Archive for: politics

Why does the world ignore the Syrians’ ordeal?

Why does the world ignore the Syrians’ ordeal?

  No one could have foreseen that the war in Syria would last this long or that it would have caused so much pain to so many people. 200,000 people have lost their lives, 9.5 million were forced to leave their homes, and 10.8 million are in need of humanitarian […]

 
 

Why should Pakistan not join Saudi in Yemen conflict?

Why should Pakistan not join Saudi in Yemen conflict?

While Pakistan’s parliament discussed on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s request to join its military coalition against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, experts feel that it could be a strategic blunder if Pakistan were to join hands. Somewhere in Pakistan, people are discussing and civil society groups are opposing any possible intervention of […]

 
 

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the current security situations and political dilemma in the Middle East in view of ISIS savagery. Last June, a major offensive launched by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria (ISIS), also known as “The Islamic State” (IS), succeeded in no […]

 
 

What Lies Ahead For Turkey in 2015

What Lies Ahead For Turkey in 2015

In this Op-Ed Harun Yahya lists the issues that Turkey needs to tackle in 2015  2014 has been a hectic year for Turkey. The unease caused by the Gezi Protests and PKK terror attacks, the Syrian war and the ISIS threat at the border has been troubling the country that sits in the middle […]

 
 

Palestine & Israel: Who really wants Peace?

Palestine & Israel: Who really wants Peace?

Palestine & Israel: Who really wants peace? In both theory and political experience, the credibility of Netanyahu’s government has been utterly depleting- opines Fadi ElHusseini A long-awaited peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis has been again grinded into halt. This peace was aimed to usher an end for a […]

 
 

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS Harun Yahya in this opinion piece advocates that Turkey should always be on the side of diplomacy, soft-power, and effectively administer an intellectual struggle to defeat the opponents that resort to violence and persecution.  The whole world turned their attention towards […]

 
 

Turkey’s Executive Decision

Turkey’s Executive Decision

A review of the new executive decision in the Turkish parliament and what impact it will make. Turkey has been on the agenda since Obama announced a coalition to defeat the biggest threat in the Levant: ISIS. The top US officials paid visits to several countries in the Middle East […]

 
 

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The UN Assembly in New York considered the U.S. strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Following various meetings, speeches in the General Assembly and various statements by the Turkish delegation, reports to the effect that ‘Turkey has promised to play a greater role in the campaign against ISIL’ immediately began […]

 
 

The Salvation of the Kurds Lies in a Strong and Unitary Turkey

The Salvation of the Kurds Lies in a Strong and Unitary Turkey

After ISIS started advancing towards Kobane last week, Kurds became headlines all over the world again. First of all, no matter who does it for what purpose, and targeting whatever faiths or ideologies, violence in all its forms, is evil and can never be acceptable. Violence can never be a […]

 
 

What will change with Abadi?

What will change with Abadi?

With a new Prime Minister for the country, Iraq needs embracing and uniting policies, says Harun Yahya. Efforts to establish a government in Iraq are still continuing. Although former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki declared victory and his re-election in the wake of the elections on April 30th, he was not […]

 
 

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

The moral pattern of politics has degenerated many times over the past six decades or so. Then, politicians and people’s representatives were primarily picked out for their governance skills, civil commitment, moral principles and human values before other qualities. In earlier times, the cost for election pledge-breaking, ill-advised lawmaking and […]

 
 

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is going on in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not […]

 
 

Power Transition in Qatar: Through the Eyes of former PM

Power Transition in Qatar: Through the Eyes of former PM

Former Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani speaks to Rose about various developments in Qatar since power transition in June 2013 while envisioning himself as a businessman in near future. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, for the first time since he stepped down as the Qatar’s […]

 
 

Egypt, Turkey and Iran: Exchanging Roles in a tumultuous Middle East

Egypt, Turkey and Iran: Exchanging Roles in a tumultuous Middle East

After less than a year of exceptional Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, the events of June 30, 2013 ruptured this relationship. Similarly, when Egyptian and Iranian statesmen began to decrease tensions and a thaw in relations resulted, events evolved to return things to square one. As these scenes, by and large, have been […]

 
 

Lebanese Politicians Nullify UDHR’s “ Right to Housing ”

Lebanese Politicians Nullify UDHR’s “ Right to Housing ”

