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Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran?

July 14, 2018

Days after Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow, Trump will meet with Putin in Helsinki. But despite talk of a “grand bargain” that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don’t expect it to happen, says professor and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri

New U.S. Sanctions Fuel Protests and Economic Mayhem in Iran (1/3)

July 13, 2018

New U.S. sanctions on Iran, combined with secondary sanctions and withdrawal from the JCPOA, are having a profound effect on the Iranian economy. Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Visting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, says a combination of internal and external factors are driving the downturn

US Is Helping ‘Bloodthirsty Cult’ – the MEK – to Overthrow Iran’s Government

July 11, 2018

In pursuit of regime change in Iran, the Trump administration and prominent Republicans and Democrats alike are supporting the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), which former top US official Larry Wilkerson says is a “bloodthirsty cult.” Ben Norton reports

Russia and Saudi Arabia to Form an Alternative to OPEC?

July 11, 2018

The world is in a slow energy transition to renewables, which has made it difficult for OPEC to maintain price stability. This transition lies at the heart of Saudi Arabia and Russia’s efforts to find new ways for stabilizing oil prices, says Prof. Timothy Mitchell

Israel Shuts Vital Crossing, But Gazans Will Not ‘Die in Silence’

July 10, 2018

Israel has intensified its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip by closing the only crossing for commercial goods. Former Gaza health minister Dr. Basem Naim discusses the impact on a devastated health system and says that Palestinians will continue their weekly protests for freedom

Trump’s Massive Funding Cut Plunges UN Palestinian Refugee Agency into Crisis

July 1, 2018

UNRWA, the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, could run out of money for aid programs within weeks, after President Trump drastically cut US funding. Expert Phyllis Bennis warns this can lead to a humanitarian catastrophe and make life impossible for many Palestinians

Trump Pursues Israel ‘Peace Plan’ to Break off Gaza, Without Input from Palestinians

June 30, 2018

While US President Trump reportedly hopes to use Gulf funding to pressure Egypt to take over Gaza, splitting it from the West Bank, expert Phyllis Bennis warns no Israel peace deal is possible when “there is no Palestinian voice” involved

Dimitri Lascaris Reporting From the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

June 29, 2018

A candidate of Sweden’s feminist party and one of the flotilla’s captains talk about their participation in the effort to break the Gaza blockade

Rep. Ro Khanna on Challenging the Saudi-Led War on Yemen

June 27, 2018

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-California) discusses his efforts to stop U.S. support for the Saudi-led attack on Yemen; his differences with Obama administration officials who backed Saudi’s assault from the outset; and the impact of Saudi lobbying efforts to sustain ongoing US assistance

Manal Tamimi: Freedom Flotilla Shows People Still Believe In Justice For Palestinians

June 27, 2018

Dimitri Lascaris reports from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, where he speaks to Ahed Tamimi’s aunt, who says her niece’s incarceration has only made her more determined