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Rachel Shabi   For something billed as mostly “symbolic”, the subject seems to be generating some heated, last-minute debate. On October 13, UK parliament votes on whether to call on government to recognise the state of Palestine. It isn’t a binding vote, but calls for Britain to join...

Toby Cadman   The British courts have long been considered a forum of independent and impartial justice. One of the principal components of this system of justice is the application of universal jurisdiction; a process which allows victims of torture committed outside its borders to bring claims before the British courts. The application of this process has recently...

Hassan Barari   As of writing this article, Turkey is just watching the unfolding events in the Kurdish town Kobani. Undoubtedly, the likely fall of Kobani to the Islamic State (IS) will have grave consequences for Ankara. Thus far, the Turkish government has dismissed its Kurdish minority’s pleas to save the town from a possible takeover by the IS. In other words,...

Sharif Nashashibi. For the past year, Palestinian, Israeli, US, and UN officials have been warning of the possibility of another Intifada. Perhaps a sign that this is unlikely is that the 14th anniversary of the last uprising – which has literally and figuratively changed the landscape ever since – went by largely unnoticed a few days ago. That is not to say...

Christopher R. Hill “Men and nations,” Israeli diplomat Abba Eban had once observed, “do behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” Will this be the case for the US with respect to Syria — the most intractable and dangerous issue in today’s Middle East? Until now, US policy has boiled down to pinprick bombings against Daesh (Islamic State...

Mohammad Hassan Al Harbi Since ideas are stronger than words, Daesh (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) was set up based on an ideology that soon spread to and later encompassed all Islamist groups operating under its umbrella. These groups exist in Iraq, Syria and other Arab and regional countries, which are home to Daesh’s opportunistic sleeper cells. These...

David Pilling   October 1 is National Day in China, a moment to remember the glorious foundation in 1949 of the People’s Republic by a Communist party that continues to rule 65 years later. The people of Hong Kong, however, didn’t get the telegram. Instead, hundreds of thousands will pour out on to the streets to protest against a system that denies them the right...

Mustapha Karkouti It is undoubtedly most reassuring to eventually see some serious action taken by the US against the ruthless savage militia of Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). What makes this significant development a probably historic turning point in America’s Middle East policy is the effective and direct participation of five Arab countries in the...

Turkey now joins the game

September 30, 2014

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed The Muslim Brotherhood had earlier adopted the Turkish position opposing any involvement in the international efforts against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. It issued statements refusing to support the coalition forces. Turkey, however, has taken a U-turn revealing its willingness to join the international military effort. We can expect...

Alsir Sidahmed   The recent country report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was upbeat about the Kingdom’s economy pointing out that the main risk facing this economy is the fluctuation of the global oil market and that diversification remains the main challenge facing the Kingdom’s economic planners. It reiterated its previous verdict that Saudi Arabia...

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