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Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers are the 'Surest Way to Tyranny'

As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson  April 17, 2018

Real Media: Direct Action to Stop A War

Sam Walton and Rev. Dan Woodhouse tell their story of how they were acquitted after breaking into a BAE systems airbase in Lancashire to damage fighter jets destined for the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen  April 15, 2018

US Military Presence in Syria and Support for Rebels Is Illegal

UN independent expert and law professor Alfred de Zayas says the American military presence and the United States' support for rebels in Syria violate international law  April 14, 2018

Democracy in Crisis: Peace Is Hard, Sniping Is Easy

Palestinian ambassador to the United States Husam Zomlot talks peace as Israel attacks Great Return March protesters  April 14, 2018

Israel Mows Down Unarmed Gaza Protesters for 3rd Week as US Blocks UN Investigation

Israeli soldiers wounded more than 900 peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border for the third Friday in a row, while the Donald Trump administration prevents any action by the United Nations - Ben Norton reports  April 14, 2018

Trump's Attack on Syria Violates International Law

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on the Syrian government after Salafi-jihadist rebels alleged a chemical attack in Douma, but human rights expert Alfred de Zayas says this is illegal under international law  April 13, 2018

Israel Massacres Unarmed Gaza Protesters Again as International Community Shrugs

The Israeli military massacred unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border for the second week in a row, and journalist Ali Abunimah says Israel has been granted "total impunity" on the global stage  April 10, 2018

The Complex History and Relations of the Kurdish YPG, Syria, and US

Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek discusses the history of the PKK, Turkey's brutally violent repression of the Kurds, and the complex relations between the YPG, Syria, and US.  April 16, 2018

US Occupying Oil-Rich Areas in North Syria to Choke Damascus

Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek says the United States is keeping a military presence in SDF/YPG-held areas in northern Syria to starve the government in Damascus of revenue needed to rebuild  April 8, 2018

US Blocks UN Investigation into Israeli Military Killings in Gaza (pt. 2/2)

As the May 12 deadline for the Iran Nuclear Agreement looms, Trump and his new foreign policy advisors, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, are determined to toe Netanyahu's line about cancelling the agreement, seeking regime change in Iran, says Col. Larry Wilkerson  April 2, 2018

US Blocks UN Investigation into Israeli Military Killings in Gaza (pt. 1/2)

Reacting to Trump administration blocking of a UN investigation into Israeli military's killings of Palestinians, Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is "in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world."  April 2, 2018

Turkey and Islamist Rebels Carve Up Northern Syria

Marking a new phase in the Syrian War, Turkey is taking over cities in northern Syria, and children in occupied Afrin are being brainwashed with pro-Erdogan propaganda. We talk to Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek  April 4, 2018

In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire

Journalist for the Independent, Patrick Cockburn, returning from Northern Syria says, one of the most peaceful places in the region has turned into a swamp of human misery for the Kurds  March 20, 2018

Debate: Syria, Ghouta, and the Left (2/2)

In a complex proxy war that has killed so many, where should leftists and people of conscience stand? In the second part of their discussion, independent journalist Rania Khalek and scholar Yasser Munif debate the ongoing siege of Eastern Ghouta and the wider Syrian war  March 12, 2018

Will Trump Help Saudi Arabia Build a Nuclear Program?

Media reports say the U.S. is considering selling nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed is skeptical, and says Trump has just removed the fig leaf of concern for human rights abuses by the Gulf dictatorship  March 12, 2018

Debate: Syria, Ghouta, and the Left (1/2)

In a complex proxy war that has killed so many, where should leftists and people of conscience stand? Independent journalist Rania Khalek and scholar Yasser Munif debate the ongoing siege of Eastern Ghouta and the wider Syrian war  March 12, 2018

Saudi Prince Visits UK as Britain Boosts Murderous Arms Sales

The UK gave a royal welcome to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as Saudi Arabia wages a bloody war in Yemen. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed says the British government is making the humanitarian catastrophe even worse  March 9, 2018

As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria? (1/2)

The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?  March 6, 2018

As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria? (2/2)

The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?  March 6, 2018

From BDS to the Tamimis, Palestinians Defend Their Rights

The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says US-backed Israeli efforts to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and to silence protesters like the Tamimi family are backfiring as Palestinians and their allies fight back  March 10, 2018

Netanyahu or Not, Israel is Corrupted (1/2)

Israeli society "lives in denial" more than any other society, says Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy, referring to the suffering the occupation of Palestine causes  March 6, 2018

Is the US Ramping Up Its Military Presence in Syria and Planning to Attack Iran?

Col. Larry Wilkerson speaking at the National Press Club the day before the official AIPAC Conference. The alternative conference was titled: 'U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East Policy'  March 5, 2018

The Zionist Tango: Step Left, Step Right

Speaking on the eve of the AIPAC summit in Washington DC, Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy says that across the mainstream Israeli political spectrum, there is no challenge to the occupation of Palestinian land  March 4, 2018

The Israel Lobby & American Policy 2018 conference

Livestream of the March 2 all-day conference "The Israel Lobby and American Policy" at the National Press Club  March 2, 2018

Israel's Deepening Involvement in the Syrian War

Israel has recently been intensifying air strikes and the arming of anti-government forces in Syria, some of which are close to Al Qaeda. Professor As'ad AbuKhalil explains how Israel's activity in Syria is part of a larger pattern of its overall foreign policy engagement around the world  March 4, 2018

Privatizing US Foreign Policy

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson's offer to pay for moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem represents the privatization of U.S. foreign policy, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies  February 27, 2018

What Netanyahu's Growing Corruption Scandal Means for the Region

As a top aide agrees to cooperate against Benjamin Netanyahu, Phyllis Bennis warns that the Israeli Prime Minister's domestic corruption case could lead him to ramp up threats to Iran and other rivals  February 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia's Unholy Alliance with Israel

Scholar As'ad AbuKhalil says Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner of the U.S. and Israel, promoting Zionism though its powerful media while increasing its hostility to Iran  February 21, 2018

Israeli Strikes in Egypt Kept Secret for Years

Over a hundred bombings and invasions did not weaken ISIS in Sinai  February 16, 2018

Max Blumenthal in Gaza: Netanyahu Faces Scandal, Palestinians a Crisis

Reporting from the Gaza Strip, journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal says Netanyahu's domestic corruption case has not even registered to a besieged Palestinian population under Israeli blockade  February 15, 2018

Syrian War Spirals in Trump's Dangerous New Phase (1/2)

As top US officials speak openly of targeting Iran and Assad now that ISIS is defeated, reporter Ben Norton and Syrian analyst Ehsani discuss the escalating Syrian war on multiple fronts  February 11, 2018

Syrian War Spirals in Trump's Dangerous New Phase (2/2)

As top US officials speak openly of targeting Iran and Assad now that ISIS is defeated, reporter Ben Norton and Syrian analyst Ehsani discuss the escalating Syrian war on multiple fronts  February 11, 2018

Activists Call on Senators to End Catastrophic US-Saudi War in Yemen

Protesters outside the New York City office of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand demand Congress take action to stop US support for the devastating war in Yemen, Ben Norton reports  January 30, 2018

Israeli Lobby's Bill in German Parliament: 'Critique of Israel is Antisemitism'

Refugees face deportation unless they recognize Israel's "right to exist." Annette Grothe of Die Linke explains the new measures the German legislature is taking  January 27, 2018

Protest Against UK Complicity In 'Genocidal Fascist Invasion' of Northern Syria

Mohamed Elmaazi speaks to demonstrators gathered across the street from the Prime Minister's house of residence at No 10 Downing Street, to protest her government's complicity in Turkey's invasion of Northern Syria and attacks on Kurds in the Afrin District, with the intent of carving out a 30 kilometre Kurdish free zone inside Syria  January 25, 2018

Turkish Attack on Kurds Opens New Front, and Alignments, in Syrian War

Just as the Syrian has been winding down in key areas, Turkey has opened a new front with an attack on U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Afrin. Syrian-American writer Ehsani joins us to discuss the offensive and the shifting alliances in Syria's 7-year war  January 23, 2018

Trump Keeps US in Syria and Sets Off New War

Just days after the announcement of a U.S.-backed Kurdish "border force" and an indefinite U.S. military presence in Syria, Turkey is shelling Kurdish areas and threatening a ground assault. We speak to Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton about what the Trump administration's renewed commitment to both regime change and confronting Iran means for Syria.  January 19, 2018

Yemen's Crisis is Far Worse Than We're Told

UNICEF says the war in Yemen is killing or wounding five children every single day. But Shireen Al-Adeimi says the figure drastically under-counts the real toll of the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed bombing and blockade  January 18, 2018

After Israel Decimated Gaza, Human Rights Defenders Failed It (4/4)

In his new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," Norman Finkelstein argues that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the UN Human Rights Council, and other defenders of international law have succumbed to Israel's pressure and whitewashed its crimes in the Gaza Strip  January 12, 2018

Iran Protests End, But Grievances Remain

As Iran's protests wind down, Ali Fathollah-Nejad of the Brookings Doha Center says that class divides and an authoritarian political establishment pose major barriers to change  January 12, 2018

Finkelstein: Hamas Isn't The Threat That Israel Claims (2/4)

In part 2 of our interview on his new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," Norman Finkelstein argues that Israeli propaganda -- sometimes with Hamas' help -- has wildly exaggerated Hamas' arsenal and the effectiveness of the "Iron Dome" missile defense system  January 9, 2018

How Palestine's Tamimi Family Resists Israel's Occupation

Israeli forces have killed three of its family members and arrested scores of others, including 16-year old Ahed, but the Tamimi family continues its non-violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. We speak to Manal Tamimi about her recent imprisonment and her family's defiant activism  January 10, 2018

Why is Trump Targeting Palestinian Refugees?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed US threats to the funding of UNRWA, the UN agency that delivers vital services to millions of Palestinian refugees. We speak to Yara Hawari of Al Shabaka - the Palestinian Policy Network  January 16, 2018

President Trump Targets Lifeline for Palestinian Refugees

In cutting aid to the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA), President Trump is deepening Palestinian refugees' suffering in pursuit of a dangerous Middle East agenda, says Max Blumenthal  January 8, 2018

Norman Finkelstein on Gaza's Martyrdom (1/4)

In his groundbreaking new book "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom," Norman Finkelstein argues that Israel, with U.S. backing, has caused a "humanitarian disaster" in Gaza, and that international human rights groups have failed to uphold justice for its besieged people  January 8, 2018

Can Global Pressure Protect Palestinian Youth from Israel?

Musab Tamimi, the 17-year old cousin of jailed Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, has been shot dead by Israeli forces at a protest in the occupied West Bank. Musab, who was unarmed, is the latest Palestinian youth to die at the hands of Israelis after 35 were killed in 2016. Hundreds like Ahed are also tried by Israeli military courts each year  January 4, 2018

Israel Responds to 'Threat' of Defiant Palestinian Teen

Israel's governing Likud party has called for annexing the Occupied West Bank, and the Knesset has passed a law that seeks to cement control of East Jerusalem. Shir Hever says the moves are a response to growing Israeli isolation in the wake of a recent UN vote and the defiance of jailed Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi  January 3, 2018

Why is Egypt Counting on US Aid to Israel?

Trump's promise to stop aid is based on a misunderstanding of how aid works  December 30, 2017

Ahed Tamimi's Father: Israeli Occupation Won't Break Us

Bassem Tamimi, father of jailed 16-year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, says the arrest of Ahed along with her mother and cousin won't break the family's determination to resist Israeli occupation  December 28, 2017

UN Defies Trump Threats on Jerusalem Vote

Despite a threat from US Ambassador Nikki Haley to pull United Nations funding, the UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a measure rejecting President Trump's decision on Jerusalem  December 22, 2017

US Protects Israeli Attacks, Not Unarmed Palestinians

As the U.S. vetoes a UN Security Council measure on Jerusalem, it is also protecting Israel's deadly attacks on Palestinian civilians, including one that killed a wheelchair-bound double amputee. We speak to Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights  December 19, 2017

Putin's Syria 'Victory' Won't End the Proxy War

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared victory in Syria and says he's withdrawing troops, but the proxy fight there remains and could ramp up in neighboring Lebanon, says Syria expert and scholar Joshua Landis  December 14, 2017

The Only Peace Process is Palestinian Freedom

The ongoing Palestinian protests over Jerusalem come on the 30th anniversary of the First Intifada and amid declarations that the "peace process" that followed it is dead. We speak to human rights attorney Noura Erakat.  December 10, 2017

Palestinians Resist Israel and its US Enabler

As the Israeli crackdown on protests in the Occupied Territories turns deadly, human rights attorney Noura Erakat says that Trump's decision on Jerusalem is only the latest US attack on Palestinian self-determination  December 9, 2017

Unlike US Embassy, Palestinians Will Not Be Moved

As protests erupt over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti says Trump and Netanyahu won't succeed in displacing Palestinians from their homeland  December 7, 2017

Hariri's Unresignation is Saudi's Latest Failure

The unresignation of Saad Hariri shows that Saudi Arabia's recent meddling in Lebanon has only strengthened its rival Iran, says professor and journalist Rami Khouri  December 8, 2017

Trump's 'Criminal' Jerusalem Move Could Backfire

By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the US embassy there, President Trump is catering to the US right-wing while risking a new revolt against his Middle East agenda, says journalist and scholar Rami Khouri  December 6, 2017

Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move Was Long in the Works

President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there. Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada says years of US policy set the stage.  December 5, 2017

Is Saudi Arabia Destroying Yemen to Plunder It?

