Russia Turns Trump’s Middle East Blunder to Its Advantage

Oct 23, 2019

The Americans call the five-day halt to Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria a ceasefire, while the Turks prefer to call it a pause. The Kurds call the incursion something else. For them, and for American soldiers who fought with them in the war against the Islamic State (IS), as well...

Qatar’s Links to Terrorism: The War of Narratives
Oct 21, 2019

Qatar’s Links to Terrorism: The War of Narratives

It’s Time to Bury the Myth of Trump the Dealmaker
Oct 18, 2019

It's Time to Bury the Myth of Trump the Dealmaker

Mercenaries in the Desert: The Kremlin’s Libya Game
Oct 16, 2019

Mercenaries in the Desert: The Kremlin’s Libya Game

Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

Oct 14, 2019

“The Youth in Iraq have a mad stare of despair on their faces. They have seen nothing, but Sanctions and War.” These were the words of a UN official stationed in the International Zone in Baghdad back in 2011. This month, there have been massive protests in different parts of Iraq as a result...

Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Damages Press Freedom

Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Damages Press Freedom

Oct 02, 2019

In late 2018, Fair Observer published many articles on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. In an editorial decision, we decided to publish a 360⁰ series and an e-magazine on the subject one year after his death. We are doing so because freedom of the press matters and his murder raises deeply...

Jamal Khashoggi Continues to Haunt the World’s Conscience

Jamal Khashoggi Continues to Haunt the World’s Conscience

Oct 02, 2019

On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi expatriate journalist, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. What then transpired resembled a 1920s American gangland-style killing, complete with the victim’s final pleadings, the executioners’ harsh words and the chilling sound of a bone...

Mohammed bin Salman’s Special Style of Denial

Mohammed bin Salman’s Special Style of Denial

Sep 27, 2019

In an interview that will appear in a documentary called "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia" to air on PBS, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), we discover, deigned to speak in December 2018 about his responsibility concerning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The...

There Are Mixed Messages on the Moroccan Economy

There Are Mixed Messages on the Moroccan Economy

Sep 25, 2019

Reading tea leaves, even great Moroccan mint tea, is always challenging, especially with data that doesn’t always seem to match up. So, depending on what you’re measuring and where you gather your statistics, the message can vary from so bad to almost great, when it comes to economic...

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Sep 25, 2019

After Iran shot down a $220-million US unmanned aerial vehicle over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20, President Donald Trump said the United States was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate. He apparently rescinded his decision only 10 minutes before the attack was to be carried out, after his...

Tensions Mount in the Gulf as World Leaders Gather at UN

Tensions Mount in the Gulf as World Leaders Gather at UN

Sep 23, 2019

On the morning of May 12, unidentified perpetrators attacked four oil tankers off the Fujairah port in the Gulf of Oman. Two of the tankers belonged to Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. The attacks occurred during Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s state visit to Tehran, which...

Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War

Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War

Sep 20, 2019

John Bolton tried his best. The national security adviser entered the Trump administration as a predictable warmonger with an unslakable thirst for power. He streamlined the national security apparatus to maximize his access to the president. At least at first, he played the role of loyal...

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized

Sep 18, 2019

“If we don’t go to the Middle East, the Middle East will come to us.” That prophetic comment was once shared with me by an American general defending US policy — now questioned by many in the country, including President Donald Trump — to remain actively engaged actively in the Middle...

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Iran’s Destabilizing Agenda in North Africa

Sep 18, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy is largely based on its revolutionary anti-Western rhetoric and hostility toward the US and some of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East. Since 1979, Tehran has relied on local proxies in the region, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as a...

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