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With the world distracted, Islamic State readies for a resurgence in Syria

Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems afoot, writes Sam Hamad. Though many took Trump's  triumphalist hyperbole on his administration's victory over the Islamic State group (IS) last year with a pinch of salt, the status of the group in Syria has slipped almost
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Syria's White Helmets awarded funds to produce coronavirus prevention equipment

The award-winning NGO will produce millions of pieces of personal protective equipment to protect volunteers, healthcare workers and displaced Syrians from Covid-19. Syria 's Nobel Prize-nominated White Helmets have received more than $1 million in funding to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment  (PPE). The Syria Civil Defence , a volunteer first responder organisation popularly known
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The world’s most powerful passports for 2021

Japan is top of the list Japan holds the top spot for 2020. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images The unstoppable UAE ‘Every person for themself’ The best passports to hold in 2021 are: 1. Japan (191 destinations) 2. Singapore (190) 3. South Korea, Germany (189) 4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188) 5. Denmark, Austria (187) 6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186) 7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway,
| Travel, coronavirus, pandemic |

History whispers to blockading Arab states as GCC rift is resolved

Comment: As blockading states agree to end their irrational boycott of of Qatar, Rami Khouri highlights how diplomacy and statecraft also helped preserve the ancient Nabataean Arab Kingdom. This week's agreement to end the boycott  of Qatar by four Arab countries is important and historic, and reflects a striking combination of old ways and new realities in
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Understanding U.S wars, ISIS and Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Islam Times: while the ISIS was having field days destroying and taking over different towns and villages in Iraq and Syria, with the active support of the US and Israel, that General Qassim Soleimani emerged from the blues, when hope was almost lost by the people of Syria and Iraq, and with divine strength and support, he deteated the proxy
| The martyr of Quds |

In pictures: The Middle East bids farewell to 2020

Here's our look at how the region said farewell to a year of change and challenges. The past year presented the world with challenges unseen for generations. As fireworks displays lit up the skies of cities across the Middle East on Thursday evening, some celebrated while others braced and reflected on a year of change and challenges. For those in
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Ankara seeks normalisation with EU in 2021: Turkish official

Ankara wants to mend its strained relations with the European Union this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Kaymakci said. Turkey hopes to normalise its strained relations with the European Union in 2021, the country's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday. Ankara expects "dialogue and engagement with no conditions" from the EU, explained Faruk Kaymakci. "2021 can
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In Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestinian territories: Refugee camps contain the hidden victims of Covid-19

The pandemic has confounded an already confused and complex picture. Thankfully, there is no need to speculate about this, as the ample research conducted by international human rights groups can help us appreciate the enormity of the challenge at hand. This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
| Displaced and Refugees, Epidemics, Health Care |

Democracies Don’t Start Wars. But Democrats Do

Islam Times - It may have been President Bill Clinton who once justified his wrecking of the Balkans by observing that liberal interventionism to bring about regime change is a good thing because “Democracies don’t start wars with other democracies.” Or it might have been George W. Bush talking about Iraq or even Barack Obama justifying his destruction of Libya
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Why rumours of a Biden-Erdogan showdown are greatly exaggerated

Analysis: Despite assumptions that Biden will pursue a more aggressive policy towards Turkey, Ankara could re-emerge as an invaluable ally for the new administration. The recent and long-expected US decision to sanction Turkey over its Russian S-400 missile system purchase under the CAATSA law has once again fuelled debate about what's next for US-Turkish relations.  The US decision to sanction
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Failure to realise Yemen's political reality prolongs the conflict and crisis

With both sides blaming the other for the failure to fulfil their obligations under the agreement, it is evident that the Sanaa-based de facto government has been gaining the upper hand politically and militarily despite the huge foreign support that the Hadi government and STC receive from their respective patrons. The NSG is resisting the notion that Yemen is Saudi
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In memoriam: UN Resolution 194

51 per cent of Palestinians live outside Palestine, and are prevented from returning. 49 per cent of the Palestinians live in occupied Palestine. 43 per cent of the total Palestinian population inside historic Palestine are refugees. 2 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); thousands remain unregistered with the agency. 7 per cent of
| Article, International Organisations, Israel |

