Adventures in an American World of Frustration

Tom Engelhardt explores the strange American world with an eye to the particular absurdity of the moment – from nuking the planet to plain old bombing, from the privatization of war to the selling of its implements, from the power of the national security state in American elections to the power of money in the same.

Turkey And The PKK: Mutual Violence Is Not The Answer

To understand the Kurds’ mindset, Erdogan will do well to revisit, however cursorily, their history and the hardship they have experienced since the end of World War I, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

Why $37 Billion in US Aid to Israel Endangers Us All

Obama’s behavior, and that of every other president before him since Nixon, tells us that when impressive American values encounter Palestinians and Israelis, they become a selective and occasional luxury, or a routine insincerity, writes Rami G. Khouri.

The Syrian Truce and Obama's Exit Strategy

For a truce to lead to the kind of compromise that underpins a genuine peace, there must be strong incentives among all parties to the conflict, notes Gilbert Achcar.

Is Lebanon Heading Towards a Constituent Assembly?

The March 14 alliance rejects any constituent assembly at this time, saying that the current circumstances would not allow for a balanced debate due to Hezbollah’s ability to bring its arms into play, writes Mohamed Kawas.

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light to Israel's Erasure of Palestine

The clearest message from Israel’s new aid package is one delivered to the Palestinians: Washington sees no pressing strategic interest in ending the occupation, argues Jonathan Cook.

Pre-Emptive Measures Thwart ISIS Attempts to Target Morocco

Despite the change of tactics and infiltration techniques that proved successful in other countries, the Islamic State (ISIS) has been unable to attack Moroccan or foreign interests in the kingdom, notes Mohamed Alaoui.

The UK's Devastating New Report on NATO's Regime Change War in Libya

While Avlon’s puerile rhapsody points to the utter lack of media accountability in foreign policy reporting, the UK Select Committee’s report is actually a good example of what accountability in government looks like, writes James Carden.

Russia Unlikely to Bring Abbas, Netanyahu Together

Political analysts said the meeting will never take place because for Abbas to meet and shake hands with Netanyahu without achieving some of the demands will damage the Palestinian Authority’s image, stresses Malak Hasan.

Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War

It saddens me that there was a different world, pre-9/11, which my daughter’s generation and all those who follow her will never know, writes Peter Van Buren.

Haftar's Military Move Creates New Situation in Libya

Victory for Haftar is likely to bolster his image after he was seen in the West as having no role in the settlement of Libya’s problems, notes Lamine Ghanmi.

Horn of Africa, pivot of the world

The US is unable to reconcile all these ‘friends’ who make war without its permission, plot against each other and pursue their own interests, neglecting the US umbrella (or borrowing it without autorisation), notes Gérard Prunier.

Israel's Bogus Civil War

Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation? Asks Jonathan Cook.

Kerry and Lavrov's Syrian Diplomacy Shows the Value of Détente

Seeking out a political solution to the crisis and doubling down on diplomacy as Obama, Kerry, Putin, and Lavrov have done represents the best chance of finding a resolution to the horrific crisis, stresses James Carden.

Is Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policy an Aberration?

The policies Trump is advocating, including that well-publicized wall and mass deportations, are really nothing new, argues Aviva Chomsky.

Syrians Seek Shelter in Caves

There is a sense of history repeating itself in the caves of Idlib, Aleppo and Deraa where people lived thousands of years ago but modern day cave-dwellers yearn to return to their homes, writes Ahmad Ramadan.

Iraq Faces Worrisome Drug Problems

There are no statistics for the number of drug consumers or dealers in Iraq but UNODC insists that Iraq has become a “vital” destination for drug trafficking, writes Nermeen Mufti.

Iran's Ebbing Influence in Syria

Contrary to what is portrayed in the Western media, Alawites and Shias, currently allied in Syria, do not get along and are very different when it comes to history, ideology and ambitions, stresses Sami Moubayed.

Lebanese shun polluted beaches for trips abroad
With polluted waters and private developers gobbling up seafront land, Lebanese prefer to fly abroad.
Tunisia welcomes home Paralympians
Joyful Tunisians welcomed their 'hero' Paralympians home after team hauled in an impressive 19 medals in Rio.
Palestinian family seeks to make a ripple with a tipple
Family winery in Christian village of Taybeh looks to add Palestine to the map of the world's wines.
In besieged Syria towns, rockets become swings
In rebel-held towns near Damascus, swing sets are made of spent rockets and jungle gyms are tucked underground.
Iran picks 'The Salesman' for 2017 Oscar
After long deliberations on five shortlisted films, strong majority of board picks ‘The Salesman’ to compete on behalf of Iran.
Syria’s “Happy” baboon bears the scars of war
Once a renowned attraction, Saeed the baboon has suffered at hands of five year conflict.
Of war and wealth: the many faces of hajj
More than 1.8 million Muslims with their own stories, backgrounds made this year's hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi introduces electronic 'sacrifice coupons' for a bloodless hajj
Pilgrims in Mecca had the option of computerised coupons to order a Eid sacrifice without even seeing a slaughtered beast.
Hajj goes hi-tech, the spiritual goes viral
Physical, spiritual hajj experience replaced by ringing mobile phones and the visual distractions of Western commercialism.
King of Morocco causes online stir with selfie
Pictures of King Mohammed VI casually posing with his subjects are doing the rounds on social media.
Saudi issues hajj pilgrims with ID bracelets
Public statements, Saudi press reports show changes have been made to prevent overcrowding that killed around 2,300 people last year.
Muslims gather in Mecca ahead of hajj
No pilgrims from Iran for the first time in almost three decades as Muslims from around the world travel to Saudi Arabia for hajj.