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Squabbling Politicians Push Lebanon to Sectarian Brink

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
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.

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

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.

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

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.

The Key To Defeating ISIS Is Reconciling Sunnis And Shiites In Iraq. The Latest Attempt To Do That Failed.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi quietly supported a Qatar-sponsored effort to bring together Iraqi Sunni leaders that failed earli...

'Hellish Night' In Yemen: Over 65 Killed As Southern City Battered By War

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A leading international aid group on Friday made a dramatic appeal to Yemen's warring factions to halt attacks on civilians, a d...

Iraq's Maliki Rejects Blame For Letting Mosul Fall To ISIS

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Iraq's former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday denounced as worthless a parliamentary report which blamed ...

The Saudis and Iranians Need to Talk: And We Need to Make It Happen

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Marc Gopin

In recent years I have worked deeply on quiet conflict management interventions from Afghanistan to Iran, but mostly in Syria. I have watched the unnecessary suffering of countless people, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, the greatest civilian displacement in Middle Eastern history, and I have watched it up close through the lives of my students and friends.

Iran's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

Ramadan and the Blending of American Muslims

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

We Muslims will create a new American identity that allows us to live in peace with each other and with other faith communities.

Backing the Wrong Horse in Iraq

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Obama Administration's announcement that it is sending several hundred additional advisors to Iraq is consistent with America's failed policy in the country.

Sistani's Jihad Fatwa One Year On: The Man Who Pulled Iraq From the Brink With a Single Statement

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The 85-year-old Grand Ayatollah did not talk to me as if I'm Sunni or Shia, Muslim or non-Muslim but just as a human being. I left his reception fully confident that Iraq is currently in safe hands so long as it continues to have wise men like him. However, what will happen after Sistani departs a fragile Iraq?

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.

Obfuscating the Crime in Pakistan

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

Iraq's Shiite Militias Rename Their Offensive Against ISIS After Controversy

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.27.2015 | World

Shiite Militias in Iraq on Wednesday renamed their operation to take back the Anbar province, amid criticism from the U.S. and Iraqis that their initi...

Southern Iraq Is a Safe Place

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

In a nutshell, foreign governments who alert their citizens not to travel to Iraq while not differentiating between red, amber and green zones, are very misleading to investors and foreign travelers.

Iraq Launches Operation To Retake Anbar Province From ISIS

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operatio...

Why ISIS Is On the March in Sunni Iraq?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

This is an unconventional warfare, hence the need for unconventional, ideological forces to adequately oppose this group.

As the Sheiks Go Marching in

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

When the assorted Middle Eastern Sheiks, Kings, and Crown-Princes troop to Camp David this week for a meeting with President Obama to discuss America's rapidly warming relationship with Iran, they would do well to recall one of geopolitics eternal truisms.

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

The Quest for Islamic 'Reformation'

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Saleem H. Ali

As a Muslim, who has followed this polarization of narratives, I am convinced that all opinions deserve to be heard and not just marginalized as either "Islamophobia" or "Jihadism," albeit with caution. Prejudice is a common human failing which people of all faiths are capable of.