As Yemen enters a new era with the killing of longtime ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, professor and author Isa Blumi says financial motives help drive the Saudi-led war  December 7, 2017

What Does Saleh's Killing Mean for Yemen?

Yemen's longtime ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed by his former allies, the Houthi rebels. Sheila Carapico of University of Richmond says the devastating Yemen war could now expand to even more fronts  December 4, 2017

Trump Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay on Mike Pence's announcement that Donald Trump is actively planning to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, going against decades of US policy  November 28, 2017

No End to US Involvement in Afghanistan

"We'll Keep a Military Force for 50 Years Next to China and Pakistan," say Wilkerson. Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 9  November 28, 2017

The Israel-Saudi Arabia Alliance

Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 10  November 28, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Role in 9/11

Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 7  November 27, 2017

Will Europe Break with the United States Over Isolating Russia?

Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 4  November 25, 2017

'The Saudis are Going to Fight Tehran to the Last Dead American'

Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, Part 3  November 25, 2017

Why is US Complicity in Yemen's Crisis Ignored?

After a lengthy "60 Minutes" report fails to even mention the vital US support for the devastating Saudi-led war on Yemen, Shireen Al-Adeimi says Americans are largely hidden from their government's complicity  November 24, 2017

The Anti-Iran Axis Tries to 'Blackmail' Palestine

The Trump administration's threat to close the PLO mission in Washington, DC is part of a wider US-Israel-Saudi effort to assert regional dominance, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies  November 21, 2017

Saudi Financial Crisis at Heart of Princely Rage

The severe financial crisis and foreign policy failures ​are making Prince Mohammed bin Salman increasingly belligerent, says Vijay Prashad  November 20, 2017

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel: How Effective Is It?

The Israeli government, which adopted a very aggressive counterstrategy, "likes to believe it is somehow winning the fight against BDS," but that view is "quite delusional," says Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, who co-founded the BDS movement  November 19, 2017

Barghouti: Cambridge's Interference in BDS Event is 'Ludicrous'

Cambridge University threatened to shut down an event about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, citing concerns about the Palestinian moderator's neutrality. BDS founder Omar Barghouti says it's a "slippery slope towards McCarthyism on campus"  November 17, 2017

Roger Waters Confronts the Occupation of the Canadian Mind

Rock Musician and Palestinian Rights Advocate Roger Waters discusses his recent concert tour in Canada  December 3, 2017

Saudi's 'War on Lebanon' Backfires

After being accused of forcing him to resign, Saudi Arabia's apparent detention of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has boosted support for Hezbollah, says author and professor Amal Saad  November 11, 2017

Richest Arabian Arms Dealer and Arrested Prince Unveiled

Prince Al-Waleed is one of Saudi Arabia's richest princes and profited enormously from Saudi arms purchases. Andrew Feinstein, the author of 'Shadow Wars,' on the legal risks of corrupt arms dealing  November 10, 2017

The Link Between Saudi Prince's Power Grab and DC Corruption

The power moves by the Saudi kingdom at home and in Lebanon were made easier by buying influence in powerful circles of Washington, DC, says The Intercept's Ryan Grim  November 7, 2017

Most of Congress 'Likes War' and Opposes Ending US Support for Saudi War in Yemen

Several members of Congress have introduced legislation to invoke the War Powers Act with an aim to shut down US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, but the resolution will not pass because the vast majority in Congress doesn't oppose war explains Col. Larry Wilkerson  November 7, 2017

New Saudi Power Grab Follows Big Losses

Rami Khouri of the American University of Beirut and Harvard Kennedy School analyzes the Saudi kingdom's arrest of elite figures at home and its apparent role in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri  November 7, 2017

22 Years After Rabin's Murder, Israel Even Further From Peace

On the 22nd anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's murder by a far-right Israeli, journalist Gideon Levy says Israel has become even more hostile to a just peace -- one that Rabin himself was never willing to offer  November 5, 2017

Hamas Gives Up Control of Rafah Border Crossing

The move is a key step in the reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas scholar Imad Al-Soos discusses what to expect as the process moves forward  November 4, 2017

The Balfour Declaration: How 67 Words Shaped the Middle East

One hundred years after the Balfour Declaration, Britain's colonial legacy endures, says TRNN's Shir Hever  November 2, 2017

US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias

The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO over what they call an 'anti-Israel bias,' but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a new unity deal  October 14, 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan: A Regional Flashpoint

Professor Vijay Prashad, of Trinity College, explains why Iraq and its neighbors are so concerned about the Kurdish independence referendum that took place on Sept. 25  October 7, 2017

A Challenge to the Saudi's War on Yemen?

The United Nations has overcome Saudi Arabian opposition to establish a human rights probe of the war on Yemen, just as Congressmembers seek a debate over the critical US military role  October 2, 2017

US-Saudi Alliance Fragments the Middle East (2/2)

The consequences of US meddling and Saudi Wahhabism have decimated Iraq and pitted multiple Middle East groups against the other, says independent journalist Rania Khalek  September 25, 2017

Netanyahu Targets Iran to Deflect From Occupation

In his UN speech, Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Iran 37 times but spoke about Palestine only twice, deflecting attention away from the occupation and giving Israel an external enemy, says Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy  September 22, 2017

Three Years After Genocide, Yazidis Face Ongoing Persecution (1/2)

After mass atrocities at the hands of ISIS, Yazidis endure repression in Iraqi Kurdistan, says independent journalist Rania Khalek  September 24, 2017

Uproar over Ultra-Orthodox Military Service Deepens Old Israeli Rift

Journalist and documentarian Lia Tarachansky discusses the decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn a law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service  September 19, 2017

UNCTAD Report: 50 Year Occupation Destroyed Palestinian Economy

A scathing report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development describes how 50 years of Israeli occupation has prevented economic development in Palestine, and highlights the destructive impact of Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank  September 15, 2017

Unpopular Abbas Targets Palestinian Critics

The Palestinian Authority's arrest of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro is part of a wider crackdown on critics of Mahmoud Abbas' rule, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada  September 13, 2017

The Unseen Battle For Raqqa

As Raqqa continues to be liberated from ISIS, Syrian Democratic Forces are working with local tribes to help give them direct control over their futures, says journalist Karlos Zurutuza  September 8, 2017

The Disappearing Act in the United Arab Emirates

UAE law on cybercrime is providing a legal basis for disappearances and crackdowns on cyber-dissent, says Joe Odell, of the International Campaign for Freedom  September 11, 2017

Israel's Jewish-Only Right of Return Displaces Palestinians for 2nd Time

TRNN's Shir Hever says the eviction of a family in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah is part of a larger Israeli strategy to displace Palestinians, but it could inadvertently set a precedent for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes in 1948  September 7, 2017

Hezbollah's Victory Over ISIS Undermined as US Bombs Evacuation Route

The problem with the U.S. analysis is that 'it's based on the idea that the only way to deal with ISIS fighters is to kill them,' says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies  September 1, 2017

Turkey's Erdogan Extends Repression to European Critics of His Administration

President Erdogan of Turkey is blackmailing Europe by threatening an influx of refugees, while journalists and activists are being persecuted for criticizing Erdogan in Europe, explains Giran Ozcan of  September 21, 2017

Hamas Looks to Iran, One of its Last Remaining Allies

Hamas scholar Imad Al-Soos explains that Gaza's isolation is not just physical, but also political  September 1, 2017

The Murder of Seven White Helmets in Syria

The U.S. State Department and an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria join in condemning the killing of seven White Helmet aid workers in Idlib province. The White Helmets work with Al Qaeda, explains Max Blumenthal  August 30, 2017

Racial Profiling Policies Israeli Style

Shir Hever examine privatization of security which undermines Israel's racial policies  August 29, 2017

UN Report: Saudi Coalition Massacred Hundreds of Children in Yemen

A leaked draft of the United Nations report recommends that the Saudi-led coalition be placed on the U.N.'s list of countries that kill and maim children, but its exclusion from last year's list shows the power of wealthy Gulf States to blackmail the U.N., says Codepink's Medea Benjamin  August 24, 2017

Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village to Build Jewish-Only Town

Despite protests, the Israeli government will displace the Bedouin population of Umm al-Hiran to a temporary area until a new neighborhood is built for them nearby. However, residents won't be welcome to return to the new Jewish-only city of Hiran  August 23, 2017

Alt-Right and Ultra-Zionist Alliance against National Security Advisor McMaster

Pro-Israeli groups are pushing the White House to transition from neoconservativism to Alt-Right, says Shir Hever  August 18, 2017

Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters

The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list  August 18, 2017

Wilkerson: Under Trump, Al Qaeda is Flourishing

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, discusses record US military strikes under President Trump and how Al Qaeda is taking advantage of contradictions in US policy  August 17, 2017

Israel Is Arresting Palestinians At Highest Rate in Years

TRNN's Shir Hever discusses the reasons for the rapid rise in Palestinian incarceration, including hundreds of children  August 12, 2017

Netanyahu's Billionaire Backer May Help Bring Him Down

The growing corruption scandal threatening Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future now includes casino mogul Sheldon Adelson  August 10, 2017

Shifting Battlefield in Syria's Proxy War

The Trump administration's halt to a CIA program arming anti-Assad militants makes the Syrian battlefield less complicated, but only the cooperation of outside powers can end the war, says veteran reporter Charles Glass  August 8, 2017

Bannon and Blackwater Want to Outsource Afghan War

With the Afghan war in a violent stalemate, President Trump and his top advisers have considered proposals to outsource the anti-Taliban fight to private mercenaries  August 3, 2017

Debate: As Trump Drops Rebels, What Next for Syria?

President Trump has ended the CIA program arming anti-Assad rebels. How did Syria get to where it is today, and what does Trump's decision mean for the conflict? We host a debate between Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project and Nader Hashemi of the University of Denver.  August 3, 2017

Trump Blasts Hezbollah as it Ousts al-Qaeda

President Trump claims Lebanon "is on the front lines in the fight" against Hezbollah, apparently not realizing that Hezbollah is a partner in the Lebanese government--and just as Hezbollah scores a key victory against al-Qaeda  July 29, 2017

Israel Flouts International Law While Targeting Its Defenders

B'Tselem spokesperson Amit Gilutz says the NGO law is one of many legislative initiatives unfairly targeting organizations that oppose Israel's occupation of Palestine  July 26, 2017

Palestinian Protesters Defend Their 'Right to Exist'

As the Al-Aqsa protests continue despite a deadly Israeli crackdown, writer Mariam Barghouti says Palestinians across the Occupied Territories "are reiterating their right to exist"  July 25, 2010

Saudi Arabian Activist Calls Out U.S. For Ignoring Human Rights Abuses

Women's Rights Saudi Arabia activist Hala Aldosari calls for greater action as 14 protesters, including a disabled person and two people arrested as juveniles are scheduled to be executed in Saudi Arabia  July 23, 2017

Barghouti on Jerusalem Protests: Israel Incites, Palestinians Unite

The deadly Israeli crackdown on Palestinians protesting restrictions at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of an effort to divide the holy site and undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, says Dr. Mustafa Barghouti  July 21, 2017

Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But a new pushback from groups including the ACLU could help stop the 'draconian' measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights  July 20, 2017

Yemen Needs Aid, But US Aids Saudi-Led War

As Yemen's cholera epidemic deepens the world's worst humanitarian crisis, fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes prevent international organizations from getting aid to massive numbers of people in desperate need, says Anas Shahari of Save the Children  July 20, 2017

New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran

Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss a front page NYT article that blames 'Iranian expansionism' for sectarian war in Iraq and the region; says the U.S. invaded Iraq to establish democracy  July 18, 2017

Israeli Restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque Spark Protests

Western media is missing important context behind the deadly gunfight at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, says journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen  July 18, 2017

Gaza Crisis, Global Silence

After 10 years of Israeli siege, the UN warns Gaza is becoming 'unlivable.' Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Israel, with the Palestinian Authority's help, is responsible for the crisis, as most of the world looks on in silence.  July 15, 2017

How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran

The ceasefire agreement reached by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in southwest Syria appears aimed at weakening Iran and containing its influence inside Syria, says Alternet reporter Ben Norton  July 16, 2017

War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help

As Yemen's cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, Alternet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war  July 14, 2017

UK Court Allows Saudi Arms Sales as May Suppresses Damning Report

After viewing evidence kept secret from the public, London's High Court has rejected a bid to end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which brought the case, says the arms deal makes Britain complicit in Saudi Arabia's devastating bombing of Yemen  July 11, 2017

Max Blumenthal on How the Media Covers Syria

As the U.S. and Russia reach a new ceasefire in Syria, Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project and TRNN's Aaron Mate discuss foreign involvement in the Syrian war and how Western media across the political spectrum has covered it  July 9, 2017

Trump Fumbles Syria, and So Does the Media

Historian and author Vijay Prashad discusses the Trump administration's apparent policy shift on Syria and how Western media often get it wrong on the Middle East  July 7, 2017

The Qatar Crisis

The June 5 decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar has sent shockwaves through the Middle East.  July 3, 2017

Real Media: Syria, Anarchism & Visiting Rojava

In the last part of Real Media's interview, a special discussion with anthropologist David Graeber about anarchism, Syria, the bureaucracy of activism and his visit to Rojava where a new kind of society is developing  July 1, 2017

Wailing Wall of Exclusion and Orthodoxy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's misguided policies of "trading the long-term strategic interest of the Zionist movement and the state of Israel in exchange for short-term political gains, is a mistake" says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever  July 1, 2017

Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?

Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation  July 9, 2017

Israel-Palestine: Does Jared Kushner have the Chops to Negotiate Peace in a 50 Year Conflict?

Daoud Kuttab, award winning Palestinian journalist discusses the tensions Kushner faces as Trump's peace negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict  June 30, 2017

Israelis Demand Truth on Violations Against Yemeni Immigrants

Richard Silverstein discusses Israel's silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice  July 10, 2017

Trump's Only Iran Policy is Confrontation

If the White House has an Iran policy, "the only one visible is confrontation," says Adam Weinstein of the National Iranian American Council  June 28, 2017

UK Judge Rules: Illegal to Ban Palestine's BDS Movement

Palestine Solidarity Campaign wins case against the UK Government as judge rules government acted unlawfully by restricting local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel, says Hugh Lanning  July 2, 2017

Is Trump's 'Warning' to Syria a Prelude to Another Strike?

Award-winning author and journalist Max Blumenthal says that with its recent military escalation in Syria and its backing of Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration might be de-prioritizing the fight against ISIS in order to confront Iran  June 28, 2017

Hersh: Trump Ignored Intel Before Bombing Syria

In an exclusive interview, veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh discusses his new report that President Trump bombed a Syrian military airfield in April despite warnings that U.S. intelligence had found no evidence that the Assad regime used a chemical weapon  June 27, 2017

Historic Rivalry for Regional Dominance at the Root of Saudi-Qatar Crisis

The battle for regional power between Saudi Arabia and Qatar dates back to the very creation of the State of Qatar; back then, just as it is now, it was about regional dominance, explains Professor Seif Da'na  June 23, 2017

13 Demands on Qatar Escalate Saudi-Led Standoff

Saudi Arabia and its allies' list of far-reaching demands for Qatar--including cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, reducing cooperation with Iran, and closing news channel Al Jazeera--is "absurd," says CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin  June 23, 2017

Egypt's Alliance with Saudi Arabia Shows Signs of Stress

President Sisi of Egypt's transfer of two Islands to Saudi Arabia is unprecedented and rejected by much of its population. However, it is part of a new larger reversal in the Arab World's effort to normalize relations with Israel explains Professor Seif Da'na  June 25, 2017

64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup

The quiet release of long-awaited and long-hidden CIA documents offers key details on how the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran's democratic government in 1953, says the National Security Archives' Malcolm Byrne  June 25, 2017

Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria

Increasing U.S. military strikes against Assad-allied forces in Syria threaten to undermine the fight against ISIS and spark direct conflict with Russia and Iran, says Ben Norton of Alternet's Grayzone Project  June 21, 2017

Israel Secretly Aids Anti-Assad Forces in Syria Proxy War

Beirut-based journalist Nour Samaha has uncovered extensive Israeli government support of anti-Assad forces in southern Syria  June 20, 2017

US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria

US-backed forces are using tactics that cause a 'staggering' number of civilian deaths, but military action won't defeat ISIS, says Phyllis Bennis, director the New Internationalism Project at IPS  June 16, 2017

ISIS Flees Raqqa, Trump and Putin Escalate the War

With the potential defeat of ISIS in Syria, the U.S. and Russia are stepping up their operations in an effort to fill the likely power vacuum, says Chris Davidson, a Reader of Middle East politics at Durham University in the UK  June 22, 2017

Isolating Qatar and the Implications for Hamas and the People of Gaza

Qatar is an important supporter of Hamas and as the friction against Qatar grows in the region it will be difficult to deliver aid, the consequences for Hamas and the Gaza Strip will be severe, explains Imad Alsoos of the Free University of Berlin  June 18, 2017

How Can 50 Years of Israeli Occupation be Brought to an End?

Nabil Maarouf, Palestine's Representative in Canada, calls for sanctions, boycotts and criminal prosecutions to being an end to Israel's system of apartheid  June 16, 2017

Ignoring Humanitarian Pleas, Senate OKs Saudi Weapons Sale

The Senate approval of a new $510 million weapons sale to Saudi Arabia puts arms industry profits over Yemeni civilian lives, says Code Pink's Medea Benjamin  June 16, 2017

Israel Reduces Power Supply to Gaza, Intensifying Humanitarian Crisis

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu says the power cut to Gaza is fault of Palestinian Authority, but actually is result of a power play between Abbas and Netanyahu in the run-up to peace negotiations explains TRN's Shir Hever  June 17, 2017

How Far Will US & Saudis Go to Remake the Middle East?

Junaid Ahmad of the Center for Global Dialogue says the U.S.-backed Gulf campaign against Qatar is part of a broader strategy to crush the remnants of the Arab Spring and spark a confrontation with Iran  June 9, 2017

Fmr. Iranian Diplomat: ISIS Attack on Tehran 'Managed by Saudi Arabia'

Former senior Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian says the policies of Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration helped fuel the ISIS attack on Tehran that killed 12 and wounded dozens  June 8, 2017

Serious Fraud and Saudi Silence - The UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd's opponent Nicholas Wilson points out that her colourful business record should mean she's the last person who should be trusted to investigate high-scale corruption and fraud  June 7, 2017

Economic Dimensions Militarized Palestine

Alaa Tartir of the Palestinian Policy Network explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy  June 7, 2017

Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar

Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump's backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the "pilot program" for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony  June 7, 2017

How Have 50 Years of Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land Changed Israel?

Denial and lies about the occupation have allowed Israelis to cover up the reality of what the occupation has done to Palestinians, and so the occupation could continue for another 50 years, says Israeli journalist Gideon Levy  June 9, 2017

50 Years After Since June 1967 War, Israel Continues World's Longest Military Occupation

In the third and final installment of our special on the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein argues that the U.S.-backed "peace process" was never intended to end the Israeli occupation  June 6, 2017

Wilkerson: From Qatar to Syria, Trump & Gulf Allies Target Iran

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says that the Trump administration and its Gulf allies are taking aim at Iran through the re-ignited dispute with Qatar. Sources also claim the Pentagon has directed U.S. troops to directly confront Iranian-backed forces inside Syria  June 6, 2017

U.S. & Russia Bomb Syria's Civilians When They Could Help End its War

Veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn of The Independent analyzes the latest developments in Syria and says the war could end if the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran were willing to make an agreement  June 3, 2017

Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine (2/2)

Political cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh talks about the palestinian prisoners' hunger strike, resistance, BDS, and the role that art and political cartoons play in the resistance to the Israeli occupation  June 2, 2017

Why American Jews Embraced Israel After the June 1967 War

In the second part of our three-part interview special, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein analyzes the material, emotional and psychological factors behind the American Jewish embrace of Israel after the June 1967 war  June 5, 2017

Six-Day War, 50-Year Occupation: What Really Happened in June 1967?

In the first of an extended three-part interview on the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein debunks the enduring myths surrounding that historic confrontation -- myths that have sustained​ the ensuing Israeli ​occupation of Palestinian lands​.  June 4, 2017

Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Suspended After 40 Days, but Could Resume

Sahar Francis of the Adameer Prisoner Support Association talks about what the Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike achieved and explains why strike leader Marwan Barghouti says that it could resume if the agreement is violated  June 3, 2017

As Trump Takes Aim, Iranians Vote for More Engagement

While President Trump used his Middle East trip to denounce Iran and sell weapons to its Saudi Arabian rival, author and scholar Nahid Siamdoust of Yale University says Iranian voters delivered an overwhelming endorsement of deeper engagement with the world  May 25, 2017

Record Iran Vote Turnout Gives Rouhani a Big Mandate

Middle East analyst Ehsan Abdoh Tabrizi says that while Iran President Hassan Rouhani remains limited in impacting the country's foreign policy, his landslide re-election gives him a significant opportunity for domestic reforms  May 22, 2017

Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine

Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people  May 24, 2017

Trump's Mideast 'Peace Opportunity' Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran

On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see "a rare opportunity for peace" in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran  May 22, 2017

Trump in Saudi Arabia: More U.S. Weapons for Devastating Yemen War

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink and author of "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection," says President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia deepens a "toxic" tie between Washington and the House of Saud  May 21, 2017

Israel Siphoning Natural Gas from Gaza Says Dutch Report

US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon natural gas from Gaza's territorial waters, even though this is illegal according to international law, says TRNN's Shir Hever  May 21, 2017

Upcoming Presidential Vote in Iran Tight Race Between Conservative and Moderate Incumbent

The sluggish Iranian economy is the main issue for President Rouhani's reelection says Trita Parsi, author of "Losing an Enemy"  May 17, 2017

Afghanistan: U.S. Poised to Extend a War it Can't Win

Military historian Andrew Bacevich says the U.S. is could soon escalate the Afghan war rather than face the tough questions it would take to end it  May 17, 2017

Trump Plays with the Idea of Peace in a "One State" Solution for Israel

Alaa Tartir, of the Ala Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, says whether a one-state solution is viable depends on what kind of state and what kind of peace  May 14, 2017

Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay: while the media continues its frenzy over Comey's firing and the "Russia connection", Trump is readying his "global war against Islamic Fascism" to be fought "without restraint"  May 15, 2017

Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers' Incomes

Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel  May 16, 2017

Democrats Are Out of Step with Their Base on Israel-Palestine

Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Democratic politicians, even progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are out of touch with their supporters when it comes to defending Palestinian rights  May 9, 2017

U.S. Deepens Support for Saudi War on Yemen Even as Al-Qaeda Benefits

In part two of our interview, Professor Sheila Carapico of the University of Richmond says that while the U.S.-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen has caused a humanitarian crisis for civilians, two beneficiaries include the U.S. weapons industry and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula  May 9, 2017

Turks Challenge Erdogan's Referendum Result Amid Ongoing Repression

Erdogan's narrow win in the constitutional reform referendum means he feels insecure and therefore continues his crackdown on opponents  May 6, 2017

Palestinian Leader Abbas Meets with Trump, Praising Him

Abbas flattered Trump in an effort to gain favor with him, but the US president offered nothing new in terms of US policy towards Palestinians, says Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada  May 4, 2017

Hunger Strike by Palestinian Prisoners Reaches Day 18

Abby Martin and Paul Jay discuss the significance of the resistance by over 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails  May 5, 2017

U.S.-Backed Saudi Assault Could Cause Famine in Yemen

Professor Sheila Carapico of the University of Richmond says the U.S. could help cause a famine in war-struck Yemen if its supports a looming Saudi-led offensive on the port of Hodeida.  May 7, 2017

Hamas Party Moves Towards Practical Politics

Imad Al-Soos discusses the new Hamas declaration of principles, and how it differs from the old Hamas charter of 1988  May 3, 2017

Iran Can Work With U.S. if Trump Drops the Threats

In part two of our interview, former senior Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian discusses the threat of a worsening proxy war in Yemen, Iran's support for Bashar al-Assad, the upcoming Iranian presidential elections, and the possibility for Tehran-Washington cooperation on Syria and other Middle East issues.  April 28, 2017

Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian Arrests

Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN's Shir Hever  April 26, 2017

U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects - How Will Tehran Respond?

In part one of our interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat, analyzes the Trump administration's "review" of the Iran nuclear agreement despite acknowledging that Tehran is fulfilling its obligations.  April 26, 2017

Erdogan's Deviant Referendum Manipulations Likely to Undermine His Presidency

The irregularities in Turkey's constitutional reform referendum were numerous and well documented says Conn Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus  April 20, 2017

Over 1,000 Palestinian Prisoners On Hunger Strike in Protest Against Inhumane Conditions

Sahar Francis, Director of the Adameer prisoner support NGO, explains how this is the largest such strike since 2012 and how it has its roots in the different legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis.  April 18, 2017

Iran's Deep State is Unhappy with President Rouhani

Professor Muhammad Sahimi explains how Iran's behind-the-scenes powers are trying to position a hardliner for Iran's next presidential election. Trump's hard line on Iran would encourage Iran's "deep state" to respond accordingly  April 17, 2017

Trump's Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media

Media critic Norman Solomon says US media's uncritical coverage of Trump's Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex  April 12, 2017

After U.S. Bombing, What's Next for Syria?

