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10th Nov 2013

Qatar “reacting” to criticism of mistreating migrant labourers

Qatar will amend its widely criticized labor practices, according to world soccer chief Sepp Blatter after talks with Qatari officials. Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup was “not reversible,” he added. After meeting senior officials on Saturday, including Emir … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Britain’s spy chiefs accuse Snowden of damaging operations

[Sir Robert John Sawers, chief of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) EPA] London, (Voice of Russia): The heads of the three British spy agencies, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have appeared before a televised parliamentary committee for the first time. They … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Germany, Brazil introduce anti-spying resolution at UN General Assembly

Brazil and Germany have presented a resolution to the UN General Assembly calling for an end to undue electronic spying. The document urges all countries to extend internationally guaranteed rights to privacy. Revelations of surveillance of foreign leaders by the … Continued

6th Nov 2013

NSA, GCHQ spy on Middle East via Cyprus

US and British spy agencies rely on a data transmission center in Cyprus to intercept phone and Internet records from users in the Middle East, new reports showed Tuesday. Investigation by three European news publications used documents leaked by former … Continued

5th Nov 2013

Turkey: Turkish Parliament to solve ‘trousers problem’

[Parliamentary regulations currently prevent women deputies, such as the CHP's Şafak Pavey, from wearing trousers. Photo: DAILY NEWS]   Ankara, (Hürriyet Daily News): Parliament’s Constitution Commission will hold a meeting in the coming days in a bid to resolve the controversy … Continued

4th Nov 2013

India: 16-year-old forced to drink alcohol, raped by four

Mumbai, (Hindustan Times): A 16-year-old girl from Mumbai’s Goregaon (East) was allegedly raped by four men after being forced to drink alcohol, on Friday. Two others have been booked for their roles as accomplices. All the accused, who are in … Continued

4th Nov 2013

Philippines: Philippine leftist group condemns U.S. for allegedly using Manila as spy hub in Asia

MANILA, (Xinhua): The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemned the United States Sunday for allegedly setting up telecom facilities in the Philippines to intercept internet traffic and telephone calls as part of its network of international intelligence network. In … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Niger arrests 150 migrants in crackdown over Sahara bodies find

Niger has arrested close to 150 people crossing the Sahara to Algeria over the past couple of days. The crackdown comes after the bodies of 92 migrants were found along the same route last month.   Authorities arrested the migrants … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Germany admits Europe’s spy agencies cooperate on surveillance

  Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has confirmed it swaps information with European counterparts that carry out mass surveillance. However, it denied that it was working with the British to change and circumvent laws.  The Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday that … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Iran VP urges Russia to release detained Greenpeace activists

TEHRAN, (Xinhua): Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar urged Russia to release the Greenpeace activists it detained during their protest against its oil drilling operations in the Arctic, Tehran Times daily reported on Saturday. Ebtekar, also Head of Environmental Protection Organization … Continued

31st Oct 2013

Egypt police enter top university to disperse protesters

  Police guard at the gate of Al-Azhar University in eastern Cairo’s Nasr City district on Oct. 30, 2013. Egyptian police entered Al-Azhar University on Wednesday to disperse Muslim Brotherhood supporters, official news agency MENA quoted an interior ministry official … Continued

31st Oct 2013

US: NSA accused of hacking Google, Yahoo data links

  The US National Security Agency has reportedly broken into links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The latest revelations came hours after German and US officials met to discuss US spy claims.  The Washington Post … Continued

31st Oct 2013

Bahrain forces raid opposition party headquarters

Al-Akhbar: Bahraini forces stormed the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, on Wednesday, the political group said. According to a statement by al-Wefaq, “heavily armed forces, backed by civil militias, have raided the building of al-Wefaq National Islamic … Continued

30th Oct 2013

US intelligence director defends NSA spying policy

The head of US intelligence has defended spying on foreign allies. He stopped short however, of confirming reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The top US intelligence director told lawmakers on Tuesday … Continued

29th Oct 2013

US: White House defends mass surveillance activities

The United States has defended the use of mass surveillance in foreign countries as necessary to safeguard its own citizens. At the same time, a leading senator has called for a review of US intelligence programs. White House spokesman Jay … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 12 women detained across Kingdom for driving

  By NADIM AL-HAMID & RASHID HASSAN JEDDAH/RIYADH, (Arab News):  Police detained 12 women in various parts of the Kingdom for violating traffic regulations and instructions that prevent women from driving in Saudi Arabia, a local daily reported. Col. Salman … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: CIA spied on 7.8 billion Saudi calls

By M Ghazanfar Ali Khan   Arab News: As controversy continues to encircle the American surveillance program, Cryptome, the digital library host that was created by the US as a repository for secret documents and material, revealed that the CIA … Continued

28th Oct 2013

US denies Obama aware of Merkel spying

The US has denied that Barack Obama was aware of his government’s spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. The statement came after an earlier German media report saying the president was informed of the operation in 2010. There’s growing outrage here … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Media reports suggest Obama knew NSA spied on Merkel

There are new questions over how much President Obama knew about US spying on Angela Merkel. A newspaper report says that the US leader has been aware of NSA eavesdropping on the German chancellor since 2010. On Saturday, Spiegel magazine … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Despite threats, Saudi women defy driving ban

A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on Saturday, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution to take part in a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said. But some others stayed at home, put off by phone … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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