Jordanian Teachers Continue Strike Against Low Pay

Teachers in Jordan continue their strike demanding a 50% salary increase for the third week. After being promised pay increases in 2014, the government has not completed this promise and is now claiming that there is simply not enough money. Walid Maani, the Minister of Education, told Jordanian Roya TV […]

Oman: Paving The Way To An Arab-Israeli Peace 1

On Wednesday, the 26th of June, the Omani Foreign Ministry declared that it was planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The decision was announced through the Ministry’s Twitter account and will be the first Omani diplomatic mission in Palestine since 2006 when the Sultanate […]

Jordan Plans To Reclaim Land Leased To Israel Under 1994 Deal

This week King Abdullah II of Jordan has decided not to continue a contract in a 1994 peace deal that allowed Israel to have private ownership over two pieces of land along the Jordanian-Israeli border. As a part of this treaty, Israeli people were given a 25-year lease to cultivate […]

Syrian-Jordanian Border Crossing Reopened

The Syrian border with Jordan reopened on October 15, 2018, allowing the movement of goods and people between the two countries for the first time in three years. This is the first time the border has been open since its closing in 2015, marking an end to three years of […]

The New Liquid Gold – Water Insecurity In The Middle East

The Middle East is a region characterized by contrasts. Oil-rich Qatar maintains a GDP-per-capita of more than 100 times destitute Yemen. Beirut’s celebrated cosmopolitanism lies less than 300 miles from Raqqa, the capital of the now defunct caliphate of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Jordan acts a beacon […]

U.S Ends Funding To UN’s Palestinian Refugee Agency

The State Department announced Friday that the United States will no longer provide funding to the United Nations’ Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees in the near East – an approximate $0.4 billion annual contribution they’ve made for decades. In their statement, the U.S. called the UNRWA “irredeemably […]

Human Rights Watch Sounds Alarm for Refugees in Greek Centers

A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) described “appalling”, detention-like conditions for refugees being held in Greek reception centers. The report alleges that pregnant women, new mothers, and survivors of sexual assault, among estimated thousands of others, have been subjected to “living conditions [that] do not meet international standards.” […]

As the Syrian Revolution Comes To an End, The Regions Humanitarian Crisis Worsens

After three weeks of military attacks led by the Syrian government with Russian support, the city of Deraa has been reclaimed from rebels. This governmental success marks a huge milestone towards the end of the revolution in Syria according to Joshua Landis (Director for the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies […]

Fresh Attacks In The Sweida Province

Recent media reports that Southern Syria has been ambushed by Islamic State soldiers. Attacks took place in vegetable markets, public squares and villages. The New York Times reports that according to a war monitor and locals the death toll is estimated to be around 200. Despite ISIS losing a lot […]

Act of Unity in Co-ordinated Evacuation of Syrian ‘White Helmets’

The Syrian Civil Defence, a humanitarian group known as ‘White Helmets’ due to their distinctive safety hats, have been evacuated across the Syrian border into Jordan due to the joint-effort of several external powers. About 100 or so of the White Helmet volunteers along with about 300 others including their […]