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Petro-Islam: The Nexus between Oil and Terrorism
Nauman Sadiq

Inquisitive observers of the Middle Eastern politics would naturally wonder why do Western powers prop up the Gulf’s petro-monarchies, knowing fully well that they are the ones responsible for nurturing Islamic extremism. Does this not run counter to their professed goal of eliminating Islamic radicalism and terrorism...


Netanyahu in India: What Was Swept Under the Carpet
Vijay Prashad

During the meeting, an expected selfie with the Israeli PM was staged, featuring actors Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Vivek Oberoi and producers Raj Nayak and Ronnie Screwvala. All were grinning for the camera, unapologetic about being photographed with a man being investigated for corruption in Israel and on his way of being placed on the war crimes list by the International Criminal Court....

Turkey, the Arab World Is Just Not That into You
Burak Bekdil

He runs around in a fake fire extinguisher's outfit, holding a silly hose in his hands and knocking on neighbours’ doors to put out the fire in their homes. "Go away," his neighbours keep telling him. "There is no fire here!" I am the person to put out that fire, he insists, as doors keep shutting on his face....


Anger That Drove the Arab Spring Is Flaring Again
Emma Graham-Harrison

For other Arab spring countries, where the population is younger, the years ahead look less hopeful. The “youth bulge” of Egyptians, Syrians and Yemenis in their teens and early 20s was a key factor in the popular uprisings that shook the region. Frustrated by the prospect of stunted futures under autocratic governments apparently more interested in preserving power than creating jobs, they took to the streets....


What Is Next For Palestine?
Ramzy Baroud

If the Palestinian leadership had a minimal degree of accountability, it would immediately undertake a total overhaul within its ranks and activate all Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) institutions, bring all factions together under the umbrella of the PLO and declare a unified strategy inspired by the aspirations and sacrifices of the Palestinian people.....


Israeli Nationalists' Messiah Complex
Akiva Eldar

On the day following the November 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Rabbi Yehuda Amital, the head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, warned that Jewish law, known in Hebrew as “Halacha,” “can turn into dangerous explosives when in the hands of young people. … The term ‘Halacha’ is too broad and sacred to be placed in the hands of every Jewish boy and girl.” One might add that this also applies to every politician lacking a backbone and maturity....


Rohingyas and the Unfinished Business of Partition
Jayita Sarkar

A humanitarian intervention for the Rohingyas under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter is not likely either. China is still a friend of Myanmar, and to curry favours with the Tatmadaw would veto any United Nations Security Council Resolution that threatened Myanmar’s sovereignty. India has made its position quite clear in opposing the cause of the Rohingyas and calling them a national security threat, which leaves us with Bangladesh. Dhaka lacks both the popular support and the military wherewithal to pull off a 1971-like intervention....

Learn from Israel’s Legal Pluralism
Faizan Mustafa

In Ayodhya, we demolished a historic mosque and have not permitted Muslim namaz for 69 years while prayers to Lord Rama are very much on. Let us see what the situation is in Israel. Temple Mount is the holiest place for Jews and is the site of their first and second temple, yet the Jews cannot pray anywhere in the sacred site, except at the Wailing Wall. The Israeli Supreme Court upheld the order of the local police which prohibited public prayer by Jews on the premises of Temple Mountain. One hopes that the Indian Supreme Court would demonstrate absolute neutrality while deciding the ownership dispute of the Babri mosque....

Is It Time for Netanyahu to Resign Yet?
Shmuel Rosner

Charges that involve the prime minister are first a public matter, and only second a legal matter. The public elected the prime minister, so the public — or its representatives — should decide when it is time for him to go. They are entitled to decide to let the legal process run its course. They are also entitled to decide that Mr. Netanyahu must go for a reason other than a purely “legal” one — such as he’s doing a bad job or is hurting their party....


Assad Continues To Punish His People
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

The Syrian Civil War is won. The Damascus government has reasserted control over the majority of Syria’s territory and President Bashar al-Assad is secure in his position. Despite the endless list of humanitarian abuses he has presided over since 2011, the international community is no longer calling on his removal and prosecution in international courts, and no internal Syrian faction looks likely to be able to challenge his government much longer....


Palestinian Leadership Faces Monumental Decisions
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian leadership will indeed be confronted with some tough decisions when it meets. It needs a show of unity and resilience, but must also be careful not to burn all its bridges. Any choices made would likely have a major impact on the trajectory of the Palestinian struggle, so that could mean the leadership will delay any major decisions with the intention of putting them before the PNC....


Perception vs. Reality: Why Negative Views of Islam Should Be Challenged
Sheema Khan

“No other religion faces such widespread contempt. Let it sink in. If you do not hold a negative view of Islam, then someone in your immediate circle does. Yet the perception of Islam is so different from the lived reality of Canadian Muslims. Some have a cultural affiliation to the faith. For others, the attachment is deeper. Across the diverse spectrum of belief, it can be argued that basic Islamic teachings contribute richly to our collective social fabric….

