Al-Monitor5 min readPolitics
Lacrosse Is Taking Israel By Storm
Israel's women's national lacrosse team, founded eight years ago, has already left its mark on international competitions by beating countries with long history of lacrosse.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Environmental Problems Provoke Protests On All Fronts In Turkey
The Justice and Development Party government’s policy of ignoring environmental concerns cause tensions in Turkey.
Al-Monitor5 min readPolitics
Two More Elected HDP Officials Suspended In Turkey
Two elected officials were suspended over the weekend as pressure continues on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey.
Al-Monitor3 min readPolitics
Riyadh Faces New Setback In South Yemen
The loss of Aden is the latest in a long stream of strategic blunders in Yemen by the Saudi leadership.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Israel’s Economy Victim Of Election Campaign
Israeli politicians prefer to ignore the implications of two election campaigns in one year on the market and the state deficit, which could harm the country’s credit rating.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Jordan's Baha'is Struggle For Basic Civil Rights
Jordan does not recognize the Baha'i faith as a religion, which has created difficulties for adherents in regard to marriage, inheritance and overall civil rights.
Al-Monitor4 min read
Egyptian Army Displaces Northern Sinai Residents
Residents of northern Sinai continue to be forcefully evicted from their homes under the pretext of securing the area, while President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widening the powers of the army.
Al-Monitor4 min read
US Warns Turkey On Syria Amid Last-ditch Talks To Resolve Buffer Zone Dispute
The United States says it will prevent a unilateral incursion into Syria by its NATO ally, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s patience is running out with protracted talks on removing Kurdish fighters from Turkey’s border region.
Al-Monitor4 min read
New Yazidi Prince Appointed In Iraq Amid Sharp Divisions
A new Yazidi prince has been appointed in Iraq amid sharp division in the community that recently survived genocide.
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Netanyahu’s Latest 'Political Bailout Plan'
For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, all roads must lead to a fifth term, even if it means forming a national unity government with Blue and White.
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Has Turkey’s Policy On Syrian Refugees Started To Backfire?
The Syrian refugee question is set to pose a major political headache for Erdogan in the coming period.
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Former Military Officers Jump Into Tunisia’s Political Arena
For the first time since Tunisia's independence, a political party founded by retired military officers will contest legislative elections.
Al-Monitor5 min readPolitics
Can Syrian Kurds’ Offer Unlock Door To Compromise With Turkey?
The Syrian Kurds have offered Turkey a 5-kilometer-deep buffer zone that would see the pullout of Kurdish forces and heavy weaponry, without seeking the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Afrin, but only that of aligned militia.
Al-Monitor4 min read
Why Attempts To Reform Budget Structure Might Hit A Dead End In Iran
While Iran's Planning and Budget Organization has ambitious plans for resolving the country's budgetary problems, upcoming elections, a lack of relevant data and other issues are blocking the path to these goals.
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Iran’s Teachers Learn Regrettable Lesson From US
US sanctions on Iran could actually discourage the kind of democratic thinking the free world should want to foster.
Al-Monitor4 min read
Can Netanyahu split Blue and White?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might attempt to encourage seven Knesset members from Blue and White to quit their party and join forces with him to secure a majority coalition.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Will Pompeo Be The First US Secretary Of State To Appear Live On Iranian TV?
Following the US secretary of state offering Iran’s state TV to interview him, various analysts and officials reacted to the proposal with an outspoken prime minister urging state TV to go ahead and challenge Pompeo live on air.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Democrats Clash Over Resolution Calling For Two-state Solution
Democratic leaders and members are bickering over a resolution meant to reaffirm Washington’s longstanding commitment to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Al-Monitor3 min readPolitics
Republicans Push Tepid Trump To Sanction Turkey
After huddling with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, Republican senators tell Al-Monitor that the president isn’t keen on sanctioning Turkey.
Al-Monitor3 min readPolitics
Unease In Iran As 'Trump's Duplicate' Becomes British PM
While politicians in Tehran were seeking a new opening with the UK after Boris Johnson found his way to 10 Downing Street, Iran's media received the news with little enthusiasm.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Why Trump’s Embrace Of Israel Endangers It
Three "American" chores await Israel’s next prime minister: explaining to President Donald Trump the importance of the two-state solution, regaining the trust of the Democrats and repairing ties with US Jewry.
Al-Monitor3 min read
US Hits Back At Iran In Iraq As Tensions Rise
As tensions between Washington and Tehran rise across the region, the United States is making life more difficult for Iran in Iraq. The Treasury Department sanctioned four Iraqis who are close to Iran on July 18. Those sanctioned include two former
Al-Monitor5 min read
Will Erdogan Risk An Operation In Syria?
Turkish media reports suggest that an incursion by the Turkish army east of the Euphrates is imminent.
Al-Monitor4 min read
Forced Disappearances In Syria Leave Invisible Toll
Syrians continue to look for their loved ones, believed imprisoned or executed by the Islamic State.
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Tehran Courts Kurds As Washington Amps Up Rhetoric Against Iran
Iranian Kurdish opposition groups and Iran are conducting talks in Oslo, in what some see as an Iranian bid to safeguard against Kurdish collaboration with the United States.
Al-Monitor3 min readPolitics
Ilhan Omar Seizes Spotlight To Push Pro-BDS Resolution
Rep. Ilhan Omar plans to introduce a pro-BDS resolution days after President Donald Trump invoked Israel to defend his racist tweets that put her in the national spotlight.
Al-Monitor3 min read
EU Says Iran Deal Parties Trying To Salvage Deal, Not Ready To Trigger Dispute Mechanism
The remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are not yet prepared to trigger the accord’s dispute-resolution mechanism over Iran’s decision to reduce its compliance to protest crippling US economic sanctions.
Al-Monitor4 min readSociety
How This Ramallah Shop Teaches Women To Fight Against Harassment
Palestinian-American Yasmeen Mjalli created BabyFist to speak out against street harassment in Ramallah, but the shop quickly turned into a safe space for women to share their stories and seek legal advice.
Al-Monitor5 min readPolitics
Is Russia Behind Syria's Security Apparatus Reform?
The latest changes at the top levels of Syria's military and intelligence structures point to Russian influence, but was it Bashar al-Assad's game plan all along?
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Palestinian PM Turns To Jordan First
The Palestinian prime minister’s visit to Amman has given a boost to the potential that Jordan can provide a serious alternative to economic dependency on Israel.
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