Mohammed bin Salman and a murderous web of lies

Mohammed bin Salman and a murderous web of lies

"Oh what a tangled web we weave/when first we practice to deceive," are lines often attributed to Shakespeare that were, in fact, written in 1808 by the great Scottish bard Sir Walter Scott. But how well they describe the tangled web Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (known as MBS) has woven and now caught…

Can Israel’s PM Netanyahu save his right-wing coalition?

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has narrowly averted a possible collapse of his coalition government. Education Minister Naftali Bennett threatened to pull his party from Netanyahu's coalition over a ceasefire in Gaza. But on Monday, Bennett announced he and his party will stay on and give Netanyahu "one more chance". If Bennett had resigned, Netanyahu…
Detained Saudi activists tortured, sexually harassed: Amnesty

Detained Saudi activists tortured, sexually harassed: Amnesty

Saudi activists, including women, arrested in a government crackdown this year have faced sexual harassment and torture during interrogation, Amnesty International said. Since May, the kingdom has held at least 10 women and seven men on vague national security allegations related to their human rights work. Those arrested include Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al Nafjan and…
China surveillance firms face backlash amid Xinjiang crackdown

China surveillance firms face backlash amid Xinjiang crackdown

Shenzhen, China - The video screen shows a constant procession of Chinese citizens moving past a camera at what appears to be a public festival, park or central city plaza. Their faces are bracketed by yellow squares with various numbers hovering below, including each person's estimated age and gender. If the person is known to…
Central Americans with disabilities seek compassion at US border

Central Americans with disabilities seek compassion at US border

Tijuana, Mexico - Lying in the shade in a little green strip between a walkway and a fence in the Tijuana stadium-turned-shelter for Central American migrants and refugees, Daniel Folgar launches into a chronology of the bones he has broken and re-broken. He has dislocated his right hip six times; repeatedly broken both femurs; and his…
Welcome to Arivaca: Where residents want anti-migrant militia out

Welcome to Arivaca: Where residents want anti-migrant militia out

Nearly a decade ago, residents of Arivaca, Arizona, knew little about the gun-toting vigilantes patrolling the nearby borderlands hugging the US-Mexico frontier. Storming up and down the border armed with military-grade weapons, the Minutemen American Defense militia captured and bound immigrants, intimidated and threatened them and sometimes forced them back into Mexican territory. Locals say…
Vietnam’s rap queen and traditional society’s changing voice

Vietnam’s rap queen and traditional society’s changing voice

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - "Life is happy, so what?" sings Vietnamese artist Suboi in her new hit single N-sao. The song has resonated with disaffected young Vietnamese and can be heard on smartphones and laptop speakers from Ho Chi Minh City to the capital, Hanoi. "Why is it nowadays a shame to be…
Pakistan summons US envoy over Trump’s comments

Pakistan summons US envoy over Trump’s comments

Pakistan has summoned a high-ranking diplomat from the United States to lodge a strong protest against President Donald Trump's "unwarranted and unsubstantiated" criticism of Islamabad's role in the Washington-led "war on terror". Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called in the US Chargé d'Affaires (US CdA)  Paul Jones to the foreign office in the capital, Islamabad, on…
Lebanon in stalemate over new cabinet: What’s the hold up?

Lebanon in stalemate over new cabinet: What’s the hold up?

Beirut, Lebanon - After nearly a decade of turbulent politics and postponed elections, Lebanon held its first general election since 2009 this May. Six months later, parties are still wrangling for ministerial slots to form a government. A country defined by a rigid sectarian political balance where custom dictates how cabinet seats are allocated, Lebanon is…
Hodeidah clashes flare around key port, despite calls for truce

Hodeidah clashes flare around key port, despite calls for truce

Fighting between the Saudi-UAE coalition and Shia rebels in Yemen has flared up again around the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, despite UN calls for a ceasefire there, Yemeni officials and witnesses say. Saudi-UAE coalition planes launched at least 10 air raids on positions held by the rebels, known as Houthis, late on Monday,…

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