Middle East Observer

2020 May 28 - 4:59am
The Tunisian Ennahda Movement’s Vice President Abdelfattah Mourou has announced that he will retire “definitively” from political work and return to his former career as a lawyer. In statements to Tunisian media, Mourou disclosed that he had “torn the ticket of politics” and that he no longer has any political or partisan position in the Ennahda Movement. Mourou’s decision came in conjunction with the publication of a secret document,...
Tags: Tunisia, Ennahda, junktag (ignore), retire, Trump. editor's choice, vice president
2020 May 26 - 10:55pm
Israel’s grave violations of international law and apartheid policies have persisted in large part thanks to a lack of international accountability As Israel’s parliament swore in a new government this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his goal of annexing territory in the occupied West Bank. “It’s time to apply the Israeli law and write another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism,” he told the Knesset. Ever...
Tags: Column, Israel junktag (ignore) News, Palestine junktag (ignore) News, Annexation, editor, fight back
2020 May 25 - 10:38pm
“Behind closed doors, they are saying ‘Turkey was right.’ When compared to Khalifa Haftar, they are saying that Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) is a trustworthy person. However, they do not state it openly because doing so would also give credit to Turkey.” These are the words of a top-level official in Ankara, who spends a great deal of time on Turkey’s role in Libya in addition to numerous national...
Tags: Column, Libya, developments, junktag (ignore), Haftar, Libya
2020 May 25 - 4:37pm
Egypt Medical Syndicate issued a statement accusing the ministry of health of full negligence for its crew, not availing tests kits or PPE! Some doctors started resigning already! A copy of an Egyptian doctor’s resignation letter The syndicate said if current measures continue, a full collapse will happen to the medical sector! The syndicate statement said: “Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health has repeatedly failed to...
Tags: Egypt, coronavirus, covid-19, doctors, Egypt, Health Minister
2020 May 24 - 10:13pm
The pardon effectively ends the prospect that any of the men who killed Jamal Khashoggi will be executed. A son of the slain Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed their father, effectively extinguishing the prospect that the killers will be executed for the crime, according to the New York Times. Mr. Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who fled the kingdom during the rise...
Tags: Saudi Arabia News, junktag (ignore), family, Khashoggi, killers, pardon
2020 May 24 - 12:04am
The Egyptian opposition movement, Batel (VOID), said that it has started receiving reports of injuries and deaths due to the new Coronavirus in Egypt since May 3, noting that it has received “since this date 14,402 reports of infection, and 556 reports of deaths, which is almost twice the number announced by the Ministry of Health on The same period. “ The movement added in a statement: “The vast difference has emerged...
Tags: Egypt, coronavirus, covid-19, Egypt, Health Minister, In Spot
2020 May 23 - 10:00pm
Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday denounced Israel as a “tumor” to be eliminated and hailed Tehran’s supply of arms to Palestinians, drawing swift condemnation from the United States and the European Union, reported Reuters. Opposition to Israel is a core belief for Shi’ite-led Iran, which backs Palestinian and Lebanese armed groups opposed to peace with the Jewish state, which Tehran refuses to recognize. “The Zionist regime (Israel) is a...
Tags: Iran junktag (ignore) News, Israel junktag (ignore) News, Palestine junktag (ignore) News, cancerous tumor, junktag (ignore), Iran
2020 May 22 - 9:41pm
The new coronavirus is believed to be spreading throughout Yemen where the health care system “has in effect collapsed”, the United Nations said on Friday, appealing for urgent funding. “Aid agencies in Yemen are operating on the basis that community transmission is taking place across the country,” Jens Laerke, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a Geneva briefing, according to Reuters...
Tags: Yemen junktag (ignore) News, Collapse, coronavirus, junktag (ignore), system, UN
2020 May 22 - 12:14pm
The US and Sudan have reached a typical understanding on the “contours” of a future bilateral claims settlement linked to the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. State Division’s high diplomat for Africa mentioned on Thursday. “This ultimate settlement will replicate Sudan’s settlement to pay. It will embrace compensation in reference to claims relating additionally to non U.S. nationals killed and...
Tags: Sudan, consensus, deal, junktag (ignore), US
2020 May 22 - 12:02am
Lebanon’s financial meltdown could tip the country into a full-blown food crisis, as people hit by soaring prices and the fallout of COVID-19 become unable to afford even basics like bread, the prime minister warned. Lebanon has been paralysed by an economic crisis that has seen dollars dry up, banks impose tight capital controls, unemployment surge, and a sovereign debt default in March – all before the compounding blow of the...
Tags: Lebanon, alarm, junktag (ignore), food crisis, PM
2020 May 21 - 11:28pm
Egypt to deduct 1% of state employees’ income for one year amid coronavirus crisis. Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly approved on Wednesday a draft law cutting the net monthly income all of state employees by 1 percent and pensioners’ net monthly income by 0.5 percent for one year as of 1 July. Middle East correspondent, @TheEconomist Gregg Carlstrom tweeted; Another sign of the limited resources many Arab...
Tags: Egypt, coronavirus, covid-19, economy, Egypt
2020 May 21 - 2:48am
A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation into arms sales might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick, reported the New York Times. The US State Department inspector general fired by President Trump on Friday was in the final stages of an investigation into whether the administration had unlawfully declared an “emergency” last year to allow the resumption of weapons sales to...
Tags: Saudi Arabia News, Uae junktag (ignore) News, junktag (ignore), MBS, MBZ, Pompeo

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