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Crackdown, Misunderstanding of Uyghur Faith

Greg Fay | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Greg Fay

Although overseas observers may have difficulty accurately interpreting Uyghurs' Islamic beliefs, there is no confusion over whether they experience religious control from China's government.

As Syria Implodes, a Civil War Between Sunnis and Shiites Looms Ominously

Sheldon Filger | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Sheldon Filger

A decade after the beginning of the first modern Sunni-Shiite civil war that resulted from the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Syria has become the center of gravity in a regional sectarian bloodbath that displays every indication that it will get far more bloody.

Stop the Madness

James Zogby | Posted 08.01.2013 | World
James Zogby

When I hear Senator John McCain calling for more arms, air strikes, no-fly zones and the like; when I hear the dangerous pronouncements coming from apologists for the various sides, I want to ask "do you know where are you going, and where is this taking Syria, its people and the region?"

Taking the Lead in Syria

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The difficulty in finding a solution to the crisis in Syria is the fact that there are many players whose interests are incompatible with one another and there is no political solution that can mitigate these incompatibilities.

Turkey and Russia: Key Countries to a Solution in Syria

Harun Yahya | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

A solution in Syria can be found through sound mediation by Turkey and Russia, both of which know the country best, which are trusted and have enjoyed bilateral relations with it for many years.

Bomb Blasts Claim More Lives In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 21 (Reuters) - Several bomb blasts killed at least 12 people in Iraq on Tuesday, police said, a day after more than 70 died in att...

The Shia-Sunni Divide: Tunnel Vision Prevails

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
James Dorsey

With tension building on both shores of the Gulf, the stakes are high for regional governments as well as the international community as they could threaten shipping in the Straits of Hormuz as well as create domestic turmoil in both the Gulf states and Iran.

Al Qaeda -- in *%$#* Iran?! (A Five-Point Guide to Understanding the Links Between This Global Terror Threat and the Islamic Republic of Iran)

Gissou Nia | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Gissou Nia

Many surmised that the degree of nuance required to understand the possible links of Al Qaeda operatives in Iran would make many heads explode. So to avoid simplistic assessments and navigate this layered issue, here is a practical five-point guide.

How Saudi Arabia's 'Plan B' Became a Game Changer in Syria

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

A source with access to a senior Saudi official who has opted to remain anonymous, reveals that Saudi Arabia has managed to secure wide international -- albeit unannounced -- support for its initiative to end the Syrian crisis.

Policy Implications of Iran's Fall From Favor in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 05.30.2013 | World
James Zogby

Once viewed positively by sizable majorities in almost every country across the region, Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in its favorable ratings. The change, it appears from my findings, is largely due to concerns with Iran's policies in Iraq, Syria, and the Arab Gulf region.

W's Iraq War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Ten years ago today the U.S. invaded Iraq with the goals of toppling Saddam Hussein, destroying its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and freeing its people. Now, a decade later, Hussein is dead, but no WMDs were ever found, and the country has devolved into a de facto civil war.

Iraqi-American: War CREATED Sectarian Divide In Iraq | Posted 05.18.2013 | World

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Communications Director Raed Jarrar joins Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to talk about America creating a sectarian di...

The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 05.09.2013 | World
James Zogby

Policy discussions here in the U.S. about Iran and its nuclear program most often focus exclusively on Israeli concerns. Ignored are Arab and Muslim attitudes. It is known that several Arab governments have problems with the Islamic Republic in Tehran, but what of their publics?

The Republicans: Poison for Defense

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

I know people who have come back wounded mentally or physically, or both. They could not change the Islamic landscape, because they could not heal the rift among the many Islamic sects. Why doesn't McCain understand this?

Top Egyptian Scholar Scolds Ahmadinejad Over Sunni Rights

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion

CAIRO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Egypt's top Sunni Muslim scholar told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Shi'ite Iran on Tuesday that his country mus...

Scolding Syria

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If our government wants to draw an arbitrary, rather hypocritical line in the sand at Assad's use of chemical weapons, fine. If we're going to bring the world back to its senses, we have to start somewhere. But I would apply two caveats.

A New "New Cold War" in the Middle East?

Ira Chernus | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Ira Chernus

After years of warning us about a "new cold war" with a possibly nuclear-armed Iran, you'd think the mass media would be celebrating. But no. The Times merely warns us that we have to shift our anxiety to a new target. Why?

Ashura Epitomizes Modern Battle For Islam’s True Voice

Shenaz Kermalli | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Shenaz Kermalli

For all the modern-day injustice committed against Muslims through Western foreign policy, the bitter truth is that Muslims are more often than not their own worst enemies. Believers across different factions need to take an honest look at history and awake to a new consciousness.

Syria: Another Fine Mess

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

This leaves little room for the government moderating its military actions, and the chemical weapons that cast a pall over the proceedings will become an ever-greater temptation. So what should we do?

Overcoming Sectarian Divides Among Muslims

Rose Aslan | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Rose Aslan

It is high time that we become more accepting of those we disagree with and acknowledge that all those who identify themselves as Muslim are already included in the vast and merciful embrace of Islam

Iraqi Refugees: Will the Nightmare Ever End?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

What is happening in Syria is a tragedy for all, but is a double tragedy for the Iraqi men, women and children who find themselves, through no fault of their own, once more "displaced."

Anticipating the Syria of Tomorrow: Strategies to Decrease Violence Against Innocents

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Marc Gopin

Events are so fast-paced in revolutions and wars that there is scarcely a breath taken to anticipate the next stages of the unfolding drama. But antic...

Who Will Help Syria? Or Must Syria Help Itself?

Nedda Alammar | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Nedda Alammar

We will never really know the truth of what is happening. We won't. And that is a reality politicians -- the only people who can solve this humanitarian crisis -- are not prepared to accept. And so they continue to talk. To assign blame. And people continue to die.

Syria: The Battleground Between Sunnis and Shiites

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It has become increasingly clear that the Syrian uprising transcends Iran's and Turkey's strategic interests, as it has become the battleground between the Sunni and Shiite communities throughout the Middle East.

A Momentum of Cynicism

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Robert Koehler

The sale of arms to Iraq, $11 billion worth of almost everything, is going to move forward even though it makes little sense from multiple points of view, including U.S. geopolitical interests.