Middle East

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Cafes shut, sports fields empty as war returns to Iraq

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Aug 5 (Reuters) – In an evening in late June, Yasir al-Nuaimi draped an Iraqi flag over his shoulder and headed out to watch a soccer match being shown on television at a cafe in western Baghdad. The 20-year-old told his mother to pray for his team to win. Later that … Continue reading

Q+A: New Iranian leader is no rights champion, says Nobel laureate

by Maria Caspani and Timothy Large LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Iran’s human rights record is unlikely to improve under newly elected President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian rights activist and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi said, adding that inviting a suspected war criminal to his inauguration suggests the kind of guests the new president will have. Rouhani takes … Continue reading

Advocates of Iran Engagement Get Unexpected Boost

by Jim Lobe WASHINGTON – For the first time in many months, supporters of intensified diplomatic engagement with Iran appear to be gaining strength here. Following last month’s surprise election of Hassan Rouhani – widely considered the most moderate of a field of six candidates – as the Islamic Republic’s next president, the possibility of … Continue reading

Behind the scenes of the “most complex” refugee operation in the world

ZA’ATARI CAMP, JORDAN, 9 July 2013 (IRIN) – “This was a bad week,” says Kilian Kleinschmidt, as he begins a weekly camp management meeting at the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. No week is easy at Za’atari camp, which – with a population of around 120,000 – is now Jordan’s fifth largest population centre. … Continue reading

Media Contributions to Arab Women’s Rights

By Maurice Odine on July 5, 2013 We are all humans. But we have crafted societies in which humans are not equal. This has come to characterize societies where males rule and women are ruled, thus fomenting a gender inequality. Hrichak (2010) admits that inequality is prevalent in the Arab world and is delighted that … Continue reading

Brazil and Turkey’s Ripple Effect

by Jonathan Lima Matthews on June 30, 2013 Over the past four weeks Brazilians and Turks have been holding mass protests against their respective governments, albeit for very different reasons. Despite the catalyst for these protests being very local issues, they have gotten senior government officials from around the European Union concerned. I was in … Continue reading

Thousands march in Istanbul in solidarity with Kurds

Protesters chant anti-government slogans in wake of killing of Kurdish demonstrator in south-east Turkey on Friday Thousands of protesters marched to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday chanting slogans against the government and police after security forces killed a Kurdish demonstrator in south-east Turkey. The protest had been planned as part of larger unrelated anti-government demonstrations that have swept … Continue reading