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Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed Extremism has reached unprecedented level in the present time. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, renamed Islamic State (IS), which has assumed frightening proportions, is now not only threatening the United States and Arab governments but also terrorizing other extremist outfits....

Samah Sabawi Reporters from major western news networks in the US and elsewhere, seem to mostly approach Palestinians in order to do what they call a “human story”. That seems to be the parmeter that defines the limited space we are allowed to occupy within the public narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Our “human story” often consists...

Richard Falk   The United States has supported Israel without reservations since its founding in 1948. According to an agreement between the two countries, that has become a law in the US, the US has committed itself to preserve Israel’s strategic and military superiority in relation to other countries in the Middle East. From 1949 till today, the US has provided...

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi A remarkable journalist once said it perfectly. “You are the ones who have let readers down,” he said as he stood up between the thousands of journalists attending the international press conference just like himself. The man accused newspapers of repeatedly stating the obvious in their headlines, creating a kind of lull in a vital and long-standing...

David Miliband Africa is changing dramatically, and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama’s recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and African business leaders suggests a new, more confident mood....

Osama Al Sharif The almost impossible task of salvaging Iraq has begun along two distinct, but interconnected, courses: Political and military. Last week’s decision by former Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki to withdraw his candidacy for a third term as head of the Iraqi government has paved the way for the launching of a fresh political process aimed at national reconciliation....

Salman Tanvir   ISLAMABAD: Ignoring the warning of the interior minister, Ch Nisar, the activists of PAT and PTI made their ways to the red zone Tuesday night. The federal government demonstrated a great deal of patience by not stopping the marchers from breaching the red zone. The army was deployed in the capital to secure the sensitive installations and the diplomatic...

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August 18, 2014

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Sharif Nashashibi The expansion and barbarity of the Islamic State group leaves no doubt that it must be stopped without delay. On August 12 Amnesty International released a statement accusing the group of “ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq. The next day, the UN said “all possible measures must be taken urgently to avoid a mass atrocity and potential...

Marwan Bishara When Ban Ki-moon called for an “end to the violence” in Gaza last month, his call fell on deaf ears. When he urged an “end to the madness”, Israel yawned. It wasn’t until the UN Security Council issued a mild presidential statement urging an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” that the Israeli government snapped. Even...

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