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Hezbollah clashes with Israel

On Wednesday, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for an explosion of bombs planted by an Israeli military convoy in Lebanon that killed four Israeli soldiers. This is the first proclaimed act of violence from Hezbollah towards Israel …

Drone strikes stir up anger in Yemen

Over twenty highers-up involved in one of al-Qaeda’s franchise organizations, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are purported to be hiding out in Yemen, AQAP’s main stronghold. In order to take out these individuals, who are viewed as a threat …

Pakistani-Indian peace process may be crumbling

Although newly instated Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has promised to attempt to heal the often-tattered relationship between Pakistan and India during his next term, urging the two nations to come together with a “clean heart,” a recent spurt of …

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Israel continues settlements while resuming talks

In a controversial move, Israel announced on Tuesday the approval of a plan to build 900 housing units in Palestinian-claimed East Jerusalem, in the wake of American Secretary of State John Kerry’s stated intent to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Officials …

Al-Qaeda is back in Iraq

Many in the international community hoped that the troop surge implemented American Multi-National Force—Iraq commanding general David Petraeus would quiet the civil war roiling within Iraq. For a time, the surge was considered a success, and al-Qaeda’s influence within Iraq …

Saudis make arrests in wake of embassy closings

Today, the Saudi government arrested two men who were suspected of planning suicide attacks, according to their state-run news agency. Neither man was a Saudi national—one was from Chad, and had been deported from Saudi Arabia once already, and the …

The plight of female Syrian refugees

Over three-quarters of the refugees from the Syrian civil war—1.3 million people—are women or children. This is not an uncommon situation for refugee demographics; after all, while men are more likely to be the ones fighting—and getting killed—often the safest …

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Iran’s new president vows to resume nuclear talks

In newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s first public address since taking his oath of office, he promised to defrost the previously icy relationship between Iran and the West, particularly the United States, and enter “serious and substantive” negotiations on …

In wake of al-Qaeda threat, U.S. closes over 2 dozen embassies, consulates

In a largely unprecedented move, the United States Department of State has ordered the temporary closing of 22 consulates across the Middle East and Africa yesterday, a list they expanded today. Initially, 22 American embassies and consulates were set to …

United Arab Emirates vacillates on sexual assault policy

On Monday, a local court in Abu Dhabi sentenced an Indian immigrant to the United Arab Emirates to death for raping a 7-year-old girl at the school where she attended and he was employed. Prosecuting attorney Hussein al-Jaziri says this …

Where in the world is Mohamed Morsi?

In a move frustrating to both his followers and his enemies, recently ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s whereabouts are currently unknown. He is in military custody within Egypt’s borders, but other than that, his location—or rather, the series of his …

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Some shifts in Kuwait’s new parliament

After Kuwait’s Constitutional Court, in conjunction with emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah voted to dissolve the current National Assembly this month after challenges to the current regime from the country’s opposition, new elections were called, and some of the members of …

Jordan combating budget deficit with power price hikes

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is attempting to deal with a $2 billion fiscal budget deficit by raising the prices of its electric power in reaction to Egypt’s faltering reliability in energy production. Historically, Jordan has acquired some 80 percent …

Clock ticking for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Last week, American Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had “reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations,” leading the three countries back to the peacemaking position put on hiatus …

Moroccan cabinet ministers resign from government

A handful of Moroccan cabinet ministers from the junior in the country’s ruling coalition formally tendered their resignations this month. The five ministers from the conservative Istiqlal Party issued resignations that King Mohammed accepted almost immediately. The Istiqlal Party ministers …

Hezbollah declared terrorist organization by European Union

On Monday at the annual meeting of the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers, the assembly came to a unanimous agreement to officially recognize Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization. The ministers hope that this will limit the organization’s capacity …

Viral video shows plight of child brides in Yemen

In a video ostensibly posted online on July 8, but which was only released in its most viral form on Sunday through the Middle East Media Research Institute, an 11-year-old Yemeni girl named Nada al-Ahdal speaks about her experiences avoiding …

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Child activist Malala Yousafzai contacted by Taliban

This month has seen a flush of recognition reaching 16-year-old Pakistani educational activist Malala Yousafzai this month, including the declaration by the United Nations of July 12, her birthday, being Malala Day, representing the goal of education for every child. …

Turkish legislature stymies military’s power

Last Saturday, the Turkish Grand National Assembly amended article 35 of the country’s 1982 constitution, which previously gave the Turkish Armed Forces free rein to act in whatever way they deemed necessary to safeguard the republic, to curtail this power …

EU bans some dealings with Israeli occupied territories

This week, the European Union issued a ban for the organization’s subsidiaries on financing or cooperating with Israeli institutions in the territory Israel seized in the 1967 Six-Day War. At the end of the Six-Day War, Israel gained control of …

Ramadan killings plague Iraq

For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan is a time for reflection, self-improvement, charity, and good deeds. However, in Iraq, this year’s Ramadan (which commenced last week and will end on August 9) has been thus far …

