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The Middle East Crack-Up

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The Middle East Crack-Up

THE horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to a tectonic shift in the Middle East. Almost 100 years after World War I, the regional state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire is unraveling. The contemporary map of the Middle East...

Palestine

THE situation in the Palestinian territories has progressively deteriorated since Benyamin Netanyahu's extreme right Likud Party-led coalition came to power for the third time in March 2013. The main reason for the sufferings of the Palestinians can be summed up under two headings -- disunity among the different factions of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and mounting discord among the members of the League of Arab States (LAS) over major issues, including Palestine. PLO is the umbrella organisation bringing together at least...

Israel 'spied on Kerry'

Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported yesterday. The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry's conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States. Kerry regularly spoke by telephone with high-ranking officials throughout the Middle East during the negotiations...

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

Can there be peace?

Can there be peace?

THAT'S the 24 million dollar question staring in the eye for President Abbas, Premier Netanyahu and the world at large today. There are those in the Middle East who believe that the Palestinian cause is a lost cause. This is a notion that is shared by many beyond the Middle East and the...

Editorial

Remittances take a dip

WITH troubles continuing to brew in the Middle East, which happens to be by far the largest destination for our expatriate workers, that the country has experienced a fall in inward remittances does not come as a total surprise. Needless to say it has policymakers worried. From data published by the Bangladesh Bank, we understand that remittances recorded during 2013-14 were down by approximately 1.6 per cent. This could not have come at a worse time, especially since the...

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Organising Middle East peace

Organising Middle East peace

IN Bertolt Brecht's great anti-war play, Mother Courage and Her Children, one of the characters says: “You know what the trouble with peace is? No organisation.” The play is set during Europe's Thirty Years' War, which devastated Europe in the first half of the seventeenth century, ending only with the Peace of Westphalia in...

American involvement in Iraq: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

American involvement in Iraq: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

LOOKS like America has got itself into a very sticky situation. No matter how hard it tries to stay away from what seems like a brewing civil war in Iraq, it cannot just turn a deaf ear to the formal request made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nourie Al-Maliki for American assistance. On one...

Horse jockeys at home

Horse jockeys at home

When using children as camel jockeys is finally being stopped in the Middle East, young children are being used in horse racing in Jhalakathi and its neighbouring districts. Kids as young as five are being recruited in the risky job of horse jockeys. Poverty forces families to send these minors to work where they are...

YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

A US appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube...

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