American Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’

Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the term ‘Deep State,’ according to recent polling they are nevertheless skeptical of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, John V. Walsh reports.

The Iraq War and the Crisis of a Disintegrating Global Order

The following is a statement given by Inder Comar at a side event of the 37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 15, 2018.

Natural Gas in Eastern Mediterranean Fuels Increasing Tensions

Developing gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean would seem to offer the European Union more varied sources, notes Francis Ghiles.

Why Pompeo May Not be Good News for Ankara

The diplomatic reshuffle in Washington may be the harbinger of a new era of further confrontation with Ankara, says Yavuz Baydar.

The University Students and the Iraqi Future

Unless we solve the systematic imbalances in the universities, students will not be able to become a source of change, warns Diyari Salih.

Shifts Likely in US Policies on Iran, Gulf after US Diplomacy’s Reset

Given the record of the secretary of state nominee, Iran is preparing for a possible US exit from the JCPOA, thinks Thomas Seibert.

Should We Care that the US Changes its Top Diplomat?

American foreign policy remains the same as on January 20, 2017, when Trump was inaugurated president, writes Rashmee Roshan Lall.

'Punish a Muslim Day’ Campaign Raises Alarm in UK

Despite official reassurances and the police investigation, Muslim community groups and figures expressed alarm, linking the campaign to broader anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, writes Mahmud el-Shafey.

Is A War Between Israel And Iran/Hezbollah Imminent?: Part I

To prevent any miscalculation that could lead to a catastrophic war with Israel, Iran should rather acquiesce and refrain from establishing military bases near the Israeli borders and build them farther north in Syria, warns Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

Ahead of EU-Turkey summit, prospects of normalisation uncertain

Summit aimed at resettingTurkish-European ties after years of crises over Turkey’s human rights recordand Ankara’s complaints of EU Islamophobia, writesThomas Seibert.

Baghdad: The City that Must be Revived

The American invasion of Iraq in 2003 transformed the capital into the worst city in the world, remembers Diyari Salih.

While Russia is Making Inroads, Washington is Stuck in Gunboat Diplomacy Era

The geopolitical map of the region is changing and Moscow's reaction has caught Washington by surprise, says Claude Salhani.

With its ‘Global Purge,’ Ankara Puts Interpol in a Tight Spot

Turkey stands out among Western allies as being by far the least tolerant of peaceful dissent, notes Yavuz Baydar.

Migrants Can Expect Worse Times After Italy’s Elections

The right-wing coalition pledged to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants to their countries of origin, laments Mahmud el-Shafey.

God Wills it! The War on Terror as the Launching of an American Crusade

The Crusades were, of course, a centuries-long medieval catastrophe. Bush’s Global War on Terror, in contrast, has already wreaked comparable havoc in a paltry 17 years, leading to almost unimaginable mayhem abroad and a moral collapse at home personified by President Donald J. Trump, says James Carroll.

The Rise and Fall of ISIS: Regional Dynamics and Global Ambitions

The demise of ISIS, but also its establishment, rise and expansion, all carry the clear fingerprints of regional and global powers, notes Fadi Elhusseini.

Does Trump Really Have a Plan to End the Gulf Crisis?

The reduced role of the United States in the Middle East has allowed Russia to step boldly into the fray and to assume the role of the region’s major outside mediator, observes Tom Regan.

No Clear Prospect for Getting out of the Sahel Quagmire

Reducing long-standing social, economic and tribal conflicts hardly allows for a nuanced understanding of their complexity, explains Francis Ghiles.

Somalian women defy societal pressures to play football
Young men watch, some disapproving, as women shrug off their hijabs for training at Somalia’s first female football club.
Jailbird jihadists to add to European agencies' surveillance burden
Hundreds of jihadists are due to be released from prison, posing potential security threat for Europe.
Living across the front lines in South Sudan
Violent tug-of-war between government and rebel forces has scattered most of Leer’s population to places like Touch Riak.
Iraqis flock to flea market for relics of bygone era
'There is a feeling of nostalgia among the customers,' as they gather at weekly auction to whip up items from Iraq’s monarchal era.
Arab women artists in diaspora focus on identity and loss
There is a sense of melancholy in the work of Arab women artists in the diaspora.
Morocco desert stallion race pushes limits of endurance
In country with ancient history of horsemanship, event in wilderness of Merzouga is first of its kind.
Lebanese novelist Emily Nasrallah dies aged 87
Distinguished author of novels, children's books and short stories, Nasrallah focused her writing on themes of family, village life and emigration.
Exhibited legacy of Lebanese cartoonist rings true today
During his career, Sadek experienced threats, efforts at intimidation, warnings and muzzling.
Friar trains Iraqis to preserve their heritage
Father Najeeb Michaeel: We can't save a tree if we don't save its roots, and a man without culture is a dead man.
Saudi Arabia opens its door to pro golf tournament
Oil-rich kingdom will host its first European Tour golf event in 2019 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.
Blatter backs 2026 World Cup in Morocco
Blatter says he is growing impatient with corruption investigation which led to his and Michel Platini's downfall.
Woman photographer daringly captures beauty of Kuwait City’s backstreets
Salem faced several obstacles in a country where women were often not expected to be roaming alone photographing backstreets.