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Neighbours Turn Foes in Bekaa

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 16 (IPS) - Hezbollah clashes with Syrian rebels on the outskirts of Ersal seem to be widening the divide between residents of the Eastern Bekaa town – increasingly dominated by Syrian rebels, including the radical Nusra Front – and other regions as well as the Lebanese state. 

North’s Policies Affecting South’s Economies

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GENEVA, Jul 16 (IPS) - Since the onset of the crisis, the South Centre has argued that policy responses to the crisis by the European Union and the United States has suffered from serious shortcomings that would delay recovery and entail unnecessary losses of income and jobs, and also endanger future growth and stability. 

Proposed Arms Embargo on Syria a Political Mockery

Monday, July 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 14 (IPS) - When the 15-member Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, fails to resolve a military conflict, it invariably exercises one of its tried, and mostly failed, options: punish the warring parties by imposing punitive sanctions.

New Palestinian World Heritage Site Under Threat of Defacement

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BATTIR, West Bank, Jul 13 (IPS) - The Palestinian village of Battir, just six kilometres southwest of Jerusalem and a similar distance from Bethlehem, is the latest to be trapped in the gap between international recognition and Israel's policies in the West Bank.

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.

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