World Press World Press Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:25:34 -0400 Feed Informer Congress opens several new fronts in bid to block Gulf arms sales Full Feed urn:uuid:e432936e-430b-f830-6de1-9b85b1bc5813 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:07:00 -0500 The House today joined Senate efforts to stop the Donald Trump administration from selling arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Bryant Harris Congress directs Pentagon to press Saudi Arabia on Yemen refueling bill Full Feed urn:uuid:48121d95-5e55-6a66-2e93-a8fbdab94840 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:04:00 -0500 The Senate version of the annual defense bill calls on the Pentagon to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for paying back the United States for aerial refueling in the Yemen war. Jack Detsch How Iran’s startup sector can realize its potential Full Feed urn:uuid:c78676f2-841b-a6f8-537d-8b5f242a5d99 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:26:00 -0500 Iran’s startup scene is rapidly growing and holds great potential, but shortcomings remain and a failure to address them will undermine the sector. Bijan Khajehpour G-20 summit could be last exit before all-out US-Turkey crisis Full Feed urn:uuid:d78e9838-6a93-bb5e-9cf2-a91666998be6 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:57:00 -0500 Turkey doesn’t know “how to reply” to US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s letter, a senior security source tells Al-Monitor. Metin Gurcan Iranians expect little from Japan’s mediation efforts Full Feed urn:uuid:cfc07e8a-2b4a-1a44-a10b-3a252a05295c Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:20:00 -0500 Japan's prime minister is in Tehran for what is widely seen as an attempt to calm escalating US-Iran tensions, but few people there expect miracles. Al-Monitor Staff Greek Cyprus calls for arrest of Turkish drilling crew Full Feed urn:uuid:bfbd4261-ce90-dd03-7e3c-fd53c74bf615 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:13:00 -0500 Ankara has vowed to continue gas exploration activities in disputed waters near Cyprus after Greek Cypriot authorities issued arrest warrants for workers on Turkey's gas-exploration ship. Diego Cupolo Liberman to wage fiercely secular campaign despite deep ultra-Orthodox ties Full Feed urn:uuid:01e71c15-aa02-ea9f-21a8-fc2235b33d59 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:14:00 -0500 Despite rebranding himself as a champion against religious coercion in Israel, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Liberman has a history of cooperation with the ultra-Orthodox. Mordechai Goldman The Syrian funeral that divided Turkey Full Feed urn:uuid:45ab252a-6c97-d4b7-d554-053f08a54f09 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:39:00 -0500 A funeral ceremony for a controversial Syrian militant, known as “the singer of the revolution,” has sparked indignation in Turkey. Fehim Tastekin Cigarette surfboard shames Lebanese smokers Full Feed urn:uuid:22eb795e-874c-088d-9085-cc5d86fe7f1d Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:18:00 -0500 Environmental activists have built a stand-up-paddle board from used cigarette butts to show the cost of trash to Lebanon’s coast and culture. Sam Brennan Five years later, calls for accountability over fall of Mosul continue Full Feed urn:uuid:901deaa7-3531-ae23-e243-3d684b0515d6 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 07:10:00 -0500 On the fifth anniversary of the fall of Mosul, people decry that no one has been held accountable for the tragedy. Gilgamesh Nabeel Trump offers another gift to Netanyahu Full Feed urn:uuid:743a0dd8-899f-4dc0-ac6d-33dafa719936 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:22:00 -0500 The latest statement by Ambassador David Friedman on the possibility of annexing parts of the West Bank indicates that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump are tightly coordinated. Ben Caspit Growing esports market has huge potential in Mideast Full Feed urn:uuid:864febde-3be7-1ea8-6245-cc7202999735 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 15:12:00 -0500 The video gaming industry is gaining ground in the Middle East, as its popularity and prize money continue to grow. Ahmad al-Dajani Coding academy opens new opportunities for Moroccan youth Full Feed urn:uuid:0b5ab44a-71cb-94bc-e0c8-6799410b077a Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:25:00 -0500 3W Academy Maroc aims at