Bahreïn, Belgique : traitement réussi du coronavirus par l’hydroxychloroquine

Les tests cliniques à Bahrain pour lutter contre le COVID-19 se sont révélés être un succès. Le Bahreïn et la Belgique indiquent que leurs hôpitaux traitent avec succès les patients atteints de coronavirus avec l’hydroxychloroquine, un médicament antipaludique dont le président Trump a parlé comme d’une possible avancée dans la pandémie. Le président du Conseil … Continue reading “Bahreïn, Belgique : traitement réussi du coronavirus par l’hydroxychloroquine”

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to fight Desert Locusts in East Africa

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa from a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which … Continue reading “UN fast tracks $10 million loan to fight Desert Locusts in East Africa”

To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran

Photograph Source: Debra Sweet – CC BY 2.0 The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is far from the first proof of how intertwined we are as a global community. The climate crisis and the refugee crisis have long been glaring examples that the wars or CO2 emissions on one continent risk the lives and well-being of people … Continue reading “To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran”

La pandémie du coronavirus gagne du terrain : Le monde entier en état d’alerte

Le nombre de cas de Covid-19 recensés dans le monde s’établissait dimanche à 17h GMT à 159 844 cas recensés dans le monde, selon un bilan établi par la presse européenne à partir de sources officielles. La maladie a tué 6420 personnes dans le monde, dont plus de 2291 en Europe, devenue «l’épicentre» de la pandémie, … Continue reading “La pandémie du coronavirus gagne du terrain : Le monde entier en état d’alerte”

Cancelled matches and growing turmoil: the impact of Covid-19 on the sports industry

In recent weeks, sports organisations around the world have been forced to confront the reality that the coronavirus Covid-19 is likely to have a significant impact on the industry – not just in the short term, but also the long term. As the virus has spread, an increasing number of matches and events have either … Continue reading “Cancelled matches and growing turmoil: the impact of Covid-19 on the sports industry”

The impact of coronavirus on the financial markets

The rapid geographical expansion of the coronavirus Covid-19 and the high contamination rates – nearly 100,000 infections in approximately 80 countries by March 4 – have spread fear around the planet and disrupted global economic activity. Investors have naturally been concerned and stock markets around the world suffered trillions of US dollars of losses in a single week (ending … Continue reading “The impact of coronavirus on the financial markets”

Germany donates additional €17m to combat rampaging desert locust in East Africa

London, March 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, has welcomed a €17 million contribution from Germany to provide assistance to those directly affected by the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa Germany’s Permanent Representative to FAO, Ulrich Seidenberger, made the announcement at FAO headquarters in Rome. The new pledge … Continue reading “Germany donates additional €17m to combat rampaging desert locust in East Africa”

Iran’s Coronavirus Outbreak Bizarrely Resembles the Black Death

Photograph Source: CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy – Public Domain When the very first coronavirus reports emerged, I had a suspicion that Iran would be a target of the world’s anger. The spread of Covid-19 to the Middle East was as inevitable as history because the Muslim pilgrim routes have always acted as a channel for pestilence. … Continue reading “Iran’s Coronavirus Outbreak Bizarrely Resembles the Black Death”

Return to Bahrain: Nine Years After the Uprisings, the Nation’s Human Rights Record Has Worsened

Photograph Source: Sean Carberry – CC BY-SA 3.0 It’s been nine years since Bahrain’s February 2011 uprising. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities and towns across the country to protest the ruling Al Khalifa family’s tight grip on power, discrimination against the country’s majority Shia population, and arrests of political critics. The 2011 … Continue reading “Return to Bahrain: Nine Years After the Uprisings, the Nation’s Human Rights Record Has Worsened”

Heaven Protect Us From Men Who Live the Illusion of Danger: Pete Buttigieg and the US Military

