inCONTEXT: Our Take on the News


Iranian Diplomat Sentenced in Belgian Terror Plot

Michael Johnson
A court in Belgium convicted an Iranian diplomat for the attempted bombing of a 2018 Iranian opposition group Thursday. Antwerp Criminal Court sentenced Assadollah...

Beijing Facilitates Ousting of Hong Kong Lawmakers

Michael Johnson
Fifteen pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong announced their resignation on Wednesday over the ousting of four pro-democracy members of the territory's Legislative Council (LegCo). Earlier...

Amid Navalny’s Recovery, German Inaction

Michael Johnson
Doctors in Germany released Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from hospital on Tuesday, following extensive treatment for poisoning. While growing evidence indicates Kremlin involvement...

Khashoggi Murder Trial Starts in Istanbul

Sacha Warnod
Turkish prosecutors began a criminal trial against 20 Saudi citizens in absentia last week for the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi. While the proceedings...

Houthi Missile Fired at Riyadh Intercepted

Sacha Warnod
Houthi rebels conducted drone and ballistic missile strikes on Riyadh on Tuesday, targeting military and government outposts in Saudi Arabian capital, according to the...

Iran Releases U.S. Navy Veteran

Sacha Warnod
Iran released U.S. Navy veteran Michael White on Thursday, after almost two years in prison. Just days earlier, the United States had extradited Sirous...

Russia Sends Air Power to Back Libyan Rebels

Sacha Warnod
Russia delivered fourth generation fighter jets to Libya in order to back its state-sponsored private military contractors (PMC), according to a Tuesday statement from...

Iraq’s Parliament Agrees on New Prime Minister

Sacha Warnod
The Iraqi Parliament swore in Mustafa Al-Kadhimi as the new prime minister May 7, also approving three-quarters of his cabinet. Iraqi politicians hope the...

Germany Belatedly Bans Hezbollah’s Activities

Michael Johnson
The German government designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization Thursday, finally eliminating the distinction between the group’s military and political operations. The move may...

Trial of Former Syrian Officials Begin in Germany

Michael Johnson
The trial of two former Syrian intelligence officials began in Koblenz, Germany on Thursday, marking the first such court appearance for high-level human rights...

Russia Frees Israeli-American Citizen

Michael Johnson
Russian President Vladimir Putin commuted the prison sentence of Israeli-American Naama Issachar on Wednesday, allowing her to leave Moscow. The 27-year-old woman had been...

Bombing Hits Police Checkpoint in Gaza

Michael Johnson
The Hamas-run government in Gaza arrested ten individuals for involvement in Tuesday’s attacks on two police checkpoints. Senior Hamas official Moussa Mohammed Abu Marzouk...

Hamza Bin Laden Reported Dead

Catherine Goodwin
Multiple media outlets this week reported that Hamza Bin Laden, son of Osama Bin Laden was killed some time within the last two years....

Israelis Targeted for False Rape Accusation

Catherine Goodwin
Authorities in Cyprus arrested a British woman on Sunday after she admitted her rape allegations against 12 Israeli men were false. Five of the...

U.S. Cancels F-35 Sale to Turkey

Catherine Goodwin
The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it is canceling Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter jet program. For weeks, Washington had cautioned Ankara that...

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