Opinions & Editorials

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.

October 13, 2014

The U.S. has a unique opportunity to help Palestinians if it would only stand up to Israel. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT

The U.S. must stand firm on issues like illegal Israeli settlements if it truly wants to help Palestinians.

October 8, 2014

Houthis took control of Sanaa last month. (AFP/File)
09:27 GMT

Are Yemen's Houthis staging a legitimate revolution or simply pillaging and plundering Yemen's populous capital?

October 6, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi named himself the caliph of the Islamic State this summer. (Photo courtesy of Sipa Press)
08:16 GMT

The rise of the Islamic State and their brand of extreme Islam has caused some Muslims to re-examine their religion and ponder reforms.

October 1, 2014

Along with his visual aid, Netanyahu didn't have much to go by during the annual UN General Assembly (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said some absurd things in the past but when he compared Iran and Hamas to ISIS, it was a sign that he is out of touch.

In his first year as president, Hassan Rouhani has shown he is a skillful navigator in Iran's rough political seas. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
08:57 GMT

In his first year as Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani has proved himself a capable operator, carrying forward an agenda of renewed diplomacy and tighter economic management. His domestic opponents, however, are far from impressed and far from defeated.

September 30, 2014

The U.S. must either stand up to Israel or become merely an observer in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

The path to peace must be reconfigured in order to establish lasting trust between Israelis and Palestinians.