arab leagueMore than 20 of the world’s most powerful men have come together in Amman for the annual Arab League summit. On paper, these kings, emirs and dictators have the authority to use their influence and petro-billions for the betterment of the Arab world; indeed, of the whole world. Expectations, though, are low that anything worthwhile will be accomplished in the Jordanian capital.

yemen femineThis week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where she helped document the young Afghan Peace Volunteers’ efforts to help bring warmth, food and education to internally displaced families living in makeshift camps, having fled the Afghan War when it raged near their former homes.

saudi armsHundreds of thousands of citizens of Yemen protested in the capital on Sunday in a desperate attempt at gaining the world's attention.

Hundreds of thousands of desperate citizens of Yemen took to the streets of Sanaa on Sunday, in a massive demonstration aimed at drawing the world’s attention to the devastating Saudi-U.S. bombing campaign in the country.

israel forcesThe Israel Air Force began a joint exercise on Monday in Greece that included dozens of aircraft from foreign armies. Dubbed Iniohos 2017, an official report for the Greek air force noted that the air forces of Israel, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Italy participated in the exercise. The training patch for the exercise includes the flags of the countries along with the slogan "Act with Awareness."

great kurdistanAccording to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.