What’s so scary about the Muslim Brotherhood?

What’s so scary about the Muslim Brotherhood?

A year has passed since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed relations with Qatar over its support for groups that these countries deem to be “terrorists”, chiefly the Muslim Brotherhood. Probably because it is the world’s best-known and oldest Islamist group, the Brotherhood has been at the centre of the discussion […]

Houthis announce temporary halt to shipping lane attacks

Houthis announce temporary halt to shipping lane attacks

The Houthis have previously threatened to block the strait of Bab al-Mandeb several times (AFP) Yemen’s Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee issued a temporary halt to all marine military activity, according to a Tuesday statement sent by the armed group. “The unilateral halt in naval military operations will be for a limited time period and could […]

Algerian police: After the purge, a restructuring

Algerian police: After the purge, a restructuring

ALGIERS – A powerful police boss has been dismissed; six security chiefs from Algeria’s wilayat (regions) have been sacked; the director of the border police and the director of the General Intelligence (RG) have been fired; and 30 of the country’s 48 police transmissions directors have been removed from their posts. In less than a […]

Israel’s Gaza blockade challenged by seaborne activists

Israel’s Gaza blockade challenged by seaborne activists

An international flotilla seeking to challenge Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip is nearing its destination, although its exact location is unknown, supporters said on Saturday. A three-vessel “Freedom Flotilla” left Palermo, Sicily, on 21 July and the first of them, the Awda, or Return in Arabic, may arrive off the Gaza shore as […]

Lack of Global Leadership Spurs Instability in the Middle East

Lack of Global Leadership Spurs Instability in the Middle East

With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, Anwar Mohammed Gargash, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its inability to rely on traditional allies like the United […]

3. Cabinet sets for big Middle East decision later this year by Sam Sachdeva

3. Cabinet sets for big Middle East decision later this year by Sam Sachdeva

The Government has temporarily extended another of its military deployments to the Middle East, setting up a cluster of crucial decisions to be made before the end of the year. Newsroom Pro understands Cabinet on Monday approved a three-month extension to the NZ Defence Force’s mandate to participate in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) […]

Mesut Ozil says ‘no political intentions’ over photo with Erdogan

Mesut Ozil says ‘no political intentions’ over photo with Erdogan

Ozil, centre, faced huge criticism in the German press during the team’s disastrous World Cup (AFP) Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has said he had “no political intentions” when he was pictured with Turkey’s president in May, in a move that led to widespread anger in Germany for whom he plays. Ozil and Manchester City’s Ilkay […]