Photograph Source: Alan Light – CC BY 2.0 “America deserves a Commander-in-Chief who knows what that sacrifice means and who will honor the sacred promise we make to our veterans.” – Pete Buttigieg January 6, 2020 #CIAPete has been trending on social media this past month as stories and commentaries have emerged telling and re-telling Pete … Continue reading “Heaven Protect Us From Men Who Live the Illusion of Danger: Pete Buttigieg and the US Military”

Nonviolent Action for Peace

George Lakey’s new book is called How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. On its cover is a drawing of a hand holding up two fingers in what is more often considered a peace sign than a victory sign, but I suppose it is meant as both. Perhaps nobody is better qualified … Continue reading “Nonviolent Action for Peace”

Une invasion de criquets assombrit le ciel de Bahreïn – vidéos

Un immense nuage de criquets pèlerins apporté par le vent depuis l’Arabie saoudite a perturbé vendredi 20 février la circulation routière dans le royaume de Bahreïn, comme en témoignent plusieurs vidéos postées sur les réseaux sociaux. Après s’être abattus sur l’Arabie saoudites, des essaims des criquets pèlerins ont empli le ciel de Bahreïn, interrompant presque … Continue reading “Une invasion de criquets assombrit le ciel de Bahreïn – vidéos”

Ephéméride des luttes : 22 février

Il ne faut pas déconner avec les pizzas dans l’éphéméride des luttes du 22 février : mieux vaut distribuer gratuitement de la nourriture que la renverser en plus de tenter d’agir pour mettre un terme à toutes les guerres. 1878 : A Kiev, l’avocat général Kotlierevski, qui avait maltraité des prisonniers, est blessé d’un coup … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 22 février”

Baghdad Is Blocking US Deployment of Patriot Air Defense Systems to Iraq

The story is from January 30th. It slipped through the cracks at the time but it’s still relevant. Iraq has still not granted permission. Indeed, since Iraq is trying to get the Americans to leave what would be the point of allowing more of their assets in? Perhaps if the US was willing to defend … Continue reading “Baghdad Is Blocking US Deployment of Patriot Air Defense Systems to Iraq”

Foreign-Funded Dark-Money Groups Lobby IRS to Repeal Remaining Reporting Requirements

Dark-money groups backed by foreign corporate donors are supporting the Trump administration’s decision to roll back one of the last remaining ways for authorities to monitor the flow of unlawful campaign cash in American elections. In recent years, 501(c) nonprofits have become the entities of choice for secret campaign spending. These nonprofit groups, which do not … Continue reading “Foreign-Funded Dark-Money Groups Lobby IRS to Repeal Remaining Reporting Requirements”

Les rapports entre la dynastie Al Khalifa et le terrorisme islamique, notamment Al Qaida.

I – Bahrein: Alliance avec Al Qaida et rampe de lancement aux drones israéliens pour le survol de l’Iran Le Bahrein commémore, le 14 février 2020, le 9 me anniversaire du soulèvement populaire contre la dynastie Al Khalifa, dans l’indifférence quasi générale de l’opinion occidentale davantage préoccupée par celui qui est présenté comme le croquemitaine … Continue reading “Les rapports entre la dynastie Al Khalifa et le terrorisme islamique, notamment Al Qaida.”

Jared Kushner: Palestinians Have Never Done Anything Right in Their Sad, Pathetic Lives

Last June, more than two years after his father-in-law assigned him the task of bringing peace to the Middle East, Jared Kushner held a big kickoff conference in Bahrain to unveil the economic portion of his plan—and it did not go well. For starters, Palestinian leadership boycotted the entire event, feeling that the plan was missing a … Continue reading “Jared Kushner: Palestinians Have Never Done Anything Right in Their Sad, Pathetic Lives”

The impact of Brexit on relations between the UK and Gulf countries

On January 31, the United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the European Union and regain its status as an “independent” trading partner. Over the course of 2019, the country ramped up its efforts to sign up trading partners and was able to establish 20 bilateral “continuity” agreements covering 50 countries or territories. While … Continue reading “The impact of Brexit on relations between the UK and Gulf countries”