Joshua Landis, head of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, analyzes the circumstances surrounding last week's chemical attack in Idlib and where the Syrian civil war stands following the U.S. bombing of a Syrian airfield  April 12, 2017

India and Israel Sign Unprecedented $2 Billion Arms Deal

New Israeli missiles in the arms deal serve no real purpose for India says TRNN's Shir Hever  April 11, 2017

Did Bipartisan Russia Hysteria Help Fuel Trump's Rush to Bomb Assad?

In part two of our interview, journalist Rania Khalek argues that the U.S. strike on the Assad regime continues policy that tacitly helps Al Qaeda and ISIS, all the while raising the threat of conflict with Russia - a threat exacerbated by the recent bipartisan frenzy over President Trump's ties to Moscow.  April 10, 2017

US Syria Strike Was Illegal, No Matter Who Carried Out Gas Attack

Trump is receiving praise for his swift decision to bomb the Syrian airbase allegedly responsible for carrying out Tuesday's gas attack, but Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the President's grounds for action are shaky at best  April 7, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics

Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump's response was a violation of international law  April 7, 2017

Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game and Reflection of Deep Systemic Crisis

Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the cynical politics behind the attack and the decay and dysfunctionality of the American state  April 8, 2017

As U.S. Politicians and Pundits Cheer Syria Bombing, Will ISIS and Al Qaeda Benefit?

Independent journalist Rania Khalek discusses the near-uniform media and political support for President Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian military airfield, the need for an independent investigation into the Idlid chemical attack, and why she thinks the U.S. strike may benefit ISIS and Al Qaeda.  April 8, 2017

Is Trump Going to Intervene to Save Al-Qaeda's 'Heartland' in Syria?

Western intervention would save Syria's beleaguered al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels.  April 7, 2017

Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don't, and the Dangers Ahead

Further military engagement by the U.S. is not the way to end the horrific carnage in Syria.  April 7, 2017

Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution?

The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict says Imad Alsoos,  April 6, 2017

After Deadly Navy SEAL Raid, Yemeni Villagers Suffer More U.S. Attacks

In part two of our interview on the U.S. role in Yemen's turmoil, independent journalist Iona Craig discusses her recent reporting that challenged Trump administration claims about the deadly U.S. operation in January that claimed the lives of at least 25 Yemeni civilians and one Navy SEAL. Weeks later, U.S. drone strikes killed more civilians.  April 5, 2017

Trump Administration Formally Abandons Regime Change Policy in Syria

Tillerson and Haley say regime change in Syria is no longer the goal, which leaves US policy in the region riddled with contradictions says Vijay Prashad  April 3, 2017

Trump Greenlights Arms Sales to Bahrain and Many Other Countries

The decision to increase US arms sales to human rights violators and conflict zones places Trump on the side of those inflicting suffering and does not help the US economy much says William Hartung  April 2, 2017

Ilan Pappe: The Myth of Israel

Journalist Max Blumenthal sits down with renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe to talk about the first of his forthcoming book, Ten Myths About Israel  March 30, 2017

Ilan Pappe: The Only Option is Prison

In part two of their discussion, journalist Max Blumenthal talks to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe about how the mere presence of Palestinians in Israel threatens the Israeli narrative  March 30, 2017

Arrest of Omar Barghouti Comes Amidst Upsurge in International Support for Boycott of Israel

After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the bogeyman, depicting BDS as a 'delegitimization' campaign became its next means of generating fear and paranoia among voters, says journalist Richard Silverstein  March 28, 2017

Sixth Year of War in Syria Marked by Tremendous Civilian Casualties

In the last week alone there were several attacks against Daesh in Iraq and Northern Syria led by the United States in which civilian casualties were considerable, says Vijay Prashad  March 27, 2017

The Protest-Resignation of UN Under-Secretary Dr. Rima Khalaf

UN Secretary General Guterres caves under pressure from Israel and United States and orders Under-Secretary Rima Khalaf to withdraw an incriminating investigative report on Israeli apartheid policies against Palestinians, says Vijay Prashad  March 27, 2017

UN Report Finds Apartheid Exists Within Israel

TRNN's Shir Hever says although the reality of apartheid is obvious and uncontroversial to most Israelis, the recent United Nations report establishes an important legal basis for describing what exists beyond the Occupied Territories as apartheid  March 21, 2017

BDS Activist Speaks About His Arrest by Israeli Police

Dr. Jeff Halper, co-founder of Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions, was leading a tour of an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem when police arrested him on suspicion of 'incitement'  March 17, 2017

Intel Buys Israeli Tech Firm in Largest Tech Deal in Nation's History

TRNN's Shir Hever says Intel is attempting to add prestige to its brand while Israeli politicians strive for a political victory to create the appearance of an international foothold in the nation's economy  March 16, 2017

US Deploys More Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

Vijay Prashad provides analysis of why US troops will be fighting alongside a coalition of opposing allies to retake Raqqa  March 12, 2017

Russian, U.S. Geopolitical Interests in Growing Tension with Netanyahu's Political Self-Interest

Russia and the United States are in a strong position to protect their respective geopolitical interests in spite of Netanyahu's attempts at political self-preservation, says TRNN's Shir Hever  March 14, 2017

Israel Bans Entry to Supporters of the Boycott Movement

TRNN correspondent Shir Hever says the ban could be used to prevent re-entry of Palestinians who oppose the Israeli occupation of their land  March 10, 2017

'Liberating' Iraqi Cities Often Reduces Them to Ghost Towns

Many ISIS fighters retreated from Mosul prior to the current military campaign, and therefore the existence of organization is not threatened by the ongoing campaign, says Sabah Alnasseri  March 9, 2017

European, North American Campuses Observe Israeli Apartheid Week

Students and faculty held events including mock checkpoints and poetry readings to draw attention to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and settler-colonialism, says scholar-activist Yara Hawari  March 8, 2017

Israel Creating Nationwide Database of Citizens' Faces, Fingerprints

TRNN's Shir Hever says Hewlett Packard first used Palestinians under occupation as test subjects for the program and have now convinced the Israeli government to create a second database for its citizens  March 6, 2017

Did UAE Buy $5 Billion in Arms Anticipating Intensified Regional Conflict?

Trump has added to tension in the region with his warmongering statements on Iran, says filmmaker Andrew Feinstein  March 7, 2017

Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation

TRNN's Shir Hever explains how the military court put itself on trial  February 22, 2017

Trump and Netanyahu Acknowledge the Death of the Two-State Solution

Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says there should be no territorial partition and forced segregation between Israelis and Palestinians, but instead a single democratic state that equally protects the rights of everyone  February 17, 2017

Trump Administration Preparing for Deeper Involvement in Yemen

The recent failed US Navy Seal raid shows that the Trump administration's plans for Yemen will contribute to making the horrific humanitarian crisis there worse, says CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin  February 9, 2017

Why Trump's Threat to Defund the Palestinian Authority Worries Israel

Neither Israel, Saudi Arabia, or Jordan want to see the emergence of a grassroots liberation struggle in the Palestinian territories, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever  February 7, 2017

Trump Admin. Covers Up Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, Exaggerates Iran's Role

Ben Norton tells Paul Jay that the U.S. and Saudis are overwhelmingly responsible for the atrocities committed in Yemen  February 3, 2017

Deaths in U.S. Raids Enable Al-Qaeda's Rising Influence in Yemen

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin says Trump will continue U.S. policy that enables Saudi Arabia to commit atrocities in the region  February 5, 2017

Why does Trump's Muslim Ban Exclude Saudi Arabia Given 15 of the 19 9/11 Attackers Were from Saudi Arabia?

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin says Trump's business investments were likely behind why Saudi Arabia was kept off the list of banned countries  February 3, 2017

Some Syrian Opposition Groups Begin to Abandon Armed Struggle

The mood at the Syria Peace Talks in Asnam suggests that the armed Syrian opposition's external supporters, like Saudi Arabia, have decided to wind down the war, says Vijay Prashad  January 28, 2017

Netanyahu Faces Possibility of Corruption Charges

Benjamin Netanyahu might become the first sitting prime minister of Israel to be charged with a crime, says Shir Hever  January 26, 2017

Sensing Trump Will Give Free Pass to Israel, Palestinians Announce Plans for Unity Government

If the Trump administration is serious about peace, they will quickly realize that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will make it impossible, says journalist Daoud Kuttab  January 19, 2017

Obama and Congress Just Made it Easier For Trump to Arm Syrian Rebels

Anti-aircraft weapons sent to vetted moderate rebels could end up in the hands of extremist groups as many work in coalition together, says journalist Ben Norton  January 16, 2017

U.S. Media Neglects to Report on Al-Qaeda's Presence Among Syrian Rebels

Journalist Rania Khalek, who recently returned from Syria, says that the rebels are despised even by many of those who loathe the government  January 11, 2017

Al-Jazeera Investigation Reveals Israel Lobby's Influence in the UK

Electronic Intifada's Asa Winstanley says Israel has set up astroturf organizations in the UK whose purpose is to sabotage Palestine solidarity  January 10, 2017

Illusion of Accountability in Israeli Soldier's Manslaughter Conviction

The ruling is an attempt by Israel to maintain the occupation by heading off intervention from the International Criminal Court for crimes against Palestinians, says economist Shir Hever  January 5, 2017

The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War, Day Two: Stacy Bannerman

On Day 2 of the CODEPINK #IraqTribunal, participants provided testimony on the lies that were used to invade Iraq.  December 30, 2016

Russia Announces Syria Ceasefire Deal That Excludes the US

Author Reese Ehrlich details the many reasons why the deal could fall apart  December 29, 2016

Israeli Journalist: The 'Real Landlords' of Israel Are the Settlers

Gideon Levy discusses how the government's preoccupation with a small colony in the occupied West Bank demonstrates the political power of the settler lobby in Israel  December 26, 2016

UK Fuels Carnage in Yemen Through Political and Military Support to Saudi Arabia

Theresa May's apologetics for arming Saudi Arabia reflects the arms industry's role in shaping British foreign policy, says Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade  December 22, 2016

Russian Ambassador Assassination Part of Retaliatory Attacks Following Retake of Aleppo

As the Syrian government takes control of more territory, fighters pushed out of the country may take out their rage on Russia and regional governments like Turkey and Jordan, says Vijay Prashad  December 19, 2016

Aleppo, Mosul, and the US Strategy of Permanent War

The United States attempts to secure its national security interests in Syria and Iraq by sustaining conflict rather than pursuing political solutions, says professor Sabah Alnasseri  December 27, 2016

Following Rebel Defeats in Aleppo, Will Trump and Putin Keep Assad Regime in Power?

Zenab Ahmed of discusses the change in relations between the US, Russia, Syria and Iran that could come when Trump takes office and how the battle of Aleppo will weaken international law  December 14, 2016

The End of the Battle of Aleppo Won't Stop the Syrian Civil War

''Inside Syria'' author Reese Erlich says widespread propaganda combined with a lack of independent reporting makes it difficult to get an accurate picture of the reality on the ground in Aleppo  December 13, 2016

The General's Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights - RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay that he's come to understand that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands began in 1948 and he broke with the liberal zionist belief in the "secularization of the bible" and the mission of a Jewish state; he says BDS is an effective strategy that should be supported  December 12, 2016

The General's Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights - RAI (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay that he fulfilled a childhood dream and became a member of the IDF Special Forces; then he came to realize that everything he'd believed in was a lie  December 12, 2016

The General's Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights - RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul jay that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and creation of a Jewish state was justified  December 12, 2016

Vijay Prashad: The Battle for Aleppo is Over

Several U.S. administrations have pursued a strategy of arming rebels to fight in proxy wars, and it has created a catastrophe in the Middle East, says Vijay Prashad  December 8, 2016

The Empire Files: Inside the Hotbeds of Israeli Settler Terror

Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenters of state-backed settler terrorism in Palestine's West Bank, in Part II of her report on illegal Israeli settlements and home demolitions - teleSUR production Watch Part I here  December 5, 2016

Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation in the Works?

Journalist Daoud Kuttab says the 7th Fatah Congress may lead towards rapprochement between the two dominant Palestinian parties  December 5, 2016

Pro-Regime Forces in Syria Respond to Trump's Election by Escalating Military Offensive

The only way to stop counterrevolutionary forces like the Islamic State is to end imperialist support for authoritarian regimes and foreign intervention in the region, says Joseph Daher  December 2, 2016

Is Assad Poised to Reclaim East Aleppo?

Some 20,000 Syrians have fled rebel-held areas in the past two days, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross  November 29, 2016

Shady Submarine Deal Ties Netanyahu to Another Corrupt Scandal, Threatens Israeli-Germany Ties

The German arms company ThyssenKrupp pushed enormously expensive weapons on Greece while Germany was imposing austerity on the nation, says political economist Shir Hever  December 2, 2016

Rojava: An Experiment in Radical Direct Democracy Within a War-Torn Country

Janet Biehl discusses the significance and the achievements of the political project in Northern Syria that's led by the Kurds  December 5, 2016

Wilkerson: If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, War Against Iran Could Come Next

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss Trump's foreign policy team and whether it's a continuation of policy under former vice president Dick Cheney  November 21, 2016

Turkey Drifting Away From the European Union

Violence will escalate now that Turkey has left no peaceful space for the Kurdish movement, says Baris Karaagac  November 6, 2016

Are the U.S. Claims that Iran Is Arming the Yemeni Houthis Credible?

