George Gale

About George Gale

MA student of Middle East Studies in Lund, Sweden. Correspondent for OWP, hoping to change the narrative of current affairs in the Middle East to focus on empowerment of the people.

Idlib De-Escalation Zone Under Threat In Syria After Recent Bombardments

On Saturday May 5th, 9 civilians were killed in the north – western province of Idlib, the last remaining stronghold of the Syrian opposition forces. The weekend attack is part of a wider upsurge in violence against the enclave in the past week and represents the heaviest fighting the region […]

El-Sisi Extends His Authority With Success In Hoax Referendum

From 19th to 21st April, Egyptians voted in a referendum that would enact constitutional changes allowing President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi to extend his rule. On 23rd April, the National Elections Committee announced that Sisi had won the vote with 88%, declaring a 44% voter turnout. The referendum comes after Egypt’s […]

U.S. Sanctions Hinder Relief Efforts To Iranian Floods

Devastating floods have been on-going in Iran since mid-March, which have already claimed the lives of 70 people by the 10th of April, and injured another 1,076. 24 out of Iran’s 31 provinces have been affected, suffering significant damage to roads and infrastructure, including water services and agricultural lands. Rains […]

Khalifa Haftar’s Attack On Tripoli A Week Before Peace Negotiations Hinders Peace Progress

On 3 April, General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Forces (LNA) announced his intention to launch an attack on Tripoli, the nominal capital of the war-torn country and headquarters of the rival Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al–Sarraj. The GNA is recognised by the international […]

Trump’s Support For Golan Annexation Will Only Embolden Enemies Of Peace

On the 21st March, U.S. President Donald Trump declared in a tweet that he was prepared to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights territory. The Golan is a patch of territory in southwestern Syria which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. The plateau gives the area a particular strategic […]

Battle Against ISIS In Al-Baghouz Causes Refugee Surge In Al-Hol Camp

The ongoing operation by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz is drawing to a close, both in terms of the battle itself and the power of the so-called caliphate. The Battle for Baghouz, on the Euphrates River near the Iraq border, has […]

Gaza Protesters Call Upon Palestinian Leader Abbas To Quit

On Sunday the 24th February, thousands of people gathered in Al-Sarya square in Gaza City calling for President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to quit. The protests were organised by the Gaza–based Popular Movement for National Salvation – a group comprised of a number of Palestinian factions, including Hamas and other opponents of […]