Once the combined targets are met, the four pillars which comprise Sheikh Mohammad's plan can form a long-term regional remedy and a road-map to pan-Arab prosperity, and not just serve as a pacifier to help overcome current woes.
The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.
We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.
Will those in power in Libya learn to let go of their own staunch perspectives in light of the greater good for the country, or will they kill what could very well be the last opportunity to move Libya forward?
Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.
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When word got out I was thinking of taking a group to Burma this November, I received this email:
Dear Mr. Bangs: I stro...
While I didn't watch all the winning films, I did watch other movies that in my humble opinion, are more current and relevant in their subject matter and themes.
Had I not been entrusted in October 2014 by Safia Farkash Mohamed, Muammar Gaddafi's widow, to defend the future of her murdered son's minor child and...
Once upon a time I was a refugee who, unlike many of my relatives, was fortunate to escape persecution and genocide. Despite the refugee crisis being the largest humanitarian one since World War II, the UN has done little other than decry Europe's belated and confused response to the problem.
Next time you see a photo of Libyan and Syrian refugees or read an article about the capsized boats full of migrants, please remember one thing: every single one of them has a name, a story and a dream.
It's impossible to know how these "proto-Islamic polities" will evolve. Unlike the American experience with immigration, however, it is unlikely that they will become socialized into a larger "melting pot" of a national culture.
Condemnations were quick and direct when a Libyan court approved a death penalty sentence for the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi and eight others for war crimes, including murder. However anyone feels about these specific verdicts, Libyans have earned the right to see their tormentors brought to justice. And the work of Libyan courts in these cases should be commended -- or at least respected.
There are good things about testosterone, like the way it builds strong bones and muscles, or makes guys grow sexy chest hair. But I'm seeing a pattern to violence and aggression and the clouded judgment that unleashes that angry poison onto the world, namely that it is usually male.
One woman from Benghazi, an eastern city in Libya, expressed her belief that "water and electricity are important, but we also need a constitution. We need to regain our political livelihood."
Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).
When your group or country is attacked and civilians are killed (even if accidentally), a rally-around-the-flag effect usually occurs.