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter scrutinizes the claims made by the U.S. and finds credibility of Its evidence highly questionable  November 2, 2016

Larry Wilkerson: A Solution for Syria Will Require the United States to Concede on Assad

The US is making two fundamental mistakes by continuing to insist that Assad must go and supporting rebel groups that look a lot like Al-Qaeda, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson  November 1, 2016

People's Tribunal to Examine Legacy of Iraq War

TRNN Replay: CODEPINK's Jodie Evans and AFSC's Raed Jarrar say the tribunal is an attempt to bring the anti-war movement together and pressure president Obama to hold the architects of the Iraq war accountable  October 27, 2016

Obama Holding Further Military Involvement in Syria, But Will the Next President?

The Russian government sees the next few months as a window of opportunity to secure their interests in Syria before the next administration takes office, says former CIA analyst Ray McGovern  October 24, 2016

Is the US Headed Towards War in Syria?

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is concerned about Clinton's foreign policy record and the fact that many of her advisors resemble those who served in the first George W. Bush administration  October 26, 2016

A Bloodier Battle for Mosul Might Begin After the Ouster of ISIS

The competing territorial claims of the Turks, Kurds, and Iraqi central government could result in an ethno-sectarian conflict after the military offense, warns York University professor Sabah Alnasseri  October 20, 2016

US Escalates Involvement in Yemen

The missile attacks on a US navy ship might serve the role the Gulf of Tonkin incident did in providing justification for US war in Vietnam, says's associate editor Zenab Ahmed  October 14, 2016

U.S. Weapon Sales Enable Saudi Arabia's Atrocities in Yemen

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin says the U.S. claims it values democracy while supporting a state that exports terrorism and drops bombs on people at funerals  October 12, 2016

'Neutral' First Aid Responders in Syria Promoting Regime Change

Journalist Max Blumenthal shares his latest investigation into the public relations firm Syria Campaign and the USAID-backed White Helmets, both of which are calling for a no-fly zone in Syria  October 5, 2016

US and EU Sanctions Are Devastating Syrian Civilians

They have resulted in a worsened humanitarian crisis and the empowerment of Assad, yet show no signs of being lifted soon, says journalist Rania Khalek  September 29, 2016

BDS Town Hall with the Former Green Party of Canada Justice Critic

A panel discussion on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement with Dimitri Lascaris, Constantine Kristonis, and Lia Tarachansky  September 27, 2016

Anti-BDS Campaign Aims to Undermine Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Palestine

Investigations into claims of anti-Semitism among Palestine solidarity groups often find the claims to be unfounded, says Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal  September 26, 2016

Chris Hedges: To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation of the Middle East

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses the Manhattan bombing and the lack of media coverage of the impact of U.S. wars abroad  September 19, 2016

Can a Lebanon-Style Solution End the Syrian War?

The conflict will not come to an end until the US and Russia make their respective clients agree to an imposed settlement or else face an immediate arms embargo, says journalist Charles Glass  September 20, 2016

Record US Aid to Israel Reflects Growing Influence of Military-Industrial Complex

Israel is likely to increase its arms exports now that it cannot use the aid on its own weapons industry, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson  September 20, 2016

Record US Military Aid to Israel Not About Security, But Prolonging the Occupation

Phyllis Bennis and Rania Khalek say this will cement Obama's legacy as the most pro-Israel president  September 14, 2016

The Israel Factor in the Syrian Ceasefire

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a temporary convergence of various powers to have a ceasefire, but the Israeli leadership thinks that an endless war serves its interests  September 12, 2016

US and Russia Agree to Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

As Syrian opposition groups retreat from the demand that President Assad step down, a ceasefire agreement becomes more feasible, says Vijay Prashad  September 10, 2016

Libertarian Candidate: Pursuit of 'Regime Change' to Blame for Refugee Crisis

Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford says supporters of libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson should be just as concerned about the lack of media coverage of third parties as Johnson's lack of geographic knowledge  September 8, 2016

Turkey Seeks to Crush Kurdish Aspirations for Statehood

Vijay Prashad, author of 'The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution,' says cracks are forming in the alliance between the US, Turkey, and Gulf monarchies  September 4, 2016

Former CIA Deputy Director Publicly Advocates for Bombing Syria's Assad

This would be illegal under international law - and qualify as terrorism - but that hasn't stopped the U.S. before, says former intelligence analyst Ray McGovern  August 27, 2016

Turkey's Incursion into Syria Will Escalate Conflict with the Kurds

ISIS is likely to retaliate with terrorist attacks in Turkey, says Trent University professor Baris Karaagac  August 24, 2016

Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen To Quell Demonstrations for Democracy

The Saudi-led coalition is not just trying to deter Houthi leaders; they want to ensure that pro-democratic Yemeni demonstrations don't touch the rest of the Arabian peninsula, says Bilal Zenab Ahmed of  August 23, 2016

Lucrative Arms Sales Secure Ongoing U.S. Support for Saudi Arabia's War on Yemen

IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis says U.S. officials want to ensure that the Saudis are pacified following the nuclear deal with Iran  August 19, 2016

Iraqi City of Mosul Faces the Bloody Prospect of 'Liberation'

Sabah Alnasseri: Corruption and factional fighting within the parliament will soon be accompanied by intensified conflict as the army attempts to take Mosul from the Islamic State  August 15, 2016

With Aleppo Under Siege, Al-Nusra Front Rises in Strength

Journalist Patrick Cockburn says the rebel group is ideologically identical to the Islamic State, and its recent break with Al-Qaeda is likely a PR move that will allow countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to support them without being accused of being allied with Al-Qaeda  August 10, 2016

Erdogan and Turkey in the Terror Net

Vijay Prashad explains how will the recent ISIS terror attack at the Ataturk international airport might affect Turkey's relations in the region, and also discusses Turkey's ambiguous position regarding Russia and the insurgency in Syria - Newsclick and TRNN Joint Production  June 12, 2016

British Inquiry Finds Iraq War Lacked Legal Justification

After the long awaited release of the Chilcot report, many say British and US leaders should be held accountable for violating international law  July 6, 2016

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the history of Saudi-promoted Jihadism and blowback as ISIS attacks their former allies  July 5, 2016

To End War in Syria, Adopt "First, Do No Harm" Diplomacy

Institute for Policy Studies fellow Phyllis Bennis tells Paul Jay that the 51 State Department officials' call for airstrikes against Syrian President Assad gets it wrong, and what we really need is a full withdrawal of US troops and an international arms embargo  June 24, 2016

How Erdogan Consolidates Power in Turkey by Eliminating the Kurds

Baris Karaagac explains the history of the Turkish state's repression of the leftist and Kurdish movements  June 17, 2016

Where Have All the Refugee Children Gone?

Unaccompanied child refugees in Europe have lost their parents and are either fleeing civil war or the threat of being forced into joining armed groups  June 13, 2016

New Unity Government in Libya Overly Optimistic in Claiming an Offensive Against ISIS in Sirte

It is important to recognize that ISIS is not precisely a territorial group, says historian Vijay Prashad  June 13, 2016

Refugees Risk Perilous Journeys, Fleeing War and Years of IMF-type Policies

Vijay Prashad says refugees are escaping wars, eviscerated economies, and religious conflict  June 6, 2016

Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein on Israel and the Solidarity Movement

Paul Jay moderates a panel talking about the fascisization of Israel and need to build a broad movement in support of the Palestinian people  June 5, 2016

Inadequate UN Refugee Convention Putting Thousands in Danger

Vijay Prashad says limitations in the UN Refugee Convention give latitude to Western countries to reject non-Syrian refugees  June 5, 2016

Erdogan Targeting the 59 Pro-Kurdish HDP Parliamentarians with 445 Police Investigations

Baris Karaagac says Erdogan is continuing to consolidate power by appointing his friend and current Transportation Minister as Prime Minister  May 23, 2016

Israeli General Compares Modern Israel to 1930s Germany

Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says Golan is an elite member of the military and his statements on Holocaust Remembrance Day is sparking a national debate  May 9, 2016

US and UK Arms Sales Fueling War Crimes in Yemen

Prof. Sheila Carapico says many humanitarian groups have implicated the US and other Western countries in war crimes in Yemen  May 2, 2016

Air Strikes on Aleppo Hospital Indiscriminate or Targeted?

Patrick Cockburn and Joseph Daher discuss the escalation of bombing in Syria that has killed 200 people in six days and undermined the peace talks in Geneva  April 29, 2016

Saudi Blackmail Stands in the Way of 9-11 Families Right to Know

Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK upacks Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia and what we know about the redacted 28 pages of the Congressional 9-11 Report  April 22, 2016

EU Deports Refugees from Greece to Turkey

The EU deportations do not solve the problem that refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere confront, says Hazel Healy of The New Internationalist  April 8, 2016

In Syria, CIA & Pentagon-Funded Militias Clash

A long history of bureaucratic disputes has contributed to a failed strategy in Syria, says former chief of Staff to Colin Powell Larry Wilkerson  March 29, 2016

Will the Syrian Ceasefire End the US-Russia Proxy War?

Fmr. Chief of Staff for Colin Powell, Larry Wilkerson, says the ceasefire could be key to lasting peace in Syria  March 28, 2016

Could a Federalist Democracy Stabilize Syria?

Syrian Kurds' new proposal could be the political solution refugees have been waiting for, says Trinity College's Vijay Prashad  March 28, 2016

UN Human Rights Council Will Monitor Corporations Operating in Occupied Palestine

The UN vote to expose corporations profiting from Israeli occupation demonstrates shifting global opinion on settlements, says the Institute of Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis  March 28, 2016

Turkey's Intensifying Conflict with Kurds

Prof. Fuat Keyman analyzes the history and background of the recently intensifying conflict between the government of Prime Minister Erdogan and Turkey's Kurds.  March 22, 2016

Preferred Jihadists and the Crisis in Syria

Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, was back to discuss suppressed aspects of the crisis in Syria, particularly, the fight among elite ruling circles and the continued use of preferred jihadists as "foot-soldiers" for Western empire.  March 22, 2016

Is the Russian Withdrawal a Message to Assad?

The Independent's Patrick Cockburn says you can't have negotiations to end the war when the largest armed opposition groups, al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State, are absent  March 17, 2016

The Modern Paris Commune: A Model for Social Revolution from Syrian Kurdistan (1/2)

Political expert Bilhan Tuncel urges international solidarity with Kurds, and says the bottom-up governing system in Rojava, or Western Kurdistan, is an important example of empowering a diverse population - E&B News with Kevin Boylan  March 13, 2016

2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Saudi Politics and Overview

Introduction by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK. Ali Al-Ahmed, the Gulf Institute and Abdulaziz Al-Hussan, Saudi lawyer and human rights defender. Moderator: Medea Benjamin.  March 8, 2016

Vijay Prashad: The Foreign Policy of the 1%

Vijay Prashad, author and professor at Trinity College  March 5, 2016

2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

Sunjeev Bery, Amnesty International, Dr. Sharat G. Lin, scholar on Middle Eastern migrant labor and Julianne Hill, Reprieve U.S. Legal Fellow. Moderator: Andrea Miller  March 5, 2016

2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Women in Saudi Arabia

Ebtihal Mubarak, Saudi journalist and Kristine Beckerle, Human Rights Watch. Moderator: Jodie Evans  March 5, 2016

2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Saudi Foreign Policy

Mohammed Al-Shami, Yemeni-American activist, Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council and Matar Matar, Bahraini politician and activist. Moderator: Joanne Landy  March 5, 2016

2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Supporting Change in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al-Nimr, son of executed Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr, Daniel Arshack, lawyer for imprisoned attorney Waleed Abu al-Khair, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Executive Director, International Civil Society Network (ICAN). Moderator: Nada Khader  March 5, 2016

2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Oil, weapons sales, and U.S.-Saudi Ties

William Hartung, Center for International Policy, Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee, Robert Vitalis, author and professor at University of Pennsylvania, Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies  March 5, 2016

Iranian Elections: A Blow to Hardliners As New Fault Lines in Iranian Politics Emerge

National Iranian American Council president Trita Parsi says it's s no longer reformists versus conservatives as much as it is moderates with President Rouhani, and his opponents  February 29, 2016

Son of Executed Saudi Cleric to Defy Saudi Regime By Attending Upcoming Human Rights Summit

Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of Sheik Nimr al-Nimr, and CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin speak against Saudi Arabia's brutality, and discuss the Summit on Saudi Arabia that the Real News will live stream on March 5, 2016. Summit link:  February 26, 2016

EU Parliament Adopts Call for an Arms Embargo Against Saudi Arabia

Arms expert Willian Hartung says a more concerted effort by global actors will be needed to stop Saudi aggression  February 26, 2016

Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the demands Americans can make of the US government to create a cessation of hostilities (2/2)  February 18, 2016

What Turkey & Saudi Arabia Aim to Gain with Possible Ground Invasion in Syria

Col. Larry Wilkerson says Turkish and Saudi officials may be bluffing, but the prospect nevertheless is a calamity reminiscent of pre-World War I conditions  February 15, 2016

Saudi Plans for Syria Ground Invasion: Bluff or a Disaster in the Making?

