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Iraqi Kurdish security forces raid office of broadcaster iPLUS amid dispute in ruling party

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). New York, July 14, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the raid by Iraqi Kurdish security forces of...

A Better Cocoa Bean? Israel Launches Accelerator to Give Ghana’s Farming Startups a High-Tech...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Before he became the poultry king of Ghana, Kwabena Darko was a young student in central Israel. Hailing from a small village...

‘We’re Both Nations of Problem-Solvers,’ Says UAE Minister

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). CTech – “Nearly a year after the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — and...

Gearing up humanitarian assistance for Palestine refugees |

“The signing of the US-UNRWA Framework and additional support demonstrates we once again have an ongoing partner in the United States that understands the...

IAF’s Third F-35 Squadron Becomes Operational

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – The Israeli Air Force on Thursday dedicated its third F-35I “Adir” squadron, which will call the Nevatim Airbase in...

Israel’s National Security Adviser to Resign in August

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat informed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday that he will be stepping down...

IDF Soldier Who Was First Into Entebbe Airport in Legendary July 4, 1976 Operation...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). An Israeli special forces veteran who was first into the Entebbe airport terminal during the IDF’s now-legendary 1976 hostage rescue operation...

Jordan’s King Abdullah Heads to US to Meet Biden

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Jordan’s King Abdullah left for the United States on Thursday for a three-week visit that includes the first meeting by an...

Iran Restricts IAEA Access to Main Enrichment Plant After Attack: Diplomats

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Iran has been restricting UN nuclear inspectors’ access to its main uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, citing security concerns after what...

Iran Leader Names Hardline Cleric as New Judiciary Head

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Iran’s Supreme Leader on Thursday appointed hardline cleric Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as the new head of the judiciary, state media reported,...

Israel Seeks to Extend New Gulf Ties to All Middle East, Says Lapid

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israel’s foreign minister said on Wednesday his visit to the United Arab Emirates was just the start of a road to...

Israelis ‘Surprised’ at Hamas Sitting Next Door in Cairo, as Indirect Talks on Captives...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Members of an Israeli delegation attending a Cairo meeting on securing Israeli captives held in Gaza were “surprised” to learn that...

Algerian journalist Mustapha Bendjama given 2-month suspended prison sentence

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). On June 27, 2021, an appeals court in Annaba, in northeast Algeria, issued Mustapha Bedjama, editor-in-chief of the local independent news...

Bahrain Officially Appoints the First-Ever Ambassador to Israel

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Bahrain officially appointed the country’s first-ever ambassador to Israel, the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported Tuesday. Bahrain’s King Hamad...

Syrian security forces arrest journalist Bassam Safar at Damascus checkpoint

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). New York, June 30, 2021 – Syrian authorities should disclose their rationale for arresting journalist Bassam Safar, as well as the...

UAE Foreign Minister Expects Normalization With Israel to Continue Despite Change in Government

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed told Axios on Tuesday that the process of normalization with Israel will continue despite...

Palestinian security forces assault at least 5 journalists covering protests in Ramallah

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). New York, June 30, 2021 – Authorities in the West Bank should conduct a thorough investigation into security forces’ recent attacks...

Saudi Arabia Plans New National Airline as It Diversifies From Oil

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans on Tuesday to launch a second national airline as part of a...

Israel’s Rafael Unveils Sea Breaker Long-Range Missile System

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Israeli defense technology company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled the “Sea Breaker” long-range missile system capable of...

Criticism of Palestinian Security Forces Raises Pressure on Abbas

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Pressure is mounting on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over his security forces’ handling of protesters demanding his resignation since one of...

Israel Ranks Among Strongest Global Cyber Powers

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Israel is one of the strongest nations when it comes to cyber capabilities, according to a report published Monday...

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister: ‘Mossad Has Penetrated the Regime’

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has infiltrated Iran’s leadership, and many senior officials in the Islamic Republic are compromised, a...

US Secretary of State Blinken Welcomes Opening of Israeli Embassy in UAE

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement welcomed Tuesday’s official opening of the Israeli Embassy in...

Israel’s Otonomo and AWS to Accelerate Vehicle Data-Based Innovation Through

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). CTech – Israel’s Otonomo, a platform that provides a marketplace for vehicle data, has announced that it will use Amazon Web...