By Barbara Gianessi, MEDEA Institute After several weeks of hesitation the European Union has agreed to endorse the decision by some Member States of a greater involvement in the Iraqi conflict. During an emergency meeting, held on August 15th in Brussels, the twenty-eight European foreign ministers released a joint declaration welcoming any effort to provide weapons to the Kurdish fighters, currently engaged in an intense confrontation with the Islamic State's militants in the North of Iraq. France and the United Kingdom have already started delivering some military supplies to the Kurdish forces, while Italy and the Czech Republic are still examining ways to assist. Germany is also working toward supplying the military in northern Iraq, but mainly with transport and non-lethal supplies.
Egypt hunger strikes gain momentum – 14/09/2014 – Al Jazeera English
A nationwide hunger strike is gaining support in Egypt against the country’s controversial Protest Law.As Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi heads to New York next week for the UN General Assembly, he leaves behind a country with a growing movement of hunger strikers calling for the release of detainees jailed under a controversial Protest Law.
Islamic banking draws new interest from the West – 7/09/2014 – Al Monitor
Western societies and institutions increasingly look to Islamic financial regulations in their desire to renew themselves. Islamic banking could provide an alternate financial model to market systems negatively impacted by the 2008 financial crisis.