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Rising from the ashes

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda makes huge development strides

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Mortar fire on Syria schools kills child, hurts 40: Media

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP – Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar read the rest…

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UN’s Iran rights watchdog slams case of death-row woman

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP- A UN human rights monitor on Monday urged Tehran to halt the planned execution of an Iranian woman for the alleged murder of a former intelligence official, saying her trial had been deeply flawed. read the rest…

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Saudi Arabia imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Business  /  2 Comments

Punishment ranging from fines and jail terms to confiscation of assets and deportation may be imposed, escalating a year-long crackdown on visa irregularities that have been overlooked for decades.

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Israel minister warns Kerry over ‘surrender’ to Iran

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry read the rest…

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Algeria presidential campaign winds up with recriminations

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP-  Final campaign rallies were held for Algeria’s presidential election on Sunday after the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his only real rival Ali Benflis waged a war of words. The 77-year-old Bouteflika, despite ailing health read the rest…

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Hezbollah shifts tactics, narrative for Syria fight

  /  April 14, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

Shedding its guerrilla tactics to fight alongside an army

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Revolution-proofing

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

As demonstrated on Thursday, when some protesters held a rally downtown demonstrating against the Protest Law and demanding the release of prominent activists, we are looking at a country which is becoming starkly different from read the rest…

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Islamists boycott Algeria vote as North African tide turns

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP – Algeria’s Islamists – once the country’s leading political force – are boycotting this month’s presidential election, chastened by recent poor performances at the polls and setbacks for ideological soulmates across North Africa. The read the rest…

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Without political support? (Part two)

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In the previous article, I highlighted the importance of belonging to a political party or movement when it comes to presidential candidates. The presidential candidate that emerges from a party has a certain framework within read the rest…

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Athletes and artists show Gaza still occupied

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

Recent cases involving athletes and musicians show how much Gaza is still under Israeli occupation By Hussein Ibish, Now I recently participated in a debate in New York City where two noted American pro-Israel advocates, read the rest…

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The case for Donald Rumsfeld’s prosecution

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala I have just finished watching the film “The Unknown Known” by Errol Morris, which is a long interview with Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defence during the Iraq war, and cannot read the rest…

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Moody’s downgrades Turkey outlook to ‘negative’

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Business, Economy  /  1 Comment

Putting the country’s investment-grade rating at risk

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World Bank watches unfolding of political situation with great concern: Bank president

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Banking, Business  /  2 Comments

World Bank has helped finance several projects in various sectors during the past year

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Iran says not considering alternative UN pick

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Iran signalled its defiance Saturday over America’s refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy. Tehran also said it was examining its read the rest…

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Saudi end to girls’ sports ‘welcome’: HRW

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  1 Comment

AFP- Human Rights Watch welcomed Saturday a recommendation by Saudi Arabia’s consultative Shura Council to lift the ban on sports in girls’ state schools. On Tuesday, the council recommended that the longstanding ban, relaxed in read the rest…

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Jewish settlers attack Israel soldiers for second night

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

Rosenfeld said there had been no casualties but that two settlers had later been arrested.

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Egypt court rejects new judges for Morsi trials

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  4 Comments

The court is now expected to set a date for the resumption of each of the two trials involving jailbreak and espionage charges

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Egypt economic growth to remain slow: IMF

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Business  /  2 Comments

AFP – Growth in Egypt’s economy is expected to remain sluggish this year as political uncertainty keeps tourists and foreign investors away, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. The economy of the Arab world’s most read the rest…

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Triumphant Turkey PM renews pledge to crackdown on rivals

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

The scandal has played out with a spate of wiretaps and social media leaks implicating Erdogan in graft and exposing high-level security talks weighing military action in Syria.

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Iran, world powers seek to intensify nuclear talks

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Business  /  3 Comments

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he has formed a group of legal experts to help in the “complicated, difficult and slow work” of drafting a deal.

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Syria presidential candidacy to open this month: Minister

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP – Candidates for presidential elections in Syria this year will be able to submit their applications during the last 10 days of April, state media reported, quoting Information Minister Omran Al-Zohbi. The minister also read the rest…

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Afghan presidential hopefuls raise fraud concerns

  /  April 6, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  1 Comment

Voiced concern that voting was tainted by fraud

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Without political support? (Part One)

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

There are many questions concerning running for presidency and whether it is possible to do such a thing without political backing or support. For instance, can a real campaign be created and run without political read the rest…

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A predictable summer

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Last month we spoke about the challenges facing the new Egyptian government. At the time of his appointment, Mr Mehleb proclaimed that his two main objectives were to wipe out militant violence and improve the read the rest…

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Sisi’s covert clues

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Philip Whitfield Gettysburg 1863: Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Ashen, sick as a dog, Abraham Lincoln barely lasted another 15 months on earth. The wireman was away supping. Missed read the rest…

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Kerry scrambles to save his torpedoed peace effort

  /  April 2, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

The top US diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty his personal holy grail, was blindsided late Tuesday as minutes before a press conference at the NATO headquarters, both sides went rogue.

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Election posters adorn Baghdad as campaigning begins

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  5 Comments

Posters went up around Baghdad and across the country as candidates vie for one of 328 parliamentary seats.

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Iran director screens film to save man on death row

  /  March 31, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

AFP – An Iranian film director is to hold a private screening of his latest movie on Saturday to raise funds to save the life of a 26-year-old on death row. Mostafa Kiaei, director of read the rest…

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Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals ‘will pay price’

  /  March 31, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

“Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed,” Erdogan told a jubilant crowd of thousands, speaking from the balcony of his party’s Ankara headquarters

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