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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

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

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

WATCH LIVE: UN General Assembly votes on Jerusalem resolution
The United Nations is scheduled to vote on a resolution demanding the U.S. rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

  December 21, 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

Palestinians Stand Up to Israel, Will the World?
"Palestinians will continue to protest as long as they're not liberated," says writer Mariam Barghouti, "the question is, when will the rest of the world finally begin listening?"

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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