The United Arab Emirates is a US-backed monarchy that crushes dissent and viciously exploits migrant workers. Its latest assault on democracy: using the coronavirus pandemic to further erode civil liberties.
Belén Fernández is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work, Marytrs Never Die: Travels through South Lebanon, and, most recently, Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World. She is a contributing editor at Jacobin.
Jared Kushner has gotten yet another nepotistic gig leading the Trump administration’s coronavirus “shadow task force.” The problem is, he doesn’t know anything about COVID-19, just like he doesn’t know anything about immigration reform or Middle East peace.
Israel's blockade of Gaza has turned the strip of land into the “world's largest open-air prison.” And now the overcrowded enclave has its first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Even before the coronavirus, the United States' sanctions against Iran were unconscionable. But now, with one person dying of coronavirus every ten minutes in Iran, the sanctions are killing untold numbers of people. They must end now.
When the United States sends Salvadoran immigrants back to their home country, it’s sending them back to the very violence they were trying to flee — and that the United States itself helped create.
El Salvador shows what happens when countries criminalize abortion: women end up behind bars, and sexual violence is institutionalized.
When it comes to war, we shouldn't expect balance from mainstream news outlets: the corporate media has never met a war it didn't like.
After dragging its feet, the International Criminal Court is finally investigating Israel for committing war crimes against the Palestinians over the last five years. It's long overdue.
The modern border system is an oppressive structure that boosts corporate power and divides the haves and have-nots. We need to dismantle it.
Israel wants you to believe "Iranian-backed forces" are the threat to peace in the region. That's pure propaganda — it's Israeli aggression that we should really be worried about.
The depictions of MS-13 as animals are as simplistic as they are dehumanizing. And they obscure what spawned the violent gang in the first place: US imperialism.
The US-backed coup in Honduras ten years ago spawned a maelstrom of violence that terrorized ordinary Hondurans and forced caravans of migrants to flee the country. It was just another instance of US imperialism wreaking havoc on the world.
When Netanyahu’s education minister defended “gay conversion therapy” and called for the entire West Bank's annexation, critics condemned only the homophobia. Apartheid's defenders don’t give a damn about the oppressed — they're just embarrassed when the far right undermines their pinkwashing of a brutal, illegal occupation.
The corporate media is freaking out about Iran’s nuclear provocations. But the only reason Iran is violating the nuclear deal is because Trump already ripped it up.
A 35-year-old German boat captain has personally helped rescue more than a thousand migrants. But instead of offering her commendations, the Italian government is trying to throw her in jail for 20 years.
Today, Palestinians are observing Nakba Day, which mourns their mass expulsion in 1948. Israel is celebrating with a music festival.
Today is International Roma Day. Long oppressed, the beleaguered minority group is facing intensifying racist attacks in Salvini's Italy.
Benjamin Netanyahu's pact with a far-right, anti-Arab party ahead of April's elections is repugnant. But it's in keeping with a state that has racism and exclusion baked into its foundation.
A decade ago today, Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead” against the Gaza Strip. The military campaign took the lives of some 1,400 Palestinians, including more than three hundred children.
The slaughter of forty Yemeni schoolchildren was the direct result of US imperialism and the profit-hungry arms industry.