Middle East

Conflict over Syria threatens Lebanon’s stability

By Jean Shaoul, June 4, 2012

Lebanon’s government despatched troops to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, after sectarian clashes killed 10 on Saturday.

Obama oversees cyber warfare against Iran

By Peter Symonds, June 4, 2012

The cyber attacks were acts of sabotage that destroyed uranium enrichment centrifuges and forced Iranian technicians to shut down many more.

Washington Post airs another unlikely Iranian assassination plot

By Peter Symonds, May 31, 2012

The article, which claims US officials in Azerbaijan were targetted by Iran, is another attempt to blacken Tehran as new sanctions and war loom.

Tensions with Iran rise after failed Baghdad talks

By Peter Symonds, May 29, 2012

The Baghdad meeting last week broke up without any agreement other than a decision to hold a further round of talks next month in Moscow.

Israel’s ruling Likud party incites racist attacks on migrants

By Jean Shaoul, May 28, 2012

Racist attacks injured dozens of asylum seekers, following a rally where leading members of the ruling Likud party made inflammatory remarks against African migrants.

Iranian nuclear talks on brink of collapse

By Peter Symonds, May 25, 2012

Two days of negotiations in Baghdad between Iran and the major powers were only salvaged through a last minute proposal for another meeting in Moscow next month.

Baghdad talks on Iran’s nuclear program unresolved

By Peter Symonds, May 24, 2012

Sharp differences emerged after the US and its allies unveiled proposals requiring major concessions by Iran, but offering little in return.

Palestinian hunger strike ended after Egypt’s intervention

By Jean Shaoul, May 23, 2012

Palestinian prisoners have accepted a deal brokered by Egypt to end their hunger strike in protest against Israel’s use of detention without charge or trial and the inhuman conditions they face in jail.

Gulf monarchies and US foment sectarian clashes in Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, May 18, 2012

Several days of clashes in and around Tripoli between Sunni Islamists and Alawites have left 10 people dead, 50 wounded and several kidnapped.

US drone strikes kill civilians in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, May 17, 2012

Missile strikes by US drones claimed the lives of at least a dozen civilians in Yemen’s southern Abyan province Tuesday.

US intensifies confrontation with Iran

By Peter Symonds, May 14, 2012

If the Baghdad talks next week collapse, the danger of military conflict initiated by Israel or the US will rise dramatically.

Israel’s national unity government prepares ground for war

By Jean Shaoul, May 10, 2012

Less than two days after calling an early general election for September 4th, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced that he had instead brought the opposition Kadima party into his coalition.