Since October, hundreds of young protesters have taken to the streets in Baghdad, as well as a few other cities in Iraq. They are asking for an overhaul of the government and accusing ruling elites of corruption and being out of touch with the public.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and death brought unwanted attention to the Saudi regime. It has also challenged world leadership to take a stand for human rights, press freedoms and rule of law — a responsibility that has been largely shirked on this grim anniversary.
US President Donald Trump has called off the talks between the US and Taliban that were taking place mostly in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. American negotiators have come home. But for some members of the Taliban, Qatar is home. How did that come to be, given that the Taliban is mainly an Afghan group?