Here’s a rundown of Al Jazeera’s Middle East coverage this week.
This week protests in Iran, an investigation into the death of Shireen Abu Akleh and Lebanese bank robberies. Here’s your summary, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Middle East and North Africa editor of Al Jazeera Digital.
Mahsa Amini was on a family trip to Tehran when the vice squad arrested her on September 13 for what they called her indecent clothing. Witnesses said authorities beat her in their van. The 22-year-old was taken to a re-education center and later died in a hospital on September 16.
Iranian authorities said she had suffered a heart attack and blamed pre-existing health problems, which her family denied she ever had. Amini was in a coma when she died.
Amini’s death has struck a chord in Iran. The morality police – and Iran’s restrictive dress laws – are rejected by many Iranians. Her death while in custody resulted in: protests across Iran, hacking government websites and viral videos of women cutting their hair or burning their headscarves. And now some people who attended protests have been murdered.Read:North Korea fires fourth ballistic missile in one week after Vice President Harris’ gaffe
An independent inquiry this week tore another piece from the Israeli narrative surrounding the murder of an Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleha. Researchers say they have found evidence that a Israeli military sniper fired a total of 16 rounds, in three salvos, over the course of two minutes — making Israel’s suggestion that the Palestinian American’s murder was “accidental” seems unlikely.
Banks have been robbed, usually at gunpoint, everywhere Lebanon – but the perpetrators are treated as heroes. That’s because the people who commit the theft demand their own money. Doesn’t make sense, right? Well it has to do with Lebanon’s economic crisisand restrictions on bank withdrawals. Read this explanation for more details, and this interview with Sali Hafiz. She started the latest round of bank robberies and explains why she did it: to save her sick sister.
It’s not all bad news
Stories coming out of the Gaza Strip are all too often about war and destruction. This time, however, rare good news was reported when a farmer working in his olive grove unearthed a spectacular, vividly colored and nearly intact Byzantine mosaic floor, estimated to be about 1,500 years old.Read:China using civilian ships to extend military reach, ability: experts
Iranian Rial goes digital
Cryptocurrencies Have Been Boom and Bust Repeatedly, But Iran still plans to launch what it’s called a ‘digital rial’. Technically, it’s not a cryptocurrency — it’s highly centralized, certainly an insult to crypto traditionalists — but Iran says the idea is that it would allow the country to advance its fintech sector. But some people are not so sure and worry about privacy and whether there will be economic benefits.
A man was killed during confrontations among Palestinian security forces and residents in nablus – Tunisia former prime minister was detained in what critics call crackdown on the oppositionbefore being released later – Israel to be named first ambassador until Turkey since 2018, but Chili’s President snubbed Israel’s envoy there after a Palestinian teenager was killed in the occupied West Bank – Five people were killed in a reported Israeli air strike On Damascus airport – Egypt liberated Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed al-Najdi, who has been detained since August 2020.Read:US Pacific summit faces rocky start as island leaders reject Washington’s offers |
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Russia’s losses are Turkey’s gains
Turkey played a balancing act with Russia and Ukraine, supported Kiev’s sovereignty (and backed it with military drones), while refusing to impose sanctions on Moscow. But Turkey knows that Russia’s preoccupation with Ukraine offers opportunities for Ankara in other areas. “Anyone who thinks the war in Ukraine is ultimately a conflict involving Moscow, Kiev and the western capitals would do well to look further afield,” Carnegie Europe’s Dimitar Bechev wrote in this op-ed. “If Russia’s expansion is stopped, another country will be ready to spread its diplomatic influence.”
Quote of the week
“I feel lost – like all Iraqi people. We don’t know what our future will be, not even in the coming days. Everything is on point’ – Muser, a young activist stuck among Iraq’s warring militias and politicians, says in this message from Baghdad.