Somalia expels UN top envoy – Middle East Monitor

Somalia expels UN top envoy – Middle East Monitor

The Somali government has ordered the UN top envoy in the country to leave its territories, accusing him of interfering in national sovereignty. The decision came days after concerns have been raised over the practices of the UN-backed Somali security forces. The Somali state said in a statement late on Tuesday that the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative […]

The Middle East is no longer the biggest terrorism threat. Russia is. – Business Insider

The Middle East is no longer the biggest terrorism threat. Russia is. – Business Insider

Members of 5th Special Forces Group (A) conducting 50. Cal Weapons training during counter ISIS operations at Al Tanf Garrison in southern Syria. US Marine Corps The way Westerners think about Islamist terrorism has grown dangerously outdated. For decades, officials have focused on attacks launched by Middle Easterners. Today, however, the real threat increasingly comes […]

How Afrin overshadows eastern Syria – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News

How Afrin overshadows eastern Syria – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News

A year ago, during January 2018, Turkey threatened to launch a major operation in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region. Eventually Turkey did launch the operation, leading to tens of thousands fleeing the Kurdish area. Like today’s threats by Turkey to launch an operation in northern Syria as the US withdraws, the same rhetoric and assembly […]

Elizabeth Warren 2020: Where does progressive senator stand on Palestine? – Middle East Eye

Elizabeth Warren 2020: Where does progressive senator stand on Palestine? – Middle East Eye

‘America has a very special relationship with Israel,’ Warren said in 2014 (Reuters) WASHINGTON – US Senator Elizabeth Warren, known for her daring political stance on economic inequality and willingness to challenge “corporate greed“, is now running for president, hoping to receive the Democratic nomination for the 2020 election by virtue of her advocacy of progressive […]

Microsoft reveals first Middle East data centre – TechRadar

Microsoft reveals first Middle East data centre – TechRadar

Microsoft has announced that it will expand its cloud services in Europe and the Middle East with the launch of new data centres. The tech giant plans to open its first data centres in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates while also expanding its cloud offerings in Europe. Qatar’s cabinet has also approved the establishment […]

Iranian retirees protest against ‘inadequate’ pensions – Middle East Monitor

Iranian retirees protest against ‘inadequate’ pensions – Middle East Monitor

Dozens of Iranian retirees staged a protest Wednesday in Tehran against what they describe as “inadequate” pensions, says Anadolu Agency. Protesters, mostly retired teachers and nurses, gathered outside the capital’s parliament building. READ: Iranian security forces clash with students at bus crash protest According to the Iranian Labor News Agency, demonstrators chanted slogans against rampant […]

Sudan official condemns ‘coup’ calls by opposition – Middle East Monitor

Sudan official condemns ‘coup’ calls by opposition – Middle East Monitor

A senior official in Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday condemned alleged calls by Sudan’s National Front for Change (NFC) for a “coup” against the regime of President Omar al-Bashir, reports Anadolu Agency. At a press conference organised by political parties on Wednesday, NCP Political Secretary Abdel-Rahman al-Khidir warned that such calls – […]

Saudi plans to build leisure complex in Riyadh – Middle East Monitor

Saudi plans to build leisure complex in Riyadh – Middle East Monitor

Saudi Arabia announced plans on Wednesday to build an entertainment complex in the capital Riyadh, the latest in a series of state-backed efforts to encourage public leisure activities after decades of tight social restrictions, says Reuters. The 100,000 square metre complex will be developed by the Saudi Entertainment Ventures Company (SEVEN), a wholly owned subsidiary […]

Report claims UAE arms Al-Qaeda and Daesh in Yemen – Middle East Monitor

Report claims UAE arms Al-Qaeda and Daesh in Yemen – Middle East Monitor

A Yemeni warlord who has also been a fundraiser for Al-Qaeda and at one point is believed to have belonged to Daesh is being armed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Washington Post has discovered. In a startling interview, Abu Al-Abbas revealed that he has received millions of dollars in weapons and financial support […]

Israel's new army chief pushed for Assad assassination: Report – Middle East Eye

Israel's new army chief pushed for Assad assassination: Report – Middle East Eye

Major-General Aviv Kochavi proposed removing the Assad regime in a bid to curb Iranian, Russian influence in the Middle East (screenshot) Israel’s new army chief, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, suggested the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to curb Iranian and Russian influence in the Middle East, according to a Saudi newspaper.  An […]