Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (IPS) - Civil society activists from five Arab countries are urging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease pressure on their governments to reduce food and fuel subsidies until stronger social-protection schemes and other basic reforms are implemented.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (IPS) - The unexpected resignation of Hazem al-Biblawi, Egypt's interim prime minister, and his government this week and the appointment of Ibrahim Mehlib, a Mubarak-era industrialist, as a new prime minister seem to pave the way for Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's anticipated presidential bid.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - An inflow of Russian-made weapons. Political and military support from Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Sharp dissension among fractious rebel groups. And the unyielding loyalty of the armed forces.
Monday, February 24, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - On Dec. 29, 2013, just over a month before the third anniversary of the start of the Egyptian revolution that ended the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, three high-profile journalists for Al Jazeera English were arrested in their hotel suite in Cairo.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb 04 (IPS) - Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is set to run for president and is expected to win handily. The ruling junta and the interim government have taken several steps to make this happen.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb 01 (IPS) - Twenty years of the Oslo peace process between Israelis and Palestinians have made a solution more difficult to attain, rather than easier. That was the conclusion of a poll of Israelis and Palestinians released on Friday.
Friday, January 31, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (IPS) - The refugee camp of Yarmouk represents one of the most severe examples of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, with foreign aid agencies unable to enter the opposition-controlled area that been effectively besieged since December 2012.
Friday, January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (IPS) - As the Egyptian revolution against Hosni Mubarak celebrates its third anniversary, the military junta under General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is resurrecting dictatorship under the veneer of "constitutional" legitimacy and on the pretense of fighting "terrorism."
Saturday, January 18, 2014
GENEVA, Jan 18 (IPS) - The future of the complex armed conflict in Syria, which involves religious and ethnic factors as well as pressures from neighbouring countries and the strategic interests of global powers, will begin to take shape next week at a conference known as "Geneva 2."
Friday, January 17, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (IPS) - The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.'s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty worldwide.
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