The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 have demoted communism and socialism to the least importance upon which capitalistic notions flourished all around the world. Since then, the dominant economic trends revolve around the economic theory of deregulation of the markets and noninterference of governments, theorized as the Free […]

 
 

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

In the wake of the Second World War, the presence of powerful international and regional organizations, which can preserve peace and play effective mediatory roles between nations, emerged as an imperative requirement to all nations. To address that global need, international organizations and regional leagues, such as the United Nations (UN), the League of […]

 
 

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Now as thirty-four months ago, on every international and regional news channel you watch, transnational newspaper you read or human rights centered websites you explore, you will find analytical articles condemning the ongoing Syrian bloodbath.  You will also come upon uncountable number of commentaries preaching the necessity for direct negotiation […]

 
 

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Despite the presence of so many transnational problems, Iran’s nuke program and the Syrian dilemma are by far the most controversial issues on the international political theater. Navigating away from discussing over again the machinated failure of the international community to stop the first massacre of the 21st century (the terrorizing […]

 
 

A Toast to the New Year!

A Toast to the New Year!

by John Brian Shannon. For many, this is the time of year when we count our blessings and look forward to the new year with expectant hope. For all its pending concerns, 2014 looks to be a year of opportunity and continuing recovery in the western economies. In 2014, 2/3rds of the […]

 
 

Obama Foreign Policy Puts Arab-U.S. Alliance at Risk

Obama Foreign Policy Puts Arab-U.S. Alliance at Risk

If you intend to visit any Arab country, you are likely going to come across many indignant people criticizing the so-called international community for being a mere self-serving interest group. No matter where you are, whether at street corners, cafes, recreational facilities, social clubs or at any political gathering, you […]

 
 

Syria 2013 – Crisis or Diplomatic Opportunity?

Syria 2013 – Crisis or Diplomatic Opportunity?

The crisis in Syria has its roots in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, but U.S. and Russian diplomats seem to be turning towards solutions once again. The world sits at the verge of its destruction. Russia and the U.S. are in a deadlock, and each country’s nuclear arsenal is […]

 
 

Why Arabs and Muslims Downplay Women’s Rights

Why Arabs and Muslims Downplay Women’s Rights

No matter whom we are or where we are in the world, one cannot deny that human rights and civil liberty are the foremost, after politics, controversial subjects of discussion of our time. By all odds, the most debate-provoking topic in any human rights discourse is the issue of women’s […]

 
 

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

  As centuries ago as now, we find many policy makers, politicians and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard is a shrewd political craft. They simply justify and identify this double play as a mean to attain goals of interest. Apart from the far-flung stigmatization […]

 
 

The aftershocks of Revolution

The aftershocks of Revolution

To analyse a revolution is like analysing an earthquake. Both are unpredictable and tumultuous and are an outburst of unexpected expression which overturns the status-quo dramatically. That one is naturally occurring, while the other is manmade, does dampen the analogy a little, but political scientists would join in the consensus […]

 
 

The Crux of Middle East and Arab Dilemma

The Crux of Middle East and Arab Dilemma

Mohammad S. Moussalli discusses the crux of Middle East and Arab dilemma, and makes suggestions so that to establish security and peace in the world. Whenever you get involved in a political discussion concerning the question of peace and security in this chaotic world, you will find out that Middle East […]

 
 

The Real Call of Arab Civil Societies

A protestor during the uprising in Syria

The modern concept of civil society is centred on the idea of free joint action between individuals within private and official associations to achieve equitable societal settings and comfortable socioeconomic conditions. Typically, the causes and effects of social and civil movements are mainly of socioeconomic and socio-political nature. On the […]

 
 

One of Ali Baba’s Caves of the Middle East

One of Ali Baba’s Caves of the Middle East

In essence, a sovereign state is a socio-political association of people that has a representative political system, autonomous judiciary, nationally and internationally acknowledged governing body and self-rule over a recognised demarcated geographic area, which is not subject to other authority or state. Consider a state that could not uphold full […]

 
 

Fitch threatens Kuwait’s AA rating amid opposition unrest

Fitch threatens Kuwait’s AA rating amid opposition unrest

Kuwait received a warning from Fitch Ratings on Tuesday that its AA sovereign credit rating could be downgraded amid escalating political protests. The credit rating firm declared that despite the nation’s strong balance sheet, the recent popular protests over a change in the election law decreed by the ruling emir is “radicalising […]