UAE claims new visa suspensions 'temporary coronavirus measure'

The UAE Foreign Minister told his Pakistani counterpart that the travel visa suspensions were 'temporary'. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said that visa restrictions rolled out by the Emirates last month are only a 'temporary' measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The state-run WAM agency cited bin Zayed saying
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Syrian potter preserves family's 450-year-old craft

85-year-old Syrian potter of Armenian origin, Misak Antranik Petros uses an ancient pottery wheel to throw different shapes from clay. Inside a dusty and dark workshop on the banks of the Jaghjagh river in northeast Syria , Misak Antranik Petros uses an ancient pottery wheel to throw different shapes from clay.
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Biggest issue with US is its support to YPG, not S-400s: Defense minister

The biggest problem between Turkey and the United States is the latter’s continued support to the YPG in eastern Syria, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said, calling on its NATO ally to revise its decision to impose sanctions on the Turkish defense industry body over the acquisition of the Russian S-400 systems.
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Syria approves over 40 new trade agreements with Russia

Syria's Assad regime has approved dozens of projects with Russia under a new economic pact expected to be ratified before the end of the year. The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has reportedly approved a new set of bilateral agreements with Russia to expand economic ties between the allied countries. Proposed in Damascus last September by
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Syria Stresses Sovereign Right in Golan, Calls for The End Of ‘Israeli’ Occupation

Islam Times - Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, reiterated that Syria calls on the UN to take urgent measures to put its resolutions into force and end the ‘Israeli’ occupation of the Arab territories, affirming that Syria’s sovereign right on the occupied Golan Heights is non-negotiable, inalienable and can’t be prescribed.
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Can Post-Trump US Stay In Eastern Syria?

Islam Times - While only 50 days separate Trump from evacuating the White House for next president, one of the main foreign policy matters of the US currently is the implementation of Trump’s “doctrine of withdrawal”, he promised during his campaign speeches. During his 2016 addresses, Donald Trump vowed to end the “endless” and resultless US wars and bring home
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Reform family Muslim & customary laws in Sudan

2. Legal reforms and development Sound legal frameworks are prerequisites for economic growth and social development. The process through which laws and regulations are conceptualized, drafted, enacted, publicized and enforced is the foundation of a society governed by the rule of law. Legal reform is an ongoing and incremental process that involves the executive and legislative branches, law reform commissions, non-governmental
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Qatar to host FIFA Arab Cup in 2021

Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, will be the venue of a special 22-team Arab Cup next year. Qatar will host a 22-team football tournament for Arab nations next year, FIFA announced on Wednesday, in preparation for the 2022 World Cup . Speaking from the  Lusail Stadium in Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the first-of-its-kind tournament will be
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How Assad clawed his way to becoming the lone Arab Spring survivor

Ten years on Syria's Bashar Al-Assad defied the odds, surviving international isolation and temporary loss of two thirds of the national territory to claw his way back into relevance. When the Arab revolts that were sweeping the region and toppling autocrats like dominoes reached Syria, Bashar al-Assad' s days at the helm looked numbered.
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The reactionary alliance between Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Cairo

The rapprochement between the three states was evident in the nature of Arab trade deals, especially the UAE's purchase of Russian weapons, as well as in NATO's cooperation in various regional arenas. This includes Syria, with the support of Abu Dhabi and Cairo as the pawns moved by Moscow. In Yemen, meanwhile, Moscow's support for the Houthis has shifted to
| Africa, Article, Egypt |

Sudan to host Russian military base

MOSCOW — Russia will establish a naval logistic center and repair yard in Sudan under a new agreement signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Nov. 6 but just made public this week. According to the agreement’s text, the naval logistics center will host up to 300 people. This figure includes both naval service members and civilian personnel. The base
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Retiring Syria envoy says he hid US troop numbers from Trump

