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Tehran’s Massive Mistake in Yemen
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Tehran’s Massive Mistake in Yemen
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Arabs were in dire need of a significant event to restore their self-confidence and allow them to determine their own fate, particularly after the Houthis rejected the political overtures of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations. War is part of politics, but should always be a last resort....

 

The Saudi Predicament
Najam Sethi

The people, opposition parties and media of Pakistan are solidly and openly against any direct Pakistani military involvement in the Middle-Eastern crisis. But the government and military establishment are prevaricating and double-speaking....

 

Four Years after NATO-Backed Ouster of Gaddafi, Libya is a Failed State
Daniel Wagner

Haftar was an early Gaddafi loyalist, and played an important role as one of the “Free Officers” in the 1969 revolution that toppled the monarchy led by King Idris al-Sanusi. Gaddafi later said that Haftar “was my son… and I was like his spiritual father.” It was the start of a military career in which Haftar fought on many different sides.....

Hate Speech Provokes Violence in Turkey
Lale Kemal

People from every walk of life -- either occupying senior positions within the state apparatus or elected governments, politicians, academics, journalists or ordinary citizens -- will see no problem in using insulting and discriminatory words against the others, sometimes labelling them traitors....

 

Terror’s Election Calculation
Mumtazer Turkone

This is a pretty grave terrorist incident that incited widespread anger. The question people have raised in response to this attack that took place two months before an election is on the causality I cited above....

 

Saudi Arabia and Yemen: The Test for a New Monarch

Sunni states no doubt want to draw a line against further encroachment by Iran, which exerts strong influence in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. But Saudi Arabia, which treats the Arabian Peninsula as its backyard, is particularly sensitive about trouble in Yemen....

 

Saudi-Israeli Anti-Iran Nexus
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Saudi Arabia, for its own reasons, is even more gung-ho. While expressing token opposition to Israel’s stash of nuclear weapons, it has long concentrated its fire on Iran’s nuclear programme. Thanks to WikiLeaks, it is now well known that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had repeatedly urged the US to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme and launch military strikes to “cut off the head of the snake”…..

 

The signing of the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s Nuclear Programme” last week, between Iran and P5+1, is the first definitive step on a road that will be long and tortuous but carries profound implications for the West Asian region as a whole....

 

In 1953, the city of Lahore erupted in riots, triggered by the anti-Ahmaddiya agitation of the religious parties. While much has been written about the Munir Commission’s well-known findings on that issue, it is also worth commenting on the relentless but even-handed manner in which Azam Khan and his troops quickly restored order to the city....

 

Daily Chart: The Middle Eastern Mesh

The conflicts reflect multiple divisions over religion, ideology, ethnicity and class. But the sectarian rift—in which Iran supports Shias and their allies, while Saudi Arabia backs at least some of the Sunnis—has become more acute....

 

Finding the Balance between Freedoms and Fighting Terrorism
Murat Yetkin

The reader could ask about the relation between a terrorist act in a building under high security and stricter measures on rallies, especially in times of an election....

 

With Or Without a Nuclear Accord, Change Has Come
David Ignatius

The Saudis and the United Arab Emirates, in particular, were terrified. Iran, fighting through its proxies, seemed to be on the march – making the idea of a regional accommodation with Tehran all but unthinkable. The Sunni world was too weak for a grand bargain....

 

Saudi Arabia Fools the West, Again
Tarek Fatah

While the vast majority of Islamic terror attacks on the West, Middle East and South Asia have been conducted by Sunni Muslim Jihadis, Saudi Arabia has somehow convinced us it is Shiite Islam and Iran that are to blame....

 

Political Resolution a Must for Syria
Yusuf Kanli

Can it be possible to end the Syrian quagmire through some sort of a proxy war against a ruthless dictator by a coalition of not-so-clean democratic performance or an imperialist, hegemonic “coalition of the willing” aspiring, apart from some other comparatively less important strategic interests, to oust Russians from the Middle East....

