Middle East

Uncertainty Looms Over Boris Johnson's Response to Iranian Seizure of British Tanker

Uncertainty Looms Over Boris Johnson’s Response to Iranian Seizure of British Tanker

July 23, 2019

Could Trump and Bolton push Britain out of the Iran nuclear treaty? Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi discusses whether Boris Johnson could act as the U.S.’s errand boy as he assumes power as prime minister

Yemen's Houthis Maintain Upper Hand, as Peace Talks Proceed

Yemen’s Houthis Maintain Upper Hand, as Peace Talks Proceed

July 22, 2019

A UN-brokered ceasefire to protect the port of Hodeidah appears to be holding, while the United Arab Emirates are withdrawing, having achieved their objectives, says Patrick Cockburn. Also, US Congressional effort to stop US support for the war is having an effect

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