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Malta ‘denies’ Defend Europe anti-migrant boat

By   /  August 20, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Malta ‘denies’ Defend Europe anti-migrant boat

Malta has said a vessel carrying anti-migrant and anti-refugee activists was “not welcome”, allegedly denying the boat from docking on its shore. Far-right members of the Defend Europe group, who were aboard the C-Star vessel, said they were denied port access and a request for water sent out to the vessel, according to a statement […]

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Cycling is isolated Eritrea’s window to the world

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Cycling is isolated Eritrea’s window to the world

Asmara, Eritrea When Amanueal Tsegay broke away on the second day of this year’s Tour of Eritrea he was accompanied all the way to the finish by pleading and cries from his team car: dai! dai! dai! It’s an Italian word, the first one an Italian will turn to when cheering on an athlete, and it rings […]

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

By   /  July 9, 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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Saudi Arabia: Qatar demand list is non-negotiable Doha must ‘amend its behaviour’ or ‘remain isolated’, says Riyadh’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir.

By   /  June 28, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Saudi Arabia: Qatar demand list is non-negotiable Doha must ‘amend its behaviour’ or ‘remain isolated’, says Riyadh’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says there will be no negotiations over a list of demands the kingdom and its allies have submitted to Qatar to end a major regional crisis. Asked by reporters on a visit to the United States on Tuesday if the demands were non-negotiable, Jubeir said: “Yes”. “We made our point, we […]

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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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