Middle East and North Africa

  • UAE ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES IN YEMENI PRISONS

    - Jul 18, 2018
    Human rights violations in a string of Yemeni prisons run by the United Arab Emirates could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report promptly rejected by the UAE. It called for investigations...
  • WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP IN SYRIA?

    - Jul 18, 2018
    Reese Ehrlich Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past several weeks tens of thousands walked to the Jordanian and Israeli borders hoping...
  • TURKEY, IRAQ AND CHINA DEFY TRUMP ON NEW IRAN SANCTIONS

    - Jul 2, 2018
    JUAN COLE The Trump administration is unlikely to have the same success in getting other countries to boycott Iranian petroleum as did the Obama administration in 2012-2015, though its officials are making a full court press...
  • TOO HOT TO HANDLE: SAUDI CORRUPTION PROBE AVOIDS BAE ARMS BRIBERY

    - May 15, 2018
    The secret commissions paid to senior members of the Saudi Royal Family by the arms manufacturer BAE and their billion dollar fortunes hidden in offshore companies and Swiss bank accounts was overlooked in the recent corruption...
  • WHY IS ISRAEL FIGHTING IRAN?

    - May 14, 2018
    After having ostensibly defeated the Palestinians, Israel feels ready to deal with the more distant threat of Iran By Ofri Ilany What’s the reason for Israel’s current confrontation with Iran? In the past few weeks, the surging...
  • LEFT AND RIGHT AGREE ON SYRIA

    - May 1, 2018
    By Hanaa Hasan | (Middle East Monitor) The sight of yet another chemical attack on civilians in Douma on Saturday 7 April caused the kind of international outrage that the world now expects and has come...
  • IRAN OUTMANEUVERS TRUMP-SAUDI-ISRAELI AXIS IN IRAQ

    - Mar 29, 2018
    Juan Cole U.S. President Donald Trump has allegedly complained to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that after the 2015 nuclear deal, the Iranians “think they can do anything they want.” Presumably Trump was referring to Iran’s...
  • AFTER ISIS…WHAT NOW FOR RUINED RAQQA?

    - Mar 27, 2018
    Raqqa has fallen. But where is the global investment in rebuilding? The leader of US Central Command tours the devastated city. FIRE BASE RAQQA, Syria – The calm. When Gen. Joseph Votel emerged from the dank...
  • JOHN BOLTON’S LONG STRUGGLE FOR WAR WITH IRAN

    - Mar 25, 2018
    By Gareth Porter Everyone knows Bolton is a hawk. Less understood is how he labored in secret to drive Washington and Tehran apart. In my reporting on U.S.-Israeli policy, I have tracked numerous episodes in which...
  • EID CEASEFIRE IN AFGHANISTAN

    - Mar 13, 2018
    KABUL: Taliban militants headed into cities across Afghanistan on Sunday, June 17th as they celebrated their unprecedented Eid ceasefire, raising questions about what would happen should the hugs and selfies stop and the festive atmosphere and...