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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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London conference aims to counter apathy to war on Yemen
Aug16

London conference aims to counter apathy to war on Yemen

A coalition of non-government organisations active in Yemen and outside the embattled country will meet in London 20-21 August 2016 to counter a lack of international diplomatic and news media response to the continuing deaths and displacement of innocent civilians in the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab and non-Arab forces in a military operation it argues is a response to military operations that Riyadh...

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Yemen war crimes warrant a moratorium on arms sales: Amnesty
Oct07

Yemen war crimes warrant a moratorium on arms sales: Amnesty

Amnesty International campaign group called [7 October 2015] for an immediate suspension of arms transfers to the Saudi-led coalition and accountability for war crimes. Analysts told The Middle East in Europe they believe the campaign group’s impassioned appeal conflicts directly with major European powers’ business interests in the region, which have burgeoned with recent sales worth billions of dollars of arms, equipment...

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WHO teams attacked in conflict zones
Aug14

WHO teams attacked in conflict zones

WHO teams continue to come under attack even as the organisation’s facilities suffer in conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Yemen and elsewhere, WHO data show. Ahead of international events marking World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2015, the Geneva-based UN body called for greater protection for health emergency workers. In Yemen alone, five health workers were killed and 14 injured in June this year. Ahead of the World...

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Saudi Arabia borrows more as fiscal, security problems multiply
Aug07

Saudi Arabia borrows more as fiscal, security problems multiply

Saudi Arabia is borrowing more from international markets to meet fiscal shortfalls caused by the halving of the crude oil price, additional unbudgeted expenses prosecuting the war on Yemen and enhanced security needs. In July the kingdom issued its first sovereign bonds since 2007 to raise about $4 billion from local banks. It’s also been dipping into sovereign fund reserves and now plans to raise another $27 billion, a figure...

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