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the potential consequences of a Saudi-Turkish invasion of Syria, more likely aimed at Assad than ISIS and on a collision course with Russia (1/2)  February 17, 2016

Latest Agreement in Syria Could Lead to Further Escalation

Phyllis Bennis says the war in Syria is being fought by outside powers to the last Syrian  February 13, 2016

UN Peace Talks on Syria Remain Stalled

Vijay Prashad says the government in Damascus has made significant gains inside Syria with the help of its allies, and this has changed the tone of the Western response to Russia  January 29, 2016

Repression in Egypt Worse than Rule Under Mubarak

Noha Radwan reports on the conditions facing political prisoners, who are often crammed into 15x15 spaces with seventy people, and says the international community must intervene  January 31, 2016

Importance of Lifting the Nuclear-Based Sanctions on Iran

Phyllis Bennis says lifting of sanctions will be significant for the Iranian people and will mean a reintegration of Iran into the world economy  January 20, 2016

Who is Really Ruling Saudi Arabia?

Bilal Ahmed of says the rivalry results from the fact that the King's nephew Mohammad bin Nayef is currently the minister of interior and also the crown prince  January 21, 2016

Ceasefire Needed in Turkey

Richard Falk says a new ceasefire and renewal of the peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdish militants are required to end the bloodshed  January 14, 2016

Arab Spring and Declining Oil Prices Drives Saudi Arabia's Reactionary Barbarism

Bilal Ahmed of says accusations of religious degeneracy and charges of heresy are at the heart of the executions, for they advance and protect the national narrative of Wahhabism  January 10, 2016

Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent (2/2)

Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East  January 7, 2016

Saudis Fan Flames of Sunni-Shi'a Strife Bred in Iraq Invasion

Jennifer Loewenstein says Saudi Arabia carried out the execution of Shi'a cleric Nimr al-Nimr in order to provoke a reaction from Iran, and are now using the embassy attack as an excuse to cut diplomatic ties  January 7, 2016

Is Increased Drone Warfare Inevitable?

Former Drone Technician Cian Westmoreland explains how America's indiscriminate targeting is setting the tone for the 55 countries currently producing drone technology  December 29, 2015

From Drone Technician to Whistleblower

Former Senior Airman Cian Westmoreland discusses why he began to question his work in assisting more than 350 civilian deaths in Afghanistan  December 28, 2015

Initial Syrian Peace Talks Won't Include Syrians

New Internationalism Project Director Phyllis Bennis says the U.N. Security Council resolution allows for the participation of all outside supporters of the opposition forces  December 22, 2015

Saudi Elections a Minor Concession to Internal Democratic Pressure

Professor Toby Jones says the Saudi elections won't affect the fundamental political order  December 10, 2015

Trump Not an Outlier in US Policy Towards Muslims

Arun Kundnani, the author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror, says after 9/11, we rounded up thousands of Muslims within the United States and deported them simply because they are Muslim  December 9, 2015

IAEA Report Finds Many Allegations on Iran's Nuclear History Are Baseless

Robert Kelley says the IAEA had failed to adequately investigate charges that were made in the past by U.S. and Israel against Iran in order to derail negotiations  December 9, 2015

Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil

Vijay Prashad says that ISIS oil is smuggled through Turkey to Israel and is a major source of ISIS funding  December 9, 2015

The Islamic State that Buys Our Weapons

Last year, Saudi Arabia became the United State's largest purchaser of arms, enshrining the untouchable status of a ruling monarchy that many accuse of fanning the flames of extremism in the Middle East  December 7, 2015

War Mongers Join Forces in Syria, But Can They Defeat ISIS?

After the British parliament voted in favor of airstrikes in Syria, University of Louvain physicist Jean Bricmont says international law must be central in dealing with Syria and the Islamic State  December 3, 2015

Ousting Assad is Counterproductive and Illegal, Says Congresswoman

Larry Wilkerson discusses a bill introduced by US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard that seeks to redress the failed Syria strategy  December 1, 2015

Wilkerson: The Hypocrisy of U.S. Syria Policy (1/2)

As Putin visits Iran, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss the U.S./Saudi alliance in Syria and a relationship shrouded in secrecy  November 24, 2015

Between ISIS and Intervening Powers, Perpetual Conflict is Common Goal

York University Professor Sabah Alnasseri discusses the strategy of ISIS and regional actors following the attacks in Paris and Beirut  November 19, 2015

The Pentagon and Bernie Sanders Agree: Terrorism Linked to Climate Change

NYU's Christian Parenti explains how we can connect the dots between droughts, neoliberal policies and terrorism  November 20, 2015

Why Did ISIS Target Paris?

Journalist Barry Lando explains how French airstrikes on ISIS, its military presence in Africa, and contentious relationship with its Muslim community planted the seeds for an attack  November 18, 2015

The Media's Skewed Portrayal of the Bombing in Beirut

Rania Masri and Vijay Prashad say the western media's reporting on the ISIS bombing in Lebanon is deeply racist and accepts the ISIS narrative by describing the southern Beirut neighborhood as a "Hezbollah bastion"  November 13, 2015

Iran Agrees to Political Transition Where Assad is Not the Main Focus

Trinity College's Vijay Prashad discusses how no Syrian voices were represented at the Vienna peace talks, but geopolitical interests were front and center  October 30, 2015

Turkish Elections: Will Erdogan Garner a Majority This Time?

Scholar and activist Sardar Saadi says the likely outcomes on Sunday include more seats for the AKP and greater momentum behind the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party  October 30, 2015

Iran to Join Syria Talks

Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution, made possible by Russia's escalated involvement in Syria  October 27, 2015

Netanyahu's Record on Inciting Violence Against Palestinians

Max Blumenthal, author of The 51-Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza, says Netanyahu absolved Hitler of the final solution by placing the blame for the Holocaust on the Palestinians  October 22, 2015

Who Are the Targets of Russian Airstrikes in Syria?

Russians claim to be targeting ISIS while United States says the strikes are hitting pro-Western rebel forces, but London Metropolitan University's Sami Ramadani says these two groups are practically one in the same  October 18, 2015

No End to The War in Afghanistan (2/2)

Junaid S. Ahmad, Professor of Law at Lahore University says after fourteen years of occupation nothing has improved, none of the objectives have been met, the situation is far worse and the US is in greater threat  October 16, 2015

No End to The War in Afghanistan (1/2)

Junaid S. Ahmad, Professor of Law at Lahore University says after fourteen years of occupation nothing has improved, none of the objectives have been met, the situation is far worse and the US is in greater threat  October 16, 2015

A Syria Without Assad?

Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and whether it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end  October 9, 2015

Russians Could Force New Negotiations Over Syria

Phyllis Bennis of IPS says there are many players that need to be at the table for negotiations that could be conducted in phases to bring about a real solution  October 7, 2015

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen (2/2)

Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times  October 7, 2015

US Ruling Circles Split On Use of Jihadists in Syria

Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford says that objections to Russia's bombing of Syria expose policy rifts within the U.S. ruling elite  October 7, 2015

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (2/2)

Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein debate what are the real goals of the U.S. in Syria  October 5, 2015

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (1/2)

Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein argue that Russian and US interests in the region must heed the domestic forces that could provide a real political solution that could benefit majority of the Syrian people  October 2, 2015

Is Obama Fighting ISIS, Assad or Russia?

Prof. Sabah Alnasseri of York University says Obama speech at the UN pushes anti-ISIS forces towards Russian strategy  September 29, 2015

Netanyahu Meets Putin Looking for Existential Threat to Israel

Shir Hever says Netanyahu made misleading statements after his trip to Russia about coordinated military action in Syria  September 24, 2015

Clinton Calls U.S. Policy in Syria a "Failure"

Glen Ford of discusses his qualified agreement with Hilary Clinton on the "failure" of U.S. policy In Syria  September 21, 2015

Is the U.S. Secretly Welcoming Increased Russian Syria Involvement?

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that cooperation with Russia and Iran is the only way to resolve the situation, but U.S. policy is catering to Saudi Arabian, Turkish and Israeli ambitions  September 19, 2015

The Guardian Reveals the West Ignored Russian Offer to Have Assad Step Aside in 2012

Policy analyst Phyllis Bennis says the United States has a moral responsibility to address the Syrian refugee crisis after The Guardian UK reveals Russia offered to help depose Assad three years ago. Note: The headline of this story has been updated for accuracy  September 15, 2015

Pro-Kurdish Party's Offices Attacked as Turkey Escalates Operations Against the PKK

The escalating violence in Turkey prior to the November elections can not be delinked from President Erdogan's goal to weaken the pro-Kurdish HDP party, says Baris Karaagac  September 11, 2015

Afghan Refugees in Greece in Limbo

Former Afghan Refugee and advocate Mohamad Mizray in Greece reports that Afghan refugees are being deprioritized in favor of Syrians, he argues that they should all be treated equally and with dignity no matter what country they are arriving from  September 13, 2015

Exodus from the Syrian Ruins

Patrick Cockburn, correspondent for the Independent, says we are in an era of extreme violence where nine bloody and cruel civil wars are at the root of the refugee crisis  September 10, 2015

Another Weapons Deal Inked as Saudis Strike Yemen with US Bombs

Just Foreign Policy's Robert Naiman discusses Saudi King Salaman's meeting with President Obama  September 5, 2015

Veolia Pulls Out of Israel

Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says Veoila has lost billions due to the BDS movement  September 1, 2015

Is Erdogan Creating a Perfect Storm to Get His Party in Power?

With escalating violence with the Kurds and the arrest of VICE reporters, Trent University's Baris Karaagac explains how the AKP is appealing to their base  September 2, 2015

US Condemns Israel's Plan to Demolish West Bank Village - Just Lip Service?

After Israel's high court orders demolition of homes in West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya, Gaza Unsilenced co-editor Refaat Alareer says this reflects a move away from a two-state solution  July 24, 2015

Wilkerson: Iran Deal Creates World's Most Intrusive Inspection Regime

Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the nuclear accord will lead to greater U.S.-Iranian cooperation over Mideast policy  July 14, 2015

Turkey Planning Next Move After ISIS Commits Massacre in Kobani

Patrick Cockburn and Baris Kaargaarc discuss recent news that Turkey is considering military intervention in northern Syria  July 1, 2015

U.S. Counter-Terrorism and the Saudi-Turkish-Israeli Strategic Alliance to Overthrow Assad (2/2)

In an extended discussion, investigative journalist Gareth Porter and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss how weakening Hezbollah is driving Israel's interest in collaborating with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to overthrow the Assad regime  June 18, 2015

U.S. Counter-Terrorism and the Saudi-Turkish-Israeli Strategic Alliance to Overthrow Assad (1/2)

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss U.S. policy in Syria and Iraq as its allies in the region push for the overthrow of the Assad regime  June 18, 2015

"Insanity": Critics React to the Troop Increase in Iraq

The Real News spoke to former Army Lt. Col. and Iraq vet Daniel Davis, journalist Dahr Jamail and policy expert Stephen Miles about the recent decision to build a new military base and send some 500 'advisors' to the Anbar province.  June 12, 2015

Men's World Cup Exposes Massive Global Labor Contradictions

Journalist Reese Erlich discusses his reporting into the abuse of labor in Qatar  June 10, 2015

Will Turkey's Elections Lead to an Expansion of Presidential Power?

Istanbul-based journalist Dalia Mortada explains how Sunday's parliamentary election could give Turkish President Erdogan a supermajority, and therefore the authority to change the political system to a presidential one  June 7, 2015

Without Arms Embargo, No Political Solution in Iraq and Syria

Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis argues that collateral damage from military strikes and corrupt governance are only strengthening the Islamic State  June 5, 2015

Neoliberal Policies and Foreign Intervention Fueling Violence in Yemen's Bilal Ahmed discusses recent events in Yemen and how sectarianism is a result of, and not fueling the current conflict  June 3, 2015

ISIS Gains Strategic Ground in Iraq and Syria

Reese Erlich, author of Inside Syria, says that ISIS showcased its tactical and military savviness in Ramadi. The problem for the US is that it still has no reliable allies that can fight on the ground.  May 28, 2015

Not a Single House Has Been Rebuilt One Year After Israeli War on Gaza

Dan Cohen, Correspondent for Mondoweiss says Gaza looks the same as it did the day of the ceasefire and this is an intentional policy of de-development  May 25, 2015

Assad Has Lost Over Fifty Percent of Syria to ISIS

Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says that Syria could turn into another Afghanistan with US and Saudi policies creating significant blowback in the region  May 25, 2015

Is Assad on the Brink of Defeat?

