The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.
The majority of Muslims see no real contradiction between Islam and democracy. Today, the most profound struggles in the Middle East are between democratic visions, whether secularist or religious, and authoritarianism, whether secularist or religious.
Despite the number of political obituaries that have been prematurely written about President Erdogan as a result of the shellacking his AKP took, foreign policy remains the one area over which he can continue to exert leadership.
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June 21 will mark one year since Egyptian human rights defender Yara Sallam and 22 others were arrested in the Cairo. Yara and the others with her shouldn't be in jail. They should be helping to build a better future for the country -- not passing their days making bookmarks or perfecting their origami skills.
Washington's determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends.
The latest ranking of workers' rights includes the global top ten, of which no country should want to be part, and reveals Gulf States and North Africa workers are among the world's worst treated.
That's his nickname, acquired being first on the scene to shoot the effects of booby-trapped cars during his native Lebanon's civil war.
Apparently incapable of resisting the temptation to meddle in the Middle East, the Obama administration remains part of Saudi Arabia's ten-member "coalition" against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Alas, the entire campaign is built on a lie.
Qassem Soleimani, Iranian military leader, ideologue, and commander in chief of the Quds force- a branch of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts extraterritorial military and clandestine operations- has been coming out of his shell and becoming more vocal in stating his opinions.
The real war, however, is not against ISIS, as Washington would have it, or al-Qaeda.
Mr. President, you have valiantly tried to use an eyedropper to painstakingly calibrate the dose of U.S. military efforts to hold ISIS at bay, let alone to reverse its territorial gains. The patient is far too ill to resort to an eyedropper any longer.
While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.
If the last 15 years have taught us anything, it is that repression will breed violence, not only against those practicing it directly, but also against their patrons, sponsors and enablers. Authoritarianism -- far from being the solution in the Middle East -- is in fact the problem.
I may not be a Muslim, but I know that calls for murder of civilians are not Islamic. For more than 10 years I lived and worked as a reporter in a dozen Islamic countries... Almost everywhere I found a kind and generous welcome.
In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.