Nemr Abou Nassar fears making a joke about ISIS in the US as people wince, while in the middle east if he doesn’t joke when people die, he can never joke.
The new rules are similar to measures introduced by UK and US, but do not include the same bans on electronic devices in the cabins of passenger flights.
A year ago on March 22 ISIS suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels, four months after bombings and shootings in Paris that killed 130 people.
The US Department of Homeland Security said passengers travelling from a specific list of airports could not bring into the main cabin devices larger than a mobile phone.
The ban will affect ten airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Donald Trump is only the most recent in a long line of US presidents who have overestimated their ability to manage the conflicts in the Middle East.
Through ‘The Queue’, a dystopian novel, Basma Abdel Aziz provides an incisive look into the functioning of dictatorships.
Gulf countries have a history of using migrants’ rights as a tool in their geopolitical strategy.
By taking centre stage at the Astana conference with Turkey as its ally and asserting itself in the Syrian civil war by organising a ceasefire, Russia has re-established itself as a global power of consequence.
In conversation with Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger, on liberal democracy, fascism, faith and where to find hope in such times.
US Muslim and Latino advocates have joined forces in opposing changes to immigration rules by President Donald Trump.
Rights advocates have slammed Trump’s move to suspend the entry of refugees and immigrants from Muslim majority countries, calling the move Islamophobic.
Stepping behind the White House podium for the last time, Obama’s seemed to be addressing an audience of one: the man who will replace him at noon Friday.
In the US, the teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music and literature is seldom discussed.
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
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Looking back on the life of the Cuban communist and revolutionary and the astonishing impact he had on not just Cuba or Latin America but the whole world.
After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era.
Syrian writer and activist Yassin al-Haj Saleh voices his criticism of an international consensus that has come to see the Syrian conflict in Bashar al-Assad’s terms – as a fight against terrorism.
Vijay Prashad’s The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution provides a helpful interpretation of the processes that have led to the current state of the Arab world, but hazards little about the future prospects for the region.
Women’s participation in the Syrian conflict is more diverse and powerful than what is portrayed.
US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, said that Obama had no plans to pursue a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative before leaving office.
Problems with Turkey, Eastern Europe and Donald Trump could tear the rickety alliance apart at the seams.
Children make for one-third of the country’s fighters and are continuously subjected to life-threatening human rights abuses.
Many of the MENA countries have the needed pre-conditions to accelerate future economic growth – natural and human resources, strong state institutions, low inequality – provided that ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts end and peace prevails.
The West is not the part of the world most threatened by ISIS. Countries in the Middle East will have to keep their own house in order – with less corruption, a better distribution of income and fair policing.
As the geographical area under ISIS control shrinks, it is encouraging its supporters to carry out “lone wolf” attacks.
‘Useless’ bomb detectors are being used by security personnel throughout the Middle East, serving no real purpose other than being a symbolic deterrent.
Black market arms dealers thrive following the Ukraine crisis. The weapons are possibly being shipped to the Middle East.
Since a failed coup on July 15, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by President Tayyip Erdogan has gained the upper hand in its battle with clandestine networks in the military, judiciary and bureaucracy loyal to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
No group has claimed the attacks but it has been estimated as an attack by ISIS which is known to carry out such attacks against Shi’ite muslims.
State-level efforts to address one of the root causes of the Arab Spring, youth unemployment, are at best a mixed bag and, at worst, represent a return to a pre-Arab Spring status quo.
According to a new research report by the Transnational Institute, firms that provide Europe with security infrastructure to deal with the refugee influx are among the biggest arms sellers to the areas of conflict that have the largest outflow of migrants.
The pipe is illegal. The Occupation, too, is illegal. But it has its rules. Soldiers and policemen enforce the rules. Officers issue orders, which are obeyed. Fourteen families in Al-Hadidiya remain thirsty.
As ISIS loses territory, it returns to mass-casualty attacks against civilians. That’s why military-first approaches to terrorism are doomed to failure.
Clinton’s Likely Pentagon Chief Has Already Advocated for Harsher Intervention Policies in the Middle-East
Having been an ardent critic of Obama government on relations with Israel, Clinton is set to extend uncritical support to Netanyahu.
The prediction of such a vast humanitarian emergency creates additional complications for the Iraqi government and its US allies.
US officials said that while the White House is prepared to hear the diplomats’ dissenting viewpoint, it is not expected to spur any changes in President Barack Obama’s approach to Syria.
Many missing children are thought to be in Greece, the EU country that has become the staging post for attempts by refugees hoping to reach wealthier northern Europe.
Rather than the arbiter of global energy, OPEC is and has always been a dysfunctional, divided and discouraged organisation.