Middle East

(The Open UC)

by Kate Aronoff

UC Berkeley students outside Wheeler Hall. (The Open UC)

At noon on Monday, students from across the University of California system walked out of classes as part of Continue →

Share
WireAP_c7fd9cf6eb0b40aeab57136b8ad66767_16x9_992 (1)

Photo Credit: AP

Al-Wefaq and three other Bahraini opposition parties boycotted the island nation’s parliamentary elections on Saturday. The country was set to vote on parliament representatives for the first time since the Continue →

Share
logo_mideastinst02 (1)

The Middle East Institute hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, November 20, 2014 on the status of the political transitions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen. The event was part Continue →

Share
Libya - Reuters

 Photo credit: Reuters

On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council added two new branches of Libyan Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terrorist list after accusations surfaced of its Continue →

Share

by Kate Aronoff

#459086552 / gettyimages.com

Yesterday, on the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, activists across Mexico called for a general strike — an action that is the culmination of weeks Continue →

Share

The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on November 21, 2014

inside-ayn-al-islam

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Media attention has somewhat focused away from the city of Kobani as the intense wave of coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) first helped to slow Continue →

Share

What Motivates European Youth to Join ISIS? By Loretta E. Bass, University of Oklahoma

“Push” Factors Helping ISIS Recruitment

Western governments are concerned about stemming the wave of foreign fighters flocking to join Continue →

Share
capitol_hill

Photo Credit: NCR Iran

Just a few days ahead of the November 24 deadline for world powers to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Continue →

Share

Israel in grip of violence born of despair

by sarahbenton on November 20, 2014

Qalandia checkpoint, gateway in an out of Jerusalem: Palestinians struggle with tear gas and concrete blocks, July 2014, Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images.

Israel sows despair and senseless violence

By Jeff Halper, Continue →

Share

The article by Jeff Halper, ICAHD, is followed by one from Haaretz on Israel’s ‘empty revenge’.

A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis last month, displays his Continue →

Share

Strange death of a Palestinian bus driver

by sarahbenton on November 20, 2014

Palestinians at the funeral of Hasan / Yusuf al-Rumani who was found hanged in a bus on Sunday night November 16/17th. Fellow bus driver Muatasem Fakeh told AFP “We saw Continue →

Share
Protesters hold pictures during a protest in support of imprisoned activists who are in a hunger strike at prison, in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo

 Photo Credit: Reuters

Washington lawmakers are deciding whether or not to ease restrictions on U.S. military aid to Egypt. The restrictions were instituted after the military’s ouster of former elected President Continue →

Share
Walmart employee and their supporters strike outside of a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, Calif., on November 20. (OURWalmart / Aurelio Jose Barrera)

by Kate Aronoff

Walmart employee and their supporters strike outside of a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, Calif., on November 20. (OURWalmart / Aurelio Jose Barrera)

Twenty-three Walmart workers were arrested Continue →

Share

Deadly steps into a religious war

by sarahbenton on November 19, 2014

Commentary on the causes and consequences of the attack from Ynet, the BBC and Time magazine.

Security police run past the synagogue where the massacre took placde. Photo by Reuters. The 10 Continue →

Share

Articles from +972, Ma’an news and Al Monitor.

Police outside the synagogue where five were killed by two Palestinian cousins.Photo by Reuters.

Welcome to Netanyahu’s ‘resolution’ to the conflict

Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman Continue →

Share
Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

Photo Credit: Reuters

Correspondents from the Zaman and Bugun newspapers, the Samanyolu TV station and Cihan news reported that they have been shut out of official press events since the inauguration Continue →

Share

Better to be Jewish than a democrat

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

The editorial from Haaretz is followed by and opinion piece by Aeyal Gross also deploring Elkin’s bill.

Jerusalem day has become the largest Jews-only gathering / triumphal celebration in Israel attracting Continue →

Share

US and Jordan insist on compromise on Al Aqsa

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

Israeli border police guarding Al Aqsa mosque.Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 Tense calm continues at Al-Aqsa

After weeks of violence and protests, Israel has eased entry restrictions to Al-Aqsa Mosque to de-escalate the Continue →

Share

scholem

by sarahbenton on November 18, 2014

Gershon Salomon proclaims a Jewish right to Temple Mount:’The Temple Mount has been a source of war and conflict for centuries and is likely one of the most valuable pieces Continue →

Share

The second term that movements build

by Kate Aronoff on November 17, 2014

by Kate Aronoff

#490833331 / gettyimages.com

In the wake of the mid-term elections earlier this month, it might have seemed that there wasn’t much hope to hold onto for progressives, what with Continue →

Share
ap

Photo Credit: AP

The Egyptian government announced that five al-Azhar students charged with rioting, belonging to a terrorist group, and arson, will be tried in a military court rather than a Continue →

Share