inCONTEXT: Our Take on the News


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...

Canada Accepts Anti-Semitism Standard

Catherine Goodwin
Canada announced that it would officially recognize the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism as part of its new anti-racism programming on...

Iran Executes Two Teenagers: Report

Michael Johnson
Amnesty International accused the Iranian government of executing two minors in late April, denying the teens due process and violating international law. The report...

Sunni Insurgents Target IRGC

Michael Johnson
A suicide bomber killed 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks against the...

Bolton Talks Syria in Israel, Shunned in Turkey

Michael Johnson
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to the Middle East this week to clarify President Trump’s Syrian...

Iranian Hackers Charged in Ransomware Attack

Michael Johnson
The  U.S. Department Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it had filed indictments against two Iranian men for a 2016 hacking attack against Western...

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