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United States Plummets To 17th In Economic Freedom Rankings

By Josh Friedman The United States fell to 17th place in the Economic Freedom Index, an annual ranking of countries by economic liberty. Nations like the United Arab Emirates, Georgia and Lithuania now offer more economic freedom than the U.S., according to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C.-based think tank. In the 2017 Economic

Who Are The Refugees? Take An Up Close Look At Europe’s Migrant Crisis

An asylum seeker from Iran who stitched his lips in protest of the Greek-Macedonian border closure By JOSH FRIEDMAN With controversy swirling over U.S. President Donald Trump's refugee admission policy, many people may take interest in discovering who the refugees arriving in the West actually are. Care for an up close look at

By |January 29th, 2017|Analysis, Europe, Featured, Josh Friedman, Middle East|

Minorities From Iran Protest In Switzerland

Footage from the protest in Lucerne, Switzerland (in Farsi) By SABOOR NADEM and JOSH FRIEDMAN Ethnic minority migrants from Iran protested the Iranian regime Friday outside the train station in Lucerne, Switzerland. The protesters hailed primarily from the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, which is located near Pakistan. The demonstrators accused the Iranian government

By |December 10th, 2016|Europe, Iran, Middle East, News in Brief|

Lithuanian Interpreter From Afghanistan Stuck At Greek-Macedonian Border

Basir Yousofy An asylum seeker currently stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border is a former Lithuanian interpreter who reportedly worked with Lithuania's military in Afghanistan. Basir Yousofy says the Taliban was hunting him in Afghanistan because he worked with foreigners, Americans and non-Muslims. Documents obtained by FreeManPost appear to corroborate Yousofy's story, though the authenticity of the

Syrians, Afghans and Iraqi Kurds At Greek-Macedonian Border

Watch interviews with asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who are trapped outside Idomeni, Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border. Some have been camped at the border for a month. A video report on the situation at the border can be seen here.

Where Does Your Passport Rank?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Seven countries issue passports that provide more visa-free travel options than the U.S. passport, according to recently released rankings. German citizens have the world's top travel document. Henley & Partners (H&P), a residence and citizenship planning firm, ranks passports based on the number of countries and territories to which they provide visa-free access.

Iran Voted… On What?

President Hassan Rouhani casting his ballot. Rouhani can now count on more support for improving Iran's ties with the West. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Iranians voted in a national election on Friday. The results are still not entirely clear, but western media are naming Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as the big winner. Iran’s presidency was

By |March 1st, 2016|Featured, Iran, Josh Friedman, Middle East, News, Politics|

Saudi Atheist Gets 10 Years In Prison, 2,000 Lashes

A 28-year-old man in Saudi Arabia must serve 10 years in prison and endure 2,000 lashes for expressing atheism on social social media, The Independent reports. Saudi religious police, which monitor social media, determined the man posted more than 600 tweets denying the existence of god, ridiculing Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and

By |February 28th, 2016|Middle East, News, Politics, Saudi Arabia|

Palestinian Poet In Saudi Arabia Avoids Death Sentence For Blasphemy

Only gets prison and lashes for leaving Islam A Saudi court has ruled that a Palestinian poet is allowed to live, even if he left the faith of Islam. The man must serve eight years in prison and endure 800 lashes, though. CNN reports a court in Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Ashraf

By |February 3rd, 2016|Middle East, News, Politics, Saudi Arabia|

ISIS Bombs Damascus, Kills At Least 50

As Syrian government and opposition leaders prepared for peace talks, Islamic State militants detonated three bombs in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least 50 people. Syrian state news agency SANA reported the attack began with a car bombing in the al-Sayyeda Zainab area on Sunday. Then two suicide bombers blew themselves

By |January 31st, 2016|Middle East, News, Syria, Violence|

A Judicial Killing in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike has killed the judge who prosecuted Saudi-backed and now-exiled Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, CNN reports. The airstrike hit the home of Yemeni Judge Yahya Rubaid, killing him, as well as his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Five other family members and two guards suffered injuries. "We do not target homes," Saudi coalition

By |January 25th, 2016|Middle East, News in Brief, Saudi Arabia, Uncategorized, Yemen|

Egypt Marks Arab Spring Anniversary With Crackdown

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the protests in Egypt that led to the toppling of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Five years following Egypt's Arab Spring uprising, police are raiding thousands of homes in search of people who may protest against current President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the BBC reports. Sisi

By |January 25th, 2016|Africa, Egypt, Middle East, Politics|

Assad Retakes Rabia

Aided by Russian air strikes, Syrian government troops and "popular defense" forces seized the town of Rabia, BBC reports. Rabia was the last major town rebels controlled in Syria's western Latakia province. The town had been in rebel hands for the past four years.

By |January 24th, 2016|Middle East, News in Brief, Syria|

From Africa, the Middle East and Beyond to the Macedonian Border

Refugees, or economic migrants, have poured into Europe from all over Africa and as far east as Bangladesh. Many are now stuck in no man's land at the Greek-Macedonian border. Josh Friedman reports.  

Turkey Chooses Erdogan, Again

Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on Turkey's second election day of the year. Watch the video reports below:

By |November 5th, 2015|Featured, Josh Friedman, Middle East, News, Politics, Turkey|

Order Out of Chaos in Turkey?

FMP's Josh Friedman returns to Turkey two months following Turkish parliamentary elections. Turkey still has not formed a new government, but it does have a new war or two. Friedman reports from Istanbul, where a day prior, not one, but two terror attacks occurred. Might the chaos have a political purpose? Watch the previous reports

By |August 16th, 2015|Josh Friedman, Middle East, News, Politics, Turkey, Uncategorized|

Turkish Election Coverage

FMP's Josh Friedman covers the Turkish elections from Istanbul. Watch the video reports below:    

By |July 4th, 2015|Featured, Middle East, News, Politics, Turkey|

Boko Haram to join the Islamic State

Nigerian Islamist terror group Boko Haram has reportedly sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, the world's foremost Muslim militant group that currently occupies much of Syria and Iraq. Boko Harma Abubakar Shekau purportedly released a video in which he says that he is announcing his organization's "allegiance to the Caliph of Muslims."

By |March 8th, 2015|Africa, Featured, Middle East, Politics|
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