Palestinian activists slam draft law prohibiting filming of Israeli forces

Palestinian activists slam draft law prohibiting filming of Israeli forces

Ameer Jaber, 14, holds the camera his father Aaref gave him in one hand, and the phone smashed by Israeli soldiers in the other (Akram al-Wa’ra/MEE) HEBRON, Occupied West Bank – On 2 June, Aaref Jaber witnessed Israeli forces shooting and killing 37-year old Palestinian construction worker Rami Wahid Sabarneh. The incident took place just down the street […]

Saudi Arabia dismisses entertainment chief

Saudi Arabia dismisses entertainment chief

Saudi Arabia dismissed a senior figure in its fast-changing entertainment sector on Monday, state-owned TV said, removing an official responsible for bringing shows, festivals and concerts to the conservative kingdom under sweeping economic and social reforms. Ahmed al-Khatib was appointed in 2016 as chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the government body which oversees […]

Iran's president to visit Switzerland, Austria amid nuclear deal row

Iran's president to visit Switzerland, Austria amid nuclear deal row

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will visit neutral European neighbours Switzerland and Austria next month, the Swiss and Austrian governments said, on a trip overshadowed by the looming imposition of US economic sanctions on Tehran. President Donald Trump in May pulled the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and said he would […]

Israel says it has dismantled 20-member Hamas 'attack' cell

Israel says it has dismantled 20-member Hamas 'attack' cell

Israel said on Sunday it had arrested more than 20 people and seized explosives when it dismantled a Hamas cell it alleged was preparing “serious attacks” against Israeli targets. The cell’s members were mostly from Nablus city in the north of the occupied West Bank and it was active for about six months until being dismantled […]

Turks across Middle East cast ballots in expat vote

Turks across Middle East cast ballots in expat vote

Turkish expatriates in several Middle Eastern countries cast ballots on Saturday in presidential and parliamentary polls that will be held in Turkey on June 24. Irfan Neziroglu, Turkey’s ambassador to Sudan, told Anadolu Agency that voting had begun at 9.00 a.m. local time at the Turkish embassy in Khartoum. “Turkish expatriates have two days to […]

Hundreds from Utah National Guard's aviation units head to the Middle East

Hundreds from Utah National Guard's aviation units head to the Middle East

WEST JORDAN, Utah – More than 230 soldiers from one of the Utah National Guard’s aviation units left for the Middle East Friday. They will be supporting Operation Spartan Shield. “This is an extremely complex mission merging nine units from seven states,” said Lt. Col. Chad Koon, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation. “We […]

Saudi Crown Prince attends World Cup match

Saudi Crown Prince attends World Cup match

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was among dignitaries in Moscow on Thursday as his country’s team suffered a 5-0 defeat against hosts Russia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Bin Salman, who is known as MbS, had not been seen in public since late April, when an influential Saudi blogger known […]

The Middle East in Trump's Wake

The Middle East in Trump's Wake

by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding the region has come to pass. In fact, the Middle East today is worse than […]

Dutch company gave Syria chemicals used to make deadly weapons

Dutch company gave Syria chemicals used to make deadly weapons

A Dutch company exported 38 tonnes of chemical materials to the Syrian regime which were used to manufacture chemical weapons without obtaining the necessary licenses, Netherlands’ Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) reported yesterday, “A Rotterdam-based company has exported 38 tonnes of banned acetone, which is being used in the production of chemical weapons, to Syria without […]

NPR Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin shares Middle East insights during trip home to St. Louis

NPR Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin shares Middle East insights during trip home to St. Louis

Like other journalists based in Jerusalem and the region surrounding the ancient city, Daniel Estrin is often associated with one overarching, ongoing news headline: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He’s covered many of the latest developments within that continuing story during his time reporting in the Middle East. But there have been many other stories for him to tell […]

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