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Banning boycotts of Israel will protect Britain’s national security, Government says

Banning boycotts of Israel will protect Britain's national security, Government says

The Government says it is banning public boycotts of Israeli goods because the practice undermines “community cohesion” and Britain’s “international security”. Ministers have now issued a so-called procurement policy note notifying public authorities that they would face “severe penalties” if they continue procurement boycotts on ethical grounds. The Government announced the policy on Monday and has now implemented it without …

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Saudi Arabia blocks UN aid ship bound for Yemen

Saudi Arabia blocks UN aid ship bound for Yemen

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) says Saudi Arabia has seized a ship carrying food for Yemen over “humanitarian IT equipment” and diverted it to its southwestern province of Jizan, Press TV reported. The WFP’s senior regional spokeswoman, Abeer Etefa, said the MV Mainport Cedar was diverted to Jizan last Thursday while it was traveling from Djibouti to an …

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Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Munitions

Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Munitions

Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. Cluster munitions pose long-term dangers to civilians and are prohibited by a 2008 treaty adopted by 116 countries, though not Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or the United States. Photographs, video, and other evidence …

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10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol

10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates. In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the migrant crisis, Europol’s chief of staff told the Observer that …

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Indian Thinkers: the division of Turkey is the next goal of the United States

Indian Thinkers: the division of Turkey is the next goal of the United States

In a conference on the evaluation of states sponsoring terrorism in West Asia, which was held in New Delhi at the invitation of Dr. Tasleem Ahmed Rahmani, participants debated about extremism and its adverse effects in the Muslim world. Political and academic figures notably Dr. Zafar Islam Khan, Abe Anu, Mojtaba Farouk, Qasim Rsoul and Dr. Tasnima Kausar, gave speeches …

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Economists criticize UK for ‘unacceptable’ refugee policy

Economists criticize UK for ‘unacceptable’ refugee policy

Over 120 economists have criticized the British government’s policy toward the recent refugee crisis in Europe, describing it as “seriously inadequate, morally unacceptable and economically wrong.” In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, published on Monday, the economists, including former United Nations and World Bank officials, said the UK government “can do far more” to settle the …

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Palestinians protest against UNRWA cuts in Beirut

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Hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon held a sit-in in front of the UN headquarters in Beirut today to protest the cuts in health services provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). They demanded the agency withdraw its decision. Demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and held signs in Arabic and English …

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The Swedish FM Has Been Unsparing in Criticizing Saudi Arabia, Israel and ISIS: Prof. Vijay Prashad

The Swedish FM Has Been Unsparing in Criticizing Saudi Arabia, Israel and ISIS: Prof. Vijay Prashad

By Kourosh Ziabari On January 12, the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called for an investigation into the “extrajudicial killing” of Palestinians by the Israeli forces. It’s said that at least 141 Palestinians have been assassinated by Israel since mid-September 2015. Israel maintains that these Palestinians were engaged in a campaign of incitement against its citizens and soldiers, stabbing or …

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Politically Inspired Execution of Dissidents Erode Popular Support for Saudi Arabia: Ian Williams

Ian-Williams

By Kourosh Ziabari As the sectarian tensions soar in the Middle East and the ISIS terrorists continue to wreak havoc on the people of Iraq and Syria, Saudi Arabia’s role in the deteriorating situation in the region has come under closer scrutiny. Saudi Arabia is involved in regional squabbles on different fronts: in March 2015, it embarked on a unilateral …

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