News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. A Multi-Billion Dollar US Mideast Arms Market May be in Jeopardy

    Monday, February 17, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 (IPS) - When President Saddam Hussein ran one of the world's most authoritarian regimes in the militarily-volatile Middle East during 1979-2003, US newspapers routinely described him as "the strongman of Iraq" — as most journalists rightly view dictators worldwide.

  2. US Mideast Peace Plan: from a Paper Pharaoh & a Fake Moses

    Monday, February 03, 2020

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb 03 (IPS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu was slapped corruption charges last week while he was hobnobbing with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Bibi has, apparently, done his homework in psychology. He knew the quickest way to get around Trump was to flatter him.

  3. US Mideast Peace Plan: Israelis Offered the Cheese & Palestinians the Holes

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (IPS) - The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has described the much-ballyhooed US Middle East peace plan as "more like Swiss cheese-- with the cheese being offered to the Israelis and the holes to the Palestinians".

  4. US-Iran Confrontation & Implications for India

    Monday, January 27, 2020

    NEW DELHI, Jan 27 (IPS) - The unease in the relations between the US and Iran have been in the international news for around a month now. Both sides have not shied away from using outright methods of warfare like the use of ballistic missiles and assassinations, along with attempts at economic and diplomatic sanctions.

  5. Is Iraq Now a Virtual “US-Occupied Territory”?

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Pat Buchanan, a senior advisor to three US Presidents and twice candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, once infamously described the United States Congress as "Israeli-occupied territory" -– apparently because of its unrelentingly blind support for the Jewish state.

  6. Iran Announces New Nuclear Deal Breach

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 10 (IPS) - Iran announced its fifth breach of the 2015 nuclear deal Jan. 5, stating that it "discards the last key component of its operational limitations" put in place by agreement.

  7. The Arab Region’s Largest Youth Gathering Focuses on New Tech

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Dec 18 (IPS) - On late Monday morning, a motley group of more than a thousand youth gathered in a hall in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to listen to Sophia — a humanoid robot capable of displaying humanlike expressions and interacting with people. Yahya Elghobashy, a computer science engineering student from Cairo, sat excitedly in the audience. A few meters away from him, also in the audience, was Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — the President of Egypt.

  8. Bangladeshi Migrant Female Domestic Workers Face Violence

    Thursday, November 28, 2019

    NEW YORK, Nov 28 (IPS) - Millions of Bangladeshi women are facing violence either as domestic housemaids or as migrant workers in Gulf countries. A few days ago, a video in social media, secretly filmed by a Bangladeshi housemaid employed in Saudi Arabia, caught everyone's attention where she was helplessly crying and begging to be rescued from her abusive employer.

  9. Despite Halting Progress, UN Continues its Push for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (IPS) - A longstanding proposal for a regional nuclear-weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East – one of the world's most conflict-ridden regions – has been kicked around the corridors of UN committee rooms since 1974.

  10. Saudi UNESCO Win Riles Khashoggi Standard-Bearers

    Friday, November 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (IPS) - Human rights campaigners have reacted angrily to the election of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO's top board, highlighting the kingdom's ongoing crackdowns on political freedoms and critics.

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