1549, Section: Opinion
Published on 30 October 2014 by al-monitor.com Giorgio Cafiero in Opinion
Even as many Arab states have succumbed to sectarian violence and political tumult, the Sultanate of Oman has stood out as a beacon of tranquility and tolerance. Oman’s stability is largely attributed to the popularity of its leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said.
Published on 30 October 2014 by aljazeera.com Afzal Ashraf in Opinion
Until a few months ago, the term “foreign fighters” was foreign to all but practitioners of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism. With politicians and the media using the term on a daily basis, many ordinary people are left wondering what it means and why there is so much fuss around the topic.
Published on 30 October 2014 by independent.co.uk Patrick Cockburn in Opinion
A Specialized Criminal Court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a prominent Shia clergyman, Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr, to death on vague charges of “breaking allegiance to the ruler” and “encouraging, leading, and participating in demonstrations.”
Published on 28 October 2014 by al-monitor.com Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen in Opinion
Yemen entered a new era Sept. 21 after Sana’a’s fall, which will change the country’s map for the next decade or two. Still, the implications of this historic event and its risks have not been carefully examined.
Published on 28 October 2014 by aljazeera.com Soumaya Ghannoushi in Opinion
The spoils of the Arab Spring have been divided among many. If the most obvious beneficiaries have been the old guard, Arab autocrats, and their foreign allies, who have an equal interest in keeping the region firmly under their thumb, they have not been the only ones. Al-Qaeda’s share of the spoils has been substantial.
Published on 23 October 2014 by newstatesman.com Iona Craig in Opinion
The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counter-terrorist” action often appear boundless.
Published on 23 October 2014 by middleeasteye.net David Hearst in Opinion
Nothing illustrates the free-wheeling chaos of the Middle East better than what is going on in Yemen.
Published on 21 October 2014 by al-monitor.com Metin Turcan in Opinion
Although much has been written to explain the tactical military successes of the Islamic State (IS), there has not yet been a comprehensive assessment of how, since June 2014, IS has managed to rule over terrain larger than Lebanon to include eight million Iraqis and Syrians.
Published on 21 October 2014 by america.aljazeera.com Judith Barnett in Opinion
On Oct. 12, representatives from international donor countries meeting in Cairo pledged $5.4 billion to help reconstruct Gaza after nearly two months of war between Hamas and Israel this summer. Barack Obama’s administration pledged to contribute $212 million, doubling US aid to the Palestinians this year.
Published on 16 October 2014 by muftah.org Husain Abdulla in Opinion
On Oct. 1, 2014, 12-year-old Malak Rajab excitedly welcomed her father Nabeel home following a three-month trip to Europe, where he had advocated for human rights and democratic reform for his home country of Bahrain.