U.S. may pull out of Afghanistan sooner than expected

Although earlier in his most recent term United States president Barack Obama promised to cease American combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with an accompanying large troop pullout, word has surfaced this summer that Obama is seriously …

Egyptian democracy may face years of external meddling

When Hosni Mubarak was ousted from the Egyptian presidency in February of 2011, after nearly thirty years of rule, it surprised very few that the Muslim Brotherhood stepped forward to take charge. The MB may have been banned in 1948, …

SARS-like virus emerges in Saudi Arabia, spreads internationally

A new virus known as MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, has spread from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Tunisia, and even Italy, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, leading to a death rate of 40 …

Syrian rebels may be guilty of using sarin gas against government forces

Rumors have been circling for months about Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against the country’s rebels, whom he has battled for the past two years. However, recent allegations by the Russian ambassador to the United Nations have …

Will Iran’s new president liberalize the nation?

In a speech last week given to a group of Shi’a Muslim clerics, Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani insisted that “a powerful and capable government does not mean a government which meddles in and is in control of all affairs, restricts …

Qatari emir abdicates in favor of fourth son

Last week, Qatari officials confirmed that the small Persian Gulf country’s emir, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has abdicated the throne in favor of his 33-year-old son, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The abdication, which has been rumored within the country’s borders …

Islamist organization outlawed by nervous United Arab Emirates

Last month, the government of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree replacing the board of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Al Islah organization and putting 94 of its current members on trial for conspiracy to overthrow the government. The prosecutions and …

In wake of new protests, Egyptian Army gives Morsi ultimatum

After Egypt’s mass protests escalated in intensity this weekend, the Egyptian Army issued an ultimatum to President Mohamed Morsi to give concessions to protestors, or risk the military imposing their own “road map” to solving the issue, with “the participation …

Kuwaiti National Assembly dissolved after challenge to voting system

A case by the Kuwaiti regime’s opposition to alter the voting system was thrown out this month by the country’s Constitutional Court, leading the court to work in conjunction with Kuwaiti emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah to dissolve the current National …

Adjacent to Syrian conflict, Jordan left to pick up the pieces

The Kingdom of Jordan had an easier Arab Spring than many other countries in the region, all things considered. King Abdullah al-Hussein has remained on the throne, bringing stability to the country, if not true change. There has been no …

Moroccan man self-immolates to protest regime

Among the rocky scrub and brush of the Atlas Mountains, between the bustling limits of Fes and Meknes, lies the small city of Sebaa Ayoune, surrounded by bucolic farms and rivers, the likes of which feed and fuel the Meknès-Tafilalet …

Violence from the Syrian civil war spilling over into neighboring countries

Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war has amplified tensions in neighboring Lebanon. As the largely Sunni rebels fight the largely Alawi Shi’a ruling regime in Syria, the constantly simmering Sunni-Shi’a conflict in Lebanon is now boiling. In the city …

The fastest end to the Syrian civil war may be ethnic reconciliation

For the past few weeks, the focus in the international discourse on the Syrian civil war has focused on one question—will they or won’t they? Will the United States impose a no-fly zone over Syrian airspace or perform other direct …

Houthis continue to clash with Yemeni central government

This week, members of the Houthi group gathered in the northern Yemeni city of Sa’dah to re-bury the group’s founder in a funeral that ballooned to tens of thousands of attendees. It was one of the largest mass gatherings of …

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New Pakistani government must grapple with extremism

In Pakistan’s general elections on May 11, the center-right Nawaz Pakistan Muslim League, or the PML-N, obtained 32.8 percent of the seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan, winning a plurality for the first time since 1997. In Pakistan’s first-past-the-post …

Turkish summer tourism may take hit in wake of protests

Normally around this time of the year, as the summer begins to heat up, Turkey is filling with tourists from the European Union, Asia, North America, and other origins around the world. The beaches in the Turkish Riviera towns of …

Syrian civil war spills over into the Golan Heights

Syria’s civil war is spilling into international territory. Rather than remaining in the now-expected war zones of Aleppo, Damascus, and Homs, the conflict that has been raging over two years is gradually spreading into the Golan Heights, the internationally recognized …

Iraqi PM pays visit, mends bridges in Kurdistan

On June 9, Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki paid his first visit to Iraqi Kurdistan in nearly three years, according to Reuters. Iraqi Kurdistan is autonomous from the central government of Iraq, with its own armed forces and administrative …

Taliban gone, but problems for Afghan women abound

According to Reuters, local police and security forces in Afghanistan are guilty of rampant violence against women, even while the international community is expressing its trust in the post-Taliban regime by pulling troops out of the country by the end …

Iranian agency reports King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia clinically dead

Iranian news sources have been reporting that current King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, is legally dead. The information was reported by Press TV on May 26 based on contributions from the London-based Asharq Alawsat news service. Saud …

Syrian government used sarin gas against opposition, claims France, Britain, U.S., Turkey

French laboratories have confirmed that sarin gas has been used on at least four occasions this year by the Syrian central government in fighting rebels. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius believes “there is no doubt [the perpetrator] was the regime,” …

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