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* Recent dispatch (1): “A stronger Israel in a less stable world” (An interview with Tom Gross)

* Recent dispatch (2): Far-Right pundit Zemmour announces presidential run to ‘save’ France

* Recent dispatch (3): Why Zionism is an inspiration for New Zealand’s indigenous Māoris

* Recent dispatch (4): Iranian women’s soccer team accused of fielding a man (& Teaching Israeli poetry in Gaza)

* Recent dispatch (5): Cleaner at house of Israel Defense Minister tried to provide info to Iran’s Black Shadow

* Recent dispatch (6): Wheelchair-using Israeli minister invited to meet Boris Johnson after being refused entry to COP26 climate summit in Glasgow

* Recent dispatch (7): The French Trump: The so-called Jewish “useful idiot” endorsed by Jean-Marie Le Pen appeals to Les Deplorables

* Recent dispatch (8): A Middle East football World Cup to help calm tensions and bring about cooperation

* Recent dispatch (9): BBC: “The rabbi from Brooklyn saved our lives”; CNN: “And Israelis saved us”

* Recent dispatch (10): Raqqa, the Isis capital where hostages were beheaded, is now Syria's most thriving city

* Recent dispatch (11): Death threats for Iraqis calling for peace with Israel, as US abandons these peacemakers

* Recent dispatch (12): Taliban 2.0: How the return of the “Islamic emirate” of Afghanistan affects everywhere from China to Chechnya

* Recent dispatch (13): Naftali Bennett, The Man Behind the Slogans and Stereotypes (&“worst apartheid ever”)

* Recent dispatch (14): The rise and fall of “King Bibi”: Haviv Rettig Gur and Tom Gross discuss the Netanyahu legacy

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Writer Ariana Neumann (Venezuela / Prague / London)

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Novelist Max Gross: When Google meets shtetl

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Alan Dershowitz on his life, career and the state of America

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: New York Times columnist Bret Stephens

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Palestinian journalist Issam Ikirmawi (CNN, Al Jazeera, etc)

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Jamie Fly, From Trump to Biden: US foreign policy and party politics moving forward

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Violinist & Holocaust survivor Bela Dekany

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Times of Israel editor David Horovitz

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Mostafa Elostaz on Palestinian issues

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Lawyer Zoe Johnson

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Shmuel Bar

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Pianist Evgeny Kissin on music, the Yiddish language, Israel and the Soviet Union

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: The last Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: John O’Sullivan, Margaret Thatcher’s trusted advisor

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Filmmaker Hossein Amini (grandson of ex-PM of Iran)

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Writer David Pryce-Jones

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The Media & distorted news

The Arab world

America & the Mideast

Britain & the Mideast

Britain under attack

Brexit

Israel & BDS

The future

A selection of articles

Media criticism

The New York Times

The BBC

UK media’s global reach

News or Fake news?

Terrorism and radicalism

Palestinian issues

Israeli issues

The Arab world, Iran & Turkey

Syria

The Kurds

Iran

Turkey & The Gulf

Brexit & The Mideast

U.S. politics

Human Rights

The Holocaust

Provocative cartoons

Photos essays

Videos: fun and serious

“Tom Gross is probably Europe’s leading observer of the Middle East” -- Former Pentagon official Michael Rubin


“Tom Gross’s dynamic dispatches bring to light stories that matter. He’s a one-man news agency of the most impressive kind” -- Former Arab Affairs editor for the BBC Magdi Abdelhadi, Cairo


“I read dozens of websites about the Middle East but I find new and important information at Tom Gross’s. You can’t skip his dispatches” -- Former U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams


“Tom Gross does an important job in bringing to our attention some of the most interesting articles published in various media outlets. His comments and analysis are very informative” -- Khaled Abu Toameh, Palestinian affairs correspondent, Jerusalem Post

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Iranian women post photos free of hijab – but only for a few seconds

Hundreds of Iranian women defied strict rules requiring them to cover their heads in public, by sending photos of themselves without headscarves to a special Facebook page. They face arrest if identified. They quickly put their hijabs back on after taking the photos.

