Intellectual Repression in the Arab World

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by Sam Hamad As the world continues to follow the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with a sense of horror and outrage, you might forgive the relative silence surrounding the arrest of Egyptian economist Abdel Khalek Farouk by the Sisi regime on Sunday. Farouk’s only… Continue Reading  

Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime

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by William D. Hartung If the Saudi government is indeed behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi there should be consequences—political, military, economic, and reputational. Unfortunately, President Trump begs to differ. His reaction to questions about whether the United States… Continue Reading  

Iran: Environmentalists Languish in Jail

A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months.  © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign

by Human Rights Watch Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable… Continue Reading  

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  

Yemen’s Hodeida Offensive: Once Avoidable, Now Imminent

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by Peter Salisbury Over the last two weeks, the latest attempt to set Yemen on the path to peace has collapsed, triggering what could become the bloodiest battle of a war approaching its fourth anniversary. In a September 14 letter… Continue Reading