The Greatest Curse of the Middle East Region

When the Ba’athists took power in 1963, via a military coup, they promised to restore the Syrian- Egyptian Union and, on paper and in theory, they are still determined to do that. This ultimately is the greatest curse of the Middle East. Nobody was satisfied with the borders they ended up with at the end of the first world war, notes Sami Moubayed.

Nation as a Fortress: We Will All Be North Korea By Another Name

In a world of fortress nations, with severely circumscribed interests and mindsets, collective defence is a paradox and selflessness a sin, explains Rashmee Roshan Lall.

The Kurdish Media and the Referendum on Independence

As is the case everywhere, the strategies adopted by the media in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI) are formulated to serve the political interests rather than the societal ambitions, writes Diyari Salih.

A Kurdish State: Reality or Utopia?

The Kurdish genie is out of the bottle and no one is going to be able to put it back. The Kurdish issue is likely to remain one of the major one facing the region in the 21st century, explains Edmund Ghareeb.

Why Blame the Kurds?

Until a convincing alternative plan comes their way, the Kurds have no choice but to go on with their planned referendum, observes Khairallah Khairallah.

Israel strikes weapons depot by Damascus airport

Monitor reports Israeli warplanes target with rocket fire weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah near Damascus airport.

Trump, a Boorish Interventionist

President Trump’s decision to go before the UN and unmask himself as a belligerent interventionist dashed any remaining hopes that he would choose a substantively different course from his predecessors, says Gilbert Doctorow.

A Syrian Refugee’s ‘Peace by Chocolate’

The Hadhads are a great example of how the Canadian government’s decision to give so many displaced Syrians refuge is paying dividends, writes Tom Regan.

US-Egyptian Relationship Heading Down a Slippery Slope

Trump wants to show that while he regards Sisi as an ally in the fight against terrorism, he will not be oblivious to aspects of Egyptian behaviour, such as its relationship with North Korea, that interfere with his agenda, explains Gregory Aftandilian.

Afghanistan Again?

The American effort is now to be exclusively military. There will be no limits on troop numbers or time spent there, nor any disclosure of plans to the enemy or the American public, notes Ann Jones.

How Netanyahu’s Son Became the Poster boy for White Supremacists

This is not Yair’s first troubling outburst. Last month he emulated US President Donald Trump in decrying demonstrators who opposed a rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a woman dead, observes Jonathan Cook.

President Trump’s Mass Movement

President Trump is building a mass movement – or a cult of personality – based on the alienation that millions of Americans feel toward the economic/political system, as Lawrence Davidson describes.

CIA’s ‘Dark Angel’ Takes Over as Trump Toughens Line on Iran

The hardening attitude towards Iran was underlined by the June appointment of Michael D’Andrea, a senior CIA veteran lauded for masterminding covert operations targeting jihadist groups and Iran over the years, points out Ed Blanche.

Beyond Harvey and Irma

Michael Klare tells us today, the cavalry is riding to the rescue -- more or less literally. In a government shutting down anything faintly connected to global warming, only one institution isn’t now run by deniers and that’s the US military.

The Kurdish Referendum: The Alternatives and Barzani's Response

Now, Barzani seems to be in a real stalemate. He has placed all his hopes on the project of the Kurdish independence, explains Diyari Salih.

Are the Rohingyas the New Palestinians?

For all intents and purposes, the Rohingyas are acquiring a status so far only given to the Palestinians. They are becoming a symbol of global injustice to Muslims, stresses Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Tough Words and Dangerous Scenarios Between the US and Iran

Such a move could take the United States and the Middle East region down a very slippery slope. A report of non-compliance, even if based on dubious assertions from Trump, could lead Congress to reimpose US sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the terms of the agreement, says Gregory Aftandilian.

The Military’s Warning on Global Warming

The US military, which gets called on to cope with unrest tied to global warming, is taking the climate threat seriously as opposed to civilian politicians who are pandering to special interests, says ethicist Daniel C. Maguire.

Amr Moussa’s memoirs make waves across the Middle East
Moussa has been a fixture of Egyptian and Arab diplomacy for five decades, having close personal relationships with many Arab leaders.
Promoting peace and reconciliation in Lebanon through art
The exhibition is inspired by the idea of transforming places and objects of violence into something peaceful.
Syria’s displaced plan Raqa return
Syrians dream of walking through Raqa streets in make-up, listening to music once hometown is liberated from jihadists.
The Sahara Forest Project, Jordan’s innovative water scheme
Once the Sahara Forest Project is fully implemented, there will be bigger acceptance for such innovative initiatives.
Deciphering the mindset of ISIS jihadists
Lebanese writer Hazem al- Amin, who has been profiling jihadists, says suicide bombers were predisposed to kill them­selves long be­fore ISIS existed.
Tunisian teacher becomes symbol of resistance to bigotry
Feminist activist Faiza Souissi became a symbol for the struggle of personal freedoms in Maghreb region.
Egypt carpet-making village is an unusual tourist attraction
In village of Haraniya, homes have been turned into small factories where residents spend their days knotting materials into carpets and rugs.
Childhoods stolen by Yemen’s war
Children account for at least 1,712 of more than 8,500 killed so far since Saudi-led coalition intervention according to UNICEF.
From fleeing Syria to dazzling Merkel in the kitchen
Jazmati runs thriving catering company with husband in Berlin following perilous journey to Germany from war-ravaged Syria.
Gemstone purchase essential for Najaf pilgrims
Shiite pilgrims visiting Iraqi holy city of Najaf bring boom times for gem traders selling artisanal tradition seen by many as final rite.
Israeli film deemed insult to military by MP wins Oscar candidacy
‘Foxtrot’ becomes eligible for Oscar nomination by winning Jewish state’s most prestigious film award despite Culture Minister slamming it’s apparent criticism of Israeli military.
Morocco’s public education system suffers from chronic problems
Report by Economic, Social and Environmental Council highlights ‘structural deficiencies’ of Morocco’s public education system.