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Are the Resistance factions pulling the rug from under the feet of the Palestinian Authority? (Thaer Ghanem/ PPO/ AFP)
08:23 GMT

Is the Palestinian Authority too weak, particularly in the face of current atrocities in Gaza, to have the support of the people?

July 21, 2014

According to Freedom House, "free" countries outnumber "not free" countries.
09:45 GMT

Many areas of the world, especially the Middle East, seem embroiled in conflict. But if we look back at history we have to admit the world has made progress.

July 20, 2014

Apparently, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trained boy Mossad and the CIA. Who knows? (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT

From the Malaysian airliner being the reason for World War III to ISIS killing three Israeli teens to divert attention away from Iraq, conspiracy theories are dangerous distractions from the truth.

July 16, 2014

More than 200 people have been killed in the past nine days as Israeli forces continues strikes on the Palestinian Strip and Hamas sends retaliatory rockets into Israeli territory (AFP)
14:26 GMT

Will a ceasefire take us back to square one in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

July 15, 2014

ISIS recently established an Islamic State in parts of Iraq. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

The emerging threat from groups like ISIS must be stopped by Sunni Arabs with help from the international community.

July 13, 2014

If Gaza's residents used bomb shelters, would it make a difference? (Shutterstock).
08:38 GMT

When missiles are launched into Israel, Israelis got to bomb shelters. The same cannot be said in Gaza however. Why don't Palestinians use bomb shelters?

July 11, 2014

Ten-year-old Noor Al Najdi was killed from an Israeli strike in the town of Rafah this week (Said Khatib/AFP)
16:04 GMT

As the Gaza strikes continue and Hamas responds with rockets, Jonathan Power takes a minute to reflect on how this crisis-and so many others-have destroyed lives....and childhoods.

July 9, 2014

Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of murdered youth, Mohammed Abu Kheir in Shuafat, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:32 GMT

With the help of America, Israel has persecuted an indigenous people, annexed even more land and now launched yet another war in Gaza. Was peace ever on the table?

July 8, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has imposed strict regulations on the people of Raqqa and Mosul. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is enforcing a strict and extreme Sharia law on the people forced to live under his rule.

July 6, 2014

Self-proclaimed caliph of Muslims, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, called on people of the Islamic faith worldwide to obey him (File/AFP)
09:06 GMT

ISIS won't be resting anytime soon, not even for Ramadan. As its operations will no doubt increase during the holy month, the world needs to open its eyes and take this militant group seriously.

July 2, 2014

Friends and relatives gather around graves of the three Israeli teens in the Israeli town of Modiin (File/AFP)
12:22 GMT

It's unforgivable what happened to the three Israeli teenagers killed by Palestinians. But acting in the name of revenge to a Palestinian teenager this morning is equally deplorable.

July 1, 2014

ISIL has called upon fighters from Western countries to join their ranks. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT

An alarming number of extremists are leaving their Western countries to fight alongside ISIL.

June 23, 2014

The USA Presbyterian Church announced this weekend its decision to divest from Israel (File Archive)
14:32 GMT

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli-produced goods and businesses in protest of the occupation of Palestine is gaining momentum globally, particularly in the U.S. Should Israel worry about their own economic-and political-future?

June 20, 2014

Maliki has been accused of heightening sectarian tensions in Iraq since he assumed office (File Archive)
15:26 GMT

Is Iraq's Prime Minister's policies and action the root cause of the growing violence in Iraq, or are others to blame as well? Is a future Iraq with Maliki in the leadership still possible?

June 18, 2014

Sectarianism in Iraq is not only tearing the country fabric nationally, but at the regional level as well (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
13:44 GMT

Iraq has been enveloped in turmoil for over a decade since the U.S. invasion in 2003. If such violence continues to escalate over the coming months and years, what will happen to not just Iraq, but the MENA region as a whole?