America’s Got War

Radical Islam has drawn strength from these American-led “wars.” Indeed, radical Islamists cite the intrusive and apparently permanent presence of American troops and bases in the Middle East and Central Asia as confirmation of their belief that US forces are leading a crusade against them -- and by extension against Islam itself, stresses William J. Astore.

Are Leftist, Feminist Kurds about to Deliver the Coup de Grâce to ISIL in Syria?

If the successes of the YPG continue, we could see the faux caliph, icon of the Muslim far, far right, ignominiously chased from his very capital by feminist socialists, reports Juan Cole.

Are leftist, feminist Kurds about to deliver the coup de grâce to ISIL in Syria?

If the successes of the YPG continue, we could see the faux caliph, icon of the Muslim far, far right, ignominiously chased from his very capital by feminist socialists, writes Juan Cole.

Signs of a More Effective Palestinian Strategy?

Two initiatives this week may well point the way towards a more effective path of political and diplomatic struggle that could overcome the constraints now suffered due to Palestinian fragmentation, says Rami G. Khouri.

In War Tactical Retreats Are common but ISIS is a Master of Tactical Defeats – WHY?

Rather than retreating, ISIS chooses to make its retreats appear as defeats and that has psychological and practical advantages, analyses Zaher Mahruqi.

Erdogan’s Fall From Grace

There are five dimensions that demonstrate how Erdogan has badly regressed from what would have otherwise been his great legacy, notes Alon Ben-Meir.

Five things that won't work in Iraq

The more-troops option is so easy to dismiss it’s hardly worth another line: If over eight years of effort, 166,000 troops and the full weight of American military power couldn’t do the trick in Iraq, what could you possibly expect even fewer resources to accomplish? Asks Peter Van Buren.

FIFA and human rights

FIFA has become an institution that is not only a byword for corruption, but one which through acts of omission and commission tolerated human rights violations around the world, observes Miloon Kothari.

Good Grief: ISIS Cannot be Fought with Facebook Likes

ISIS and Al-Qaeda can only be fought by cutting out from beneath their feet the combination of policies and conditions in the Arab region that deeply offend and threaten ordinary citizens, and ultimately turn a very small number of them into ISIS recruits, emphasises Rami G. Khouri.

Turkey’s Election Draws Mixed Reactions

Away from the southeastern Kurdish heartlands and the liberal districts that flank the Bosphorus, many conservative Turks are quietly seething at what they see as a body blow to the country’s continued development, says Peter Schwartzstein.

Racism and Gun Violence Are Killing Us, Literally

Imagine what the reaction in Congress would have been if the Charleston shooter had been a Muslim and his targets had been white. This too is a symptom of our ailment, stresses Jim Zogby.

The Pentagon’s War Reluctance

Despite Republican pressure and State Department hawkishness, the Pentagon and the White House remain reluctant to dive deeper into the fight against the Islamic State, wishing to avoid US combat casualties, writes Gareth Porter.

Obama’s Libya Fiasco

With Libya’s bloody “regime change” in 2011, the Obama administration and its European allies opened the door to anarchy and now the emergence of another Islamic State terror affiliate, but chaos and indecision continue to dominate the West’s reaction to the crisis, says Andres Cala.

Our Jihadis and Theirs

Of course, jihadist terror is perfectly real and if Americans lived in Syria or Iraq or Libya it would be a horrifying problem. But whatever the present skills of ISIS’s propagandists, such violence has, since 9/11, proven more dangerous than shark attacks, but not much else in American life, reports Tom Engelhardt.

Washington in Wonderland

Leadership ought to mean something other than simply repeating and compounding past mistakes, argues Andrew J. Bacevich.

Weeding Roses in Kabul

Afghan government faces a severe lack of funding and fails to meet basic human needs for clean water and solid waste management, writes Martha Hennessy.

Somaliland President’s Give-Me Tour Campaign in the Gulf Foully Paid off

Somaliland’s desperation for Foreign Direct Investment is obvious and the defeat of Somalilandism is seen in the president’s eyes, stresses Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye.

Jeb Bush is out of his depth on foreign policy

In desperate search of foreign-policy credentials, Mr. Bush traveled to several Eastern European capitals last week, where, it was said, he impressed his interlocutors by the fact that he wasn’t his brother, says James Carden.

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Music and other public performances are a sensitive matter in Islamic republic given concerns among religious conservatives about creeping ‘Westernisation.’
Football cheers replace gunfire echoes in Tripoli
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Education in “Darija” divides Moroccans amid deteriorating system
Some argue teaching in Moroccan dialect will help resolve education crisis while others say it will only destroy classical Arabic, plunge education into the abyss.
Sheikh Zayed Book Award receives 150 nominations to date
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IS destroy ancient mausoleums in Palmyra
Tombs of residents as well as ancient mausoleums of Mohammed Bin Ali and Nizar Abu Bahaeddine destroyed as jihadists lay mines in ancient site.
Arab League condemns ‘hateful campaign’ against Qatar
League's General Assembly declares its ‘full support’ for Qatar's hosting of World Cup, which will be first tournament held in Arab country.
Iran female VP scolds hardliners over volleyball ban
Shahindokht Molaverdi launches furious attack on groups who said they would spill blood if women were allowed into stadium.
How much did Qatar pay to present bid for 2022 World Cup?
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Ramadan ‘prestige thing’ in London: Before fast comes shopping frenzy!
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No general admission for Iran women at international volleyball matches
Iran warns any gathering or protest against female admission will be illegal, noting that general policy is still under review.
Egyptian shroud to go under hammer in Paris
Rare ancient Egyptian burial cloth more than 3,000 years old will be auctioned in French capital as price estimate is difficult to be set.
Iran battles ‘marriage crisis’ with network of matchmakers
Move comes amid deep alarm that family values are under threat and fears that population could eventually fall.