addressing youth unemployment in Morocco through accessible tech education. Catherine Cartier Israel's economy faces uncertain future Full Feed urn:uuid:b9279472-7707-8182-40ff-01e441682c92 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:42:00 -0500 Employment and wage figures are excellent, inflation is low and the country’s credit rating is high, but the growing deficit will require Israel’s next government to cut expenditures or raise taxes — or both. Danny Zaken Right-wing infighting: A warning sign for Netanyahu Full Feed urn:uuid:08bbfeda-47a5-9781-790c-71f377a7d909 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:30:00 -0500 By firing Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered his loyal partners, the national-religious camp. Mazal Mualem After 50 years, Israel opens up 'Land of the Monasteries’ Full Feed urn:uuid:9e37c8b1-ea9d-5e3e-f217-337a27e8d400 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:15:00 -0500 Israel was late in recognizing the potential of the Qasr al-Yahud site, but it hopes to do better now that the region is cleared of landmines and will open to the public. Mordechai Goldman Will the AKP reinstate Kurdish peace talks to win Istanbul elections? Full Feed urn:uuid:3af7278a-2174-4c21-d6b3-8cdf140211a2 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:38:00 -0500 Ruling party officials have adopted the Kurdish issue as a campaign strategy in the upcoming Istanbul elections. Cengiz Candar Meet Iraq's human rights advocate who lived through two genocides Full Feed urn:uuid:10de03b2-9c4c-ac9e-5244-799057e7a99d Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:25:00 -0500 Dr. Widad Akreyi, who lived through the 1980s Anfal genocide and the 2014 Yazidi genocide, has become one of the major defenders of human rights in Iraq and beyond. Marta Bellingreri Iran frees 'American-Lebanese spy' Full Feed urn:uuid:a9b6ac49-b0dd-40be-6f82-e754bce1481c Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:51:00 -0500 Tehran has freed Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national and American resident, who was serving a 10-year jail term in Iran for espionage, but there is no clear indication of a wider prisoner swap deal with the US government. Al-Monitor Staff Ex-Tehran mayor's murder case stirs infighting among Reformists Full Feed urn:uuid:7f15a64d-b4f8-99cd-f8cc-0bd9213dafe0 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:44:00 -0500 Confession to murder by Tehran's ex-mayor was perhaps the last thing Iran's already troubled Reform Movement needed ahead of key parliamentary polls next year. Saeid Jafari Istanbul mayoral candidates to debate in rare TV face-off Full Feed urn:uuid:2fff2105-e1ca-8909-5ce2-e898657d9016 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:31:00 -0500 Turkey will have its first major political debate since 2002 as the ruling party takes extraordinary measures ahead of the second vote for Istanbul mayor. Diego Cupolo Iran’s concert tax infuriates artists, music fans Full Feed urn:uuid:b179fe70-e854-ad48-0764-19e5d0cdedce Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:55:00 -0500 Iran’s musicians worry that a new tax that chips away 10% of concert revenues would deliver a blow to their stage performances. Maziar Motamedi Egypt's parliament considering banking system draft law Full Feed urn:uuid:160b6a35-b047-04ab-29a6-07c3bd57907b Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:41:00 -0500 Egypt’s new Central Bank of Egypt draft law could raise the minimum capital requirement for banks tenfold. Mohamed Saied Pentagon official says 'campaign' of Iranian threats caused US Middle East surge Full Feed urn:uuid:89a5a3c1-6a83-692e-5a2a-5a68813d3831 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:40:00 -0500 A “campaign” of Iranian threats against US and allied forces pushed the Pentagon to send fresh troops and weapons to the Middle East last month, a top Defense Department international policy official said at an Al-Monitor breakfast today. Jack Detsch Turkey becomes new dump for global plastic waste Full Feed urn:uuid:05cb574b-d555-14c3-9c9f-00ce4e6bfe70 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:37:00 -0500 Due to lax regulations, plastic scrap imports to Turkey have skyrocketed since 2018; why is the AKP letting the country turn into a global wastebasket? Pinar Tremblay Summer could be 'hot' in Palestine, PM warns Full Feed urn:uuid:174c3d31-10b3-b2df-2671-1735ce92ac46 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 