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Middle East

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

  2 hours ago

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

  2 hours ago

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 Souciant.com 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 Souciant.com'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 Souciant.com

  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: http://www.codepink.org/2016saudisummit

  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 Souciant.com 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 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

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 BlackAgendaReport.com 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
Souciant.com'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 Souciant.com

  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

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

Spate of Deadly Car Bombings Rock Lebanon
Vijay Prashad: Tensions high in Lebanon as a series of lethal car bombings rock Beirut

  January 2, 2014

2013: A Deadly Year For Journalists
Four Al-Jazeera journalists remain imprisoned in Egypt, whose US-backed regime is among the most repressive countries suppressing the free press

  January 2, 2014

Taksim Square Protesters Charged With Terrorism, Attempting Coup
Hundreds were indicted in Turkey for participating in the mass movement that started with Gezi Park and evolved into anti-Erdogan protests last summer

  December 27, 2013

Unprecedented Refugee March Sweeps Tel Aviv
Thousands took to the streets after a week of hundreds of arrests of asylum seekers who marched from Israel's new open-air prison

  December 23, 2013

Porter: Mainstream Media Fails To Get Facts Straight on Iran's Nuclear Fatwa
Investigative journalist Gareth Porter highlights the Washington Post fact checker's error about Iran's nuclear fatwa

  December 17, 2013

Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army
Omar Dahi tells Paul Jay that there is widespread belief among many Syrians that Geneva II is going to be a way to preserve the Syrian state and create a front for fighting al-Qaeda

  December 13, 2013

Self-Censorship Biggest Failure of Israeli Media
Israel ranks 112 of 179 countries on Reporters Without Borders' list because of official censors but Israeli journalists say self-censorship main reason

  December 12, 2013

Michel Warschawski on Israel's Non-Existent Left
"Just before colonial wars come to an end, their most barbaric extremes are exposed, from US in Viet Nam, France in Algeria, to Israel in Palestine

  December 10, 2013

Syria's Six Wars and Humanitarian Catastrophe - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
On RAI with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis examines the coming Geneva conference on Syria and the unwillingness of the West to deal with the humanitarian crisis

  December 10, 2013

Fmr. Israeli Intel. Chief Says Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Greater Risk than Nuclear Iran - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis examines the Israeli debate about Iran and Palestine, and the complex changes taking place in Middle East politics

  December 11, 2013

Canada Stands Firm Against Iran Nuke Deal, Cozies Up to Israel & Saudi Arabia
Canada defies international consensus on Iran as PM Harper seeks to increase weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

  December 3, 2013

JNF Honors Canadian PM Amidst Protests Against Bedouin Expulsion
The Jewish National Fund has a long history of displacing Palestinians and Bedouins in Israel and erasing the remains of their destroyed villages.

  December 2, 2013

Thousands Protest Forced Urbanization of Israel's Bedouin
Demonstrations in Israel/Palestine and around the world protest The Prawer-Begin Plan aimed at annexing Bedouin lands for Jewish newcomers in Israel's Negev Desert

  December 1, 2013

Investigating the Saudi Government's 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment - Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1
On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham explains why he persists in making the case that facts directly connect the Saudi government with 9/11 conspirators

  November 27, 2013

Obama Rebukes Israeli-Saudi Attack on Iran Nuclear Deal
Robert Parry: Obama's historic move to sign a nuclear deal with Iran sends a stern message to the new Saudi-Israeli alliance, which sought to thwart the deal and maneuver the U.S. into another military confrontation

  November 25, 2013

Closure of Lone Power Plant Cripples Already Besieged Gaza Strip
Al-Helou: The international community has failed the nearly 2 million residents of the Gaza as Israel and Egypt tighten the siege

  November 24, 2013

Israelis and Palestinians Turn to One-State Solution
As chief Palestinian negotiators quit the latest round of bilateral negotiations, but many on the ground say the two-state solution is long dead.

  November 20, 2013

France Asks Palestinians to Give Up Right of Return
Shir Hever: French President Hollande suggests Palestinians give up right of return in exchange for Israel ceasing new settlement construction.

