Business for Peace Award
1569, Section: Opinion


War without end: 12 years of US drone strikes in Yemen

Published on 23 October 2014 by 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.

Blowback in Yemen: Houthi advance is a Saudi nightmare

Published on 23 October 2014 by David Hearst in Opinion

Nothing illustrates the free-wheeling chaos of the Middle East better than what is going on in Yemen.

How to defeat the Islamic State’s war machine

Published on 21 October 2014 by 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.

The Middle East needs a Marshall Plan

Published on 21 October 2014 by 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.

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.