What lurks behind the incapacity to resolve the destabilizing crises of North Korea's latest nuclear test and Saudi Arabia's frontal clash with Iran are the realpolitik considerations of Russia, China and the United States. (continued)
As UK citizens it's important we stand in solidarity with CAAT's legal action, lending our signatures to their online petition, and lobbying our MPs to take a stand in the commons. It is clear, now more than ever, that the UK has to review this destructive trade relationship. It's time for the UK to #StopArmingSaudi.
Fighting in a clan from his Syrian hometown and coordinating battles against clans he was randomly matched with around the globe was one of the ways 24-year-old Hosam maintained spiritual ties with the land and community he had left behind.
Perhaps it is time for Bernie's followers, the "Sanderistas," to start pressuring their candidate to come up with a more convincing narrative on international affairs.
As Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it is determined not to allow Iran free regional reign. By creating the crisis, Saudi Arabia also hopes to disrupt the warming relations between Iran and the U.S., which it views as contrary to its interests. In addition, Saudi Arabia hopes to undermine the EU's drive for rapprochement with Iran, as it otherwise has the potential of becoming the largest trading partner with the EU.
Syrian activists have launched an aggressive social media campaign calling on the West to save residents of a besieged Syrian town whose residents, they say, are starving to death and eating meals of leaves.
Welcome to 2016 amidst much tension and consternation! As someone who has worked in the MENA region as a lawyer, an ecumenist and also a second-track political negotiator for well over two decades, let me project a few pithy thoughts onto the fresh year.
Around 7.6million Syrian children (within and outside the country) need humanitarian assistance, close to 80% of Syria's child population. Child labour, early forced marriage, exposure to disease, risk of sexual violence - these are all risks that threaten the immediate well-being of Syria's children...
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.
The escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the Saudi execution of a Shiite imam is only the latest episode in a 35-year old, low-intensity conflict between the two regional powers.
Outside Restaurant Miami in Qamishly in Syria before it was bombed They carry them on their shoulders - coffin after coffi...
Alexander McNabb's hot adventure "A Decent Bomber" for a change wasn't set in the Arab world, but managed, in its Irish venue, to tie back to the region he's used as a backdrop for earlier novels.
Everyone is celebrating; it is time for family and friends, going back to sweet memories, or setting up plans for next year. For Syrians, during the last few years, things have been quite different. Actually, this time of the year is nearly the worst to go through.
Reagan likely would find the entire discussion a bit, well, "liberal" in the sense of assuming that more dollars spent is the only way to deliver more security.
The founding principle of everything I do is to break down negative perceptions, to call on people to question their previously held views, and to re-centre the focus of the discussions of this crisis on the individual human experience.
The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.