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Only Separation Can Lead to a Two-State Solution
Isaac Herzog

A majority of Israelis see a two-state solution as the only feasible way to end the conflict and retain Israel as both a Jewish and a democratic state. But for good reason, a majority of Israelis also see this as unrealistic right now. The hatred and distrust between the two peoples, fuelled by extremists on both sides and compounded by the reluctance of leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah, has forced me to conclude that a breakthrough toward an agreement is not foreseeable.....

 

The exchanges between Turkey and the US with regard to the Feb. 17 attack in Ankara are extremely important for one essential reason, and that is Erdoğan's unanswered question: “Are you for us or with the terrorist organization?” The answer to that posed question is complex, and it rests on what one considers the vital national security interests of the United States vis-à-vis those of Turkey, especially regarding the “War against Terrorism,”.....

Muslim as the Enemy, Muslim as the Other
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

But for this Hindu Right group, the mere fact that he was a Muslim was reason enough that he should be taught a lesson, shamed and humiliated and eventually dragged and beaten up. It is another matter that he was an Indian that he was a fellow Maharashtrian; what was more important for the crowd was that he was Muslim first and last. In short, this policeman who had done nothing wrong but performs his duty for nearly three decades was reduced to his religious identity......

What Might Secular Kurdish Nationalism Promise?
Adem Ince

The PKK/PYD's secular Kurdish nationalist doctrine, which is quite similar to Kemalism in terms of having no tolerance for ‘others,' will not bring freedom to the region but rather the despotism of totalitarian regimes.....

 

How Not To Resolve the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Clifford D. May

Imagine that your mission is to make sure the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians does not get resolved — not even now, a time when self-proclaimed Jihadis are wreaking havoc throughout much of the Middle East and, as a consequence, Israel’s relations with Egypt, Jordan and even Saudi Arabia are improving. What policies might help you accomplish your mission?....

 

A Ceasefire in Syria Is Pure Fantasy
Luke Coffey

The brutal truth is that the Civil War has been left to rot and fester for so long there is very little the US or even Russia can do to engineer a cessation of hostilities much less a full-blown ceasefire, armistice or peaceful outcome.....

 

The Current Chaos in Syria May Help the Islamic State
Ishaan Tharoor

In midst of this the worrying spiral, the U.S. and other governments are also trying to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State, a radical Islamist terror organization that still controls territory in parts of Syria and Iraq. Kurdish militias have long been battling the extremists in Syria's Raqqa province; a U.S.-led international ground incursion from Turkey, backed by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, has also been mooted though remains an unlikely prospect.....

 

Israel’s Sham Democracy
Ramzy Baroud

The Israeli “Right,” as demonstrated by a scary coalition of right-wing nationalists, ultranationalists and religious zealots, deserves all the bad press it has garnered since its formation last May.  But none of this should come as a shock, as the “Right” in Israel has never been anything but a coalition of demagogues that catered to the lowest common denominator in society....

 

Assad on the Offensive: the Encirclement of Aleppo Consolidates the Regime’s Comeback

Sold as being against Islamic State (IS), Russia has mainly set about bombing the more mainstream Sunni rebels. Despite yet another report this week accusing Mr Assad of crimes against humanity for “exterminating” prisoners, Russia knows that his regime is more palatable to the West than IS....

 

Don’t Forget Darfur
Eric Reevs

Khartoum has a keen ear for cant. The words Mr. Bashir and his allies hear from the international community must have real consequences, or they will have no power to prevent a new chapter of tragedy in Darfur....

 

The Many Mideast Solutions: It’s a Wholly Different Beast Now, Slouching toward Bethlehem
Thomas L. Friedman

But get ready for the real thing. This is not your grandfather’s Israel anymore, it’s not your oil company’s Saudi Arabia anymore, it’s not your NATO’s Turkey anymore, it’s not your cabdriver’s Iran anymore and it’s not your radical chic college professor’s Palestine anymore. It’s a wholly different beast now, slouching toward Bethlehem.....

 

The Hosni Mubarak Mirage
Khaled Diab

In his final speech, Mubarak repeated the chestnut he had been parroting for years, that the choice for Egypt was between the 'chaos' of Islamism and the 'stability' he supposedly safeguarded. Egyptians partied on the streets as though Egypt had not only qualified for, but won the World Cup. And in a way it had. Against all the odds...

 

Ankara knows who its primary enemies are and it is not the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). There are good reasons why Turkey has been supporting ISIL for several years, despite some recent attacks against it. In addition, Ankara supports Jabhat al-Nusra, Arar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Fath, which are tied to the al-Qaeda network.....