  November 19, 2013

All Eyes on France In Next Round of Iran Nuclear Talks
Vijay Prashad: International pressure should continue to mount on France after they thwarted efforts to reach consensus in the last meeting.

  November 18, 2013

Military Victory in Syria Looks "Impossible"
Syrian President Assad makes gains in Southern Syria, but radical Islamists and Kurds hold on to North as humanitarian crisis continues.

  November 18, 2013

Why Did France Thwart The Iran nuclear deal?
Robert Parry: France was pursuing its own economic, regional interests in thwarting the nuke deal with Iran.

  November 14, 2013

Trita Parsi: Hawkish Groups Mobilize to Sink Iran Nuclear Deal
Obama admin attempting to mobilize anti-war forces to support its attempts to reach a deal with Iran, the same forces that blocked its push for war with Syria

  November 12, 2013

Is Iran Being Transparent About Its Nuclear Program?
Robert Kelley: Iran could be more transparent but it has already been quite upfront. IAEA should be more transparent about the sources of its information especially when they present it as fact.

  November 11, 2013

IAEA & Iran Enter New Inspections Deal, But What Does the IAEA Already Know?
Former IAEA inspector Robert Kelley examines what the IAEA already knows about Iran's nuclear program and debunks myths and misconceptions.

  November 11, 2013

Racism, Occupier and the Occupied - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt5
In the final episode of this Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal responds to critics who say he has not dealt with the effect of terrorist attacks and anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab world in strengthening racist and apartheid opinion in Israel

  November 1, 2013

Architect of Apartheid in Israel: "If we don't kill, we will cease to exist" - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal looks at Arnon Sofer, one of Israel's most important strategic thinkers, who developed plans to defend Jewish demographics

  October 31, 2013

Netanyahu's Greater Israel Based on Expulsion and Annexation - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath - Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, looks at PM Netanyahu's strategy of ethnic cleansing and negotiations without end

  October 30, 2013

Ethnic Cleansing and the Israeli "Center " - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal author of Goliath - Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, looks at Tzipi Livni who's support for expelling Israeli Palestinians even surprised Condoleezza Rice

  October 29, 2013

Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, author Max Blumenthal discusses his new book and traces the rise of Avigdor Lieberman and current policies of ethnic cleansing in Israel

  October 27, 2013

Al-Qaeda's Influence Grows Stronger in Syria
Vijay Prashad: It is no longer the Free Syrian Army but the radical Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams that is a serious threat to the Assad government

  October 25, 2013

Ratner: US Drone Strikes Are War Crimes, Despite Human Groups Reluctancy to Blast Obama
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch label drone strikes as indiscriminate but don't go as far as to label them as war crimes

  October 24, 2013

Israel's New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land
About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as "infiltrators" by right-wing politicians and activists.

  October 19, 2013

Mission Accomplished? Iraq Violence Climbs to Highest Level in Years
A close look at who's behind the increase in sectarian violence in Iraq

  October 15, 2013

Why does Iran's Supreme Leader Trust Iranian Pres. Rouhani? Pt.2
Gareth Porter: Rouhani earned the trust of Supreme Leader Khomeni by working along side him on a daily basis

  October 11, 2013

US Cuts to Egyptian Military Won't Weaken Coup Regime
Mohamed Elmeshad: Dozens killed in clashes across Egypt over the past week, highlighting the violent nature of the country's US-backed coup regime

  October 10, 2013

Iranian President Rouhani's Record Should Calm Skeptics, As Britain Moves to Re-Open Embassy Pt.1
Gareth Porter: Rouhani has demonstrated that he is willing to thaw relations with the West and his past nuclear energy policies support his ambitions

  October 8, 2013

Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'
The Guardian: Abuse and exploitation of migrant workers preparing emirate for 2022

  September 29, 2013

Egyptian Military Rejects Billions from Qatar, Accepts Billions from Saudi Arabia Pt.2
The Egyptian military has cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood and their Gulf ally, Qatar, now revealing their clear partnership with Saudi Arabia

