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Kerry: Trump’s decision against Iran ‘dangerous’

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Former US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday warned that turning Iran’s nuclear deal to Congress would be “dangerous”, noting the collapse of the deal would turn the world in to a much more dangerous place, Arab48 reported. Last month, US President Donald Trump refused to recognise that Iran had fulfilled its part in the nuclear deal it signed with world powers. He did not cancel it, as he had threatened, but passed it to Congress for amendments. “It is important to note the simple things, the Iran nuclear deal is working, it is doing precisely what it was set up to do. President Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran deal made no reference to any fact whatsoever,” Kerry […]

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Protests force deputy Israel FM to cancel Princeton talk

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A planned talk by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was cancelled by the Hillel Centre for Jewish Life at Princeton University, following a petition by progressive activists on campus. Following Hillel’s withdrawal, the talk went ahead after the Princeton Chabad stepped in and agreed to host the controversial senior diplomat. Hotovely is currently touring US campuses in order “to combat the growing influence of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement (BDS) in American universities”. Hotovely’s visit was opposed by a student group called the Alliance of Jewish Progressives, who organised a petition against the deputy minister on the basis of her opposition on Palestinian statehood and support for West Bank settlements. Read: Growing number of hip-hop artists cancel gigs in […]

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Fatah faced US pressure to undermine reconciliation

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A senior member of Fatah’s Central Committee has revealed that the Palestinian Authority and Fatah itself faced pressure from the US to undermine the reconciliation deal with Hamas last month, Quds News reported on Monday. Azzam Al-Ahmad told a conference in Amman that the first phase of implementing the reconciliation would end by 1 December. He noted that this phase included the “successful” handover of control at the border crossings. There were a few problems in the handover of the education ministry and the Palestinian Environment Authority, he added, but these were sorted out immediately. The Fatah official stressed the importance of Hamas being part of the Palestinian national movement regardless of its own principles. Furthermore, said Al-Ahmad, the government […]

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Egypt: We will continue efforts to resume Palestine-Israel peace talks

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt’s coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation issue and ways to revive the peace process in the Middle East, the Egyptian presidency announced. Presidency spokesperson, Bassam Rady, said that the two presidents discussed ways to revive the peace talks between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel and the importance of continuing the reconciliation process. “Egypt will continue its efforts to resume the peace talks between the PA and Israel until reaching a just and comprehensive solution that ensures the Palestinians’ right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Al-Sisi said, as quoted by Rady. “This solution […]

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Egyptian security forces block ex-presidential candidate’s press conference

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egyptian security forces have blocked a press conference by former presidential candidate Khalid Ali, Masralarabia.com has reported. Security officers raided the printer who had prepared the documents for the lawyer’s press conference scheduled to be held on Monday, in which he was expected to discuss the election. “A few minutes ago, the security forces confiscated some of my papers and destroyed the remainder in a pre-emptive measure to undermine my proposed press conference,” Ali wrote on Facebook. “This confirms that the country does not accept any new vision which is alternative to the current poverty and authoritarian regime.” He insisted that the pre-emptive raid would not stop him from holding the press conference on time. “I stress that confiscating and […]

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‘Hamas no longer responsible for Gaza residents’

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook said on Monday that his movement is no longer responsible for the residents of the Gaza Strip, Quds Net News has reported. He called for the Palestinian factions to put pressure on the Government of National Accord to carry out its duty and fulfil its responsibilities in the besieged enclave. Abu Marzook said that Hamas had smoothly and unconditionally handed over the territory in the hope that the leader of the rival Fatah movement, President Mahmoud Abbas, can afford to provide what Gaza’s Palestinian population need. “Only then,” he stressed, “will we be able to say with credibility that we have put the internal division behind us forever.” Insisting that “the enemy does not […]

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Official: Iran suspends participation in Umrah

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organisation, Hamid Mohammadi said yesterday that citizens of his country will not participate in the performance of Umrah this year, citing political reasons and the lack of the necessary arrangements. “The Iranians cannot be sent to perform the Umrah ritual this year because of the lack of political communication between Tehran and Riyadh,” Mohammadi was quoted as saying. “The resumption of Iranians’ participation in the performance of Umrah needs special mechanisms,” he added. Discussions will take place between Iran and Saudi Arabia regarding the resumption of performing the Islamic rite. Read: Pakistan’s military chief visits Tehran amidst Saudi-Iran tension The official pointed out that the negotiations with Saudi Arabia this year dealt only with the […]

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Algerians obsessed with having a “male” child

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

According to established science, a foetus’ gender is determined at conception by chromosome carried by the male’s sperm. However, this message has clearly not sunken in for many fathers of daughters in Algeria. According to some men, it is their wives that is cause. In fact, many men become so disgruntled that they may seek divorce or marry a second wife. This is the height of injustice and patriarchy. A woman in Ein Bassam (governorate of Bouira) recently reported that this happened to her, while speaking in a court. She recounted details of her life to the judge after her husband refused to pay for food to her six daughters. “My husband divorced me more than a year ago because […]

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Saudi purge takes kingdom into unpredictable new era

November 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The wave of arrests and ministerial changes in Saudi Arabia at the weekend has fundamentally transformed the structure of the state as it has existed since the 1960s. Saudi Arabia has practised a form of collective leadership since the death of the founder King Abdulazziz in 1953 and especially since the abdication of his son King Saud in 1964. The crown has descended among the younger sons of Abdulazziz, with each son and his family tending to control one element of the state. Prince Faisal and then his son controlled the foreign ministry for decades. Prince Sultan controlled the defence ministry; Prince Nayef, the interior ministry and security forces. Prince Abdullah controlled the National Guard, a well-armed militia recruited from […]

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Saudi imposes travel bans, arrests prominent businessman

November 6, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A top entrepreneur was reportedly held today in the biggest anti-corruption purge of the Kingdom’s affluent elite in its modern history. Nasser Bin Aqeel Al-Tayyar, a board member at one of the country’s largest travel agencies, was detained as part of a campaign of mass arrests of Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and businessmen. The arrests are the latest in a series of dramatic steps by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to assert Saudi influence internationally and centralise his own power within a hereditary ruling system at home. The campaign also lengthens an already daunting list of challenges undertaken by the 32-year-old since his father, King Salman, ascended the throne in 2015, including going to war in Yemen, cranking up Riyadh’s […]

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