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Anne Applebaum In Aberdeenshire, over 87 per cent of people voted in Scotland’s independence referendum; in Clackmannanshire, the number was above 88 per cent; in the Western Isles, it was close to 90 per cent. One remote Highland peninsula actually achieved a 100 per cent turnout — meaning that all 98...

Harun Yahya These days, the most common words dominating the world media headlines are: Terrorism, terrorists and coalition against extremists. Well, there is nothing to complain against this trend. These are in fact words representing a disease and its symptoms. We, however, appear to ignore the root cause of this phenomenon that has gripped the entire world. Nobody is...

Economics of violence

September 22, 2014

Bjørn Lomborg What is the biggest source of violence in our world? With the brutal conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere constantly in the news, many people would probably say war. But that turns out to be spectacularly wrong. Getting it right matters if we are to find cost-effective solutions to this and other global problems. Obviously, everyone would like to stop...

Francis Matthew Today Scotland votes and tomorrow we will know if the United Kingdom will survive or will have to change. The vote will be close and there is a real danger that the passion on both sides that have come to the fore in the last few weeks will merge into bitter recrimination and hatred. That would be a disaster. Scotland and England have had an intimate relationship...

Martin Wolf   Russia is both a tragedy and a menace. In an article in the Financial Times on Sunday (republished by Gulf News on Wednesday), Sergey Karaganov offered an arresting insight into the blend of self-pity and braggadocio currently at work in Moscow. It is as depressing as it is disturbing. Western policy makers seem to believe the Islamic State of Iraq and...

George S. Hishmeh It was gratifying to learn this week that 43 veterans of an elite and secretive Israeli intelligence unit of the Israeli military have gone on record declaring that they would no longer participate in surveillance activities against the Palestinians. The reason for this unprecedented action by the would-be whistle blowers has been their concern about...

Yan Vaslavskiy

September 16, 2014

Russia sanctions: Policy of provocation? After more than 20 years of US investment in Ukrainian “democracy”, which, according to Victoria Nuland, a US assistant secretary of state, has cost US taxpayers more than $5bn (it may well be even more), Ukraine has found itself in the most serious crisis of its very short history as an independent state. Internal contradictions...

Muhammad Waqas   The nascent democracy of Pakistan treads on thin ice — the political scenario remains bleak and political parties continue to try to reach a common ground both inside and outside the Parliament. While political turbulence in the country has hogged all the limelight, it has distracted attention from real issues that directly affect the life of a...

Ibrahim al-Marashi US President Barack Obama’s announcement on September 11 of increased air strikes against Islamic State group targets in both Iraq and Syria has led to speculation about the length and success of this campaign. The debate has focused on whether air strikes can destroy the Islamic State group; the role of various European and regional allies, such...

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg Last Thursday (Sept.11), Jeddah hosted a key meeting to form a strategy to confront the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS) or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). At the end of the meeting, the ministers representing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the United States declared their “shared...

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