The latest bloody flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict came to a tentative end last week, with a decisive victory for Azerbaijan. In 6 short weeks the aggressors have managed to claw back cities and territory had been under de-facto Armenian rule since the fall of the Soviet Union. Huge concessions have been made by the Armenian government, and the independent Artsakh republic has all but been handed over to the Azeris in a Russia-brokered peace deal which will have huge consequences for the balance of power in the region.
An Iranian court has upheld a draconian 24 year prison sentence given to a feminist activist that protested against the law that forces women to wear a hijab in public places.
Kurdish filmmaker Kutbettin Cebe has been found guilty of “creating terrorist propaganda” and sentenced to two and a half years in prison in Turkey for his documentary “Roza – The Land of Two Rivers” about the Rojava revolution filmed in 2016.
The Communist Party of Armenia have issued a statement condemning the ongoing conflict between their country and Azerbaijan and calling for peace and dialogue.
The Communist Party of Britain has condemned Azerbaijan’s ‘unprovoked attack’ on Nagorno-Karabakh, its continuing assault on Armenia and the direct military involvement of NATO member Turkey
On Tuesday (15 September 2020), Israel signed a US-backed diplomatic agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, purportedly to improve the relations in the Middle East. However this supposedly historic move from all angles comes at a cost for the Palestinian people, breaking longstanding Arab unity in opposition to Israel’s military occupation.
The Ministry of Defence has revealed that Saudi pilots have undergone test-bombings at British ‘air weapon ranges’ in cooperation with the RAF.
Fuel has been added to the fire in Lebanon with the contents of a new report detailing the surge in poverty and extreme poverty the country has experienced over the last year.
Lebanon’s political crisis deepened after Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday (10 August 2020) on national television that the whole cabinet had resigned, despite President Michel Aoun asking them to stay on as caretakers until a new government is formed.
As the body count rises to over 150 confirmed dead, thousands in Lebanon took to the streets over the weekend to protest corruption and negligence.