Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud will host the 14th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The meeting is expected to address "current issues in the Muslim world" and "recent developments in a number of OIC member states", according to the official agenda. Topping the summit discussions will be regional security issues amid soaring tension between Iran and the United States and its Gulf allies. What is OIC? The OIC was established by 24 member states in 1969. With 57 member states and covering four continents, the OIC is the second largest intergovernmental organisation in the world after the United Nations with a collective population reaching over 1.8 billion. The majority of its member states are Muslim-majority countries, while others have significant Muslim populations, including several African and South American countries. While 22 members of … [Read more...] about All you need to know about the OIC
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DONALD Trump made a radical break with 50 years of US foreign policy by officially recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. But where are the Golan Heights and when were they occupied? Here's everything you need to know. WHERE ARE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS? The Golan Heights is region of around 700 square miles in the Levant - an area of the Eastern Medditerranean primarily in Western Asia. It is the name given to the area Israel captured from Syria during the Six-Day War — an armed conflict between Israel, Jordan, Syria, and what is now known as Egypt. Since the war in 1967, Israel has occupied the western two-thirds of the region while the eastern third has remained under the control of Syria. With the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, the eastern area of the Golan Heights has seen fighting between the Syrian Arab Army and many different factions of the Syrian opposition. As of July 2018, the Syrian government has regained its grip on the eastern Golan Heights. … [Read more...] about Where are the Golan Heights when did Israel occupy them and what’s the source of dispute over them?
Alex Massie 20 March 2019 7:36 PM 20 March 2019 7:36 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp After Christchurch, I found myself thinking about East London. Not because I was wondering if it could happen here because, frankly, of course it could but because what’s happening in East London is going to change Britain and, because of that, is going to have to change the way we think about this country. Consider a pair of pioneering schools in East London. Last year pupils at Brampton Manor academy, most of them from ethnic minorities, received 41 offers from Oxford and Cambridge. Another Newham school, the London Academy of Excellence has a claim to be the best-performing sixth form college in England. While selective, around half its places are filled with pupils from one of London’s poorest boroughs. The school’s academic record is exemplary and, indeed, inspirational. The children and grand-children of immigrants there, as … [Read more...] about A changing Britain needs to ask: what kind of country do we want to be?
Eilis O'Hanlon: Michael Conlan's trainer, Adam Booth, once said of the Belfast featherweight, "he knows he has a lot to learn"... never were truer words spoken BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Expecting good sense from a man who gets punched in the head for a living is probably a bit optimistic, to say the least. It was still shocking to see Belfast boxer Michael Conlan walk out to the ring in New York's Madison Square Garden at the weekend to the strain of professional rabble-rousers The Wolfe Tones singing "Ooh, aah, up the 'RA". https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/eilis-ohanlon-michael-conlans-trainer-adam-booth-once-said-of-the-belfast-featherweight-he-knows-he-has-a-lot-to-learn-never-were-truer-words-spoken-37932062.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article37932061.ece/bf22e/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-20_opi_48892715_I2.JPG Email Expecting good sense from a man who gets punched in the head for a living is probably a bit optimistic, to say … [Read more...] about Eilis O’Hanlon: Michael Conlan’s trainer, Adam Booth, once said of the Belfast featherweight, “he knows he has a lot to learn”… never were truer words spoken
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public Ownership @PublicOwnership. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. He tweets on politics and world affairs @NeilClark66 Eight years after the conflict in Syria began, gloomy ‘how did it all go wrong for the West’ articles are appearing. Actually, there was no defeat for ‘the West’. The alternative to the Assad government prevailing was far worse. ‘We lost the war in Syria. What next?’ is the title of an article recently published by the … [Read more...] about Did the West really ‘lose’ in Syria?