Soon-to-be former Syria envoy for the US, James Jeffrey has admitted that he and his team routinely misled Donald Trump about the number of US troops in Syria. James Jeffrey , who oversaw the Trump administration's policies on Syria and the Islamic State and has announced his intention to retire, has revealed that his team misled
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Turkey's Erdogan stays silent as world leaders congratulate Biden

The Turkish president has yet to follow suit with other world leaders by congratulating Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Turkey 's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has yet to join a chorus of world leaders congratulating Joe Biden on his victory in the US election. While leaders from Canada , the United Kingdom, the
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Arab leaders congratulate Biden, Harris on US presidential election win

Leaders of the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Libya congratulated Biden, while Saudi Arabia and Syria have not yet released statements. Leaders of the Arab world congratulated US presidential election winner Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over the weekend, after the presidential race was officially
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Syria’s representative to UN: ‘Damascus did not use chemical weapons and does not possess them anymore’

He continued: “Syria is currently hosting a delegation of experts and inspectors who arrived two days ago and will stay until 24 November. The Syrian authorities are fully cooperating with the organisation and ensuring the protection, security, and safety of the delegation while granting the inspectors unrestricted access to all the facilities they want to inspect.”
| International Organisations, Middle East, News |

US solidifies sanctions against Iran oil before election

Trump's administration slapped fresh sanctions on Iran's oil sector including over sales to Syria and Venezuela, reducing Joe Biden's room for maneuver if he wins next week's election. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday slapped fresh sanctions on Iran's oil sector including over sales to Syria and Venezuela, reducing Joe Biden's room for maneuver if he wins next
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The topics Sisi addressed during tripartite summit with Greek PM, Cypriot President

The following is an outline of some points from Sisi’s speech at the joint press conference with Cypriot and Greek officials, according to the President’s official Facebook page: Egypt has presented a successful model in strengthening tripartite cooperation, in accordance with international law and the provisions of the United Nations on maritime law. The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum has contributed
| Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Bassam Rady |

US Officials Make Efforts to Free US Citizens, Damascus Demands Full Withdrawal: WSJ

Islam Times - A senior White House official recently traveled to Damascus for secret talks with the Syrian administration, marking the first time such a high-level US official has met with Syrian officials in more than a decade, according to Trump administration officials and others familiar with the negotiations, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Shams Tabrizi, mentor of Rumi

September 28 named the Shams Day in the Iranian calendar commemorates the celebrated thinker Shams Tabrizi. He is known as the spiritual instructor and mentor of the Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273). Shams-i-Tabrīzī, Shams al-Din Mohammad, or Shams Tabrizi was born in Tabriz in 1186 and died in 1248 AD. His tomb is in the city of Khoy in
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Six Years later, remembering how Socialist Kurds and the US Air Force defeated the ISIS Siege of Kobani

“I like that when we kill them they lose their heaven. They are so scared of us! If we kill them they can’t go to heaven. It makes us laugh…. We make loud calls of happiness when we see them to let them know we are coming. That’s when they become cowards. I don’t know how many of them I’ve
| Barack Obama, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Kurds |

Recap of Recent Articles on Just Security (September 21-25)

Trump Can’t Lawfully Use Armed Forces to Sway the Election: Understanding the Legal Boundaries by Deana El-Mallawany, Christine Kwon ( @chrstnkwn ) and Rachel Homer Trapped in a Pandemic: Iran’s Political Prisoners Face COVID-19 Behind Bars by Tzvi Kahn ( @TzviKahn ) COVID-19, California’s Wildfires, and Reimagining “The Reserves” by Jordan Beauregard ( @JRBeauregard ) Access to Information During a
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The South China Sea: What’s Really at Issue

The Israeli Air Force conducted a second round of missiles strikes on Syria in less than a week. Late on September 2, Israeli warplanes launched missiles at the T4 airport in the province of Homs. According to Syria’s state media, the strikes were conducted from the direction of the US-controlled zone of al-Tanf on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Syrian pro-government sources
| China, Fascism, History |

Trump admits War Crime in Syria as Damascus Slams US ‘Oil Theft’

