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Water is now a major parameter to access conflict in Middle East
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Water is now a major parameter to access conflict in Middle East

While corona virus pandemic has put people worldwide into a lockdown, water shortage is making a lot of people in Middle East frustrated and angry. Funded by the Dutch government, the Water, Peace and Security Partnership showcased a predictable map that was displayed at the United Nations Security Council meeting recently.
This is for the first time that environmental conditions are being used as indicators to predict where civilian conflict can erupt. This is a good indicator for conflict not just for Middle East but for the rest of the world, where water scarcity can be a serious problem in the making.

While the application has been made to help local policymakers and governments to pre-empt conflict and take corrective action, the application can be used by individuals as well.

Researchers feel that the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis has been exasperated due to the initial water crises that hit the country. Troubled with drought in 2006, many shifted to the cities looking for alternate livelihood, putting severe pressure on the infrastructures and further pressurizing the rehabilitation of the population that was devastated by civil war.
It is estimated that the 1.5 million people who were forced into cities created social unrest.

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As for the Middle East, it’s warming faster than much of the rest of the world, and the droughts there will threaten an already fragile peace in Iraq and Iran in the next year, the new tool predicts. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which once nurtured the “cradle of civilization,” are dumping grounds for Iraqi sewage, and they are drying up.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The application works well on the desktop too. Start by using satellite image data where scientists have already measured how much moisture is transpiring from crops, which gives them a sense for how healthy they are.

If the crops aren’t doing well, the risk factor for conflict goes up. They combine that data with more traditional methods of predicting conflict, like political instability, to paint a fuller picture of how likely a fight is to break out.

UAE’s admirable initiative in helping friendly countries like Yemen and Sudan save their citizens from coronavirus
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UAE’s admirable initiative in helping friendly countries like Yemen and Sudan save their citizens from coronavirus

About 200 Sudanese from China left the country to UAE, on Emirates Airlines, to put them in quarantine for 25 days, before returning to the capital, Khartoum. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has spared no effort to help the most troubled countries like Sudan and Yemen to save and protect their citizens from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China. The United Arab Emirates has coordinated with Sudan, Yemen and other Arab embassies for the evacuation of their nationals from Wuhan City in China. The evacuees have been transferred at the newly established Emirates Humanitarian City in the UAE, and will undergo medical testing and monitoring to ensure their health and safety before they go back to their home countries. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, immediately decided to establish a healthcare facility that will provide the individuals hailing from neighbouring countries with the necessary monitoring and preventative medical care following their evacuation from the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The UAE’s decision to transfer stuck Sudanese and Yemeni students comes as part of an unending effort to help the Arab brothers. Several Arab ambassadors praised the UAE’s humanitarian initiative to evacuate citizens of friendly countries from Wuhan, and host them in the UAE humanitarian city. The ambassadors added that this humanitarian gesture is not strange for the UAE’s leadership, government and people, who always lead in providing humanitarian assistance everywhere. Fahad Saeed Al Menhali, Ambassador of Yemen to the UAE, thanked Abu Dhabi and its leadership for the humanitarian initiative, stressing that the Yemeni people will remember its supportive stance to stand by them during good and bad times. Also, Mohammed Amin Abdulla Al Kareb, Ambassador of Sudan to the UAE, praised the rapid response of the UAE’s government to the request of the Sudanese government to evacuate Sudanese students studying in China. who thanked the UAE’s leadership for its humanitarian actions while expressing his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE Ambassador to Sudan, and the staff of the UAE Embassy in Khartoum, who fully coordinated with the Sudanese government during the evacuation process.

Zaid Ezzeddine Mohammed Nouri, Ambassador of Iraq to the UAE, He praised the UAE’s efforts to help Iraqis who are in China and suffering from difficult conditions and their keenness to cooperate with Iraq while affirming that the UAE leads in supporting Iraq after 2003. The World Health Organization on Monday sent its first planeload of assistance to Iran to help fight coronavirus, dispatching six medics with tonnes of medical equipment and test kits aboard a UAE military aircraft. As the supplies worth more than $300,000 – including gloves, surgical masks and respirators – were loaded onto the United Arab Emirates military transport plane in Dubai. WHO operations manager Nevien Attalla said some 15,000 health workers in Iran would benefit from the UAE supplies which were the “first big shipment which supports the response to coronavirus”.

The Emirati’s efforts to help humanity overcome the Coronavirus challenge continue uninterruptedly. Mohamed Bin Zayed and Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, yesterday discussed over a phone call, ways to enhance humanitarian cooperation in health as well as disease and epidemic control in the light of the success they have achieved in several previous global partnerships and initiatives. According to WAM news agency, Sheikh Mohamed and Gates also spoke about the possibility of intensifying cooperation and joint work between UAE’s humanitarian institutions and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, and support the efforts of the international community, governments and societies to limit its spread. They reviewed the most important humanitarian initiatives and partnerships between the two sides which aim to reduce the spread of diseases and epidemics that hinder social and economic development.

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Netanyahu announces election victory
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Netanyahu announces election victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his victory in the general election in Israel. According to polls at the exit of polling stations, his party is not much ahead of his main rival Beni Ganz.
Shortly after publishing the first exit poll results, Netanyahu posted a photograph on his Twitter on which he sits at a table surrounded by his supporters. The picture is accompanied by the caption: “A huge victory for Israel.”
He later said that he had agreed with leaders of right-wing and religious parties to meet on March 3 to form a stable and strong government.
“This is a great victory for the right-wing camp led by Likud. We went through several difficult electoral campaigns, and it’s time to end the series of elections and form a government,” Netanyahu said, speaking to his supporters at the party’s campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv.
“Our opponents said that the Netanyahu era is over, but we gathered all our strength and turned the situation around. We turned lemons into lemonade,” he added.

