Home / The Levant

The Levant

Qatar’s state news agency hacked by ‘unknown entity’

Qatar said on Wednesday its official state news agency was hacked and subsequently carried a “false statement” on sensitive regional topics attributed to the country’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Among the issues allegedly addressed by the Qatari ruler were the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, strategic relations with Iran, and comments …

Read More »

Chinese Uyghur colonies in Syria a challenge for Beijing

By Christina Lin* — A reporter for Dubai-based Al Aan TV recently aired an undercover story on Idlib province – the Syrian “rebel” opposition stronghold that is supported by the US and other Western governments – and the site of the recent alleged chemical attack that prompted direct US missile strikes against the Syrian …

Read More »

Iranians demanding change deliver emphatic victory for Rouhani

By Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh  for REUTERS| Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli announced Rouhani’s victory on Saturday on state television. Rouhani …

Read More »

Trump in Saudi on first foreign trip

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland | RIYADH for Reuters — Dogged by controversy at home, Donald Trump opened his first presidential foreign trip in Saudi Arabia on Saturday and won a warm reception as he looked to shift attention from a political firestorm over his firing of former FBI Director …

Read More »

Questions About Terrorism

Exclusive for THE LEVANT NEWS – By General(ret) Elias Farhat* —     Executive summary i-There is much talk about terrorism, but little action. Some of the measures taken have not been sufficient , while others either raise suspicions as to their real aims or are clearly supportive of terrorist …

Read More »

China ‘prepares DNA testing’ of Muslims in Xinjiang

China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of Muslim-majority Xinjiang amid human rights observers’ concern. China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that’s been under a security crackdown, rights …

Read More »

People across world mark Palestinian Nakba Day

The Levant News — People across the world are commemorating the Nakba Day which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948. The Day of Catastrophe is officially marked every year on May 15, but the occasion this year coincides …

Read More »

Khatami urges voters to re-elect Rouhani

The Levant News — Former president Mohammad Khatami, considered the spiritual leader of Iran’s reformists, urged voters on Sunday to re-elect President Hassan Rouhani and support his policy of seeking to end Iran’s isolation from the rest of the world. Iran’s hardline security and judicial powers, which operate separately to …

Read More »

Western envoys shun Qatar event attended by Omar Bashir

The Levant News — Western diplomats shunned the opening ceremony of a conference in Qatar on Sunday attended by Sudan’s president, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who came to power in Sudan in a 1989 Islamist and military-backed coup, has …

Read More »

Iranian opposition figure Karoubi to vote for Rouhani in election

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin for Reuters | LONDON — Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest since 2011, will back President Hassan Rouhani’s bid for a second term in Friday’s election, his family told Reuters. Rouhani, a pragmatist who has eased Iran’s international isolation and now faces mostly hardline conservative …

Read More »

Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions declares boycott of Israel

Norway’s biggest trade union votes in favor of an economic, cultural and academic boycott against Israel; the Norwegian government criticizes the boycott, saying it ‘is not the way to go.’ The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) went against a recommendation from its leadership and voted 197 to 117 in …

Read More »

Destroying Turkey’s Promise

by Graham E. Fuller — Nearly all the indicators coming out of Turkey continue to be bad—for Turkey and for nearly everybody else. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be the only one profiting from the ongoing dark course of events. Taking advantage of an unexplored and murky coup attempt …

Read More »

Balfour’s legacy: The destruction of Palestine

by Dr Salman Abu Sitta Author Salman Abu Sitta addressed the UK’s House of Lords on 28 March to discuss the Balfour Declaration and its consequences on the Palestinians. This year marks a century since the document was signed and the future of the State of Palestine was sealed. Below is …

Read More »

Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History

Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun By Mohammad R. Salama *** Reviewed by Ziad Hafez ———————————————– London, I.B.Tauris, 2011, 274 pages ISBN 978 1 84885 005 7 (US$99)   This is a major book to have in one’s library in general and …

Read More »

Israel forgives ISIS for attack following ‘apology’

The Levant News — Israel has decided to “absorb” an unintended attack by ISIS (Daesh) after the terrorist group “apologised” for it, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters on Wednesday. Expanding on comments made last week on the effectiveness of Israel’s “red lines” policy (by which Israel responds …

Read More »

Chinese jihadis’ rise in Syria raises concerns at home

BEIRUT (AP) — Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s northern regions. …

Read More »

First Job Interview: 10 Things You Should Know

Finding and applying for the job might be easy with many job search websites, but when it’s time to face your very first interview, the thought wil probably scare the living daylights out of you (or at the very least, intimidate you). Everyone has to face their very first interview. …

Read More »

Three more F-35 fighter jets touch down in Israel

The Levant news – Three F-35 stealth fighter jets touched down at the Nevatim Air Force base in southern Israel on Sunday, joining the two that arrived late last year. In total, Israel has agreed to purchase 50 of the fifth generation stealth aircraft, known in Israel as the “Adir,” …

Read More »

Kashmir Needs Political And Not Military Solution

The Levant News — Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of ‘World Kashmir Awareness Forum’ voiced his continuing belief that the conflict over Kashmir cannot be resolved through military might. Kashmir is a political issue and has to be resolved through political means by involving all parties to the conflict …

Read More »

“American War”— An Apocalyptic Novel of Our Times

by Graham E. Fuller — It’s hard these days to avoid glimmers of an apocalyptic future, domestic and international, breaking into our daily consciousness. President Trump represents its most obvious face today, but its roots go back at least to a blinkered American triumphalism emerging from the fall of the …

Read More »

Dubai to go paperless in 4 years

DUBAI — All Dubai Government departments will cease to use paper in four years as part of efforts to curb waste, the Crown Prince has said. The emirate will celebrate the last paper transaction by government in 2021 – a highly ambitious target for officials. The initiative was launched by …

Read More »

Chemical weapons experts in Turkey to investigate

By Anthony Deutsch | AMSTERDAM — Global chemical weapons investigators have gone to Turkey to collect samples as part of an inquiry into an alleged chemical weapons attack in neighbouring Syria last week that killed 87 people. The fact-finding mission was sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical …

Read More »

TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE U.S. ESCALATION IN SYRIA

  By Sobhi Ghandour — It is difficult to predict what the president of the world’s greatest nation will do when he has no previous political or governing experience and when he is known for his changing points of view and his reliance on the logic of business elites and deal-making …

Read More »

Asad vs Regime of Warring Jihadis

SANA SANA / REUTERSAssad during an interview with a Croatian newspaper. Damascus, Syria. April 6. by Graham E. Fuller — How should we understand U.S. President Donald Trump’s cruise missile barrage last week against a Syrian airbase? In one sense, it might be a tactical triumph for his administration: cruise missile attacks …

Read More »