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1579, Section: Opinion


Saudis see Houthi gains in Yemen as advance for Iran

Published on 24 July 2014 by Abdulmajeed Al-Buluwi in Opinion

Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked a Saudi border post along the Yemeni border on July 4, killing a Saudi border guard and a Yemeni soldier.

Yemen model won’t work in Iraq, Syria

Published on 22 July 2014 by Katherine Zimmerman / 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.

The siege of Gaza

Published on 22 July 2014 by Avi Shlaim / / 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.

Utilizing the potential of Yemen’s diaspora lobby

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.

Shout Art Loud: Tackling harassment in Egypt through art

Published on 17 July 2014 by Melody Patry / / 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.

Palestine’s dilemma: to go or not to go to the nternational Criminal Court

Published on 15 July 2014 by Richard Falk in Opinion

In light of the latest Israeli military offensive, Palestinian leaders should seek the International Criminal Court's help

Boycotts from Mayo to Montgomery to Manama

Published on 15 July 2014 by 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.

Aid agencies have become self-serving corporations dressed in the clothing of compassion

Published on 10 July 2014 by Ian Birrell / / 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

Why is the World Cup more exciting than world politics?

Published on 10 July 2014 by Hamid Dabashi / / First published July 7 in Opinion

A succession of scandals generate headlines around the world, but the World Cup goes on triumphantly

DKNY’s Ramadan collection shows that Muslim dress means more than the burqa

Published on 8 July 2014 by 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.