News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. UN Agency for Palestinians in Crisis as Chief Quits

    Thursday, November 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 07 (IPS) - The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees was in "crisis mode" on Wednesday after director Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned amid a misconduct probe over whether he fast-tracked his girlfriend into a top aid job, analysts said.

  2. Election Death Toll Underscores Afghanistan’s Fragile Democracy

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - A wave of bloody Taliban attacks aimed at derailing Afghanistan's recent elections killed and maimed hundreds of people, including children, the United Nations mission to the country said on Tuesday.

  3. Vibrant Civil Society Essential for Sustainable Development in Iran

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    JOHANNESBURG / AMSTERDAM, Oct 15 (IPS) - 2019 has not been a good year for Iranian human rights activists. At a time where civic space had completely closed, many watched in disbelief as the regime mounted even more restrictions on civil society. Over recent months, many activists have been arrested, like Noushin Javari (a photographer), Marzieh Amiri (a journalist), and Javad Lal Mohammadi (teacher).

  4. Constitutional Committee Breakthrough Offers ‘Sign of Hope’ for Long-suffering Syrians

    Tuesday, October 01, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 01 (IPS) - There is a "sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people" as a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible and inclusive Constitutional Committee is set to start deliberations next month, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Monday.

  5. Watchdog Pushes U.S. to Publish ‘Duty to Warn’ Khashoggi Files

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - A media watchdog has asked United States intelligence agencies to reveal whether they knew about an assassination plot against Jamal Khashoggi and failed to warn the Saudi journalist he was in mortal danger.

  6. Advise to US: When You’re Going to a Gunfight, Bring all Your Friends with Guns

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 (IPS) - Jim Mattis a former United States Defense Secretary in the Trump administration quotes a Marine Corps dictum in a recently released book titled "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead".

  7. NYC Library Ditches Controversial Saudi Royal MBS’ Event

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 (IPS) - A New York library appeared to bow to pressure this week when it canceled an event that was being co-hosted by Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is accused of a range of human rights abuses.

  8. Petition and Critics of Khashoggi Killing Heap Pressure on U.N.-Saudi Event

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - The United Nations faces growing public opposition to an event it is co-hosting with a Saudi Arabian charity only days before the anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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