Weekly Roundup: US Senate advances vote on war in Yemen as belligerents prepare for peace talks, Israeli police charge Netanyahu and wife with corruption, and Astana talks fail to advance Syria constitutional convention plans

US Senate advances Yemen vote as belligerents prepare for peace talks, Israeli police charge Netanyahu and wife with corruption for third time, and Astana talks fail to realize Syria constitutional convention plans

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Weekly Roundup: Syrian activist Raed Fares murdered in Idlib, Saudi Arabia accused of torturing female detainees, and Tunisian civil servants strike over IMF-mandated wage cuts

Syrian activist Raed Fares was murdered in Idlib, rights monitors accuse Saudi Arabia of torturing women’s rights activists in prison, and civil servants strike with UGTT union in Tunisia over IMF-mandated wage cuts

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What’s in a deal anyway: Idlib DMZ violations harm peace process

The Idlib de-militarized zone (DMZ) deal is a powerful tool for advancing peace, but only if Turkey and Russia commit the resources to properly enforce it. The implementation of the Idlib DMZ holds powerful consequences for the ongoing Syrian constitutional committee and the broader peace process.

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Weekly Roundup: Saudi public prosecutor seeks death penalty for five accused of Khashoggi murder, Hamas ceasefire triggers uproar in Israeli right-wing politics, and Libyan factions meet in Italy to discuss elections

Saudi public prosecutor seeks death penalty for five accused of Khashoggi murder, Hamas ceasefire triggers uproar in Israeli right-wing politics, and Libyan factions meet in Italy to discuss elections

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Podcast: Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by Saudi operatives, challenges face Iraq’s new government

In this episode of the Middle East Weekly podcast, we discuss the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents in Istanbul, the formation of and challenges facing Iraq’s new government, the re-instatement of sanctions on Iran, and an election boycott in Bahrain. Khashoggi was murdered when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his marriage. After initially denying reports of his killing, Saudi authorities have since acknowledged his death and enacted their own investigation. They have continued to deny charges by Turkish authorities that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s death personally, instead insisting that the killers were acting of their own accord. In Iraq, the new President Barham Salih is working to form his cabinet. He faces domestic pressure to address inefficiencies and shortages of critical government services, especially utilities. Iranian officials have debated legal action to align the country with European policies on terror financing, in an effort to convince European countries to continue doing business with Iran as American sanctions come back into effect. In Bahrain, the opposition party al-Wefaq staged a boycott ahead of elections there, citing discriminatory government policies preventing its members from running for office. 

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