Middle East

How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

The Syrian volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets have become the target of an extraordinary disinformation campaign that positions them as an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organisation. The Guardian has uncovered how this counter-narrative is propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government (which provides military support to […]

Report details where ISIS gets its weapons

Report details where ISIS gets its weapons

By Jamie Crawford Washington (CNN)The majority of weapons used by ISIS since 2014 originated in China, Russia and Eastern Europe, according to a new report from a Belgian research group that studied the issue. Conflict Armament Research deployed a team of field investigators across ISIS frontline positions in both Iraq and Syria between July 2014 […]

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

LONDON — Some weapons bought by the U.S. military in 2015 ended up in the hands of Islamic State fighters within two months, according to a report released Thursday. The findings, by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent arms-tracking organization, are based on three years of meticulous documentation of weapons recovered from ISIS on the battlefields of […]

Why an Indian theatre artist decided to boycott the Israel Festival to be held in 2018

Why an Indian theatre artist decided to boycott the Israel Festival to be held in 2018

On 6 December, 2017, reports said that Donald Trump announced that the United States of America recognises Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Although Israel has made such a demand for a long time, it has never been accepted internationally. More than hundred Jewish studies scholars in the United States of America have condemned Trump’s move. Artists and performers including […]

Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump’s Jerusalem call

Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump’s Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. It was a timely reminder that while headlines focused on Islamist calls for uprisings and Trump’s […]

France’s Emmanuel Macron tells Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to ‘give chance’ to peace

France’s Emmanuel Macron tells Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to ‘give chance’ to peace

French President Emmanuel Macron told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give chance to peace process in the Middle East by taking “courageous gestures” toward Palestinians to end the deadlock. “France remains convinced that the only solution… is to allow the establishment of two states living side by side in peace and that this […]

Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

Muslims in Asia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

KABUL/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority countries in Asia rallied on Friday to condemn the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside U.S. embassies Leaders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan have joined a global chorus of condemnation of President Donald Trump’s decision. Hundreds of protesters gathered in […]