Will Sudan’s new PM bring in change or maintain political tensions?

The swearing in of General Bakri Hassan Saleh to the office of prime minister, the first in almost 28 years, marks a new chapter in Sudanese politics and a hope of real political change. Saleh is an erstwhile friend and confidante of President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and was one of the key figures in the 1989 coup which brought the Revolutionary Council, now the ruling National Congress Party to power. Bakri, as he is fondly known, is tipped to replace the Sudanese leader if Al-Bashir decides to relinquish power in 2020. The decision to create a Prime Minister’s Office came after a two-year long National Dialogue with opposition groups. Lawmakers passed the new law last December and Saleh’s appointment leads […]

Egypt’s Christians have been forgotten by the church and the government

In early December relatives of 29 Christians killed in a church bombing carried the coffins of the deceased through the streets of Nasr City, a district in Cairo, to be buried. It was only later that the terror group Daesh claimed responsibility for the blast, which hit the church during a Sunday service. In recent months it is not just Egypt’s capital that has witnessed deadly attacks against the Christian community – Daesh in Egypt, which previously targeted police, soldiers and security officers, has stepped up attacks on Christians who live in the Sinai Peninsula. Last month the terror group launched a 21-day shooting spree in the town of Arish, the largest city in the North Sinai governorate. Fighters stormed […]

Banksy’s hotel is ‘Walled Off’ in Bethlehem

Internationally renowned British street artist Banksy has unveiled the Walled Off Hotel in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem to mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. Drawing on hope 2005: Banksy paints nine installations on the illegal West Bank Separation Wall 2014: Banksy creates tourist videos to highlight the situation in Gaza 2017: The Walled Off Hotel opens to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The hotel was given its name because it is surrounded by Israel’s illegal Separation Wall which has limited the movement of Palestinians and stifled their economy. Rooms at the hotel offer guests “the worst view of any hotel in the world” including direct views of the wall and of Israeli […]

Israeli show host’s scathing criticism of Israeli apartheid

An Israeli comedy show host’s scathing criticism of Israeli society has gone viral on social media. In the last episode of “Good Night with Asaf Harel”, aired by Israel’s Channel 10, the show host calls Israel an apartheid state and scolds the “dormant” Israeli society for ignoring the occupation and overlooking what Israel is doing to the Palestinians. “A whole people transparent, like it doesn’t exist,” he continued. “They are here even if we don’t speak of them or recognise them.”

Saudi suspends university dean for accusing student of Brotherhood affiliation

The dean of a Saudi university has been suspended until investigations are complete following claims that he accused students of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The defendant, whose identity was not revealed by the court, did not attend the hearings which were held at the Riyadh Criminal Court. He will not be questioned and investigated. Saudi Arabia declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation on 7 March 2014.  A number of Saudi and Arab university professors who were accused of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood were also questioned by Saudi authorities.

Smugglers seize Turkish oil tanker off Libya

Libyan oil smugglers apprehended a Turkish oil tanker in the western Libyan city of Zuwara, the Libya Observer reported yesterday. It is thought that the owner of the Haci Telli oil tanker owes the smugglers approximately $433,000. It was reported that “as soon as Haci Telli approached the port, six gunmen boarded the tanker and held its 11-member crew captive.” A number of companies have exploited the security void in the north African country by buying cheap fuel from local smugglers. This, along with an increase in corruption, is causing immeasurable damage to the country’s economy.

PA slams Israeli moves to annex Ma’ale Adumim settlement

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry yesterday condemned Israel’s calls to annex the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. The ministry said in a statement that Israel has uncovered its true intentions after US President Donald Trump took office. Area E1 This is located adjacent to and northeast of occupied East Jerusalem and covers an area of 12 square kilometres. It is home to a number of Palestinian Bedouin communities and their livestock. According to the ministry, Israel intends to annex the occupied West Bank in one go, or gradually starting with the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim followed by settlements of Gush Etzion. “Israeli extremists call to include area E1 in the first annexation scheme, while everyone remembers that the previous Israeli attempts […]

Syrian regime agrees to discuss political transition in Geneva

The Syrian regime has reportedly agreed to discuss the issue of a political transition from the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad to a new system demanded by the opposition during upcoming Geneva talks. The head of the delegation of the Syrian opposition to Geneva, Nasir Al-Hariri, said earlier that UN envoy Staffan de Mistura had told them that the regime agreed to discuss UN Resolution 2254, which includes the achievement of political transition. “We have heard from Mr Staffan that due to Russian pressure – which could be a good sign – there is a general acceptance in addressing the issues raised in [UN Security Council] resolution 2254,” the lead negotiator said. Read: Chair of Russian Federation Council says demands for […]

UK Student Union rebukes senior officer for role in Israeli embassy plot

A senior officer in Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) has been censured for his role in a pro-Israel propaganda scandal to oust a newly elected NUS president. Earlier this week, the Union’s National Executive Council (NEC) voted that Richard Brooks, a vice president with the NUS, had “violated democratic procedures of accountability.” Brooks had featured in January’s Al Jazeera documentary on Britain’s pro-Israel lobbying efforts entitled “The Lobby”; an undercover investigation that exposed the Israeli embassy’s role in subverting pro-Palestinian activism in Britain including a plot to “take down” pro-Palestinian MPs. Undercover footage showed Brooks plotting to oust Malia Bouattia, the president of the NUS and a supporter of Palestinian rights. Brooks made his comments to a reporter, who […]

Palestinian denied access to medical treatment by Israel

Saifuldeen Badr, 22, was shocked when the Israeli occupation denied him entry to have an operation. He was informed that he is a high security risk. The Israeli excuses are used to arbitrarily manipulate the situation of sick individuals who need treatment outside of Gaza, especially those who are suffering a serious deterioration of their health. Saifuldeen was in a car accident last month that led to his leg being shattered, as well as injuries to his ligaments and veins, requiring surgical intervention and medical equipment that can only be found outside of Gaza. However, due to Israel denying him entry and the closure of the Rafah crossing, his situation gets worse by the day. Read: Israel’s inherent cruelty doomed […]