by MBAYE LO for AL ARABIYA INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES on AUGUST 10, 2014: Two weeks ago I attended the Friday sermon at Niamey’s Grand Mosque in the Republic of Niger. The imam reminded the congregation that “these are troubling times: there is killing everywhere, and certainly, these are signs of the end of time.” He summoned […]
Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)
“Many Palestinians see the Israelis as aggressive colonizers of Palestinian land and resources or as jailers; many Israelis see the Palestinians as irrational, violent and a ticking demographic time bomb that endangers a Jewish-majority state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. One thing is sure: Palestinian and Israeli youth are the hope for a resolution […]
by ANDREW HAMMOND for OPEN DEMOCRACY on APRIL 25, 2013: Tension with its Gulf neighbours began to rise from 2006 when Qatar and Al Jazeera stood with Lebanese Shi’ite group Hizbullah during its war with Israel, while western allied states clearly hoped to see the Iranian-backed militia wiped out. Secular activists and politicians in Egypt […]
by ALI HASHEM for AL MONITOR on MARCH 6, 2013: “Our brother Hugo passed away.” These could be the very words the Arab world used to circulate news of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. For many Arabs, Chavez’s death means almost as much to them as it does to his loyalists in Caracas. For […]
by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JANUARY 17, 2013: It’s been barely two years since Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a government building in Tunisia. Just prior a policewoman had demanded he hand over his wooden cart laden with fruits and vegetables because he didn’t have a […]
by MIKE GIGLIO for THE DAILY BEAST on NOVEMBER 7, 2012: As the death toll in Syria’s civil war has mounted in recent months, many rebels have wondered why the U.S. government is not doing more to aid their cause in the drawn-out bloody conflict, now entering its 20th month.
by RYAN SUTO for POLICYMIC on NOVEMBER 5, 2012: No matter who wins the presidential election, there will be a whole slew of Middle East challenges for either Obama or Romney to face. Here are the top five challenges facing the President of the United States.
by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012: With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]
by MARK LEVINE for AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on OCTOBER 8, 2012: With an inchoate leadership and no real plan forward, rebels in Syria should have stuck to non-violence, writes scholar. That there is presently no feasible plan for stopping the murderous violence in Syria is one of the few certainties surrounding the ever worsening civil […]