Posts tagged middle east
Posts tagged middle east
1. West Bank: Hyatt (left) recently took a yoga lesson from a visiting American yoga instructor. She is now teaching the young residents of her village, Zataara, a small village on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The women are increasing in number each week—and they say it is proving to be the ultimate release. 2012
2. West Bank: Students from the Al-Quds University javelin team wrap up the last practice before summer vacation in the West Bank city of Abu Dis, next to the Israeli Separation Wall. 2013
3. Gaza: A toy store van drives along Gaza’s beach high way. 2013
4. Gaza: A woman plays with two baby lion cubs born in the Rafah Zoo. Gaza once had six zoos, but two were closed due to financial losses and the deaths of large animals. Gazan zoo keepers are renowned for creativity in limited options, having famously painted a donkey as a zebra, smuggling in animals in the tunnels, and stuffing them once they are dead as animals are not easy to replace. 2013
5. At the Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank, accompanied by a sheep for the Eid celebration, a young man enjoys a cigarette on the last evening of Ramadan.
6. Teenage girls try on dresses for an upcoming dance at their private school in Ramallah.
7. 14 year old Sabah Abu Ghanim, Gaza’s famous girl surfer, waits to catch a wave.
8. Family and friends play cards on the roof in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp of Bethlehem. With narrow streets and limited space, the roof is often a refuge for many families to sit together and enjoy the breeze.
9. A boy attempts to bathe a reluctant donkey in the ocean on the outskirts of Gaza’s Deir al-Balah refugee camp.
10. West Bank: A Palestinian youth from Hebron enjoys a swim in Ein Farha, considered to be one of the most beautiful nature spots in the entire West Bank. It, like many other nature reserves and heritage sites in the West Bank, is managed by the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority.
February 11th marked the third anniversary of Yemen’s revolution. Noon Arabia sums up reactions as the country is divided into a six-region federation state
Negotiations between Iran and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program have run into problems over centrifuge research. Centrifuges are machines that purify uranium for use as fuel in atomic power plants, or, if purified to a high level, weapons.
Tens of thousands of African migrants protest in Tel Aviv against Israeli policy and efforts to round them up and send them to a detention facility.
An unknown future
A new law in Israel allows the government to keep migrants, including those seeking political asylum, in jail indefinitely. Activists who helped organize a protest on Tuesday say migrants risk their personal safety if they return home. The Israeli government says the “infiltrators” — mostly from Sudan and Eritrea — threaten the state’s social makeup.
Police and immigration officers broke up the demonstration and loaded them on to buses headed for prison. A police spokesman said there were some minor scuffles at the scene, but no one was hurt.
Read the full story on Tuesday’s protest: http://reut.rs/1dkgjfV
Photos by REUTERS/Ammar Awad.
"Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" is a 15-minute documentary film about the war in Syria which starts with a bang and ends with hope
Existential issues cut both ways. That is perhaps what is most unnerving—and, for Israel and the United States, potentially dangerous—about Benjamin Netanyahu’s seeming unwillingness to countenance any agreement, either with the Iranians or the Palestinians. Netanyahu wants confrontation, not negotiation, with Tehran—yet that approach has brought Tehran from a mere 164 centrifuges at a single pilot plant a decade ago to a network of secret nuclear facilities and 19,000 centrifuges today, and to the brink of nuclear-weapons status. Netanyahu wants to put off talks on a Palestinian state, yet many Israelis (including the erstwhile uber-hawk Ariel Sharon, before he was silenced by a stroke) have come to realize that time is against Israel on that score because there may soon be more Arabs than Jews under Israeli control, including the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and Israel could come to be seen as an apartheid rather than a Jewish state.
What needs to be understood about Bibi Netanyahu, who may prove in coming months to be the chief obstacle to a longer-term rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran, is that non-negotiation has been an article of faith with him for his entire political career. It is an attitude that goes back to his first term as prime minister in the late 1990s, when he privately boasted that he had “de facto put an end to the Oslo Accords.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters/Dan Balilty]
More than 11,000 children have been killed in the nearly three-year civil war in Syria, including children who were tortured and executed, a new report says.
The Oxford Research Group said that most of the 11,420 children reported dead were killed in explosions, and many others were shot to death.
"What is most disturbing about the findings of this report is not only the sheer numbers of children killed in this conflict, but the way they are being killed," co-author Hana Salama said in a statement.
More than 1,000 children were either summarily executed (764) or killed by snipers (389), the report found. Some 112 children, even infants, were tortured before being killed.
Devastating. This is a jump from the United Nations’ number of 65,000 back in June. Here’s the full report from the Oxford Research Group organization.
The United States and five other world powers announced a landmark accord Sunday morning that would temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more sweeping agreement.
It was the first time in nearly a decade, American officials said, that an international agreement had been reached to halt much of Iran’s nuclear program and roll some elements of it back.
The aim of the accord, which is to last six months, is to give international negotiators time to pursue a more comprehensive pact that would ratchet back much of Iran’s nuclear program and ensure that it could be used only for peaceful purposes. […]
Iran, which has long resisted international monitoring efforts and built clandestine nuclear facilities, agreed to stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent, a level that would be sufficient for energy production but that would require further enrichment for bomb-making. To make good on that pledge, Iran will dismantle links between networks of centrifuges.
Its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent, a short hop from weapons-grade fuel, would be diluted or converted into oxide so that it could not be readily used for military purposes. Iran agreed that it would not install any new centrifuges, start up any that are not already operating or build new enrichment facilities.
The agreement, however, does not require Iran to stop enriching uranium to a low level of 3.5 percent, or to dismantle any of its existing centrifuges.
Two explosions targeted Iran’s embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché.
The explosions damaged at least six buildings in the embassy compound. A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double suicide attack.
Photo: Civil Defense personnel extinguish a fire on cars at the site of explosions, as a group of children gathered nearby, near the Iranian embassy in Beirut November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Kheir
Whats remarkable about the battle for Ariha is that few outside Syria were aware of it. Neither the U.N. nor most international nongovernmental organizations nor even the most widely quoted Syrian monitoring group reported on the battle. Ariha is a case study in Syrias hidden war, in which government forces besiege towns and villages sympathetic to the rebels, fire on them with their heaviest weapons, then send in ground troops for a brutal cleansing.
And to think that this is only the recorded number of refugees.
- 500+ people were killed outside Damascus on Wednesday morning, allegedly through the use of chemical weaponry, with one opposition member claiming the death toll was as high as 1300. The U.N. Security Council has already convened for an emergency meeting in response to the reports, but Russia remains staunchly opposed to any sort of intervention in Syria, including U.N. investigators. source