  September 25, 2013

The Survival of the Palestinian People is Itself a Form of Resistance - Rania Masri on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
In this last segment of Reality Asserts Itself with Rania Masri, Paul Jay asks why she considers Israel the "enemy" state; the one state solution; and the possibility of a new political leadership amongst the Palestinians

  September 25, 2013

Are Thawed Relations with Iran Obama's Saving Grace?
After failing to garner support on a military strike on Syria, President Obama hinted at reconciliation with Iran at the UN General Assembly

  September 24, 2013

Opposing Intervention in Syria Without Apologizing for a Dictatorship - Rania Masri on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Rania Masri discuss the charge that opposing foreign intervention is support for Assad; the idea that Assad is "anti-imperialist"; and the role of violence in fighting dictatorship

  September 24, 2013

Military Sells Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization to Public Pt.1
After Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood and freezes their assets, Egyptian military successfully changes the narrative to paint the Brotherhood as terrorists

  September 23, 2013

Pt. 2 US & Iran Move Closer to Negotiations But Neo-Con Objectives Attempt to Pull Them Apart
Larry Wilkerson: Senators Graham and McCain represent a strong opposition backed by Israeli lobby looking to knock down Iran as a regional power

  September 20, 2013

Pt. 1 US & Iran Move Closer to Negotiations But Neo-Con Objectives Attempt to Pull Them Apart
Larry Wilkerson: Senators Graham and McCain represent a strong opposition backed by Israeli lobby looking to knock down Iran as a regional power

  September 20, 2013

Pt 1. Israel's Ambassador Admits Toppling Assad a Longtime Goal
Robert Parry: Israeli Ambassador's omission points to Israel backing Syrian jihadist, making Saudi Arabia and Israel strange bedfellows in the Syrian conflict

  September 20, 2013

Massive Disparity Between Military and Humanitarian Aid to Syria
Rania Khalek: External players in Syria spend much more fueling conflict then aiding refugees

  September 18, 2013

US Strike on Syria Staved Off
Vijay Prashad: China and Russia will be very cautious and will not permit a Chapter VII resolution - a military attack on Syria

  September 18, 2013

UN Syria Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Used, Culprit Still Not Known
Rania Masri: Both sides of the conflict are capable of such a war crime, but UN report does not settle who is responsible; bigger question is whether UN can achieve a ceasefire and a negotiated end to war

  September 17, 2013

Gazans Say No To Foreign Intervention in Syria
Palestinians are united in opposing any foreign-led intervention in Syria, including a possible US actions

  September 17, 2013

Exclusive: Interview with Congressman Grayson on Syria
Rep. Alan Grayson talks to TRNN about how evidence against Assad is not certain and how American exceptionalism needs to be redefined

  September 12, 2013

Chemical Weapons Deal Only A Hiccup For Saudi Goals In Syria
Toby Jones: Saudi Arabia is interested in ousting Assad but not a popular government taking his place

  September 11, 2013

What's Putin's Interest In Syria?
Aleksandr Buzgalin: Putin's aims in Syria through a domestic lens

  September 13, 2013

PT 2: Chris Hedges and Rania Masri On What the Future May Hold For Syria
Part two of writer Chris Hedges and scholar Rania Masri response to President Obama's Syria address

  September 10, 2013

Rania Masri and Chris Hedges On Obama's Syria Address
Pt 1: Scholar Rania Masri and writer Chris Hedges respond to President Obama's Major Syria Address

  September 10, 2013

12 Years Post 9/11, Islamophobia Still Runs High
Deepa Kumar: Political elite have built Islamaphobia in US foreign policy to justify imperialistic ambitions

  September 10, 2013

White House Culled Points in Released Intelligence Report on Syria
Garteh Porter pt 2: Questions are raised as to whether the White House omitted information in its intelligence report to support President Obama's agenda to strike Syria

  September 9, 2013

Obama's Syria Strike Driven By Oil Interests, Not Concern Over Gas Attacks
Nafeez Ahmed: US and its regional partners have long term interest in region's oil and are using gas attacks as pretext for military action

