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Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera

Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE want the Pan-Arab news network silenced. It has less independence than in earlier years but is still a voice that would be sorely missed if lost.

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How Dangerous Is Saudi Arabia’s Change in Royal Succession?

King Salman has ousted his nephew and named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent. Some believe the new crown prince (pictured) is too reckless to hold so much power.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 READ MORE



The Arab American Left and Palestine: The Untold Story

Author Pamela Pennock pushes back against politically fueled stereotypes and makes a case for reframing Arab Americans’ present-day struggles.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 READ MORE



What Did Theresa May Know About the Manchester Bomber?

Critical questions remain unanswered, deflected by promises of an internal review.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE



Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?

Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Christians on Palm Sunday

The terrorist group claims responsibility for two suicide bombings at churches that left more than 40 dead and 100 wounded.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE



The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria

The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’

In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Return

“When Qaddafi took my father,” Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father’s disappearance, “he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Story of Egypt

A new book on ancient Egypt is full of fascinating material, including a re-examination of Cleopatra’s death, a look at the fluidity of sexual identity, and a tale about being carried off by a hippopotamus.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE


Tunnels in Gaza Strike Fear Among Israelis and Palestinians (Video)

The underground network transports goods between Israel and Egypt, but Hamas also uses it to receive weapons and send fighters across the border.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)

The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Egyptians Are Shocked by Netanyahu Appointment, Note Former Israeli PM’s Accusation of Fascism

Neighbor Egypt has reason to be dismayed by the political earthquake that rocked Israel’s Cabinet last week when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named far-right extremist Avigdor Lieberman defense minister.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise! Despite Syria-Iraq Turmoil, Major Mideast Economies Are Growing at 3 to 4 percent (Video)

When you hear only bad news from a place, you form a negative opinion of it.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



Thousands Protest Egyptian Government’s Island Deal With Saudi Arabia

Egyptians poured into the streets of Cairo on Friday in the first major demonstrations in 2½ years, protesting the government’s agreement on Saudi ownership of Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE



Farewell, Ben Carson—We’ll Always Have ‘Hummus’

The good doctor’s foreign policy gaffes made for some great political satire, but his ignorance on the Middle East made him a frightening presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Number of Victims of Female Genital Mutilation Is 70 Million Higher Than Thought

UNICEF reveals that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Tahrir Square Five Years On: The Hurdles to Democratization and Arab Youth Revolts

The failure of most Arab states to transition to democracy is unsurprising. Poor countries in Africa, Asia and Central America have had the same difficulties. It has nothing to do with Islam or Arabs. It has everything to do with lack of development.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Christmas and Christians in the Middle East (Video)

Whether Christmas, which in Eastern tradition is celebrated after Dec. 25, is joyous, sad or nerve-wracking for Christians in the Middle East this year depends very much on the country in which they live.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Recruitment Thrives in Brutal U.S.-Backed Egyptian Prisons

A 26-year-old dual U.S. and Egyptian citizen who endured “torture, deprivation and cruelty while locked in the prisons” of Egypt’s military dictatorship says the regime is effectively acting as a “recruiting agent” for militant extremist groups like Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Ben Carson’s Own Weapon of Mass Distraction

Ben Carson’s woe-is-me whining about media scrutiny is more than just a sorry spectacle. It shows the extent to which a culture of victimization has infected the conservative movement.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



What Is Russia’s Strategy in Syria and Why Does Egypt Approve?

Over the past week and a half, its strategy is becoming more apparent.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE



Mexican Tour Organizers and Buddhist Healers Baffled by Egyptian Army Attack (Video)

According to reports, the Egyptian military mistook a tourist convoy in the western desert near Siwa Oasis for terrorists and attacked them, killing 12 (including eight Mexicans) and wounding 10 others.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Egypt’s el-Sissi and Putin Pledge Common Front Against Terrorism

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met Wednesday for the third time in a year with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Key human rights groups have warned about war crimes and mass starvation in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. But almost as stunning as the atrocities there is the silence of politicians and the public.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



A Water Crisis Is Menacing Egypt

A fixed water supply for a rising population means Egypt has less water per person each year, and critics say the government has done almost nothing to resolve the crisis or even help ease the suffering of those most affected.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Omar Sharif Never Had to Play a Terrorist (Video)

