Congress inches closer to handing Pentagon $350 million for Syrian rebels

Sen. John McCain signs off on aid request blocked after last year's effort ended in a debacle.
Read more»

 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 28

UN warns of 'catastrophic' breakdown of Syria cease-fire

The United Nations warned of a catastrophic breakdown of the Syria cease-fire as the United States said it was outraged by what it initially assessed to be a deliberate Syrian regime airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo.
Read more»

 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on April 28

Egypt's writers fear increasing restrictions

Egyptian authors are fighting for freedom of expression as the state cracks down on what it calls offending public decency and contempt of religion.
Read more»

 Albaraa Abdullah for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 28

Why young Sahrawis are joining the military movement against Morocco

Sahrawi youth have grown tired of waiting for the United Nations to break the stalement between Western Sahara and Morocco.
Read more»

 Habibulah Mohamed Lamin for Al-Monitor on April 28

Who sent Iranian army green berets to Syria?

For the first time since Iran’s 1980-88 war with Iraq, the Iranian army is conducting foreign military operations. But who sent the army’s green berets to Syria?
Read more»

 Abbas Qaidaari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on April 28

Is the PA coordinating arrests with Israel?

In light of the climaxing uprising, some claim the Palestinian Authority's security services are coordinating arrests, so that after a Palestinian suspect is released by the PA he is shortly thereafter detained by Israel.
Read more»

 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on April 28

How one Gaza crossing went from death trap to gate of hope

A decade ago, crossing from Gaza at the Erez checkpoint was a nightmare, but now under Defense Ministry management the once-dangerous crossing offers a model of order and security for West Bank facilities.
Read more»

 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on April 28

Trump meets the DC foreign policy establishment

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump rolls out his "America First" foreign policy speech, leaving many unanswered questions about his plans to secure the United States and stabilize the world's trouble spots.
Read more»

 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on April 27

Obama and Congress hurtle toward showdown over Israel missile defense

Lawmakers are feeling a lot more generous than the Obama administration when it comes to Israel's safety.
Read more»

 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on April 27

Egyptian MP says forcing Sinai residents to move will only worsen terrorism

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Egyptian parliamentarian Salama Al-Roqie expressed concern that the displacement of Sinai citizens suggested by some lawmakers will worsen the spread of terrorism and that the Sinai tribes are vital in supporting the armed forces in the war against extremists.
Read more»

 George Mikhail for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on April 27

©2016 Al-Monitor. All rights reserved.