Middle East

The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?

The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?

November 10, 2018

As the Afghan government suffers more losses on the ground, a landmark peace conference hosted by Russia could mark a shift in the 17-year war. The Taliban is there in its highest level diplomatic engagement in years. We speak to author and historian Vijay Prashad

Trump’s US-Saudi Arms Deals Will Create Only a Few Hundred Jobs

Trump’s US-Saudi Arms Deals Will Create Only a Few Hundred Jobs

November 4, 2018

An exclusive report from Reuters surveyed arms manufacturers about the jobs that the Saudi arms deals would create and found that the actual numbers are a tiny fraction of what Trump had promised. Arms industry researcher Andrew Feinstein discusses Reuters’ findings

Trump's Drumbeat For An Iranian Confrontation Is Deafening - How Imminent Is War?

Trump’s Drumbeat For An Iranian Confrontation Is Deafening – How Imminent Is War?

November 1, 2018

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton want to confront Iran. It appears that they, along with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are preparing for war, using the same tactics that launched the war on Iraq. We speak to Trita Parsi

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

October 31, 2018

The UN and corporate media have for years claimed only 10,000 Yemenis were killed in the US/UK-backed Saudi/UAE war. But Yemen’s actual death toll is 70,000 to 80,000. Patrick Cockburn on the whitewashing of the catastrophic war

Israeli 'Thought Police' Lose Effort to Ban Student Over BDS

Israeli ‘Thought Police’ Lose Effort to Ban Student Over BDS

October 31, 2018

Lara Al-Qassem, an American student of Palestinian origin, has defeated an Israeli effort to ban and deport her over her prior support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, BDS. We speak to her attorney, Yotam Ben-Hillel

Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran Regional Rivalry in US Imperial Context is at Heart of Middle East Conflict

Why Did Turkey Go Public With Murder Accusation Against Saudis Royals?

October 31, 2018

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay analyze why Saudi Arabia is getting away doing as it pleases and how this relates to Turkey’s role in the region

The Reckoning of The Turkish-Saudi Rivalry

The Reckoning of The Turkish-Saudi Rivalry

October 30, 2018

Historian Vijay Prashad takes apart the Khashoggi murder and relates it to the deep-rooted ideological and historical conflict between Turkey and Saudi Arabia

Palestinian Authority and Hamas Regularly Torture and Arrest Political Dissenters

Palestinian Authority and Hamas Regularly Torture and Arrest Political Dissenters

October 28, 2018

Omar Shakir discusses the Human Rights Watch report on how the two Palestinian governments continue the practices of the Israeli occupation to which they are opposed. Even Facebook posts can get activists arrested and tortured by the Palestinian Authority

Don’t Forget The Saudi Role in 9/11 - Q&A (Pt 6/6)

The U.S and the Saudis: Q&A with Paul Jay

October 28, 2018
Paul Jay with host Ben Norton discusses the history of how US foreign policy has used the Saudi claim to lead the Islamic world to fight nationalism and socialism in the Middle East.
Erdogan Rehabilitates his Image With the Khashoggi Murder

Erdogan Rehabilitates his Image With the Khashoggi Murder

October 26, 2018

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul gave Turkey’s president Erdogan a unique opportunity to present himself as a truth-seeker and to manipulate information about the case in his favor and against Saudi Arabia. We discuss the case with Turkish journalist Ilhan Tanir