Arabs Caught Between ‘Al-Khilafah’ and Al-Khilaf

Islam is the one factor that should be the unifying force for the Arabs but is presently doing the exact opposite; it is causing unprecedented bloodshed with no end in sight, writes Zaher Mahruqi.

Resetting the Middle East

Who will rest the political map in Middle East within the current situation? Do the great powers have ability to do so? Asks Zeravan Barwary.

Palestinians Deserve Better Than Netanyahu and Abbas

Global support will only materialize when the Palestinians themselves take decisions that are based on much, much more than autocratic showmanship, pleading, brooding, whimsical surprises, and symbolic advances, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Resurgence of the World Left?

After the rightward swing of the last decade or so, the pendulum is going the other way. How much difference does this make? Asks Immanuel Wallerstein.

Jeremy Corbyn Speaks, but Will a New Generation Listen?

If he wants to keep up the level of civic and political engagement, Corbyn is going to have to offer them something more substantial—and more imaginative—than the political equivalent of Back to the Future, argues D.D. Guttenplan.

Refugees to Europe: Do Better Than This

While the current emergency creates the impression of a mass of victims, refugees who came before are well organized in some cities. From Berlin to Stockholm to Geneva, they are mobilizing to reach their peers and demand their rights, writes Caitlin L. Chandler.

Why Syrian Refugees in Turkey are Leaving for Europe

The Syrian crisis reached another grim milestone this summer, as the number of refugees registered with the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees surpassed 4 million, notes Omar Ghabra.

Breakfast with Iran’s President Rouhani

In a breakfast chat, Rouhani talks about what’s next for the deal, the Syrian crisis, and ISIS, reports Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Three Exceptional Facts About America

The United States still stands alone on planet Earth and Americans can exhibit all the paranoia they want in remarkable safety and security, points out Tom Engelhardt.

America re-learns the Hard Lessons of Global Militarism

A bad local situation is always made far worse when American or other foreign powers send in their armed forces and open fire at will, because they shatter the local political landscapes as well as the thin credibility of the United States as a useful or reliable partner, writes Rami G. Khouri.

Rouhani Souvenirs for UN: Decades of Deadly Meddling in the Middle East

As criticism of Iran’s gross human rights record increases, Rouhani will most probably attempt to dodge responsibility and blame it all on other bad actors in the Iranian regime ruining the show for him, notes Heshmat Alavi.

How Henry Kissinger Helped Create our “Proliferated” World

The 92-year-old Kissinger has a long history of involvement in Iran and his recent opposition to Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, while relatively subdued by present Washington standards, matters. In it lies a certain irony, given his own largely unexamined record in the region, observes Greg Grandin.

Time to Decide

Time is ticking; three months separate the date to the upcoming PNC meeting where the Palestinian leadership is expected to take fateful decisions, writes Fadi Elhusseini.

Before And Beyond The Syrian Calamity

No solution, however, can be found without first establishing the historical perspective and the root causes that gave rise to this catastrophe, argues Alon Ben-Meir.

US Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

This year, US Special Operations forces have already deployed to 135 nations, according to Ken McGraw, a spokesman for Special Operations Command (SOCOM). That’s roughly 70% of the countries on the planet, explains Nick Turse.

Executions in Iran: Tool Used to Maintain Theocracy on the Throne

After 37 years in power two things have never and will never change: firstly, the export of chaos, terrorism and fundamentalism throughout the region, and secondly, wave after wave of repression against all dissent inside the country, notes Heshmat Alavi.

Gaza’s Lost Decade

And so, ten years after disengagement, there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of Gaza’s increasingly dark tunnel, observes Mohammed Samhouri.

The No-fly Follies

“I don’t understand it,” she said. “You don’t fit the profile.” She was right, of course. A pair of middle-aged, middle-class, white lesbians did not fit the profile of the “Arab terrorists” she expected the no-fly list to contain, says Rebecca Gordon.

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Egypt to close tomb of 'Child Pharaoh' for restorations
Authorities decide to restore tomb, discovered near southern city of Luxor in 1922, to ‘preserve it and protect it.’
Syria archaeological sites looted on industrial scale
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Iran court fines two women $260 for ‘violation of dress code’
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