Trump’s Golan Announcement Was No Impulse Tweet

The push for Trump to make such a move has been going on for more than a year, due to parallel efforts by Israeli officials and members of Congress. KATHY GILSINAN Donald Trump once again overturned decades of...

Whose Blood, Whose Treasure?

America’s senior generals find no exits from endless war, writes William J. Astore for TomDispatch. By William J. Astore TomDispatch.com  “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” boasted Julius Caesar, one of history’s great military captains. “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Then-Secretary...

An Archive of Atrocities

Mark Mazower - The New York Review  of Books April 4, 2019 Issue Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide by Taner Akçam Palgrave Macmillan, 261 pp., $39.99 (paper) Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of...

The Aliyevs’ Nest: The Family of Azerbaijan’s President Has Found a Home Near Moscow

by Maria Zholobova, Project - OCCRP About 10 km outside Moscow, along the Rublevo-Uspensky highway, is one of the most expensive residential real estate developments in the world. Sady Meyendorff, or Meyendorff Gardens, is a cottage...

The top 7 questions on Khashoggi’s ‘murder’ Saudi Arabia needs to answer

The Saudi story on Khashoggi's 'accidental' murder creates more questions than it answers. Here are the top 7 questions they still have to answer. While the Saudi story on Khashoggi’s disappearance left many questions unanswered,...

What does Pompeo want from Lebanon?

Putting curbs on Hezbollah and also questioning its presence in the Lebanese parliament and cabinet will be top of the list on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first visit to the country. Mike Pompeo,...

Caritas Lebanon: like the Palestinians, Syrian refugees forgotten by the international community

Asianews.it For the Maronite patriarch the issue of Syrian refugees represents a "real danger". Fr. Paul: the "great fear" of the Lebanese is that they are "abandoned" while the country is experiencing a situation of...

Kazakhstan: A president called Tokayev. A future called Nursultan

The new president is more conformist apparatchik than reformer. He is also eminently presentable. Joanna Lillis -eurasianet At the start of this week, Kazakhstan had a capital city called Astana and a president called Nursultan. Now,...

What’s really keeping the US from adopting new gun laws like New Zealand’s

Michelle Mark- Insider New Zealand's quick ban on "military-style semiautomatic weapons" announced Thursday drew a stark contrast to the years of stymied gun-control debates in the United States. Despite an alarming number of mass...

Arabic poetry: 10 writers, classic and modern, you need to read

Lost amid the azure depths of 1,500 years of Arabic prose? Don't know al-Qais from Darwish? On International Poetry Day, start here By Mustafa Abu Sneineh - MEE Poetry has always been at the heart of...

Pro-Palestine students denied university access during Queen’s visit

Students at King's College London who had taken part in previous protests locked out of buildings despite needing to sit exams. By Amandla Thomas-Johnson - MEE Pro-Palestine students at one of the UK's top universities have...

Where are Algeria’s Islamists?

Francois Burgat - MEE As the country moves towards a political transition, Islamists will inevitably remain part of the political scene The oft-repeated myth about the disappearance of Islamists, and about their incompatibility with democratic transitions, can only...

Golan Heights: Trump aims to ‘shore up’ support for Netanyahu ahead of Israeli vote

Statement makes 'mockery of international law' to help Netanyahu in forthcoming Israeli elections, analysts say By Ali Harb- MEE Donald Trump's announcement that Washington will recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is an...

Beware the Medusavirus

A newly discovered giant virus turns its victims to “stone.” SARAH ZHANG The very first giant virus was discovered in a water-cooling tower in 2003. As the name suggests, giant viruses are unusually large and their genomes unusually...

How Thailand Became the World’s Last Military Dictatorship

Thailand—where military coups have a business-as-usual feel—holds elections this weekend. EUGÉNIE MÉRIEAU If military dictatorship is defined in the strictest sense as the rule of a junta or military officer who comes to power through a...

Destroying Istanbul to ‘Restore’ It

Many Istanbulites are concerned that the city’s plans for the future leave its storied past behind. PAUL BENJAMIN OSTERLUND ISTANBUL—The Valens Aqueduct is one of this city’s most recognizable monuments, a Roman-built fixture that stretches proudly...

Yellow Vest Movement Not Yet Changing Its Color to Green

From Paris, Léa Bouchoucha reports for Consortium News on two sets of demonstrators, some of whom are mingling while others keep a distance. By Léa Bouchoucha in Paris Special to Consortium News Some had hoped the two marches in Paris last...

After Pressure on Twitter, Christine Assange’s Account is Restored

The Twitter account of Julian Assange’s mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, had her...

Sick of human politicians? 25% of Europeans would prefer AI government

Russia  Today More than a quarter of Europeans would rather have their countries’ important political decisions made by artificial intelligence than their elected and unelected human officials, according to a surprising new survey. Fully one in...

Western-born Muslims ‘more likely’ to be drawn to extremism and violent ideas – study

Russia  Today Muslims born and raised in the West are more likely to support extremist ideas than those who are born elsewhere and who later emigrate to the West, a new study by researchers at...