Human rights
Senator urges aid freeze to Egypt amid human rights abuses
Sen. Chris Murphy urged the Biden administration not to bypass US law with this year's military aid package to Cairo.
Al-Monitor Staff | Washington Pulse | Jul 29, 2021
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, speaks during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, on June 9, 2021.
US condemns violence against protesters in Iran
The US condemnation comes as rights groups accuse Iranian authorities of a violent crackdown on protests that erupted earlier this month over severe water shortages in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | Jul 29, 2021
Watchdog: Internet disrupted in Iran amid water protests
The internet is heavily restricted in Iran, and the government initiated an internet blackout in 2019 during widespread protests in the country.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | Jul 23, 2021
Turkey plans further clampdown on independent media
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP says it won't allow "fifth column" activity from independent media organizations.
Amberin Zaman | Turkey | Jul 22, 2021
Turkish-backed rebels leave trail of abuse and criminality in Syria’s Afrin
The serene topography of the Syrian enclave of Afrin belies the power vacuum and violence now afflicting many of the territories under the control of Turkish-backed forces in the war-torn country’s northeast.
Dan Wilkofsky, Amberin Zaman, Mohammed Hardan | Syria | Jul 22, 2021
Dubai princess' number on Pegasus spyware list
The phone numbers for Princess Latifa and some of her friends appeared on a leaked database of surveillance targets reportedly selected by customers of the Israel-based NSO Group.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jul 22, 2021
The Takeaway: Biden-Abdullah White House summit key to Israel-Jordan reset
Jordan-Israel ties had hit rock bottom under Netanyahu; Also: Will Zarif pick up Raisi’s road map on the Iran deal?; Israel prepares Raisi file; Egypt, Ethiopia compete for power partnerships; Saudi-Ethiopian ties strained by Nile dam dispute; Russia’s vaccine diplomacy stumbles; the latest Pharaonic parade. 
Andrew Parasiliti, Elizabeth Hagedorn, Joe Snell | Israel | Jul 21, 2021
Israeli firm NSO Group tied to high-level hacks
A sweeping investigation found the names of world leaders, human rights defenders and journalists included on a leaked list of 50,000 alleged surveillance targets.
Al-Monitor Staff | Israel | Jul 19, 2021
Syrian man in Netherlands convicted of war crimes for soldier's execution
A court sentenced Ahmad al Khedr to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2012 execution of a regime soldier, which was captured on film.
Al-Monitor Staff | Syria | Jul 16, 2021
Has Erdogan achieved his goal to build his 'New Turkey'?
As Turkey marks the fifth anniversary of the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt, the putsch has served as a founding myth for Erdogan’s "New Turkey."
Cengiz Candar | Turkey | Jul 16, 2021
Microsoft says Israeli company's malware used to hack dissidents, activists
Microsoft said around half of the victims were located in the Palestinian territories, and many of the remaining targets were based in the Middle East.
Al-Monitor Staff | Israel | Jul 16, 2021
Who is Masih Alinejad, target of an alleged Iranian kidnapping plot?
Prosecutors say the four Iranian defendants plotted to forcibly take the Brooklyn-based author and activist to Iran where her "fate would have been uncertain at best.”
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | Jul 14, 2021
Iraqis campaign against impunity for violence
Activists in Iraq and abroad are seeking to pressure Iraqi authorities into preventing impunity for perpetrators of abuses.
Mustafa Saadoun | Iraq | Jul 14, 2021
Egypt upholds life sentences for 10 Muslim Brotherhood leaders
The Brotherhood members are serving life sentences related to a 2011 jailbreak.
Al-Monitor Staff | Egypt | Jul 12, 2021
Israeli Supreme Court OKs surrogacy for same sex-couples, single men
Israel’s High Court of Justice said restrictions barring same-sex couples from using surrogate mothers to become parents must end in six months.
Al-Monitor Staff | Israel | Jul 12, 2021
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4,000-year-old city discovered in Iraq
Adnan Abu Zeed | Iraq | Jul 9, 2021
Saudi Arabia’s race for Gulf economic leadership takes to the sky
Sebastian Castelier | Gulf | Jul 13, 2021
Ancient fossilized fish found in Egypt that survived in hot waters
Alaa Omran | Culture | Jun 16, 2021
Will Turkey use Syrian mercenaries in Kabul?
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Jul 12, 2021
Has Israel’s army become too small?
Ben Caspit | Israel | Jul 13, 2021
Nile Dam talks may be ‘in a lot of trouble,’ says Samuel Ramani
NSO officials comment on Pegasus spyware affair: We are self-regulated on right for privacy, transparency  
Ali Hashem on what to expect from Ebrahim Raisi and the rise of the Hezbollahis in Iran
Major General Noam Tibon: IDF needs more boots on the ground 
South Asia security expert Ayesha Siddiqa says Turkey is a natural fit for Afghanistan 
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