Archive For 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August September October November Submit Crime & Justice 2020-11-27 Marib military court brings charges against Iran's ambassador to Sanaa Iranian ambassador to Yemen Hassan Eyrlou, a former member of the IRGC, has been accused of aiding and directing the Houthis in Yemen. Crime & Justice 2020-11-26 Houthis turn to drug smuggling as sanctions target Iran As Iran struggles under US sanctions and is unable to fund its proxies, the Houthis have turned to drug smuggling to support their operations. Analysis 2020-11-25 Hizbullah leads Lebanon to worst economic crisis by obstructing reforms With Lebanon facing its worst economic crisis in decades, experts say Hizbullah is the obstacle to IMF aid by impeding reforms that the aid is contingent upon. Security 2020-11-24 US, allies committed to long-term regional peace The US continues to work with regional partners to highlight the US commitment to regional stability and quality partnerships. Terrorism 2020-11-24 Houthi strike on Jeddah oil facility draws international ire The militia's missile attack on a Saudi Aramco plant in Jeddah, a civilian facility, has been widely denounced as 'a cowardly act of terrorism'. Economy 2020-11-24 Iran's oil sales plummet under maximum pressure campaign The US maximum pressure campaign has significantly decreased Iran's oil production and export, leaving less money for the IRGC's destabilising regional activities. Analysis 2020-11-23 Russia-backed conference on Syria refugee return a farce: experts Held without the participation of key neighbouring countries, the event was a thinly disguised bid to restore the regime's legitimacy, experts said. Terrorism 2020-11-20 Killing of top al-Qaeda official in Tehran prompts uncomfortable questions for Iran A report detailing the killing of al-Qaeda's second-in-command Abu Mohammed al-Masri also shed light on the regime's efforts to protect the terrorist leader in an upscale suburb of Tehran for years. Security 2020-11-20 Iran uses Gulf smuggling revenue to finance proxy wars US forces have been providing regular training to military and security units of the Gulf states to help them combat smuggling operations. Human Rights 2020-11-19 One year on, grief and anger over Iran protest crackdown Not a single official in Iran has faced justice over the repression of protests that Amnesty International says left at least 304 dead. Security 2020-11-19 Sanctions on Iran's petroleum industry aim to curb IRGC The US says it will continue to prevent the Iranian regime from using the Iranian people's natural resources to fund the IRGC and its proxies. Security 2020-11-19 Iran operating advanced centrifuges at underground site: IAEA IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi reveals that an undeclared site where nuclear material is present is in the Turquzabad district of Tehran. Analysis 2020-11-18 IRGC takeover of Iran's domestic sectors hurts people, weakens institutions With the Supreme Leader's help, the IRGC has exercised increasing control over Iran's military, economy, domestic and foreign politics. Religion 2020-11-18 Bahrain Foreign Minister in Israel on first official visit The Abraham Accords reflect a changing dynamic in the region and underscore the need for co-operation to counter Iranian influence. Security 2020-11-18 Emirati Red Crescent says team targeted by gunmen in Yemen The organisation says it 'condemns and deeply regrets the cowardly terrorist act that targeted its medical staff working in mobile clinics'. Crime & Justice 2020-11-17 Organ trafficking beefs up Hizbullah's coffers Experts speaking to Al-Mashareq said Lebanon's Hizbullah has started abducting individuals and trafficking their organs to support its activities. Terrorism 2020-11-17 With al-Qaeda's old guard dead, what comes next for the group? The reported deaths of al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and deputy leader Abu Mohammed al-Masri raise questions about the group's future strategy and strength. Security 2020-11-16 Overextended abroad, IRGC fails to protect Iran's territory, people While Iran's Revolutionary Guard claims to be fighting 'enemies' in Iran and overseas, it has in fact been unable to keep Iranians or even its own military assets safe. Terrorism 2020-11-13 Saudi prince vows 'iron fist' against extremists after attacks In an address to the Shura Council, Prince Mohammed vowed the kingdom will continue to confront extremist behaviour and ideas. Terrorism 2020-11-13 Yemen government investigates Houthi torture cases Officials say the preparation of legal case files for each instance of death under torture is the first step towards ensuring justice is served. Security 2020-11-13 Fire at Saudi oil terminal after Houthi boats intercepted Arab coalition troops intercepted two explosives-laden boats the Iran-backed militia had launched targeting an oil terminal in Jizan. Energy 2020-11-12 Iran response over undeclared site 'not credible': IAEA The UN's nuclear watchdog has called for 'a full and prompt explanation' from Iran in connection with nuclear material at an undeclared site. Politics 2020-11-12 Bahrain's crown prince appointed new prime minister Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa will succeed his great uncle, who had held the post since the country's independence in 1971. Education 2020-11-12 Yemen educators bemoan Houthis' subversion of system The Iran-backed militia has been attempting to subvert the educational system by abusing the rights of educators, students and schools. Health 2020-11-11 Middle east citizens trust US, western COVID-19 vaccines over Iran, China The preference to use a US- or European-made vaccine is based on scientific research, rather than geopolitical or sectarian factors, citizens and medical professionals say. Environment 2020-11-11 Yemen's ancient city of Shibam risks collapse The mud-brick constructions need constant repair, but Yemen's economy has collapsed in the war following the Houthis' coup in Sanaa. Analysis 2020-11-10 Tehran willing to risk Iranian lives with Chinese vaccine The Iranian regime has said it is prepared to collaborate with China and Russia to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but Iranian health experts remain sceptical. Crime & Justice 2020-11-10 Al-Hariri prosecutors seek life term for Hizbullah member Prosecution seeks 'severest penalty available to the tribunal' for Salim Ayyash, found guilty in absentia of the murder of Rafik al-Hariri. Education 2020-11-09 Yemenis slam Sanaa University's tilt towards Iran The Houthis' decision to name the first class of Farsi graduates in honor of slain Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has sparked anger. Economy 2020-11-09 Lebanon sets priorities for new phase of multi-year crisis response plan In 2021, the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan aims to ensure support of impoverished Lebanese host communities and refugee populations. Education 2020-11-06 Houthis privatise select schools for revenue, propaganda The Iran-backed Houthis are using public buildings to establish their own private schools in Sanaa while some officials describe the move as corrupt and exploitative. Society 2020-11-05 USAID-funded programme supports Beirut clean-up efforts Paid volunteers have been removing rubble in the aftermath of the port explosion as part of USAID's Community Support Programme. Economy 2020-11-04 Iranian regime splurges on weapons as citizens struggle The Iranian regime is spending money on weapons and plans to unveil a new helicopter carrier. Meanwhile, the public is enduring significant hardships. Politics 2020-11-03 Hizbullah blocks Lebanon's economic, political recovery: experts The party's actions as a client of the Iranian regime have isolated Lebanon as it navigates a financial crisis and continuing social unrest. Crime & Justice 2020-11-03 Yemen court hears witness accounts in large-scale Houthi trial Marib Military Court heard the testimonies of a number of victims of Houthi crimes during the fifth hearing of the trial of 175 Houthi leaders. Politics 2020-11-02 Yemen's Hadi reiterates support for Riyadh Agreement The agreement the government signed a year ago with the Southern Transitional Council is key to restoring the state, Yemen's president says. Politics 2020-11-02 Israel CEOs seek business partnerships in UAE A delegation of 13 business leaders joined a trip to the UAE organised by an Israeli venture capitalist firm to begin a new chapter. Economy 2020-11-02 Lebanon needs PM to rein in Hizbullah: experts Hizbullah's control over the government's decision-making process is holding the country back and may yet cost it vital international aid.