Israel appears to be mobilizing a grassroots campaign against Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup as part of the Jewish state's effort to isolate Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the Gaza Strip, and bolster the fortunes of the Palestine Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.
As we mark the end of another year with the advent of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we pause to take stock of the year that has passed, to learn from ourselves, our experiences and our mistakes as we move forward to build a better future.
This week, the world reeled from a welter of cross currents. Though the "yes" vote on independence lost in the end, the Scottish referendum revealed a passionately dis-United Kingdom. Elsewhere, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India, the other Asian giant, calling for a global economic alliance of the "world's factory and world's back office." On Wall Street, China's Alibaba launched what is expected to be the biggest market valuation of an IPO ever. Pope Francis, meanwhile, mused that we had already entered "a piecemeal WWIII." In an exclusive commentary for The WorldPost, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown argues that the real quarrel of his fellow Scots is with the dislocations of globalization, not the Union. (continued)
Were the PA to join the ICC and initiate a case against Israel, it would be adhering to a strategy long advocated for by Palestinian civil society to use mechanisms of popular pressure -- legal action, boycotts, protests -- to advance national aims.
Though a ceasefire hangs over Israel and Gaza today, the open wounds from 50 days of conflict remain unresolved.
Obama's quandary in his war on the Islamic State group is that he is fighting the effects of decades of U.S. policy in the Middle East. As Rami Khouri writes in The WorldPost this week from Beirut, allying with the very autocratic Arabs whose oppressive regimes gave rise to both the Arab Spring and the explosion of jihadism across the region is a recipe for a war without end. Shashank Joshi notes the bewildering challenge of joining rival Sunnis and Shiite against ISIS. Akbar Ganji warns that Obama's strategy is at odds with the interests of his allies in the Middle East. WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports on the growing appeal of ISIS from the Turkish-Syrian border, where a 22-year-old pro-revolution Syrian schoolteacher, frustrated with a seemingly futile Assad resistance movement, switched his allegiance to the extremist Sunni Muslim group. She also reports on a group of cash-strapped Syrian rebels who say they blame the U.S. for not doing enough to fight ISIS. Kathleen Miles breaks down the steps the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is taking to combat the Islamic State and other terrorist threats in America. (continued)
Truly, there is irony in the fact that the hometown newspaper for the movie capital of the world -- where blood, guts and gratuitous violence galore are produced every day -- deems an unaltered picture of a terrorist organization to be too overtly violent.
Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.
Filmmaker Nadav Schirman deftly tells the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, code name, "The Green Prince."
There is no ethnicity to suffering. The more we delay this understanding, the more we delay peacemaking and democratic state building. No one wins.
It has been clear for the past century what being a progressive means, yet this past year there have been significant attempts to redefine the meaning, for the sake of money on the one hand and hatred on the other.
As a fragile cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine after nearly five months of carnage, Vladimir Putin's long-term strategy has become clear. This week in The WorldPost Robert Coalson, writing from Prague, translates a recent essay by General Valery Gerasimov, the Russian military's chief of general staff, that lays out a new type of integrated plan that combines outside military pressure, inside rebel uprising and coordinated propaganda to destabilize a country. In a WorldPost interview, former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski argues that Putin's intent is clear: to keep Ukraine outside the Western orbit and inside a Eurasian Union that is little more than a restored Czarist Empire. Julian Lindley-French and Jim Stavridis, who was Supreme Commander of NATO until last year, propose how NATO must be reshaped to meet Putin's challenge. Writing from Moscow, Vasily Kashin laments the onset of a "senseless" new Cold War that he says will waste a generation of lives. (continued)
With an indefinite ceasefire now agreed upon, there is an urgent need for a new strategy that will be aimed at ending the Hamas stranglehold on Gaza, substantially increase the role of the Palestinian Authority there, and enhance the prospects for progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Here are eleven ways to develop that strategy.
On Monday, September 1, schools across Israel opened for the new the school year, as 2,105,394 children took their places in the classroom -- merely a week after a 50-day war with Hamas ended in a cease-fire agreement.
With Recep Tayyip Erdogan now sworn in as Turkey's new President, his successful efforts to prolong his rule after two terms as Prime Minister have observers comparing his popularity to that of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.
What happens when the strategic fatigue of the West meets an energetic jihadist surge aimed at setting up a Syriaq Caliphate? That is the question The WorldPost asked our contributors to address this week. Writing from Beirut, the legendary former MI6 agent and "middleman of the Middle East," Alastair Crooke, examines the link between ISIS ideology and the puritanical Wahhabi sect of Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia. Graham Fuller, who was CIA station chief in Kabul at the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and later Vice-Chair of the CIA's National Intelligence Council, draws from his long experience to warn against a "tit for tat" response to the ISIS beheading of James Foley that would perpetuate instead of break the cycle of violence. Writing from Berlin, Joschka Fischer, who was Germany's foreign minister from 1998-2005, calls on Europe to help fill the vacuum in a brutal world as the U.S. tapers its power. Jane Harman, who for many years headed the House Intelligence Committee, laments a "feckless" U.S. Congress that has gone AWOL on American security policy. (continued)