…The Arab bloc has long been the largest showcase for the Palestinian cause to expose its claims to the international community, but geopolitical interests have prevailed over long-standing, idealistic claims to Palestinian sovereignty. In other words, fear of Iran has displaced the Palestinian cause.
It is enough to compare two cases to understand the change of direction of the Arab bloc with regard to the Palestinian question. In 2009, all Arab League countries explicitly supported Palestine in a claim made before the International Court of Justice…MORE: atalayar.com
…The British invented new countries like Jordan, reshaped the political order in Arabia, redefined the Persian Gulf and so on. Britain was Rome reborn. The Romans were obsessed with access to Egyptian grain. The British were obsessed with access to…
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Of the many proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace rolled out over the decades, circumstances made the one President Trump announced on Tuesday the hardest to take seriously. While Mr. Trump outlined what he described as his “vision” for a Mideast peace in the gilded East Room of the White House … View on nytimes.com
Lebanon’s protests are the largest and most ambitious in 15 years. Anthony Elghossain reports on the why, the how, and what went down in Beirut. Lebanon is an impossible—or, an impossibly infuriating and inspiring—place. Over the past nine days, hundreds of thousands of people in Lebanon have been protesting—the largest protests in almost 15 years. And they’ve been partying, although this moment isn’t, and could never have been, just a party….more: roadsandkingdoms.com
IT IS THE size of a small suitcase and can be placed discreetly in the back of a car. When the device is powered up, it begins secretly monitoring hundreds of cellphones in the vicinity, recording people’s private conversations and vacuuming up their text messages.
The device is one of several spy tools manufactured by a Chinese company called Semptian, which has supplied the equipment to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa, according to two sources with knowledge of the company’s operations….more: theintercept
In a breathless 48 hours, a president, defence minister and security chief have all been ousted in Sudan.
Omar al-Bashir held absolute power for three decades as president. Awad Ahmed Ibn Auf, the defence minister who announced Bashir’s arrest and declared the country would be run by a military council for two years, lasted all of 24 hours.MORE: middleeasteye.
…With so much international media focused on the demonstrations in Hong Kong, one might be excused for forgetting that people in Sudan, Algeria, and Morocco were out in the streets months before Hong Kongers began venting their anger at Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Beijing. There were also protests in Egypt, though they were quite small, and larger demonstrations that are ongoing in Iraq and Lebanon….more: Foreignpolicy
Who was not heartened by the images of protests and demonstrations sweeping across the Arab world in 2011? Here, in the face of corruption and tyranny, was Arab civil society affirming the virtue of elective government in one of the era’s most positive and hopeful displays of popular action. The self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia sent millions to the streets and catalyzed successive revolutions that brought down four dictators…more: newsweek
The war began as a regional conflict, but, in a similar fashion to the first two world wars, entangling military alliances dragged the world’s most powerful, and most destructive, countries into the battle…..more: future.wikia