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Ebola – The merciless virus from Africa

THE LEVANT – The United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.” The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading. That’s scary and serious. But it also cries out for context. Aids alone takes …

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The Jihadi Gift Shop

As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal. By Joseph Dana   for Slate ISTANBUL—In Turkey, it’s never easy to arrange interviews. This is especially true in Istanbul, where life is saddled by traffic and the near-constant …

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Behind the Dervishes

  A journey into the world of Turkey’s famous yet mysterious whirling dervishes, learning more about Sufism along the way By: Samantha North for Time Out   Many visitors to Istanbul have seen the famous whirling dervishes conducting rituals in Sultanahmet or Galata. A stunning spectacle, the dervishes transport the viewer …

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The desperate case of the Yezidis

THE LEVANT – Iraq’s politicians are appealing to the international community to help battle Islamic State fighters as their dramatic push into the country’s north continues. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group controls much of northwestern Iraq. Recently, IS militants managed to oust Pershmerga and Yezidi minorities, sparking an exodus …

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All out for Gaza – Day of Rage

THE LEVANT – Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now. As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure …

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Gaza ceasefire ends – violence resumes

THE LEVANT – The Palestinian militant group Hamas has rejected an extension on a three-day ceasefire which expired this morning after largely holding, saying Israel had failed to meet its demands during negotiations in Egypt. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said Gaza militants fired a barrage of at 18 rockets at …

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UN Chief: Gaza massacre, destruction shame whole world

THE LEVANT – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded an end to the senseless cycle of suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, telling the General Assembly that “the massive deaths and destruction in Gaza have shocked and shamed the world.” Ban urged the international community to support the enormous task of rebuilding …

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Erdogan gov’t admits ISIL recruiting, offering salaries

THE LEVANT – The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged significant recruitment of Turkish nationals by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group in Iraq and Syria. Officials have told Turkey’s parliament that at least 1,000 Turks were fighting with ISIL terrorists in Iraq and …

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GAZA – THE APPEAL –

THE LEVANT – the crisis in Gaza has affected “virtually every man, woman and child”, according to an appeal set to be launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee tomorrow, the same charity whose appeal the BBC declined to air in 2012. But all major television networks will broadcast the appeal on …

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Anonymous continues cyber-attacks on Israel

THE LEVANT – The hacking collective Anonymous has warned it will launch more attacks on Israeli government websites after apparently disabling more than 500, in a wave of cyber offensives which it says are in retaliation for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. It also claims to have leaked personal details of 70,000 …

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Gaza blockade must end

THE LEVANT – By Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson – Israelis and Palestinians are still burying loved ones killed during Gaza’s third war in six years. Since 8 July, more than 1,800 Palestinian and 65 Israeli lives have been sacrificed. Many in the world are heart-broken in the powerless certainty …

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Maliki’s Last Option

By  Abdulrahman Al-Rashed for Ashar Al Awsat – Gaza’s crisis will not succeed in diverting attention away from the wars in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, these two wars, particularly Iraq, may alter the course of the region, and Iraqis may finally succeed in achieving a safe and smooth transition to a new government …

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Truce, Peace and Gaza

THE LEVANT – A definitive end to the four-week conflict in Gaza appeared possible on Tuesday morning as an agreed 72-hour ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came into effect and the Israeli military said it had withdrawn from the Palestinian territory. The suspension of hostilities came into force at 8am on Tuesday and is due to be followed …

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Never ask me about peace again

By Asmaa Al Ghoul for Al Monitor  – Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family …

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Israel has failed in Gaza

THE LEVANT – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to achieve the objectives of his war on the Gaza Strip, the Anadolu news agency reported a Hamas official as saying today. Sami Abu Zuhri, the movement’s spokesman, said in a statement: “Netanyahu has utterly failed in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is still …

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Fighting ISIL in Mosul – A resistance movement is born

THE LEVANT – Iraqis living under Isis rule in Iraq, where non-Sunni residents have been forced from their homes and tens of mosques have been deemed idolatrous and marked for destruction, have started to push back against the extreme interpretation of Islam being imposed on them. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has …

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The “Islamic state” is an Intelligence Work – The future of the “Islamic state” in Iraq and Syria

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Jassim Mohammed, Counter terrorism and intelligence writer – It seems that Iraq is rushing strongly towards radicalism and terrorism. After failing to achieve their demands through demonstrations and sit-ins, some tribal and political Sunni leaders have built alliances with the “Islamic state” to overthrow Baghdad government. From the other side, Iraqi political blocks and Shia militias were rushing towards and hiding …

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Jihadist in Syria pose new threat

THE LEVANT -Islamic State jihadists, building on vast land grabs in Iraq, have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hasakeh, a monitoring group said Sunday. On another front in Syria’s complex civil war, rebels seeking President Bashar Assad’s ouster captured a weapons depot in Hama province, said …

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WFP shifts from relief toward resilience in Yemen

THE LEVANT –  By Eva Donelli – Yemen finds itself in the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, its people having to deal with rising poverty, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources, internal conflict and political instability. According to Bishow Parajuli, World Food Program’s country director in Yemen, food and fuel prices …

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Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

THE LEVANT – Thousands of people displaced by recent heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces in the city of Amran in northern Yemen are looking to return to their homes following a recent Houthi withdrawal, but they face significant challenges. The conflict began over three months ago after clashes …

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