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Economic Warfare a Poor Strategy for PLO’s Abbas
David May

It was a speech that few Middle East observers will forget. During his January 14 tirade before the PLO Central Council, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a slew of conspiratorial and anti-Semitic comments. Abbas accused Israel of deliberately creating a drug problem among Palestinians and attempted to undermine the Jewish connection to the land of Israel....

 

The Politics of Return in Post-ISIS Iraq
Kyra Luchtenberg

In the absence of state-initiated reconciliation processes, vetting of returnees is being used to compensate for past atrocities and reduce communal fear. Therefore, beyond the relief assistance needed to reverse the wide-scale property damage and increase access to basic services, communal relations need to be rebuilt, particularly in multi-ethnic areas....

 

Israeli Democracy Is Backsliding, But To Where?
Amanda Taub

On Tuesday, the Israeli police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. This is a big deal; it could topple his premiership. It’s worth considering that alongside a less-discussed event from the day before, when Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s justice minister, advocated for a so-called nationality bill, which would officially enshrine Israel as a Jewish nation. Ms. Shaked, a right-wing nationalist known for provocations, said, to some controversy, “There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.”...

 

Though the stream of refugees pouring over the border into Bangladesh has abated somewhat, the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority predominantly in western Myanmar, continue to flee their homes. About 1,500 have already arrived in Bangladesh this month, bringing with them reports of continued violence by Myanmar’s authorities, including the abduction of girls and young women...

 

No Chance for Peace While Settlers Dream Of Holy War
Akiva Eldar

Enlightened states hospitalize or incarcerate people who undermine national strategic interests for the sake of “sanctifying God’s name.” The State of Israel, on the other hand, caters to a fundamentalist group willing to sacrifice its sons and daughters for a piece of land. The Jews call them “martyrs," and for Muslims they’re “Shaheeds,” an Arabic word that also means martyr. Jewish rabbis promise their dead a life in Paradise. Muslim clerics add a bonus: 72 virgins awaiting the Shaheeds in Paradise....

 

Turkey and Iran’s Skin-Deep Friendship
Burak Bekdil

The Turks are smart, but not always smart enough. They have finally noticed that the Iranians “highlight a sectarian approach too much.” They have not, however, grasped what the Iranians can clearly see: that the Turks do exactly the same thing. It is childish to think that unconvincing “let’s-sort-this-out-like-Muslims” rhetoric can end a 14-century-long war that has lasted since the days of Quraysh....

 

How Israel Should Handle Gaza’s 'Humanitarian Disaster'
Prof. Hillel Frisch

Senior Israeli military officials are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and many more officials – Israeli, European, and Palestinian – say the Gaza population will “explode” due to epidemics. Really?...

 

The Ram Janmabhoomi Movement Is a Regression to Irrationality and Communal Perversity
Swami Agnivesh

I shall die a miserable wretch if I don’t utter the truth I know. I follow Maharishi Dayanand. He saw Parramatta (or God) as the light of truth. And truth cannot be stretched to suit convenience nor shrunk to fit cowardice. The Ram Janmabhoomi movement is a political ploy, conceived in cynical electoral calculations, in which the faith of the masses is deployed only as firepower and fraudulently projected as religious fervour. I am surprised that anyone can determine the exact place of Lord Ram’s birth, born thousands of years ago....

The Iran-Israel War Flares Up
Jonathan Schanzer and Tony Badran

The Iranians have been exploiting the chaos of the Syrian civil war to build up military assets there that target Israel, all the while sending advanced weaponry to Lebanon by way of Damascus, also under the fog of war. The Israelis have been vigilant; they have destroyed some of this hardware in Syria with one-off strikes. In December they struck an Iranian base southwest of Damascus, some 30 miles from the Golan Heights...

 

Time to Rise above Anger When Confronting Israeli Extremism
Ray Hanania

Much of Israel’s power comes from two factors: The government’s total disregard for the international rule of law, and the blind support it receives from America. American politicians mislead the country’s people with lies, distortions and hypocrisy, but a powerful communications strategy can confront and expose those hypocrisies and lies....

In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence
Ramzy Baroud

So, when government ministers like Ariel and Bennett call for wanton violence against Palestinians, they are simply carrying on with a bloody legacy that has defined every single Israeli leader in the past. It is the violent mindset that continues to control the Israeli government and its relationship with Palestinians; in fact, with all of its neighbours....

 

‘Extreme’ Suffering in Syria as Government Steps Up Bombing
Anne Barnard

There was little hope, though, that a cease-fire would happen. Airstrikes appear to have intensified since Saturday, when insurgents shot down a Russian plane and killed the pilot. Russia, the main ally of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, says it is targeting rebel fighters; however residents have shown footage of babies being carried from hospitals and families being dug from rubble....

