Latest from Kareem Fahim

Power outages cripple parts of the Middle East amid record heat waves and rising unrest

Electricity cuts are taking the greatest toll on businesses, hospitals and the poor in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
  • Jul 24, 2021

Protests over water shortages in Iran turn deadly in a summer of drought and rolling blackouts

At least two people have been killed in the protests in oil-rich Khuzestan province, which lies along the border with Iraq.
  • Jul 21, 2021

In Syria’s war without end, refugee tent camps harden into concrete cities

After years of deadlock and dithering by the international community over its fate, the besieged enclave of Idlib is being transformed.
  • Jul 19, 2021

U.N. votes to allow humanitarian aid to keep flowing into Syria across Turkish border

The vote followed negotiations between the United States and Russia. Officials hailed the agreement as a direct result of the Biden-Putin summit.
  • Jul 9, 2021

Millions of Syrian civilians at grave risk if U.S., Russia fail to strike deal on U.N. aid deliveries

The Biden administration has described the cross-border aid issue as an example of the kind of cooperation it wants from Russia as it seeks a path toward longer-term strategic accords.
  • Jul 7, 2021

Women protest in Turkey after government withdraws from treaty combating gender-based violence

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied that Turkey’s exit from the Istanbul Convention would be detrimental to women.
  • Jul 1, 2021

Hardening stances by Iran and U.S. complicate negotiations to revive nuclear deal

Six rounds of negotiations in Vienna have yet to reach agreement on a nuclear deal both the Biden administration and Iran’s leadership are eager to restore.
  • Jun 27, 2021

Turkish police break up Pride parade with tear gas

The Istanbul governor’s office had refused to grant a permit for the parade, which has been held since 2003 but banned for the last seven years.
  • Jun 26, 2021

U.S. seizes websites linked to Iranian government propaganda

The action is the latest U.S. effort to combat what it calls Iranian disinformation.
  • Jun 22, 2021

Raisi says Iran’s ballistic missiles are ‘not negotiable’ — and he doesn’t want to meet Biden

Ebrahim Raisi, a cleric and former judiciary chief, is a hard-line conservative who enjoyed the backing of Iran’s supreme leader and allied security services in last week’s presidential election.
  • Jun 21, 2021