Middle East

Will the Afghan Peace Agreement be a Face-Saving Fig Leaf?

Will the Afghan Peace Agreement be a Face-Saving Fig Leaf?

July 19, 2019

Afghanistan is making progress for a peace agreement, but such an agreement will not necessarily mean an end to war or even assure the Afghan government’s survival, says Matthew Hoh

Trump's Iran Treaty Withdrawal and Sanctions Based on Lies, but War Could Be a Reality

Trump’s Iran Treaty Withdrawal and Sanctions Based on Lies, but War Could Be a Reality

July 18, 2019

Khury Petersen-Smith outlines how Trump’s untruths and policies are making America the aggressor, not Iran, and how American media from the New York Times to Fox News are falling for his rhetoric

War by Other Means: Understanding and Challenging U.S. Sanctions Policies

July 15, 2019
Sanctions are often presented as a diplomatic and peaceful alternative to direct military engagement, sanctions ironically can have just as devastating outcomes. Addressing the situations of Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, this 2019 Left Forum panel addresses the origins, implementation, and impact of US-imposed sanctions.
Nicki Minaj’s Boycott of Saudi Arabia Sets a Moral Standard for Artists

Nicki Minaj’s Boycott of Saudi Arabia Sets a Moral Standard for Artists

July 14, 2019

CodePink’s Ariel Gold discusses the decision of Nicki Minaj to withdraw from a festival in Saudi Arabia after a grassroots campaign among her fans made her aware of the human rights violations in the country

House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops

House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops

July 12, 2019

The war in Yemen could end, if U.S. and United Arab Emirates’ support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen is truly over. However, the House NDAA bill still faces a major hurdle in the Senate. If those who want US military involvement to end pressure Congress, it can be done, says CodePink’s Medea Benjamin

US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea 

US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea 

July 9, 2019

Trump administration officials deploy a basic lack of understanding and contradictory policies towards Iran and North Korea, despite dealing with a similar problem: nuclear proliferation. We discuss the issue with Phyllis Bennis and Tim Shorrock

Libya’s Civil War is Becoming a Proxy War

Libya’s Civil War is Becoming a Proxy War

July 3, 2019

The shooting down of a Turkish drone near Tripoli and the capture of six Turkish sailors by Gen. Haftar’s forces reveals the Turkey’s and Egypt’s involvement on both sides of the civil war. Meanwhile Haftar’s forces are accused of bombing a migration detention center near Tripoli, killing 44 and injuring 130

Why is Aid to Palestine Ineffective?

Why is Aid to Palestine Ineffective?

July 1, 2019

Policy analyst Jeremy Wildeman discusses his study of aid effectiveness to Palestine through the perceptions of development organizations and donors, highlighting how they tend to ignore the impact of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian economy

Europeans Bowing to Trump on Iran Sanctions, Despite Their Opposition

Iran

June 30, 2019
Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council, says that military confrontation between the US and Iran becomes more likely, especially since Europeans who oppose US sanctions are not really pushing back against Trump
Trump's "Deal of the Century" Just Means More Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Just Means More Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land

June 27, 2019

Ali Abunimah discusses Jared Kushner’s presentation of his peace plan’s economic portion in Bahrain this week. He dangled fifty billion dollars for the Palestinian economy, but no freedom, political rights, nor an end of the Israeli occupation