Changing the Mandate of UN Forces in Southern Syria

In exchange for legitimising rebel presence in the south, the Russians hope to get the city of Deir ez-Zor in return, explains Sami Moubayed.

Iran’s Missile Strike Adds to Syrian Crisis

For the first time in 30 years, Iran fired missiles from its territory — in a strike against ISIS in Syria, putting down a marker that Iran won’t tolerate more terror attacks against Tehran, Patrick Henningsen explained at 21st Century Wire.

The Price that Julian Assange Pays

People who challenge power are often viewed by their supporters as more icons than human beings thus missing the personal costs of their actions, a reality that Julian Assange’s mother revealed to Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein.

Spoiling for a Wider War in Syria

America’s neocons are back pounding the war drums, urging President Trump to escalate U.S. military attacks inside Syria even if that means hitting Russian targets and risking a new world war, reports Robert Parry.

ISIS a New Challenge for Iran as ‘caliphate’ Crumbles

The Islamic Republic has strengthened the Shia nature of the state to the disquiet of Sunni minorities, notes Gareth Smyth.

After Fifty Years Of Occupation, What's Next: An open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas

Another major problem that impedes real progress toward peace is the pervasive corruption throughout your government strata, Alon Ben-Meir tells Mahmoud Abbas.

Washington Watch: What We Didn't Know or Chose to Ignore About the '67 War

Celebrating victories while ignoring the victims, and our responsibilities to them, only insures that no lessons will be learned, thereby only serving to lay the predicate for the next war, warns James Zogby.

Even with Israel, Old Amity is Eroding

The Israeli position has taken Qatar by surprise. Doha was expecting silence and neutrality, explains Sami Moubayed.

MENA and the United States on the Global Peace Index

This is the fifth successive year MENA has been graded the world’s least peaceful region, reports Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Stopping Radicalisation Online

For some young people, extremist groups offer the only credible vehicle for change, warns Aaqil Ahmed.

Libya is in Dire Need of a National Reconciliation Effort

Zintani forces opposed to the GNA may aim to establish closer relations with Haftar following Qaddafi’s release, explains Elissa Miller.

Two faces of Ramadan: Over-consumption for some, scarcity for others

In Tunis, Beirut, Dubai, Manama, Istanbul and other major cities, the display of lavishness and over-consumption contends with the bitter reality of poverty, displacement and conflict, writes Iman Zayat.

How the Establishment Imposes ‘Truth’

A new “press freedom” paradigm has taken hold in the Western world, imposing establishment narratives as “truth” and dismissing contrarian analyses as “fake news,” a break from the Enlightenment’s “marketplace of ideas,” says Gilbert Doctorow.

UN last hurdle before Israel can rid itself of the Palestinians

With Trump in the White House, a crisis-plagued Europe ever-more toothless and the Arab world in disarray, Netanyahu wants to seize this chance to clear the UN out of the way, warns Jonathan Cook.

Syrian Opposition Wary of Qatar Crisis Fallouts

Most Syrian politicians are anxiously waiting to see how this crisis unfolds and whether Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will surrender to Saudi dictates, a move that would effectively strip his country of all its political tools and influence, reports Sami Moubayed.

The Unfinished Six Day War: An open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir to Netanyahu: Fifty years have passed, and as the longest serving prime minister, you have not yet articulated any vision about Israel’s future and the fate of the Palestinians.

Qatar Crisis Reverberates across the Maghreb

Many secularists pointed to the support provided by Qatar to radical Islamists in the region and described the move of Arab countries as a blow to Islamist groups, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, writes Iman Zayat.

ISIS Growing beyond Sinai and into Southern Egypt

Until the government’s projects bear fruit and improve living conditions for those in the south, Egypt must deal with the ramifications of its previous neglect of the southern provinces, argues Ibrahim Ouf.

Ramadan in the rubble for Syrians in besieged Douma
Open-air meals are rare pleasure in areas outside Damascus, made possible only by relative calm following international deal to reduce violence.
Red Sea coral reefs take the heat of climate change
Scientists are studying unique coral reefs in northern Red Sea which are resistant to higher temperatures.
Migrants’ perilous journey to reach Europe
Migrants dice with death on flimsy boats, in desert, but see their dreams of reaching Europe swiftly shattered.
Ramadan TV drama on ISIS stirs mixed reactions
'The series does a wonderful job of revealing life inside ISIS recruitment camps,' says Egyptian cinema critic Tarek el-Shenawy.
Family reunion after separation in South Sudan's war
It has been three and a half years since Jorgina, her teenage son Emmanuel last saw each other.
Palestinian violinist brings music to young refugees
Ramzi Aburedwan's Al-Kamandjati ('the violinist') project provides musical training to around 2,000 children from Palestinian refugee camps.
Morocco fossil discovery obliterates two decades of scientific consensus
Studies find Homo sapiens are 100,000 years older than thought, eliminates scientific consensus that our forefathers emerged in East Africa.
Dubai police enroll first robotic officer
Wearing police cap, moving on wheels, Dubai's new robotic cop is first in unit that aims to make up a quarter of the force by 2030.
Amman to celebrate status as ‘capital of Islamic culture’
Amman has a host of cultural sites and boasts Islamic intellectuals and scientists who have contributed widely to the Islamic civilisation.
Tackling problem of Egypt's street kids proving difficult
Workers from ministry of social solidarity set out to help rising number of street children to give them first-aid training.
Syria girls escape war with Snow White
All-girl cast seeks refuge in performance of classic Brothers Grimm fable before packed audience in Syria's Douma.
TV series showcases untold stories of IS women
Arab television drama timed for holy month of Ramadan tells untold stories of women and the Islamic State group.