Interviews with human rights heroes

The wife of Saudi Arabia’s best known political prisoner, liberal blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, speaks out.
A schoolgirl who escaped Boko Haram in Nigeria describes her ordeal. Michelle Obama is among those campaigning to #BringBackOurGirls. Most remain in captivity.
An interview with a former French Islamic State hostage in Syria, who was held with the U.S. and British hostages who were beheaded, including Jim Foley and Steve Sotloff.
This is the impassioned plea which the first female Yazidi MP in Iraq’s parliament, Vian Dakhi, made to draw the world’s attention to the plight of Yazidi girls forced into sex slavery.
Egyptian liberal dissident and former political prisoner Maikel Nabil is one of the moderate centrists that Egypt needs.
North Korean defector and freedom campaigner Hyeonseo Lee has risked her life by criticizing one of the world’s most oppressive regimes.
At the grave of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. Arafat was no human rights hero, rejecting a Palestinian state, setting back peace efforts, and keeping some unpleasant company.

Meanwhile on campus…

Incitement to kill Jews made by masked Palestinian students at a “moderate” American-partnered university: A series of photos exclusive to this website from Al-Quds campus.

And on a happier note…

News from the Middle East can be depressing. Here is something more upbeat: people across the region record themselves singing along to the Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy”.
Happy in Tel Aviv
Happy in Jerusalem
Happy in Beirut
Happy in Gaza
Happy in Tehran
The Iranians who created this “Happy” video were arrested and subjected to harsh detention. Police chief Hossein Sajedinia told the official ISNA news agency that the “vulgar clip” had “harmed public chastity”. Iran’s state TV broadcast a program showing the men and women in the video (which had become a hit on Iranian social media) confessing to their “crime” on camera. In response, Pharrell Williams wrote on his Facebook page that “It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness”.

* Recent dispatch (1): “A stronger Israel in a less stable world” (An interview with Tom Gross)

* Recent dispatch (2): Far-Right pundit Zemmour announces presidential run to ‘save’ France

* Recent dispatch (3): Why Zionism is an inspiration for New Zealand’s indigenous Māoris

* Recent dispatch (4): Iranian women’s soccer team accused of fielding a man (& Teaching Israeli poetry in Gaza)

* Recent dispatch (5): Cleaner at house of Israel Defense Minister tried to provide info to Iran’s Black Shadow

* Recent dispatch (6): Wheelchair-using Israeli minister invited to meet Boris Johnson after being refused entry to COP26 climate summit in Glasgow

* Recent dispatch (7): The French Trump: The so-called Jewish “useful idiot” endorsed by Jean-Marie Le Pen appeals to Les Deplorables

* Recent dispatch (8): A Middle East football World Cup to help calm tensions and bring about cooperation

* Recent dispatch (9): BBC: “The rabbi from Brooklyn saved our lives”; CNN: “And Israelis saved us”

* Recent dispatch (10): Raqqa, the Isis capital where hostages were beheaded, is now Syria's most thriving city

* Recent dispatch (11): Death threats for Iraqis calling for peace with Israel, as US abandons these peacemakers

* Recent dispatch (12): Taliban 2.0: How the return of the “Islamic emirate” of Afghanistan affects everywhere from China to Chechnya

* Recent dispatch (13): Naftali Bennett, The Man Behind the Slogans and Stereotypes (&“worst apartheid ever”)

* Recent dispatch (14): The rise and fall of “King Bibi”: Haviv Rettig Gur and Tom Gross discuss the Netanyahu legacy

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Writer Ariana Neumann (Venezuela / Prague / London)

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Novelist Max Gross: When Google meets shtetl

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Alan Dershowitz on his life, career and the state of America

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: New York Times columnist Bret Stephens

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Palestinian journalist Issam Ikirmawi (CNN, Al Jazeera, etc)

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Jamie Fly, From Trump to Biden: US foreign policy and party politics moving forward

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Violinist & Holocaust survivor Bela Dekany

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Times of Israel editor David Horovitz

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Mostafa Elostaz on Palestinian issues

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Lawyer Zoe Johnson

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Shmuel Bar

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Pianist Evgeny Kissin on music, the Yiddish language, Israel and the Soviet Union

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: The last Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: John O’Sullivan, Margaret Thatcher’s trusted advisor

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Filmmaker Hossein Amini (grandson of ex-PM of Iran)

* Recent video / Conversations with friends: Writer David Pryce-Jones

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