Greening Kuwait

Shagaya Renewable Energy Park

by Austin Bodetti Kuwait would seem to have little in common with the environmental movement at first glance. Like its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait depends on exporting fossil fuels to power its economy. The country joined Russia, Saudi… Continue Reading  

Oman Blazes A Trail For Environmentalism In The Arab World

The port city of Sur in Oman

by Austin Bodetti Oman has long proved an outlier among the monarchies at the western edge of the Persian Gulf. Most Omanis subscribe to Ibadism, not Sunni Islam, and the Omani Sultan, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, has pursued a much… Continue Reading  

What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?

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by Tom Engelhardt I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does — any tweet, any insult at any rally — is the news of the day, any day.  But he won’t be remembered for… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Oil Union Defends Protesters

Hashmeya Alsaadawe on Iraqi TV

by David Bacon As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Environment: The Grass Beneath Two Fighting Elephants

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by Fatemeh Aman U.S. sanctions aimed at making Iran act like a “normal country” have had a disastrous effect on Iran’s environment and that of the entire region for generations to come. A famous proverb of Kenya’s Kikuyu people warns:… Continue Reading