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George Clooney and John Prendergast: We're not silent on Sudan – we're going after the regime's loot

We’ve learned that working behind the scenes achieves more than naming and shaming “Where are George Clooney and co now that Sudan needs them?” asked an Opinion article in the Guardian this week. The oped assumed that a lack of public statements by us and others with a long association with Darfur, Sudan more broadly, and South Sudan meant that we were doing nothing in response to the Sudanese regime’s brutal crackdown of escalating protests throughout the country. This is indeed a critical mome...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Protest, Africa, US, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Governance, Sudan, South Sudan, George Clooney, Bashir, Darfur Sudan, John Prendergast


Israeli teenager charged with manslaughter in stoning of Palestinian car

Suspect accused of committing anti-Arab ‘act of terror’Israeli prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old Israeli settler with manslaughter after he was accused of throwing a rock at a speeding car and killing a Palestinian woman.According to the indictment, the suspect deliberately targeted the family car on 12 October in the occupied West Bank in an anti-Arab attack “as part of an act of terror”. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank


'Please help me': refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal

Exclusive: In an interview with the Guardian he pleads for his release and says he fears torture and jail if extradited to BahrainHakeem al-Araibi, the refugee footballer from Bahrain who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has said he is “losing hope” and believes he will be tortured again or even killed if he is deported to Bahrain.Speaking to the Guardian from Bangkok Remand Prison, a visibly distressed Al-Araibi said he was “terrified ” and that his fear was “getting worse every...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Football, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Australia sport, Australian politics, Fifa, Refugees, Melbourne, Torture, Bahrain, Bangkok Remand Prison


US releases American journalist working for Iranian state TV after uproar

Marzieh Hashemi was held for 10 days as witness in unspecified criminal case, sparking anger in US and IranAn American newscaster for the Iranian government’s Press TV was released late Wednesday after her 10-day long detention in federal custody provoked outrage in the US and Iran.FBI agents arrested Marzieh Hashemi, a US citizen, at St Louis airport on 13 January. She was held as a material witness in an unspecified criminal proceeding, according to documents unsealed by the Department of Just...
Tags: US, World news, US news, Iran, Fbi, Middle East and North Africa, Department Of Justice, St Louis, Press TV, Hashemi, Marzieh Hashemi, Iran FBI


Iran arrested 7,000 dissidents in 'year of shame', says Amnesty

Journalists, lawyers, minority rights activists and anti-hijab protesters among those heldIranian authorities arrested more than 7,000 dissidents last year in a sweeping crackdown that led to hundreds being jailed or flogged, at least 26 protesters being killed, and nine people dying in custody amid suspicious circumstances, according to Amnesty International.Those rounded up during violent dispersals of peaceful protests in what Amnesty called “a year of shame for Iran” included journalists, la...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Women, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Amnesty International Those


Better way to be a bean-counter | Brief letters

Paying tax | Suez crisis | James Dyson | Welsh language | London’s new concert hallWhile heartily endorsing Frances Ryan’s comments (G2, 23 January) on the joy of tax, may I also strengthen her resolve by reminding her that by filling in her tax return she can help those less fortunate than herself without having to do anything silly or exhausting like sit in a bath of baked beans or run a midnight marathon.Anne SummersHonorary research fellow, Birkbeck, University of London• John Coad (Letters,...
Tags: Business, Politics, Technology, London, Money, Wales, Africa, Tax, UK News, World news, Tax and spending, Banking, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Hsbc


US backtracks on Iran-focused conference in Poland after objections

Broadening of agenda to Middle East may make it easier for the UK to attendEuropean objections have forced the United States to backtrack on plans to stage a two-day conference in Poland focused on building a global coalition against Iran.The conference is now being described as a wider brainstorming session about the Middle East. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, US, World news, US news, Iran, United States, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Poland, Iran Nuclear Deal, Middle East Continue, Mike Pompeo


