Despite Turkish reservations, Qatar, ExxonMobil plan oil drilling off Cyprus

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Following Qatar’s signing of a deal with US petroleum company ExxonMobil in 2017 to explore oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus, a Turkish energy expert said that Turkish President Erdogan should warn Qatar of going ahead with the deal as Turkey is known for blocking oil exploration on their territory, according to Ahval News newspaper. Turkish Coast Guard vessels had prevented the Italian energy company, Eni, from drilling near Cyprus, which caused tensions to rise between both countries. ...

Gas and oil diplomacy in Eastern Mediterranean prelude to regional war

Saturday, 10 February 2018

The Middle East has undergone major vicissitudes following the “Arab Spring” demonstrations. The Mideast is one of the most important regions in the world and the stability of which is mandatory to peace and stability in the world. Since 2011, the Middle East has entered a state of uncertainty with many conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and other states that are apt to witness internal wars. Nowadays, tension is on the rise between Turkey and Egypt on energy resources in the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Greece makes Sharia Law optional for Muslim minority

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Greek parliament on Tuesday made the practice of Islamic sharia law in family disputes optional for the country’s Muslim minority, changing a century-old legacy.Greece’s leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras immediately called the vote an “historic step” as it “extended equality before the law to all Greeks.”The legislation will allow Muslim litigants to opt for a Greek court to resolve family disputes rather than appealing to Islamic jurists known as ...

Despite Greek shelter, Yazidis struggle to integrate

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Although Ibrahim Hondeta’s Yazidi family reached Greece a year ago after fleeing persecution, they still fear being the target of violence and are fighting to keep their community together.Having run the gauntlet of invasion, combat, killings and enslavement by ISIS in Iraq, the members of this religious minority have found temporary shelter in the largely agricultural region of Serres in northern Greece.The camp they have been allocated to is one of the best in the country -- their ...

Greek police raids find explosives, 9 held over links to banned Turkish group

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Greek police found bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens on Tuesday and were questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan next week. Eight men and a woman thought to hold Turkish citizenship were being detained after morning raids at three different addresses in central Athens. Earlier, police officials told Reuters the individuals were being quizzed for alleged links to the ...

Croatia rout Greece 4-1 to close in on World Cup

Friday, 10 November 2017

Croatia moved closer to next year’s World Cup with an emphatic 4-1 home win over Greece on Thursday in the first leg of their two-legged playoff after the Balkan nation produced their most impressive qualifying performance. The result left the Greeks with a difficult task to overhaul the deficit in Athens on Sunday if they are to reach their third successive finals. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, in charge for only his second game after overseeing a 2-0 win over ...

Pyeongchang 2018 Games torch lit in ancient Olympia

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The torch for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics was lit in ancient Olympia on Tuesday using the backup flame from the dress rehearsal due to rainy weather, kicking off the countdown for the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan. The run-up to the Feb. 9-25 Olympics has been overshadowed by the escalating crisis on the Korean peninsula triggered by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests but organizers said the Games would be safe. The traditional ...

Greek journalists on 24-hour strike over social security

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Greek journalists have walked off the job for 24 hours to protest underfunding of their social security fund, which came as a result of austerity measures demanded by Greece’s bailout creditors.The journalists’ strike pulled all radio and television news broadcasts off the air from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. News websites were not updating their content, while no Wednesday newspapers would be printed.The country’s main journalist union, ESIEA, called on the ...

Greek media workers on 24-hour strike over health care fund

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Greece is under a news blackout after the country’s biggest press union called a 24-hour strike to protest the feared closure of a special health care fund for media employees.No news programs are being broadcast Tuesday and websites aren’t renewing their news content, while newspapers won’t be published Wednesday.The Athens Journalists’ Union is pressing for assistance from the government and media companies to help keep the troubled fund afloat.Greece’s news media ...

Tsipras boasts turning Grexit to ‘Grinvest’

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that the country’s Grexit status had changed and it was now attracting investors in droves.“In 2016, direct foreign investments were the highest in the last 10 years and in 2017 further improvement is expected”, Tsipras said while inaugurating the Thessaloniki International Fair.“A French businessman who came to Greece with my French counterpart this week approached me and told me that we have managed to transform ...

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