Israel’s New “Apartheid Road” Is about More than Just Segregation

A military checkpoint along Route 4370

by Edo Konrad Israel unveiled a new segregated highway in the occupied West Bank last week, with a giant eight-meter concrete wall separating Palestinian and Israeli drivers on either side. Labeled the apartheid road by critics, Route 4370’s official reasoning… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Satellite Launch: Not an ICBM Test

Simorgh rocket

by Michael Elleman Iran attempted and failed to lift the Payam-e Amirkabir satellite into orbit using a Simorgh rocket on 15 January. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the news by stating that the purportedly ‘innocent satellite’ launched by… Continue Reading  

In Beirut: Fractured Summit, Deadlocked Government

Minister of Economy and Trade, Raed Khoury, presides over preparatory meeting for the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit (Government of Lebanon)

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, which ended in Beirut on January 20, was trivialized by politics. Lebanon convened this important regional event before forming a new government that has been in the making for… Continue Reading  

Solar Power and the Yemeni Civil War

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by Austin Bodetti Little about Yemen would suggest that it represents the next frontier for renewable energy. Since 2015, the Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels for control of the country as… Continue Reading  

A Weakly Inflated Trial Balloon for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Billboard in Jeruslame (NOWAK LUKASZ via Shutterstock)

by James J. Zogby This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were “new details about the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.” His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who… Continue Reading