Protest closes Israel's 'apartheid road' through West Bank

Activists blocked controversial Route 4370 expressway to Jerusalem for about 30 minutesA new road in the West Bank that separates Palestinian and Israeli drivers was closed by protesters on Wednesday, before they were dispersed by Israeli police deploying teargas and stun grenades.Route 4370 is dubbed the “apartheid road” by some campaigners because of its 8-metre dividing wall of concrete and metal. The western side of the road is principally for Israelis, and the eastern side principally for P...
Tags: Israel, Jerusalem, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank


Omar al-Bashir launches media crackdown as Sudan protests continue

Five journalists held at undisclosed locations and dozens more arrested and released, with media blackout expected to worsenThe government of Omar al-Bashir in Sudan has launched an “alarming” crackdown on journalists covering weeks of protests against the regime.At least five reporters have been detained by the national intelligence security services and are being held at undisclosed locations. Dozens of others have been arrested and held before being released. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Governance, Omar al Bashir, Sudan


Deaths of Saudi sisters found bound together in New York river ruled suicide

Bodies of Rotana Farea and Tala Farea were found taped together, lying on rocks along the river last OctoberThe tragic and mysterious death of two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found, taped together, along New York City’s waterfront last October appears to have been a double suicide.Rotana and Tala Farea both drowned and the cause of death was suicide, New York medical examiner Barbara Sampson said in a brief report on Tuesday evening. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Saudi Arabia, New York City, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Rotana, Barbara Sampson, Rotana Farea, Tala Farea


'At last, I can sleep': brothers kidnapped by Isis reunited with mother in Syria

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters lends private jet to get abandoned boys out of Syria after the Guardian revealed their plightThe children of an Islamic State fighter who were abandoned in Syria have been reunited with their mother, a month after the Guardian tracked down their family in Trinidad.Mahmud and Ayyub Ferreira, now aged 11 and seven, were abducted by their father and taken to Syria in 2014, where they spent several years living in the so-called caliphate before ending up in the hands of Kur...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, World news, Syria, Pink Floyd, Middle East and North Africa, Trinidad And Tobago, Ayyub Ferreira, Trinidad Mahmud, Democratic Forces Continue


The Guardian view on Israel’s democracy: killing with impunity, lying without consequence? | Editorial

The late Amos Oz was right to say ‘even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation’. Israeli voters should heed his wordsIn the last nine months of 2018, according to the United Nations, Palestinians – many of them children – were killed at the rate of around one a day while taking part in protests along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza about their right to return to ancestral homes. They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with ...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, United Nations, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gazan, Amos Oz


Like Brexit and Iraq, Suez divided Britain bitterly | Letter

John Coad recalls the divisions in parliament and among the public in 1956Simon Jenkins says “Parliament and public opinion backed him [Anthony Eden] all the way” in relation to the 1956 Suez debacle (May can learn to compromise with a political tip from 1846, 18 January). But opinion in parliament and among the public was bitterly divided. I well remember Hugh Gaitskell’s impassioned speeches condemning the illegality of the operation and Nye Bevan addressing a huge crowd in Trafalgar Square. I...
Tags: Israel, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Foreign Policy, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Brexit, Jenkins, Midlothian, Nye Bevan, Anthony Eden, Hugh Gaitskell, Iraq Suez, John Coad


UK gives £2.5m to help salvage Yemen ceasefire

Foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced funding after UN’s special envoy struggled to gain agreement on confidence building measuresThe UN’s increasingly fraught attempt to salvage a ceasefire in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah that could lead to a wider peace across the war-torn country is to be shored up by extra money from the UK to support the civilian administration of the city.The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced an initial extra £2.5m funding on Tuesday amid signs that the UN speci...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Un, Jeremy Hunt, Yemen, Martin Griffiths, Hodeidah


Only empathy can break the cycle of violence in Israel-Palestine | Simon Baron-Cohen

I’ve spent my career studying empathy. It’s a vital first step in conflicts where both sides have dehumanised each otherEmpathy is all about imagining other minds, appreciating that different people have different perspectives, and responding to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion. After a career studying autism and the nature of empathy, I see empathy as one of our most valuable natural resources. It has particular promise as an approach to conflict resolution, one that has ...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Israel Palestine, Simon Baron Cohen