 
Revisiting Islamic Peacekeepers in Afghanistan
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

Revisiting Islamic Peacekeepers in Afghanistan
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

At the time, some Orientalist commentators also voiced concerns about the dangers of radicalization if Muslim peacekeepers moved into Afghanistan. To their minds, breathing the same air as the Taliban could brainwash otherwise moderate Muslims into becoming barbaric, bloodthirsty ideologues. As precedent, they pointed to foreign Mujahideen from Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya in the Soviet jihad who returned home to destabilize their respective societies….

 

Un-Mosquing Obama's First US Mosque Visit
Khaled A Beydoun

Between being profiled as a "Muslim" by the likes of Donald Trump and extending the covert "war on terror" both globally and against the US' eight million Muslim citizens domestically, Obama's long-awaited stop at an American mosque may be reason for greater concern than his decision to avoid them.....

How Politics Has Poisoned Islam
Mustafa Akyol

This political question even pits the prophet’s widow Aisha against his son-in-law Ali. Their followers killed one another by the thousands in the infamous Battle of the Camel in 656. The next year, they fought the even bloodier Battle of Siffin, where followers of Ali and Muawiyah, the governor of Damascus, crossed swords, deepening the divisions that became the Sunni-Shiite split that persists today......

Jinnah between Kerala and Dubai
Jawed Naqvi

Driven by abject poverty in the pre-Dubai Kerala they were lured by the money they could earn in Karachi. When they wanted to visit their families back in India, touts suggested they get a Pakistani passport and then apply for an Indian visa. Oblivious of concepts like citizenship, they didn’t realise the trap.

 

Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel
Ban Ki-Moon

Nothing excuses terrorism. I condemn it categorically. It is inconceivable, though, that security measures alone will stop the violence. As I warned the Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear......

Military-Mullah Nexus Strangling Pakistan
Balbir Punj

How far will the Pakistan establishment go in suppressing, if not eradicating, the terror machine that it has hand-held for long as a secret weapon against India? This is a matter of speculation.  Perhaps the political leaders there will have the statesmanship to unite and contain the military and wean the masses away from the Mullahs. “These are high hopes!”...

 

Why Is the World Ignoring Palestine’s ‘Third Intifada’?
Shubhda Chaudhary

Throughout the history of the Palestinian nation’s struggles, two streaks of Islamist and nationalistic thinking have accompanied this nation side by side. Even the establishment of a coalition government has not been able to totally do away with the basic differences that exist between these two groups. As a result of it, the internal power politics in Palestine has never been materialized, especially with the animosity between Hamas and Fatah growing stronger. It makes it easier for Israel to simply state that ‘There’s no one to talk to?’....

 

Gaza Speaks: This Is What the Decade-Long Siege Has Done to Us
Ramzy Baroud

The destruction in Gaza as a result of three consecutive wars (2008-9, 12 and 14) has been so severe; it has affected almost every aspect of the Strip’s already dilapidated infrastructure. Power outages, for example, have become part of life in Gaza. If all goes according to plan, Palestinians here have only 8-10 hours, per day, to utilize electricity, and for the rest of the day they suffer in darkness. The UN had already declared that life in Gaza will become ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020....

 

Muslim World: The Leaders Who Could Not Lead
Mahboob A Khawaja

How could Saudi hang a religious scholar just for challenging the regime? Do they know how to implement the Islamic jurisprudence and its manifestation? Islam seeks a just balance- ‘al-Meezan’ in human affairs, not extremism. Leaders are crushing the human spirit of rational thinking and opportunities to dispel the disposable differences. The raging conflicts in the Muslim world are nothing other than the sectarian infested madness and horror irrelevant to the values and principles of Islam.....

 

Why Pak Army Won't Let Modi, Sharif Steal Show
Ayesha Siddiqa

Despite the news, his men in Bahawalpur seemed calm and contained. Though news came of the JeM's offices being shut down, one wondered what they were talking about since the JeM has no office. It is not a political party which would require an office. Its entire business is conducted from the madrasa Usman-o-Ali in Bahawalpur and another huge madrasa being built on the main highway outside the city. Closing down these seminaries would draw attention and create excitement that was not observable.....

 

Politics in the Middle East: The Arab winter

The most internationalised conflict is the bitter civil war in Syria, where powers from the region and beyond contend through proxies. The war has long since metastasised into a monumental free-for-all involving dozens of belligerents. ...

 

Fifteen Years Is A Long Time To Cling On To The Aspiration Of A Pluralist Bangladesh: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 13 January 2016

Fifteen Years Is A Long Time To Cling On To The Aspiration Of A Pluralist Bangladesh

Sushmita S. Preetha

You are either with us, or against us

Jamal Khashoggi

In Iran, old habits die hard

Mohammed Alyahya

Violence In Malda: What Muslims Should Not Do

By Parvin Sultana

Germany, Britain and Religion: German Politicians Are Both More And Less Religious Than British Ones

The Economist

Bagehot: Battlefields of the Mind

The Economist

Obama's Iran opening is his 'Nixon moment'

Howard LaFranchi

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