Is this the man who will replace Abbas?

  Senior Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan waves his hands as he leaves a polling station in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 25, 2006. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)     Dismissed Fatah leader and former member of Fatah’s Central Committee Mohammed Dahlan has been active on the regional and

Has the US found a new friend in Iraq’s Shiite militias?

    Iraqi Sunni Muslim fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units take part in a ceremony marking the Iraqi Police Day at Amiriyat al-Fallujah in Anbar province, Jan. 9, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) On March 12, US Consul General Steve Walker visited Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra to pay his respects to wounded

Panama Tax Haven Scandal: The Bigger Picture

Panama Tax Haven Scandal: The Bigger Picture US and UK – Not Panama – Biggest Tax Havens for Money Laundering Criminals Posted by : George Washington Post date: 04/06/2016 – 17:03 The “Panama Papers” tax haven leak is big … After all, the Prime Minister of Iceland resigned over the

Award-winning Israeli filmmaker calls Netanyahu government ‘fascist’

  Udi Aloni said comments at Berlin Film Festival were directed at Israeli government, rather than at country he ‘loves’  Filmmaker Udi Aloni is interviewed at the Berlin Film Festival (YouTube screen grab)    An award-winning Israeli director has branded Israel’s government as “fascist” during a press conference at a

Egypt minister apologises over police abuses

  Egypt’s interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said authorities were exerting “huge efforts” to investigate last month’s torture and murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni (photo by Mostafa Abulezz/AFP/File)   Egypt’s interior minister apologised Monday for human rights abuses committed by police after an officer killed a driver with his service weapon

How Corrupt Is the American Government?

      Government corruption has become rampant: Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes Nuclear Regulatory Commission workers watch porn instead of cracking down on unsafe conditions at nuclear plants An EPA employee who downloaded 7,000 porn files, then spent 2-6 hours each

The countries where a majority of Muslims want to live under sharia law

  Countries where Islam is already favoured in law, like Afghanistan and Iraq, show the strongest backing for having Sharia as the official law of the land     The legal framework based on the moral and legal code of Islam is rarely out of the news. The most extreme interpretations of Sharia

Kerry in Moscow to push Syrian peace plan

  US officials expressed frustration that Assad is trying to set his own rules about which opponents he is prepared to talk to File photo shows US Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)   US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Moscow on Tuesday to meet Russia’s President

Are Turkey and Iran reviving a 16th century conflict?

  A miniature from 1561 depicting Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I marching with an army in Nakhchivan, summer 1554, at the end of the Ottoman-Safavid War. (photo by Topkapi Palace Istanbul)   Are Turkey and Iran reviving a 16th century conflict? In an Al-Monitor article on Dec. 7, Metin Gurcan discusses Turkey’s latest and controversial

Ahmad Chalabi, The Man Who Gave Us ISIS

Aram Roston – BuzzFeed News Chalabi, who died of heart failure on Tuesday at age 71, was charismatic, obsessive, and helped lead the U.S. to war in Iraq. If not for the man named Ahmad Chalabi, the United States probably would not have invaded Iraq in 2003. If not for the Iraq

Lawyers for detained Egyptian photographer decry ‘smear campaign’

  Wednesday 11 November 2015 11:05 UTC   Esraa al-Taweel’s defence team say that, though she reportedly confessed to assassination plot, charges against her have not changed Esraa al-Taweel, 23, has been detained for more than 150 days, charged with belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood (Facebook) Lawyers defending a young

Egypt’s farcical electionsrc

    Egypt’s ongoing parliamentary elections – farcical in every sense, with a turnout so far ofonly 2 percent - are further proof that Egypt is witnessing the solidification of a quasi-authoritarian system of government, not a democratic revival. Most of Egypt’s new parliamentarians will be wealthy, elite, sympathetic to the

Catastrophe in Saudi Arabia, pillar of Washington’s Middle East policy

    25 September 2015 The horrific and massive death toll stemming from a stampede of Muslim pilgrims near Mecca is symptomatic of a deepening crisis of the Saudi monarchy, a lynchpin of reaction and key pillar of US policy in the Middle East. Thursday’s catastrophe was reported by Saudi officials