 
 

Poverty: The Matrix of All Troubles

Poverty: The Matrix of All Troubles

At the onset of this millennium, the World Bank (WB) established a set of international development targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to reduce poverty by half on 2015. On that point, during the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Dubai, […]

 
 

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

The relationship of a national authority to citizenry has been the subject of age-long arguments and indeterminate discourse. Most political theorists and analysts have unremittingly debated the way, whether by constraint or consent, social order should be maintained. And what is the best political formation and governance pattern in which […]

 
 

Why Arab Spring countries missed their first base?

Why Arab Spring countries missed their first base?

It is a customary practice to see Arab people browse for fresh news of the ongoing Arab revolts, called the Arab Spring. They find civil unrest in Tunisia, riots and regime destabilisation in Bahrain, tribal armed clashes in post-Gaddafi government in Libya, military conflicts with Islamic fundamentalists in Yemen, recurrent […]

 
 

PA set to announce local elections in West Bank, Gaza Strip

PA set to announce local elections in West Bank, Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Authority is set to hold local elections in the West Bank and Gaza on 20 October after a lapse of six years, the first since 2006, an official said on Tuesday. “The Palestinian government decided today during its meeting to hold the local, municipal and district elections on […]

 
 

Libya gears up for ‘historic’ elections

Libya gears up for ‘historic’ elections

Libyan cities are flooded with thousands of campaign posters put up by people campaigning to elect a 200-member assembly which will lead the oil-rich nation over a short transition period – roughly 12 months if all milestones are met – with the main aim of delivering a constitution to govern future […]

 
 

Kuwait court dissolves newly elected parliament day after suspension

Kuwait court dissolves newly elected parliament day after suspension

Kuwait’s constitutional court ruled on Wednesday the country’s Islamist-dominated parliament was elected unconstitutionally and restored the previous legislature. The state news agency KUNA said the court declared that “the decree calling for the National Assembly 2012 election is void, and (ordered) the return of the dissolved council”. The decision comes just days […]

 
 

Kuwait emir suspends parliament for a month

Kuwait emir suspends parliament for a month

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday suspended the parliament through an official decree for one month, ahead of the planned grilling of the interior minister by lawmakers. State-run Kuwait television said the Emir’s decision was based on an article in the constitution that allows the suspension of parliamentary meetings for a […]

 
 

Jordan monarch sets up much demanded ‘independent’ election commission

Jordan monarch sets up much demanded ‘independent’ election commission

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has approved an Independent Election Commission to oversee the upcoming polls, a week after Prime Minister Awn Shawkat al-Khasawneh resigned in a surprise move. “Jordan has a historic opportunity to determine its future this year,” the king told the lower house deputies and urged them to work […]

 
 

Algerians find hard to trust in political system

Algerians find hard to trust in political system

While Algerian authorities insist a parliamentary election on Thursday would consolidate democracy in the country, many people are skeptical about such statements and do not expect any major changes. The major North African economy is facing pressure from its eastward neighbours where “Arab Spring” uprisings last year unseated autocratic leaders […]

 
 

Beijing fears ‘Arab Spring’ could spread in China

Beijing fears ‘Arab Spring’ could spread in China

If US diplomatic cables and intelligence reports are to be believed, Chinese leaders have began asking if uprisings that spread throughout the Arab world could ignite a similar situation in China. The report revealed that some members of China’s ruling Politburo have began musing whether the bribery and other abuses […]

 
 

Tale of the latest corruption scandal that is rattling China – Part 2

Tale of the latest corruption scandal that is rattling China – Part 2

By M. S. Shah Jahan (continued from last week) It was 14 November 2011. Neil Heywood, a Beijing resident, arrived in fog-shrouded Chongqing and checked into Sheraton Hotel, as he was summoned on short notice for a meeting in Chongqing with representatives of the family of Bo Xilai, the local […]

 
 

Tale of the latest corruption scandal that is rattling China

Tale of the latest corruption scandal that is rattling China

By M.S. Shah Jahan “Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party” – Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier At an annual meeting of anti-corruption officials on 26 March, the Chinese Prime Minister had little progress to point to. He said there were frequent corruption cases in departments that possess […]