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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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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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The Long Arm of Government of Eritrea: Refugees are forced to flee, then face extortion

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on The Long Arm of Government of Eritrea: Refugees are forced to flee, then face extortion

MARLEEN VAN WESEL Eritrean human traffickers force their victims to donate organs, as Mirjam van Reisen discovered. The top of the Eritrean regime is heavily involved. “Extortion as part of human trafficking is becoming more and more extreme and even includes organ trade,” says Eritrea expert Mirjam van Reisen. “We always assumed that they were […]

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Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

About 250 people are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after two partially submerged rubber dinghies were found off the coast of Libya. Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, said its boat, Golfo Azzuro, recovered five floating bodies on Thursday close to the dinghies, about 30km off the Libyan coast. She said […]

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Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of torture

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of torture

Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of abuse and torture. There are calls for Sudan’s government to do more to stop human trafficking. The African nation is used as a transit point by thousands of people from neighbouring Eritrea that are trying to reach the West. They face a tough journey, often falling victim to smugglers on their way […]

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