Business for Peace Award
1562, Section: Opinion


Bahrain’s renewed campaign against human rights defenders

Published on 16 October 2014 by 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.

The missing context: “Islamic State” sectarianism is not coincidental

Published on 16 October 2014 by Ramzy Baroud in Opinion

Consider this comical scene described by Peter Van Buren, a former US diplomat, who was deployed to Iraq on a 12-month assignment in 2009-10:

Yemen’s Youth Disillusioned

Published on 14 October 2014 by D. Robbins in Opinion

Trying to come to terms with new political realities in Sana’a

Kuwait: Canada’s risky ally

Published on 14 October 2014 by Erin Kilbride in Opinion

Canada announced on Thursday, October 9, that its aerial base in the fight against the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIL) will be housed in the State of Kuwait. Canadian warplanes are set to begin missions to Iraq and Syria within a few weeks.

What gives legitimacy to ISIL’s rhetoric?

Published on 14 October 2014 by Soumaya Ghannoushi in Opinion

Failure of top-down modernization and disintegration of post-colonial national borders have cost the region dearly.

Does the Middle East really need nuclear power?

Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Ahmad & M. V. Ramana in Opinion

As Iran’s nuclear program inches closer to international acceptance, a number of countries—Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Algeria, and Egypt—are in various stages of planning the construction of nuclear power reactors.

White & pretty in Yemen

Published on 2 October 2014 by Rooj Alwazir in Opinion

Some people in Yemen believe that colour-hierarchy is the psychological ramification of colonialism, and reinforced by globalization

Dictators in debt: Saudi Arabia’s pending deficit

Published on 2 October 2014 by Erin Kilbride in Opinion

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) could be heading for financial turmoil, potentially posting a deficit in 2015. For the Al-Saud monarchy, which depends on its massive cash reserves to quell dissent against the regime, recent warnings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are not to be taken lightly.

The myth of collective Muslim responsibility

Published on 2 October 2014 by Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion

There was no shortage of “here we go again” moments in US President Barack Obama’s speech at the UN last week. One of them was his statement that “it is time for the world—especially Muslim communities—to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology” of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The limits of the “sectarian” framing in Yemen

Published on 30 September 2014 by Stacey Philbrick Yadav in Opinion

It was 2005 when my Yemeni friends first started talking seriously about their fears that the Houthis would march on the capital Sana’a. The Houthis were never closer than the nearby province of Amran back then.