Middle East

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

iranian

The ‘Iran Spring’ delusion

January 14, 2020 12:40 am

The democracy junkies are at it again — craving another fantasy revolution in a country they don’t understand

middle east messs

The Middle East mess has nothing to do with Donald Trump

January 13, 2020 8:04 am

On every count, other than creating permanent war, the Bush Doctrine failed

mullahs

Could this be the beginning of the end for Iran’s mullahs?

January 11, 2020 9:54 am

It is easy to see a possible parallel here with the Soviet Union, whose leaders were rattling their sabers as loudly as ever as their socialist empire began to crumble

oil price hike

Why trouble in the Middle East no longer means an oil price hike

January 11, 2020 9:14 am

America is less dependent on the oil that comes out of the Middle East than at any point in modern times

flight 752

Iran must pay the families of flight 752

January 11, 2020 9:01 am

It took four days for the Iranians to admit that they had downed the jet

iran

Iran no longer alone

January 9, 2020 5:34 am

The American strategy of isolating and dividing Tehran has just been exploded