America needs humility before pushing Middle East solutions

America needs humility before pushing Middle East solutions

Aaron David Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and former American Middle East negotiator commented during the Syrian civil war, “I wonder…what would have happened had US efforts succeeded in negotiating an Israeli-Syrian peace agreement… Had we succeeded, the results might have been catastrophic for Israel and for the US.” […]

EU voices concern over Israeli attacks in Gaza

EU voices concern over Israeli attacks in Gaza

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday voiced concerns over the heaviest rocket fire and Israeli attacks in the blockaded Gaza Strip since 2014, Anadolu reports. In a press conference following an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting, Mogherini said: “The situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip, which is not in our agenda, was discussed during the […]

What's behind Iraq's Basra protests?

What's behind Iraq's Basra protests?

The protests in Basra have been decades in the making and involve a complex set of factors. Over the last week demonstrators have taken to the streets of Basra, Iraq’s third largest city, protesting unemployment and lack of services. The protests only intensified when Iraqi security forces killed one of the participants.   How Prime Minister Haider […]

Syrian state media: Israeli rockets strike military position near Aleppo

Syrian state media: Israeli rockets strike military position near Aleppo

Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had hit a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo, Reuters reports. “The Zionist enemy … targets one of our military sites north of Nairab airport, causing only material damage,” said Syrian state news agency SANA, quoting a military source. […]

Why Middle East Businesses Must Build Homegrown Digital Talent

Why Middle East Businesses Must Build Homegrown Digital Talent

As consumers walk around with eyes glued to their smartphones, businesses know that digital is no longer a buzzword; it is core to their growth and survival. With that realization comes the urgent treasure hunt for digital talent. Digital talent refers to the wizards that we would expect to find in companies such as Google […]

For China, the Belt and Road run through the Middle East

For China, the Belt and Road run through the Middle East

The eighth Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) was held last week, bringing the foreign ministers of the 22 Arab League member states together with their Chinese counterpart, State Councilor Wang Yi. Not surprisingly, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was a central focus of the meeting. The CASCF was begun in […]

US Episcopal Church adopts human rights resolutions for Palestine

US Episcopal Church adopts human rights resolutions for Palestine

US Episcopal Church is 10th denomination to adopt resolutions promoting rights of Palestinians (AFP) The Episcopal Church in the United States approved a resolution on Friday that will establish human rights screening of companies in Israel and Palestine. The resolution “is intended to set up a screen so that companies can be screened according to […]

Why Syria is Hailing China's 'Great Game' in the Middle East

Why Syria is Hailing China's 'Great Game' in the Middle East

Opinion 19:09 13.07.2018(updated 19:10 13.07.2018) Get short URL China is lending its helping hand to war-torn Syria within the framework of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF). Speaking to Sputnik, Beijing-based Syrian economic observer Munir Gneim explained why Beijing has always paid great attention to Syrian affairs. Syria is hailing China’s efforts to ensure security and […]

Lieberman calls to shut down Israeli embassy in Ireland

Lieberman calls to shut down Israeli embassy in Ireland

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called to shut down the Israeli embassy in the Irish capital Dublin, Thursday, in response to the Irish Senate’s decision to boycott Israeli settlements products. Lieberman tweeted: “It is pointless to summon the Irish ambassador to Israel for reprimand. Israel should close the embassy in Dublin immediately. We will not turn […]

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