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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.

Fighting the Islamic State On the Air

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan, Nov 16 (IPS) - There is daily news broadcasting at 9 in the evening and a live programme every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For the time being, that is what Mosul´s only TV channel has to offer from its headquarters in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Pushing the Voice of Syrian Women For a New Future

Saturday, November 15, 2014

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Nov 15 (IPS) - For most Syrian women, the war has been a disaster. For some, it has also been liberating.

Ebola and ISIS: A Learning Exchange Between U.N. and Faith-based Organisations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (IPS) - The simultaneity presented by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on one hand and militant barbarism ostensibly in the name of Islam on the other present the international development community - particularly the United Nations and international NGOs – with challenges, as well as opportunities.

Disciples of John the Baptist also flee ISIS

Saturday, November 08, 2014

KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov 08 (IPS) - "Going  back home? That would be suicide. The Islamists would cut our throats straight away," says Khalil Hafif Ismam. The fear of this Mandaean refugee sums up that of one of the oldest yet most decimated communities in Mesopotamia.

Children in Aleppo Forced Underground to Go to School

Thursday, November 06, 2014

ALEPPO, Nov 06 (IPS) - Winter has not yet hit this nearly besieged city, but children are already attending classes in winter coats and stocking hats.

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