1575, Section: Opinion
Published on 25 November 2014 by Al-monitor.com Farea al-Muslimi in Opinion
Armed Houthis took over the reins of power in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in late September in a way that was reminiscent of Hezbollah’s takeover of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in May 2008.
Published on 20 November 2014 by muftah.org Megan O’Donnell in Opinion
As I got into a cab outside of a Rabat train station a few months ago, my cab driver joked to another passenger and me, “if you don’t pay me enough, my wife is gonna beat me.
Published on 20 November 2014 by Middle East Institute Zubair Iqbal in Opinion
Economic trends will provide a very important part of the context in which President Obama’s policies play out in the remainder of his term until January 2017.
Published on 20 November 2014 by huffingtonpost.com Soumaya Ghannoushi in Opinion
As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking the Ennahdha party, celebrations of the “Islamists” defeat at the hands of the “secularists” got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.
Published on 20 November 2014 by aljazeera.com Martin Reardon in Opinion
Yemen is burning. However, with bigger fires getting out of control in other parts of the world, it seems to have been relegated to the back page of mainstream media for most of the last few months
Published on 18 November 2014 by Mona Eltahawy / nytimes.com / First published Nov. 16 in Opinion
I am a 47-year-old Egyptian woman. And I am among the fortunate few of my countrywomen whose genitals have not been cut in the name of “purity” and the control of our sexuality.
Published on 18 November 2014 by Farea Al-Muslimi \ al-monitor.com \ First published Nov. 14 in Opinion
Yemeni state institutions suffered a collapse after the fragile political process sponsored by Gulf states and the UN Security Council ground to a halt after three years. This collapse put a definitive end to Western praise for the Yemeni paradigm, considered by some as the model for solving conflicts in the region.
Published on 13 November 2014 by aljazeera.com Stephennie Mulder in Opinion
Recently, in an exclusive event at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, Secretary of State John Kerry stood—with perhaps unintended irony—before the facade of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to back an initiative to track losses of Syrian and Iraqi antiquities, including the destruction of monuments and looting of precious objects from archaeological sites.
Published on 11 November 2014 by Middle East Institute Fatemeh Aman in Opinion
Iranian women have long been in a cat-and-mouse game with the interpretation and enforcement of many aspects of Islamic law, but most especially the hijab. Since 1983, when the first written law was passed, the Islamic Republic has made it officially mandatory for women to wear the headscarf and loose clothing, with punishment for failing to comply ranging from lashes to imprisonment.
Published on 11 November 2014 by middleeasteye.net Mohamed Ghilanm in Opinion
In the midst of the ongoing discussions about the link between Islam and violence, and all the different “Islams” considered, one uncomfortable yet fundamental question remains unanswered: Is a Muslim allowed in principle to be violent, should the context justify such behavior?