Middle East


Finally, An End To The Palestinian Rift?

Since the administrative rift of 2007, when Palestine was divided into the Hamas-controlled Gaza and Fatah’s West Bank, various attempts at governmental reconciliation have failed. One such attempt in 2014 under a ‘Unity Government’, a merger of the opposing political factions, created an institution considered to be greatly in favour […]


UN To Send War Crime Investigators To Yemen

The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution to establish a panel to examine human rights abuses in Yemen. The resolution mandates the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein to appoint “a group of eminent international and regional experts” to conduct a “comprehensive examination” of abuses, […]


Pressure Increasing On The Kurdish Regional Government

Pressure is being placed on the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as Baghdad imposes an international flight embargo, Ankara threatens restrictions on oil trading, and Iraq, Iran, and Turkey hold border military drills following Monday’s Kurdish independence referendum. Electoral officials on Wednesday told a news conference in Erbil, the capital of […]


Prospective Independence For Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan has been granted an independence referendum despite significant opposition from government bodies. President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has scheduled the vote for September 25. Following a century of violence and conflict, the vote is a huge step in the creation an autonomous Kurdish state. […]


The War In Yemen: Saudi-Coalition Forcing A Country Into Humanitarian Disaster

After the 2015 Houthi coup d’etat, which ousted President Abdrabbuh Hadi, a pro-government Saudi-led coalition has prompted a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The conflict exists between the Houthis – a predominantly Shia revolutionary faction –  and the loyalist supporters of Hadi, who have the backing of a Saudi alliance involving […]


Palestinian Unity A Little Bit Closer?

For the first time since 2015, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is planning to visit Gaza for reconciliation talks with Hamas. This comes after Hamas finally agreed to take a step toward resolving a ten year territorial and political split with their rival, the Fatah party, on Sunday. In a statement issued on Sunday, […]