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Tag Archives: Middle East

UCF’s International Relations Club Travels to Washington D.C.

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When I am not busy researching African politics and development, I spend my free time as treasurer of the International Relations Club (IRC). IRC is an organization that fosters discussion on international issues and current events, while promoting students’ academic and professional development. Last week, 15 IRC members – including Global Perspectives’ Bok Human Trafficking […]

Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

Officials Attempt to Shut Down Al Jazeera

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Leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt have sent Qatari government officials a list of 13 demands in an attempt to ameliorate the conflict in the Gulf region. One of these demands includes shutting down Al Jazeera, a state news network that the Qatari government finances. According to UN Special Rapporteur […]

Qatar Becomes Focus of Terrorist Claims

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The nations surrounding Qatar have reportedly displayed “displeasure” with the Qatari government’s foreign policy. According to the BBC, “Tensions have arisen from Qatar’s support for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood; its close relationship with groups such as the Taliban and certain al-Qaeda affiliates; and its relationship with Iran” (BBC). US President Donald Trump became involved in the discussion, […]

Lebanese Interior Ministry Bans Wonder Woman

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Previously set to premiere in Beirut theaters on Wednesday night, the new film Wonder Woman is now banned in Lebanon. Lebanon’s Interior Ministry has officially banned the film because the lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli and a former soldier for the Israeli Defense Force (Al Jazeera). Gadot has previously posted political messages on the […]