Lavishing Money on the Pentagon

It seems like itís always Christmastime at the Pentagon where the stockings are full and budget-cutting is for those domestic social-program guys, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

Trumpís Illegal Syrian Mission Creep

Even as the Islamic Stateís ďcaliphateĒ in Syria collapses, the US government is keeping about 2,000 soldiers in-country despite lacking any legal right to be there, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar discusses.

Belfour Declaration and Israeli Violations of International Law

Despite the violations of international law by Israeli occupational force, the country has backing of the western powers, including United States, Britain, and their allies, says Suha Aljundi.

Jerusalem Announcement Heaven-Sent for Erdogan

The Jerusalem issue is a useful card Erdogan can play with Islamist constituencies at home and abroad, explains Yavuz Baydar.

Is Trump serving US interests or Russiaís?

With a stroke of a pen Trump undermined the Middle East peace process and placed American diplomats and military personnel in the area in great peril, points outClaude Salhani.

Iraqís Ruling Shia Alliance Unravels Months Ahead of Elections

For members of his faltering coalition, Abadi is not so much a threat as a liability in the way of PMU candidates, says Nazli Tarzi.

Trumpís Jerusalem Decision Ushers in New Era of Unilateralism, Uncertainty

Trumpís move has further sidelined the United States in the Middle East. Once again, Russia has an opportunity to step into the vacuum. Closer coordination is expected between Moscow, Ankara and Tehran, observes Thomas Seibert.

The Art of Keeping Guantánamo Open

But faced with this art from Guantánamo, ekphrasis seemed somehow inappropriate. These artists are still alive, even if entombed. Their artworks are as they intended them, not the fragmentary remains of some past world that needs a framework of interpretation, writes Erin Thompson.

Frankenís Opportunism on the Iraq War

Sen. (and former comedian) Al Franken was a rising Democratic Party star before sexual harassment allegations brought him down to earth, but was he really ever a progressive hero, asks William Blum at Anti-Empire Report.

Russia Still Calling the Shots on Syria

While Assadís removal was mentioned as a goal, rather than a precondition of the talks, that clearly was not enough for Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, notes Sami Moubayed.

Sufismís Tragedy is How Imperfectly it is Understood Today

Sufis have been under attack from Islamist extremists for long enough to erase the memory of their having been an integral part of the faith, explains Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Zarrab Case Points to Reach of Corruption in Erdoganís Close Circle

The pragmatist in Ergodan may, at some time, sacrifice some of his former ministers and dispatch them to face international justice, says Yavuz Baydar.

Netanyahu Ditches US Jews for alliance with Christian Evangelicals and the Alt-right

Netanyahuís demographic predictions may turn out to be faulty, but they are clearly now driving his policy towards liberal Jews at home and abroad, observes Jonathan Cook.

Carnival Sideshow of Trumpís Tweets Confuses US Foreign Policy

The disturbing tweets will not help combat Islamic-inspired terrorism nor advance US foreign policy interests and objectives in the Middle East, points out Mark Habeeb.

Refusing to Learn Bloody Lessons

President Trumpís continued Afghan War pursues the same failed path as the prior 16 years, with the US political/media elites learning no lessons, says former Marine officer Matthew Hoh in an interview with the American Herald Tribune.

Donít Stop Staring at Trump

To begin with, itís time to think of Donald J. Trump in a different light. After all, isnít he really our own UnFounding Father? While the Founding Fathers were responsible for two crucial documents, the Declaration of Independence (1,458 words) and the Constitution (4,543 words), our twenty-first century UnFounding Father only writes passages of 140 characters or less, explains Tom Engelhardt.

Putin, the New Middle East Kingmaker

Putin ventured into the Syrian quagmire with guns blazing, unafraid to commit his military, come what may. Unlike the United States and its allies, which were less than tepid about jumping into another seemingly endless Middle Eastern conflict, Russia did not shy away, notes Claude Salhani.

Mirage of Libya Reconciliation: No Control, no Security, no Unity

Not only is reconciliation fracturing at the top, it is undermining things at the bottom too, says Rhiannon Smith.

 
Al Dhafra Festival kicks off
Over 90,000 visitors are expected to attend 11th edition of Al Dhafra Festival this year on outskirts of Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi.
Palestinian Christians condemn US position on Jerusalem
Trump's decision, however, finds strong backing from US evangelicals hoping for biblical apocalypse when Jews colonise Palestine.
South Sudanís Ganyiel a ďhaven of peaceĒ
In war-torn South Sudan, rebel-held town, which is accessible only by plane or boat, nurtures small-scale peace.
Archaeological exhibitions showcase Saudi heritage
The ďArchaeological Discoveries Exhibition,Ē featuring 44 historical objects recently unearthed, drew the largest crowd.
Da Vinci sold for $450 mn heading to Louvre Abu Dhabi
UAE museum tweets Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi is coming to Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Award-winning Syrian teen pleads for 'a chance to prove ourselves'
Mohamad al-Jounde says he hopes Syrians will be treated 'as normal people, not as refugees or immigrants.'
Squash proves unusual godsend for displaced Syrian girl
Young Syrian girl living in Jordan camp picks up squash racquet thanks to US charity, dreams of becoming world champion.
Hanaa Malallah, one of Baghdadís foremost artists exhibits in London
The exhibition features four of Malallahís self-portraits from 1989 revealing an intelligent, probing and perhaps a tragic person.
Comic art, performance to reshape entertainment scene in Saudi Arabia
ďThe aim is to promote Saudi cultural identity through the varied and meaningful com≠edy arts and seize this chance to present the young talents and develop creative abili≠tiesĒ
Jerusalem builds underground cemetery to meet demand
Jewish belief that resurrection of dead will commence in Jerusalem during end of times is big challenge for cityís burial societies who are now looking underground.
In Jerusalem, Muslim keeps key to Jesus' tomb
Centuries ago, the imposing iron key to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was entrusted to one of Jerusalem's most prominent Muslim families.
Istanbul anglers remember when fish were plenty
Sight of thousands of amateur anglers crammed shoulder-to-shoulder on Galata Bridge is, for many, one of the iconic images of Istanbul.