Middle East

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

Europeans Bowing to Trump on Iran Sanctions, Despite Their Opposition

Iran

June 30, 2019
Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council, says that military confrontation between the US and Iran becomes more likely, especially since Europeans who oppose US sanctions are not really pushing back against Trump
Trump's "Deal of the Century" Just Means More Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Just Means More Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land

June 27, 2019

Ali Abunimah discusses Jared Kushner’s presentation of his peace plan’s economic portion in Bahrain this week. He dangled fifty billion dollars for the Palestinian economy, but no freedom, political rights, nor an end of the Israeli occupation

German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support

German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support

June 27, 2019

Shir Hever discusses the bank’s decision to close Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East’s bank account. This is the second time since Hitler that a Jewish account was closed, this time because of pressure from Israel to block the boycott and divestment movement

Istanbul Election Shakes President Erdogan’s Power

Istanbul Election Shakes President Erdogan’s Power

June 26, 2019

Baris Karaagac discusses Ekrem Imamoglu’s victory in Istanbul’s mayoral election. President Erdogan had forced new elections after his party lost in March and now the governing party lost control of all Turkey’s major cities

'Deal of a Century': A Push for the Permanent Occupation of Palestine

‘Deal of a Century’: A Push for the Permanent Occupation of Palestine

June 24, 2019

Sonya Meyerson-Knox discusses US Ambassador Friedman’s and Chief Negotiator Greenblatt’s comments on annexing Palestinian land and why the Deal of the Century is dead on arrival