Organized begging networks in Baghdad: Children are victims

Poverty and financial destitution are no longer the main causes of the spread of begging in the cities of Iraq. Instead, begging has turned into a profitable job which is not limited to the elderly or women. It has rather become dominated by children of all ages, who are spread in markets, traffic junctions, near worshiping places and hospitals, in a phenomenon the country has not witnessed before the 2003 US invasion. Abu Fatima, a merchant in Baghdad, told The New Arab that “children beggars cannot be blamed because they are exploited by brokers and organized networks. This phenomenon has become a threat to drivers and passers-by after beggars turned into using manners that are not limited to asking for […]

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Organized begging networks in Baghdad: Children are victims

Poverty and financial destitution are no longer the main causes of the spread of begging in the cities of Iraq. Instead, begging has turned into a profitable job which is not limited to the elderly or women. It has rather become dominated by children of all ages, who are spread in markets, traffic junctions, near worshiping places and hospitals, in a phenomenon the country has not witnessed before the 2003 US invasion. Abu Fatima, a merchant in Baghdad, told The New Arab that “children beggars cannot be blamed because they are exploited by brokers and organized networks. This phenomenon has become a threat to drivers and passers-by after beggars turned into using manners that are not limited to asking for […]

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UN warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.” The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran. The move, which follows the interception of a missile fired towards the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday, is likely to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that according to the United Nations has pushed some seven million people to the […]

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Israel accuses Muslims in Burma of “committing war crimes”

Recognising the situation in Burma better than the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations was the urge for selling arms to Myanmar’s military, Israel’s Haaretz reported today, quoting the deputy consul general in New York, Amir Sagie. Speaking to six American rabbis who voiced concerns about reports of Israeli arms sales to the Southeast Asian country amid its crackdown against the Rohingya city’s Muslim population, Sagie defended his country saying that “the two sides in the conflict are conducting war crimes.” The American rabbis expressed their concerns over the Israeli businesses alleged contribution to what the UN has termed as “ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya,” Myanmar’s Muslim minority. In response, Sagie noted that the current conflict began “after Muslims […]

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Israel accuses Muslims in Burma of “committing war crimes”

Recognising the situation in Burma better than the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations was the urge for selling arms to Myanmar’s military, Israel’s Haaretz reported today, quoting the deputy consul general in New York, Amir Sagie. Speaking to six American rabbis who voiced concerns about reports of Israeli arms sales to the Southeast Asian country amid its crackdown against the Rohingya city’s Muslim population, Sagie defended his country saying that “the two sides in the conflict are conducting war crimes.” The American rabbis expressed their concerns over the Israeli businesses alleged contribution to what the UN has termed as “ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya,” Myanmar’s Muslim minority. In response, Sagie noted that the current conflict began “after Muslims […]

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In new test for British PM, British aid minister resigns

British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert her diminished authority as she negotiates Brexit. Patel, a Brexit campaigner who is popular in the ruling Conservative Party, had to abandon a trip to Africa earlier on Wednesday after being summoned by May to answer questions on more unsanctioned meetings that breached diplomatic protocol. After a hastily arranged meeting not long after Patel landed in London, May’s office released her minister’s letter of resignation, in which Patel said her conduct in Israel had fallen “below the high standards” required of her post. “While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of […]

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In new test for British PM, British aid minister resigns

British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert her diminished authority as she negotiates Brexit. Patel, a Brexit campaigner who is popular in the ruling Conservative Party, had to abandon a trip to Africa earlier on Wednesday after being summoned by May to answer questions on more unsanctioned meetings that breached diplomatic protocol. After a hastily arranged meeting not long after Patel landed in London, May’s office released her minister’s letter of resignation, in which Patel said her conduct in Israel had fallen “below the high standards” required of her post. “While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of […]

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Egypt’s president backs Saudi purge, urges de-escalation with Iran

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against military strikes on Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, saying there was enough turmoil in the Middle East. In a meeting with a group of journalists, Sisi also pledged support for Saudi Arabia in its stand-off with Iran. Asked about the prospect of attacks on Iran and Hezbollah – two days after Saudi Arabia had accused Lebanon of declaring war because of Hezbollah’s “aggressive actions”, Sisi stressed the importance of de-escalation. “I am always against war,” Sisi said, without spelling out who might be involved in military action. Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia called for sanctions against Hezbollah this week and accused Iran of supplying Yemen’s Houthis with missiles […]

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Hariri’s resignation will not hinder government’s operations

Government stays in charge and the resignation of the Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri does not entail its collapse, the Lebanese parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, said yesterday. Berri added in a statement issued by his press office that “the resignation announced by Hariri from Saudi Arabia won’t stop the government operations,” stressing that “ministers still have full prerogatives to carry out their tasks.” The official hailed the Lebanese people’s “unity.”  “Despite all the crises, the Lebanese people were able to overcome all the tribulations,” he said. Read More: Leak: Israel supported Hariri’s resignation In a visit to Saudi Arabia last Saturday, Hariri announced his resignation during a speech he gave saying that he believed there was” an assassination plot against him.” […]

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Hariri’s resignation will not hinder government’s operations

Government stays in charge and the resignation of the Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri does not entail its collapse, the Lebanese parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, said yesterday. Berri added in a statement issued by his press office that “the resignation announced by Hariri from Saudi Arabia won’t stop the government operations,” stressing that “ministers still have full prerogatives to carry out their tasks.” The official hailed the Lebanese people’s “unity.”  “Despite all the crises, the Lebanese people were able to overcome all the tribulations,” he said. Read More: Leak: Israel supported Hariri’s resignation In a visit to Saudi Arabia last Saturday, Hariri announced his resignation during a speech he gave saying that he believed there was” an assassination plot against him.” […]

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