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Israel's Netanyahu makes first visit to occupied Hebron since 1998 | Daily Sabah

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 05, 2019 08:55 AM
"After the massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers inside the Ibrahim mosque in 1994, by extremist Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein, Israeli authorities, divided the mosque complex between Muslim and Jewish worshippers. Al-Khalil is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 500 Jewish settlers. The latter live in a series of Jewish-only enclaves, heavily guarded by Israeli troops."

At home, alone, from fentanyl: report reveals how Ontarians die of overdoses | The Star

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Aug 28, 2019 07:46 AM
The province’s Office of the Chief Coroner, together with Public Health Ontario, analyzed 1,337 opioid-related deaths in the province between July 2017 and June 2018. Their report found that, like Ang, nearly half the people who died did so alone, many in their own homes. Fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were involved in almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of the deaths.

Why the CIA doesn't spy on the UAE | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 27, 2019 08:44 AM
"The UAE’s rising interventionism dates to 2011. Mass protests demanding democracy across the region during the so-called Arab Spring sparked rising concern within the UAE palace elite over the preservation of its own power ... Like many Gulf royals, UAE leaders viewed the demonstrations as a threat to monarchic rule in the region. They have since fought the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood that briefly rose to power in Egypt after the 2011 protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The UAE cut off financial support to Egypt when brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi was elected president in 2012, and then resumed sending billions in aid after Egypt’s army ousted Mursi a year later."

When the Sun Sets in Libya, Two U.S. Allies Get Down to War | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 27, 2019 08:38 AM
"Neither side officially acknowledged the worst-kept secret of the North African state’s civil war: as the opponents face a stalemate on the ground, their backers in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are engaged in an aerial campaign that’s seen them target each other’s unmanned planes in a bid to determine Libya’s future in their favor."

Outsiders Fueling Civil War In Libya | Foreign Policy

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 27, 2019 08:36 AM
"The balance of forces in Libya profoundly affects who will win what contracts. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and France have supported the LNA’s military activities, and their economic interests hinge on the success of Haftar’s charge on Tripoli. Italy, Turkey, and Qatar have consistently supported the GNA and helped the U.N.-backed government resist Haftar’s territorial offensives. Russia and China have treaded cautiously in Libya and bet on neither party gaining a decisive advantage."

Attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Add to Mounting Tensions in Middle East | Democracy Now

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Aug 27, 2019 08:10 AM
"Attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq targeting Iranian-backed forces over the weekend are escalating tensions across the Middle East. The attacks were blamed on Israel, though Israel only confirmed that it was responsible for an overnight air raid Saturday in Syria, which they said was an attack on an Iranian-operated base which was preparing to launch a drone assault on Israel. On Sunday, two drones crashed in Beirut, leading Hezbollah leaders to vow retaliation if any further strikes occur."
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