Middle East and North Africa

  • HEZBULLAH POUNDED BY PROTESTORS

    - Dec 4, 2019
    BEIRUT—It was the sort of chant that, only a month or so ago, would have been all but unthinkable in Lebanon. “Terrorists, terrorists, Hezbollah are terrorists,” yelled some of the hundreds of anti-government protesters who stood...
  • TENSIONS RISE BETWEEN JORDAN AND ISRAEL

    - Dec 4, 2019
    Jordan held a military drill simulating an attack on the Hashemite Kingdom’s western border with Israel amid rising tensions with the Jewish state, Arab media reported on Monday. According to the reports, the drill was conducted...
  • BLEAK FATE OF THE SYRIAN KURDS

    - Dec 3, 2019
    Human Rights Watch reports that the fundamentalist Arab fighters Turkey brought with it to the Kurdish regions of northeast Iraq are guilty of war crimes. In the area Turkey has militarily occupied, which it is pleased to...
  • IRAN’S HOLD ON IRAQ IS ERODING

    - Dec 3, 2019
    The next Iraqi prime minister will have to at least profess distance from Iranian influence, without jeopardizing close economic ties with Tehran, including dependence on Iranian aid The Iraqi parliament was expected to confirm the resignation...
  • IRAN’S PROTESTS ARE JUST BEGINNING

    - Dec 3, 2019
    The protests in Iran following the tripling of fuel prices are arguably the most significant in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic. They could be a harbinger of things to come, writes Ali Fathollah-Nejad.  The New...
  • US HUMILIATES PALESTINIANS BY CLOSING CONSULATE

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The US State Department announced on March 4th that it is going to merge the American consulate general in East Jerusalem with the American embassy in West Jerusalem. A statement published on the embassy website in Israel said...
  • HANGING JUDGE MADE IRAN’S CHIEF JUSTICE

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed ultra-conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a one-time presidential hopeful, as head of the judiciary, the leader’s website said. Former judge Raisi, who currently heads the holy shrine of Imam...
  • U.S. COALITION THREATENED EAST OF THE EUPHRATES

    - Mar 16, 2019
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to keep a residual force of at least 400 troops in Syria prevents the immediate takeover of valuable natural resources and infrastructure in Eastern Syria by Iran, Assad, and Russia. These actors...
  • BOUTEFLIKA IS TOAST

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Monday he is dropping his bid for a fifth term in office, scrapping the upcoming elections altogether after weeks of protests against his candidacy. “Peacefully, we have overthrown the puppet!”...
  • THE US SHOULD LEAVE SYRIA, BUT MUST PROTECT ITS KURDS FROM TURKEY

    - Jan 9, 2019
    STEPHEN ZUNES Donald Trump’s sudden decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria appears to have been impetuous and ill-considered — apparently a result of a conversation with Turkey’s autocratic president Recep Erdoğan. That doesn’t mean, however,...