‘No one can guarantee our safety’: Syrians stuck in squalid exile

Despite appalling conditions in Lebanese camps, most refugees say it is unsafe to go homeIn knee-deep snow and biting cold, 10-year-old Saleh Qarqour had almost finished shovelling a path to the tent that had been his family’s home for the past six years. Elders and children huddled around a heater inside. Chimney smoke wafted from the town of Arsal in the valley below.Over the ridge behind them was the Syrian frontier, from which the Qarqour family and nearly everyone else in this Lebanese bord...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Global development, Chimney, Lebanon, Arsal, Saleh Qarqour, Qarqour


US-Kurdish patrol attacked in Syria as Erdoğan offers to step in

Turkish president tells Donald Trump he is ready to send troops into US-overseen areasThe threat of a growing security vacuum in Syria as a result of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops has been underlined by an attack on a joint US-Kurdish patrol in Syria, which killed five people and injured at least two American soldiers.The attack on Monday, in which a suicide bomber drove a car into a checkpoint, emphasised the vulnerability of American troops since the US president declared he wa...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, US military, Kurds, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump Administration


Egyptian president calls for unified colour scheme for buildings

Decree states Cairo structures require ‘dusty colours’ while blue is to be used on the coastEgyptian authorities are reaching for their paint brushes following a decree by the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, demanding buildings across the country adhere to a unified colour scheme of “dusty” shades in Cairo and blue on the coast.Egypt’s prime minister, Mostafa Madbouly, told a cabinet meeting: “The plan is to have unified colours for the buildings instead of this uncivilised scene.” He said a pre...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Abdel Fatah al Sisi, Cairo, Mostafa Madbouly


Missile interception caught on snowboarder's camera in Golan Heights - video

An Israeli interception of a Syrian missile was caught on a snowboarder's camera from the snowy slopes of Mount Hermon on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Israel's military said its Iron Dome interceptor system shot down a rocket fired at the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on the Syria frontier on Sunday. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, Iron Dome, Golan Heights Israel


Turkey offers to take over security in Syrian city of Manbij

Erdoğan telephones Trump after death of four US citizens in north-eastern townTurkey is ready to take over security in the Syrian city where four US citizens died in an Islamic State-claimed bombing last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said.Erdoğan told the US president that the suicide bombing in Manbij, a town in the north-east of the country controlled by a militia allied to US-backed Kurdish forces, was a provocativ...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, US military, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Manbij


Where are George Clooney and co now that Sudan needs them? | Nesrine Malik

The people are rising up. But the western celebrities and the human rights industry that fought for this are absentIn 2017, a US law firm signed a contract with the Sudanese government, to assist in efforts to lift the economic sanctions that had been suffocating the country since 1997. Within weeks, George Clooney and John Prendergast, veteran activists for human rights in Sudan, wrote a letter in Time magazine, objecting to this. They asked rhetorically, did the law firm’s senior ranks, filled...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Africa, Time, US, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, George Clooney, Darfur, Omar al Bashir, Nesrine Malik, John Prendergast, Clooney Prendergast


Israeli military strikes Iranian targets inside Syria

In a very unusual move, military issues a statement about attack and warns Syrian forces not to retaliateIsrael’s military has said it struck Iranian Quds targets inside Syria and warned Syrian forces not to attack Israeli territory or forces.Syrian state media cited a Syrian military source as saying Israel launched an “intense attack through consecutive waves of guided missiles”, but that Syrian air defences destroyed most of the “hostile targets”. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa


An angel, a diamond: Aiia Maasware's Palestinian identity was erased in the aftermath of her murder | Jennine Khalik

It shouldn’t matter where Maasware comes from, but it doesThe senseless killing of student Aiia Maasarwe last week was a bitter reminder that women can have their lives pointlessly cut short by men, even when walking along streets they have memorised.The alleged rape and murder of Maasarwe is one of several brutal attacks on women in Melbourne in recent years, with Eurydice Dixon and Jill Meagher meeting similar fates. It has left women once again asking ourselves: where are we safe? Where do we...
Tags: Israel, Women, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Feminism, Palestinian territories, Melbourne, Crime - Australia, Eurydice Dixon, Aiia Maasarwe, Maasarwe, Jennine Khalik, Jill Meagher


