Israel Is Trying to Hide Its Arms Sales to Duterte’s Philippines

by Itamar Baz An Israeli court imposed a media blackout on hearings held in September regarding a state sale of weapons to the Philippine regime. The petitioners to halt the sale argued that Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, was credibly accused… Continue Reading  

Vladimir Putin’s Knowledge of the East

by Gareth Smyth Just five days before Israel’s general election, Likud party leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Sochi, Russia, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Back home in Tel Aviv,… Continue Reading  

Scholars, Spies and the Gulf Military Industrial Complex: A Scholar’s Tale

by Shana Marshall from the Middle East Research and Information Project In May 2018, Matthew (Matt) Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University in Great Britain, was arrested by United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) authorities while conducting dissertation fieldwork and detained… Continue Reading  

Trump is Doubling Down on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but Congress Won’t Give Up

By Erica Fein President Trump has vetoed five bills this year. Four of them have dealt with U.S. support for the Saudi and Emirati (UAE) monarchies and their role in the now four-year-old brutal war and humanitarian nightmare in Yemen.… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Saudi Arms Vetoes, Deconstructed

by William D. Hartung As expected, this week President Trump vetoed three Congressional resolutions that would have blocked the sale of tens of thousands of guided bombs and other equipment to Saudi Arabia because of its indiscriminate bombing of civilians… Continue Reading