  September 9, 2013

Some in US Intel. Community Reject Obama Admin Case for Syria Attack
Pt 1: Gareth Porter: US Intelligence on Syria "cherry-picked" by proponents of proposed strike

  September 9, 2013

The Countries Pulling the Strings in the Syrian Civil War
After a recent visit to Syria, Patrick Cockburn discusses the involvement of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey the US and Russia in the Syrian civil war

  September 9, 2013

Congress Debates Obama Syria Attack
Politicians and activists argue the legality and aims of Obama's Syria plan

  September 5, 2013

US Lacks Justification for Strike on Syria
Michael Ratner: Obama admin's case for attacking Syria deeply flawed

  September 5, 2013

US Attack On Syria Violates International Law
Michael Ratner: Without UN approval US attack on Syria violates international law

  September 5, 2013

Understanding the Players in Syria
After a recent visit to Syria, Patrick Cockburn describes the pluralistic, militant groups that make up the "failed opposition" in Syria and provides the brutal truth about the history of Syrian President Assad

  September 3, 2013

Syria Crisis Serves Fear-Mongering Inside Israel
Shir Hever: The Israeli military industrial complex rakes profits from preparations for a confrontation with Syria, while social problems and the occupation remain unaddressed

  September 3, 2013

Victory Out of Reach for US in Syria
Patrick Cockburn: US strike against Syria will further entangle America, as each military action will make it more difficult to retreat

  September 3, 2013

Chris Hedges on Obama Decision to Attack Syria and "Give Congress a Voice"
Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss President Obama's statement that he has decided to attack Syria and seek authorization from Congress . . . Even though he says he doesn't need it

  August 31, 2013

Any Attack on Syria Would Be Illegal, Increase Sectarianism in Middle East
Vijay Prashad: Possible missile strike against Syria has been a part of the West's game plan since 1979 to weaken Iran for its independent path, but US military intervention will increase sectarianism in the region and disrupt fragile peace in Lebanon

  August 29, 2013

Fool Me Twice, Shame on US
Michael Ratner: Obama administration asserting the use chemical weapons by Assad feels like deja vu of the lead-up to the Iraq War

  August 29, 2013

The Most Sought After Chess Piece
Larry Wilkerson: With Saudi Arabia heavily funding the opposition and Iran backing Assad, the Syrian civil war has spiraled into a global struggle for power with the potential for greater catastrophe

  August 29, 2013

US Prepares For Syria Intervention Without UN Approval
Civilians will be the biggest loser in possible US strike on Syria

  August 28, 2013

Bennis: There is No Military Solution to Syria
Phyllis Bennis: US policy should emphasize direct diplomacy to negotiate a ceasefire with all sides including Syrian President Bashar Assad, but direct military intervention will lead to more bloodshed and Obama fighting on the side of an Al-Qaeda affiliated organization

  August 27, 2013

The Fog of the Syrian Civil War
The use of chemical weapons by Assad is still in question, and instead of focusing on military intervention, the US should be supporting a negotiated peace between both sides

  August 26, 2013

US & UK Pull Out Yemen Embassy Staff After Series of Drone Strikes
Robert Naiman: US is on a policy collision course in Yemen as it publicly supports democracy but covertly administers drone strikes

  August 7, 2013

Key Rebel Stronghold of Homs Falls to The Syrian Military
Omar Dahi: Syrian humanitarian crisis escalates as US military mulls intervention

  July 29, 2013

Israel is an Example of an Economy Hijacked by Military-security Interests
Although the U.S has the world's largest military industrial complex, Israel has the largest ratio of its economy dedicated to the military and security industry

  July 28, 2013

Turkish Police Interrupt Protesters' Wedding with Chemicals and Plastic Bullets
Despite ongoing police violence, protesters gather in public for music festivals, weddings, and to memorialize fallen friends.

