Deep-seated Divisions Block Libyan Road Map

Some Libyan politicians view the plan as a scheme by Muslim Brotherhood officials and radical Islamists to buy time for Sarraj, describes Lamine Ghanmi.

Deep-Seated Divisions Block Libyan Road Map

Some Libyan politicians viewed the plan as a scheme by Muslim Brotherhood officials and radical Islamists to buy time for Sarraj, reports Lamine Ghanmi.

Pitching the ‘Forever War’ in Afghanistan

Rather than rethink U.S. policy in the Mideast, particularly the entangling alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia, Official Washington pushes schemes to perpetuate the “forever war” in Afghanistan, writes James W Carden.

Qatar Blockade is not Failing

Indeed, Qatar has lost much. The major loss is a moral one. It has been divested from the opportunity to play the tune of nationalism after it has been helping enemies against its Arab neighbours, says Suha Aljundi.

Gaza—A Disaster In The Making

Gazans live in dire conditions, suffering from shortages of food, medicine, drinking water, and electricity. Infrastructure is crumbling, and hundreds of thousands are living in squalor as housing shortages continue to climb from 71,000 in 2012 to 120,000 today, points out Alon Ben-Meir.

What Can Israel’s New Labour Leader Offer Palestinians?

The occupation and comatose peace process were not a central part of Avi Gabbay’s campaign. But there are clues, stresses Ben White.

Standing Together Against what Divides us

Politicians and commentators from the right seem content to ratchet up the rhetoric against all Muslims, says Aaqil Ahmed.

The Gulf Crisis is Complicating the State of Play in Libya

Libya has become an arena for competing regional and international interests, explains Elissa Miller.

Harvard Study says Muslim Brotherhood Will never be a Viable Political Force

While most people in the Arab world are religious, they do not view Islam as “a comprehensive system of values and governance,” notes Mark Habeeb.

Can America roll back Iran?

A major crisis with Iran is not in America’s best interest, which may explain why officials in Washington no longer speak of regime change, ponders Francis Ghiles.

Palestinians must not allow Iran’s shameless abuse of their cause

Iran is not interested in the Palestinian cause itself, so much as it is interested in manipulating the cause to score political points, Tallha Abdulrazaq argues.

Trump’s Slide into Endless-War Syndrome

Much like President Obama, President Trump was elected as the relative “peace candidate” but – once in office – has veered into Official Washington’s neocon “logic” of endless war, as Ivan Eland describes.

The Right’s Long War on Media

A danger from the mainstream media’s Russia-gate obsession is that it reinforces a longstanding right-wing meme about a “liberal media” out to get conservatives, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

Agreement with Total Boosts Iran’s Potential

With cooperation from the majors, Iranian officials said they can supply 25 billion-30 billion cubic metres of gas a year to Europe, reports Gareth Smyth.

The Aspirational Significance of Baby Names in Restless Times

To name your baby after someone is an aspirational act. It is a fervent wish, an honest hope that your progeny grows up to be like the child’s namesake, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Making Syrian Refugees Feel Unwelcome in Lebanon

Hezbollah wants refugees out because it doesn’t see them as 1.5 million souls but, rather, as “1.5 million Sunnis,” writes Sami Moubayed.

Nobody to Negotiate With

South Sudan has comprehensively failed as a state in barely six years, with severe famine and a massive internal, and external, refugee problem. The causes go back to colonial rule, observes Gérard Prunier.

The Real Debate that Islamism Should Spark

Is Islamism a dangerous trend of the future in Muslim-majority societies, or a natural passing phase only? Asks Rami G. Khouri.

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