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Tony Blair, the World Bank, and Egypt Walk Into a Bar…

Jack Shenker is a very brave man. Having relocated to Cairo in 2008 to work there as a journalist, by January of 2011 he found himself well positioned to cover the popular uprisings that, for a time, were the focus of the world’s attention. Equipped with good sources among Egypt’s young revolutionaries and a sense of daring that seems to ...

Hamas leader praises Egypt after Gaza return

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya returned to Gaza Friday after five months abroad, an AFP reporter said, praising improving ties with neighbours Egypt. Haniya, Gaza head of the Islamist movement, left in September to perform the Muslim hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, returning via Gulf countries and Egypt, where he sought to mend frayed relations. “The movement’s delegation completed a successful ...

Fear in interrogation room, death in the street: Iraq roots out Islamic State leftright 8/8leftright

The boy’s fear was palpable as Iraqi soldiers brought him blindfolded before an intelligence officer in a house on the northern edge of Mosul. “How long were you with Daesh (Islamic State)?” colonel Amer al-Fatlawi asked the boy in front of him. “Twenty days, sir,” replied the 17-year old submissively. The boy appeared harmless, but Fatlawi, the head of intelligence ...

Western navies said planning major drill off coast of Iran

Exercise “Unified Trident,” which will reportedly involve a simulation of a confrontation with Iran, is intended to “enhance mutual capabilities, improve tactical proficiency and strengthen partnerships in ensuring the free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation,” according to US Naval Forces Central Command. It will be held near the coast of Bahrain by Combined Task Force 50, and will ...

‘Australia first’ is opportunism – and politicians should be careful where it leads

Donald Trump’s “America first” inaugural speech found strange echoes in Australia this week. After the newly sworn-in president had pissed on his government’s chips by killing off the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Scott Morrison promised to pursue an “Australia first” economic policy. It was difficult to tell how his prescriptions differed from the longstanding orthodoxies held by both major parties in recent ...

US officials visit Manus Island as Australia’s refugee deal set to proceed

The deal to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore detention islands to the US appears to be proceeding in the early days of the Trump administration, with US officials visiting Manus Island to speak to refugees. A US official, accompanied by Australian immigration officers, visited the detention centre on Friday – just hours before Trump’s inauguration – and told refugees that ...

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran and Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

President Donald Trump spoke Sunday by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about ways to strengthen relations between their two countries and “threats posed by Iran,” according to the White House. Mr. Netanyahu’s office described the conversation as “very warm” and Mr. Trump invited the prime minister to come to Washington to meet sometime in February. Relations between Israel ...

Four more bodies found in rubble of collapsed building in Iran

Iranian rescuers have recovered four bodies from the rubble of a high-rise building in Tehran that collapsed last week after a fire, bringing the death toll to at least seven, with more than 20 people still missing, state television reported on Monday. “Four bodies were found and turned over to the coroner’s office for identification,” Esmail Farahani, deputy head of ...

Egypt 1 Uganda 0: Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny tastes AFCON 2017 success

Substitute Abdallah El Said struck an 89th-minute winner to seal a 1-0 victory over Uganda and boost Egypt’s hopes of reaching the African Nations Cup knockout stages. El Said’s effort means Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and his team-mates will head into Wednesday’s final Group D clash with already-qualified Ghana needing just a point to progress, while Uganda are eliminated. Egypt made ...

AS BLACK OR WHITE PEOPLE,WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING?

KALAHAN DENG You do not know a person by his/her name only, but by the life he/she influenced others either by good examples or by a cunning way. But Martin Luther King was known as the most influential,eloquent,and brightest speaker in American and global society.As a result, those who hated justice could not stand or defeated him, except by killing ...

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