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#Middle East

# middle-east - Tuesday 23 September, 2014

Captured British journalist warns of "another Vietnam" in war with Islamic State
# Islamic State
# Islamic State

Captured British journalist warns of "another Vietnam" in war with Islamic State

Sep 23rd 2014, 4:09 PM 10,014 Views 51 Comments

John Cantlie claims he was “abandoned” by the British government.

Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it
# Iraq War
# Iraq War

Column: It was the largest coordinated demonstration in human history – and they ignored it

Sep 23rd 2014, 8:00 AM 46 Views 7 Comments

Director Amir Amirani writes about his stunning documentary, We Are Many, which explores the 2003 Stop the War global protests and their legacy.

# middle-east - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

John Kerry travels to Middle East to hold anti-IS talks

Sep 9th 2014, 10:29 AM 3,469 Views 22 Comments

Saudi has confirmed the Arab anti-IS talks with Kerry for Thursday.

# middle-east - Friday 5 September, 2014

Opinion: Why Gaza needs an Albert Reynolds
# Conflict
# Conflict

Opinion: Why Gaza needs an Albert Reynolds

Sep 5th 2014, 8:00 PM 27 Views 36 Comments

The situation in Gaza needs someone who can broker peace – someone who has the energy not to take no for an answer;

# middle-east - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Palestinian ambassador compares occupied Gaza to occupied Ireland
# Ireland And Gaza
# Ireland And Gaza

Palestinian ambassador compares occupied Gaza to occupied Ireland

Sep 3rd 2014, 5:09 PM 9,420 Views 51 Comments

The ambassador was meeting with TDs in Leinster House.

# middle-east - Monday 1 September, 2014

"Settlements are illegal" - Ireland joins chorus of condemnation of Israeli land grab
# No State Solution
# No State Solution

"Settlements are illegal" - Ireland joins chorus of condemnation of Israeli land grab

Sep 1st 2014, 5:23 PM 13,793 Views 114 Comments

The US and Amnesty International also want Israel to reverse the decision.

# middle-east - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege
# Besieged
# Besieged

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege

Aug 31st 2014, 7:40 PM 7,775 Views 18 Comments

It’s the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS militants overran large areas of the country in June.

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided 'great escape'
# Golan Hieghts
# Golan Hieghts

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided 'great escape'

Aug 31st 2014, 1:27 PM 13,442 Views 62 Comments

More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Irish troops were involved in the first evacuation operation.

# middle-east - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President
# Talks
# Talks

Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President

Aug 30th 2014, 10:39 AM 4,398 Views 23 Comments

The EU leaders will also discuss the Ukraine crisis at the special meeting.

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border
# Spectrum Of Violence
# Spectrum Of Violence

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

Aug 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 393 Views 53 Comments

The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.

# middle-east - Thursday 28 August, 2014

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights
# Golan Heights
# Golan Heights

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights

Aug 28th 2014, 10:40 PM 22,877 Views 125 Comments

The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war
# Conflict
# Conflict

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

Aug 28th 2014, 1:15 PM 29 Views 56 Comments

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

# middle-east - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

"I don't want to live through a fourth war." - Gaza erupts in peace celebrations
# Taking To The Streets
# Taking To The Streets

"I don't want to live through a fourth war." - Gaza erupts in peace celebrations

Aug 26th 2014, 10:11 PM 6,962 Views 34 Comments

A long-term truce was signed today that will see an easing of the blockade on the enclave.

# middle-east - Friday 22 August, 2014

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS
# Iraq
# Iraq

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Aug 22nd 2014, 8:00 AM 15 Views 5 Comments

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

# middle-east - Thursday 21 August, 2014

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m
# Islamic State
# Islamic State

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Aug 21st 2014, 4:37 PM 15,160 Views 89 Comments

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

Debate Room: Was the New York Post's front page photo of James Foley unethical?
# Controversy
# Controversy

Debate Room: Was the New York Post's front page photo of James Foley unethical?

