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Denied Due Process, Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike

Telegram channel admin Nima Keshvari was detained in mid-March 2017 by the IRGC's Intelligence Organization. Six administrators of channels on the Telegram messaging application

As Syria’s war enters its endgame, the risk of a US-Russia conflict escalates | Mary Dejevsky

Competition between Washington and Moscow for a say in any peace deal is increasing the danger of a wider war starting by accident Not for the first time there are dire warnings of a direct US-Russia confrontation in Syria that could escalate, in the worst case, into a third world war. Show More Summary

Kushner arrives in Israel tasked with progressing Trump's 'ultimate deal'

Little to suggest breakthrough imminent in Israeli-Palestinian relations as US president’s son-in-law touches down Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived in Israel and the occupied Palestinian...Show More Summary

In a shake-up, Saudi king names son Mohammed bin Salman new crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince, replacing the country’s counter-terrorism czar with the young activist leader at a time when the kingdom is struggling with low oil prices, a diplomatic crisis in Qatar, war in Yemen and...

Saudi king upends tradition by naming son as first in line to throne

Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been positioned to inherit the throne, has been stripped of his title as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as...Show More Summary

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the “Beyond the Ban” art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan

Ahead of Jared Kushner's visit to help broker peace, Israel touts new settlement

Israeli jackhammers broke ground on a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Tuesday, just one day before President Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner joins talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kushner’s arrival to participate in a round of shuttle...

US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments

State department says it is ‘mystified’ by lack of clarity from Gulf states in latest sign of gap between Trump’s comments and foreign policy The US state department has issued a stinging rebuke to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies saying...Show More Summary

The Guardian view on the fall of Raqqa: the deadliest phase | Editorial

The noose is tightening around Islamic State at a time when the Middle East is in tumult. Miscalculations or accidental incidents could easily spark a wider conflagration, whose spiralling effect no one could then control The rush to...Show More Summary

US shoots down second Iran-made armed drone over Syria in 12 days

US says fighter shot drone as it approached outpost near borders of Syria, Iraq, and Jordan, the same day Russian jet came close to US warplane over Baltic Sea US forces in southern Syria have shot down an Iranian-made armed drone for...Show More Summary

Israel begins work on first settlement in 25 years as Jared Kushner flies in

Netanyahu announces ground-breaking at Amichai, which will house 300 hardline residents of illegal outpost of Amona Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced the beginning of building work on the first new Jewish settlement...Show More Summary

With a blockade deadline looming, families in Qatar face a tough choice: Stay or go?

Wafa Yazeedi, a doctor and single mother who runs a hospital in this tiny Persian Gulf nation, has found herself in the middle of a sudden political crisis that has engulfed parts of the Arab world — and threatened to break up her family. A blockade of Qatar that took full effect this weekend technically...

Government forces begin storming Mosul's Old City as Islamic State makes a last stand in its Iraqi 'capital'

Iraqi forces battled their way into Mosul's Old City on Sunday, starting a difficult fight for the last neighborhoods still in the hands of Islamic State. As the sun rose, a massive barrage shrouded parts of the Old City in smoke. It was a prelude to the arrival of black Humvees from Iraq's Counter-Terrorism...

I want to stroll Tehran's streets at night, like men can: writer Fereshteh Ahmadi | Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Under Hassan Rouhani’s less repressive regime, female authors are starting to see their books in print, and daring to dream of greater independence Even the gentle references to sexuality in Fereshteh Ahmadi’s short story Harry Is Always Lost meant it was hit by the censors. Show More Summary

Trump still lacks Syria strategy as fighting escalates

The U.S. military’s role in Syria has steadily escalated since President Trump took office, but even as fighting intensifies, the administration has said little to the public about its goals, nor has it released a long-stalled update on its strategy for the war-torn country. The latest escalation...

Australia suspends air missions over Syria amid US-Russia tensions

Move follows Moscow’s warning coalition planes west of Euphrates will be a potential target after US shot down Syrian fighter jet Australia has suspended air combat missions over Syria after Russia threatened that it would treat anyShow More Summary

The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden review – an insider’s account of al-Qaida after 9/11

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy’s gripping history of the terrorist network, from 2001 to the present, reveals a dark web of familial and political machinations In the days following the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, there was a surge of interest in the family of the al-Qaida founder and leader. Show More Summary

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen | Medea Benjamin

Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia has consequences. The intense anti-US sentiment in Yemen should be a wake-up call for Americans “USA Kills Yemeni People”, screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. The Yemeni people...Show More Summary

Iran targets 'terrorists' in missile strike on Isis-held Syrian town

Revolutionary Guards fire into positions in Deir ez-Zour in retaliation for attacks on the Iranian parliament and shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini Iran has launched missile strikes targeting “terrorists” in the Islamic State-controlled Syrian...Show More Summary

Denys Johnson-Davies obituary

Pioneering translator of Naguib Mahfouz and other Arabic writers In 1990 the Palestinian American critic Edward Said wrote that “of all the major world literatures, Arabic remains relatively unknown and unread in the west [when its] literature is at a particularly interesting juncture”. Show More Summary

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