Business for Peace Award
1551, Section: Opinion


The scourge of Shiaphobia

Published on 20 August 2014 by Eldar Mamedov / / First published Aug.19 in Opinion

During a meeting with a delegation from the European Parliament last November, an advisor to the Saudi interior minister, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, touted a widely-acclaimed Saudi de-radicalization program for extremist youth in the kingdom. Describing the program in detail, he emphasized the promotion of religious tolerance as one of its pillars. In presenting the program, he contrasted it with what he described as Iranian intolerance, exemplified by Iran’s denial to permit Sunni Muslims to build or operate a mosque in Tehran, since the 1979 Revolution. When asked by the delegation how many Shia mosques there are in Riyadh, the advisor became flustered and responded, “there is none, and there would never be since, unlike the Iranians, we do not pretend to be tolerant.”

Can hip-hop stop the Jihadis?

Published on 19 August 2014 by William Barnes / / First published Aug. 13 in Opinion

The number of foreign fighters who have flooded into Syria throughout the past three years now exceeds the total number of jihadists who fought invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s, according to a report by the Soufan Group.

Today is World Humanitarian Day

Published on 19 August 2014 by Trond Jensen / Head of UN OCHA Yemen in Opinion

Every year on August 19, the world marks World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in honor of aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The day was  designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. That bombing claimed 22 lives.

A crisis a century in the making

Published on 14 August 2014 by Vali R. Nasr in Opinion

America’s tentative return to the battlefields of Iraq, however reminiscent it is of unfinished American business there, is also a deadly reminder that the Arab world is still trying to sort out the unfinished business of the Ottoman Empire, a century after it collapsed.

Iraq crisis: West’s “mandate” limited by national borders—and don’t dare mention oil

Published on 14 August 2014 by Robert Fisk in Opinion

In the Middle East, the first shots of every war define the narrative we all dutifully follow.

Leaked files confirm surveillance company helped Bahrain spy on activists

Published on 14 August 2014 by Phoebe Bierly in Opinion

On August 4 a hacker made a post on the social media website Reddit announcing that she or he had stolen 40 gigabytes of data from Gamma International, a UK-based surveillance technology company.

Tunisia’s Political Prospects

Published on 12 August 2014 by Duncan Pickard in Opinion

Consensus has characterized Tunisia’s transition to democracy. Ennahda, the self-styled Islamic party, governed in coalition with two secular parties.

Quality education: A responsibility for all?

Published on 12 August 2014 by Shafiqa A. Fakir in Opinion

Education is widely considered as a cornerstone for individual success and the progress of a nation.

State department taking passports away from Yemeni-Americans

Published on 12 August 2014 by Middle East Research and Information Project in Opinion

Over the past year, dozens of Yemeni-Americans visiting their ancestral homeland have had their US passports summarily revoked or confiscated by the embassy in Sana’a without any clear legal basis, effectively stranding them outside the United States.

Saudi Arabia losing influence in Yemen

Published on 7 August 2014 by Farea al-Muslimi in Opinion

Saudi Arabia is going through a pivotal phase of redrawing its alliances in the region, including in Yemen, where it seems to have lost its customary ability to understand the progression of developments on the ground. In the past, Saudi Arabia was the maker of events and heroes, who performed their Riyadh-scripted roles on the familiar Yemeni stage.