04:05:00 -0500 Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has warned that this summer could be a “hot” one, but it is unclear whether Israel or the United States will take steps to keep temperatures down. Daoud Kuttab West Bank dash cams aim to cut accidents, improve driving Full Feed urn:uuid:279d0919-49bb-4429-3702-19c02257cf3f Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:50:00 -0500 The Palestinian Ministry of Transportation is equipping road safety patrol vehicles with cameras to monitor traffic in an attempt to reduce accidents. Ahmad Melhem Ex-FSA fighters recruited by Damascus to fight opposition in northern Syria Full Feed urn:uuid:6e846efb-63d6-df27-5cbd-6760bc53ee5a Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:23:00 -0500 Syrian government forces are resorting to former Free Syrian Army fighters who reached reconciliation agreements with the regime, in its offensive in northern Syria. Khaled al-Khateb Despite US pressure, expect regional players to phone in Manama meeting Full Feed urn:uuid:c097badc-790c-2ca9-ade3-7b26de4e820a Wed, 06 Nov 2019 02:57:00 -0500 Several regional states will show up for the US-led conference in Bahrain, but none of them really believes it will promote Middle East peace. Shlomi Eldar Egypt, Turkey a love-hate relationship Full Feed urn:uuid:894d5781-f93e-c26a-7a2d-2128c3f62f48 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 02:19:00 -0500 The implementation period by Egypt of its Free Trade Agreement with Turkey ends in 2020 in light of a political apathy between the two countries. Rami Galal Egyptian-Turkish trade: A love-hate relationship Full Feed urn:uuid:ddb3a6ab-9850-3779-c8f6-9ac37a27d687 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 02:19:00 -0500 Egypt's free trade agreement with Turkey ends in 2020, but it is unclear whether it will be renewed in light of the political antipathy between the two countries' leaders. Rami Galal Who will benefit from Qatar’s asylum law? Full Feed urn:uuid:3affe42e-42b6-c735-e81e-8b52287c3f4b Wed, 06 Nov 2019 01:34:00 -0500 Although the Qatari-Egyptian ties have been strained since the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, Qatar’s asylum law was followed with a ministerial decision that would not only protect Egyptian fugitives, but also ease their financial burden. Ahmed Ramadan Barzani cousins assume top posts in Iraqi Kurdistan Full Feed urn:uuid:85bf381b-e7b5-ec80-31b2-e44521e6e0bc Wed, 06 Nov 2019 01:04:00 -0500 The new president and prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region have been sworn into office. Dana Taib Menmy Female entrepreneurs fight crisis by reviving heritage Full Feed urn:uuid:7ecea7dc-cd6b-09dc-0e73-e7c679af3413 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:39:00 -0500 Female entrepreneurs from Iraq, Palestine and Egypt show that hardship does not always impede creativity, particularly when you build on your country's artistic heritage. Youssra el-Sharkawy Can Russia plug through US sanctions to reconstruct Syria? Full Feed urn:uuid:f1fcddb1-b4de-21c7-a759-a4bf7b4aa7b9 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:19:00 -0400 Russia seeks to work around US sanctions to help reconstruct Syria, but some of Damascus' own policies may be unhelpful in this endeavor. Ruslan Mamedov Ankara plays down US ultimatum on S-400 Full Feed urn:uuid:58114019-5ae1-c534-83df-716876e2a8a8 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 14:29:00 -0400 Despite the US announcement that Ankara will be excluded from the F-35 fighter jet program if it goes ahead with its purchase of a Russian missile system, Turkish officials continue to behave as if Washington is bluffing. Jasper Mortimer Trump leaves Congress in dark on Mideast deployment to counter Iran Full Feed urn:uuid:9eeef421-ad93-e85b-97c2-02bad3156a41 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 13:42:00 -0400 The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says Congress has yet to hear back from the Donald Trump administration on how long a fresh rotation of troops, ships and planes sent to counter Iran will remain in the Middle East. Jack Detsch US policy faces blind spots on China, Middle East Full Feed urn:uuid:2ce3a208-c735-fc92-2f9c-2fa8a9d1b807 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 13:02:00 -0400 The effects of US trade policy toward China may strike a blow on global markets and possibly affect US national security. Karen Young Tempered hopes