Middle East

china

Dear dictators: don’t lecture the US on how to treat its people

June 2, 2020 6:00 pm

Russia, China, Iran and, worst of all, Canada, are all seeking to exploit the rifts in US society

palestinian
libya libyans

How the Libyan conflict became the Middle East’s most important proxy war

May 20, 2020 2:46 pm

The Libyan civil war is an example of what happens when western governments walk away from a conflict

saudi

Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

May 13, 2020 11:18 pm

There’s been a change to Trump’s strategy in the Middle East

benjamin netanyahu

Why Benjamin Netanyahu has outlasted all his political rivals

May 12, 2020 12:48 pm

He has maneuvered the religious Jewish Orthodox parties to rely only on him

saudi

Has Trump finally decided to dump Saudi?

May 8, 2020 5:29 am

Two US jet fighter squadrons have just left the region, and the US Navy presence in the Persian Gulf is also being wound down

iran

Coronavirus has exposed Iran’s rotten republic

May 6, 2020 11:36 am

What happens if what characterizes your government is sadism, an addiction to conspiracy theories and incompetence?

antibody israel

Israel has an antibody breakthrough

May 5, 2020 7:36 am

But will it be enough to defeat the disease?

navy persian gulf

What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

April 29, 2020 3:39 pm

American policy has become decoupled from American national interests

arab spring

Could the COVID crash spark another Arab Spring?

April 22, 2020 4:50 pm

If you are an oil-exporting state then your economic fortunes are tied to global demand — and this will continue to be depressed

netanyahu

Netanyahu’s wages of winning

April 21, 2020 11:24 am

The 14-page ‘coalition agreement’ sounds less like Gantz’s roadmap to power and more like a political suicide note, written for him by Netanyahu

saudi arabia oil

Saudi Arabia may have won an oil truce — but a greater conflict now looms

April 14, 2020 9:54 am

Despite all the hype, oil prices rose only a few dollars on Monday, and even that rally has quickly fizzled out

middle east

Coronavirus is a ticking time-bomb for the Middle East’s old guard

April 5, 2020 12:07 pm

Conflict won’t end and over-centralized states will struggle to reform

jews

Jews have always been blamed for plagues — coronavirus is no different

April 5, 2020 11:31 am

Coronavirus has shrunk the world’s attention to a degree previously unseen in our lifetimes

coronavirus

Israel’s draconian lockdown isn’t doing enough to stop coronavirus

March 27, 2020 12:00 pm

Jerusalem now seems like a ghost town

syria

Spare a thought for Syria during the coronavirus crisis

March 25, 2020 1:59 pm

In northwest Syria, there are just 1,937 hospital beds to serve a population of three million people

iran

Iran’s coronavirus tragedy is depressingly predictable

March 24, 2020 10:57 am

Times are tough. But then they always are

israel

Does Israel’s coronavirus crackdown go too far?

March 19, 2020 2:54 pm

Police wearing white smocks and protective gear now tour the streets in an attempt to hunt down quarantine evaders and detain them

oil

Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

March 13, 2020 1:52 pm

Their game of chicken has hit world markets almost as hard as coronavirus has

war with iran coronavirus

Will coronavirus lead to a US war with Iran?

March 13, 2020 6:53 am

Tehran’s virus troubles could allow Shia militias to attack US forces in Iraq

iraq

Shia chaos

March 5, 2020 5:25 pm

The militia that’s holding Iraq hostage

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

BREAKING: Pompeo to sign historic peace agreement with Taliban

February 28, 2020 2:45 pm

Talks resumed after the Taliban promised that they would be open to reducing violence

israel-palestine

The critics are wrong to scoff at Trump’s Israel-Palestine deal 

January 31, 2020 5:13 am

Unlike his predecessors, Trump appreciates that geopolitical realities in the Holy Land have changed

iran

How far will Trump go in Iran?

January 29, 2020 4:08 pm

The Tehran students were chanting in the streets: ‘Our enemy is right here, they’re lying that it’s America’

Ten years on, the Arab Spring has only benefited the Islamists

January 23, 2020 12:41 am

The legacy of the revolution is hopelessness and helplessness