Opinions & Editorials

December 8, 2014

Two hostages were killed in a recent rescue attempt that went awry. (AFP/File)
15:07 GMT

Attempts to rescue hostages are a noble feat, but when they fail, do they do more harm than good?

December 4, 2014

Many countries wonder what Iran would do if it acquired a nuclear weapon. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

The erstwhile Iranian Empire and later on the Islamic Republic of Iran has the most controversial nuclear program in the world.

December 2, 2014

A group of Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by al Nusra Front earlier this year. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

Questions about the recent release of a Lebanese soldier being held captive by al Nusra Front highlights the complicated relationship between Hezbollah and the Lebanese government.

November 30, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq in June. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

The reality has shown that national unity is the only option in confronting ISIS and that the national armed forces represent the living embodiment of social unity.

November 26, 2014

At least 300 Syrians had been demonstrating for days in Athens. (Cherry Martinez photo)
07:00 GMT

The plight of Syrian refugees in Greece illustrates just how serious a regional problem the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become.

November 24, 2014

Bahrain continues to struggle with widespread human rights atrocities. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

The government's lack of seriousness in working with the opposition to implement reform, and the continued harassment of opposition groups and activists, paves nothing but a blurry path to democratic change.

November 19, 2014

During the 2nd Intifada, at least 3,900 Palestinians were left homeless by demolitions. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT

Israel's practice of demolishing houses as a form of punishment is disproportional and only fans the flames of hatred and violence.

November 17, 2014

Sweden is the first major European country to recognize Palestine. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

Sweden officially recognized the Palestinian state on Thursday becoming the first major European country to do so. Ambassador Rietz shares her thoughts.

November 13, 2014

Gunmen loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh gather during a rally outside his headquarters, November 6, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

Events in Yemen have turned out for the worst in a civil war between Houthis and Al Qaeda. The UN and Arab nations must act fast in order to avoid further bloodshed.

November 11, 2014

Israel is an oasis in the region for LGBT communities. (AFP file photo)
08:18 GMT

Perhaps the most neglected major news story unfolding in the Middle East is the systematic repression of the region’s LGBT community.

November 9, 2014

Iraqi soldiers inspect an ISIL vehicle, destroyed by US air strikes in Iraq (File/AFP)
11:46 GMT

No one saw ISIL coming. Over the past few months, ISIL militants have managed to seize land the size of Great Britain across Iraq and Syria. Clearly, this terrorist group needs stopped. Sending more US soldiers into Iraq isn't the answer.

November 4, 2014

These two young Austrian girls flew to Syria to join the Islamic State after being recruited online. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

The internet is a major recruiting tool for terrorist organizations like ISIL. Should the West or online giants like Google and Twitter do more to stop their propaganda?

November 2, 2014

While the Islamic State commits genocide against Iraqis and Syrians, the international community needs to harshen its tone towards the group (File/AFP)
09:22 GMT

While international organizations use diplomatic language such as "sustainable political solutions", this tone won't help us defeat the Islamic State. Less words, more action?

October 29, 2014

A report from the Washington Institute found that poverty is a root cause for violence and terrorism (File/AFP)
07:18 GMT

Is it time to make the most of the anti-IS sentiment across Lebanon? According to a recent report, around one percent of the country's Sunni population supports IS and it's not just terrorism that's to blame.

October 21, 2014

Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.