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US-blacklisted Syrian businessman leads UAE-Syria investment forum – Middle East Eye

US-blacklisted Syrian businessman leads UAE-Syria investment forum – Middle East Eye

Mohammed Hamsho has been sanctioned by the US and European Union for his ties to the Assad government (Screengrab: Youtube) A Syrian businessman who has been sanctioned by the United States and the European Union has helped launch a forum in Abu Dhabi to encourage private sector investment in Syria.  Mohammed Hamsho, a Syrian businessman […]

Pompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East | TheHill – The Hill

Pompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East | TheHill – The Hill

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: US ‘absolutely not’ getting out of the Middle East Pompeo taking meeting about running for Kansas Senate seat: report Ex-US envoy in ISIS fight: ‘There’s no plan for what’s coming’ after US troop withdrawal in Syria MORE said Sunday that the United States is “absolutely not” getting […]

Retired Algerian general becomes first official presidential candidate – Middle East Eye

Retired Algerian general becomes first official presidential candidate – Middle East Eye

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika voting in local elections in 2017 (AFP/file photo) A retired Algerian general on Saturday became the first candidate to announce a run for president in April elections, as ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s intentions remain unknown.  Ali Ghediri, a former defence ministry personnel director, threw his hat into the ring after the […]

Afghan Taliban refuse to hold talks with U.S. in Pakistan – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News

Afghan Taliban refuse to hold talks with U.S. in Pakistan – The Jerusalem Post – Israel News

Share on facebook Share on twitter A member of the Taliban holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan June 16, 2018. The writing on the flag reads: ‘There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ISMAIL) X Dear Reader, As you can imagine, more people […]

Turkey deports journalist after receiving Dutch tip-off – Middle East Monitor

Turkey deports journalist after receiving Dutch tip-off – Middle East Monitor

Turkey has deported a journalist back to the Netherlands as a “precautionary measure” after receiving a tip-off from Dutch authorities that she was linked to designated terror groups in Syria. Johanna Cornelia Boersma, who worked as a freelance reporter for Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad, flew back to Dutch capital Amsterdam yesterday morning after being […]

Sudanese central bank to introduce new banknotes – Middle East Monitor

Sudanese central bank to introduce new banknotes – Middle East Monitor

Sudan’s central bank on Thursday announced plans to introduce several new categories of banknotes in February in hopes of easing an ongoing liquidity crisis. In a statement, bank head Mohamed Khair al-Zubayr said that new 100-Sudanese-pound banknotes (roughly equivalent to $2.10) would be made available early next month. READ: Sudan diplomats unpaid for 7 months Over […]

Strong Weather Front Brings Hail, Sandstorms to Middle East – TIME

Strong Weather Front Brings Hail, Sandstorms to Middle East – TIME

(CAIRO) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts. The winter’s first snow fell on the Syrian capital Damascus […]

Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East – Algemeiner

Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East – Algemeiner

Paz Hirschmann (L) and Sami Saadi (R), joint co-CEOs of Tsofen, at the Awarding Ceremony of the Abraham Fund Initiatives Shared Life Award, 2018. Photo: Abraham Fund Initiatives. “You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi, co-founder of Tsofen, an organization working to […]

The changing balance of power in the Middle East – AEI – American Enterprise Institute

The changing balance of power in the Middle East – AEI – American Enterprise Institute

In part one of his two-part analysis, Kenneth Pollack, the author of the recently-released Armies of Sand: The Past, Present and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness, discusses why the fundamental balance of power in the Middle East is changing.  You might think that the Middle East couldn’t get any worse.  Think again. For the last 50 years, […]

Best Of '18, Allen Toussaint, Folk, Golden Age, Middle East & Cool Covers – KMUW

Best Of '18, Allen Toussaint, Folk, Golden Age, Middle East & Cool Covers – KMUW

Monday, January 14 Global Village pays tribute to one of the giants of Crescent City music, Allen Toussaint, on his birthday. The program highlights music from his rare albums in the ‘70s to later projects, including the Grammy-nominated release, The River in Reverse, which he did with Elvis Costello. Plus New Orleans R&B classics he […]

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