  July 24, 2013

Israel and the Palestinian Government Agree to Return to Negotiations
A unique combination of pressures pushed the two leaderships to agree to a resumption of negotiations, but the prospects of the talks remains grim

  July 23, 2013

Violent clashes rage in Cairo as Brotherhood demands Morsi's reinstatement
Pro-Morsi demonstrators claim that the Egyptian army is targeting them during night prayers amid violent clashes and street shutdowns in the Egyptian capital.

  July 17, 2013

'Earthquake' for Israel: EU To Halt Support For Illegal Settlements
Shir Hever: European Union announces restrictions for funding Israeli colonies; Israeli government in panic because every aspect of Israel's economy and society could be affected by the EU decision

  July 16, 2013

Palestinians in Gaza react to Morsi's ouster, closure of Rafah crossing
The Egyptian army's decision to close the Rafah crossing, Gaza's only terminal to the outside world, and the demolishing of the underground tunnels along the border added more hardships and suffering to Gazans

  July 14, 2013

UK Document Reveals Unexpected Customers for Israeli Arms
Israeli Ministry of Defense denies selling weapons to the rival of India, one of Israel's biggest customer for weapons. UK also concerned that Israel buys its weapons for internal repression

  July 11, 2013

Refugees from Syria in Gaza Divided Over Assad
Palestinian refugees who fled the Syrian civil war are split - Some support Assad, the others support the opposition

  July 8, 2013

Sectarianism: A Tool of Counterrevolution in Syria
Pt 2. Political solution Necessary To End Cycle of Violence in Syria

  June 19, 2013

US Claims of Chemical Weapons Use By Syria A Pretext for Arming Rebels
Pt 1. Omar Dahi: Despite escalating humanitarian catastrophe, G8 summit failed to advance diplomatic settlement

  June 19, 2013

US Arming Syrian Rebels Likely to Inflame Already Bloody Conflict
Phyllis Bennis: Military resolution impossible in Syria, Americans should demand a negotiated settlement

  June 12, 2013

Turkish Police Raid Gezi Park, Fail to Evict Protesters
Police storm Taksim Square early Tuesday morning, removing barricades and protest banners, but fail to evict protesters.

  June 11, 2013

Did McCain Go to Syria to Sabotage US Russia Negotiations?
Phyllis Bennis: McCain's trip to Syria, his calls for US air strikes and arming rebels with heavy weapons, seems designed to counter Obama plan to negotiate with Russia

  May 29, 2013

Ecuador's President Attacks US Over Press Freedom Critique
Critics say Correa is creating a pro-government media system; Correa says there is a fundamental contradiction with corporate for-profit media involved in distributing public information

  May 21, 2013

Palestinians Mark 65th Anniversary of Nakba (Catastrophe of 1948)
On Nakba day, Palestinians commemorate the annual anniversary by holding rallies asserting their right of return. 65 years have passed since historic Palestine was occupied in 1948

  May 16, 2013

Obama Under Pressure to Seek Regime Change in Syria and Iran
Larry Wilkerson: Obama policy to fuel civil war but avoid military intervention in Syria; Neo-cons pushing for direct intervention as lead up to Iran

  May 6, 2013

Israel's Syria Strategy to Weaken Hezbollah and Profit from Chaos
Shir Hever: Israel can take advantage of weakened Syrian state to attack arms shipments headed to Lebanon; long grinding civil war in Syria said to be in Israel's interests

  May 6, 2013

US Syria Policy Promotes Endless Civil War
Omar Dahi: Daniel Pipes, neo-con and ultra Zionist, spells out US policy towards Syria - let both sides destroy each other

  May 2, 2013

Obama "Red Line" on Syria Avoids Dealing with Massive Humanitarian Crisis
Rana Khoury: All the outside intervention is ruining the country; a political solution and humanitarian assistance is the only way to stop the killing

  April 25, 2013

Exclusive from Bahrain: Interview with Human Rights Activist on Repression Against Formula One Race Protest
Sam Husseini interviews Said Yousif al-Muhafda, who was jailed for his twitter activism, about arrests, mass teargassing and use of shotguns to suppress peaceful protest

  April 22, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
Fayyad represented pro-western interests in Palestine, and his policies came into increasing tension with those of President Abbas

