Essential Middle East

In the world of news, headlines are essential, but providing in-depth analysis of news and current affairs became rare. We analyze the news and simplify complex geopolitical realities of the Middle East and wider Muslim world.  To help you make sense of it all, join host Sami Zeidan, every Thursday. 

00:27:22 2022-08-04
Political deadlock to a power struggle. Leaks, protests, and sit-ins at parliament. One would have thought Iraq had seen it all. There is a crisis brewing in the country, with fears of serious bloodshed yet to come. In this episode: Rasha Al-Aqeedi (@Ras...
00:21:06 2022-07-28
Cryptocurrencies have defied a lot of norms around the world. Its value climbed last year to more than 2.3 trillion dollars. But in the Middle East, cryptocurrency trading is not as popular. In this episode:  Glen Goodman (@glengoodman), Crypto expert an...
00:21:09 2022-07-21
The leaders of the two most powerful countries, the US and Russia, were in the Middle East. Of course, each of them is trying to pursue their interests. President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin didn’t meet with each other, but why were...
00:22:18 2022-07-14
Russia and Ukraine account for about 29% of global wheat exports, almost a third of the world supply. The main customers are from the Middle East and North Africa.In fact, some countries like Egypt receive a quarter of their wheat from Ukraine, Libya almo...
00:24:18 2022-07-07
There’s a humanitarian crisis happening in China. Over a million Uighur and other Muslim minorities are forcibly held in mass detention camps in the Xinjian province where they face countless human rights abuses from forced labor, coerced sterilization,...
00:21:12 2022-06-29
Just two years ago, the idea of having Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Emir of Qatar visiting Turkey and Egypt, would have been a crazy fantasy. Now, it became a reality. In this episode: Jamal Elshayyal (@JamalsNews), Senior Correspondent,...
00:18:55 2022-06-23
The UAE, Bahrain and Morocco are shaping up a new alliance with Israel. The Palestinian Authority rejected the move and described it as a free gift to Israel which continues to occupy Palestinian land. In this episode: Joost Hilterman (@JoostHiltermann), ...
00:24:05 2022-06-16
Finland and Sweden want to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine. But Turkey was quick to object and even threatened to block their bid. So why is Turkey rejecting this and what could happen? In this episode: Galip Dalay (@GalipDalay), Researcher and Tur...
00:24:07 2022-06-09
International backlash has been growing against India’s governing Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), after the party’s national spokeswoman Nupur Sharma and Delhi media operation head Naveen Kumar Jindal made disparaging remarks about Prophet Muhamm...
00:23:37 2022-06-02
Tunisia is the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The country inspired a wave of protests in the region that toppled at least four Arab presidents. But now the country has a serious constitutional crisis, some are even calling it a coup. In this episode: Will...
00:21:19 2022-05-26
Russia’s war on Ukraine is forcing the European Union to look for alternatives to Russian gas imports which amount to about 40 percent of consumption every year. Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries can play a crucial role. In this episode: Henn...
00:28:19 2022-05-19
The killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has brought mainstream media outlets under the spotlight. We look at why mainstream media have been accused of dropping their objectivity, impartiality, and accuracy when they cover stories related to...
00:23:51 2022-05-12
Defense for Children International Palestine says 500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested and prosecuted in the military courts each year. In this episode, we take a closer look at their detention in Israeli prisons. In this episode: Brad Parker (@ba...
00:19:22 2022-05-05
This is the premiere episode of the Essential Middle East podcast.  The war in Russia-Ukraine has attracted thousands of foreign fighters fighting on both sides from around the world including the Middle East. Some call them mercenaries while others ...
00:00:30 2022-04-19
Dissecting the news and current affairs in one of the world’s most misunderstood and complicated regions. Join host Sami Zeidan, every Thursday.