Middle East


Al-Qaeda And ISIS Weapons In Syria Traced Back To American And European Arms Sellers 1

The Independent reports that weapons found in the possession of ISIS, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda forces in Syria were manufactured in the United States and Europe. Correspondent Robert Fisk visited a bombed-out al-Qaeda arms storage building in eastern Aleppo in 2017 and recorded the missile casing numbers and weapons log books there. […]


A Watery Landmark: First Aquarium Opens in Palestine

Palestine’s first aquarium opened on July 22. The aquarium is housed in an enormous building built to look like a ship, which rises out of Al Bireh’s bustling center in the occupied West Bank. Al Jazeera reports a serene interior—“dimly lit narrow corridors, transparent tanks filled with colorful fish.” Nearly […]


Russia’s Proposal to US On Rebuilding Syria Receives Little Enthusiasm in Washington

Russia confirmed on Saturday that it sent a proposal, through a closely guarded communications channel to America’s top general, suggesting the two antagonists cooperate to rebuild Syria. Particularly focused on in the proposal was the repatriation of refugees to the war-torn country as part of this rebuilding process. Valery Gerasimov, […]


There’s no place like home: Record Human Displacement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reiterated its call for the international community to seek solutions to the causes that force people into states of displacement. The UNHCR’s Global Trends report for 2017, released in June, affirmed the total number of displaced people around the world continued […]


Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia: “Not a human rights issue, but a human lives issue”

On July 17, two days after undergoing a traditional Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) operation, 10-year-old Deeqa Dahir Nuur bled to death, in the first confirmed fatality from FGM in years. Nuur was taken to a traditional cutter in her village of Olol on 14 July to undergo the surgery. In Somalia, […]


Human Rights Watch Sounds Alarm for Refugees in Greek Centers

A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) described “appalling”, detention-like conditions for refugees being held in Greek reception centers. The report alleges that pregnant women, new mothers, and survivors of sexual assault, among estimated thousands of others, have been subjected to “living conditions [that] do not meet international standards.” […]


A Step Towards Peace: Trump Offers To Meet With Iran Without Preconditions

On Monday 30 July, United States President Donald Trump announced that he would like to meet the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani at “any time” with “no preconditions.”  At a brief news conference at the White House, Trump said he would meet with “anybody” since he “believes in meeting.” There is […]


Special Relationship Or Fascist Provocateurs? The Imposition Of The American Alt-Right Into British Law

Right wing American think tank “The Middle East Forum” has spent an undisclosed five-figure sum in an attempt to free prominent British hate-figure Tommy Robinson. Robinson, the founder of notorious far-right anti-Islamic group the English Defence League, was arrested for contempt of court after live streaming a rape trial which […]