  April 17, 2013

The Message of MLK, Bradley Manning and the Collateral Murder Video
Michael Ratner: Anniversary of King's "Beyond Vietnam Speech" and release of Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video

  April 4, 2013

Israel's New Generation of Racists
Incidents of discrimination have doubled each year since 2008 and increasingly perpetrated by youth

  March 31, 2013

Obama Makes Nice Speeches but One Sided Support for Israel Continues
Phyllis Bennis: President Obama recognizes injustice and need for two states but does nothing to pressure Netanyahu to make concessions to Palestinians

  March 25, 2013

Netanyahu Apologizes as Isolated Israel Needs Turkey Deal
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Israel needed Obama to broker Turkey deal as Netanyahu's policies and unstable region put Israel in a precarious position

  March 25, 2013

Israel Conceded to Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike
Ayman Sharawneh, who is 53, was released to the Gaza Strip under the condition he will not return to his West Bank home for ten years

  March 21, 2013

Hamas Denies Role in Attack on Egyptian Military Post
The tension between Hamas and Egypt sharpens after Egyptian newspaper "Al-Ahram Al-Arabi" accuses three top members of Hamas of being involved in attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers

  March 21, 2013

Documentary Exposes US Role in Iraq Sectarian Conflict
Maggie O'Kane, Executive Producer, tells the story revealed by the Guardian documentary about the role of Col. James Steele in supporting torture, death squads and brutal sectarian conflict during the height of the Iraq war. Steel's reports went directly to Rumsfeld and Cheney.

  March 13, 2013

Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria
Omar Dahi: Western Powers and GCC countries fail to provide aid at levels needed, inspite of professed interest in the Syrian people

  March 10, 2013

US Tries to Control Outcome of Syrian War
Omar Dahi: US increases aid to select opposition groups to determine winner of civil war

  March 8, 2013

Hamas Offers Amnesty to Palestinian Collaborators Spying for Israel
Hamas tries to end collaboration with what it says is due process, but some NGO's say accused rights are violated in Hamas prisons

  March 11, 2013

Kazakhstan, a human rights disaster, hosts Iran Talks
Allen Ruff: Kazakhstan's brutal repression of workers and opposition ignored as it tries to play broker in the stand off between the US and Iran

  February 21, 2013

Syrian Left Opposition Groups Propose Plan to End an Endless War
Omar Dahi: Israel and US want to weaken Assad but don't trust opposition to take power creating conditions for a perpetual civil war

  February 1, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty, Manhunt and Obama Admin. Justify Use of Torture
Michael Ratner: Recent films and Obama's lack of prosecution of CIA and Bush Cheney for torture is creating conditions for its public acceptance

  February 4, 2013

Supervisor of Intelligence Estimate Hailed for Preventing War with Iran
Professor Thomas Fingar wins the Sam Adams award for integrity in intelligence, while others warn of an unprecedented crackdown on intelligence agency whistleblowers

  January 29, 2013

Hamas Stronger as Jihadi Groups in Gaza Support Truce
Since the last Israeli attack on Gaza Hamas is more firmly in control as Jihadi groups agree to respect truce

  January 27, 2013

Jordanians Vote for the First Time Since Arab Spring
Islamic Action Front and opposition groups boycott parliamentary elections, regime not responding to demands for real government reform

  January 24, 2012

Israeli Election Results Closer Than Predictions
Israelis react to surprise gain of Yesh Atid party that swept second place in Israeli elections, potentially changing the nature of the next coalition government

  January 22, 2013

Israel's Labor Party Plays Desperate Game to Elections
How Israel's social justice movement got co-opted in the elections on a ticket silent on the occupation

  January 21, 2013

Prosperity Under Occupation?
Inside Palestine's besieged Areas "A" - how the Ramallah bubble was created and how it might burst

  January 17, 2013

Israel Uses Control of Birth Registry and ID Cards to Control Gaza Population
Without an Israeli approved ID card, Palestinians cannot cross into Gaza which according to Human Rights Watch has separated families, caused people to lose jobs and educational opportunities, barred people from entering the Palestinian territories, and trapped others inside them.

