Middle East

08.04.2016

Iran urges that the non-proliferation norm should be applied globally and without exception

Iran urges that the non-proliferation norm should be applied globally and without exception

Iranian representative to the UN says a step-by-step approach to achieve nuclear disarmament has failed; a comprehensive nuclear convention is needed to reach the desired state of a world free of nuclear weapons.  The full text of the statement by Gholamhossein Dehghani, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic… »

31.03.2016

A new Sunni-Salafist-Zionist coalition changing the Middle East?

A new Sunni-Salafist-Zionist  coalition changing the Middle East?

What would you make of news that Israel, Saudi-Arabia and others are talking about nuclear weapons? That they talk about how to fight Iran that has just signed an internationally binding agreement about not acquiring nuclear weapons? How strong is Iran? How strong are they? Is a new belligerent Sunni-Salafist-Zionist coalition taking… »

30.03.2016

Do not join CODEPINK in watching this worthless documentary!

Do  not join CODEPINK in watching this worthless documentary!

  – Tonight, FRONTLINE will be premiering their new documentary on Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia Uncovered. This television program is libelous trash and you should not watch it! The filmmakers spend all their time interviewing troublemakers and ne’er-do-wells and ignore the truth told by me and my… »

28.03.2016

A Federal Syria: Kurdish Initiatives

A Federal Syria: Kurdish Initiatives

On 17 March, 2016, the “federal democratic system of Rojava” (a Kurdish term for northern Syria) was proclaimed officially.  Some 150 representatives of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian (largely Christian) groups met in the city of Rmelan in north-east Syria and voted in favor of the union of three ‘cantons’… »

26.03.2016

Staying human on Good Friday

Staying human on Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, a major holiday in the Western Christian traditions. My family being mixed Christians always had two Christmas holidays and two Easters and so on. For us children growing up in the Bethlehem area, there was a nice rhythm and special feelings of religious holidays even though our families were not… »

25.03.2016

One year on, and the UK is still complicit in the destruction of Yemen

The Saudi-led bombing of Yemen has created a humanitarian catastrophe UK has licensed over £2.8 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began Campaign Against Arms Trade has began legal action against arms exports to the Saudi regime The early hours of March 26 will make it a… »

24.03.2016

Statement of conscientious objectors’ groups from the Eastern Mediterranean region

Statement of conscientious objectors’ groups from the Eastern Mediterranean region

Pressenza republishes this statement published on the “No to Compulsory Military Service Movement” website. We are conscientious objectors from all around the eastern Mediterranean region. Our region has suffered for so long from oppression, injustice, militarisation, military occupations and wars, as well as poverty, illiteracy, hunger and lack… »

24.03.2016

How narratives killed the Syrian people

How narratives killed the Syrian people

On March 23, 2011, at the very start of what we now call the ‘Syrian conflict,’ two young men – Sa’er Yahya Merhej and Habeel Anis Dayoub – were gunned down in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.  Merhej and Dayoub were neither civilians, nor were they in opposition to… »

22.03.2016

The Great Game & the partition of Syria

The Great Game & the partition of Syria

Russia’s decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. Russia is to maintain a military presence at its naval base in Tartous and at the Khmeymim airbase. In fact Russia is “withdrawing without… »

22.03.2016

NATO wars, refugees and terrorism cannot be seen in isolation from one another: Europe must give a coherent response

NATO wars, refugees and terrorism cannot be seen in isolation from one another: Europe must give a coherent response

Once more we witness acts of terrorism in Europe. These events in western cities killing European citizens are horrific in the eyes of the western media. They should be condemned and all peace-loving human beings condemn them. We in Pressenza condemn them utterly. But it is no longer good enough… »

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