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Iran's Kurdish Rebellion

Violent protests by Iranian Kurds have taken the world by surprise, and mainstream reporting on them is sparse. That is doubtless explained by the general absence of decent journalism under the regime of the Islamic Republic, including restrictions in entry of foreign correspondents. Show More Summary

Weekend Roundup: Seizure of Palmyra Signals New Dark Age in Mideast

The seizure of Palmyra this week by ISIS could not be more emblematic of the new dark age descending on the Mideast. In the name of decontaminating Islam, the Wahhabi offshoot has pledged to demolish even the ruins of this ancient crossroads...Show More Summary

It Is Time for a Woman to Take the Helm at the UN

Hillary Rodham Clinton's announcement for entering the race to become the first female President of the United States has seen increasing calls to address a critical gender imbalance in world leadership. This campaign, which stands a...Show More Summary

Five Ways to Stop the Threat to Global Health From Climate Change

Five years ago, the first Lancet Commission called climate change "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century". The second report of the Commission, published on Saturday 23 May 2015, raises the stakes higher still. Current...Show More Summary

The Muslim World Needs Social Scientists Who Know the Islamic Tradition

Power is a function of knowledge. Say: Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? [Quran 39:9] The Ummah is powerless because those who they consider as knowledgeable have failed for over 500 years to provide us with an empowering vision. Show More Summary

Israel's Threat to Kill Lebanese Civilians

It's a rare and remarkable event when a government broadcasts ahead of time its intent to commit war crimes. Yet that's just what senior Israeli military officials recently did in the pages of The New York Times. Israeli military officials...Show More Summary

Sudan's Prospects for Reform

In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations. Show More Summary

Turkey's Increasing Presence in the Council of Europe: What should be the Next Step?

Turkey has been a member of the Council of Europe (CoE) since 9 August 1949. When the CoE was an organization for a limited number of democracies in the 1950s, Turkey was one of the democracies on the Council. Although democracy in Turkey...Show More Summary

Protecting Peace in Burundi: A Crucial Moment

DAR ES SALAAM -- Fifteen years ago, as secretary general of the Organization of African Unity, I bore witness to a historic peace agreement in Arusha, Tanzania, heralding peace for Burundi after 10 gruelling years of civil war. WithShow More Summary

Press Play for Politics: My Struggle to Compose a Georgian Weapon Against Russia

"[Eurovision] is truly an event that builds bridges between nations and encapsulates the values of Public Service Media. In this [60th] anniversary year, it is with pride that we look back at how the contest has influenced the public...Show More Summary

Terror, Faith and Australian Identity: A Young Muslim Migrant's Voice

Islam is a controversial topic across the contemporary Western world. Questions about terror, race, violence and identity are often interconnected whenever the topic of the Islamic faith is raised. The Australian sociopolitical climate is becoming increasingly hostile towards Islam and its followers. Show More Summary

Remembering Those Lost to the Fearful Sea

In ten years, away from journalists' video cameras and notepads, who will remember, and how will they remember, Arma, Imaad, Muhsin, Faiza, Sesen, Iman, Tangela, Ratiba, Majd, Maisa, Ndidi, Saabir, Nala, Mesi, Salma, Wafyia, Issa and...Show More Summary

Scootering Through Asia: It's Easier Than You Think

Scooter, Vespa, motorbike, moped. Call them what you will -- those machines are wildly common in the cities of Asia. Because they are cheap, light and easy to ride, they dominate traffic around here, and have become very popular among travelers. Show More Summary

Post Mortem von Gaza

Auch neun Monate nach dem Ende der schweren Kämpfe in Gaza herrscht immer noch Streit darüber, wie viele Zivilisten getötet wurden. Nach UN-Angaben sind es 1.563. Israel erklärt, es habe alles in seiner Macht Stehende getan, um die zivilen Opfer so gering wie möglich zu halten. Show More Summary

A Bad Af-Pak Deal

The former Afghan president Hamid Karzai seems mad at his successor and ex-chief advisor, President Ashraf Ghani, for brokering a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency. Show More Summary

The Challenge of a New Regional Political Economy

Unprecedented changes are gripping the Middle East region, and at a dramatic pace, that is altering not only the borders of nation states dating back to the end of the First World War, but also the social, demographic, political and economic landscape of the region. Show More Summary

The Islam I Know

The militant TV preacher Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, who said the Nazis were justified to kill Jews and called on Egyptians to rise up in revolution and war, was sentenced by Egypt to death in absentia on May 16. From his exile in Qatar,...Show More Summary

Why the United States and Latin America Need a New Venezuela Strategy

On April 14, 2015, the Obama administration rectified a long-term anachronism in American foreign policy by announcing its intention to remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list. OAS leaders widely praised this third stage...Show More Summary

Kurds Develop Gender Studies To Face Fundamentalism

ERBIL - While the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has made further advances and occupied the city of Ramadi, scholars in Iraqi Kurdistan Region have been busy developing gender studies structures to enhance gender equality and social justice. Show More Summary

Two Meetings, Two Policies?

Today President Obama will meet with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at the White House. The meeting comes precisely a week after Obama met with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states at Camp David. Since the Arab Spring protests of 2011, Tunisia and the GCC states have taken diametrically opposite paths. Show More Summary

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