Regional Rivalries in the Middle East and the Second Arab Spring

While colonial powers and post-colonial superpowers have long played outsized roles in shaping the Middle East, it is the regional powers — Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt — that are increasingly shaping conflicts into triangular and multi-lateral contestations for power and dominance. Religion too plays an outsized role under conditions of sustained authoritarianism and […]

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EUROPE/CYPRUS – Middle East Council of Churches: may East Jerusalem be “the capital of the independent Palestinian state”

MECC Larnaca (Agenzia Fides) – In the conflicts that damage the Middle East, Christians in that region can experience “the mystery of God’s love”, his compassion and his love for every human being even in the midst of many difficult circumstances. This is underlined in the statement released by the Executive Committee of the MECC […]

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Corruption Is Easing In Some Unlikely Corners Of The Middle East, Says Report On Global Graft

Demonstrators that have thronged the streets of Baghdad and Beirut in recent months to protest against public graft and other problems may be surprised to learn the level of corruption in both countries is improving, according to a new survey. The latest Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, released today, shows a small improvement in […]

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