Middle East

Netanyahu Kills Palestinians to Keep Opposition From Forming Government

November 15, 2019

Provoking a conflict with Gaza led to the deaths of 32 Palestinians. But was the real objective the creation of an emergency government so Netanyahu can remain in power?

Iran Nuclear Agreement Continues to Collapse as Confrontation Intensifies

November 12, 2019

The collapse of the JCPOA, due to US withdrawal from the agreement, and protests in Iraq and in Lebanon are depriving Iran of its influence in the region and are pushing the government towards greater confrontation.

A Modern-Day Colonial Plantation Seeks Influence Over Trump

November 8, 2019

Psagot Winery from the occupied West Bank hired the lobbying firm Covington and Burling to sow conflict between the Trump administration and the EU, in order to gain leverage in its legal struggle to mis-label its wines as being products of Israel.

Facebook Sues Israeli Cyber Security Co. NSO Over WhatsApp Surveillance

November 7, 2019

Shir Hever discusses the strategy of the Israeli offensive cyber company NSO, its roots in the notorious Israeli “8200” military intelligence unit, and how it crossed a line that very few companies dare cross.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Agrees to Resign Amidst Largest Protests Since 2003

October 31, 2019

Iraqi security forces have killed hundreds of protesters who want to uproot the corrupt political system tied to Iran and established after the U.S. occupation.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Resigns, but Protests Continue

October 31, 2019

Human rights campaigner Samah Hadid discusses Hezbollah’s decision to switch from supporting the protests to opposing them, why the prime minister resigned, and why this is not enough to end the protests.

Baghdadi’s Death Will Not Kill The Islamic State

October 29, 2019

The U.S. war in Iraq created ISIS. It thrives on destabilized states, so killing the Osamas and Baghdadis of the world will not end the terror, says The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn.

Conflict Between Trump and Military-Diplomatic Establishment Is Full of Hypocrisy

October 24, 2019

We are living in a political world that seems turned on its head, with Democrats voting to stay in Syria and Republicans wanting to get out–but neither side is getting it right.

Lebanese Join Growing Protest Wave Against Austerity and Corruption

October 23, 2019

Anti-austerity protests have swept Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, and now Lebanon. As’ad Abukhalil discusses how Lebanon is joining what seems like a second Arab Spring focused on a demand for social justice.

The US Tore the Middle East Apart. Can They Abandon It on a Whim?

October 22, 2019

The Kurds fought in U.S. wars. Iraq and Syria are dismembered. Why is no one talking about diplomacy and aid?