Tag Archives: Middle East

Iraq’s discontent – its roots and how to begin fixing it

Murtaja Lateef/EPA

Bamo Nouri, City, University of London Iraq’s recent wave of protests against poverty, a lack of basic services, unemployment, and the interference of Iran in the country’s domestic affairs showed a country at the end of its tether. Official figures put the number killed in the violent crackdown of protesters at 157. Since 2011, protests and popular movements that challenged …

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The Iraq War has cost the US nearly $2 trillion

Packed and ready to leave? Perhaps not quite yet. Capt. Robyn Haake/US Army/AFP via Getty Images

Packed and ready to leave? Perhaps not quite yet. Capt. Robyn Haake/US Army/AFP via Getty Images Neta C. Crawford, Boston University Editor’s note: The Costs of Wars project was started in 2011 to assess the long-term consequences of the post-9/11 wars. Project co-director Neta C. Crawford, professor and chair of political science at Boston University, explains the major implications of …

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How Iraq’s relationship with Iran shifted after the fall of Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein: on trial in 2006 in Baghdad. Nikola Solic/EPA

Johan Franzen, University of East Anglia Following his capture by American troops, Saddam Hussein made a startling admission to George Piro, the FBI investigator tasked with interrogating him. The reason he had played cat and mouse with UN weapons inspectors for over a decade was not because he was trying to hide Iraqi production of weapons of mass destruction from …

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Debate: in the West Bank, the palm trees of discord

Israeli flags fly in the middle of a date plantation in the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank on 27 January 2020. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Julie Trottier, Université de Montpellier On January 28, 2020, US president Donald Trump announced a “peace plan” that would involve the annexation of most of the Jordan Valley by Israel. Most reactions focused on its contradiction with international law – the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has been condemned by several United Nations resolutions. The economic context is also …

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In the verses of Jordan’s most popular poet, the hopes and fears of the Arab world

The Bedouin poet Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya. Author provided

The Bedouin poet Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya. Author provided William Tamplin, Harvard University Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya’s poetry is full of arguments one would hear on the streets of Amman, Riyadh and Cairo, in coffee shops, barber shops and taxis. Laden with animals, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, his verses reflect how many Arabs – educated and uneducated, urban and rural, rich …

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Trump’s foreign policy is still ‘America First’ – what does that mean, exactly?

As president, Trump has cultivated close relations with autocratic leaders while distancing the U.S. from its traditional allies in Europe and Asia. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images

As president, Trump has cultivated close relations with autocratic leaders while distancing the U.S. from its traditional allies in Europe and Asia. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images Klaus W. Larres, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill At the Republican National Convention, supporters of President Trump’s reelection bid have celebrated his attempts to build a Mexico border wall, …

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I’m devastated for Beirut – a city I thought I hated

EPA/ Ibrahim Dirani/Dar Al Mussawir

Rola El-Husseini, Lund University Since the explosion in Beirut I’ve listened repeatedly to the song Ya Beirut (Oh Beirut) by the Lebanese diva Majida al-Roumi, while obsessively reading the news and checking on extended family members – like any other expatriate Lebanese. The song, which was originally a poem by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, describes the city as it …

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What’s next for Arab-Israeli relations after the UAE deal?

UAE deal: a symbolic win for Bibi. Abir Sultan/EPA

Simon Mabon, Lancaster University Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a historic agreement which makes the Emirates only the third Arab state to recognise Israel after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. As part of the deal, dubbed the Abraham Accord, Israel has suspended highly controversial plans to annex the West Bank. But it has been …

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KAUST Research: Rebuilding Marine Life

The ability of the ocean to support human wellbeing is at a crossroads. The ocean currently contributes 2.5% of the global GDP and provides employment to 1.5% of the global workforce, with an estimated output of US $1.5 trillion in 2010, expected to double by 2030. Yet, as attention focuses on the ocean as the last frontier to support further …

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