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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?

A Palestinian Election and Reconciliation After 13 Years?

October 17, 2019

Daoud Kuttab discusses the demand by eight Palestinian factions to reconcile the differences between the two dominant parties, Hamas and Fatah, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces his readiness to hold elections.

Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force?

October 17, 2019

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump’s troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?

A Know-Nothing President Steps Into a Turkish/Kurdish Minefield

October 11, 2019

The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

Protest Wave Engulfs Iraq, Over 100 Dead, Government Helpless?

October 10, 2019

For over a week now protests have been shaking Iraq, with massive police repression, leading to over 100 dead. The protests are an outgrowth of discontent over corruption, poverty, and an ethnic quota system, says Sabah Alnasseri.