Crisis Monitoring

Pompeo: US no longer considers Israeli settlements illegal! - 19 November 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the United States was softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration that reversed decades of US policy. Pompeo said the administration of President Donald Trump will no longer abide by a 1978 State Department legal opinion that the settlements were "inconsistent with international law". "After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees... (the) establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law," Pompeo said.
At Bosnia and Herzegovina has reached a consensus on the formation of the new government
Following the general election in Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2018, the largest Bosniak, Serbian and Croatian political parties in the country reached a consensus on the formation of the new government. As a result of the compromise, Bosnian Serb Zoran Tegeltija has been appointed to head the Council of Ministers, Bosnia’s government.
Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air attacks! - 15 November 2019
Israel's army said early on Friday it had launched fresh raids on targets linked to Islamic Jihad in Gaza, after it fired a number of rockets into Israel, despite a ceasefire that came into effect on Thursday morning. The ceasefire had been agreed between Israel and the Palestinian armed group after two days of fighting in Gaza that began after Israel killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in an air raid. Gaza medical officials have put the death toll from the two days of fighting at 34, almost half of them Palestinians civilians and including eight children and three women. In Israel, at least 63 Israelis received treatment for injuries after hundreds of rocket launches from Gaza  paralysed much of the southern part of the country.
The protests continue after ending of the immunity of universities in Greece! - 14 November 2019
The conservative New Democracy, which came to power in July in Greece, put an end to the immunity of universities and contradicted the left and anarchist groups in the universities, causing political and social upheavals throughout the country. As a result of the developments, university students launched an occupation action in many universities. Students will continue their actions until Sunday, the anniversary of the November 17 student uprising against the Colonel's Junta in 1973.
Turkey deports US national as it starts returning ISIL fighters! - 11 November 2019
Turkey has deported a US national who is a member of ISIL, according to a Turkish official, as Ankara said it started repatriating captured fighters belonging to the armed group. In comments carried on Monday by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, interior ministry spokesperson Ismail Catakli said seven German nationals would be returned on November 14. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said last week Ankara would begin repatriating those held by Turkey as of Monday. Soylu did not provide any numbers or say which countries they would be sent back to. He said about 1,200 foreign ISIL fighters were in Turkish prisons and 287 members, including women and children, were recaptured during Turkey's military offensive into northeast Syria last month.
Trump says talks on Nile dam dispute 'went well'! - 6 November 2019
United States President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he held successful talks with officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over a new dam being built on the Nile river. Trump was mediating in a dispute over Ethiopia's construction of the huge dam which Egypt says could drastically disrupt the Nile, the river providing 90 percent of the country's drinking water. Ethiopia says the five-billion-dollar Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near the border with Sudan will be a massive boost to the economy and is necessary to provide much-needed electricity. However, the Egyptians fear the move would be at its expense, and reduce its share of Nile water.
Russian Diplomat Deported in Bulgari! - 28 October 2019
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry expelled a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Sofia, accusing him of espionage for more than a year.
Election of the President of the Constitutional Court of Northern Macedonia! - 30 October 2019
Kuzey Makedonya Cumhuriyeti Anayasa Mahkemesi üyesi olan Türkiye kökenli Salih Murat, 6 oy, 2 red ve 1 çekimser oyla oy çokluğu ile Kuzey Makedonya Anayasa Mahkemesi Başkanı seçildi.
EU and NATO representatives release about Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring – October 10, 2019
Turkey launched the Operation Peace Spring in order to create safe areas for the eastern Euphrates on October 9, 2019. While EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy High Representative Federica Mogherini emphasized to halt the operation from Turkey, NATO also expressed its concerns against the plan. Juncker, The president of the EU Commission, told the European Parliament that EU understands Turkey’s “security concerns” along the border. But he warned the military action would not lead to a “good result” for the region. Acording to Turkey, the terrorist group PKK and its extension the YPG/PYD constitute the biggest threat to Syria’s future, jeopardizing the country’s territorial integrity and unitary structure. Turkey plans to resettle two million Syrians in a 30-km-wide (19-mi) safe zone to be set up in Syria.
At least one person has died overcrowded refugee camp in Greece - September 30, 2019
During a demonstration by a group who wanted to move from the Moria camp, known for its poor conditions on the island of Lesbos, a fire broke out in the container where the refugees stayed. Affected by fire, a woman and child have died and 17 people were slightly injured. Nearly one million refugees crossed from neighbouring Turkey to the Greek islands from 2015 to present.
US State Department assigned a new envoy for the Western Balkans, Serbia and Kosovo - August 28, 2019
U.S. the Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans. In a statement on August 30,  the State Department said that Palmer will lead U.S. efforts to strengthen “diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions." The EU is also expected to appoint a special representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue process, after US appoints US Deputy Secretary of State Matthew Palmer as Special Representative for the Western Balkans. Besides, French President Emannuel Macron said in a brief press release following his meeting with Serbia's foreign minister Ivica Dacic at the UN 74th Plenary Session, France would be involved in the dialogue process after the October 6th elections in Kosovo. The dialogue, launched in 2011 to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia, which is on its way to EU membership, came into a deadlock when Kosovo began to impose a 100% tax on Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina's products in late 2018.