“As you know, in Syria we’re down to almost nothing, except we kept the oil. But we’ll work out some kind of a deal with the Kurds on that. But we left, but we kept the oil. And we left the border. We said Turkey and Syria can take care of their own border; we don’t have to do it.
| Donald Trump, Featured, Petroleum |

SA Mobile Giant MTN Exits Middle East to Focus on Africa

Focus on Africa Africa's largest mobile operator, and South African telecom giant MTN, announced Thursday it would pull out of the Middle East the medium term to concentrate on its pan-African strategy resolving to simplify its portfolio and exit its Middle Eastern assets in an orderly fashion. The group will scrap its interim dividend under a blueprint to navigate the
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Keeping pace with changing times and technology

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Iran to protest to UN Security Council on US threatening Iranian passenger plane in air

The Iranian Permanent Mission to the United Nations will protest to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres over US military jets threatening Iranian passenger plane in the Syrian air. Mahan Air passenger plane was on route to Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday night when it was threatened by two US military jets. The pilot of the Iranian plane says when
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U.S. fighter jets near Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace – pilot

Several passengers on an Iranian airline were injured on Thursday over Syria after the pilot changed altitude to avoid collision with a U.S. fighter jet, according to Iranian media, but the U.S. military said its F-15 was at a safe distance. The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to Beirut when the pilot staged a safety maneuver,
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A Khutbah For Kashmir

He was tested many times but he proved his steadfastness, resolve and dedication. He had a natural inclination to worship one God and dislike for idol worship from the very beginning of his conscious life. He broke idols into pieces instead of bowing down before them. He was thrown into a huge furnace of fire but came out unhurt because
| #Islam, Worship, Digital Rally for Kashmir |

Shamima Begum: Appeals Court Tells UK Government It Was Unlawful to Strip Citizenship of ISIS Child Bride

British citizen Shamima Begum, photographed in the Al Hawl camp in Syria in 2019, where captured ISIS brides and children were being held. She is holding her week-old son, who subsequently died. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues
| Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Children in Guantanamo |

Questions the Senate Should Ask State Legal Adviser Nominee CJ Mahoney

As one former Legal Adviser has explained , the role you have been nominated for entails not only providing counsel to the State Department, but also serving as “a conscience for the U.S. government with regard to international law.” If confirmed, will you ensure that the United States upholds its international legal obligations and that those obligations are taken into
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Araghchi: Iran skeptical of US intention in Afghan peace process

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said on Sunday that the US’ intentions in the Afghan peace process are doubtful. In a television interview with Afghanistan’s Tolonews, he said that Tehran is not opposed to peace in Afghanistan, but that what the US is doing with the Taliban is a deal with the group. Araghchi stressed that the peace process
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The Oil Price Crash and International Petro-Politics

The global oil market has entered uncharted territory. On Monday, the price of WTI crude, the US oil benchmark, went negative for the first time in history, closing at -$37 per barrel . What happened? And what does it mean for international petroleum politics? Two factors drove the oil price collapse: market fundamentals and the quirks of oil futures trading. Market fundamentals—oil supply
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Syria seals major shrine for Shi’ites pilgrims to stem virus

Syrian authorities on Thursday sealed a major Shi’ite shrine that is a magnet for tens of thousands of Iranian pilgrims whom medics and the U.N. officials warned their congregation puts the country at risk of a major spread of coronavirus. The move comes as the war-ravaged country steps up a lockdown to stem a major outbreak with a fragile
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The Fierce Urgency of Now – ECW Allocates $15M in Emergency Funds

The Education Cannot Wait Global Fund (ECW) allocates a total of US$15 million in an initial series of emergency grants for the rapid delivery of holistic education services to protect and support vulnerable children and youth hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 16 countries/emergency contexts. These girls and boys are already impacted by armed conflicts, forced displacement, natural disasters and
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The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran

Some wars are fought with bombs and bullets. These are the wars in Syria and Iraq, in Afghanistan and Yemen. Then there are quieter wars executed by drone. These cowardly wars also kill people, but not our people. These quieter wars accomplish what the more cacophonous wars accomplish without the public outcry and condemnation. Medical … Continue reading "The
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