What now seems remarkable is the acceptance the late Omar Sharif gained and the range of roles he was offered by Hollywood in his era of fame.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Death Sentence for Morsi: Egypt’s Junta Takes Another Step Toward Being North Korea

That the only freely elected president Egypt has ever known has been sentenced to death is only to be expected from the current military junta, which made a coup in July 2013, and declared the former ruling party, the Muslim Brotherhood, to be a terrorist organization indistinguishable from al-Qaida.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt’s Former President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

In a verdict which an Amnesty International official says “shatters any remaining illusion of independence and impartiality in Egypt’s criminal justice system,” Mohamed Morsi was convicted Tuesday by a Cairo court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt’s President Backs Proposal for United Arab Military Force

Egyptian president and former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has backed calls to create a unified Arab force capable of opposing regional security threats and called the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen the “inevitable” result of meddling by a foreign power, namely non-Arab Iran.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt’s ‘Crackdown on Dissent’ Continues With 5-Year Sentence for Prominent Blogger (Video)

Alaa Abd El Fattah, 33, played a key role in the 2011 Egyptian uprising by leading protests. Now the blogger is being put in jail for leading another demonstration in 2013 because, as it happens, the protest in question was “unauthorized” by an increasingly despotic Egyptian government.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



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The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE



Avenging Its Christians, Egypt Bombs Libya in First Formal Campaign Since 1991

The murder by Islamic State (Daesh) thugs in Sirte, Libya, of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians this weekend has provoked the first formal Egyptian military incursion into another state’s territory since the 1991 Gulf War.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



Remaining Al-Jazeera Journalists Detained in Egypt Are Released

“I AM FREE,” reads a tweet by Baher Mohamed, one of three colleagues who had been imprisoned under accusations of falsifying news. The court has scheduled further proceedings for Feb. 23.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



An Isolated Russia Seeks Friends in Egypt, Offers to Build Nuclear Plant

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation paid a state visit to Cairo on Tuesday, consulting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a range of economic and foreign policy issues.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Amal Clooney Seeks Talks With Egypt’s Sisi on Client Jailed for Committing Journalism

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney wrote to Egyptian President al-Sisi on Saturday, requesting a meeting with him regarding the fate of her client, Mohamed Fahmy, former bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English in Egypt.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



Journalist May Have Been Freed by the Egyptian Junta, but Press Freedom Is Still Hostage

Peter Greste, an Australian journalist working for Aljazeera English, has been released from an Egyptian prison after a 400-day ordeal in which he was jailed merely for reporting the news.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt Releases Al-Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste

On Sunday afternoon Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste, who along with two colleagues had been jailed for more than a year by the Egyptian government, was winging his way to Cyprus to eventually return to his family in Australia.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Mendacious President Dangles Freedom Before Imprisoned Al-Jazeera Journalists

Four Al-Jazeera journalists have been sitting in an Egyptian prison for more than a year because they dared to report on the coup orchestrated by Egypt’s current president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn the Saudi King Who Derailed Revolution

In a great irony, the Egyptian government attempted to cancel the commemoration of the January 25 revolution four years ago, on the grounds that the late King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia needed to be mourned.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE



Nous Sommes Al Bab?

Cries of solidarity such as “Je Suis Charlie” don’t seem to apply when the U.S. kills civilians in Syria; an Oklahoma state senator wants to ban hoodies in public; meanwhile, for the first time in recent Egyptian history, two dozen men were acquitted of “charges of homosexuality.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Close Guantanamo—Then Give It Back to Cuba

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



Why Egypt’s Threat to Arrest Amal Clooney Will Hurt Its Economy

Amal Clooney was threatened with jail by Egyptian authorities last February if she released a report in Cairo on flaws in the Egyptian judiciary that had been commissioned by the International Bar Association.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



Cairo Erupts as Mubarak Declared Innocent in Deaths of Protesters

An Egyptian court Saturday found deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib Adly not guilty (or rather just dropped the charges) in the killing of nearly 900 young protesters by police in January-February 2011.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Egyptian Journalists Protest Editors’ Pledge Not to Criticize Government

“Hundreds of Egyptian journalists objected on Sunday to a pledge by newspaper editors to refrain from publishing reports critical of the government, calling the curb on freedom of expression ‘a victory for terrorism,’ ” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


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