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Traveling for peace, a Yemeni turns globe trotter

THE LEVANT – Al Hayat newspaper published a news report earlier this week in which it explains that a Yemeni national, Ahmed Al Qassemi, will endeavour to travel through Australia, South America and Europe on his camel to promote peace. Al Qassemi has said that by walking through towns and …

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Yemen – The nation of the hungry

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – While Yemen has long battled hunger and food insecurity, most and acutely since 2011 when the uprising came to upset an already fragile balance, plunging millions under the poverty threshold, the impoverished nation has reached an unsustainable food crisis level, where famine …

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Al Qaeda loses religious ground in Yemen

THE LEVANT  – Even though Al Qaeda Yemen has often played on Yemenis’ attachment to tradition and their keenness to remain truly literal in their applications of the tenets of Islam, it appears terror militants are fast losing ground on the religious front as more and more clerics have felt …

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UAE PM orders air bridge to Gaza

  THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –   Upon the directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the cargo plane, Boeing 747, which was dispatched to Gaza carrying 114 metric tons of aid, landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on …

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UAE Signs a $41m deal for Gaza reconstruction

  The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) signed a Dh150 million($41m) agreement with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to rebuild and reconstruct the Gaza Sector. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of the ERC, attended the signing …

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Holocaust in Gaza – Fatah denounces

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Israel’s army perpetrated yesterday July 20, 2014 a horrible crime against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. In the center of Gaza and in the most populated quarter of Shajaeyah Israel’s heroic army killed in ruthless random shelling from land, sea and air more than 70 …

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Obama’s failed Yemen model

By Katherine Zimmerman – President Barack Obama says the United States is looking to its Yemen policy as a model for what to do in Iraq and Syria. But what the president labels the “Yemen model” has not been as successful as the White House claims; indeed, it is in danger …

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Gaza is an open air prison – Medecins Sans Frontieres

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Catherine Shakdam – In what has been called an unprecedented criticism of Israel by Medecins Sans Frontieres, the French-based humanitarian agency, Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis at MSF likened Gaza to an “open-air prison” where staff has been called on “to patch up prisoners …

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The Jews of Palestine

By Mahatma Ghandi – Several letters have been received by me, asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies …

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Hydroponics – UAE farming’s future

With its dry desert climate, the UAE may seem an unlikely place to find row upon row of succulent lettuces growing for the dinner tables. Yet there are farms in the country where these leafy vegetables are successfully being grown, although the methods used are often far removed from traditional …

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The Green Mosque

The Muslim faithful filled the grand and expansive Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque to its capacity at its official opening for Friday prayers . Located in Deira, the first environmentally friendly mosque in the Islamic world is Dubai’s largest, and Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi, the imam of the famous Quba Mosque …

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UAE – Living the good life

Citizens in the UAE believe they enjoy a good quality of life with a rating that surpasses most of their European counterparts, according to Steve Hamilton-Clark, Chief Executive of TNS MENA, the world’s largest custom market research organisation. The firm recently conducted a nationwide survey, similar to the one conducted …

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UAE to conquer space

To steal a line from the popular television series Star Trek, the UAE plans to boldly go where no other Arab nation has gone before — by sending an unmanned spacecraft to Mars by 2021. And it indeed is a project that we all should support and be proud of. …

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Moving Toward an Agreement?

By Gareth Porter – As the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear programme approach the Jul. 20 deadline, both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have signaled through their carefully worded statements that they are now moving toward toward agreement on the two most …

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Hidden truth – what you don’t know about the war on Gaza

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky – Five years ago, Israel invaded Gaza under “Operation Cast Lead”. The following article was first published by Global Research in January 2009 at the height of the Israeli bombing and invasion under Operation Cast Lead. In the wake of the invasion, Palestinian gas fields were de facto confiscated …

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ISIL to Christians – Convert to Islam or else

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – In yet another move which has shocked Iraqis, Daash, aka ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has published a statement in which it warns Christians in the city of Mosul that if they do not convert to Islam they will face a harsh punishment. …

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Israel rains death on Gaza

Israeli occupation forces killed 59 Palestinians on Friday and wounded more than 430 others, including many suffering from serious injuries spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Ashraf Al-Qidra said. This toll on the twelfth day of the Israeli war on Gaza makes Friday the deadliest day since …

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Israel cuts diplomatic ties with Turkey

Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador’s residence in Ankara. The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of “incitement” and said it was …

