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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 | World

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 Frida...

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

Rebecca Conroy | Posted 01.20.2016 | 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 01.16.2016 | 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 01.12.2016 | World
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 | World

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, t...

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
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 01.06.2016 | 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 01.05.2016 | World
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 12.28.2015 | World
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 12.17.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

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

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.