Opinions & Editorials

January 21, 2015

Relatives of senior Hezbollah commander Mohammed Issa stand over his casket after he was killed by an Israeli airstrike, January 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT

The Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria was an act of cowardice by the Jewish state. Hezbollah retaliating, however, would be giving Israel the attention it wants.

January 18, 2015

Protesters burn the French flag in the Pakistani city of Quetta, January 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:52 GMT

Muslims have used images and depictions of idols for centuries. Why all the ruckus following the Charlie Hebdo attacks?

January 15, 2015

Algerians wave flags in the casbah in Algiers following the ratification of independence in July 1962. (AFP/Getty Images/Fernand Parizot)
12:36 GMT

Acclaimed author Robert Risk traced the recent Paris attack back to Algeria in 1954, dissecting the countries colonial history to give insight to this modern tragedy.

January 14, 2015

Public opinion seems to be firmly behind President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
08:19 GMT

In Egypt, indicators of public opinion suggest large chunks of the population came to view their rulers with suspicion over the last two decades. But it appears this has changed since the election of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi last summer via a clear landslide and a massive tide of popularity firmly behind him.

January 11, 2015

"Fear mongering keeps leaders in power, in democracies, as well as in authoritarianism," writes Victor Argo. (AFP/Getty Images/Haidar Hamdani)
12:30 GMT

Fear mongering keeps leaders in power, in democracies as well as in authoritarianism. They make statements to please Western backers or domestic audiences. They all call what they do “the fight against terrorism.” Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Victor Argo.

January 8, 2015

Germany's Muslim population protests the radicalization of Islam and intolerance following a wave of paranoia about the Islamization of the country. (AFP/Maja Hitij)
09:30 GMT

Does radical Islam pose a greater threat to Germany's Muslim population than the country's extreme right? Author suggests that a few bad apples spoiled the whole barrel as thousands of Germans protest the supposed "Islamization" of the country.

January 7, 2015

The Al Aqsa Mosque is revered as the third most holiest site in Islam. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT

Muslims have always been advised to boycott visiting the third most holiest site in Islam, the Al Aqsa Mosque. A move from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, however, to encourage Muslims to visit Jerusalem is a step forward for peace.

January 5, 2015

Over one million refugees, further tension between secularists, Kurds and Islamists, Daesh has dented Turkey beyond repair. (Image: Screenshot)
05:00 GMT

On the surface, Turkey appears to have taken harsh measures against Daesh militants across the border in Syria, but the radical group has done an excessive amount of unrepairable damage to the country and there is no turning back.

December 31, 2014

The resolution to create a Palestinian state in one year's time was rejected by the US and Australia. (AFP/File)
12:10 GMT

After the Palestinian Authority's defeat of the statehood bid at the United Nations Security Council what will the next move be for Mahmoud Abbas?

December 29, 2014

Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas thrown by Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against Israeli settlements. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
08:00 GMT

COGAT, a unit of the Defense Ministry, is responsible for “implementing government policy in Judea and Samaria.” But COGAT not only “implements,” it also makes policy. And, as separate, independent military-legal administration, it is virtually unaccountable to anyone except the defense minister and the prime minister.

December 24, 2014

Media wars erupted both before and after the Arab Spring of 2011. (AFP/File)
14:31 GMT

While media in the Middle East is influential and can to some extent take sides, it doesn't hold as much power and control as people think.

December 22, 2014

President Sisi and the special envoys of the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz recently met for a meeting. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT

Egyptian relations with the Gulf states, especially Qatar, are essential to regional stability.

December 18, 2014

Tunisians celebrate the third anniversary of the Arab Spring, which led to the removal of Zine el Abidine ben Ali from power, January 15, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT

When frustrated street vendor Mohammad Bouazizi set himself alight, his actions made way for the Arab Spring. Four years on, was it worth it? Definitely.

December 16, 2014

Man Haron Monis was an Iranian asylum seeker living in Australia prior to the Sydney cafe siege. (AFP/File)
11:19 GMT

Man Haron Monis was many things. A sexual harasser, accessory to the murder of his wife and also guilty of sending threatening letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers. But, was he a terrorist?

December 10, 2014

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura shows a map of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, during a press conference at UN office in Geneva on October 10, 2014 (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
14:03 GMT

Un's Envoy for Syria's proposal to “freeze” the fighting in northern Syria before moving on to a political solution to the crisis as a whole may be the only realistic plan available, though it is likely to anger the Syrian opposition that participated in the Geneva I and II conferences in the hope of reaching a solution based on replacing Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.