Iran Celebrates Auto Deal with Renault

Despite new sanctions imposed by President Trump, Iran and the French car company Renault have agreed a $780 million deal to produce as many as 15,000 cars a year. Since a drop in the cost of oil per barrel and international sanctions, Iran’s economic growth has declined and youth unemployment has sky-rocketed to 40%. However, recently re-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has promised to revitalize the … Continue reading Iran Celebrates Auto Deal with Renault

U.S. Sends Troops to Yemen

President Trump has authorized the deployment of a small number of American troops to Southern Yemen in an attempt to drive Al-Qaeda out of the region. The American troops will fight alongside a Yemeni tribal group called the Shabwami forces and the U.A.E. in the Shabwa province located in the Arabian Peninsula. In March, Trump introduced legislation that declared parts of Yemen as “temporary battlefields” … Continue reading U.S. Sends Troops to Yemen

Turkey Rejects a Kurdish State

For years, the Kurds and Turkish have fought for the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq which has led to multiple suicide bombings in Turkey and thousands of deaths on both sides. On Friday, deputy chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Mehmet Gunal spoke of Turkish support for Iraq’s territorial integrity. In other words, Turkey would fight to protect that national sovereignty … Continue reading Turkey Rejects a Kurdish State

Seven Million Starving in Yemen

Since the breakout of war in Yemen, two million people have been displaced from their homes and thousands more have perished. A new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that seven million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation, while 2.3 million children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition. Many people in Yemen have … Continue reading Seven Million Starving in Yemen

Peace in the Middle East Doesn’t Involve History says Kushner

The U.S.’s negotiator to the Middle East, Jared Kushner, told congressional interns on Tuesday that historical context is not necessary when negotiating peace in the region. “We don’t want a history lesson. We’ve read enough books. Let’s focus on how do you come up with a conclusion to the situation,” said Kushner. The present only makes sense in terms of the past, which is why … Continue reading Peace in the Middle East Doesn’t Involve History says Kushner

Shia Mosque in Afghanistan Target of Another Terrorist Attack

Afghanistan was once again hit by a terrorist attack, this time at a minority Shia mosque in the western province of Herat. The death toll is estimated around 100 with more than 50 injured in what is believed to be a suicide bombing. Shias are the minority in the Sunni dominated country, and are under constant danger from ISIS who target Shia controlled provinces. Yesterday … Continue reading Shia Mosque in Afghanistan Target of Another Terrorist Attack

ISIS Attacks Iraqi Embassy in Kabul

Afghan security forces fought gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital city of Kabul. A bomber blew himself up in front of the embassy’s gates, then three other gunmen entered the compound. Two Iraqi embassy employees were killed and three people including a police officer were injured. This is the first attack on the city’s Iraqi embassy and is just … Continue reading ISIS Attacks Iraqi Embassy in Kabul