 

Is Iran Conquering the Middle East?
Juan Cole

In neither Iraq nor Syria has Iran invaded or even sent infantry, rather supplying some special operations forces in aid of local Iraqi and Syrian initiatives, at government request. In both countries, Iran has Sunni clients as well as Shiite ones. In both countries, local forces reached out to Iran for patronage in the face of local challenges, not the other way around….

 

A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign minister, denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia. As the theocratic kingdom prevents women from travelling, conducting official business or marrying without the permission of male guardians, and as girls can be forced into child marriages where they are effectively raped by old men, she was telling no more than the truth....

 
Syria to Yemen
Yusuf Kanli

Syria to Yemen
Yusuf Kanli

From Ankara’s perspective, the “people of Syria” are struggling against a “ruthless dictator” and peace can be restored only if the Bashar al-Assad regime is terminated. In Cairo, and apparently in most parts of the Arab world, there is a perception that those fighting al-Assad’s government are no different than the rebels fighting the Yemeni government....

 

Turkey: Hesitant in Fighting ISIL, Decisive in Fighting Houthis
Serkan Demirtas

The conflict in Yemen is generally described as a proxy war between Shiite Iran and Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and is believed to be a part of a broader confrontation between the two heavyweights to increase their areas of influence....

 

The Urgency of Inventing a Democratic Islam
Akbar Ganji

The growth of Islamic terrorist groups and the ongoing carnage in many Islamic countries have attracted worldwide attention. Many view Islam as a religion that condones violence. Undoubtedly, the Holy Quran contains verses that authorize use of violence. Although such verses were specific to the era of Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago, their abuse in the 21st century represent gross violations of human rights....

A Story of Bhuttos, and South Asia
Khaled Ahmed

Nobody’s death was more foretold in our times than Benazir’s. Her family was not Shia, but the names Zulfikar and Murtaza have resonated with the Shia community. Her death was as predictable as the martyrdom of Imam Husain, who was warned again and again about who would kill him in Karbala....

 

The Empire Made Easy
Jalees Hazir

The empire’s cowboy war on terror is not about countering terrorism but spreading it. The two-faced strategy is more than obvious now; fabricate pretexts to invade other countries and monopolize their resources, create a lawless landmass for breeding terrorism, export terrorism to neighbouring countries targeted for destabilization and control the military, political and economic developments in the region....

 

Let justice and order prevail for everyone in Saudi Arabia
Khaled Almaeena

I have written articles on the raids on “violators” of Iqama (residence permit) regulations and labor laws, in which I asked who the real violators are. These articles in English and Arabic brought many responses, especially those written in English. It is heartbreaking to see the tragedy of the poor people who have been duped by their sponsors....

 

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The False Promise of Rapprochement
Mohammed Umer Daudzai

Islamabad has long sought to use my country as a rear base in case of an Indian military advance. In 1988, the Pakistani leader Gen. Muhammad Zia ul-Haq said that Pakistan had “earned the right” to have a friendly regime in Kabul; certainly, he would “not permit” any “Indian and Soviet influence”….

 

Towards The Birth Of A ‘New’ Islam?
Hasan Suroor

American Muslim scholar Asma Afsaruddin sees the crisis in Islam as a consequence of the “intra-Muslim dialectics” played out between “absolutists’’ and liberals suggesting that the latter are very much in the fight contrary to the sense that they have given up. What we are witnessing is a contest between two different approaches to “the central issues of our time”....

'Disengage with Pakistan Completely: No Talks, No Visits, No Trade': Tarek Fatah speaks at Counter-Terrorism Conference in Jaipur
Tarek Fatah

This begs the question. What is the ideology of the Jihadi terrorists seeking world domination to hasten the End of Times? It is Islamofascism, the 20th century doctrine of Islamism, which is the use of Islam as a political tool to establish Islamic supremacy on the rest of the globe. However, it seems we are too scared to dare mention the word ISLAMISM. Our American friends call it “Violent Extremism”. What is this “Violent Extremism”? Why beat around the bush and call it for what it is, i.e. Islamic Extremism?.....



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