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Syria ceasefire hinges on genuine dialogue: Steinmeier
Feb27

Syria ceasefire hinges on genuine dialogue: Steinmeier

The future of the ceasefire in Syria hinges on a genuine dialogue advancing the political process in the war-ravaged country, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier warned [27 February 2016]. Speaking to Welt on Sonntag newspaper on 27 February, Steinmeier said, “Thousands of Syrians were still sceptical when they emerged from the protection of the bunkers and ruins last night. For the first time in many years, they...

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Amnesty sees rights in retreat worldwide
Feb24

Amnesty sees rights in retreat worldwide

The world is experiencing a global assault on fundamental rights and everyone can consider their rights to be in jeopardy, advocacy group  Amnesty International said [24 February 2016]. In its Annual Report for 2015 to 2016, the campaign group said many governments across a wide geographical spectrum have brazenly broken international law and are deliberately undermining institutions meant to protect people’s rights. Nor is the threat...

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West weighs risks in Iran-Saudi escalation
Jan03

West weighs risks in Iran-Saudi escalation

As the West, Europe in particular, weighs the risks emerging from the diplomatic escalation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the possibility of an actual—armed—confrontation between the two countries is among the spectres that seem increasingly hard to dispel. Saudi Arabia is already bogged down militarily in Yemen, along with some of the more enthusiastic partners in its coalition, and has faced charges of crimes against humanity. The...

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Syria’s rebellious women say it on film
Nov16

Syria’s rebellious women say it on film

“I do not regret anything; I would do the same again.” This is what Zein, one of the main figures in the film, Syria´s Rebellious Women, said when she was asked by the audience at a recent London showing of the documentary, writes Irene Belert. Zein, as other women activists depicted in the film, still remain in the rebel-held part of Syria where everyday life is a constant and complicated challenge. Four of the women represent that...

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UK reviewing Muslim Brotherhood status: Cameron
Nov05

UK reviewing Muslim Brotherhood status: Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron said today [5 November 2015] the UK is urgently reviewing the status of Muslim Brotherhood and will publish its decision later this year. Cameron spoke to the news media while welcoming Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at Number 10 Downing Street. Asked when Britain would review its policy toward Muslim Brotherhood, described by the reporter as “the mother of all terroristic...

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Tunisia Nobel Peace Prize: Timely, well deserved
Oct10

Tunisia Nobel Peace Prize: Timely, well deserved

The Nobel Peace Prize going to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet is timely and well-deserved, as international reaction indicates, unlike some previous awards criticised as being premature or wholly undeserved. Kaci Kullmann Five, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, announced the winner at a ceremony in Oslo. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in a statement “warmly” congratulated the...

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