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Arab Spring and Declining Oil Prices Drives Saudi Arabia's Reactionary Barbarism
Bilal Ahmed of Souciant.com 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

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

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

Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent (1/2)
Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East

  January 5, 2016

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

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

Can Kerry Contain Netanyahu?
Samah Sabawi, Palestinian author and playwright says Palestinians are waking up to the reality of political separation and the system of an apartheid

  October 23, 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

Israel Escalates Punitive Measures Against Palestinians in Jerusalem
Economist Shir Hever says more repression will not subdue the anger stemming from decades of occupation, but resistance could potentially undermine Israel's arms export industry and the state's practice of managing conflict without political compromise

  October 11, 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

Typhoid Outbreak Latest Catastrophe for Palestinians in Besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp
Independent journalist Patrick Strickland says the international community is failing its duty to protect civilians displaced in the ongoing Syrian civil war

  August 21, 2015

Black Scholars and Activists Renew Palestinian Solidarity
Activist and journalist Kristien Bailey discusses a new letter signed by more than 1000 to support Palestinian liberation.

  August 20, 2015

The Second Intifada Was Our Ferguson: Palestine and the Politics of Hip Hop
DAM rapper Tamer Nafar talks about how music showed him the connection between the Palestinian struggle and the Black American experience.

  August 17, 2015

Israel's Nukes a Major Factor in Mideast Arms Race
Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, says the Iran deal provides an opportunity to challenge Israel's unacknowledged, uninspected, but very well-known nuclear weapons arsenal

  August 4, 2015

Placating Israel Over Iran Nuclear Deal By Releasing Convicted Spy Pollard?
Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says those arguing for Pollard's release after serving 30 years of a life sentence should also demand the release of others, including Palestinian prisoners who are serving much greater sentences for questionable convictions

  July 31, 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

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

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