Middle East & North Africa

The Iraqi parliament suspended the corrupt 2014 agreement with the Obama administration which invited the US to lead a fake counterterrorism operation directed against the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh), made up of mercenaries who are funded, trained and recruited by US-NATO, with the support of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Iraq is in the eye of the storm. Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran and Tehran's response put heavy pressure on the Iraqi government, a partner for both. The US expects Baghdad to resist Iran, and Iran expects Baghdad to resist the US. An almost impossible position.
The financial reaction was immediate. Saudi stocks fell, the oil prices rose, then settled and later fell again. It was an immediate reaction of major banks’ algorithmic speculation with about 10,000 operational hits a second. A trial for larger things to come?
Israel is obviously a major partner of the US and NATO. But there’s another element in US-Israeli relations. Israel also has an unspoken and unofficial alliance with Russia, where Netanyahu has a personal relationship with Putin.
How CENTCOM Chief McKenzie Manufactured an Iran Crisis to Increase His Power By Gareth Porter, January 18, 2021
US Never Ending Wars: Thirty Years Ago, America’s “First War” against Iraq By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, January 18, 2021
Thirty years Ago. The 1991 Gulf War: The Massacre of Withdrawing Soldiers on “The Highway of Death” By Joyce Chediac, January 17, 2021
Aleppo: Industrial Capital of Syria Rises from the Ashes By Steven Sahiounie, January 17, 2021
Preview of Biden’s Foreign Policy Shifts By M. K. Bhadrakumar, January 17, 2021
Video: Israel and US Efforts in Large-scale Strikes on Iranian Infrastructure in Syria By South Front, January 15, 2021
Video: Eye of the Storm: United States and Iran Flex Muscles Expecting New Confrontation By South Front, January 14, 2021
Video: Mysterious Aircraft Pound Turkish Oil Smugglers in Syria. US Supply Convoys Are Blown Up in Iraq By South Front, January 13, 2021
Saudi-led Embargoes Against Qatar Failed By Paul Antonopoulos, January 13, 2021
End of the Saudi Blockade of Qatar: Will Syria Benefit from the “Renewed Gulf Unity”? By Steven Sahiounie, January 11, 2021
More War by Other Means: Sanctioning the Wife of Syria’s President Makes No Sense to Anyone By Philip Giraldi, January 08, 2021
The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) Intrusion in Albania, Threatens Regional Stability in Middle East and Balkans By Robert Fantina, January 08, 2021
“Forbidden Weapons” Used Against Gaza Strip Palestinians. Israel Deliberately Targets Palestinian Civilians By Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh, January 08, 2021
Qatar and GCC Detente? In the Wake of a Three Year Blockade Imposed by Saudi Arabia By Andrew Korybko, January 07, 2021
“The Syrian File” and The “Biased” Policies of the Organization for the Chemical Prohibition Organization By Khaled Iskef, January 07, 2021
Video: Tense Situation in Northern Syria. Actions of Turkish Military By South Front, January 07, 2021
Middle East: Again on the Brink. Israel and “Intra-imperialist” Games By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, January 07, 2021
Joe Biden Should End the US Pretence over Israel’s ‘Secret’ Nuclear Weapons By Desmond Tutu, January 07, 2021
Iran Uses Its Grip on Strait of Hormuz to Fight Back US-Imposed Sanctions By South Front, January 06, 2021
Yemen, a Quagmire for Saudi Coalition and Imperialists By Azza Rojbi, January 06, 2021
A New Year’s Wish: Let’s Remove Israel from American politics By Philip Giraldi, January 05, 2021
The Raging 2020s. Soleimani Geopolitics, One Year On  By Pepe Escobar, January 04, 2021
A New War in the New Year? Trump Again Takes Aim at Iran By Philip Giraldi, December 31, 2020
Video: Russia Suffers Casualties in Greater Idlib. Israeli Air Force Strikes Damascus Countryside By South Front, December 30, 2020
Syrian Refugees Flee as Their Tents Are Torched in Lebanon By Steven Sahiounie, December 30, 2020
Turkey Pivots to the Center of the New Great Game By Pepe Escobar, December 29, 2020
Colonialist Injustice: The Pardoning of the Blackwater Killers By Richard Becker, December 29, 2020
United States and Morocco Redraw Map of North African Territory By Abayomi Azikiwe, December 28, 2020
Health Imperialism and Discriminatory International Laws By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, December 28, 2020
Blood Gold. Dubai’s “Gold Hub” and the Swiss Connection By Peter Koenig and Press TV, December 28, 2020
Is Iran Contemplating Vengeance in Regards to the Murder of Its Two Prominent Leaders? By Askiah Adam, December 27, 2020
How Will Joe Biden “Resolve” the Syrian Crisis? The Viewpoint of a French Diplomat By Steven Sahiounie, December 27, 2020
The Spirit of Christmas: War Criminals George W. Bush and Tony Blair banned from the Birthplace of Jesus Christ By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, December 24, 2020
Ethiopia
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project (GERD) and the Quest for African Unity By Abayomi Azikiwe, December 23, 2020
The Gaza Strip is “Uninhabitable”: Israel’s Genocide in Gaza Goes Uninterrupted, but Is Europe Finally Taking Notice? By Miko Peled, December 23, 2020