The consequences of Qasem Suleimani’s death on the global energy market

On January 3, 2020, the decades-long conflict between the United States and Iran almost turned into a full-scale confrontation when a US drone assassinated Iranian major general Qasem Suleimani as well as Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Iran and its allies vowed revenge and global markets, fearing a military escalation, anxiously awaited their reprisals. On January … Continue reading “The consequences of Qasem Suleimani’s death on the global energy market”

Trump’s Latest Debacle: an Incompetent and Deceitful National Security Team

Photograph Source: U.S. Department of State from United States – Public Domain For the past three years, the conventional wisdom has been that the United States and the Trump administration have been fortunate in not having to face a national security crisis.  The killing of Qassim Suleimani is Trump’s first (self-inflicted) crisis, and his national … Continue reading “Trump’s Latest Debacle: an Incompetent and Deceitful National Security Team”

Demonizing the Shia: How the West Perpetuates False Claims About Iran’s Regional Influence

I was in Iraq in April 1991 when government security forces crushed the Shia uprising against Saddam Hussein’s regime, killing tens of thousands and burying their bodies in pits. I had been expelled from Iraq to Jordan at the start of the rebellion in March and then, to my surprise, allowed to return, because Saddam … Continue reading “Demonizing the Shia: How the West Perpetuates False Claims About Iran’s Regional Influence”

A War on Iran Would be Different From Iraq, and Far, Far Worse

Since President Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, widespread alarm has centered on whether he is again dragging us into another war like Iraq, to detract from his impeachment. The bad news is that the situation is even more potentially disastrous. As a political-cultural geographer who has long studied the history of U.S. military … Continue reading “A War on Iran Would be Different From Iraq, and Far, Far Worse”

Taiwan guavas greenlighted for US market

Taiwan-cultivated guavas are set to go on sale in the U.S. after the agricultural product was greenlighted for import, spotlighting government efforts to open up new markets for local farmers.   The decision comes on the heels of an operational work plan signed by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture and U.S. Animal and Plant Health … Continue reading “Taiwan guavas greenlighted for US market”

UNESCO: Azoulay dépossède l’Algérie de son patrimoine culturel

L’Unesco a exclu l’Algérie des pays abritant le dattier que cette organisation internationale vient d’inscrire au patrimoine mondial. Quatorze pays ont été intégrés à ce classement, exit l’Algérie qui, pourtant, avec l’Irak, produit la meilleure datte au monde, deglet nour. La chaîne britannique BBC, qui rapporte l’information, relève que cette exclusion a soulevé une vague … Continue reading “UNESCO: Azoulay dépossède l’Algérie de son patrimoine culturel”

Saturday, December 21, 2019 (Happy Christmas) Forever War Is Over: If You Want It..

So this is Christmas, and what have we done? Another year over, and a new one just began. I’ve always loved this season but I’ve never been much for Christmas carols. The new ones are moronic garbage and the old churchy ones tend to depress the shit out of me. Too many ugly memories of … Continue reading “Saturday, December 21, 2019 (Happy Christmas) Forever War Is Over: If You Want It..”

Dubai International Content Market Concludes on a High Note

Dec 18, 2019 Picture:  Dubai –( ASIA TODAY )– United Arab Emirates, 18 December 2019: Dubai International Content Market, the leading entertainment and media marketplace in the MENA region, concluded earlier last week with more than 450 content players in attendance, including 145 buyers, representing TV Stations, OTT and VOD Platforms and pay-tv operators, mainly … Continue reading “Dubai International Content Market Concludes on a High Note”

Kerry Logistics Deepens Middle East Presence with New Office in Bahrain and Logistics Facility in Dubai

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 10 December 2019 – Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’; Stock Code 0636.HK) is deepening its presence in the Middle East by setting up a new office in Bahrain and opening a new bonded logistics facility in Dubai, in order to extend its footprint and enhance its service capabilities as growth in the … Continue reading “Kerry Logistics Deepens Middle East Presence with New Office in Bahrain and Logistics Facility in Dubai”

