Khashoggi’s Disappearance Belies Saudi Reform Narrative

Jamal Khashoggi (Al Jazeera)

by Emile Nakhleh The disappearance and possible murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi lay bare the “reform” lies that Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has been spouting about his so-called opening up of Saudi society. His thuggish attitude and vicious actions… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Colonial Palestinian Policy Is Doomed to Failure

Jared Kushner and David Friedman (Wikimedia Commons)

by Emile Nakhleh Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is eliminating previously approved funds to support Palestinian-Israeli civilian engagement. USAID has wisely given these funds to nongovernmental organizations to promote understanding between the two peoples… Continue Reading  

Trump’s War Hysteria Against Iran Ignores Middle East Realities

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by Emile Nakhleh By threatening a devastating war against Iran, President Donald Trump’s recent response to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s benign statement about “the mother of all peace” and “the mother of all war” is another example of erratic and… Continue Reading  

Supreme Court’s Decision Affirms Trump’s Animus Toward Muslims

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by Emile Nakhleh The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision this past Tuesday to uphold President Trump’s proclamation banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States yet again affirms Trump’s animus toward Muslims. But for millions of Muslims, who have… Continue Reading  

The Middle East in Trump’s Wake

Donald Trump displays a chart of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding… Continue Reading