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Western Powers Protect Arms Markets Ignoring Civilian Killings

Thursday, January 14, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (IPS) - The West continues its strong political and military support to one of its longstanding allies in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia –- despite withering criticism of the kingdom's battlefield excesses in the ongoing war in neighbouring Yemen.

Analysis: Kurdish-led peace conference is best hope for Syria

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec 16 (IPS) - While the war in Syria continues to draw in more outside forces, the work towards finding a political solution to this five-year old conflict carries on. In the past week, no less than three separate conferences were organized by different clusters of opposition groups. Conferences were held in three places: Damascus, Dêrîk – a city in the Kurdish-controlled northern part of Syria – and Riyadh, the Saudi capital, respectively.

New Poll Highlights Need for Reform in the Middle East

Monday, December 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (IPS) - A new public opinion survey undertaken in six Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey finds that people are more likely to blame "corrupt, repressive, and unrepresentative governments" and "religious figures and groups promoting extremist ideas and/or incorrect religious interpretations" for the rise of violent groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State than they are to blame "anger at the United States."

Aspects of Dualism in the Gulf

Thursday, December 03, 2015

NEW DELHI, Dec 03 (IPS) - The crash in oil prices is not the only challenge confronting the Gulf States in West Asia. Economic disorder and lack of opportunity are contributing to instability in the region, stated Bahrain's minister for industry, commerce and tourism, Zayed Al Zayani, while kicking off the recent IISS Bahrain Bay Forum. He emphasized the need for "unprecedented" economic reform across the Gulf in the wake of the lower oil revenues. These policies include the generation of millions of jobs for the youth in these economies that continue to depend heavily on expatriate labour from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines.

The Over-Written, Under-Reported Middle East - Part I: Of Arabs and Muslims

Thursday, December 03, 2015

MADRID, Dec 03 (IPS) - Of all over-written, under-reported issues and regions, the Middle East is perhaps one of the oldest, outstanding ones.

U.N. Rights Commissioner Blasts Harsh Treatment of Refugees

Thursday, October 22, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - As the flow of migrants continues to rise – from war-ravaged countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to Europe – so do the horror stories of the harsh treatment meted out to these refugees.

United Arab Emirates and Cuba Forge Closer Ties

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

HAVANA, Oct 06 (IPS) - Cuba and the United Arab Emirates agreed to strengthen diplomatic ties and bilateral cooperation during an official visit to this Caribbean island nation by the UAE minister of foreign affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

U.N. Continues Condemnation of Civilian Casualties in Yemen

Thursday, October 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 01 (IPS) - The Saudi coalition, which continues its air strikes against rebels in strife-torn Yemen, is fast gaining notoriety as "the gang that couldn't shoot straight" – largely because of its misses than its hits.

Palestine President Abbas Warns of ‘Grave Dangers’ in Jerusalem

Thursday, October 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 01 (IPS) - "I come before you today…compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem," said Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 30.

Human Rights Activists Condemn Houthi Militia's Atrocities Against Women in Yemen

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Geneva, Sep 30 (IPS) - (WAM) -- Arab and Yemeni human rights activist monitoring the civil war in Yemen say that women have been subjected to grave human right violations at the hands of the rebel Houthi militia and an allied insurgent group under the command of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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