Insights to complex lives in Middle East

Insights to complex lives in Middle East

Peter Stupples reviews Negar Djavadi’s Disoriental, published by New South Books.  This powerful novel reads like an autobiography and the events of the narrator’s life are not dissimilar to those of Djavadi herself. Its structure, however, the narrator, Kimia Sadr, tells us, is not unlike an old 45rpm record, with an A and B side. […]

Trump Envoys' Middle East Trip 'Waste of Time,' Palestinians Say

Trump Envoys' Middle East Trip 'Waste of Time,' Palestinians Say

Top U.S. diplomats heading to the Middle East to discuss their plan to settle the Israel-Palestinian conflict are wasting their time if they disregard previous Arab initiatives to reach peace, according to the spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Peace proposals that ignore “the resolutions of the Arab summits, resolutions of the UN Security […]

Turkish army destroys terrorist hideouts in N. Iraq

Turkish army destroys terrorist hideouts in N. Iraq

Turkish jets destroyed terrorist shelters, hideouts, and weapons pits as part of anti-terror operations in northern Iraq on Friday, the military said on Saturday. In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said airstrikes were carried out in northern Iraq’s Mt. Qandil region. As a result of the operation, shelters, hideouts, and weapons pits belonging to […]

Utah Black Hawk battalion deploys to Middle East

Utah Black Hawk battalion deploys to Middle East

Laura Seitz, Deseret News Family members and friends watch as more than 230 soldiers from one of the Utah National Guard’s aviation units deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield from the Army Aviation Support Facility in West Jordan on Friday, June 15, 2018. WEST JORDAN — For more than 230 […]

Desert-fringed Middle East, North Africa put on new drought warning

Desert-fringed Middle East, North Africa put on new drought warning

With dusty desert sprawled across the region, Middle Eastern and North African nations must prepare better for drought as water shortages look set to worsen, the United Nations said on Friday. Over the past 40 years, droughts have become longer and more frequent in the region, where fresh water resources are among the world’s lowest, […]

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 […]

Middle East bunkers provide safe port in IMO 2020 storm

Middle East bunkers provide safe port in IMO 2020 storm

Shipping fuel markets are facing a historic shakeup. A new global sulphur cap at the start of 2020 will force most vessel owners to switch from burning fuel oil to more expensive, cleaner alternatives. But as the deadline approaches, few are ready for the shift The decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in October […]

Houthis defiant as battleships pound Yemen's Hodeidah port

Houthis defiant as battleships pound Yemen's Hodeidah port

Tribal fighters loyal to the Yemeni government in al-Faza near Hodeidah on 1 June 2018 (Reuters) Saudi and Emirati-backed forces began an offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah early on Wednesday, despite warnings from Western governments and international aid groups about the catastrophic effect the battle could have on humanitarian conditions in the […]

Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Palestinian cultural groups and journalists are urging a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be hosted by Israel, in a new statement published Tuesday. The statement, signed by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and network of Palestinian cultural organizations, “call on members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), participating states, contestants and the wider […]

Saudi recruits female border guards

Saudi recruits female border guards

The General Border Guard Directorate in Saudi Arabia is accepting women for the post of “security inspection officer” along its borders. In a statement, the directorate informed that applications for these vacant military posts at the rank of “security inspection soldier” in the areas of Riyadh, Jazan, Mecca, the northern border, Tabuk, Sharqiyah, Asir, Najran, […]

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