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Jordan combating budget deficit with power price hikes

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is attempting to deal with a $2 billion fiscal budget deficit by raising the prices of its electric power in reaction to Egypt’s faltering reliability in energy production. Historically, Jordan has acquired some 80 percent …

Clock ticking for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Last week, American Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had “reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations,” leading the three countries back to the peacemaking position put on hiatus …

Moroccan cabinet ministers resign from government

A handful of Moroccan cabinet ministers from the junior in the country’s ruling coalition formally tendered their resignations this month. The five ministers from the conservative Istiqlal Party issued resignations that King Mohammed accepted almost immediately. The Istiqlal Party ministers …

Hezbollah declared terrorist organization by European Union

On Monday at the annual meeting of the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers, the assembly came to a unanimous agreement to officially recognize Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization. The ministers hope that this will limit the organization’s capacity …

Viral video shows plight of child brides in Yemen

In a video ostensibly posted online on July 8, but which was only released in its most viral form on Sunday through the Middle East Media Research Institute, an 11-year-old Yemeni girl named Nada al-Ahdal speaks about her experiences avoiding …

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Child activist Malala Yousafzai contacted by Taliban

This month has seen a flush of recognition reaching 16-year-old Pakistani educational activist Malala Yousafzai this month, including the declaration by the United Nations of July 12, her birthday, being Malala Day, representing the goal of education for every child. …

Turkish legislature stymies military’s power

Last Saturday, the Turkish Grand National Assembly amended article 35 of the country’s 1982 constitution, which previously gave the Turkish Armed Forces free rein to act in whatever way they deemed necessary to safeguard the republic, to curtail this power …

EU bans some dealings with Israeli occupied territories

This week, the European Union issued a ban for the organization’s subsidiaries on financing or cooperating with Israeli institutions in the territory Israel seized in the 1967 Six-Day War. At the end of the Six-Day War, Israel gained control of …

Ramadan killings plague Iraq

For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan is a time for reflection, self-improvement, charity, and good deeds. However, in Iraq, this year’s Ramadan (which commenced last week and will end on August 9) has been thus far …

U.S. may pull out of Afghanistan sooner than expected

Although earlier in his most recent term United States president Barack Obama promised to cease American combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with an accompanying large troop pullout, word has surfaced this summer that Obama is seriously …

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