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Middle East Conflict

Why Iran Doesn't Trust America -- And What Can Be Done to Change That

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

The Great Game in the Holy Land

Michael Schwartz | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Schwartz

In the early 1990s, Israeli and Palestinian leaders began sparring over rumored natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza. In the ensuing decades it has grown, and has already inflicted mind-boggling misery.

Yemen's Houthis -- America's New Proxies?

Dr. Richard Chasdi | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Dr. Richard Chasdi

The Obama administration had better rank its national security interests and rank them quickly.

The Middle East in Transition and Korea's Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

In a larger strategic context, our two regions are connected through U.S. global strategy. America's rebalance to East Asia cannot be divorced from events in the Middle East, as they could affect the available strategic assets in East Asia.

This Incredible Interactive Map Explains Who Hates Who In The Middle East

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

Trying to understand the complexities of Middle East politics can seem like an impenetrable task and the tangled and changing relations between govern...

ISIS Is Waging a War Within Islam –- A War That the West Continues To Exacerbate

Alastair Crooke | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The signs of this impending "madness" have been out there -- "hiding" in the open, as it were -- for the last 25 years.

How to Fight ISIS, "A Pre-Packaged Franchise of Hate"

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

I consider this ideology to be the greatest danger that the world will face in the next decade. Its seeds are growing in Europe, the United States, Asia, and elsewhere. With its twisted religious overtones, this pre-packaged franchise of hate is available for any terrorist group to adopt. It carries the power to mobilize thousands of desperate, vindictive, or angry young people and use them to strike at the foundations of civilization.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Explaining the Middle East in Two Minutes!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Your favorite politician or pundit says there's an easy solution? This should help clarify things...<

Conflict and Development in the Middle East

Adeel Malik | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Adeel Malik

If the Arab Spring represented a desire to create political commons, the current wave of conflict in the Arab world seeks to achieve precisely the opposite. It is predicated at the destruction of existing commons, whether civic, economic or political.

Gaza and Israel--Sorting It Out

Jack Rothman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Jack Rothman

The Israeli carnage in Gaza has been appalling and distressing for me. The Netanyahu government and program do not represent me as a progressive, left...

A 'Regional Wakeup Call' Is Needed To Contain ISIS

HuffPost Live | Lauren Betesh | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

Amid the relentless advance of Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the whole Middle East region needs to pitch in to solve the crisis, Joyce Ka...

Camp Unites Israeli, Palestinian Kids In Shared Love Of Soccer As Tensions Persist In Gaza

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

While turmoil and unrest continue in the Middle East, a group of Palestinians and Israelis have united in peace and found common ground -- on a soccer...

Gaza War: New Palestinian Resolve Changes Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Extolling the virtues of a ceasefire in the Gaza war that collapsed barely two hours after it took effect, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently highlighted the root cause of the failure of international efforts to silence the guns in the Palestinian territory and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu's Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is likely to face significant political problems at home and a far less empathetic diplomatic environment abroad once the guns fall silent in Gaza.

Live Updates Of Peace Amid Middle East Conflict

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact

After weeks of around-the-clock updates of the escalating violence and despair in the Middle East, we're making a point to highlight glimpses of peace...

Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

But more importantly it highlights a growing realization that Hamas is emerging politically strengthened from the death and destruction in Gaza while Israel is fighting a rear guard battle to turn military success into political victory.

In Syria, the People's Demands Are Still Key

Amil Khan | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Amil Khan

With extremists allying with tribal leaders to take over swathes of Iraq, and Russia and Iran helping keep Bashar al Assad in power in Syria, it is difficult to imagine we ever thought ordinary people had the power to change anything.

Why This Former IDF Soldier Feels 'Terrible' For Those In Gaza

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.24.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Two Americans serving in the Israel Defense Forces were killed last weekend in Gaza, but they’re not the only U.S. citizens fighting for Israel. One...

Children In Gaza Have 'No Safe Place' To Go. Here's How To Help Them.

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact

Soon after 5-year-old Noureldin went to bed last week in Gaza City, an air strike flattened his home. Six members of his family were killed as they ha...

What The West Can Do If It's Really Serious About Middle East Peace

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

How can the West then play a constructive role in the Middle East? It can use its powers of persuasion to promote collaboration on an issue that is the major driver behind a lot of the region's conflicts. I am talking about water.

Israel, the Middle East and Cognitive Dissonance

David Harris | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
David Harris

Try as I might, there are some things I just don't get. For starters, I'm seeking to understand Israel's options in today's Middle East.

The Importance of Vision

James Zogby | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Looking 100 years down the road, I can see an Arab boy from Amman marrying an Israeli girl from Tel Aviv and taking a job and settling down in the suburbs of Damascus. What I mean is that I envision a region at peace with itself.

Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer: A True Martyr

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The term martyr is often misused in modern discourse. A martyr is not one who chooses to die; rather, it is when one involuntarily - but without hesitation - suffers torment at the hands of others because of a public declaration or confession of faith, that they genuinely receive the crown of martyrdom.