The Region

Christmas

Turkey Uncensored: Was Turkey’s War on Christmas a War on Christians?

By Uzay Bulut Thursday, March 30, 2017

According to a 2016 Human Rights Violations Report, Christians in Turkey experienced an increase in hate crimes & speech during the 2016 Christmas holiday.

Human Rights Council

America Should Lead International Human Rights Reform

By Aaron Rhodes Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Problems with the Human Rights Council are symptomatic of international human rights’ larger malaise, to which the UN’s concept of human rights contributes.

Diplomacy

Diplomacy in the Middle East Does Not Come Without a Cost

By Ashley Muse Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Former Pentagon official Michael Rubin recently gave an address about the ramifications of public diplomacy, specifically in regard to the Middle East.

Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad’s Invincible Voice for Yazidi Women

By Kristin Wright Monday, March 27, 2017

“I ask the Iraqi government and the U.N. to establish an investigation and give all victims of ISIS the justice they deserve.”

State

Mideast Weekly Roundup

By Jessie Owen Payne Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Islamic State claims responsibility for the London attack and a Baghdad bombing, and the Senate proposes new sanctions against Iran.

Palmyra

Palmyra: The Journey Back Home

By Sarah Poorman Friday, March 24, 2017

From the front lines of Palmyra, Syria – once called the “Pearl of the Desert” – which has been wrested back from the Islamic State’s grips once again.

Assyrians

Senior Fellow Addresses Congress on the First Anniversary of the U.S. Genocide Declaration

By Juliana Taimoorazy Thursday, March 23, 2017

Juliana Taimoorazy’s remarks to the members of Congress on sustainable solutions for displaced Assyrians and other religious minorities.

Apartheid

Jerusalem Notebook: Israel, Fake News and the ‘Apartheid State’

By Lela Gilbert Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thanks to the willful blindness of various journalists, diplomats and anti-Israel activists, the apartheid accusation against Israel has never really disappeared.

Old City

Iraqi Forces Battle for Control of Mosul’s Old City

By Rachel Kaye Estelle Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants are currently fighting for control of Mosul’s Old City, one of the last remaining ISIS strongholds in Mosul.

Levinson

Shadows and Silence: Ten Years after Levinson’s Disappearance, His Family Begs Trump to Bring Him Home

By Kristin Wright Monday, March 20, 2017

Ten years ago, CIA consultant and former FBI Agent Robert Levinson went missing in Iran. Today, his family begs the president to demand his release.