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1554, Section: Opinion


The Islamic State threat is overstated

Published on 16 September 2014 by Ramzy Mardini in Opinion

The United States has a tradition of misinterpreting the Middle East. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 with misplaced certainty, misconstrued assumptions, and poor foresight.

Moderate Muslims’ quandary about IS

Published on 16 September 2014 by Mustafa Akyol in Opinion

Since 9/11, one of the most frequently asked questions in the West has been, “Why don't moderate Muslims speak out against extremists?"

Losing the plot: Israel’s premier to face new Gaza reality

Published on 11 September 2014 by Ramzy Baroud in Opinion

Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on August 26, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.

Yemen, the forgotten front

Published on 11 September 2014 by Nabeel Khoury in Opinion

Seemingly unrelated to the turmoil further north in the Levant, a quiet war has been going on in Yemen since the conclusion last January of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), orchestrated by UN special envoy, Jamal Benomar.

Islamic State is cementing, not destroying regional order

Published on 9 September 2014 by Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion

All the talk these days is about how the Islamic State (IS) is redrawing the map of the Middle East.

The irony of Saudi Arabia’s latest UN contribution

Published on 4 September 2014 by Anna Newby / in Opinion

On August 13, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated $100 million to the fledgling United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), an entity that King Abdullah first proposed in 2005 and formally inaugurated in 2011 with a $10 million contribution.

Can Nigerian youth destroy Boko Haram’s caliphate?

Published on 4 September 2014 by Daniel E. Agbiboa / / First published Aug. 31 in Opinion

September 2014 marks five months since Boko Haram, a militant armed group in northern Nigeria, abducted over two hundred schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State. The Chibok girls, kidnapped on April 14, have not been rescued yet. This is despite efforts by the US, the UK, France, China, and Israel to support Nigeria's efforts to turn the tide of the insurgency and rescue the Chibok girls being held hostage in the forest of Sambisa.

Against the odds: Syria’s flourishing mediascape

Published on 2 September 2014 by Enrico De Angelis and Donatella Della Ratta in Opinion

These days the attention of the international public seems to have been captured by the Islamic State’s online propaganda war and its skills in mastering social media campaigns. However, there is another, less trumpeted, media revolution happening in the Arab region.

The new Arab cold war

Published on 2 September 2014 by Jacob Strokes Steven A. Cook in Opinion

A bitter proxy war is being waged in the Middle East. It stretches from Iraq to Lebanon and reaches into North Africa, taking lives in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt's Western Desert, and now Libya.

Why Israelis saw the Gaza war differently

Published on 2 September 2014 by Daniel Ben Simon in Opinion

The Gaza war was quite a strange one. It exposed Israelis to phenomena unlike anything they had known in the past.