UK considers removing Blair’s immunity over Iraq war

Tony Blair may face formal charges over war crimes if judges overturn a controversial ruling that gave the former Primer Prime Minister, immunity from prosecution over the Iraq War. Last year a British court blocked a private criminal prosecution against Blair by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army. British judges, however ruled that the international crime of “aggression” could not be brought against Blair and granted him immunity from criminal charges. That ruling is set to be reviewed at the Royal Courts of Justice today by one of the most senior judges in the UK. In calling for a war crimes trial in Britain and the prosecution of Blair, Michael Mansfield QC was […]

Israel soldiers force Palestinian mother and baby onto the street

Israeli forces raided the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday and forced a Palestinian woman and her toddler out of their house, leaving them waiting on the street for an hour and a half under the scorching sun. A spokesperson for the Fatah movement in the camp, Thaer Fasfous, told Ma’an that Israeli forces had raided the house of Daoud Houshiyeh in Shuafat and forced a woman and her toddler out of their house. Read: Israeli forces assault, detain 2 children on their way home from school Israeli occupation forces then conducted a search on the house. Occupation forces regularly raid Palestinian homes, often in the middle of the night, with an average of 95 searches taking place each […]

What happened when I needed minor surgery in Gaza?

On Tuesday 30 May I had a sudden severe pain in my left ear. It could not sleep as I felt the pain spread all over my body. I contacted the doctor at around 11pm and told him, he told me to take painkillers and told me to come in for a medical examination the next morning at Al-Shifa Hospital. In the morning, after confirming the appointment, I headed to the ENT clinic at Gaza’s largest hospital. The doctor found that I had a sever inflammation in my eardrum because of a build up of pus. After getting a second opinion, the doctor decided urgent treatment was needed to clear the pus before it causes more damage. No medical kits […]

Qatar-based foundation joins UN steering group for global education programme

With one of the highest youth populations in the world, the Middle East has the potential to be the main beneficiary of one of the biggest UN-led initiatives to improve education around the globe. The details are outlined in a highly aspirational UN Resolution: “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is committed to addressing the greatest global challenges, including poverty reduction, hunger, the improvement of education and safeguards against war and conflict. In total, 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) were agreed by the international community to be attained by 2030. Different nations and multiple stakeholders from the private sector and civil society, as well as members of the public, were united “to take the bold and transformative […]

Calls for Egypt to revoke Morsi’s family’s citizenship

A lawsuit which calls for the citizenship of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s children to be revoked has been referred for a legal opinion by an Egyptian court. The case, filed by lawyer Tariq Mahmood, claims that Osama and Shaimaa Mohamed Morsi obtained the American citizenship without prior permission from the Egyptian government, in violation of Article 10 of Nationality Law No. 26 of 1975. Read: HRW calls on Egypt to respect Morsi’s rights Mahmoud added that the first article of the US Constitution stipulates that naturalised citizens should pledge allegiance to the United States of America and waiver their allegiance to any other state. #SisiEra The Egyptian Administrative Court of the State Council, under the chairmanship of Judge Sami Abdel Hamid, […]

Modi’s historic visit reveals policy shift towards Israel

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historical visit to Israel yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992. Modi was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top protocol team, including rabbis and religious leaders, at the Ben-Gurion airport, a gesture usually reserved for the Pope and the US presidents. According to Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon, Modi’s visit is of “unprecedented importance” in relation to India’s ties with Israel. During his three-day visit Netanyahu will accompany Modi to most of the events planned. The two sides are expected to sign several agreements which span innovation, development, space and technology. Modi’s visit does not include a trip […]

The actions of countries boycotting Qatar that are being ignored

It is important to note that the elements of the siege that is being carried out by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against the State of Qatar are a manifestation of a dangerous development during the current century. Among the other pages of this history book is of course the siege against Qatar, Egypt’s decision to give Saudi Arabia two of its islands, the Israeli aggressions towards Gaza as well as the numerous operations it has carried out in the Sinai Peninsula in an effort to snuff out the Palestinian cause and all of its issues. This history book is full of pages that recount many an issue such as the ones mentioned above. They are pages that tell […]

Gaza: 2,500 patients ‘in danger’ with no access to medical care

The lives of some 2,500 Palestinian patients are currently “in danger” after the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in Ramallah stopped the transfer of patients from Gaza for treatment abroad, the Gaza Strip’s Ministry of Health warned yesterday. “Treatment requests of 2,500 patients are still suspended at the Referral Abroad Department (RAD) in Gaza awaiting approvals,” the ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said in a statement. Patients who have been suffering from “arbitrary measures” adopted by the PA, he added, had called for an international intervention. Read: PA forces 6,145 civil servants in Gaza into retirement In addition to halting the transfer of Gaza patients abroad last Friday, the ministry announced that the measures included “stopping the supply of medicine and medical equipment to the […]

Yemen: Houthis assault Saudi-backed bases

The Houthi armed group has destroyed Saudi-backed military bases in northern Yemen, reported Al Masdar. The military bases in Jabal Al-Hawl and Jabal Al-Qarn were attacked and several fighters were killed. Forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were also killed in the assault. Houthi fighters may now seek to strike Saudi-backed forces in the Nihm district, near the Marib province, which is located near Jabal Al-Hawl. Read: Saudi soldier killed near Yemen border The Saudi-led coalition entered the Yemen civil war in 2015, following a request by Hadi to push back military advancements by the Houthi armed group. Riyadh leads a coalition of Arab countries which have been using airstrikes to stop the advance of the Houthis. The coalition […]

Lebanese army says 4 detainees died from illness

Lebanon’s army said yesterday that four Syrian men it had arrested after a raid on a refugee camp on Friday had died while in detention from chronic illnesses. It said in a statement posted on its website that the four were already unwell but that after a routine medical inspection upon their arrest, their condition worsened and they died. They were taken to hospital without having been interrogated and the deterioration in their condition was due to the weather, the statement said, without elaborating. Summer temperatures in Lebanon have reached 30 degrees Celcius. They were among about 350 people detained during raids targeting Islamist militants on Friday in refugee camps around Arsal in north Lebanon during which four suicide bombers […]