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OP-ED: A New World Order? Think Again

Friday, March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Mar 21 (IPS) - Russia's storming of the Ukrainian naval base in Crimea just as Iran and world powers wrapped up another round of negotiations in Vienna earlier this week represent seemingly contradictory bookends to a world that some believe is spinning out of control.

Egypt Gets Muscular Over Nile Dam

Friday, March 21, 2014

CAIRO, Mar 21 (IPS) - When Egypt's then-president Mohamed Morsi said in June 2013 that "all options" including military intervention, were on the table if Ethiopia continued to develop dams on the Nile River, many dismissed it as posturing. But experts claim Cairo is deadly serious about defending its historic water allotment, and if Ethiopia proceeds with construction of what is set to become Africa's largest hydroelectric dam, a military strike is not out of the question.

Executions Rising in Iran

Thursday, March 20, 2014

GENEVA, Mar 20 (IPS) - As many as 700 people were sentenced to death in Iran last year, according to UN estimates. Most were charged with drug-related crimes and belonged to ethnic minorities, new studies show.

Middle East Sustains Appetite for Arms

Monday, March 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 (IPS) - The Middle East continues to be one of the world's most lucrative arms markets, with two Gulf nations - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - taking the lead, according to a new study released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Split over Ukraine Could Undermine Peace in Syria

Thursday, March 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 13 (IPS) - As the protracted Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, there seems to be little or no hope of a resolution to the devastating crisis.

Russian Arms to Egypt Threaten to Undermine U.S. in Mideast

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 (IPS) - Russia, which is at loggerheads with Washington over the spreading political crisis in Ukraine, is threatening to undermine a longstanding military relationship between the United States and one of its traditional allies in the Middle East: Egypt.

What's Going on in the Gulf? Unsurprisingly, It's Probably About Iran

Monday, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Mar 10 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, citing Qatar's alleged support for organisations and individuals that threaten "the security and stability of the Gulf states" and for "hostile media."

Gazans Find Tuneful Resistance

Sunday, March 09, 2014

GAZA CITY, Mar 09 (IPS) - Like almost everyone else in Gaza, these six are angry about the Israeli-imposed blockade and the resulting misery. Except, that they are expressing their anger through music –without the music itself sounding angry.

Tahrir Square Finds a GrEEK Neighbour

Friday, March 07, 2014

CAIRO, Mar 07 (IPS) - The group of buildings near Tahrir Square could be modern campus-style office space anywhere. It's hard to believe that just outside the heavy steel gates lies downtown Cairo, the noisy, polluted and now troubled heart of Egypt.

Women Still Walk Two Steps Behind in Arab World

Thursday, March 06, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 06 (IPS) - In much of the Arab world, women's participation in the labour force is the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations, while women in politics is a rare breed both in the Middle East and North Africa.

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