U.S. Escalates against Hezbollah: Israel Happy, EU Not

Hezbollah supporters (Gabriele Pedrini via Shutterstock)

by Ali Rizk On November 13, the State department designated Jawad Nasrallah—the son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah—a global terrorist. At the same time, the State department announced a $5 million reward for information on two Hezbollah officials, Khalil… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Khuzestan Arabs

Ahvaz military parade attack (Fatemeh Rahimavian via Wikimedia Commons)

by Scheherezade Faramarzi The September gunfire assault on a military parade in the predominantly Arab Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran and the alleged Iranian retaliatory assassination plot in Denmark shed rare light on the plight of Khuzestan’s estimated four million… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Unending Shia Repression

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (State Department)

by Emile Nakhleh Amid the Saudi-caused horrific human tragedy in Yemen and the ongoing investigation into the premeditated murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Bahraini regime has imposed a life sentence on Shia cleric Sheikh… Continue Reading  

Talking with an Unrepentant ISIS Fighter

Doug McLean via Shutterstock

by Giorgio Cafiero Situated at the Turkish-Syrian border’s intersection with the Mediterranean, Turkey’s southernmost Hatay Province has been highly vulnerable to spillover effects from Syria’s raging war. That’s been a function not only of geography and refugee waves, but also… Continue Reading  

Attacks in Azerbaijan: Manipulation of a “Shiite Threat” and Iran

Yunis Safarov

 by Eldar Mamedov Highly unusual events have been rocking the small, but strategically important Caspian nation of Azerbaijan during the last week. An attempt on the life of Elmar Veliyev, the mayor of the nation´s second city, Ganja, took place… Continue Reading