Opinions & Editorials

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.

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.