Aug 21st 2014, 10:36 AM 74 Views 45 Comments

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

# middle-east - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid
# Charity
# Charity

28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid

Aug 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 3,347 Views 16 Comments

Today is World Humanitarian Day and Oxfam Ireland are calling for help.

Gaza truce extended by one day within minutes of deadline
# Gaza
# Gaza

Gaza truce extended by one day within minutes of deadline

Aug 19th 2014, 7:24 AM 3,341 Views 60 Comments

Five-day truce was extended very shortly before last night’s ceasefire deadline to allow further talks aimed at ending the violence.

# middle-east - Monday 18 August, 2014

Israel destroys West Bank homes of three Palestinians suspected of murdering teenagers
# Tensions
# Tensions

Israel destroys West Bank homes of three Palestinians suspected of murdering teenagers

Aug 18th 2014, 4:43 PM 6,863 Views 111 Comments

The abduction and killing of the three men partly led to the deadly upsurge in violence last month.

# middle-east - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Five more days of peace: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire
# Peace Talks
# Peace Talks

Five more days of peace: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire

Aug 13th 2014, 9:42 PM 6,759 Views 59 Comments

The previous 72-hour cessation ended at 9pm.

Column: Does celebrity opinion promote or distract from the news?
# Seeing Stars
# Seeing Stars

Column: Does celebrity opinion promote or distract from the news?

Aug 13th 2014, 8:00 PM 602 Views 26 Comments

Many celebrities have weighed in on the recent violence in Gaza; are they opening an important dialogue or just mouthing off about things they don’t understand?

# middle-east - Sunday 10 August, 2014

Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame
# Middle East
# Middle East

Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame

Aug 10th 2014, 12:00 PM 27 Views 47 Comments

Moderate rebels are being squeezed simultaneously by IS and Assad regime forces.

# middle-east - Saturday 9 August, 2014

No end in sight: Obama warns that new US intervention in Iraq is a "long-term project"
# Back In Iraq
# Back In Iraq

No end in sight: Obama warns that new US intervention in Iraq is a "long-term project"

Aug 9th 2014, 6:08 PM 6,772 Views 55 Comments

Air strikes began yesterday and don’t look like ending any time soon.

# middle-east - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

British minister quits Cabinet over Gaza
# Sayeeda Warsi
# Sayeeda Warsi

British minister quits Cabinet over Gaza

Aug 5th 2014, 3:00 PM 13,865 Views 147 Comments

Sayeeda Warsi says she can no longer support the government’s policy in the Middle East.

# middle-east - Saturday 2 August, 2014

Hamas denies knowledge of captured soldier as US votes to fund Israel's Iron Dome
# Gaza
# Gaza

Hamas denies knowledge of captured soldier as US votes to fund Israel's Iron Dome

Aug 2nd 2014, 11:07 AM 12,624 Views 200 Comments

A short lived truce collapsed yesterday with 107 Palestinians killed.

# middle-east - Friday 1 August, 2014

Opinion: 'When bombing gets close my family come to me... they think I can protect them'
# Gaza
# Gaza

Opinion: 'When bombing gets close my family come to me... they think I can protect them'

Aug 1st 2014, 8:00 AM 22 Views 37 Comments

As conflict continues in the Gaza strip, a human rights worker describes the terror of living through the bombardment.

# middle-east - Thursday 31 July, 2014

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians
# Peace Building
# Peace Building

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians

Jul 31st 2014, 1:00 PM 43 Views 58 Comments

Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls on the international community to help end settlement expansion and bring peace to the region.

# middle-east - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives'
# Iraq
# Iraq

Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives'

Jul 29th 2014, 2:05 PM 226 Views 129 Comments

Christian families in Mosul are being given four stark choices: convert to Islam, pay a tax for non-Muslims, leave the city, or have their heads cut off.

