President Donald Trump's first few days in office have sparked global shock and outrage following the signing of several executive orders; the one that sparked the most outcries at the weekend was the suspension of refugee arrivals and barring visas for travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries. However Israeli ministers have, so far, kept quite over these 'drastic' changes. Trump believes he has the best interests of Americans at heart, however, many say that these political moves are fueling anger and hate, and may even cause severe conflicts... To enlighten us from a Middle Eastern perspective, joining us in studio is…

Na'eem Jeenah on Syria

  • 12 January, 2017
  • Published in Videos
South African aid organisations have been lauded for their humanitarian efforts in the Syrian conflict. The conflict began with the Arab spring in 2011 and now has degraded into a civil war whereby there are many armed factions fighting for control. To give us more insight and to explain South Africa's humanitarian role in Syria is Afro-Middle East Centre Executive Director Naeem Jeenah.
The United Nations has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after its lorries were attacked by warplanes near Aleppo on Monday.The attack came a few hours after the Syrian army declared an end to a week -long ceasefire. The United States has expressed outrage at an attack on an aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Na'eem Jeenah on the Saudi blasts

  • 05 July, 2016
  • Published in Videos
There have been three suicide attacks in 24 hours in Saudi Arabia. Four security staff were killed when an attacker blew himself up at a parking lot outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. Five other officers were wounded.
South Africa will attend a Middle East conference in Paris next month to take part in facilitating a two state solution. This emerged from a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas in Pretoria.
Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas on Wednesday. The result of the vote is expected on Thursday. The election is going ahead independently of a U.N. led peace process aimed at finding a political solution to the five-year-long war.
IS militants struck back in an attack on an Iraqi army base near Ramadi. This comes just days after the city was recaptured by government troops. At least sixty government soldiers are reported to have been killed. For more we have on the line Mr Na'eem Jeenah from the Afro Middle East Centre.
AMEC's Ebrahim Deen, with Minister Of State Security Mr David Mahlobo, and Sheila Khama of the Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights Commission, talking about terror attacks in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Interviewed on SABC's Media Monitor
For some analysis on the Paris and Lebanon attacks, AMEC researcher Omar Shaukat, spoke to SABC News

Paris attacks: Omar Shaukat

  • 16 November, 2015
  • Published in Videos
The Islamic State militant group Isis - based in Syria and Iraq - claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. It said the attacks were to punish France for its involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and for its attitude to Islam.

Ebrahim Deen on Paris attacks

  • 14 November, 2015
  • Published in Videos
AMEC's Ebrahim Deen commenting on Paris attacks on SABC News
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