The Guardian view on Trump and arms: can the doomsday clock be stopped? | Editorial

The threat of an arms race is real and growing. The news of recent days has highlighted the dangersHow late is it now? On Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will announce the time on its Doomsday Clock. Last year, the bulletin moved the hands forwards 30 seconds, to reach two minutes to midnight: the closest to catastrophe in six and a half decades. Since then, the immediate peril encapsulated in Donald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury” to North Korea has receded. But Mr Trump shou...
Tags: Europe, North Korea, China, Russia, US, World news, US news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Nuclear Weapons, Kim Jong-un, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Korean Peninsula


Pope Francis expresses sorrow after 170 feared dead in Mediterranean

Pontiff asks St Peter’s Square to pray for the drowned victims and those responsiblePope Francis has expressed sorrow over the 170 people feared drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.The UN refugee agency has said 117 died or were missing after a smuggler’s dinghy sank off Libya on 18 January and that 53 others died when another boat capsized in the western Mediterranean a few days earlier. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, The papacy, Libya, Un, Francis, Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea


Somalia: dozens of al-Shabaab fighters killed in airstrike, says US

Attack follows extremist group’s assault on hotel complex in Nairobi, which killed 21 peopleA US airstrike in Somalia has killed 52 Islamic militants from al-Shabaab, military officials have said.The strike comes days after a deadly attack by the extremist organisation on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Al-Shabaab, Somalia, Nairobi Kenya, Nairobi


Dinghies with 170 migrants on board missing in Med

Three survivors picked up by helicopter after 10 to 11 hours at sea, but charities fear worst after bodies seen in waterAn estimated 170 migrants have gone missing in the Mediterranean in two incidents involving dinghies that left from Libya and Morocco, migrants organisations have said.One dinghy was spotted sinking in rough waters on Friday by an Italian military plane on patrol. The plane dropped two safety rafts into the water but had to leave due to a lack of fuel, Rear Admiral Fabio Agosti...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Morocco, Italy, Libya, Mediterranean, Fabio Agostini


Hakeem al-Araibi: calls grow for inquiry into police role in refugee footballer's arrest

Exclusive: Greens and the ACTU say parliament should investigate AFP’s role in the detention of Bahraini refugee in ThailandA parliamentary inquiry should examine the actions of the Australian Federal Police which led to the arrest of Hakeem al-Araibi in Thailand, Australia’s peak union body and the Greens have said.Al-Araibi, a 25-year-old Bahraini refugee who has permanent residency in Australia, was arrested on arrival in Bangkok for a holiday, on the basis of an Interpol red notice, which wa...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Australian Greens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Greens, Australian federal police, Interpol, Afp, Thailand Australia, ACTU, Hakeem Al Araibi, Al Araibi


US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabaab fighters, military says

Africa Command says strike followed attack on Somali forcesExtremist group has claimed deadly attack on Kenya hotelThe US military said it carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 52 al-Shabab extremists, in response to an attack on Somali forces. Related: Al-Shabaab's Nairobi attack is a reminder that tit-for-tat terror never succeeds | Mukoma wa Ngugi Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, US military, Kenya, Al Shabaab, Somalia, Shabab, Nairobi, Africa Command, Ngugi Continue


More than 100 migrants missing after dinghy sinks in Med

The vessel left Libya two days ago and started sinking after 10 to 11 hours at seaAbout 117 migrants who left Libya in a rubber dinghy two days ago are unaccounted for, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said, after three people were rescued from the sinking vessel in the Mediterranean.“The three survivors told us they were 120 when they left Garabulli, in Libya, on Thursday night. After 10 to 11 hours at sea (the boat) started sinking and people started drowning,” IOM spokes...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Italy, Libya, Mediterranean, Iom, International Organisation for Migration IOM, Garabulli, Flavio Di Giacomo