According to the latest data, Likud is gaining 30.9% of the vote, which is equivalent to 36 seats in the Knesset. The opposition bloc Kakhol-Lavan is gaining 23.6% – about 28 seats.

If the results of the polls correctly reflect the results of the vote, Netanyahu lacks one seat for the majority in the Knesset, in which there are only 120 seats.

Likud hopes for the support of other right-wing parties to jointly overcome the threshold of 61 seats necessary for the formation of a coalition government.

Exit polls came as a surprise to many, as public opinion polls on the eve of the election showed equal chances for the two main candidates, another deadlock confrontation and the possibility of another fourth election.
Image caption Netanyahu is sometimes called the “wizard” for his ability to get votes contrary to skeptic forecasts. In the photo, he and his wife Sarah
Kahol-Lavan leader Beni Ganz did not admit defeat, but noted that he was not satisfied with the results of exit polls.

“I understand and share your feelings of frustration and pain, because this is not the result we wanted,” he said.
According to Ganz, Israel “needs unity, reconciliation is needed, it needs a leader who unites people, and this is exactly what we will continue to offer the Israeli people.

The head of the Our Home Israel Party Avigdor Lieberman, in turn, stressed that he still promises not to enter into a coalition with religious parties.

This is the third election in Israel in less than a year. After the previous two, none of the leaders of the two leading parties was able to form a government.

70-year-old Netanyahu, who heads the Likud right-wing party, is trying to take the prime minister’s chair for the record fifth time.

Two weeks later, however, he is awaiting trial in court on corruption charges. He himself rejects the charges against him, calling them political “witch hunts.”

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Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.
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Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.

Dozens of Iranian opposition parties, organizations and personalities under the umbrella of the “Council of Democratic Forces in Iran” met in an expanded conference in Stockholm, the capital of the Kingdom of Sweden, on Saturday afternoon, to discuss ways to unify efforts and possibilities to overthrow the regime in Tehran.

The organizers stated to that delegates from the Swedish parliament, Iranian and international figures, activists and members of Iranian society organizations in the Diaspora will participate in the conference that will present how to support the protests of the Iranian interior and the role of the opposition abroad in communicating with the international community to communicate the demands and aspirations of the Iranian people in salvation From the system of Wilayat al-Faqih, and the formation of a pluralistic democratic system that represents all components of society with a national, cultural, religious and political diversity.

The Council of Democratic Forces in Iran, made up of 13 parties and organizations, is the broadest alliance of all Iranian opposition factions that includes the Persian Nationalist parties represented by the Iranian Democratic Front and the Union of People’s Fedayes and the Liberal Republicans, in addition to the parties and organizations of non-Persian nationalities, which are each of the “Kurdistan Democratic Party, The Ahwazi Democratic Solidarity Party, the Azerbaijani Political and Cultural Center, the Baloch People’s Party, the Iranian Kurdistan Alliance Party, the Turkmen Political Cultural Center, the United Front of Baluchistan, the Bakhtiari and Lorestan Union party, in addition to a number of Syndicates Workers, civil society activists, and independent political figures.

The council has issued invitations to the rest of the opposition parties and organizations whose representatives will attend – according to the organizers – to discuss uniting all opposition forces under a comprehensive umbrella to harness efforts and capabilities to overthrow the Iranian regime.

The meeting will offer to form a broad coalition and a joint program and win sympathy and support for nations, peoples and free and progressive countries in cooperation with international institutions to change the Iranian regime with peaceful popular protests and a smooth transition to democracy.

It is noteworthy that the convening of the conference comes in light of the suffocating international isolation experienced by the Iranian regime because of the nuclear program and the crisis of shooting down the Ukrainian plane with a missile for the Revolutionary Guard and the consequences of the bloody repression of the popular protests in November and January.

The European position, after activating the “trigger mechanism” to settle the nuclear dispute with Iran, is approaching more than the American position on concluding a comprehensive agreement that includes freezing the nuclear and missile programs, stopping the regional regime’s interference and continuing its support for terrorism. See more Latest news on africa .

Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”
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Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”

By Julia Dzekish.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s Middle East settlement plan, emphasizing the importance of a two-state solution and the unacceptability of annexation of Palestinian territories.  This is stated in a communiqué circulated by the office of the head of the British government following a telephone conversation on Thursday with Johnson and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“They discussed United States proposals for peace between Israel and Palestine, and the prime minister reaffirmed his support for US efforts. He also clearly outlined a long-standing position in the UK on the importance of a two-state solution and our rejection of the unilateral annexation of territory.” – says the communique.

The leaders also discussed relations between the two countries in the light of the British withdrawal from the EU on January 31, including in the field of trade.

On January 28, Trump, together with Netanyahu, announced in Washington the key provisions of the so-called deal of the century – a plan for a Palestinian-Israeli peaceful settlement based on mutual recognition of the two states.  Washington suggests inextricably linking Palestinian territory, consisting of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with high-speed transport links, and recognizing only part of East Jerusalem as the capital of the Arab state (according to Netanyahu, we are talking about the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis).  At the same time, the owner of the White House called all of Jerusalem “the indivisible capital” of Israel and announced the US intention to recognize Jewish settlements as Israeli territory. you can see more news middle east latest news.

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