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Islamist movement Hamas moving closer to Iran

by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

August 14, 2013 | 1:25 pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Aug. 14. Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

The Islamist Hamas movement has sharply criticized the Palestinian Authority for resuming peace talks with Israel, saying that... read full article

  • On Jerusalem’s streets, little excitement about peace talks

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    August 13, 2013 | 10:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the oppressive heat of a Jerusalem afternoon, neither Israelis nor Palestinians could summon much enthusiasm for the peace talks that are set to resume on Wednesday for the first time in three years. Each side believes the...

  • Americans in Yemen fear kidnappings

    by Abdulrahman Shamlan, The Media Line

    July 25, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Luke, an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city.  With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he also lives in fear.

    The number...

  • Egypt’s army chief calls for mass demonstrations

    by Sherif Elhelwa, The Media Line

    July 24, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Egypt’s military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today called for mass rallies on Friday to give him a mandate to confront violence. Coming three weeks after the army deposed Mohamed Morsi, the call puts pressure on...

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  • More Palestinians visiting Israel during Ramadan

    by Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    July 16, 2013 | 10:33 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinians are torn between being happy that many have received permits to visit Jerusalem and Israel during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, and being concerned for the West Bank shops which will lose a great deal of...

  • New dangers accompany US passports as Egypt erupts

    by Michel Stors, The Media Line

    July 10, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeard on themedialine.org.

    When Brian Dennison was considering where to study Arabic abroad, the 23-year old’s choices were limited.  Yemen?  It has an Al-Qa’ida affiliate that feasts on foreigners.  Syria?  It is enmeshed in a civil war where dodging...

  • Egyptian fighting squeezes the Gaza Strip

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    July 9, 2013 | 10:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Ahmed Abu Hamda, a journalist and producer in the Gaza Strip, had some work to do in the morning. But as happens frequently in Gaza, there was an electricity blackout because the area’s sole power plant is running low on fuel.

    ...
  • In Israel: You’re right and you’re right, too!

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    July 8, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The minibus travels along a bumpy road through Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. The roads are narrow and poorly paved.

    “You are seeing Israel’s ongoing neglect of these Palestinian neighborhoods for more than four...

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