‘We will not kneel’: Jordanians continue protesting amid heavy security presence

10/06/2018 (Daily News – Egypt): Jordanians continued on Saturday angry protests for the fourth consecutive day against price hikes in fuel, electricity, and the controversial IMF-backed income tax bill, after the government and trade unions failed to reach an agreement to end the deadlock. Hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday flooded the streets of the capital Amman and other cities amid a heavy security presence. Some protesters headed towards Prime Minster Hani Al-Mulki’s office to demand the “fall of the government,” holding Jordanian flags and signs reading “Jordanians will not kneel.” Protesters blocked roads and burned tires, while police fired tear gas to prevent demonstrators from getting close to the government’s office…



Scientific team with Greek expert decodes Bronze Age bubonic plague genome

skeleton-grave-plague10/06/2018 (Ekathimerini – Greece): An international team of researchers headed by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, with Greek archaeogenticist Maria A. Spyrou, has decoded two 3,800-year-old genomes that suggest a Bronze Age origin for bubonic plague. The team analyzed a strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis that was recovered from the remains of two plague victims found in a double burial site in the Samara region of Russia. Their study, which was published last week in the Nature Communications journal, shows that this strain “is the oldest sequenced to date that contains the virulence factors considered characteristic of the bubonic plague, and is ancestral to the strains that caused the Justinian Plague, the Black Death and the 19th century plague epidemics in China,” according to an announcement from the Max Planck Institute…



First Iraq-flagged oil tanker in 3 decades leaves port

10/06/2018 (Arab News – KSA): BAGHDAD: An Iraq-flagged tanker carrying two million barrels of crude oil has set sail for the US, the first such trip in nearly three decades, the oil ministry said Saturday. Iraq, which has been ravaged by a series of wars since the 1980s, is the oil cartel OPEC’s second biggest producer with 153 billion barrels of proven crude reserves. “The Baghdad left Basra on Friday night headed for the United States. It is the first time since 1991 that Iraq is running its own oil tankers,” oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said. Basra, in southern Iraq, is an oil-rich province…



Erdogan to inaugurate TANAP pipeline in central Turkey

Erdogan to inaugurate TANAP pipeline in central Turkey10/06/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project on June 12 in central Turkey, the country’s presidency announced on Sunday. “The opening ceremony of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) will be held in Eskisehir on June 12, 2018 under the auspices of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” a statement by the presidency’spress office read. The opening ceremony will host government and state heads, energy ministers, executives of energy companies and senior bureaucrats from shareholder and friendly countries, the statement said. The TANAP project aims to transport the natural gas produced in Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz-2 gas field in the Caspian Sea and in other fields in the south of the Caspian Sea first to Turkey and then to Europe, it added…



Iran and the beginning of retreat from four Arab capitals

10/06/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Ali Al-Amin*): The messages Iran has been receiving from various directions are no longer oblivious to anyone. Even Iran’s decision makers now realize that the four Arab capitals, which they celebrated seizing a few years ago, have changed and are no longer the same cities that’s policies Iran had dominated. The so-called ‘Resistance Crescent’ or the ‘Shiite Crescent,’ as some like to call it, is no longer a bright crescent lit with Soleimani lights, in reference to Qassem Soleimani. The disastrous scene reveals how the four destroyed or weakened Arab cities from Sanaa to Baghdad to Damascus and Beirut are now trying to avoid death, which is trying to kill whatever is left of them…


*Ali Al-Amin is a journalist based in Lebanon and is the Editor of news site Janoubia.com.


Egypt new PM Madbouly settles on new cabinet; list to be presented to President Sisi Monday

Sisi, Madbouly10/06/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Sources close to Egypt’s newly appointed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told Al-Ahram Daily that the new PM has concluded most of his consultations and meetings with candidates for ministerial posts in the new cabinet, and has communicated with the ministers from former PM Sherif Ismail’s cabinet who will continue to serve in their positions. Madbouly is expected to present the final list of ministers for approval by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Monday before the ministers take their constitutional oath ahead of Eid, the sources said. The new cabinet will include a record of eight women serving as the ministers of investment, planning, health, environment, social solidarity, immigration, tourism, and culture, according to the sources…