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February, 2016

  • 4 February

    Turks’ Unrequited Love for Palestinians

    The flag the Turkish prime minister proudly witnessed while being hoisted at the United Nations is an inspiration of the flag used by the Arab Palestinian nationalists in the first half of the 20th century, which was the flag of the 1916 Arab Revolt against Prime Minister Davutoglu’s beloved Ottoman Empire. In his speech, Abbas did not forget to “convey ...

  • 4 February

    At least 45 killed in blasts near Shiite mosque in Damascus

    The bombings come as members of the Syrian government and the opposition gather in Geneva for peace talks. The blasts went off in the Damascus suburb of Sayyda Zeinab, about 600 meters (yards) from one of the holiest shrines for Shiite Muslims. State news agency SANA said 40 people were wounded in a vehicle bomb attack and two suicide bombings, ...

  • 3 February

    Women barred from entering Starbucks in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi women going to the Starbucks café in Riyadh were surprised to find a board at the door asking them to keep out of the place, according to Emirates 24/7. Images of the notice preventing women from entering Starbucks soon began showing up on Twitter. The notice, in Arabic as well as English, reads, “Please no entry for ladies, only ...

  • 3 February

    In Saudi Arabia, “what’s changed … is these beheadings, and particularly of a religious cleric.

    The Saudi Arabian government’s execution of 47 people in early 2016 again drew attention to a Canadian contract to supply the Saudis with light armoured vehicles built in London, Ontario. The Conservatives closed the $15 billion deal, and faced questions about skippinghuman rights checks and reporting. That’s due process in arms deals with foreign countries; to make sure, for example, ...

November, 2015

  • 16 November

    ISIS terrorists infiltrating refugee boats to Europe

    Refugees and migrants arrive on a dinghy on the Greek island of LesbosReuters Lebanon’s education minister Elias Bousaab became the latest in a series of politicians to say that Islamic State (Isis) militants may be infiltrating migrant boats carrying would-be refugees to Europe. His and similar claims have been used by nationalist parties across the EU to advocate for tougher ...