1569, Section: Opinion
Published on 2 October 2014 by muftah.org 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.
Published on 2 October 2014 by middleeasteye.net 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.
Published on 30 September 2014 by washingtonpost.com 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.
Published on 30 September 2014 by atlanticcouncil.org Karim Mezran in Opinion
As Libya continues to fragment, diplomats have mobilized to confront the current crisis.
Published on 25 September 2014 by Moez Labidi / atlanticcouncil.org / First published Sept. 22 in Opinion
ver the past two years, Tunisia has been plagued by terrorist attacks, characterized by car bombs and targeted political assassinations. In the wake of increased terrorist threats, economic recovery—largely overshadowed by the electoral process—remains in jeopardy. With persistently weak demand for Tunisian exports to Europe, the government’s hesitation to undertake the structural reforms, and excessive wage and subsidies bills, the Tunisian economy still suffers a lack of robust growth.
Published on 25 September 2014 by Jason Pack / middleeasteye.net / First published Sept. 23 in Opinion
After the demise of the Qaddafi regime in 2011, questions loomed concerning how the various military, political, and tribal factions which banded together to overthrow Qaddafi could co-exist with one another. During the fighting, most towns were cut-off from either the rebel or the Qaddafi government. As such they formed municipal councils and began to administer their own affairs.
Published on 25 September 2014 by Ibrahim Sharqieh / nytimes.com / First published Sept. 22 in Opinion
In 2011, Yemenis rejoiced at the toppling of their dictatorial president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled for 33 years. It was the third successful revolution of the Arab Spring, following the overthrow of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt. But, as elsewhere, reconciliation did not follow revolution.
Published on 23 September 2014 by aljazeera.com Sharif Nashashibi in Opinion
The tragedy of the Arab world is that people seem to be stuck between nationalistic and religious fascism
Published on 18 September 2014 by muftah.org Phil Dorroll in Opinion
In the West, many often assume Islam has a naturally close relationship with violence and coercion. This assumption is part of how Christianity and Islam are often compared in Western societies.
Published on 18 September 2014 by middleeasteye.net Ramzy Baroud in Opinion
A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq.