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Gaza’s French friend

September 12, 2014

Neil Berry   The other day the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign convened a meeting in London to discuss the deficiencies of the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza. Especially reprehensible, participants felt, was the platform that the broadcaster gave to Israel’s elder statesman...

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi   The war on the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has figured high on the agenda of conferences and meetings all over the world. It is almost as if the world has suddenly discovered a newfound secret and is unifying their ranks to fight a new enemy that has surfaced abruptly. A regional conference is being held in Jeddah today with the participation...

Malavika Kamaraju The message in the bottle washing up on Nato’s shores is clear: All members will have to work together to contain the spreading political rot in the world. Says Bloomberg on Nato’s newfound purpose: “Say this for Russian President Vladimir Putin: He has ended Nato’s decades-old existential crisis. The alliance has been divided over how sharply...

Ramesh Ponnuru What does it mean for a candidate or party to run on an agenda — a list of priorities and policies they intend to pursue in office — and how important is it? I recently argued that Republicans in the US are relying on the president’s unpopularity as a substitute for an agenda and that the last time they tried that, in 1998, it ended badly. Two other...

Vartan Oskanian To try to see good news in Middle Eastern developments, one has to be an eternal optimist and one’s mind has to be wired for reverse logic. Consider the following: the situation in the Middle East is so unsustainably bad, that there cannot not be a change, and it cannot change to the better; or, the threat of the Islamic State group can even generate...

Egypt is back on track

September 10, 2014

Linda S. Heard President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi has a mammoth task ahead of him and he knows it. Modernizing a country, whose institutions, educational facilities, hospitals and infrastructure have been chipped away by neglect or corruption for decades, can’t happen in a blink of an eye. He’s been careful not to make unrealistic promises; he’s admitted he can’t...

The new Gaza reality

September 10, 2014

Ramzy Baroud Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a cease-fire on Aug. 26, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war. Since his first term as a prime minister (1996-99), Netanyahu...

John Bell In the Pacific, China, a rising power with pride in an ancient civilisation and current economic might, seeks legitimacy. It has historical claims on islands near its shores that are disputed by its neighbours. China’s self-image, its need for status and legitimacy, and the way it understands itself as “strong” or “weak”, will depend...

On savagery and war

September 9, 2014

Marwan Bishara There’s something terribly hypocritical or perhaps ignorant about the West’s sudden outrage at the actions of the Islamic State group, which has prompted condemnations, bombings and threats of greater military intervention. The group’s videotaping and dissemination of the killing of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff is...

Mary Dejevsky Last Friday, in the incongruous setting of a Welsh golf resort, President Petro Poroshenko stole the headlines from a tub-thumping Nato by announcing that talks in Minsk had produced a ceasefire agreement for Ukraine. Just three days on, after new outbreaks of shelling, the most optimistic description of the ceasefire is that it is “fragile”. Fragile...

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