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Report: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq 31 Times Higher Than US Claims
U.S. officials repeatedly tout the bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq as the most precise in history, but a new investigative article in the New York Times Magazine, co-authored by Anand Gopal, tells a different story

  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

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

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

As US Fuels War Crimes in Yemen, House Says US Involvement is Unauthorized
Overwhelming support for the nonbinding resolution, which passed the House 366-30, shows opposition to Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is growing, but more pressure is needed to stop U.S. involvement, explains economist Mark Weisbrot of CEPR

  November 17, 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

Saudi Arabia Threatens Famine, Genocide in Yemen
To achieve its goals and defeat the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia is pushing Yemen into what the UN warns could be the worst famine in decades. We speak to scholar Asher Orkaby of Harvard University

  November 13, 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

Saudi Prince Salman's Chess Game with Hezbollah in Lebanon
Prince Salman's counter coup d'etat in Saudi Arabia​ has resulted in the forced resignation of ​Prime Minister Hariri in Lebanon says Vijay Prashad

  November 6, 2017

Did the Saudis Force Lebanese PM to Resign?
Scholar Rania Masri says it's clear from a number of factors--from the dialect of his resignation speech to the location where delivered it--that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was forced by the Saudi Arabian government to resign

  November 6, 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

Hamas and Fatah​ Meet in Gaza: Will They​ Strike a​ Unity​ Deal?
A number of regional changes have weakened Hamas, making the group more open to reconciliation with its Fatah rivals, says award-winning journalist Daoud Kuttab

  October 3, 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

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

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

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

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

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