Lessons from Iran
Huma Yusuf

The revolution will not be coming to Iran. Not yet, anyway. Recent protests across 80 Iranian cities and towns nabbed the world’s attention and inspired comparisons with 1979. The speed with which the Iranian authorities quelled the unrest indicates that a major uprising is not imminent. But the protests were significant, and Pakistan would do well to learn some lessons from its neighbour’s difficulties....


The Baloch Cauldron
Khaled Ahmed

More than 60 per cent of the Balochi population wanted greater autonomy for the province in 2012. But they did not demand independence. Only 37 per cent did. Those who supported greater provincial autonomy may have grasped that a separate Balochistan state, surrounded by hostile neighbours and with two conflicting Baloch-Pashtun nationalisms within, was hardly viable....


The Road Still Runs Through Ramallah
Suhasini Haidar

If there is a realpolitik calculation to be made, it is that India’s influence in West Asia cannot be squandered away so casually, and advocating the peace process with Mr. Netanyahu will be an important step. The road to India’s prosperity may well run through Jerusalem, but the road to its leadership aspirations on the world stage cannot bypass Ramallah either....


The Iranian Crisis Is Not Yet Over
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The protests, therefore, turned not only into a reaction over rampant inflation, continuous corruption and rising prices, but also focused on the crisis of legitimacy of the Islamic regime in Iran, totally misunderstood by a generation of Iranians who were too young to remember the revolution of 1979. The growing generational gap between the Islamic state and the Iranian youth, particularly young women, has never been wider....


Iran: Surviving another Attack Supported From Abroad
Andre Vltchek

The diplomatic and media storm is far from abiding with questions about the origin of the protests. What really took place in Iran at the very end of year 2017 and at the very beginning of 2018? Was it a ‘spontaneous rebellion’, an attempt to improve economic and social situation in the country, a revolt against ayatollahs, or both? Was it really a protest against Iranian-style socialism....


Divide and School Policy Ghettoising Muslim Kids
Nazia Erum

If students are compartmentalised this early they don't get to learn about 'others'. Students of one section don't get time beyond classes to bond with students from other sections. They don't share Tffins. They don't make friends. If you ask the kids, they say, "Woh Bante Hi Nahi Hamare friends. Bas Hi-Hello Ho Jata Hai....

Ahed Al Tamimi's Incarceration Sheds a Disturbing Light on How Children Are Targeted In Israel
Ahed Al Tamimi

Ahed and Nabi Saleh have shown that popular unarmed resistance – if it is to discomfort Israel and the world – cannot afford to be passive or polite. It must be fearless, antagonistic and disruptive. Most of all, it must hold up a mirror to the oppressor. Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis. That is a lesson worthy of Gandhi or Mandela....


Saudi Arabia’s Chance to Create a Liberal Kingdom

Though the guardian system remains on the books, a royal decree relaxed its grip in June and women are now allowed access to health care, education and travel without a guardian’s permission. Advocacy, outrage and subsequent official responsiveness also helped in getting the Saudi women relief from the religious police, who focused on a prohibition of alcohol and drugs, maintaining gender segregation and aggressively targeting Saudi women who weren’t “appropriately” covered....


Ousting the Ayatollahs
Jed Babbin

Instead of helping the protesters, Mr. Obama criticized them, saying that they didn’t represent “fundamental change.” He spoke meekly, saying that, “The world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was.”...


Can Mohammed Bin Salman Break The Saudi-Wahhabi Pact?
Yury Barmin

Strictly abiding by traditional interpretations of Islamic law is a crucial element of the worldview Abd al-Wahhab introduced. This is why, in simplified terms, breaking the Saudi-Wahhabi pact would mean breaking up with this traditional interpretation and potentially codifying law rather than relying on judges to interpret it....


Jerusalem’s Changing Fortunes

Jerusalem is considered the oldest city that existed in the fourth millennium BCE. Its first known mention is said to be in 2000 BCE, wherein it was referred to as Rusalimun. The city’s Israelite history dates back to 1,000 BCE after it was captured by King David. It has been attacked 52 times, captured 44 times, besieged 23 times and destroyed twice. According to the Bible, the Jewish Temple or the First Temple stood on the mount built by King Solomon in 957 BCE,,,.


These Are the Real Causes of the Iran Protests
Trita Parsi

When the Iranian protests broke out last Thursday, I immediately reached out to friends, family, and organizers of the Green Movement, which erupted after the 2009 stolen elections, to find out what was going on. But almost everyone I spoke to gave me the same answer: We don’t know. We haven’t been able to piece it together yet. We are all confused. But one person had quickly managed to put together the Persian puzzle: Donald Trump....


‘Oh, But You don’t Look Like A Muslim’: The Congeries Of Evil Attributed To Indian Muslims Is Hurtful And Untrue
Rakhshanda Jalil

The binary of Bharatiya and Videshi, Sanskari and Ku-Sanskari constantly thrust in their faces is not only hurtful and unt­rue, but reinforces stereotypes and pushes Muslims further to the margins. Far from being perpetrators of violence, they see themselves as victims of violence. For India to retain its health and vigour as a plural society, this imbalance must be recognised, and addressed....

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