Mahsa Amini’s father says Iranian authorities lied about her death, as protests rage

Amjad Amini, whose daughter Mahsa died after being arrested in Tehran by morality police, said doctors had refused to let him see his daughter after her death. Iranian officials have claimed she died after suffering a “heart attack” and falling into a coma, but her family said she had no pre-existing heart condition, according to … Read more

Israel U-turns on relationship rules for West Bank

A draft of the rules was published in February and received harsh public backlash as well as legal challenges which forced a delay to their implementation. One of the most controversial rules would have required foreign passport holders entering a formal relationship with a Palestinian living in the West Bank to notify Israeli authorities within … Read more

Syrians in Turkey fear the worst as Erdogan changes tune on Assad

Syrian refugees have become central in the political debate in Turkey ahead of elections next year. Calls to repatriate them to war-torn Syria used to be the cause of fringe, right-wing parties, but now they’ve become mainstream as the country reels from an economic crisis. “There isn’t a precondition for dialogue [with Syria],” Foreign Minister … Read more

Four ways the Ukrainian war has affected the Middle East

But in other ways, some of the region’s countries have prospered immensely as the fighting rages on, adding hundreds of billions of dollars to their coffers. Here are four ways the Ukraine war has affected the Middle East over the last six months: Energy exporters are cashing in The war has seen oil prices rise … Read more

Four ways the Ukrainian war has affected the Middle East

But in other ways, some of the region’s countries have prospered immensely as the fighting rages on, adding hundreds of billions of dollars to their coffers. Here are four ways the Ukraine war has affected the Middle East over the last six months: Energy exporters are cashing in The war has seen oil prices rise … Read more

Iran’s Arab enemies are mending ties amid uncertainty over nuclear talks

As tensions grew, Gulf states found the US standing on the sidelines, either unwilling or unable to come to their rescue, with their own lines of communication with Iran all but severed. But much has changed since then. The United Arab Emirates is set to restore top level diplomatic relations, saying on Sunday that its … Read more

Mahmoud Abbas: Outrage over Palestinian leader’s ’50 Holocausts’ remark

“From 1947 to the present day, Israel has committed 50 massacres in Palestinian villages and cities,” Abbas said in Arabic, standing next to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a news conference in Berlin. “50 massacres, 50 Holocausts, and until today, and every day there are casualties killed by the Israeli military.” Abbas had been asked … Read more

How Iran Exploited Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

The move was part of a landmark agreement with the United Kingdom. Iran issued a public guarantee not to push for Rushdie’s murder in exchange for an upgrade in diplomatic relations between London and Tehran. But there was a catch. The murderous 1989 decree over Rushdie’s satirical novel The Satanic Verses could not be officially … Read more

Why a hostage-taker in Lebanon was hailed as a national hero

The gunman, named by authorities as Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, is one of the millions in Lebanon whose lifesavings dissipated in the country’s devastating economic crisis that began in October 2019. Videos posted to social media showed Hussein nervously pacing around the bank in denim shorts and sandals, his hostages trying to reason with him. “Give … Read more

Trump’s shadow looms over the last ditch effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal

Marandi said that in order for Iran to sign up to the updated deal, the IAEA’s censorship “has to be closed once and for all.” Iran dismissed the IAEA motion as “politicized,” and responded by removing surveillance cameras at key sites in response — a move that deprived negotiators of up-to-date information on the country’s … Read more