Middle East

Super Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse 2021

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 12:13:43 +0000 - middle-east

A supermoon and total lunar eclipse combined to put on a big red show.

Iran Talks Loom as a New Test of Biden’s Israel Ties

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 00:58:24 +0000 - middle-east

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited Israel to talk about Gaza and the Palestinians, but heard a stern message about nuclear talks with Tehran.

Iraqi Activism Fights for Survival Amid Murders and Threats

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 09:24:49 +0000 - middle-east

A movement demanding a new kind of Iraq struggles to carry on, despite intimidation from Iranian-backed militias that are believed to have murdered dozens of activists.

Seeking to Restore Palestinian Links, Blinken Risks New Frictions With Israel

Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 23:12:31 +0000 - middle-east

The U.S. secretary of state drew thanks from Israeli officials for supporting their right to self-defense against Hamas. But he risked angering Israel in his diplomatic outreach to Palestinians.

Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Israel-Gaza Conflict

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 02:50:33 +0000 - middle-east

An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation are part of daily life.

In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 13:49:17 +0000 - middle-east

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

Iran Extends Nuclear Program Inspections Agreement

Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 23:32:45 +0000 - middle-east

Tehran agreed to give the International Atomic Energy Agency continued access to cameras at its nuclear sites while it negotiates with the United States over the ruptured 2015 deal.

Israeli Police Round Up More Than 1,550 Suspects in Mob Violence

Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 21:09:59 +0000 - middle-east

At least 70 percent of those arrested are Arab citizens of Israel. Three Israeli Jews are charged with the attempted murder of an Arab driver.

As Israel’s Dependence on U.S. Shrinks, So Does U.S. Leverage

Posted on Tue, 25 May 2021 10:51:01 +0000 - middle-east

Israel has quietly sought, and perhaps achieved, a large measure of autonomy from its half-century of reliance on the United States.

Before Rage Flared, a Push to Make Israel’s Mixed Towns More Jewish

Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 22:42:14 +0000 - middle-east

An eruption of Arab-Jewish violence inside Israeli cities has focused attention on a movement of religious nationalists seeking to strengthen the Jewish presence in areas with large Arab populations.

A Look Inside Israel’s ‘Fortress of Zion’ Military Command Beneath Tel Aviv

Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 22:41:41 +0000 - middle-east

The country’s military and intelligence commanded the recent assault on Hamas in Gaza from an underground bunker made for high-tech air wars.

After the Cease-Fire, Gaza Wakes to a Sea of Rubble

Posted on Mon, 24 May 2021 22:43:33 +0000 - middle-east

In addition to relief, some residents felt a sense of déjà vu, having survived several recent wars with Israel. After each war, it takes years for Gaza to recover.