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Turkey dismisses demand to close Qatar military base

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Turkey dismisses demand to close Qatar military base

Defence minister says Ankara has no plans to review ties with Qatar, after Arab states issue demands to end Gulf crisis.  Five armoured vehicles and 23 military personnel arrived in Doha on Thursday [Umit Bektas/Reuters] Turkey has rejected a call from four Arab countries to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base […]

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Qatari news broadcaster will not be discussed in any negotiations to end blockade against Doha, says foreign minister.

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Qatari news broadcaster will not be discussed in any negotiations to end blockade against Doha, says foreign minister.

Al Jazeera staff work inside the network’s headquarters in the capital Doha on June 8 [Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters] Al Jazeera Media Network is an “internal affair” and there will be no discussion about the fate of the Doha-based broadcaster with nations that imposed a blockade on Qatar, its foreign minister says. Reports have suggested countries behind […]

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The ‘Trump factor’ and the implosion of the Gulf union

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on The ‘Trump factor’ and the implosion of the Gulf union

The current escalation in the Gulf derives its animosity from a collision between two doctrines: the Emirati-Saudi-Bahraini push for realpolitik and alleged pragmatism versus Qatar’s commitment to conflict transformation and moral politics. Unlike the impact of the 1991 Gulf War in solidifying the six-nation unity, the new rift between the US-Gulf block and Qatar showcases […]

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We were forced to work at Western-run mine, say migrants who fled Eritrea

By   /  May 7, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on We were forced to work at Western-run mine, say migrants who fled Eritrea

By Allison Martell and Edmund Blair A Canadian company operating in one of Africa’s poorest countries faces compensation claims from some workers. They say they were military conscripts and suffered harsh conditions. TORONTO/ASMARA – Bemnet Negash never got to say a proper goodbye to his family. In February 2006, government officials arrived at his school […]

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The ‘other’ refugees: Eritreans pay the price for African and Western failure

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on The ‘other’ refugees: Eritreans pay the price for African and Western failure

The escalating asylum seeker crisis in Europe has prompted heated debates. European authorities are clearly not sure how to handle the influx of people onto the continent. Many of the people attempting to enter Europe are fleeing countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The mounting refugee problem in Europe—often seen as a result […]

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Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved in rescue operations have rejected accusations of collusion, saying their only concern is to save […]

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The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? Ross Kemp

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? Ross Kemp

It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re […]

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Pentagon Hints at Deploying a Limited Number of Ground Troops in Yemen – How is this Going to Affect the Current Political Landscape in the Horn of Africa?

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Pentagon Hints at Deploying a Limited Number of Ground Troops in Yemen – How is this Going to Affect the Current Political Landscape in the Horn of Africa?

London – The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) hinted at deploying “limited forces” in Yemen, within the framework of its war against al-Qaeda terrorist group. Pentagon Spokesperson Jeff Davis told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that his country was still concerned over the activities of al-Qaeda and other extremist organizations in Yemen, noting in this regard that […]

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Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

In a recent interview with Voice of America, Abdi Hassan Hussein, the former director of intelligence in Puntland, Somalia, said that several recent piracy events along the coast of Somalia were made possible by Yemeni investors. He said the Yemeni criminal investors are taking advantage of the chaos in their own country to provide financing […]

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Eritrean regime trades its own nationals in a billion-dollar trafficking business

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Eritrean regime trades its own nationals in a billion-dollar trafficking business

Published 09 March 2017 The human trafficking of Eritrean refugees is a booming business, where money is made with smuggling people, but also using violence, hostage situations and even torture. Modern communication methods like money transfer via mobile phones play a vital role in this, conclude professor Mirjam van Reisen (Leiden University) and professor Munyaradzi […]

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