Category Archives: Arab World

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam: Easier said than done

Muhammad bin Salman James Dorsey argues that while the Saudi heir apparent's “proposed reforms have largely been welcomed by Saudi youth… they are likely to stir mixed responses as a result of deep-seated attitudes that have been cultivated for decades”. Read more [...]

How Kurdish independence underpins Israel’s plan to reshape the Middle East

Israeli and Kurdish flags Jonathan Cook views the Iraqi Kurdish secession referendum in the context of Israel’s Yinon Plan, which envisaged breaking apart the Middle East’s key states by fuelling sectarian and ethnic discord and “Balkanising” the region by creating ethnic statelets. Read more [...]

Trump’s chaos produces results: Gulf states upgrade ties to Israel

Bahraini king holding menorah James Dorsey examines moves by Arab Gulf states to seduce Israel, with Bahrain even denouncing the boycott of the Zionist state, possibly in the hope that they can benefit from the Jewish community’s influence in the US. Read more [...]

فَصْلٌ من أجل وصل (Separation in order to connect)

Separation and connection بقلم منذر هنداوي الوصل Read more [...]

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

Middle East map James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon. Read more [...]

بماذا غرق ميلود؟ (What did Maylud sink to? On empathy, self-examination and dialogue)

Empathy and self-examination بقلم منذر هنداوي تعثرت Read more [...]

The poison of commercialisation and social injustice

Poisons and toxins Graham Peebles recounts the harm done to societies by commercialisation, and says an alternative built on sharing, common purpose and recognition that collaboration, not competition, is the way forward, is beginning to take root. Read more [...]

The Bizarre Case of Bashar: The Syrian regime’s questionable use of nerve gas in Khan Sheikhoun

Syria and the questionable use of Sarin Uri Avnery highlights the lack of evidence that the Syrian government carried out the Sarin gas attack on its own citizens on 4 April 2017, and laments the media’s complicity in perpetuating an apparent falsehood. Read more [...]

Manchester atrocity: UK government must come clean about its relationship with Libyan Islamists

Mohamed El-Doufani argues that British governments provided a safe haven for Libyan Islamists whom it used as tools to destabilise Muammar Gaddafi's regime, and says that following the Manchester atrocity it must come clean about its links with them. Read more [...]

الحكم على الماضي بمعايير الحاضر؟ (Judging the past by present standards?)

Judging the past by present standards? بقلم منذر هنداوي ماذا Read more [...]