Middle East and North Africa

  • US HUMILIATES PALESTINIANS BY CLOSING CONSULATE

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The US State Department announced on March 4th that it is going to merge the American consulate general in East Jerusalem with the American embassy in West Jerusalem. A statement published on the embassy website in Israel said...
  • HANGING JUDGE MADE IRAN’S CHIEF JUSTICE

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed ultra-conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a one-time presidential hopeful, as head of the judiciary, the leader’s website said. Former judge Raisi, who currently heads the holy shrine of Imam...
  • U.S. COALITION THREATENED EAST OF THE EUPHRATES

    - Mar 16, 2019
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to keep a residual force of at least 400 troops in Syria prevents the immediate takeover of valuable natural resources and infrastructure in Eastern Syria by Iran, Assad, and Russia. These actors...
  • BOUTEFLIKA IS TOAST

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Monday he is dropping his bid for a fifth term in office, scrapping the upcoming elections altogether after weeks of protests against his candidacy. “Peacefully, we have overthrown the puppet!”...
  • THE US SHOULD LEAVE SYRIA, BUT MUST PROTECT ITS KURDS FROM TURKEY

    - Jan 9, 2019
    STEPHEN ZUNES Donald Trump’s sudden decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria appears to have been impetuous and ill-considered — apparently a result of a conversation with Turkey’s autocratic president Recep Erdoğan. That doesn’t mean, however,...
  • THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE KURDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS

    - Jan 9, 2019
    The role and status of the various Kurdish groups in Iraq, Iran. Turkey and Syria are shaping the conflicts which continue in these nations. Historically the Kurdish national territory has been split among the four countries...
  • TURKEY AND THE POLITICS OF WATER

    - Jan 9, 2019
    There is an important aspect of the relationship of Turkey to its neighbours which has been largely overlooked in describing Turkey’s important role in the conflicts of the Middle East. There is a severe crisis of...
  • IRAN COUNTERS TRUMP SANCTIONS

    - Oct 31, 2018
    Iran sold oil to private buyers through its energy exchange for the first time on Sunday October 28yh, as part of its efforts to counter the imminent return of US sanctions. Only 280,000 barrels were sold...
  • SAUDI-LED WAR ON YEMEN KILLS 56,000

    - Oct 31, 2018
    A study by an independent conflict research group estimates the death toll is 56,000 people, not including those who have died due to the man-made famine. A study by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data...
  • US RELUCTANT TO CREDIT IRAN’S ROLE IN DEFEAT OF ISIS

    - Sep 26, 2018
    By Juan Cole The annual State Department report on terrorism says that terrorist attacks were down by 23% world wide in 2017. The report attributed this decline in some large part to the defeat of ISIL in Iraq...