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Turks turn violent against Israel Embassy in Istanbul

Istanbul’s streets were brimming on Sunday as around 1,000 pro-Palestinian Turks demonstrated against Israel’s latest round of airstrikes on Gaza, which have left over 100 Palestinians dead. Flags emblazoned with the recognizable Palestinian colors of red, black, white, and green fluttered throughout the crowd, as demonstrators gathered at Istiklal Street, …

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Rationalizing the killing of children

Four Palestinian children were killed in Gaza on Wednesday, after Israeli shelling struck a group playing football on a beach. The attack was witnessed by scores of foreign journalists. Reported by The Telegraph, some of the children that survived were rushed to nearby hotels to shelter from the attack. Journalists gave …

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Hamas retaliates, Israel escalates

At least three mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel on Thursday, less than three hours into a five-hour “humanitarian pause” in the nine-day battle between Israel and Hamas. The suspension of hostilities, brokered by the UN and starting at 10am on Thursday, came after four Palestinian children died in an …

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Israel tanks push against civilian populations in Gaza

EXCLUSIVE THE LEVANT –  By Catherine Shakdam – Oblivious of international laws and in complete defiance of the Geneva Convention, Israel has announced it has deployed its ground troops in Gaza, determined to escalate its so-called crackdown on Hamas militants. Following ten days of relentless bombing and the death of …

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Israel marches on Gaza

EXCLUSIVE THE LEVANT – By Catherine Shakdam – Israel PM Benyamin Netanyahu had his wish this Thursday evening as Israeli tanks entered Gaza in what is expected to be an unprecedented escalation in violence. Endowed with national legitimacy as a vast majority of Israelis have said to be supportive of …

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We Teach Life Sir

Moving, beautiful, powerful! We teach life Sir! For all those who have stayed silent, their eye shut by Israel’s hypocritical tears … for all those who have failed to understand the human tragedy which has become Gaza, for all those who fail to recognize the evil that is genocide and …

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Hamas slams US for condoning Israel’s aggression on Gaza

The US president’s description of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip as “self-defense” is a green light for the continuation of massacring Palestinian children, said Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). “Such support by Washington encourages the occupying regime to commit more atrocities in the besieged Gaza,” Palestine Today television network quoted …

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President Rouhani – Iran is working for peace in the region

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his administration is after ensuring peace in the region, noting that such a goal will be attained by possessing powerful armed forces. “The administration’s demand is peace and removal of tension from the region,” Rouhani said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian military officials and …

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President Bashar Al Assad’s inaugural speech

EXCLUSIVE TO THE LEVANT – Following is a translation of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s inaugural ceremony speech. Honourable Syrians, Free Syrian Revolutionaries, Three years and four months have passed since some declared, on your behalf: “The People want.” Yes, The People wanted…. The People decided…The People took action. A …

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Al Quds Brigade vows to stand and fight

The military wing of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said on Wednesday that the fighting in Gaza will continue until the demands of the Palestinian resistance are met, a day after an attempt at a ceasefire with Israel fell through. The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that the …

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News Max interview – 16.07.2014 – Mid-Point

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Middle East Descending into global war

The escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas could not have come at a worse time. With relentless rocket strikes by Hamas on Israeli cities resulted in massive bombing sorties by Israeli jets and with Israel planning to do a ground invasion of Gaza, the situation as it stands …

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The State of Revenge

By Rashid Shahin – The aggression launched on the Gaza Strip almost a week ago reveals that the political solutions have failed despite the fact that they reached the highest level. This is because the aggressor, Israel, has no intention of ending the conflict except by the full surrender of …

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Sisi threatens to cut ties with Israel over Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has threatened to cut off all diplomatic ties with Israel over the ongoing aggression of Gaza. Sisi has called on the international community to urgently rally around Gaza as its people are faced with unwarranted military aggression. According to reports …

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Ban lifted on Mubarak supporters running for parliament

An Egyptian court on Monday revoked a ban on leading figures from the now-defunct party of former president Hosni Mubarak and said they have the legal right to run for parliament, raising concerns in the anti-Mubarak camp about the make-up of the new legislature. The Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Cases abrogated …

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Kurdistan builds trenches

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is fortifying the area under its control and establishing a coordination center for US military advisors in an effort to bolster the autonomous region’s defences. The autonomous region’s militia forces, known as Peshmerga, are digging a trench line along the edge of the territory under …

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