that those responsible would be punished.

  4. Russia and Syria in the Spotlight for Latest Idlib Medic Deaths

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 (IPS) - Medical aid groups have again blasted Russian and Syrian government forces this week for an ever-growing death toll among doctors, paramedics and other health workers in military strikes in northwestern Syria.

  5. Five Million Palestinians Deserve Better!

    Monday, August 12, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 12 (IPS) - An old adage passed on by veteran U.N. staff to younger recruits is, "Do nothing whenever possible. It's safer." For a junior officer that might indeed be career-enhancing. 

  6. Mediating Peace in a Complex World

    Wednesday, August 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 07 (IPS) - Teresa Whitfield is the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division at the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. Prior to her appointment in 2016, she was Senior Adviser to the President of the International Crisis Group."

    It is all about orchestration", was Martin Griffiths', the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, response to the question of what mediation in Yemen looks like today.

  7. U.S. Sanctions Imperil Aid to Iran’s Flood Victims

    Tuesday, August 06, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 06 (IPS) - Two major humanitarian groups have warned that United States sanctions on Iran are stopping cash flows for vital humanitarian work in the country, adding another complication to the growing rift between Washington and Tehran.

  8. Saudi Arabia Easing Male Guardianship: But More is Needed

    Monday, August 05, 2019

    AMMAN, Jordan, Aug 05 (IPS) - Suad Abu-Dayyeh is Middle East and North Africa Consultant for Equality Now.

    It comes as welcome news that authorities in Saudi Arabia have taken important steps towards dismantling the repressive male guardianship system, which treats women in the country as minors.

  9. Migration and Human Solidarity

    Thursday, August 01, 2019

    GENEVA, Aug 01 (IPS) - A crisis of politics or a "crisis of numbers"? The migrant and refugee crisis has become a serious test for the unity of Europe as a political project. The inflow of destitute migrants and refugees has tested Europe's political unity to an unprecedented extent. With a long-term solution to the migrant and refugee crisis nowhere in sight, the adverse impact of the current situation has the potential to unfold further and to give rise to a broader crisis with long-term implications, affecting Europe and the MENA region alike.

  10. U.N.’s Islamic State Probe Unit Kicks into Gear

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 (IPS) - A United Nations-backed probe into atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has frequently been criticised for making slow progress during its first two years of operations. Lately, that could be changing.

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