# middle-east - Monday 28 July, 2014

Three more children have been killed in Israeli raids on Gaza tonight
# Heavy Shelling
# Heavy Shelling

Three more children have been killed in Israeli raids on Gaza tonight

Jul 28th 2014, 8:47 PM 10,148 Views 144 Comments

Eight children were killed earlier when a missile slammed into a public playground at a refugee camp.

# middle-east - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Thousands turn up at demonstrations around Ireland for Gaza
# Solidarity
# Solidarity

Thousands turn up at demonstrations around Ireland for Gaza

Jul 26th 2014, 6:35 PM 13,710 Views 251 Comments

Some protesters held signs critical of Charlie Flanagan’s actions.

# middle-east - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza?

Jul 24th 2014, 9:55 AM 39,000 Views 255 Comments

It wasn’t the only country….

# middle-east - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Opinion: In the name of 'defence' we are attacking civilians already under Israeli control
# Gaza
# Gaza

Opinion: In the name of 'defence' we are attacking civilians already under Israeli control

Jul 22nd 2014, 7:30 PM 17 Views 84 Comments

The rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli civilians should not be justified. It threatens the lives of men, women and children.

# middle-east - Monday 21 July, 2014

'Stop bombing trapped civilians' - Doctors' plea as five are killed in Gaza hospital
# Line Of Fire
# Line Of Fire

'Stop bombing trapped civilians' - Doctors' plea as five are killed in Gaza hospital

Jul 21st 2014, 2:20 PM 8,703 Views 263 Comments

Nine members of the same family were killed in an earlier air-strike.

Joan Burton: Above all else, the Israelis need to stand back from their actions in Gaza
# Viable Ceasefire
# Viable Ceasefire

Joan Burton: Above all else, the Israelis need to stand back from their actions in Gaza

Jul 21st 2014, 11:10 AM 6,834 Views 162 Comments

The Tánaiste said that “viable ceasefire” is needed in the Middle East after a weekend of violence.

# middle-east - Sunday 20 July, 2014

Brief Gaza truce ends as fresh Israeli bombing campaign pushes death toll over 400
# Bombardments
# Bombardments

Brief Gaza truce ends as fresh Israeli bombing campaign pushes death toll over 400

Jul 20th 2014, 12:58 PM 12,457 Views 208 Comments

About 40 people have been killed today as Israel intensifies campaign.

# middle-east - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Here's what Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine groups in Ireland have to say about the conflict
# Two Sides
# Two Sides

Here's what Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestine groups in Ireland have to say about the conflict

Jul 19th 2014, 7:45 AM 20,089 Views 192 Comments

We spoke to both.

# middle-east - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Dublin City Council votes for an arms and trade embargo on Israel
# Support
# Support

Dublin City Council votes for an arms and trade embargo on Israel

Jul 15th 2014, 8:26 AM 9,928 Views 137 Comments

The DCC wants the Irish Government to follow suit.

# middle-east - Monday 14 July, 2014

Footage from Gaza: Israel uses 'knock on the roof' bomb warning before destroying home
# Protective Edge
# Protective Edge

Footage from Gaza: Israel uses 'knock on the roof' bomb warning before destroying home

Jul 14th 2014, 10:23 AM 26,795 Views 282 Comments

The technique has been condemned by Amnesty International.

# middle-east - Saturday 12 July, 2014

Palestine campaigners to protest Gaza violence in Dublin rally
# The Spire
# The Spire

Palestine campaigners to protest Gaza violence in Dublin rally

Jul 12th 2014, 7:30 AM 7,250 Views 138 Comments

‘Operation Protective Edge’, which began on Tuesday, is Israel’s largest military operation against Gaza since 2012.

# middle-east - Thursday 10 July, 2014

Israeli air strikes kill 20 more people in Gaza
# Operation Protective Edge
# Operation Protective Edge

Israeli air strikes kill 20 more people in Gaza

Jul 10th 2014, 7:21 AM 5,697 Views 236 Comments

The deaths bring to 70 the number of Palestinians killed since Tuesday.