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UNHRC decay needs urgent treatment

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Antonio Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general on January 1 should immediately treat the decay in the UN Human Rights Council. Th...

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.

Syrian Rebels Vow To Resist Army Advances In Aleppo

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.30.2016 | Home

BEIRUT, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels on Wednesday vowed to fight on in east Aleppo in the face of sudden government advances that have cut the cit...

Fighting Militants in Pakistan: Who Is In Charge?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.01.2016 | Home
James Dorsey

By James M Dorsey A lethal attack on a Pakistani police academy in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, highlights the country's power stru...

Reformers Challenge Radical Islam

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

In Canada, protests by Muslim parents against music education are testing Toronto's accommodation with conflicting cultural and religious values. Such confrontations give extremists opportunities to lower the bar on demands for Islamisation. In this context, Muslim reformers provide some antidotes.

The Presidency of Al Gore, 2001-2009, Redux

Norman MacAfee | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Norman MacAfee

In 2000, the Green Party candidate had siphoned off enough progressive votes to assure Bush's victory and the disasters that followed. In 2016, a vote for the Libertarian or Green presidential ticket is a vote for Trump. It is existentially essential to vote for Hillary Clinton.

An Ahmadi Muslim's Letter To Sunni Muslim Leaders In America

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Kashif N. Chaudhry

On July 8, 2016, prominent American Muslim cleric Imam Omar Suleiman gave a brilliant speech at the Dallas Police memorial: My faith requires me to s...

Obama Flies to Riyadh: Are U.S.--Saudi Ties Too Big to Fail?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama leaves Washington today for his third and final presidential "hajj" to Saudi Arabia for tense meetings with newly installed Saudi King Salman.

NATO/US Need to Be Doubly Wary of Saudis and Turks Adventurism in Syria

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.16.2016 | Home
David Oualaalou

Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are right to enter the chaos defining Syria's civil war.

Saudi Arabia Should Be Disturbed, Not Reassured, Since It Poses a Worse Threat to the Middle East Than Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2017 | Home
Doug Bandow

Last Month Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Riyadh to reassure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the U.S. stood with them. "Nothing has changed" as a result of the nuclear pact with Iran, he insisted.

What Would Work In Syria?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 02.10.2017 | Home
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

With the collapse of the United Nations peace negotiations to end the Syrian conflict, we need to step back and envision what an effective Muslim government with the support of the people would look like.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Jose Vicente Caro | Posted 01.24.2017 | Home
Carlo Jose Vicente Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifical...

Iran-Saudi Rift Complicates Geopolitics of the Mideast

David Oualaalou | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home
David Oualaalou

Should military conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia erupt, the United States might have no choice but to assist its longtime ally. But given some of the kingdom's latest efforts are completely contrary to U.S. interests, do we really have to?

Saudi Arabia Crumbles at Home, Struggles with Wars Abroad

Daniel Williams | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Daniel Williams

The escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the latest episode in a 35-year old low-intensity conflict between the two regional powers. The competition took off in 1979, when the Shiite Islamic revolution triumphed in Iran.

Why Every American Muslim Must Condemn Saudi Arabia's Execution of Sheikh Nimr

Nushin Alloo | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Nushin Alloo

Despite mainstream media condemnation of Nimr's execution, the response from the American Muslim community and some of its leading figures has been mixed, if not muted.

Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.07.2016 | Home
Luay Al Khatteeb

After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so-called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh.

Who Will Fight ISIS?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.29.2016 | Home
Bob Burnett

It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?

Damascene Sufism: The Antidote to ISIS

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2016 | Home
Sami Moubayed

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zour along the Euphrates River, they struck with particular vengeance at the homes of Syrian Sufis. Members of the Sufi order were arrested; their clerics were flogged, their spiritual corners torn down.

Suicide Bombing At Baghdad Funeral Kills At Least 18

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Home

BAGHDAD, Nov 13 (Reuters) - At least 18 people were killed and 41 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral of a pro-government Shi...

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
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.

Putin's Airstrikes on Syria Are Not What You Think

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Said Elias Dawlabani

Since Russian President Vladamir Putin began his military air campaign in Syria last week, Western media has been clamoring to explain his motivation. Most of the analysis so far has been incomplete or half-baked at best.

Pope Francis and an Appeal to Our Higher Angels

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

If you want to work for peace, you must have your own inner peace. That is what Pope Francis teaches us in his humility. He draws his strength not by jeering at "losers." He lifts the "losers" in a way that strengthens the entire community.

Reintegrating Iran Is in the U.S.'s Best Economic Interest

Georges Ugeux | Posted 09.10.2016 | Home
Georges Ugeux

It is fascinating to read the comments that accompany the public debate around the approval of the Iran agreement. It is so obvious that it is better than the current situation that I find it necessary to spell the economic case on behalf of the agreement.

The Future of Nostalgia

Francis Levy | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Francis Levy

Margalit Fox's Times obituary of Svetlana Boym, the Curt Hugo Reisinger professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature at Harvard ("Svetlana Boym, 56, Scholar of Myth and Memory Dies, NYT, 8/22/13) discusses one of her works, The Future of Nostalgia.