Sunday Headlines

Jordan Buckling Under Pressure From Syria’s Refugees
According to recent figures from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan stands at almost 680,000, with approximately 85 percent of them living in host communities and  in the shadows of Jordan’s cities, towns and villages. And life is getting more difficult in the camps, a situation which some refugees choose to flee and return to Syria.

“As this tiny country and an overstretched humanitarian response try to accommodate a massive migration, services are being pulled from under the refugees. In the past few months, their food assistance vouchers have been either eliminated or dramatically reduced, and they’ve been asked to pay for health care that was previously free. Many have moved back into the camps. And many have returned to Syria,” reports Nina Stochlic in The Daily Beast.

Emma Parson and Katie Welsford in Compass Cultura journey through the desert to Amman to explore the Syrian narrative in Jordan.

China Is The Latest Outpost For The Israeli Lobby
The Diplomat’s Mohammed al-Sudairi looks at the growing presence of the Israeli lobby in China.

Is Kenya Losing The War Against Boko Haram?
Hussein Khalid, the executive director of Haki Africa, argues that the Kenyan government is fighting the wrong fight as it tries to defeat Boko Haram.

Khalid maintains that his organization and others have been targeted by the government, which has adopted a counterterrorism strategy that includes human rights abuses and the indiscriminate targeting of the country’s Muslims.

He argues this should lead to a reexamination by the U.S. of the support it is giving to the current regime “until the Kenyan government reins in its security forces and stops attempts to intimidate and harass human rights defenders” and, he adds, “the United States cannot keep writing blank checks. The United States also must do more to support Kenyan civil society.”

Arab States Have Demands That Must Be Met Before Support For Iran Deal
Leading Persian Gulf states want major new weapons systems and security guarantees from the White House in exchange for backing a nuclear agreement with Iran, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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