Across the Balkans: From Banja Luka to Sarajevo

An account of a journey from Croatia to Kosovo, by way of Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia, and with a detour into Montenegro. This is part III of a series. Serb war memorial outside the Banja Luka train station. To catch the train from Banja Luka to Sarajevo, I had to ride a bus to the edge … Continue reading “Across the Balkans: From Banja Luka to Sarajevo”

Exploring the Looming Water Crisis -by Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council

London, Dec. 1, 2019 (AltAfrica)-One-quarter of humanity faces a looming water crisis, including the prospect of running out of water, which may seem inconceivable when 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface is water. Yet up to 80 per cent of available surface and groundwater is being used every year and water demand globally is … Continue reading “Exploring the Looming Water Crisis -by Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council”

Mending Gulf fences could weaken support for U.S. sanctions against Iran

Saudi efforts to negotiate an end to the Yemen war in a bid to open a dialogue with Iran could call into question continued Gulf support for US President Donald J. Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic republic. Saudi officials hope that talks mediated by Oman and Britain between the kingdom and Houthi rebels will lead … Continue reading “Mending Gulf fences could weaken support for U.S. sanctions against Iran”

Taiwan’s jujubes set to take SKorea by storm

Taiwan-cultivated jujubes are set to take South Korea by storm following the recent greenlighting of the high-quality agricultural product for import by the Northeast Asian country’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency.   The decision, which was made Nov. 22 following implementation of a specialized treatment technique advanced by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture, positions Taiwan … Continue reading “Taiwan’s jujubes set to take SKorea by storm”

A Tale of Two Princes

Photograph Source: Carfax2 – CC BY-SA 3.0 Prince Andrew and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia have both had a bad week. On the very same day that Prince Andrew was giving his disastrous interview explaining his relationship with the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the crown prince – often referred to as MbS … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Princes”

Can A Soccer Tournament Help End The Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis?

By Khalid Al-Jaber and Giorgio Cafiero Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain’s football associations recently announced that they would participate in the Arabian Gulf Cup football tournament, which begins tomorrow. As many experts have posited, the reversal of these three countries’ previous decision to boycott the event brightens the prospects for resolution … Continue reading “Can A Soccer Tournament Help End The Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis?”

Turkey in the Gulf: Between Regional Aspirations and Setbacks

By Jacopo Spezia Depretto In recent years there has been remarkable upheaval between Persian Gulf countries. Iran and Qatar have been on mostly extremely negative terms with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The U.S.’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has received varying levels of support from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members … Continue reading “Turkey in the Gulf: Between Regional Aspirations and Setbacks”

Media and State Control in the Middle East

By Emile Nakhleh As street protests continue unabated in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, and other Middle Eastern countries, regimes have used the social media platforms and traditional media to track, control, and repress their citizens. Iran has shut down the Internet and other digital platforms. Since traditional media and journalism outlets, especially newspapers and television … Continue reading “Media and State Control in the Middle East”

The Global Franchise Market Concludes in Dubai Today

Nov 06, 2019 Picture:  Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 6 November 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– The 4th edition of The Global Franchise Market – TGFM concluded today on a high-note attracting more than 1600 investors and franchisees coming from different parts of the world while also featuring the participation of 80 leading brands, representing … Continue reading “The Global Franchise Market Concludes in Dubai Today”

Middle East: a Complex Re-alignment

Image Source: Turkish Flame – Public Domain The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities—sometimes for new ones—and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional … Continue reading “Middle East: a Complex Re-alignment”

The Limited Utility of the Iran Sanctions

By Kenneth Katzman The objective of any sanctions regime is not to punish the target country or weaken its economy as an end in itself. Rather, a sanctions campaign—including the Trump Administration’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran—is meant to change the target country’s behavior. Such a result could come from a reduction in its … Continue reading “The Limited Utility of the Iran Sanctions”

Evaluating the Hormuz Peace Endeavor

By Kayhan Barzegar Concerns of Increased tension, instability and possible conflict, mainly involving energy security, has inclined the international community to think of establishing a collective security system in the Persian Gulf. In this respect, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) at the UN General Assembly in September, and Iranian Foreign … Continue reading “Evaluating the Hormuz Peace Endeavor”