 

Chinese-Palestinian Relations: What’s Really Going On?
Roie Yellinek

Relations between Beijing and the Palestinians began in the 1960s and 1970s and consisted primarily of material and conceptual support given by the Chinese government, headed by Mao Zedong, to the PLO. China was also the first non-Arab state to form diplomatic relations with the PLO, which it did in 1965....

 

Islamic London: 'Run, Hide, Tell'
Daniel Pipes

More than any other major Western city, London bears an Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Islamic impress, from its mayor to its commercial real estate market. I wish I were optimistic about the outcome of this experiment, as the majority of the English population remain even today....

Greece’s Dangerous Alliance with Israel
Ramzy Baroud

The main motivation behind the closeness in relations is the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields, located in the territorial waters of several countries, including Lebanon. If Israel continues with its plans to extract gas from an energy source located off the coast of Lebanon, it will increase the chances of yet another regional war....

 

Witness To A Massacre: The Former Myanmar Soldier Who Saw His Village Burn
Poppy McPherson

By late afternoon it was quiet. The smell of burning hung over the village. An officer barked, “We need 100 plates of rice and chicken curry. Bring it to us.” The soldiers’ savagery appalled but did not shock Islam, the 60-year-old assistant village chairman. He used to be one of them. A former soldier and Buddhist who became a Muslim after falling in love with a Rohingya woman...

 

Four Days in Palestine
Miko Peled

When you encounter face to face the systems of oppression as they are imposed by Israel on Palestinians, the shock leaves you searching for words. The dirt roads, dusty in summer and muddy in winter; the cold iron gates; the cement blocks; the metal revolving doors that start and stop abruptly, even violently and as you try to pass through; and the darkened windows from which orders are barked at people....

 

So Many Kasganjs: Prolonged Intimidation of Muslims Will Shred the Social and Political Fabric of India
Manoj Joshi

What is unfortunate here is that India has had one of the most peaceable Muslim populations anywhere. In the past decades, as the high tide of Islamist radicalism lashed the world, Indian Muslims stood out for their moderation born, no doubt, from the environment in which they lived. There were none found in the multi-national Guantanamo prison...

Protection and Promotion Of Hafiz Saeed Is Taking A Toll On The Rule Of Law In Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

The world knew that Saeed was behind the Mumbai attacks. David Headley’s confessions had been published and the “rogue” elements had come out, offended with the Pakistan Army for “not doing enough”. Back home, the courts declared Saeed innocent of all charges of terrorism. The strongman, thought to have a private army of over 200,000 warriors on call, was too strong to even be asked to tone down his brazenly uncivilised Jihadi rhetoric....

 

Whitewashing the Genocide in Myanmar
Ramzy Baroud

Coupled with numerous reports of gang rape, outright murder, and the mass burning of villages, the Rohingya have been left defenceless in the face of unspeakable atrocities. Worse still, a recent agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh will see many of these refugees repatriated, but with absolutely no guarantees for their safety. With no safeguards in place, and with the Rohingya having been stripped of their legal status in Myanmar, going back is as risky an endeavour as fleeing.....

 

China’s Jihadist Crisis Reaches A Critical Juncture
Giorgio Cafiero

The Chinese will build a “Great Wall” in Xinjiang to fortress the restive province from militants in neighbouring countries, according to a January 23 state-run media report. By tightening the screws on political, social, and cultural practices in Xinjiang, encouraging Hanifaction, and pushing an economic modernization program, Chinese authorities are determined to weaken Uighur aspirations for independence and/or greater autonomy in the northwest...

 

Libyan Slave Trade Feeds On Endless Supply of Migrants
Alessandra Bocchi

“Racism remains one of the largest factors leading to the mistreatment of Africans at the hand of Libyans,” the source explained. Libyans have tried to redeem their image after the media exposed the slave trade by paying higher wages to the migrants working for them. “Now the Libyans are serious about it because of the outrage,”...

 

We were on the western fringes of Kurdistan, a Netherlands-size; semi-autonomous region in the north of Iraq that is home to 5.2 million of the world’s estimated 30 million Kurds, a stateless people who populate the border regions between Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. The fact that the monastery still stood; that this Christian boy and his family were still alive; that a small group of North Americans now felt safe enough to travel here — all of it seemed like a miracle....

 

In keeping with our philosophy of democratic confederalism, we established local councils so that all can participate in the decisions affecting their neighbourhoods and communities. We hold independently monitored elections and ensure that women and all ethnic groups are strongly represented in governance. Our democratic system is increasingly the opposite of Turkey’s, where President Erdogan is crushing dissent and centralizing more power every day....

 

Despite Waves of Protest over Jerusalem, the Deck Remains Stacked Against the Palestinians
Abdel Moneim Said

Unfortunately, Al-Azhar resolved to oppose travel to Jerusalem to pray in its Muslim and Christian holy sites while the city is under occupation and there remains an Israeli presence. The result is that Israel obtained exactly what it wants: a vacuum to fill and an opportunity to sever Palestine from its Arab and Islamic environment...

 


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