The Real Plight of Idlib’s Civilians

by Helena Cobban In the northwest Syrian province of Idlib, three million civilians find themselves at the vortex of large-scale battles as the Syrian government and its allies seek to retake the area from the rebel forces that have controlled… Continue Reading  

Five Years after Sisi’s Coup: Soul Searching, Resistance, and Division

by Daniel Brumberg August 14, 2018 marked the five-year anniversary of the blackest day in Egypt’s modern history. Egyptian security forces massacred over 800 civilians, mostly in Cairo’s Rabaa Square, as they were protesting the military coup of July 3, 2013.… Continue Reading  

Resuming Military Aid to Egypt: In US National Interest?

by Rana Allam The UK Foreign Office recently issued an advisory warning British holidaymakers visiting Egypt to avoid spreading “strongly negative opinions” about the Egyptian government and security forces and that “derogatory comments on social media” have led to prison.… Continue Reading  

Russia: Goodbye, Levada?

by Hannah Gais Russia’s State Duma elections this week may have been historic for their wildly low voter turnout and another batch of accusations of voter fraud. But they also coincided with another crackdown on one of the country’s most… Continue Reading  

How Israel Is Turning Anti-Occupation Activists into Dissidents

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Israel’s parliament is expected to pass the so-called “NGO Law” in the coming days, a piece of legislation meant to stigmatize left-wing and human rights organizations in Israel as agents of foreign powers. The law singles out… Continue Reading