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1608, Section: Opinion


Against the odds: Syria’s flourishing mediascape

Published on 2 September 2014 by Enrico De Angelis and Donatella Della Ratta in Opinion

These days the attention of the international public seems to have been captured by the Islamic State’s online propaganda war and its skills in mastering social media campaigns. However, there is another, less trumpeted, media revolution happening in the Arab region.

The new Arab cold war

Published on 2 September 2014 by Jacob Strokes Steven A. Cook in Opinion

A bitter proxy war is being waged in the Middle East. It stretches from Iraq to Lebanon and reaches into North Africa, taking lives in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt's Western Desert, and now Libya.

Why Israelis saw the Gaza war differently

Published on 2 September 2014 by Daniel Ben Simon in Opinion

The Gaza war was quite a strange one. It exposed Israelis to phenomena unlike anything they had known in the past.

Yemen’s Brain Drain

Published on 28 August 2014 by Dr. Murad Alazzany in Opinion

Intelligent, well-educated and experienced individuals constitute a precious resource to any society, but are particularly crucial to Yemen as it seeks to implement the outcomes of its National Dialogue Conference. The country’s fight to retain human capital and avoid “brain drain” is vital, as a loss of talent and minds will pose a serious threat to its political transition and development. Talented and intelligent people provide valuable role models to Yemen’s youth who must be inspired to stay and work in their home country.

The fall of Amran and the future of the Islah Party in Yemen

Published on 28 August 2014 by Charles Schmitz / Middle East Institute / First published Aug. 25 in Opinion

As the world’s attention was riveted on the lightening conquests of the Islamic State in Iraq, Yemen’s Houthi movement made an equally stunning but largely unnoticed military advance on Amran governorate and captured the provincial capital, Amran, in July. The fall of Amran has extraordinary political significance: The Houthi advance dislodged the Al-Ahmar family’s grip on the leadership of the Hashid tribal confederation, a central political pillar of the Yemeni Republic since 1962, and threatens the survival of the Islah Party itself.

Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

Published on 28 August 2014 by Ramzy Baroud / / First published Aug. 25 in Opinion

Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidarity with their own oppressed brethren, but also to the official Arab betrayal of the Palestinian cause. The current war on Gaza, and the dubious role played by Egypt in the ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel are cases in point.

Summary executions in Somalia

Published on 28 August 2014 by Laetitia Bader / / First published Aug. 24 in Opinion

Recent executions in Somalia put the quality of justice delivered of military courts into question

Somalia's military court sentenced three men to death on July 30 for alleged membership in the armed Islamist group Al-Shaabab and involvement in attacks in Mogadishu, the capital. Four days later, the Somali media posted to Twitter photographs of their limp, hooded bodies tied to poles.

Exposing the great “poverty reduction” lie

Published on 26 August 2014 by Jason Hickel in Opinion

The UN claims that its Millennium Development Campaign has reduced poverty globally, an assertion that is far from true.

Being a Yemeni

Published on 26 August 2014 by Afrah Nasser in Opinion

It takes a lot of effort to process the load that comes with being a Yemeni citizen—whether you are inside or outside the country.

Egyptians tolerating cuts in subsidies—for now

Published on 26 August 2014 by Mohannad Sabry in Opinion

On one smoldering July weekend that also happened to be during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Egypt's regime, led by military strongman Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, announced that it was reducing fuel subsidies.