Vijay Prashad: Al-Qaeda linked rebels have made strong advances due to weak morale of Assad fighters and rebel groups with strong financial backing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  May 10, 2015

The Dismal Failure of "Operation Decisive Storm" in Yemen

Restoring former leadership in Yemen and targeting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are the real objectives of "Protective Edge", says Bilal Ahmed, associate editor of  May 8, 2015

The Roots of Inequality for Ethiopian Israelis

As mass protests erupt against police brutality in Israel, journalist Lia Tarachansky explains how Ethiopian Jews are seen as third class citizens in Israel's ethnocracy  May 10, 2015

The Return of the Taliban

Sonali Kolhatkar, the co-author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence, discusses the latest round of talks between Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar  May 8, 2015

Why Saudis Derailed Imminent Yemen Deal with Airstrikes

Wall Street Journal UN correspondent Joe Lauria discusses how a former UN envoy came forward with details of a power-sharing deal in Yemen and why Saudi Arabia would want to prevent that deal from becoming a reality.  April 28, 2015

Houthi Arms Came from Saleh, not Iran

Gareth Porter says the claim that Iran is supplying Houthis with weapons ignores that the group was flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh  April 25, 2015

My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain Ignored by State Department - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou tells Paul Jay that from Iraq to Bahrain, it was becoming clear to him that commercial interest, particularly arms sales, was driving U.S. policy in the Middle East  April 19, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Seeking More Funding to Fight ISIS

Journalist Reese Erlich says the U.S. bombing campaign doesn't have a major impact in Syria because it has no allies on the ground other than the Kurdish Peshmerga  April 20, 2015

Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (3/3)

Daniel Martin Varisco: What went wrong in Yemen is what usually goes wrong when you have a history of colonialism, ongoing interference from outside forces, sectarian blindness, and massive wealth at the service of mischief  April 13, 2015

Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (2/3)

Daniel Martin Varisco: What went wrong in Yemen is what usually goes wrong when you have a history of colonialism, ongoing interference from outside forces, sectarian blindness, and massive wealth at the service of mischief  April 12, 2015

Oil, Iran and Palestine - What's at Stake for Saudi Arabia (3/3)

Madawi al-Rasheed tells Paul Jay that since the Arab uprising in 2011, we don't hear the Saudis talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it has identified its enemy first as Iran  April 6, 2015

ISIS and What's at Stake for Saudi Arabia? (2/3)

Madawi Al-Rasheed says the Saudis contend with ISIS to be the leaders of the Sunni world, but their interests converge as both regard Iran and the Shia as their enemy  April 5, 2015

Yemen Rebels Take Presidential Palace, What's At Stake for Saudi Arabia? (1/3)

Madawi Al-Rasheed says the Saudis want to prove their military prowess as defenders of Sunni Muslims and to install a pro-Saudi government in Yemen  April 2, 2015

Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (1/3)

Daniel Varisco, President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, talks about the days events and who the players are in Yemen  April 4, 2015

Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen May Not Be So Decisive

Patrick Cockburn says wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya are escalating, intensifying and cross-infecting each other, and the contradictory positions the US faces gives the IS an advantage  April 1, 2015

Arms Sales Fuel Middle East Conflicts

William Hartung says Saudi Arabia has become the second leading arms importer in the world  April 1, 2015

Strategy of Using Gulf Monarchies to Project US Power in Mideast is Unraveling

Glen Ford says US-backed Saudi-led air attacks on the Houthis, who are dedicated fighters against al-Qaeda, are making al-Qaeda the real winners in this war  April 1, 2015

Saudi Arabia Attacks Yemen, Targeting Houthis

Yemeni Houthi movement has more to do with the internal conflict within Yemen and less to do with the projected Shia-Sunni rivalry in the region, says Bilal Ahmed, graduate student at SOAS, University of London  March 27, 2015

Phyllis Bennis: Netanyahu or Herzog, Little Will Change in Israeli Policy

While there is a difference in rhetoric between the two leaders, there's not much Netanyahu can do to block a U.S. deal with Iran and Herzog would not change Israeli policy towards the Palestinians  March 18, 2015

Did Kerry Open the Door to Negotiating with Assad?

Larry Wilkerson says Assad is not going anywhere, and the US is late in recognizing that reality  March 17, 2015

How Iran's Fight Against ISIS in Iraq Helps American Interests

Professor Vijay Prashad discusses Iran's major offensive against ISIS in Iraq and the need for a Mideast coalition against ISIS  March 9, 2015

The Class That Ruled Egypt Under Mubarak Remains in Power

The security forces and the police are their tools, and the fight against ISIS has simply emboldened them, says Professor Seif Da'na (pt. 3/3)  March 1, 2015

What Role Can Social Media Play in Supporting Protests Against Egypt's Military Regime?

Professor Seif Da'na says though the broad underlying discontent against the Egypt's military regime persists, future uprisings won't take the shape of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising (2/3)  February 26, 2015

Libyan Chaos and the Islamic State (2/2)

Vijay Prashad, author of "Arab Spring, Libyan Winter," says Libya is awash with weapons and fighters, much like Afghanistan 25 years ago after the withdrawal of Russia  February 18, 2015

Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War Against ISIS

Ola Bini of Thoughtworks explains the war strategy and its effectiveness  February 11, 2015

Why ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot May Unify Arab World

Prof. Vijay Prashad discusses the significance of the of anti-ISIS protests after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot and the possible future outcomes of these events  February 7, 2015

Militant Islam is an Instrument of Saudi-Pakistan-US Policy (1/2)

Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that the fulcrum of U.S. military policies in the region is at one end Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the other is Pakistan - ISIS is a product of the failed policies of this alliance  February 3, 2015

Medieval Monarchies and Islamo-Fascism (2/2)

In part two, Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that if the Gulf State medieval monarchies are not removed, there won't be a long-term solution to the crisis in the region  February 5, 2015

Will the Kurdish Coalition Hold Kobani?

Edmund Ghareeb, author of The Kurdish Question in Iraq, says hundreds of Kurdish villages and small towns remain under the control of the Islamic State  January 27, 2015

US Resumes Drone Strikes in Yemen Despite Political Leadership Vacuum

Scholar and journalist Waalid Al-Saqaf says continued US drone strikes and foreign involvement will push Yemen towards a civil war and do nothing to address the growing humanitarian catastrophe  January 28, 2015

The Saudis - Oil, ISIS and Revolution

Loretta Napoleoni says little will change after death of King Abdullah, but the Saudis cannot sustain low oil prices for much longer; they have lost control of ISIS; and their big fear is revolution  January 25, 2015

American Sniper: Honoring a Fallen Hero or Whitewashing a Murderous Occupation?

TRNN Top Stories 2015: Journalist Max Blumenthal says the film American Sniper promotes lies falsehoods about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle along with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq  January 26, 2015

Endemic Corruption in Iraqi Gov. Will Hamper Anti-ISIS Efforts

Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the systemic corruption of the Iraqi state, institutionalized by the U.S. in order to ensure loyalty of the Iraqi elites, is at the core of all social misery in Iraq  January 15, 2015

Will the ICC Charge Israel With War Crimes?

Michael Ratner, Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, says it's uncertain if the move by Palestinians to join the ICC will lead to cases on the last military assault on Gaza or the continued settlement construction  January 7, 2015

Iraqi-Kurd Oil Accord

Will the accord pave the way to a united Iraq to fight the IS? Antonia Juhasz, the author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry, discusses its implications  December 3, 2014

The Geopolitics of Tumbling Oil Prices

Michael Klare, the author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, connects the dropping oil prices to global politics and climate change  December 2, 2014

OPEC Steps On The Gas Pedal

Gas and oil production is dropping in the US because it is reliant on $100 a barrel, anything less is not feasible for shale oil producers says journalist Steve Horn  December 2, 2014

Growing Rift Between US & Turkey Over Arming Kurds

Baris Karaagac: Ankara remains opposed assisting to PKK-linked Kurdish rebels, whom they consider a terrorist organization  October 24, 2014

Kurdish Fighters Move to Regain Kobani

The coalition is not what it appears to be - Vice President Biden was right, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising  October 23, 2014

US Dropping Arms and Ammunition to Syrian Kurds in Kobani

Reese Erlich, freelance correspondent and author of Inside Syria, says the irony of the support to the Kurds in Kobani is that the PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the US  October 22, 2014

Nearly Four Years After the Revolution, Where is Egypt Headed?

Journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous and scholar Mervat Hatem discuss the current social and political situation in Egypt - The Global African - Telesur  October 20, 2014

Does Turkey Want Kobane to Fall?

Baris Karaagac explains Turkey's position towards the Islamic State  October 9, 2014

US and Iran are Indirectly Coordinating Efforts against IS

The idea of Iran as partner of the US in the battle against IS will not have sufficient political support in Iran, among the allies, or domestically, says Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council  October 8, 2014

Canadian MPs Vote to Expand Support to Fight IS

Prime Minister Harper is an honorary conservative American, says Ariel Salzmann, associate professor at Queen's University  October 8, 2014

Gaza Under Siege - Eva Bartlett on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

Eva Bartlett talks about her experiences living in Gaza  October 5, 2014

Gaza Under Siege - Eva Bartlett on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

Eva Bartlett talks about her experiences living in Gaza  October 5, 2014

Turkey Joins the War Campaign against the Islamic State

Scholar Edmund Ghareeb explains how the authorization for military force against IS by the Turkish parliament will affect peace negotiations with the Kurds  October 4, 2014

Thousands of New Israeli Settlements Approved as Netanyahu Pledges Two-State Solution

During a White House visit, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ignore tough issues around Israeli-Gaza conflict while protestors demand Netanyahu be held accountable for war crimes  October 2, 2014

Turkish-Syrian Border "The Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech

Vijay Prashad says Obama's comments at the UN on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease  September 23, 2014

What Role Is Turkey Playing in the War against ISIS?

Lecturer Baris Kaaragaac says Turkey is trying to manage its response to the Islamic State in such a way to prevent the Kurds from consolidating political or military power  September 22, 2014

U.S. Intelligence Official: No Evidence ISIL Is Planning Imminent Attack on America

Obama's plan to support the Shi'a and Kurds in Iraq could worsen sectarianism fighting, and a new report says arms sent to moderate Syrian rebels have ended up in ISIS's hands  September 11, 2014

ISIS Wants the US Drawn into a Ground War

Andrew Levine says the Islamist forces have learned that a ground war is to their advantage  September 10, 2014

Obama's Syria Plan Will Strengthen IS and Warlordism

Omar Dahi says Obama is wrong to say the Assad regime has no legitimacy, as most Syrians want an end to war, the creation of a broad-front government, and a national army to confront warlords and extremism  September 10, 2014

Israel Facing Major Economic Consequences for 50 Day War on Gaza

Political Economist Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says the latest conflict with Gaza began after a crisis emerged in Israel over the defense budget  September 10, 2014

New Iraqi Government Will Abide by U.S. Regional Goals

Professor Sabah Alnasseri says the purpose of the campaign against ISIL is to enable continued political and military intervention by the U.S. throughout the Middle East  September 9, 2014

Is The Anti-ISIS Campaign Attempting to Renew War Against Assad?

Glen Ford: The U.S.-Saudi strategy of using jihadists as proxies in their wars is collapsing before our very eyes  September 5, 2014

US-Israel Pressure Palestine Not to Join the ICC

Michael Ratner: Will the Palestinian Authority join the ICC despite intimidation?  September 4, 2014

Why America Failed to Anticipate the Rise of the Islamic State

Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn discusses how the U.S. narrowly defined the jihadist threat as al-Qaeda affiliates, thereby failing to taking the Islamic State seriously  August 27, 2014

The Islamic State, Assad, and the Contradictions Faced by the US in Syria

Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn says the U.S. will need to work with Syria and Iran to defeat ISIS, thereby reversing its policy towards Assad  August 26, 2014

The Powers Behind The Islamic State

Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari, and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what the global community can do now to rein them in  August 22, 2014

Gaza Cease-Fire Extended, but What's Needed for a Just Solution to the Conflict?

Amnesty International's Deborah Hyams talks about being blocked from carrying out an independent investigation of the most recent assault on Gaza, and author Vijay Prashad discusses the latest developments in the Palestinian liberation struggle  August 18, 2014

US Escalates Iraq Airstrikes but Lacks Long-term Strategy

Vijay Prashad: US airstrikes are working strategically, but alone will not turn the tide against the Islamic State  August 18, 2014

Falk: US Limits Ability of UN To Hold Israel Accountable for War Crimes

Princeton University Professor Richard Falk discusses how the powers of the UN are limited since the United States sets the agenda  August 17, 2014

Will Iraq's New PM Differ from al-Maliki?

IPS's Phyllis Bennis discusses the interests new Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi represents and the main issues to pay attention to as his administration moves forward  August 16, 2014

Is the Control of Gaza's Offshore Gas Reserves a Factor in Israeli Military Operations?

Nafeez Ahmed: As Israel's energy issues become more pronounced, repeated military incursions into Gaza show that dominating and exploiting its offshore gas reserves is an increasingly important issue  August 13, 2014

Foreign Oil Interests in Iraqi Kurdistan and the Rise of ISIS

Nafeez Ahmed and Antonia Juhasz say that the U.S. is using the possibility of Kurdish independence as a threat against the central government in Baghdad  August 13, 2014

Israeli Forces Target UN School Shelter, Children and Hospitals

Pernille Ironside: The Chief of the UNICEF Field Office in Gaza describes the growing death toll and the rising humanitarian crisis  July 31, 2014

19 Killed in Gaza as Israel Strikes Second UN Compound in a Week

Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti says the UN has failed its duty to speak out against civilian deaths in Gaza; meanwhile the case for boycotting, divestment and sanctioning Israel has been strengthened by the current conflict  July 30, 2014

Al-Aqsa Brigades Open Fire on Israeli Forces at the Qalandia Checkpoint.

