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  • 30th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Donald Trump, America's new ruler, had an hour-long phone conversation yesterday with his Saudi counterpart, King Salman, and allegedly they agreed on just about everything. The Saudi government news agency reported: "The views of the two leaders were identical on the files that were...
  • 29th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Donald Trump ended his first week as president by signing an executive order that means citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will not be allowed to enter the United States. Although the travel ban is one of a series of measures aimed – according to Trump – at "...
  • 27th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In an apparent policy shift, Britain's foreign secretary has suggested that Bashar al-Assad could be allowed to contest a future presidential election in Syria. Since the start of the conflict in 2011, Britain has insisted that there can be no sustainable peace while Assad remains in power,...
  • 25th January 2017
    By
    Wael Eskandar
    On the sixth anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that ousted President Mubarak, Wael Eskandar asks: "Was it worth it?" Six years have passed since that fateful day on January 25, a day that changed Egypt. Two years ago, as Egypt started palpably plummeting into a terrible state, people...
  • 25th January 2017
    By
    Omar Mashjari
    A guest post by Omar Mashjari The countries making up the Arabian Peninsula are no strangers to British influence, none are more impacted by this influence today than Yemen. Unlike the dominant Gulf States which were never formally colonialised by Britain, Yemen’s second city, Aden, was a...
  • 22nd January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Numerous social media accounts associated with Voiceless Victims, a mysterious and possibly sinister "human rights" organisation, have been deleted over the last couple of weeks. Voiceless Victims had approached Amnesty International and other established organisations with a view to cooperating...
  • 20th January 2017
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    The volunteer militias formed to fight the Islamic State group are now policing Baghdad’s neighbourhoods. But as they do, they compete with the real police, ignore the real laws and often act more like a mafia. By Mustafa Habib in Baghdad (reposted from niqash.org) In Baghdad, Jafar al-...
  • 18th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday I received a disturbing message from a young man in Yemen who fears for his life – not because of the tragic war there but because of something that he wrote. Twenty-year-old Mohammed Atboush (seen in the video above) is a medical student in Aden and the son of a judge. He...
  • 17th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One much-repeated argument in favour of Brexit is that it will "liberate" Britain from the "burden" of complying with EU regulations. For several weeks now, the British government has been trumpeting the prospect of compensating for lost trade with Europe by boosting trade with the Gulf...
  • 13th January 2017
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    The border between Iraq and Syria is 600 km long – and porous. As ISIS is gradually driven back in Iraq, this raises the question of how to prevent militants from returning via Syria. Securing the border is no simple matter and, as Mustafa Habib explains in the article below, it's an area where...
  • 11th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The story of Voiceless Victims, the fake human rights organisation that sought to "cooperate" with campaigns supporting migrant workers in Qatar, has taken a puzzling turn. A newly-created Twitter account using the Voiceless Victims logo has begun tweeting about rape and sexual assaults in...
  • 9th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On a recent trip to Beirut I came across a stack of magazines that – judging by their cover photos – looked suspiciously like Arabic porn. Unambiguously titled "al-Jins" (Arabic for "sex") they were displayed on a newspaper stall in Hamra Street, for sale secondhand. Their less-than-pristine...

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