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The European Court of Human Rights struck a major blow to Israel’s efforts to silence its critics on June 11, writes Ali Abunimah, when it overturned the criminal convictions against 11 Palestinian rights activists in France.

Saudi Arabia is suffering setbacks, in its war in Yemen, the oil price collapse and the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Rupen Savoulian.

War-torn Syria faces the danger of a potentially very severe COVID-19 crisis. But in the north and east of the country, the Autonomous Administration is working hard to stop the spread of the virus and save lives, writes Chris Slee.

A reporter recently told US President Donald Trump he had a moral responsibility to help Iran as it is hit by the new coronavirus. No mention was made about Venezuela. Why Iran and not Venezuela? Steve Ellner explains why.

The people of North and East Syria — a region commonly known as Rojava — are facing increased risk of contracting COVID-19 due to its rapid spread in neighbouring countries, writes Kerry Smith.

The region of Rojava in Northern Syria, which cares for millions of civilians with less money and resources than virtually any other state on the planet, is on the verge of a catastrophe, reports Syrian Democratic Times.

The escalating war in Idlib has forced another million people to flee the northern Syrian province, but Turkey and Greece have closed their borders to these desperate refugees, writes Chris Slee.

It is a feat to coalesce 72 years of struggle against displacement, apartheid and racism into an accessible 110-minute film, but Solidarity: Five Largely Unknown Truths about Israel, Palestine and the Occupied Territories manages this task well, writes Nora Barrows-Friedman.

More than 20,000 people attended the fourth congress of the left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey on February 23, reports Alex Bainbridge from Ankara. 

The Bashar al-Assad regime has captured more than a third of Idlib, a province in north-western Syria, which had been controlled by rebels. Chris Slee writes that in the process, about 900,000 people have been displaced according to United Nations figures.

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