President Rouhani Blasts US for Shaking Iran-Powers Talks | Fars News

“Our people are fully distrustful of the Americans, and the US had better have paved the ground for attracting their trust to some extent. The US moves make the Iranian people even more distrustful of the US and these actions run counter to the Geneva agreements,” President Rouhani said during a press conference here in Tehran on Saturday.

He then pointed to the US justifications that it has not imposed any fresh sanctions against Iran to violate the Geneva deal, and the newly embargoed individuals and companies have been punished as an extension of the previous sanctions, and said, “Even if we imagine that they are right, such a behavior still runs counter to the spirit of the Geneva Agreement.” [Read more]

Will Turkey’s centre-left dare to reform itself? | openDemocracy

As expected, Recep Tayyip Erdogan just became the first elected President of the Turkish Republic. The defeat of the Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s presidential nominee, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, jointly nominated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), shows the opposition that denouncing Erdogan’s authoritarianism cannot be enough to win an election by direct universal suffrage.

Indeed, at this time, Turkey’s centre-left is unable to offer a credible alternative to the “illiberal democracy” currently being built by Turkey’s longest- ruling prime minister. [Read more]

13 Photos by an Exiled Iranian Photojournalist of People Caught in Conflict in the Middle East | Global Voices Online

Maryam Ashrafi is an Iranian living in exile in Paris. She left behind a country rife with human rights and ethnic struggles to journey to different parts of the world and photograph the stories of people living in crises.

Ashrafi’s portfolio spans Iran, Iraq, Turkey and protests in Paris. Her latest project took her to Iraqi Kurdistan to document the stories of female Kurdish peshmerga (armed fighters) in their training camps. The following is an interview conducted by Global Voices with Ashrafi about her photojournalism, with a selection of 13 photos she chose to share as she explained her work. [Read more]

The U.N. says 7 in 10 Palestinians killed in Gaza were civilians. Israel disagrees. | Washington Post

The war in Gaza will now continue in a battle between databases to determine who was killed and why.

The most contested number, the one that attracts the most stubborn insistence and ferocious rebuttal, is not the total fatalities on the Palestinian side, the more than 2,100 dead in the Gaza hostilities.

The controversy centers instead on the ratio of civilians to combatants, or as the Israelis call them “terrorist operatives.” [Read more]


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