Category: Middle East

Panic Spreads in Iraq, Syria as Record Numbers of Civilians Are Reported Killed in US Strikes

Panic Spreads in Iraq, Syria as Record Numbers of Civilians Are Reported Killed in US Strikes

By Loveday Morris and Liz Sly MOSUL, Iraq (Washington Post) — A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in US-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting with an unprecedented disregard for lives of noncombatants. The escalation comes as local […]

Amal Clooney Urges Iraq to Allow UN Probe of IS Crimes against Yazidis

Amal Clooney Urges Iraq to Allow UN Probe of IS Crimes against Yazidis

NEW YORK (Reuters) — International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and a young Yazidi woman who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters pushed Iraq on Thursday, March 9 to allow a United Nations investigation into crimes by the militant group, Reuters reports. Britain is drafting a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish a UN investigation, but Clooney said the Iraqi […]

Catholicos Aram Visits Syria to Celebrate Epiphany

Catholicos Aram Visits Syria to Celebrate Epiphany

ALEPPO, Syria (almasdarnews.com) — Catholicos Aram I Keshishian of the See of Cilicia of the Armenian Church, visited the Forty Martyrs Cathedral, which is located in the Jedaideh district of old Aleppo, on Saturday, January 7, to celebrate Armenian Christmas or Epiphany. Later that day the patriarch travelled to nearby Al-Midan to visit the Church of […]

Dikan Tchouhadjian at 180: An Occasional Series by Gerald Papasian

Dikan Tchouhadjian at 180: An Occasional Series by Gerald Papasian

PARIS — The 180th anniversary of the birth of Ottoman-Armenian composer Dikran Tchouhadjian will be marked in March. The author, an actor, musician, producer and director, is director of the Dikran Tchouhadjian International Institute in Parish. Tchouhadjian was the first composer of operas in the Ottoman Empire, who has been relegated to the forgotten pile. “Leblebiji […]

Prayers for the Coptic Church

Prayers for the Coptic Church

NEW YORK — Sunday, December 11, marked another dark milestone in the ongoing affliction suffered by the Coptic Church, when a bomb explosion tore through the St. Peter Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt. The church is adjacent to the St. Mark Coptic Cathedral, the seat of authority for the pope of the worldwide Coptic Church, Pope […]

Havresc: An Armenian-Iraqi Village Fighting to Survive

Havresc: An Armenian-Iraqi Village Fighting to Survive

NEW YORK — It’s a remarkable Armenian village somewhere in Iraq with about 200 to 500 people. And it is surviving through courage, faith, fortitude and about 22 dedicated men against the massive force of the Islamic State. Its name, Havresc, translates to big revenge, and its history dates back to 1915, when survivors of […]

Parliament Speaker Vows to Address Issue of Yazidi genocide in Iraq

Parliament Speaker Vows to Address Issue of Yazidi genocide in Iraq

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Naira Zohrabyan, leader of the Prosperous Armenia group in parliament, pressed for the debate and passage of a statement condemning the genocide against Yazidis in Northern Iraq. Zohrabyan told parliament last week during the Parliament session that as result of long debates it was possible to reach an agreement that the Parliament […]

WikiLeaks Dump Casts Rare Light on Erdogan Inner Circle

WikiLeaks Dump Casts Rare Light on Erdogan Inner Circle

By Amberin Zaman ISTANBUL (Al-Monitor) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems omnipotent, but few doubt that he is grooming Berat Albayrak as his successor. Foreign officials have described Albayrak to Al-Monitor as “Turkey’s most powerful man after Erdogan.” Some go as far as to suggest that he is already de facto running the country. […]