News headlines for “Middle East”

  1. Is the COVID-19 Vaccine a Potential Biological Weapon in Reverse?

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 07 (IPS) - Meanwhile, ”the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the already dire humanitarian and socio-economic situation” Secretary-General António?Guterres said at a meeting online last November, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.If the coronavirus is not deemed a biological weapon, is the heavily-publicized Covid-19 vaccine in danger of being weaponized when over 159,000 Palestinians who have tested positive in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are being denied treatment during a deadly pandemic?

  2. Afghanistan's Historic Year: Peace Talks, Security Transition but Higher Levels of Violence

    BONN, Germany, Dec 18 (IPS) - While Afghanistan ends a historic year, filled with the hope for peace as the government and Taliban sat down for almost three months of consecutive peace talks for the first time in 19 years, it was also a year filled with violence with provisional statistics by the United Nations showing casualties for this year being higher than 2019.

  3. Getting Children in Lebanon Back to School Amongst Multiple Crises

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec 15 (IPS) - Education and health care were high on the agenda when the United Nations vowed to work toward a better future by setting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be met by 2030.

  4. Discriminatory Laws Still Holding Women Back in the Middle East

    NEW DELHI, India, Dec 14 (IPS) - Decades of aggressive efforts to create equal opportunities for women, shatter the glass ceiling and build a more inclusive society only ends up in failure, when the key stake holders refuse to acknowledge discriminatory laws, socio-cultural and religious set ups that continue to threaten progress made by the female work force.

  5. Bidens Opportunity To End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    NEW YORK, Dec 07 (IPS) - Recently I had an opportunity to brief a group of European diplomats and journalists on a variety of conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East. During the Q&A I was asked which of the region’s conflicts Biden should tackle first.

  6. The Lebanese Disaster

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Oct 07 (IPS) - The 26th of September, the Lebanese prime minister Mustapha Adib stepped down after less than a month on his post. The president, Michael Auon, stated: "Lebanon will be going to Hell if a new government is not formed soon." The question is if his nation is not there already. A horrifying image of the state of the nation was provided on the 4th of August when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, stored in a dockside hangar, blew up in an explosion killing more than 190 people, injuring 6,500 and damaging thousands of buildings.

  7. A Feminist Perspective from Middle East & North Africa on the COVID-19 Pandemic

    BERLIN, Oct 02 (IPS) - Since before the COVID-19 pandemic, feminists across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been increasingly shedding light on the global shifts that will shape the Future of Work. From their perspective, those shifts would mainly be driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the impact of climate change and the looming global care crisis.

  8. Water Security in Jordan is Crucial to Maintaining Stability in the Country

    AMMAN, Jordan, Oct 01 (IPS) - Jordan is one of the driest countries in the world, raking the fifth most water-stressed nation in an analysis by the World Resources Institute.

  9. Peace in the Middle East

    ROME, Sep 25 (IPS) - The creation of a Palestinian State remains a pipe-dream

    After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI, The League of Nations mandated that Britain administer Palestine. The London administration was quite ineffective, in part, due to the contradictory promises which were made to the Arabs, to the Zionists and to France, the other colonial power which divided the territory with Britain.

  10. Syria’s Children Remain at Immense Threat of Rape and Recruitment by Army: Report

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 16 (IPS) - Children in Syria are facing the brutal brunt of the ongoing civil war in the country, now rendered further paralysed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and United States sanctions.

    At the Sept. 15 launch of the report investigating human rights violations in Syria by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, experts warned that in addition to the already ongoing conflict, "newer forms of violence" was on the rise.

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