for US-Iran breakthrough as Japan’s Abe travels to Iran Full Feed urn:uuid:ebea18e6-c0d4-3037-00d7-66bd1faf6ab8 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 12:37:00 -0400 Though President Donald Trump has encouraged the visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has limited room to maneuver as he visits Iran this week to try to advance US-Iran dialogue. Laura Rozen Iran focuses on political solution while keeping military option open in Syria Full Feed urn:uuid:c99c749b-beb4-bba8-3254-e72d5ffc0f04 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 10:32:00 -0400 While Iran’s plan to overcome the current challenges in Syria focuses on diplomatic and political measures, Tehran is preparing for all scenarios, including military escalation. Hamidreza Azizi German FM arrives in Iran as race to save nuclear deal continues Full Feed urn:uuid:aacdcd6a-d433-6f29-79b1-32605710742c Sun, 06 Oct 2019 10:15:00 -0400 German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Tehran to discuss ways to reduce tensions between Iran and the United States. Al-Monitor Staff Why interim government supports Hifter in Libya Full Feed urn:uuid:4642ad4e-b76b-5d13-77b5-9cdcadc60841 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:15:00 -0400 In an interview with Al-Monitor, the foreign minister of the interim Libyan government, Abdul Hadi al-Hweij, discusses what he sees as the international community’s perplexing stances toward Libyan groupings in addition to speaking about the battle for Tripoli and other developments in the Libyan arena. George Mikhail Will Tunisian prime minister resign or run for president? Full Feed urn:uuid:4fdf170a-cc68-88ff-b29f-f80c83bc2e05 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 07:41:00 -0400 Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has been elected head of Tahya Tounes, which has sparked fears among political circles that he might use his post to serve party interests. Amel al-Hilali Lebanon university strike threatens students’ futures Full Feed urn:uuid:f2b92d38-06f9-ed4f-d3dd-b7f01d96d512 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 07:32:00 -0400 As the Lebanese parliament is considering austerity measures that would see public wages slashed, the Lebanese University continues its open-ended strike, with students missing classes for weeks now. Nicholas Frakes Egypt’s electricity deal with Cyprus, Greece brightens energy outlook Full Feed urn:uuid:5bbb554c-717b-19f6-fc30-3a09551dae28 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 07:27:00 -0400 Egypt has signed an agreement with Cyprus and Greece to build undersea electrical cables allowing it to export electricity to Europe. Menna A. Farouk Under US plan, Palestinian refugees will still be refugees Full Feed urn:uuid:0eeca3b7-1127-baaf-b0b8-3a107ea0239d Sun, 06 Oct 2019 07:18:00 -0400 There is word that the United States wants to improve Palestinians refugees' living conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, but Palestinians fear the measure is an attempt to merely paint over the real issue: the refugees' right to return to their homeland. Adnan Abu Amer Turkey’s risky route in Idlib Full Feed urn:uuid:7853c5c2-55fe-dcaf-1537-a6ee1124f698 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 06:40:00 -0400 Turkey is struggling to maintain a balance with Russia as it takes action to block the Syrian army at Idlib. Fehim Tastekin Construction sector in Gaza under pressure Full Feed urn:uuid:4f3b6c32-7e68-5470-611f-0f390d202685 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 06:09:00 -0400 The Israeli siege and the deteriorating economic situation in the Gaza Strip have forced dozens of construction companies to shut down and relocate to the West Bank or neighboring countries. Ahmed el-Komi As Iran stirs worries, Sisi sets vision for Arab security Full Feed urn:uuid:ce3375a8-eefe-874d-a2f8-c82f7f9db8d0 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 05:48:00 -0400 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offers a plan to achieve Arab security and counter threats to the Arab region, to avoid war with Iran. Hagar Hosny Lebanese mountaineer speaks up for women, children from Everest summit Full Feed urn:uuid:716262f2-3554-6467-a90d-c27472e4a8cb Fri, 06 Sep 2019 11:33:00 -0400 Joyce Azzam became the first Lebanese woman to complete the Seven Summits challenge by climbing Mount Everest, and now she's going back to clean it up and set an example for others. Sam Brennan