US-Turkey Ties Under Further Strain after Conviction of Turkish Banker

There is speculation that Zarrab’s gold transactions helped Turkey’s export figures at a politically sensitive time, says Tom Regan.

When Geopolitical Conditions And Moral Values Converge

Israel must now seize the momentous, time-sensitive opportunity provided by the changing geopolitical regional dynamic precipitated by the common Iranian threat against Israel and the Arab states, explains Alon Ben-Meir.

Syria’s Rival Utopias

The ANG and ANY networks are connected to legal political parties in their countries, says Nicolas Dot-Pouillard.

The Middle East Leads the World in Income Inequality

During the period 1990-2016, the top 10% of the population in the Middle East enjoyed about 60-66% of the region’s income, observes Mark Habeeb.

Trump Unlikely to Carry Out Threat to Cut US Aid to Palestinians

Many Israeli security officials said that a cut-off of US funds for the Palestinians would do more harm than good, reports Gregory Aftandilian.

Arabic Content is Key to Journey Down the Digital Highway

Arabs are increasingly reading online but more and better Arabic language content is needed, explains Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Iraqi Government Skimps on Reconstruction Preparations

As more donors are recruited into reconstruction efforts, the greater leverage the United States has to claw back the power it has lost in Iraq, notes Nazli Tarzi.

Missing the Trump Team’s Misconduct

Between flailing over Russia-gate and obsessing over a “tell-all” book, the major US news media continues to miss the more substantive misconduct of the Trump administration, says JP Sottile.

Erasing Obama’s Iran Success

The nihilism of modern American politics extends globally with one side seeking to destroy any positive legacy of the other, as the Trump administration continues its drive to sabotage President Obama’s successful Iran nuclear accord, reports ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Will Trump Push the EU to more Independent Stands in Middle East?

The uncertainty over future American policy that the unilateral behaviour of Trump is creating, not least over Jerusalem, only adds to Europe’s discomfort, says Francis Ghilès.

Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi

While Ahed might have been previously unknown to most Israelis, she is a familiar face to Palestinians and campaigners around the world, points out Jonathan Cook.

Jerusalem, Whose City?

A two-state solution remains a mirage. The occupation of the West Bank is becoming permanent annexation: Nearly 400,000 Israelis now live in settlements occupying 60% of it, explains Charles Enderlin.

Obama, Trump Responses to Unrest in Iran Reveal Sharp Differences

Obama reacted cautiously, even timidly, and bent over backward to not be seen as publicly supporting the demonstrators, says Mark Habeeb.

For Syrian Refugees, a Dire Predicament Unlikely to improve in the Coming Year

Not much has changed for millions of Syrians who have lived in dire conditions in refugee camps, says Samar Kadi.

Wrapping Up a Year of Ups and Downs in the Gulf Region

To put it plainly, 2017 was a roller-coaster year for the Gulf region, full of ups and downs that are sure to have far-reaching implications, says Iman Zayat.

Tensions Mount Between Middle Eastern Christians and American Evangelicals

The fears of Middle Eastern Christians are not only that Islamist extremists such as ISIS but also more mainstream Islamist groups will use the evangelicals’ uncritical support of Israel to tarnish the image of Christians as a whole, reports Gregory Aftandilian.

Will Erdogan and Assad Work Together to Block the Kurds?

A shift in alliances of self-interest could have Turkey joining forces with Iran and Syria to block Syrian Kurds’ aspirations to a federal model of government or any other form of self-rule, notes Yavuz Baydar.

UN Members Show Spine in Rebuffing Trump

President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley tried to bully the UN into accepting Trump’s decision on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but – in a rare show of independence – most UN members pushed back, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

 
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