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Syria’s Chemicals Haunt the Mediterranean

Friday, July 11, 2014

ATHENS, Jul 11 (IPS) - Scientists and local communities are expressing serious concern about the ongoing destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal on board a vessel in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea.

Liberated Homs Residents Challenge Notion of “Revolution”

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

HOMS, Syria, Jul 08 (IPS) - Al-Waer, Homs's most populated area and the city's last insurgent holdout, might soon achieve the truce that Hom's Old City saw in May this year when, in an exchange deal, the insurgents left their strongholds.

Bahrain’s Expulsion of U.S. Official Sets Back Ties, Reform Hopes

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 08 (IPS) - Monday's expulsion order by Bahrain against a visiting senior U.S. official has set back tentative hopes for internal reforms that could reconcile the kingdom's Sunni-led government with its majority Shia community and drawn a sharp protest from Washington.

Lebanon’s Closed Doors for Palestinian Refugees

Sunday, July 06, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 06 (IPS) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in Syria have been uprooted since the violent government crackdown on the uprising and the ensuing battles that ensnared their communities. For around 50,000 of them, Lebanon was their only safe route out but now it seems this door is being closed on them.

Trouble Brewing in Kurdish-Controlled Kirkuk

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

KIRKUK, Iraq, Jul 01 (IPS) - The Kurdish flag is flying high in the wind from the rooftop of an old brick house inside Kirkuk's millennia-old citadel, as Rashid – a stern-looking young man sitting behind a machine gun – monitors the surroundings.

Syrian Kurds Have Their Own TV Against All Odds

Monday, June 30, 2014

QAMISHLI, Syria, Jun 30 (IPS) - Rudi Mohamed Amid gives his script one quick, last glance before he goes live. "Roj bas, Kurdistan (Good morning, Kurdistan)," he greets his audience, with the assuredness of a veteran journalist. However, hardly anyone at Ronahi, Syrian Kurds' first and only television channel, had any media experience before the war.

U.S.: What Is the Greatest Threat of Them All?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (IPS) - This month's stunning campaign by Sunni insurgents led by the radical Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) against the mainly Shi'a government of Iraqi President Nouri Al-Maliki is stoking a growing debate here about the hierarchy of threats facing the United States in the Middle East and beyond.

OP-ED: Surging Violence Against Women in Iraq

Friday, June 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 27 (IPS) - Shortly after their conquest of Mosul, young men armed with assault rifles went door to door in Iraq's second-largest city, taking "women who are not owned" for jihad al-nikah, or sex jihad.

Neo-Cons, Hawks Fail to Gain Traction on Iraq

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jun 21 (IPS) - Despite their ubiquity on television talk shows and newspaper op-ed pages, neo-conservatives and other hawks who propelled the U.S. into war in Iraq 11 years ago are falling short in their efforts to persuade the public and Congress that Washington needs to return.

Race for the Turkish Presidency Promises Suspense

Saturday, June 21, 2014

ANKARA, Jun 21 (IPS) - The announcement this week of the personality chosen by Turkey's opposition parties to run for the office of the President of the Republic has taken the majority of the Turks by surprise.

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