  January 16, 2013

Syria a Humanitarian Disaster - People Demand a Political Settlement Without Assad
Omar Dahi: External powers are manipulating the struggle, Jihadist forces are increasingly prominent, but most Syrians believe a settlement is not possible with Assad in power

  January 16, 2013

Zionjuana - Netanyahu Headlines Birthright Rally
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu headlines Jerusalem mega event for thousands of Jewish teenagers on Israel-bonding trip

  January 9, 2013

Failure of Current TV - Gore Wouldn't Take on Bush
Robert Parry: Current TV could have played a critical role taking on the Bush presidency, instead it followed a confused "youth" strategy

  January 9, 2013

Overcrowded Schools in War-Torn Besieged Gaza
Nearly half a million children in Gaza attend dilapidated schools, adding to emotional traumas resulting from wars and siege

  January 6, 2013

The Cost of Israel's War on Gaza
A month after Israel's last assault on the Gaza strip, the military and civilian costs on both sides are tallied up

  December 30, 2012

Arab Spring in 2013
Phyllis Bennis: The revolutions of the Middle East are far from over in spite of reversals and manipulations

  January 18, 2013

Does Floating Hagel Balloon Show Obama's Posture Towards Iran?
Phyllis Bennis: Hagel has been a "realist" towards Iran which infuriates Neo-cons and AIPAC, but will Obama fight for him?

  December 30, 2012

Israeli Settler Right Rises in Election Campaign
Noam Sheizaf: The real fight of this election is not being fought between the Left and Right in Israel, but inside the Right itself.

  December 30, 2012

Israeli Cmte Disqualifies Only Palestinian Woman in Parliament from Reelection
Noam Sheizaf on the elections committee that disqualified Hanin Zoabi, the only Palestinian woman in the Israeli parliament from re-election.

  December 28, 2012

Gaza's Children Haunted by Nightmare of War
UNICEF report indicates vast majority of Gaza's children are struggling to cope with war trauma and PTSD

  December 22, 2012

US Blocks UN Condemnation of Israeli Settlements
Vijay Prashad: Most European countries including UK support statement denouncing new settlements

  December 21, 2012

Backed by US, Muslim Brotherhood Tries to Reproduce Mubarak Regime
Amr Adly: Final round of constitutional referendum on Saturday - Muslim Brotherhood constitution may pass but will not stabilize Egypt

  December 21, 2012

Israeli Army Killing Palestinian Protestors with Impunity say Activists
Following chronic failure of IDF investigations, activists release the name of soldier involved in killing of Palestinian protester

  December 19, 2012

Know their constitution: Fraud in the Egyptian Referendum's First Round
Mosireen Media Collective in Cairo. Note: This video is in Arabic but has English captions. Mobile device users have to download the YouTube player and turn closed captions on. Watch on YouTube

  December 18, 2012

Know their constitution: Workers' Rights
Mosireen Media Collective in Cairo. Mobile device users have to download the YouTube player and turn closed captions on.

  December 18, 2012

Know their constitution: Protecting the Military Industrial Complex
Mosireen Media Collective in Cairo. Mobile device users have to download the YouTube player and turn closed captions on. watch on youtube

  December 18, 2012

Know their constitution: Shahinda Makled
Shahinda Makled: "they're trying to silence Egypt's voice, but they won't be able to". Peasant rights activist Shahinda Makled comments on the attempt of a Muslim Brotherhood member to physically silence her at a protest at the Ittihadeyya Palace, and explains why the new constitution and Brotherhood rule have nothing to offer workers and farmers. Mobile device users have to download the YouTube player and turn closed captions on. mobile

  December 18, 2012

Know their constitution: Right to health care
Mosireen Media Collective in Cairo. Mobile device users have to download the YouTube player and turn closed captions on. watch on youtube

  December 18, 2012

Know their constitution: Regarding Torture
Mosireen Media Collective in Cairo. Mobile device users have to download the YouTube player and turn closed captions on. watch on youtube

  December 18, 2012



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