The Chess Game in the Middle East and the Gulf

The chess match being played out in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf is not controlled by geopolitics and access to energy considerations alone, says Khattar Abou Diab.

Syria, ‘Experts' and George Monbiot

The promotion of the bogus story of a nuclear reactor by Israel and key figures in the Bush administration was designed to provide the pretext for an attack on Assad, explains Jonathan Cook.

Undercounting the Civilian Dead

During the “war on terror,” the US government has understated the number of civilians killed (all the better to manage positive perceptions back home). But a new report underscores the truth, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The Fight over America’s Forever Wars

Trump or not, there is a new political mood to review America’s multiple wars, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Russia-gate Spreads to Europe

The Russia-gate hysteria has jumped the Atlantic with Europeans blaming Russia for Brexit and Catalonian discontent. But what about Israeli influence operations or, for that matter, American ones, asks Robert Parry.

Losing The Last Vestiges Of Our Moral Fabric

Should we really measure our moral conduct today in relative terms to the moral decadence of yesteryears? Asks Alon Ben-Meir.

The Ever-Expanding ‘War on Terror’

In the shadows, the US special operations war on “terrorists” keeps on expanding around the globe, now reaching into Africa where few detectable American “interests” exist, writes Jonathan Marshall.

The Risks of Saudi War on too Many Fronts

Only the churlish would deny the necessary logic of the prince’s grand plan for Saudi Arabia: A future that looks beyond oil. A better-adjusted society, notes Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Israel’s Supporters Seek to Silence pro-Palestinian Activism in US

Legislatures in 34 out of the 50 US states have introduced some form of “not-boycott- Israel” legislation since the first measure was passed by Illinois in 2015, explains Mark Habeeb.

Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump on Syrian Attack?

Buried deep inside a new U.N. report is evidence that could exonerate the Syrian government in the April 4 sarin atrocity and make President Trump look like an Al Qaeda dupe, reports Robert Parry.

The Balfour Declaration’s Century of Turmoil

As Israel continues to occupy Palestinian lands and threatens a new war against Lebanon, much of this turmoil traces back to Great Britain’s Balfour Declaration during World I, a century ago, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Israel Lobby is Slowly Being Dragged into the Light

Conservative Friends of Israel chief has recruited four-fifths of Conservative MPs, and almost every government minister, to a group whose explicit goal is to advance Israeli interests in Britain, points out Jonathan Cook.

How Long can Putin Dance with both Riyadh and Tehran?

Putin’s aim is not to resolve the Saudi-Iranian conflict but to keep it manageable so Russia can continue and even increase its cooperation with both countries, observes Mark N. Katz.

Where Did the Lebanese State Go?

If anything, Hariri’s departure has proven that it is not enough to simply stay silent and look to the international community to check Hezbollah and Iran’s expansion when the expectation is that these things must be opposed and opposed publicly, says Makram Rabah.

France and America’s Shadow war in Africa

A recent report to the US Congress expressed concern about US military rules of engagement and force protection in what is a shadowy war with an unclear strategy, of which the American public knows little, reports Francis Ghiles.

Time To Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

The violation of free press and the systematic undermining of human rights demands that the West reevaluate its relationship with Turkey and stop searching for excuses to justify its self-conceit about Erdogan’s outrageous behavior, urges Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

US Losing Ground and Prestige to Iran, Russia and China

America’s old allies realise the United States is not about to change for the better and are looking at alternative sources of support, writes Claude Salhani.

The Kurds’ Double Crisis

The Kurds face two crises: One in leadership and coordination and the other in their relationship with Baghdad, notes Gareth Smyth.

More than 40 million modern-day slaves
Study reveals figure includes 25 million people who were in forced labour, 15 million people in forced marriage.
Liverpool star backs Egypt women's rights campaign
Salah throws his support behind UN-sponsored campaign to end violence against women in Egypt where sexual harassment is rampant.
Palestine leap frogs Israel in FIFA rankings
‘Historic achievement’ for Palestinian football as they go above Israel for first time following recent success.
What was catalyst for Morocco rally to reach World Cup?
Peace offering in Amsterdam coffee shop proved catalyst for Morocco's late rally to success in World Cup qualifiers.
Saudi football federation dismisses coach Bauza
Saudi Arabia sacks Argentinian head coach just two months after appointment to lead country to next summer's World Cup.
Refugees find safety in Niger after escape from Libya
Migrants rescued from hell of Libyan jails have found safe haven in Niger's capital before leaving for Europe.
Newly built Palestinian city offers new vision for life
$1.4 billion conception of Palestinian-American developer offers facilities, luxuries unseen anywhere else in occupied West Bank.
Robert Irwin on the literary legacy of Tayeb Salih
Irwin gave a captivating overview of Salih’s novel 'Season of Migration to the North' while providing background into the author's extraordinary life.
Rare moments of joy at Arabs’ unprecedented World Cup qualifications
The draw for the finals is to take place December 1, with Morocco and Tunisia guaranteed not to meet at the group stages.
Jordan seeking to woo tourists to its religious sites
“We are deploying lots of ef­forts to attract both Muslim and Christian visitors through plan­ning various activities in areas that have significant religious aspects."
Legendary Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu dies aged 50
Suleymanoglu, dubbed 'pocket Hercules' for massive power he generated from his diminutive frame, scored historic hat-trick of consecutive Olympic titles.
Lebanese band reluctantly bears flag amid Egypt crackdown
Rock band Mashrou' Leila outraged by Egypt's crackdown on gay community, but members are wary of becoming poster boys for Western narratives.