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.
The meeting’s initial focus is to reaffirm existing international texts and resolutions that are based on achieving a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza Strip co-existing with Israel, an outcome some say is becoming unrealistic.
Globally, economists and law makers recognise price volatility of commodities as a key risk which can significantly affect economic activities which depend heavily on commodity inputs.
Water scarcity will not have the same impact worldwide – Western Europe and North American economies would likely be spared, but rising economies such as China and India could be hard hit.
Although he had a clear understanding of the Arab world and was committed to promoting change in West Asia when he first came to power, the US president now appears defeated by contentions and conflicts he did not anticipate nor can control.
A million migrants, many fleeing Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in conflict in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have poured into Europe through Greece since last year.
Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.
From suicide bombers in the Middle East to drone operators in the US, youth-on-youth violence has become epidemic.
An Arab song topping the charts in Israel is a major political and cultural breakthrough in the country
The lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran will be useful in our energy quest and the pursuit of connectivity to Central Asia
Defying escalating rhetoric that Iran is “gobbling up the Middle East,” President Obama told the New York Times recently that “the biggest threat” to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states may not come from Iran, but “from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” Yet, displaying how deeply mired in […]