Trump Escalates Anti-Leak Campaign

President Trump has made clear his anger about “leaks,” but he is far from alone among recent US presidents waging war against whistleblowing, write Jesselyn Radack and Kathleen McClellan for ExposeFacts.

Why the Vengeance Toward Sgt. Bergdahl

The angry politics around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s “desertion” in Afghanistan revolve around right-wing hatred for President Obama who engineered Bergdahl’s freedom from the Taliban, as Matthew Hoh describes.

The Thwarted Dreams of Kurdistan

Almost a century ago, European powers promised the Kurds a state but soon reneged on the deal, leaving Kurdish nationalists to fume for generations and leading to Iraq’s recent military capture of Kirkuk, reports Lawrence Davidson.

What the Nobel Prize for Economics Might Tell us about Peace in the Middle East

It would be disingenuous to say the Israeli electorate has been unaware for more than a decade about Netanyahu’s disinterest in peacemaking, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Turkey and the Belt of Evil

Turkey is today paying the cost of its mistakes that it made in the previous years. It turned a blind eye to the IS activities and then it started to face the adverse effects of such opportunistic perform, explains Diyari Salih.

The real reasons Trump is quitting Unesco

By Jonathan Cook - NAZARETH

Washington’s claim that UNESCO is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes, explains Jonathan Cook.

The Changed Face of Washington

By Oussama Romdhani - TUNIS

Today’s mood in Washington seems more acutely polemical than ever, writes Oussama Romdhani.

The Empire Comes Home

For nearly five decades, Americans have been mesmerized by the government’s declarations of “war” on crime, drugs, and — more recently — terror. In the name of these perpetual struggles, apathetic citizens have acquiesced in countless assaults on their liberties, argues Danny Sjursen.

The Kurdish Referendum and the Geopolitical Polarizations

This Kurdish dream of self-determination threatens the national security of Iran and Turkey and puts their territorial integrity at risk, explains Diyari Salih.

Will The Palestinians Ever Play Their Cards Right?

Since it is widely assumed, however, that without Hamas no Israeli-Palestinian peace can endure, the question is how to persuade Hamas to accept the two preconditions without losing face, asks Alon Ben-Meir.

Russia replacing US as Middle East’s political Centre of Influence

Even America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East, Israel, has been inching closer to Moscow, observes Claude Salhani.

Monetising Grief: Humanitarian Television in Refugee Settlements

By stripping away the context, the perilous journey refugees embarked on to reach the camps is discounted, writes Nazli Tarzi.

Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast

The Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Iraq has created more uncertainty in the turbulent Mideast with Israel appearing to see value in the new chaos, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

America’s Long History of Warfare

Americans like to view their country as a force for peace in the world when the historical reality is almost the opposite, a reality ignored by the PBS Vietnam War documentary, writes Lawrence Davidson.

King Salman, Putin and the Syrian Elephant in the Room

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz hopes to build on commonalities with the United States while simultaneously bridging an entire century of differences with Moscow to get a piece of the Syrian cake that Putin has been delicately slicing since his army rumbled into Syria in September 2015, explains Sami Moubayed.

President Zigzag

President Trump boasts about his “zigzag” foreign policy as if inconsistency is an attribute in dealing with a fragile world, but his zigzagging endangers backchannel intermediaries handling outreach to North Korea, reports Robert Parry.

Las Vegas Shooting was Terrifying but not Terrorism

So far as is known, Paddock was not pursuing political aims in mystifyingly stockpiling weapons and ammunition in his Vegas hotel room and mowing down 59 of his fellow Americans. He terrorised the crowd but he was not a terrorist, reports Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Rise of Far Right Signals End of German Exceptionalism in Europe

A xenophobic party in the Bundestag will complicate the way Germany interacts with Europe, says Francis Ghiles.

Art brings 'peace' to neighborhoods of Lebanon's Tripoli
Street art duo says that once they're done, pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell out "salam" on a scale visible from space.
Arab craft glitters through generations in Columbia
Arab tradition of crafting fine jewellery taught to Spaniards which took it to isolated Mompox where generations of goldsmiths maintain ancient method.
Jobless Tunisians seek new migration routes to Europe
Crackdown in Libya has forced smugglers to find alternative routes for Tunisian migrants who are fleeing economic troubles in Tunisia.
WWE signs first female, Arab wrestler in global push
Shadia Bseiso dreams of encouraging more Arab women to take up sports - and of crashing metal chairs over wrestling mega-stars.
Morocco’s phoney dentists thrive on poverty
Practitioners with no proof of qualification offer cheap tooth removals to poorer citizens with sometimes fatal consequences.
Egypt's wheat supply bears the brunt of angry inspectors
Traders say ban on expenses-paid foreign trips has backfired as inspectors are now rejecting cargoes at Egyptian ports on arbitrary, unpredictable grounds.
Central Egypt cave captivates visitors
With an area of 700 sq. metres and 15 metres deep, Wadi Sannur Cave displays rock formations of different shapes and colours moulded over millions of years.
Lebanon promotes ‘back to public school’ drive
Lebanon is seeking to overhaul its public education sector with $204 million from the World Bank.
Israel unveils newly unearthed section of Western Wall
Archaeologists excavate part of holy Western Wall to uncover well preserved theatre-like Roman structure dating from second or third century AD.
Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant shows appetite for integration
Syrian refugees open Mezze restaurant in Portuguese capital as result of fundraising drive initiated by former journalist.
Turning Cannabis into Cabernet in Lebanon
Farmer turns multi-million-dollar hashish business into winemaking in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley.
'Inspiration': city of Marrakesh hosts Yves Saint Laurent museum
Legendary French couturier was entranced by 'ochre city' when he discovered vibrant, easy-going atmosphere of its busy streets.