UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

Jun 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major gold trading hubs. In 2019, it was the fifth-biggest importer and fourth-biggest exporter globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international demand has surged. But as Reuters reported in 2019, much of this gold...

Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar
Jun 14, 2021

Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar

Global Solidarity Brings Hope to Palestinians After Decades of Oppression
Jun 03, 2021

Global Solidarity Brings Hope to Palestinians After Decades of Oppression

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch
Jun 03, 2021

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

Understanding Racism in All Its Forms

Understanding Racism in All Its Forms

Jun 03, 2021

Twenty years ago, Amnesty International's “Racism and the Administration of Justice” report warned that “unchecked racism can lead to tragedy on a massive scale.” Last week, as we remembered George Floyd and pondered over the meaning of his death a year ago, another aspect of unchecked...

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

Jun 02, 2021

At the end of April, days before the latest conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians surged into the headlines, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Washington with two Israelis: the head of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The...

Biggest Threat to Democracy in Israel Comes From Within

Biggest Threat to Democracy in Israel Comes From Within

Jun 01, 2021

Dear Mr. Netanyahu,  What’s the end goal?  Many in the Jewish diaspora feel we should never publicly criticize Israeli state actions regarding the country’s defense. I disagree. I’m writing this to call for a change of heart before it’s too late. My fear is that...

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight

May 31, 2021

Amnesty International recently called for the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national who worked as a security guard in Qatar. According to Amnesty, he was “forcibly disappeared since 4 May, when he was taken from his labour accommodation for questioning...

Rebalancing the Power Asymmetry Between Israel and Palestine

Rebalancing the Power Asymmetry Between Israel and Palestine

May 28, 2021

Shortly after the International Criminal Court announced its decision to investigate Israel for war crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tel Aviv continued its annexation of East Jerusalem through forced expulsions in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The residents protesting...

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

May 27, 2021

On May 25, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effusive demonstration of love and mutual admiration. The show the two men put on in the aftermath of a shaky ceasefire looked like a private celebration of a threefold victory for...

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

May 26, 2021

For the news media in the US, ideas have no importance. Only words count. They function as badges of identity. In the 20th century, nutritionists bandied the slogan, “You are what you eat.” Despite the warning, obesity and diabetes have continued to spread. In today’s “woke” society, you...

It’s All About Al-Aqsa

It’s All About Al-Aqsa

May 25, 2021

AP journalist Joseph Krauss reports that “Israeli police escorted more than 250 Jewish visitors Sunday to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem.” That flashpoint was the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the scene of clashes initiated by Israeli police that earlier this month helped trigger an 11-day...

Is Lebanon at Risk in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Is Lebanon at Risk in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

May 25, 2021

Media attention has focused on the loss of life and property in the bombardment of Gaza, the domestic skirmishes between Jewish and Arab Israelis, and Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israel. Yet there are unique implications for Palestinian communities in Lebanon, too. In Lebanon, more than 470,000...

Why Is Somalia’s Political Crisis So Difficult to Solve?

Why Is Somalia’s Political Crisis So Difficult to Solve?

May 24, 2021

There seems to be no end in sight for the political crisis in Somalia. On February 8, the mandate of President Muhammad Abdullahi Muhammad, commonly known as Farmajo, expired without a date set for either parliamentary or presidential elections. The protests called by the opposition Council of the...

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