Operation Peace Spring Has Further Exposed Close Turkish-Qatari Ties

By Giorgio Cafiero Some member-states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) join Egypt in viewing Turkey’s agenda in the Arab/Islamic world as a major threat. Specifically, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh perceive Turkey’s “neo-Ottoman” and Muslim Brotherhood-friendly foreign policy with serious trepidation, believing that Arab states need to act collectively to counter Ankara’s strategic clout and … Continue reading “Operation Peace Spring Has Further Exposed Close Turkish-Qatari Ties”

Corruption, Inequality, and Poverty Fuel Widespread Anger in Lebanon

by Giorgio Cafiero “Revolution, revolution!” “The people want the downfall of the regime!” Fed up with a crumbling economy, state negligence, and widespread corruption, thousands of Lebanese have defiantly chanted these slogans this month amid difficult times. Although Lebanon’s ongoing nationwide protests, which have rocked Beirut, Tripoli, Tyre, and Baalbek, are not the first time … Continue reading “Corruption, Inequality, and Poverty Fuel Widespread Anger in Lebanon”

Trump’s Fake Withdrawal From Endless War

Photograph Source: Chairman of the Joint Chief – CC BY 2.0 On Monday, October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria’s border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. … Continue reading “Trump’s Fake Withdrawal From Endless War”

Trying to Exploit Iran’s Diverse Ethnic Population to Advance a War Agenda 

by Muhammad Sahimi On September 25, during the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)—a pro-Israel, anti-Iran lobby group—held a “summit” in New York that was attended by, among others, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, and Sigal Mandelker, the outgoing Under Secretary … Continue reading “Trying to Exploit Iran’s Diverse Ethnic Population to Advance a War Agenda “

Europe’s Failure in Syria

by Eldar Mamedov On October 14, European Union foreign ministers condemned the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria. The Turks have undertaken this operation ostensibly to clear the border of Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara regards as terrorists, but much of the rest of the world regards as the key force fighting the so-called Islamic State … Continue reading “Europe’s Failure in Syria”

Kurdish Massacres: One of Britain’s Many Original Sins

Photograph Source: Jastrow – Public Domain For those who believe in the fairy tale of original sin, Adam and Eve, so goes the narrative, partook of the forbidden fruit, fell from grace, and were forever banished from the garden. The same narrative informs us that the second major sin, an infinitely more hideous one, was … Continue reading “Kurdish Massacres: One of Britain’s Many Original Sins”

Les ONG : ces instruments du Nouvel Ordre Mondial !

Il est question ici du rôle ambigu des ONG (Organisations Non Gouvernementales). Il y est montré que sous couvert d’actions humanitaires, elles sont en fait les « mains blanches » de groupes n’ayant rien à voir avec le bien de l’humanité. Beaucoup, pour ne pas dire toutes, sont des instruments au service d’une cause inavouable. … Continue reading “Les ONG : ces instruments du Nouvel Ordre Mondial !”

Can Russia Play Persian Gulf Mediator?

by Samuel Ramani On October 3, Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat published a wide-ranging interview with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In this interview, Lavrov reiterated Russia’s support for Syria’s return to the Arab League and extolled Saudi Arabia’s ability to impact Syria’s future. As Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Riyadh next week, … Continue reading “Can Russia Play Persian Gulf Mediator?”

Algérie, 17000 comptes twitter anti Gaïd Salah

Une vaste campagne numérique a été lancée sur Internet pour ternir l’image de l’actuel pouvoir militaire algérien, animée par quelques nostalgiques de l’Etat DRS, du nom des services secrets algériens du temps du général Medienne, dit Toufik Les nostalgiques de l’Etat DRS, cette police politique qui a géré l’Algérie depuis l’Indépendance, jusqu’en 2015, date de … Continue reading “Algérie, 17000 comptes twitter anti Gaïd Salah”