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What Syria Needs Is A Real Political Solution

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The reconquest of Aleppo is a significant victory for the Syrian regime over the armed opposition which has now been confined to a few pockets in the east of the city. But this victory is drenched in the bitter taste of defeat.

Hillary's Presidency Will Rejuvenate America

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The electoral compass indicates today that Hillary Clinton is set to return to the White House as the first female president in US history. Yet the po...

Shi'ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite militias said on Saturday they had launched an offensive towards the west of Mosul, an operat...

My Ashura, My Karbala, My Hussain: A Sunni Perspective

Sadok BenAbdallah | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion
Sadok BenAbdallah

Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. A time of rejoicing and deliverance, yet a time of grief and sorrow. From both the Sunni and Shi'a traditions, this day holds very significant to many.

Top Saudi Cleric Says Iran Leaders Not Muslims As Hajj Row Mounts

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home

MECCA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority said Iran’s leaders were not Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusuall...

Ignore The Myths, Iraq Is Coming Together

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

According to Reuters correspondent Ned Parker, for example, the US has let "Shi'a militias" "run amok" in Sunni towns. But there is a fundamental problem with this representation.

Fugue Of Civilian Death With Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Drones

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.26.2016 | Home
Anhvinh Doanvo

Even when CENTCOM finally responds, numbers are likely to diverge significantly: by August 2015, the SOHR estimated that 181 civilians were killed in coalition airstrikes while US-CENTCOM reported the death of only two.

Murder and Militias--Iraq's Sunni-Shiite Plan After ISIS

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Anhvinh Doanvo

So long as murder, torture and other human rights violations recur with impunity among Shiite forces operating in Sunni Iraqi provinces, there will be little reason to remain optimistic for the stability of Iraq.

How the 'Normalization' of Salafi Extremism Has Come Back to Haunt Turkey

Yusuf Muftuoglu | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Yusuf Muftuoglu

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's strategy of supporting the Salafi factions in Syria, and its huge public relations machinery that praised the fighters, normalized Salafism in the eyes of many ordinary, pious Sunni Turks.

Debating Militancy In Post-2003 Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The Evolution of Sunni Insurgency Talk by Luay al-Khatteeb at Al Khoei Foundation, CASS, 1 July 2016 The 2003 regime change in Iraq ignited a diffe...

Iran Prohibits Citizens From Performing Hajj

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

Just recently, Iran enforced a strict ban forbidding any of its citizens from participation in Hajj, the annually offered and once-in-a-lifetime required major Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Muqtada's Political Revival

Sadok BenAbdallah | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home
Sadok BenAbdallah

As some see Muqtada Al Sadr as both a political and militant proxy of Iran, his recent political revival may seem as though Iran sees to further expand its influence in Iraqi politics for strategic purposes.

Identifying the Threat: What Senior Officials Still Don't Understand

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | Home
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Terroristic behavior will not stop in the near future. Now, we need to reset the stage and move to a strategic approach to identifying and resolving the problems. Whack-a-mole is not working.

Did A Spy-Turned-Congressman Just Out His Role In Cyber War With Russia?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former CIA operative who now serves as a member of Congress indicated at a recent public event that the U.S. has engaged in "offensive...

Suicide, Shooting Attack On Saudi Shi'ite Mosque Kills Four

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.29.2016 | Home

DUBAI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A suicide bombing and gun attack on Shi'ite Muslim worshippers killed at least four people in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday...

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Where Does the United States Really Stand?

Rebecca Conroy | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Rebecca Conroy

The time for smoke and mirrors is coming to a close, globally, and it is obvious that Iran is being turned into a scapegoat boogeyman by the Saudis and their allies (including United States Republicans). Human rights violations from Saudi Arabia must be kept in check.

Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2017 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism. He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2017 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Two Of Pakistan's Best Friends Hate Each Other

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.11.2016 | Home

KARACHI, Pakistan -- The Saudi consulate here, in the largest city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is guarded by walls more than 10 feet tall, th...

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2017 | Home
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.

6 Reasons Sunni and Shia Should Stick Together

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 01.06.2017 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Islamic history is rich with both violent fracturing and civilized disagreement. However Muslims must not allow political or religious leaders to dictate how we treat one another in everyday practical situations after we have such a rich history of mistakes to learn from.

Saudi Stupidity?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Andy Schmookler

I'm not going to pretend to be deeply knowledgeable about the politics of the Muslim world, and still less about the full range of considerations the Saudi authorities confronted regarding how to deal with the Shia cleric -- Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr - whom they just executed.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

General Wesley Clark: West Should Arm Ukraine

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
Diane M. Francis

(Reuters) Retired US Army General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, has campaigned since 2014 to convince Western governm...

Squabbling Politicians Push Lebanon to Sectarian Brink

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.22.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

The bigger threat to Lebanese stability is the implosion of Syria, which long played a dominant, sometimes controlling, role in Lebanon. Hezbollah has directly intervened on the side of the Assad regime. The Shia movement's involvement risks bringing the conflict back to Lebanon, as did Hezbollah's costly 2006 war with Israel.