Egypt: 5 million could be displaced by climate change

Egypt: 5 million could be displaced by climate change

Climate changes on Egypt’s northern coast could force five million people to leave the country’s Nile Delta area, Egypt’s irrigation minister said yesterday. In light of population estimates for 2025, annual water share per individual will shrink to 500 milliliters from today’s 600 milliliters’ share given the deteriorating quality of surface groundwater, Minister Mohamed Abdul […]

What you need to know: The battle for Hodeidah

Yemeni pro-government forces firing to the south of Hodeidah airport on 15 June 2018 (AFPTV/AFP) The Yemen war began in March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states launched air strikes against Houthi targets after the rebel group started to advance towards southern Yemen. By January 2017, the UN estimated 10,000 people had been […]

Opinion: The politics of the Middle East aren't just about religion any more

Opinion: The politics of the Middle East aren't just about religion any more

TEL AVIV, Israel (Project Syndicate) — When one thinks of conflict in the Middle East, religious factors are probably among the first that come to mind. But, nowadays, competing strategic interests and imperial ambitions play a much larger role than religious or sectarian cleavages in defining regional politics. This is potentially a positive development. Consider […]

Turkish elections: Where has Erdogan's 'economic miracle' gone?

Turkish elections: Where has Erdogan's 'economic miracle' gone?

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept into power in elections in 2002, Turkey had just received the first part of what would eventually be a $20bn International Monetary Fund bailout. Decades of secular rule, in which governments perceived as threats to the secularism and stability of the republic were periodically removed […]

Egypt high school exams leaked on social media

Egypt high school exams leaked on social media

Excerpts of some of Egypt’s national high school exams were leaked on social media on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attempts by students to release questions from upcoming test papers. The head of the General Education Sector at the Ministry of Education Reda Hegazy said that nine cases of cheating had been discovered […]

Human rights activist describes US withdrawal from UNHRC as 'arrogant'

Human rights activist describes US withdrawal from UNHRC as 'arrogant'

Moroccan human rights activist Khadija Al-Ryadi has described the US decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council as “arrogant” and “political hypocrisy”. She made her comments in an interview with Anadolu on Wednesday. Al-Ryadi is the coordinator of the Moroccan coalition of human rights bodies. In 2013 she was the first Arab woman […]

Tunisia's delicate balancing act with Nato

Tunisia's delicate balancing act with Nato

For many years Tunisia has expressed an interest in improving its security cooperation with Nato, which has been eager to engage more with a young democracy that it officially supports.  In 2014, three years after the fall of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia signed a partnership and cooperation agreement with Nato that […]

Why Russia's Middle East Gamble Has a Limited Payoff

Why Russia's Middle East Gamble Has a Limited Payoff

MOSCOW—Russia’s military intervention in Syria has turned it into a significant player across the Middle East once again. But what does this really mean? Is Russia, as some American allies (and officials) fear, close to displacing the massive influence that the U.S. has exercised over the region for decade? … Source link