US Sanctions London-based Family of Assad’s Wife Under Caesar Act By Middle East Eye, December 23, 2020
Video: US Navy Deploys Nuclear Submarine to Persian Gulf Amid Heightened Tensions with Iran By South Front, December 23, 2020
Video: Turkish Attack on Ain Issa Turns into Failure By South Front, December 22, 2020
U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act: US Congress Votes $4 Billion to Israel for 2021 By Alison Weir, December 22, 2020
“Walk the Streets of Damascus, and Listen to the People Concerning US Sanctions and Aggression Against Syria” By Janice Kortkamp and Steven Sahiounie, December 22, 2020
Remaining Silent About Suffering Bethlehem… By James J. Zogby, December 22, 2020
Prosecution of Alleged War Crimes: Need for Afghan Voices in Australian Judicial Process By Dr. Melinda Rankin and Dr. Jacinta OHagan, December 21, 2020
Video: Is Israel Searching for A Pretext to Invade Southern Syria? By South Front, December 20, 2020
A Tribute to Three Great Internationalists. Robert Fisk, André Vltchek and Kevin Zeese By Michael Welch, Peter Koenig, Richard Falk, and Margaret Flowers, December 20, 2020
Video: Israel Will Take Care of Gulf Monarchies. US Alliance against Iran By South Front, December 18, 2020
Do You Need A Vaccine? Efficacy and Safety of Ivermectin for Treatment and Prophylaxis of COVID-19 Pandemic By Ahmed Elgazzar, Basma Hany, and et al., December 17, 2020
History: Israeli Propaganda on the ‘Expulsion’ of Arab Jews By Joseph Massad, December 17, 2020
The Strategic Role of Western Sahara. Trump’s Unilateral Recognition of Morocco’s Claims By Andrew Korybko, December 17, 2020
Video: Russian Forces Establish Presence on Syrian-Iraqi Border By South Front, December 17, 2020
Iran’s Rouhani to Biden: We Will Fulfill Our Nuclear Obligations on Day One if You Return to 2015 Deal By Prof. Juan Cole, December 16, 2020
Will Israel Deploy Missile Defense Systems to Persian Gulf Amid Growing Tension with Iran? By Almasdar News, December 16, 2020
Outgoing Syria Envoy James Jeffrey Reflects on “What Everyone Got Wrong” By James Jeffrey and Jared Szuba, December 15, 2020
Biden and the JCPOA: Lessons from Arab and Iranian Public Opinion By James J. Zogby, December 15, 2020
Western Sahara Is the “Reward” to Morocco for Recognizing Israel By Steven Sahiounie, December 15, 2020
Aleppo’s Liberation Three Years Ago Today: Anybody Ashamed? By Jan Oberg, December 15, 2020
Iraq to Sue US over Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons: Official By Tasnim News Agency, December 15, 2020
“Myopia”: A Universal Message by Morocco’s Film Director Sanaa Akroud’s Latest Screen Gem By Barbara Nimri Aziz, December 14, 2020
Pakistan and the Question of Recognizing Israel By Aqib Sattar, December 14, 2020
Syria: Weapons Found, Including Israeli Made Ones, and a Drone Left Behind by Terrorists in Syria’s Southern Region By Hamda Mustafa, December 14, 2020
Trump Administration Helped GOP Donors “Score a Deal for Syrian Oil” By Matthew Petti, December 14, 2020
Palestinians Can Now See Their Stolen Property in the Database We’ve Made Public By Nasser Qudwa, December 14, 2020
Israel’s Isolation of Palestinian Child Prisoners Amounts to Torture By Defense for Children International - Palestine, December 14, 2020
Ignore the Spin, The Hague’s ICC Ruling on British War Crimes in Iraq Is Damning By Symon Hill, December 14, 2020
Saudi Arabia Sends Joe Biden Mixed Messages By James M. Dorsey, December 11, 2020
ICC Drops Probe into Alleged UK War Crimes in Iraq Despite ‘Reasonable’ Evidence By Middle East Eye, December 11, 2020
Israel’s Honeymoon with the United Arab Emirates Is Grotesque By Belén Fernández, December 10, 2020
Grim Realities of Palestine: Israel “Making Hay” While Sun of Trump Administration Continues to Shine By Michael Jansen, December 10, 2020
Will Joe Biden “Revise” U.S Agenda in Syria? Use Terrorism Pretext to “Keep Boots on the Ground”? By Ahmad Salah, December 10, 2020
Will Joe Biden Stop Funding the Saudi-UAE War on Yemen? By Andrew Korybko, December 10, 2020
The Blockade: Qatar and Saudi Arabia Approach Historic Breakthrough By Steven Sahiounie, December 10, 2020
Video: Turkey Strikes against Kurdish SDF Forces in Northern Syria By South Front, December 09, 2020
Anti-Iran Terrorist Group Mojahedin-e Khalq’s Ties to Iraqi Army in 1980s By Yaghout Meraji and Robert Fantina, December 09, 2020
OPCW Executives Praised Whistleblower and Criticized Syria Cover-up, Leaks Reveal By Aaron Mate, December 08, 2020
Palestinians: Victims of ‘Cancel Culture’ By James J. Zogby, December 08, 2020
US Sanctions Have Caused Iranians Untold Misery – And Achieved Nothing By Negar Mortazavi and Sina Toossi, December 08, 2020
Canadian Organizations Urge Canada to Vote for a Shared Jerusalem at the United Nations By Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, December 08, 2020
More Scandals on Dutch Government’s Involvement in Supporting Terrorism in Syria By SANA, December 07, 2020
Britain Sent Saudi Arabia Thousands of Spare Parts for Warplanes Amid Arms Embargo By Phil Miller, December 06, 2020
Trump’s Waning Weeks in the White House Could be the Most Dangerous By Michael Jansen, December 06, 2020
Trump’s Support for Israel’s Killing of Iranian Scientist Could Lead to War By Prof. Marjorie Cohn, December 04, 2020