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Time to kill off the Quartet

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  At the end of June Tony Blair will no longer be the Quartet representative. Eight years of inspiration for the comedians and satirists are over – they will now engage in their last final pot shots at the failed … Continue reading

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Kurdish Muslims abandoning Islam for Zoroastrianism

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The small, ancient religion of Zoroastrianism is being revived in northern Iraq. Followers say locals should join because it’s a truly Kurdish belief. Others say the revival is a reaction to extremist Islam. One of the smallest and oldest religions … Continue reading

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West Bank: segregated bus scheme hits the skids

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A decision by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to segregate buses in the occupied West Bank has backfired after causing an uproar in Israel’s Knesset, or parliament, and political damage on the international stage. This came as Israel faces mounting … Continue reading

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REFUGEES: record 38 million displaced worldwide

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A record-breaking 38 million people have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence. This is the equivalent of the total populations of London, New York  and Beijing combined. “These are the worst figures for forced displacement in … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online. . . SHARJAH BIENNIAL 2015

Part of a series of art works made from chicken bones set in glass by the late Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid

Words by Sylvia Smith Photographs by Richard Duebel As a group of Congolese “sapeurs” or sharp dressers makes their way through the crowded streets of Sharjah (below) accompanied by a local, traditional band, the art crowd who are attending the … Continue reading

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AFGHANISTAN: Will the shame of Farkhunda’s murder be a turning point?

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Memorial services are being held for Farkhunda, the Afghan woman brutally killed by a mob in late March. The 27-year-old was beaten to death by a crowd of men near a Kabul shrine after being falsely accused of burning the … Continue reading

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IRAN – PAKISTAN: No showdown, for now

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Pakistan’s parliament has unanimously passed a resolution affirming the country’s neutrality in the Yemen conflict, rebuffing a Saudi Arabian request for fighter jets, ground troops and warships to join the Saudi-led Operation Deci­sive Storm against Houthi rebels, who are aided … Continue reading

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IRAQ: Looking to the long term

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As news came through of the re-capture of the Baiji oil refinery from ISIS, the campaign to drive ISIS from Iraq seems to be in the ascendency. During Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s recent trip to the US, he proclaimed that … Continue reading

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YEMEN: United Nations appeals for $275 aid package

The UN has launched an appeal for nearly $275 million of aid to help civilians caught up in Yemen’s worsening conflict. About 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting, according to the UN, with 12 million short of food. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda … Continue reading

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GNC appoints new Prime Minister in Western Libya

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Khalifa al-Ghawi  has been appointed Prime Minister of the General National Congress (GNC), the ruling body in Western Libya, after his predecessor Omar al-Hassi was dismissed in late March. Amongst the reasons for al Hassi’s removal were allegations that he … Continue reading

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