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Who started this war?

THE LEVANT – By Rabbi Bruce Warshal – I am writing this during a cease fire in the battle between Israel and Hamas.  My deadline is one week before you read this column.  Obviously, much can change in the interim; however, no matter the ultimate outcome, we must discuss charges made by …

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OIC condemns Israel’s war crimes in Gaza

THE LEVANT – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Tuesday condemned “war crimes” by Israel in Gaza and urged a meeting of donors on financing reconstruction in the enclave devastated by a month-long war. In a statement after a ministerial meeting, the second on Gaza in three days, the OIC …

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Killing Yemen former President

THE LEVANT – The Yemeni authorities are investigating a tunnel dug near ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s residence, the official news agency reported Tuesday, as his party charged it was an assassination plot. Former strongman Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years before being forced out in February 2012 and replaced by …

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Iraq’s new Prime Minister – Haider Al-Abadi

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Sources in Iraq have confirmed to The Levant this Monday that Iraq’s president has formally asked Haider Al-Abadi, the Shi’ite coalition’s nominee for prime minister, to form a government. The announcement came following reports that Parliament broke up all sessions until August 19 after lawmakers were …

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Planning a genocide – Israel’s plan for Palestine

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –  By Catherine Shakdam – While Israel might continue to claim to ever-lasting righteousness, drawing strength from its scriptures to justify its right to existence, forever recalling the horrors which were committed against its people under Nazi Germany to silence its critics; its thirst for blood, its …

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Fresh 72-hour truce begins in Gaza

THE LEVANT – A fresh 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect in Gaza Monday, paving the way for talks in Egypt aimed at a durable end to a month-long conflict that has wreaked devastating bloodshed. The agreement, which began at 00:01 am (2101 GMT on Sunday), clinched days …

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Wounded Syrian baby saved from mother’s womb

THE LEVANT – Syrian government air raids killed 12 people on Sunday and wounded 23, including a mother and a baby boy removed from her womb, according to a monitoring group and amateur video. The video, broadcast by militants in the city of Raqa in northeastern Syria and whose authenticity could …

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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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