The biggest earthquake of the last 30 years in Albania-September 21, 2019
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Albania, whose epicenter is 30 kilometers north of the city of Durrës, injured 105 people and damaged more than 600 buildings. Following the first earthquake of 5.8, recorded as the biggest earthquake of the last 30 years, 340 aftershocks occurred, the smallest of which was 2.9.
Egyptians demand end to Sisi regime - September 23, 2019
According to international media Egyptians has released in Tahrir Square after video mesages of buisnesman Muhammed Ali that accuse Sisi’s regime and military ruling class for corruption. Mass protests are spreading in many other cities of the country.
No Solution on Johnson's meeting - Sept 18, 2019
Johnson meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on September 19, 2019 for insisting a Brexit deal is possible. As he shook hands with Johnson, Juncker declared himself “cautiously optimistic” and insisted that “Europe never loses patience” despite the tortuous Brexit saga dragging on over three years. However there is still no result on Brexit meetings for both sides. According to EU officials, Johnson's unreasonable Brexit threat is a deception maneuver.
Saudi Arabia Offered Abbas $10 Billion to Accept Trump’s Peace Plan - May 1, 2019
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion if he accepts US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century,” the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday.
Israel coalition government formed at the expense of West Bank - April 30, 2019
The formation of a coalition government in Israel led by Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the expense of the occupied West Bank, Israeli broadcaster Kan reported yesterday. Kan said that the Union of the Right-Wing Parties and the Likud are laying down a term in the coalition agreement including the annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. According to Kan, the talks are revolving around annexing the major illegal Israeli Jewish settlements, but it was agreed that this term would remain general to allow room for maneuverability.
Trump working to designate Muslim Brotherhood as 'terror' group - April 30, 2019
The Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign "terrorist" organisation, the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt's oldest Islamist movement. "The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi had urged US President Donald Trump to take the step during an April 9 visit to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing officials familiar with the matter. After the meeting, Trump praised Sisi as a "great president," as a bipartisan group of US politicians raised concerns about Sisi's record on human rights.
‘Israel has arrested 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967’- April 29, 2019
The Prisoners’ and Freed Prisoners’ Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation revealed on Sunday that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported. Almost 17,000 of those arrested were detained in the years since the start of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000. The detention of Palestinian children, he explained, is practised “systematically” by the Israeli authorities.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is leading a military advance towards Tripoli. - April 5, 2019
East based Libyan National Army (LNA) leaded by general Khalifa Hafter, has launched a new military operation against UN backed forces in Libya's capital Tripoli. The UN blamed the operation to General Khalifa Haftar, a commander from the east who is trying to seize the capital by the coup. Khafter is backed by some Arab regimes. 
Demonstrations Continues in Algeria - April 11,2019
After two decade in power resigning Algeria's President Bouteflika last week, Abdulkader Binsalah was named as interim leader of 90 days until a new election. Although, young students and demonstrators keeping remaining in the streets, demanding free election and countries liberalization. Today, hundreds of protesters marche through the Algerian capital demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation as soon as possible. 
6,000 Palestinian children jailed by Israel since 2015: NGO - April 5, 2019
At least 6,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli authorities since 2015, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Association. In a statement issued on Friday to mark Palestinian Children's Day, the NGO said 98 percent of the children held had been subjected to psychological and/or physical abuse while in Israeli custody. According to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority's Committee for Prisoners' Affairs, the total number of Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel stands at 5,700, including 48 women and 250 children.
Israel general: Israel was behind coup against Egypt’s Morsi - April 3, 2019
Israel worked to overthrow Egypt’s first democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, and to orchestrate a coup against him in 2013, Israeli army Brigadier General, Aryeh Eldad, wrote in a local paper. The writer said in an article in Maariv newspaper that “the outbreak of the January revolution coincided with the Israeli security assessment that President-elect Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood man, intended to cancel the peace agreement with Israel and send more Egyptian military forces to the Sinai Peninsula.”
Palestinian prisoners in Israel's jails launch hunger strike - April 7, 2019
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched an open-ended mass hunger strike over deteriorating conditions inside. About 30 inmates started the strike on Sunday, and up to 1,500 others will join them in the coming week, the prisoners - including administrative detainees - said in a statement circulated by local media. The prisoners will reject the intake of any food or water, mainly in protest against the recent installation of mobile phone reception blocking equipment in the Ramon prison, a notorious Israeli military jail in the southern Negev region. This equipment is a health hazard that harms the prisoners and may lead to cancer, the prisoners said in their statement.
“Annex illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank” statement from Netanyahu - April 6, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he would annex illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office, in an attempt to win over right-wing voters. “We’re going to continue controlling the entire territory west of the  [River] Jordan,” he said, about the occupied West Bank. Roughly 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live on more than 100 settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.