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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 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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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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Mounting death toll in Gaza

The death toll from the Zionist regime’s seven-day air campaign against Gaza civilians rose to 182 on Monday, as a UN official said more than a quarter of those killed were children. In the latest bloodshed, an Israeli missile struck a motorcycle east of the south Gaza city of Khan …

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Bahrain regime’s promises are hollow – Sheikh Salman

Sheikh Ali Salman, Al Wefaq Secretary General, has said that the expelling of a top US official from Bahrain last week has proven what a sham any talk of reform is, including of the coming elections. Speaking during a Ramadan gathering on Saturday night he said, “The elections battle ended …

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Social Justice Coalition is formed in Egypt

At the recommendation of the National Association for Change (NAC), thirteen leftist parties and movements formed the Social Justice coalition to run in the next parliamentary elections. The coalition calls for abolishing the protest law, refusing aid from the United States and conducting speedy trials for the corrupt who they …

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Explosions in Iraqi capital

Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, while two car bombs in the capital killed a reported 14 people, officials said. The clashes in Duluiyah are part of the Islamic State extremist group’s larger offensive across Iraq as it tries …

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Dr. Ashrawi: “Palestinian leadership commits to concrete steps to deal with the horrific situation in Gaza”

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, “Following the meetings of the Palestinian leadership, particularly the Political Committee and the PLO Executive Committee, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is undertaking several steps and measures to deal with the horrific situation in Gaza.” The work plan includes the following steps to …

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HRW – Drop all charges against Bahrain opposition

Bahrain should immediately drop charges against two prominent opposition members for meeting with a US diplomat on July 6, 2014. Bahrain should repeal the law that bars leaders of political societies from meeting with foreign diplomats without government permission. On July 10, Bahrain’s public prosecutor brought charges against Sheikh Ali Salman, the leader …

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Run Palestine run!

Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed. …

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Nuclear ISIS?

By Dr. Bryan R. Gibson for Islamist Gate –   In the aftermath the terrorist attacks against the United States in September 2001, President George W. Bush warned of the consequences of terrorist groups or rogue states of acquiring nuclear materials. At the time, top White House officials warned: “The problem here …

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The Blue Peace: Forging New Means of Cooperation

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – by Dr Hasan Z. Sarikaya and Ms Safia Al Suhail – On a bright day in Geneva, June 2014, fifteen distinguished political leaders, parliamentarians, former ministers, senior government officials and water experts from Iraq and Turkey met under the auspices of the Blue Peace initiative. The …

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How Saudi Arabia helped ISIS take over the north of Iraq

Written by Patrick Cockburn – For The Independent – How far is Saudi Arabia complicit in the Isis takeover of much of northern Iraq, and is it stoking an escalating Sunni-Shia conflict across the Islamic world? Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in …

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Tribal dissidents blow up oil pipeline in Yemen

Tribesmen blew up Yemen s main oil pipeline Saturday, halting deliveries from oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea, provincial and tribal sources said. The pipeline, which carries some 100,000 barrels of oil per day from fields in the restive eastern province of Marib, …

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Israel send troops in Gaza – massacre continues unabated

Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time early Sunday to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed. …

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Dozens of women killed in a mysterious attack in Baghdad

Armed men have killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people while storming two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound, Iraqi police and government sources say. The AFP news agency reported quoting the officials that the compound was being used for prostitution. “Twenty-five women were killed and eight people …

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Houthis hand back army camp to Yemeni government

The Houthi Yemeni group, “Ansarullah”,  handed back an army camp to the Yemeni government on Saturday, a spokesman for the group said, to try to defuse tensions caused by the capture of a provincial capital north of Sanaa this week. The fall of Omran, some 50 kms (31 miles) north …

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Two rockets fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel

The Israeli Army confirmed that two rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel and landed in open areas north of Nahariya on Saturday night, according to the Jerusalem Post. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the area of the attack in Nahariya and Shlomi. There were no injuries or damage reported …

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Israel Bombs Gaza Center for the Disables

Israel continued its relentless assault of Gaza for a fifth day Saturday, vowing no let-up in a bombing campaign which has killed 127 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and injured nearly 1,000. Defiant fighters from Gaza responded by firing nine more rockets towards Israeli occupied territories, with Hamas rejecting international calls to …

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Hamas rains rockets on Beersheba and Ashkelon

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – The Islamic Resistance – Hamas – and its military arm, al Qassam Brigade have confirmed that they fired dozens of rockets against settlements in Beersheba and Ashkelon in retaliation for the atrocities Israel has perpetrated against civilians in Gaza. The Levant – Israel is responsible for …

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The List – Gaza’s dead

The Gaza health ministry has confirmed the deaths of 98 Palestinians so far in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault early Tuesday. Among those killed, at least 22 were aged 16 or younger. The two youngest victims were both 18 months old. Mohammed Malakiyeh was killed along …

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Death toll reaches over 100

A fourth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 11 more Palestinians on Friday, raising the death toll in the coastal enclave to at least 96, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials said. Facing a possible Israeli ground invasion, militants warned international airlines they would fire rockets …

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Italian Party Leader: ISIL Threatening Entire World

 Laura Chiatroni Madrigali, the leader of Italy’s ‘Forza Popolare’ party, called for an immediate halt in financial and arms supports for the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ISIS or Daesh), warning that the group is a vital threat to the whole world, specially the European states. …

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The Telegraph: ISIS unveils ‘cabinet’ lineup

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has reportedly formed a cabinet to be in charge of his newly established “caliphate.” Documents published by The Telegraph newspaper this week revealed for the first time in details the structure of the group, which has claimed …

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