Middle East and North Africa

  • 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...
  • DEFT US MOVES PREVENT BLOODBATH IN SYRIA

    - Jul 31, 2018
    As the civil-war aspect of the Syrian conflict winds down, the great power struggle among states is intensifying. It appears the Trump team has discovered that its ability to help solve the former will determine how it...
  • UAE ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES IN YEMENI PRISONS

    - Jul 18, 2018
    Human rights violations in a string of Yemeni prisons run by the United Arab Emirates could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report promptly rejected by the UAE. It called for investigations...
  • WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP IN SYRIA?

    - Jul 18, 2018
    Reese Ehrlich Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past several weeks tens of thousands walked to the Jordanian and Israeli borders hoping...
  • TURKEY, IRAQ AND CHINA DEFY TRUMP ON NEW IRAN SANCTIONS

    - Jul 2, 2018
    JUAN COLE The Trump administration is unlikely to have the same success in getting other countries to boycott Iranian petroleum as did the Obama administration in 2012-2015, though its officials are making a full court press...