Is the Yemen Peace Process Coming Back to Life?

Martin Griffiths, UN  special envoy on Yemen

by Peter Salisbury The UN special envoy to Yemen has invited the principal parties in the country’s civil war to Geneva for “consultations.” First of all, what is happening and why does it matter? After two years of political inertia,… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Coalition Fails To Curb Violations

Destruction caused by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa in August 2017

by Human Rights Watch The Saudi-led coalition’s investigations into alleged war crimes in Yemen have lacked credibility and failed to provide redress to civilian victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday.

Judiciary’s Intensifying Crackdown on Defense Attorneys in Iran Must End

Nasrin Sotoudeh

by Center for Human Rights in Iran An intensifying state crackdown on human rights defenders in Iran, in which the authorities have denied attorneys the ability to represent their clients and jailed them for attempting to do so, violates Iran’s… Continue Reading  

What About Israel’s Airport Mistreatment of Arab Americans?

Roman Yanushevsky via Shutterstock

by James J. Zogby This past week The New York Times ran an article, “Israeli Airport Detention of Prominent U.S. Jew Prompts Uproar,” focusing on the airport harassment received by Peter Beinart, a prominent liberal writer and TV commentator. The… Continue Reading  

Will Russia Bring Home Children Who Lived in Islamic State?

Zagidat Abakarova, 33, and her one-year-old daughter Mariam, returned to Dagestan, Russia, from northern Syria in October 2018 (Tanya Lokshina)

By Tanya Lokshina “I thought she was in Turkey, close to the Syrian border, but still in Turkey… and then they told me she was in Iraq.” Galina’s eyes fill with tears as she picks at her salad in a… Continue Reading