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Marwan Bishara President Barack Obama, who by any measure is a smart and shrewd politician, must be feeling rather foolish nowadays. Not only have his predictions proved wrong about Iraq and al-Qaeda, but, under his watch, America is also being drawn back into the Iraq quagmire three years after it withdrew. The...

Christine Mehta The Indian armed forces enjoy high levels of support at home. Indians regularly speak of their army in glowing terms and express pride in their efforts to secure India and contribute to international peacekeeping efforts through the United Nations. While the Indian public and media often take other state agencies like the police, judiciary and the bureaucracy...

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg Australia is home to a sizable number of Muslims, who number about 500,000, just over two percent of Australia’s population. Fifty percent of Muslims live in the state of New South Wales (Sydney) and a third in the state of Victoria (Melbourne). Most Muslims are fully integrated in the fabric of Australian society, which includes people hailing...

David Owen The meeting of the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, as planned in Minsk yesterday, inevitably recalled the time leaders of those same republics met to dissolve the USSR at the Belavezha hunting lodge in Belarus on December 8, 1991. Then, the key figure was the president of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin. Now it is Vladimir Putin. In 1991, former...

Jamal Doumani Samuel R. Berger and Stephen J. Hadley were at one time influential honchos in the White House, both as national security advisers, respectively to President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Both these worthies operate out of think tanks now. And both have an idea they want to share with you, which they did already on the Op-Page of the Washington Post last...

Bikram Vohra   It is one of the ironies of violence and strife that huge numbers of dead and dying don’t count. The world takes it in its stride and the casualties become meaningless as we have just seen in Gaza. Tut-tuts of sympathy and regret are the general response as the brain short circuits from sensory overload. But individual tragedies resonate so dramatically...

Jason A Johnson Only luck and real courage at 14 nuclear reactors on Japan’s Pacific coast overcame the technical failures of nuclear power and prevented the nation from being destroyed by radiation. The untold story of March 11, 2011 is how close Japan came to three more spent fuel pool fires at Fukushima Daiichi and four meltdowns at Fukushima Daini. When the magnitude...

Massoumeh Torfeh The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced on August 22 that an audit of 63 percent of the ballot boxes of the second round of presidential elections in Afghanistan has been completed, and that the adjudication process would begin on August 25. The race is close between the winner of the first round, Abdullah Abdullah, who garnered 45...

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. It has particularly declared a war against the Surooris, members...

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...

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