Press Review 7.18.18

Last update: 2022-04-22 09:55:18

“Although Saudi Arabia is the historic meddler in Yemen and many usually describe the intervening coalition as ‘Saudi-led,' today the UAE plays an important and often leading role," writes Daniel L. Byman for the Brookings Institute. Byman explains why ending the interventions of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen would leave all three better off.


Journalists for the BBC take viewers into the underground tunnel network that sustained the Syrian rebel army for years throughout the extreme shelling and bombing from Assad forces in this short video exposition. Four stories underground, the living spaces, conference rooms and highly organized plans of battle of the rebel army have been discovered in the groups’ innovative tunnel system.


Hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed government buildings in the South of the country on Friday, demanding better services, job opportunities, and an end to reported Iranian interference. “These protests are for the oppressed people of Basra,” reported one protester asking for basic needs from the government such as stable infrastructure, clean water, and access to electricity. Saad Jawad, a professor of political science at the London School of Economics, explained that unrest was the result "of what happened in Iraq since 2003," according to Al Jazeera.


Running for national office with the blessing from Pakistan courts is Aurangzeb Farooqi, the leader of a political party in Pakistan banned for espousing sectarian violence. Farooqi is one of several candidates with ties to Islamic extremist groups, and according to the New York Times, faces charges of spreading religious hatred that was linked to the murders of Shiite activists.


Migrant  Abdallah Afandi works to challenge the “racism and prejudice” he has encountered in Lebanon by taking part in Lebanon’s first radio show to be hosted and produced by migrants from countries like Sudan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Philippines. The show aims to create greater understanding about where migrants come from. Reuters quotes Afandi, who explained, “I want to use my voice so that people in Lebanon understand where I come from, my culture, music, food - so they will look beyond what I do for a living, and the color of my skin.”