Armed men have stormed the Libyan parliament building in Tripoli and forced the parliamentary deputies to postpone the election of a new prime minister according to official sources. Continue reading
Sigird Kaag, the president for the Organisation to Remove Chemical Weapons in Syria, has stated that the Syrian government has given up 80% of its stockpile of chemical weapons.
The conflict in Syria, as well as continued violence in Iraq, has caused some to make a case for the redrawing of the Middle East map based on sectarian lines. In this opinion piece, Hiwa Osman makes the case for parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran to be divided into separate states for Sunnis, Shias and Kurds, and briefly discusses the internal political dynamics that would go into forming these new states.
The Turkish ambassador to Morocco and a Turkish researcher from Istanbul highlighted the strong historical, cultural and religious ties between the two countries during a talk given at Mohammed V University in Rabat.
A Syrian activist has accused “Zionist” soldiers from the IDF of fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s regime forces in Syria. Israelis can now be added to the list of alleged foreign forces on the ground in Syria. I wouldn’t take this report too seriously though…
Bahrain’s Crown Prince warns that America could lose its influence in the Arab world if it does not adjust its current foreign policy in the region. This, combined with Russian efforts in August to stop an American attack on Syria, is pushing Middle Eastern states to closer relations with Russia as an alternative to the US.
A delegation of about forty Egyptian politicians, members of the media and revolution youth are embarking on a diplomatic mission to Iran to discuss the current situation in Egypt, as well as push for good relations between Tehran and Arab Gulf States in the face of “American and Zionist conspiracies” for regional dominance.
Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian representatives will sign an agreement today in Washington to build a 180 km pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. The pipeline will transfer 100 cubic metres of water annually to save the rapidly shrinking Dead Sea from the effects of drought.
Egyptian professor of International Relations Tarek Fahmy claims that Israel has launched a media campaign through the “Zionist Lobby” in Washington DC to protect its interests in the Middle East. Fahmy cites Israel’s unease at prospects for closer US-Iran relations following the agreement reached last month between Iran and six world powers to halt uranium enrichment.
Egypt’s Coptic Christians living in the diaspora have sent a message to interim Egyptian president Adly Mansour demanding several actions to be taken in order to protect Copts in the country. The message was also sent to the European Union and the church in Egypt. Exact population figures of Copts living in Egypt are unknown. Copts have been increasingly persecuted by Islamist trends following the ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.