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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Tightening the screw

epa04407823 Displaced Iraqis forced to flee their homes ahead of gains made by Islamic State (IS) militants in and around Mosul, shelter at the Bahrka Refugee camp, Erbil, northern Iraq, 19 September 2014. Following massive and swift gains made by IS fighters in Iraq tens of thousands of refugees fled to the mainly Kurdish northern Iraq prompting an international humanitarian response and US and now French airstrikes to assist both Iraqi and Kurdish forces who are attempting to retake areas under IS control.  EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – It can be hard to breathe in the Domiz refugee camp, 20km southeast of the city, with a mix of burning rubbish and raw sewage hanging heavy in the air at times. Even so, the residents of … Continue reading

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ISIL accused of genocide against Yazidis

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The US State Department has accused ISIL of committing genocide against the Yazidi community when it retreated from several villages and cities it controlled in northern Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters left … Continue reading

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Palestinian leadership: Hanging in the Balance

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Palestine has slipped low on the official Arab agenda since the Arab Spring of 2011 and the events it unleashed. True, headlines in the region were briefly dominated by successive Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip in 2012 and 2014, … Continue reading

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SYRIA: death by ‘unknown hand’ toll continues to rise

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In late August, as Turk­ish forces massed to strike into northern Syria to seize the strate­gic town of Jarabulus to block a drive by Syrian Kurds to es­tablish an independent enclave on Turkey’s southern border, the com­mander of a rebel … Continue reading

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IRAN: still waiting for the post sanctions bonanza

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The United States and Iran had little trust in one another when it came to negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Yet, Iran provided some comfort when it implemented steps necessary to ease sanctions. Four months after Implementation … Continue reading

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Spain’s Calatrava will design UAE’s Expo 2020 pavilion

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Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (right) has won the design competition for the UAE pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. Calatrava’s design, inspired by a falcon in flight, beat competition from 10 other designs, with nine of the world’s top firms represented.The … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Egypt Tourism: counting the cost of conflict

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By Rhona Wells at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai Egypt expects to attract 8.6 million tourists this year, down from 9.3 million in 2015, because of “the current situation”,  a spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Tourism revealed. “We … Continue reading

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IRAN: Did Obama conceed too much?

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U.S President Barack Obama has defended his 2013 decision not to intervene militarily in Syria’s civil war in an interview in the Atlantic. He has blamed everyone except himself. His list of scapegoats include the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Israel and … Continue reading

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ISIS, OIL & ASSAD

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In recent weeks the ISIS oil infrastructure has been on the receiving end of coalition air-strikes. However, locals in Eastern Syria where most oil wells are located say despite the sporadic strikes, oil is still flowing and ISIS is determined … Continue reading

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Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading say Amnesty International

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Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, say Amnesty International. The mass protests which began on 14 February 2011 were met … Continue reading

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