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Egypt Marks Five Years Since Start of Arab Spring Uprising

Washington, D.C. Monday marks the fifth anniversary of Egyptians launching protests against longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in a revolt that helped spark a wave of uprisings across the Middle East. People congregated in Tahrir Square on 9 February 2011. Photo: Wikipedia. Over the course of nearly three weeks, Mubarak fought back with security forces cracking […]

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Israel Blocks Access, U.N. Human Rights Chief for Palestine Quits

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories is resigning due to Israel’s failure to grant him access to the areas he is tasked with monitoring. Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. U.N. Photo/Violaine Martin. “Unfortunately, […]

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Israel Receives More Than Half of U.S. Global Military Aid

Washington, D.C. Israel is looking to boost the amount of money the U.S. State Department sends it every year for military aid to as much as $5 billion, a number that would give it not only the largest chunk of U.S. defense aid money, but also more than triple the amount any other country receives in […]

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John Kerry: Syrian President Assad Must Step Down

New York. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down, but the timing of his departure has to be decided through negotiation. John Kerry speaking at the 50th Munich Security Conference 2014.  Photo: Kleinschmidt / MSC. Speaking in London after talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry urged Russia and […]

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‘Extremely Alarming’ Food Insecurity Figures in Afghanistan

New York, N.Y. The number of people in Afghanistan resorting to selling land or turning to friends or family for help because of food insecurity has doubled in the last year, according to a joint report released today by the United Nations and partner agencies. An Afghan farmer and his son bring in the wheat […]

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Highlighting Importance of Iran Deal in Israel

While traveling in Israel, Adam Szubin, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, laid out why the Iran deal is so vital to our global security.

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Gaza May Become Uninhabitable in Less Than Five Years

Gaza, Palestine.  A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist. A man holds the hands of his granddaughters near the remnants of the residential towers where the girls used […]

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U.N.: Settlement Expansion ‘Root Cause’ of Palestinian Violence

New York, N.Y.  A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel’s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area. Suffering displacement, injury and even death, children continue to […]

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