In Gaza the death toll stands at 867, and 5,730 injured. On Friday another three Israeli soldiers were killed in battle, bringing the Israeli death toll to 38, including three civilians.  July 26, 2014

From Palestine to Baltimore, Protesters Demand an End to Bloody Gaza Assault

TRNN's Jaisal Noor talks to Baltimore residents about why they are demanding Israel stop its attacks on Gaza that have killed over 800 Palestinians  July 26, 2014

12-Hour Truce in Gaza, Protests in the West Bank

TRNN's Lia Tarachansky reports from Jerusalem on how the Israeli army opened fire on West Bank protests against the war  July 25, 2014

Israel Boycott Gains Traction As Gaza Assault Continues

BDS Movement Founder Omar Barghouti discusses growing solidarity with Palestinians and whether Fatah-Hamas unity deal motivated Israel's aggression  July 25, 2014

Is Israeli Public Opinion Turning after 700 Palestinian Deaths?

Israel-based TRNN correspondent Lia Tarachansky reports on the mood in Israel in the wake of a rising Palestinian death toll  July 23, 2014

TRNN Gaza Reporter's Family Killed in Israeli Assault

Middle East correspondent Yousef Al-Helou shares his story of how his home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike  July 23, 2014

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Remain Deadlocked, Receive 4-Month Extension

Gareth Porter: Iran has indicated it's willing to draw down its enriched uranium stockpile, which could make a nuclear deal with the P5+1 within reach  July 21, 2014

"Evacuate to Where?" - Report from Gaza and Israel

Gaza-based blogger Nalan al Sarraj and TRNN's Lia Tarachansky report on the mood of the people in Gaza and Israel as Israeli ground troops join the attack  July 18, 2014

Occupation of Palestinian Territories Likely to Intensify in Coming Months

Jeff Halper says that the Israeli public does not generally put the cycles of violence with Gaza and the West Bank in the context of decades-long military occupation, and that this leads to support for further domination of the Palestinians  July 16, 2014

All Governance in Libya Remains Contested

Vijay Prashad discusses the current political crisis in Libya as results from the parliamentary elections are soon to be released  July 16, 2014

Why Hamas Rejected the Ceasefire

The Real News speaks to Gaza-based blogger Nalan al Sarraj about the Israeli bombardment campaign on the strip and why Hamas rejected a proposed ceasefire  July 15, 2014

How Close Are Iraqi Kurds to Achieving an Independent State?

Edmund Ghareeb explains why various nations are divided over support for Kurdish independence in Iraq  July 14, 2014

Israeli Propaganda and the Politics of Revenge against Gaza

Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal discuss how the Israeli government manipulated the public into accepting an escalated military operation against Gaza after the murder of three Israeli teenagers  July 11, 2014

Israeli Press Continues to Coordinate with Military

TRNN Middle East correspondents Yousef al-Helou and Lia Tarachansky discuss the ongoing Israeli military operation against Gaza, now dubbed "Operation Protective Edge"  July 9, 2014

Is Israel Preparing New Military Offensive against Gaza?

TRNN Middle East correspondent Yousef al-Helou says that Israel is punishing Gaza despite no evidence that shows Hamas was responsible for the deaths of the Israeli teenagers  July 1, 2014

Iraqi Parliament Adjourns in Chaos without Choosing New Leader

Prof. Sabah Alnasseri highlights how sectarian politics, which were exacerbated by the U.S. invasion, continue to divide the country, while America's response has been militarization when it should be promoting inclusion  June 30, 2014

ISIS Declares Caliphate as US Middle East Policy Continues to Unravel

Glen Ford: After advancing policies that helped birth groups like ISIS, U.S. imperial policy will no longer stand in the region  June 30, 2014

There's A Class Basis to Sectarian Strife in Iraq

Phyllis Bennis says this could be Obama's "Nixon goes to China" moment with Tehran  June 27, 2014

America's Pro-Israel Special Middle East Envoy Resigns

Phyllis Bennis: Closely linked with the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Martin Indyk was a key figure in the so-called peace process  June 27, 2014

Al-Maliki's Fate Hinges On Iraqi Shi'ite Political Forces

Sabah al-Nasseri discusses al-Maliki and the role of US, Iran, Syria, and the Gulf states in Iraq since ISIS began its offensive weeks ago  June 25, 2014

The Contradictions of the U.S. Riding the Jihadist Tiger

Glen Ford: U.S. considering airstrikes against what it itself created in Iraq  June 16, 2014

Did the U.S. Bargain On ISIS Undermining al-Maliki?

Political scientist Sabah Alnasseri discusses the recent calls by the leading Iraqi Shi'a cleric for Iraqis to fight against ISIS, and why the U.S. waited until now to begin offering military support for the al-Maliki government  June 13, 2014

Next Afghan President Unlikely to Solve Nation's Security Problems

Dr. Hakim Young and Shukria Dellawar say that the signing of the bilateral security agreement by the next Afghan president is going to complicate attempts at reconciliation with the Taliban  June 13, 2014

ISIS Fills Power Vacuum in Iraq Fundamentally Created by U.S. Foreign Policy

Sabah al Nasseri explains that ISIS was able to take control of Mosul, Tikrit, and Baiji due to the weak state that arose from the occupation, and places it in the context of U.S. policy towards the Arab revolutions  June 12, 2014

The Egyptian Revolution: Three Years and Counting

Dina Makram-Edeib: The Egyptian elections and the facade of democracy in the mainstream media  June 10, 2014

Extended Presence of U.S. Military Will Not Bring an End to Violence in Afghanistan

IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis says there is no need to keep troops in Afghanistan through 2016 because there is no military solution  May 28, 2014

Uncompromising Coverage of Israel and Palestine Depends on You

Paul Jay: Our viewer supported funding model allows us to go where facts lead  May 23, 2014

Arrest of 'Happy' Dancers Reflects Power Struggle in Iran

Iran conservatives trying to weaken President Rouhani's nuclear negotiations by fighting "western culture"  May 21, 2014

Palestinians Can Learn from the African-American Struggle - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism  May 14, 2014

U.S. Pushing False Narrative About Iran & Nuclear Weapons

Historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter discusses how fabricated documents from Israel are used to show that Iran is a dishonest negotiating partner and wants to produce nukes  May 12, 2014

Gaza Writes Back

Yousef Aljamal discusses Omar X, a story about the death of his brother, featured in a collection of short stories by Gazan writers  April 28, 2014

The Multiple Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia (5/5)

Madawi Al-Rasheed: Powerful princes control various sections of the state and armed forces and often have their own contradictory agendas  April 8, 2014

Do the Afghan Presidential Elections Signify Progress?

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly and IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis discuss Afghanistan's presidential election in light of corporations profiting from war and unrepresented groups remaining on the margins  April 7, 2014

Why do the Saudis Want the US to Attack Iran? (4/5)

Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia has the ultimate objective of becoming the arbiter of all regional politics  April 7, 2014

Will Extremist Lieberman Become Israel's Next Prime Minister?

Israel/Palestine correspondent Lia Tarachansky and political economist Shir Hever discuss the rise and strategy change of Israeli Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman  April 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster (3/5)

Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue to these alliances  April 3, 2014

What are the Saudis Afraid Of? - Madawi Al-Rasheed (2/5)

Ms. Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi society appears to be controlled, but beneath the surface, there is widespread discontent  April 2, 2014

Hypocrisy Dressed Up as "Realism" Justifies American Alliance with Saudi Dictatorship

TRNN Replay: Madawi al-Rasheed: US wants to contain and manipulate Arab uprisings while the Saudis want to crush them  March 31, 2014

Obama and the Saudi Agenda

Toby Jones says the Saudis see the Arab awakening as an existential threat while the US sees it as something to be manipulated  March 28, 2014

The Iraq War's Real Legacy

Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the U.S. occupation still being felt today  March 28, 2014

From a Zionist Youth to Outspoken Critic of a Jewish State - Michael Ratner on RAI (2/7)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay of his journey - from seeing Israel as an extension of his Jewish identity to realizing Israel was a settler, colonial state  March 4, 2014

TRNN Debate: Is Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Justified?

David Swanson and Danny Postel debate whether the dire humanitarian situation in Syria justifies limited military intervention  March 6, 2014

Karzai Justified in Refusal of Bilateral Security Agreement

Larry Wilkerson: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is justified in his refusal to accept the terms of the bilateral security agreement, which would keep ten bases under US control and grant troops immunity  February 17, 2014

US and Iran Send Positive Signals - Saudis and Israelis Not Pleased

Gareth Porter: Very contentious issues remain in Iran nuclear negotiations  February 28, 2014

Saudi Arabia and Iran Share A Common Goal in Syria (2/3)

Hamid Dabashi: All foreign nations involved in Syria are attempting to quell the revolutionary uprisings for economic and strategic interests, but the Syrian people will ultimately decide their own future  February 14, 2014

Saudi Arabia and Israel Linked in Opposition to Democratic Revolutions Throughout the Middle East (3/3)

Hamid Dabashi: The Iranian nuclear program is a distraction from the larger issues which face P5+1 nations and Iran, as well as the anti-democratic interests of Saudi Arabia and Israel in the region  February 10, 2014

Further Militarization of the Syrian Conflict Will Worsen the Refugee Crisis

Omar Dahi: Syria's refugee crisis can only be solved through a political solution that allows international relief to cross its borders  February 3, 2014

Independent Journalism Now Considered 'Terrorism' in Egypt

Sharif Abdel Kouddous on the Egyptian Military Regime's Growing 'War On Journalists'  February 3, 2014

Geneva 2 May Lead to Federalism in Syria

Omar Dahi: Despite John Kerry's public statements, the U.S. is succeeding in its objectives in Syria, with the weakening of the Assad regime  February 3, 2014

In Syria Both Sides Fear Annihilation If They Lay Down Arms

Omar Dahi: While a recent Qatari report counts 11,000 tortured and executed by the Syrian government, causalities of pro-regime fighters also number in the tens of thousands  January 24, 2014

Visiting Israel's "Open Prisons" for African Refugees

Following a spike in imprisonment of African refugees in Israel, refugees & supporters protest desert prison complex  January 21, 2014

Will Geneva II Talks Keep Assad in Power in Order to Fight Al-Qaeda?

Dahi: Although John Kerry says Bashar al-Assad must step down, most Syrians think Geneva II will be about creating a front to fight Al-Qaeda, extremist groups, and that the U.S.-Russian agreement had basically accepted that the regime would stay.  January 23, 2014

In the Home of the Richest Man in Palestine

The Real News' Lia Tarachansky and journalist Max Blumenthal meet Munib al Masri, the richest man in Palestine  January 17, 2014

Are the Saudi's Fueling a Sunni-Shia War? - Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

Toby Jones, a Prof. at Rutgers University specializing in Middle East history, tells Paul Jay the Saudis are committed to victory in their rivalry with Iran and use money and sectarian ideology to achieve their geo-political interests  January 15, 2014

Al Qaeda and the Saudi Agenda - Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

Toby Jones tells Paul Jay that the Saudis use of terrorism is driven by a fear of democracy and a desire to be the regional and oil hegemon  January 15, 2014

Gates Memoir Omits Key Facts on Obama's Afghan War Strategy

Gareth Porter: Gates account conceals the dishonest tactics employed to get Obama's agreement to the Afghan War escalation  January 14, 2014

Israel's Bedouin Face Displacement Despite Apparent Gov't Concessions

While seemingly abandoning plan to forcefully urbanize Bedouin of Negev Desert, Israeli gov't continues to push forward the multi-billion dollar Prawer plan  January 13, 2014

Hever: Sharon Symbolized the Darkest Aspects of Israeli Society and Zionism - Pt. 2

Ariel Sharon came to power as a cunning politician, running as a 'security' candidate during the second intifada, and forming the Kadima party to appear 'centrist' when compared to Likud  January 11, 2014

Sectarian War Arises in Iraq as Violence Kills 250+ in a Single Week

Raed Jarrar: Growing violence in Iraq is the result of the US-backed central government cracking down on grassroots Sunni protestors in Ramadi  January 8, 2014

Why Eritrean Asylum Seekers Come to Israel

Siom Domoz is an asylum seeker from Eritrea and one of the central figures in this week's historic refugee freedom movement in Israel  January 6, 2014

African Refugees in Israel On Historic Strike

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers launched a three-day strike, demos outside embassies, and the largest refugee protest in the country's history  January 6, 2014

Sharon's Legacy Includes Massacres of Palestinians and Lebanese - Pt. 1

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85  January 6, 2014

Fighting Escalates In Iraq As Civilians Suffer From Worst Violence Since 2008

Prashad: Maliki government allies with Sunni groups to battle against Syria- bound militants from Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS)  January 3, 2014
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