Lebanese Prime Minister Meets With Anti-Islam President

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Washington on Tuesday seeking additional U.S. aid to help deal with the flood of Syrian refugees to his home country. Syrian refugees now make up a quarter of Lebanon’s population of six million people with the number expected to grow. Hariri stood next to a man who sought to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. during the … Continue reading Lebanese Prime Minister Meets With Anti-Islam President

U.N. Accuses Saudi Coalition of Deadly Migrant Boat Attack off Yemen

The United Nations have released a report outlining an attack of a Somali migrant boat off Yemen conducted by Saudi Arabia-led military coalition. The coalition has denied striking the boat in the Red Sea near the port of Hodeidah, which killed 42 people and injured 34 of the more man 140 people onboard. The U.N. report details how a 7.62mm caliber weapon from an armed … Continue reading U.N. Accuses Saudi Coalition of Deadly Migrant Boat Attack off Yemen

Israel to Remove Metal Detectors from Holy Site

A loud outcry from Palestine and Jordan have led to the removal of metal detectors from outside a holy site in East Jerusalem on Tuesday. Israel said the extra security was necessary to prevent weapons from being smuggled in, but worshippers saw this as a move by Israel to assert further control over the holy site. It is also possible that Israel agreed to remove … Continue reading Israel to Remove Metal Detectors from Holy Site

Unrest Between Israel and Jordan Over Shooting

Tensions have risen between the Jewish State and neighboring Arab state over an altercation between an Israeli security officer and local Jordanian. Near the Israeli Embassy in Amman, an Israeli guard shot dead a Jordanian attacker and inadvertently shot a second Jordanian. The attack comes as thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman against the installation by Israel of metal detectors outside the East Jerusalem site … Continue reading Unrest Between Israel and Jordan Over Shooting

Marry-Your-Rapist Laws are Falling

Throughout the Middle East, women’s rights groups have strived to repeal longstanding laws that allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution if they marry their victims. The laws were built around patriarchal attitudes that link a family’s honor directly to a woman’s chasity, in which the marriage option is aimed at shielding the victim’s family from “the scandal.” Parliamentary votes are expected this summer in Lebanon … Continue reading Marry-Your-Rapist Laws are Falling

Erdogan Calls for End of Qatar Blockade

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about his objections to the blockade of Qatar by fellow Middle Eastern countries during a two-day visit to the region. Erdogan is currently in Saudi Arabia and will visit Kuwait then Qatar as he tries to resolve the dispute. Erdogan called the isolation of Qatar as inhumane and goes against Islamic values, comparing it to a death sentence. Both … Continue reading Erdogan Calls for End of Qatar Blockade