‘Peace and joy in 2019’: Iran’s foreign minister tweets Christmas congratulations

Iran’s foreign minister tweeted an English language Christmas message, wishing ‘peace and joy’ in 2019. Christians are free to practice in the Islamic republic, but promoting conversions from Islam are illegal. Zarif, who often sends political messages via twitter, and even argues with the US President (link), used a line from the Koran to congratulate […]

Syrians celebrate Christmas & hope for lasting peace as US troops pullout (VIDEOS)

Syria, which saw large parts of its territory liberated from Islamists this year, is celebrating Christmas with pre-war fervor, hoping that the war is nearing its end as militant control dwindles and foreign actors leave. The bloodshed in Syria has affected everyone in the country, yet its religious minorities have undoubtedly seen the worst, having […]

Pro-Israel bully Nikki Haley claims Trump's peace plan is actually better for Palestine

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has touted the much-hyped but yet unreleased US peace plan for the Middle East as a boon for Palestine – despite that they have already rejected the plan, calling it the “slap of the century.” At her last UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, the outgoing US envoy […]

Hacking inner peace

1. Science class The principal calls this a mindful school. Johane Ligondé is effusively warm but with the kind of emotional solidity you’d expect from someone who wakes each morning to manage more than 1,000 kids at the only public middle school in the village of Freeport in Long Island, New York. She is also […]

Italy hosts Macron-snubbing Libya peace conference as Eni and Total race for petroleum assets

A two-day Libya conference is starting in Palermo, Italy – an event widely perceived as a counter to a similar gathering organized by France in May – as two European countries compete for the fractured nation’s oil and gas assets. The meeting in Sicily is meant to bring together key stakeholders involved in the ongoing […]

Putin: Syria peace process a priority, but remaining terrorists must be destroyed

Published time: 27 Oct, 2018 17:25 Edited time: 27 Oct, 2018 17:37 Setting up the committee to draft a new Syrian constitution is a priority, but eliminating the remaining “radical elements” in the country remains an important objective, Russia’s Vladimir Putin said at the Istanbul summit. “While the degree of violence in Syria has been […]

‘Netanyahu’s time is over’ – former Israeli PM Olmert calls for revival of his 2008 peace plan

It will take mere months to strike a deal with Palestinians if Israel returns to its 2008 two-state proposal, and the only ones opposing the plan are Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. “There is no question in my mind that Netanyahu’s time is over. He’s gone,” Olmert told TV […]

5 mistakes the US, Israel, and Palestine must not repeat if they want any chance of peace

Khue Bui/AP In the 25 years of the Oslo peace process, three presidents have unsuccessfully sought to resolve the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The U.S. can provide cover, explanation, reassurance—and commitments, all of which make it easier for both sides to make hard decisions. Learning from Washington’s past mistakes—as well as the past mistakes […]

Most controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners of all time

Despite Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un being tipped to take the top spot, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to anti-rape campaigns. However, previous winners haven’t always been so ‘noble.’ Before we begin, it’s worth remembering exactly what the prize is intended to represent. According to Alfred Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should […]