Hiding the Occupation Doesn’t Make It Go Away

IDF soldiers in the West Bank (Wikimedia Commons)

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out. A new… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia Drags Geopolitical Baggage into World Cup

Saudi national team at 2018 World Cup (Wikimedia Commons).

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World… Continue Reading  

Boys Go to Baghdad, Real Men Go to Tehran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was as much a domestic initiative as it was a foreign policy endeavor, as analysts such as Reza Marashi and Ariane Tabatabai have been saying. It’s a way for the… Continue Reading  

European Parliament Calls for Sanctions against Bahrain

Beating marks on the back of Nabeel Rajab after police attacked peaceful protest in 2005 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov On June 14, the European Parliament has adopted, with an overwhelming majority, a strongly worded resolution condemning Bahrain for human rights violations. The immediate trigger for the resolution was the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini… Continue Reading  

Nukes: Intentions Matter More Than Weapons

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons)

by Graham E. Fuller  The fascinating, elaborately choreographed diplomatic pas de deux in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un mesmerized the world over two days. Most pundits look at the (perhaps more than) half empty glass of water on the table. Indeed,… Continue Reading