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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....

 

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....

Siding with Those Who Deliberately Seek to Starve Yemen’s Children Has Degraded Pakistan’s Moral Status
Pervez Hoodbhoy

What explains Pakistan’s support? That puny Yemen somehow threatens Saudi territorial integrity, although a claim sanctimoniously repeated from time to time, is unbelievable. The Houthis are unknown to Pakistanis. While there is some vague belief that they are Shia, orthodox Shias refuse to accept them as their own. Back in the 1960s, Saudi forces backed the Zaydi Shias — now part of the Houthi rebel forces — against pan-Arab nationalists.....

Israel Step Closer to Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City
Ramzy Baroud

According to the bill, two thirds of the Knesset majority is required for Israel to relinquish sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem. International law insists that Israel has no sovereignty over East Jerusalem, illegally occupied and annexed in 1967 and 1980 respectively. ...

Erdogan's Ottoman Dream Causes Storm in Red Sea
Fehim Tastekin

How justified are their concerns? Is there really a resurrection of Ottomans? Erdogan has established a pattern of loudly recalling Ottoman forefathers, claiming Ottoman relics and referring to the Ottoman heritage when speaking about the Middle East and Africa. He sees Africa as a region of opportunities and believes that he has more right than anybody else to be there. “More dangerous than a shark smelling blood are the imperialists who smell oil,”...

 

The Hybrid Nature of Pakistan’s Proxy War Demands Eyes on the Scanner
Syed Ata Hasnain

The hybrid nature of Pakistan’s proxy war demands eyes on the scanner in multiple domains to pick up straws that, intelligence organisations require, giving us greater confidence in weathering the emerging threat. Simultaneously, its efforts towards initiatives to stabilise Kashmir and outreach to the restive populace must also continue with vigour. Creating hope in the people with transformational governance and better communication is still necessary....

 

An Israel of Pride and Shame
Roger Cohen

“There’s a systematic violation of Palestinians’ human rights. Our government is more and more right wing, racist, anti-Arab. If they were members of a government in Austria, we’d recall our ambassador in protest.” This is the government cheered on by President Trump and an American ambassador, David Friedman, who sounds like the West Bank settlers’ envoy. This is the government leading Israel nowhere. This is my shame....

 

Leaderless and Voiceless: A Lament for the Indian Muslim
lman Khurshid

The dilemmas faced by Muslims are even greater for their supposed leaders. To begin with they have traditionally been perceived as leaders of Muslims rather than leaders who are Muslims. But unlike Dalit and OBC leaders, Muslim leaders first suffer by restrictive labels and then are accused of being communal. At the same time, their own community questions their intent if not capacity to represent them....

Brave Ahed Tamimi a Prisoner amid War of Images
Daoud Kuttab

A single image has produced polar opposite reactions. The bravery of a young Palestinian child challenging the heavily armed Israeli soldier spoke volumes to many in terms of its power and courage. The very same image exposed the weakness of the region’s most powerful army, which has been illogically sent to chase after children, whose only weapon is their hand.....

 

Red Star Over The Arabian Peninsula – 3: Yemen’s Arab Jacobins – Understanding Today’s Conflict In The Context Of Past Revolutions, State Formation And Ideologies
Raza Naeem

The whole history of social, political and intellectual change in the Yemens over the twentieth century is one that is marked by the interaction of local with regional and international forces. Thus the conflicts that dominated the first two decades of the century, between British and Ottoman colonialisms, and, in the north, between the Hamid al-Din Imams and the Ottomans, were part of a broader context – the decomposition of the Ottoman empire that was also taking place in the Balkans, and was to be completed by the defeat of the Empire in World War I...

 

Iran Knows How to Silence Protests, If Only It Knew How to Listen
Azadeh Moaveni

“Death to the dictator” has rung out across the cities of Iran, but Iranians have been conditioned for nearly 40 years to reflexively shout “death to” something when they are enraged. It can mean anything from “please overhaul this whole system” to “please get rid of this particular leader who embodies all my grief at my troubled life”. This is what happens when a people with a strong tradition of sophisticated engagement with politics face severe consequences for expressing dissent....

 
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