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Obama’s appalling decision seems to be one of his few policies that the Trump administration is - surprisingly - happy to carry on with. /AFP
September 25, 2018 - 10:26 GMT
Leaks have shown that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen after he was told withdrawing that support risked arms and commercial sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This is the latest example of states backing down to Saudi will, now that Mohammed Bin Salman has made clear he will attack any party who expresses disagreement. Meanwhile, Yemenis continue to die, and no one will stand up to Riyadh.
Sex work is a controversial topic in Jordanian society. /Shutterstock
September 19, 2018 - 12:18 GMT
Sex work in Jordan is a controversial topic. But what is assumed to be prostitution often turns out to be much more complicated. Sometimes what looks like prostitution involves a lot less sex than people assume. And sometimes, vulnerable people get trapped in horrific cycles of sexual abuse. Jordanian law needs to be able to see the differences, and to provide safety rather than punishment for those who have been exploited.
Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas in Cairo, Egypt, on January 6, 2016. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP
September 09, 2018 - 11:19 GMT
The ongoing persecution of Coptic Christians comes under the spotlight. Who are they and where they come from are also highlighted with their prominence in Egyptian society as well as their persecution. The article also offers background and solutions by a Muslim scholar and an Imam.
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August 29, 2018 - 11:37 GMT
Ozy's specialty is writing glossy, in-flight magazine style profiles of ethno-nationalists and Islamophobes.
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August 22, 2018 - 07:49 GMT
Libya's southern area of Fezzan is suffering from an influx of foreign fighters that are gradually taking over the country's tribes.
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August 20, 2018 - 10:39 GMT
The Democratic Primaries to select the party’s candidates for the US mid-term elections in November are well underway. But the divides that the last primary tore in the party are still very much there, left over from the 2016 battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Presidential candidate.
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August 01, 2018 - 14:33 GMT
Say what you will about Bannon, but his dangerous vision for Europe is gaining traction too much traction to be dismissed.
Trump and Putin hold historic summit in Helsinki (AFP Photo/Mikhail KLIMENTYEV)
July 18, 2018 - 15:33 GMT
U.S. President’s Donald Trump is an enigmatic man. He is an abrasive man. His last tour to Europe and then Helsinki speaks a bundle about his character, about how he handled his friends and foes. Which is which nobody knows anymore.
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July 03, 2018 - 11:45 GMT
A common narrative taken when referring to women joining ISIS centres on their description as ‘Jihadi Brides’, an inherently sexist term that discredits the underlying political motivations that drive women to join such extremist groups. Coverage of women’s participation in ISIS is almost always entwined with misogynistic ideologies that their radicalisation is purely for the aspiration of becoming a sex slave.
Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on the road leading to the southwestern port city of Mokha on January 26, 2017. Saleh Al Obeidi (AFP)
July 02, 2018 - 11:04 GMT
It is without doubt that Yemen today can be seen as spectacularly and uniquely unhappy, its misery far exceeding that of the Oblonsky family Tolstoy had in mind with the unhappiness referenced in that first line of his opus of a tragic novel.
After fleeing to Syria with his family, Omar attempted to return to Iraq alone. /Jason Ruffin
June 25, 2018 - 13:56 GMT
Omar, an Iraqi refugee, quietly stands up during our interview and walks to the opposite side of the room, he flips a switch, and immediately the 20 or so tiny birds in the apiary behind his couch fall silent mid-song. Only a few close to the window joining the caged room to our still lit interview let out the occasional plea.
Mecca Summit, Riyadh, June 10th 2018 /AFP
June 18, 2018 - 13:27 GMT
Kuwait is not normally inclined to take front and centre on the stage of international relations. But as tension over the future of Israel-Palestine ratchets up, and the American-led “new deal” is soon to be unveiled, it has been left with little choice. And as a result, it has found itself going up against its closest allies - America, which sponsored Kuwait’s post-Gulf War recovery, and its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
June 14, 2018 - 12:42 GMT
Trump and Kim’s one-on-one meeting was coated in secrecy with hints dropped to the press corps in a teasing manner, but in Trump’s longest press conference to date the most substantive change was announced: the U.S. would stop joint military drills or “war games” with South Korea.
Demonstrators wave flags and hold signs during a protest in Amman, Jordan, near the prime minister's office, June 4, 2018. Protestors have demonstrated for the fifth night against the new proposed income tax draft law and other anti-austerity measures. Khalil Mazeraawi/ AFP)
June 06, 2018 - 11:02 GMT
If diplomacy is becoming the lost art of foreign policy, Jordan is living proof that the art form has tremendous value. The tiny kingdom has historically maintained the best possible relations with its sparring neighbours, and was then able to leverage those relations at the behest of foreign powers. As the once-favourite Arab broker of the United States, Jordan’s diplomatic clout was astonishingly disproportionate to its size and income. But its singular strength is also its greatest weakness.
US President's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner seen during the opening of the US Embassy in Occupied Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Menahem Kahana, AFP/File Photo)
May 23, 2018 - 11:43 GMT
Qatari money may soon be offered to Jared Kushner’s family company, an offer which could save it from disaster. But if the Kushners take it, then the already-tainted political career of Jared Kushner will come under further scrutiny. For one of the youngest members of the Trump team, Kushner carries a remarkable amount of compromising political baggage. And his opponents are unlikely to let him accumulate more without a fight.
A supporter holds a scarf with image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during pre-election rally in Sarajevo, May 20, 2018.  Erdogan holds today the only election rally outside Turkey ahead of June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections. Sarajevo was chosen after several EU countries, including Germany, banned such rallies. (Oliver Bunic, AFP/File Photo) 
May 22, 2018 - 11:49 GMT
Hostility towards Syrian refugees in Turkey has spiked as campaigning for a snap election is getting underway. This has left Syrians in fear of backlash during the campaign itself, and of what may happen afterwards. At the centre of it all, the sitting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now engaged in a tricky balancing act.