middle east

  • March 27, 2012  

    Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad toured the besieged city of Homs Tuesday, as reports suggested the government had accepted Kofi Annan’s peace plan. Judy Woodruff discusses the latest developments with journalist Andrew Tabler, author of “In the Lion’s Den,” who lived in Syria for most of the last decade. Continue reading

  • February 17, 2012    

    The death of New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid has been followed by an outpouring of praise for the talented and humble reporter, who passed away Thursday from an asthma attack while covering the unrest in Syria. Over the years, Shadid made numerous appearances on the NewsHour. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2012    

    King Abdullah II of Jordan told Margaret Warner Thursday that he expects the “loss of life” will continue in Syria and that the key players “don’t really know what to do” about the conflict in the Middle Eastern country. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2012  

    King Abdullah II of Jordan, the first Arab leader to urge President Assad to step down, sat down with Margaret Warner Thursday to discuss his expectation of more killings in Syria, the Arab League’s role in quelling unrest there as well as the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative and reforms within his own kingdom. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2011    

    Several thousand Iraqis, including many who helped the United States during the Iraq war, are caught in a grim race between death threats in their own country and the cumbersome process of obtaining a visa. Continue reading

  • December 12, 2011    

    In an interview with Jeffrey Brown — airing in full on Monday’s NewsHour — British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK will issue further sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down because of the government’s bloody crackdown on protesters. Continue reading

  • November 14, 2011  

    Jordan’s King Abdullah called on Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Monday to halt the crackdown on dissidents that has left at least 3,500 dead since March. His statement comes after a weekend vote by Arab League nations to suspend Syria’s membership. Independent Television News’ John Ray reports. Continue reading

  • November 8, 2011   BY  

    In the days after the U.S. Embassy and its staffers were taken hostage in Tehran in 1979, the United States invoked an obscure law and declared Iran a threat to its national security. Thirty-two years later, amid a new U.N. report that Iran is still pushing a nuclear weapons program and allegations that it tried to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, President Obama has renewed the declaration that the clerical regime is still a threat. Continue reading

  • November 1, 2011    

    A new chapter is unfolding in the Palestinian bid to gain statehood in the United Nations. Momentarily thwarted in their attempts to get official recognition in the U.N. Security Council, Palestinians have gone to a smaller agency to start the approval process. Continue reading

  • October 24, 2011  

    Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al Arabiya News, Michele Dunne, director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and Marina Ottaway of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace speak with Gwen Ifill about the next steps for the Arab spring in Libya, Tunisia and Syria. Continue reading