1568, Section: Opinion
Published on 22 July 2014 by Katherine Zimmerman / washingtonpost.com First published July 17 in Opinion
President Obama says the United States is looking to its Yemen policy as a model for what to do in Iraq and Syria. But what the president labels the “Yemen model” has not been as successful as the White House claims; indeed, it is in danger of collapse. Attempting to replicate it in much more challenging conditions in Iraq and Syria will almost certainly fail.
Published on 22 July 2014 by Avi Shlaim / aljazeera.com / First published July 19 in Opinion
As long as the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remain unresolved, occasional outcroppings of violence, like the current mini-war in Gaza, are inevitable. This is the third major Israeli offensive against Hamas and the people of Gaza in the last six years. Refusing to accept international legality as the basis for resolving its dispute with the Palestinians, Israel’s right-wing government is ever ready to resort to military force.
Published on 17 July 2014 by Robert Sharp and Murad al-Azzany in Opinion
In Washington DC, lobbying is mainly concerned with congressional influence. But it is not exclusively confined to Congress and by its very nature it occurs across the whole of the US, including government and non-government agencies. Effective lobbying strategies tend to derive from highly motivated and well-organized lobby groups with sharply focused agendas, a case in point being the Israel lobby and the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, the Institute for Legislative Action.
Published on 17 July 2014 by Melody Patry / muftah.org / First published July 14 in Opinion
In the past three years Egypt has witnessed a dramatic increase in both the number of cases of sexual harassment against women and the level of violence. More than 500 women were victims of sexual crimes during the period from February 2011 to January 2014. In addition to thousands of sexual harassment reports, sexual crimes included gang rapes and sexual assaults by mobs with sharp objects and fingers. Women are also commonly assaulted in the street, on public transport, and mob attacks and rapes are frequent during mass gatherings. In response, Egypt last month approved a new law criminalizing sexual harassment for the first time.
Published on 15 July 2014 by middleeasteye.net Richard Falk in Opinion
In light of the latest Israeli military offensive, Palestinian leaders should seek the International Criminal Court's help
Published on 15 July 2014 by muftah.org Brian Dooley in Opinion
Boycott is an Irish word. At least its origins are in Ireland, from 1880 when tenant farmers in County Mayo withheld rent from land agent Captain Boycott. They refused to harvest his crops or clean his house.
Published on 10 July 2014 by Ian Birrell / theguardian.com / First published July 7 in Opinion
Cash-swollen charities are deserting refugees in the worst conflict zones like Syria and South Sudan, says a new report
Published on 10 July 2014 by Hamid Dabashi / alJazeera.com / First published July 7 in Opinion
A succession of scandals generate headlines around the world, but the World Cup goes on triumphantly
Published on 8 July 2014 by independent.co.uk Bina Shah in Opinion
Muslim women’s clothes are once again in the spotlight, in a week where the European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on burqa and niqab.
Published on 8 July 2014 by aljazeera.com Crispian Cuss in Opinion