On a foggy Thursday morning on February 1, 1979, a chartered Air France flight from Paris roared through Mehrabad airport near central Tehran, carrying Iran’s most revered spiritual figure. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, an outspoken critic of Iran’s ruler Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, was coming home after 14 years in exile[…]
An article by the New York Times on the Riverside terrorist attacks in Nairobi has provoked fury and consternation in Kenya. The article features a photograph by AP credited to the photographer Khalil Senusi showing bodies of victims of the attack slumped on chairs and covered in blood. A similar[…]
OPINION by Ra’afat Marra Anyone observing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will notice that he is experiencing difficult political conditions and a lot of tension. He is making very bad decisions and imposing punitive measures against all Palestinians. In short, we can see that he is losing control of his[…]
OPINION by Richard Falk The mental processes that infuse zombie geopolitics with political vitality long after their viability has vanished is partly mysterious, and partly a calculated effort to deny a changed reality. More concretely, I have in mind the afterlife of the “two-state solution”, long after it became crystal[…]
OPINION by Alexander Matheou The Syrian capital of Damascus can be deceptive. It has the hustle and bustle of a regular city. People there talk of the eight-year conflict as something that is now drawing to a close. Yet you don’t have to look far to see that the humanitarian crisis[…]
Could Malaysia be a credible leader for the Muslim world? This is not a pipe dream. Neither is it an idealistic or unrealistic New Year’s resolution. It is my deep conviction as well as a perennial hope. It is glaringly obvious that Malaysia is one of only a handful of[…]
OPINION by Ebrahim Moosa (A South African based freelance Journalist and researcher with the Palestine Information Network (PIN). Find PIN on Twitter @learnpalestine) As I knuckle down for this piece, Gaza, ominously, seems teetering on the brink of another conflagration. “Gaza is imploding. This is not hyperbole. This is not alarmism. It[…]
OPINION by Khaled A Beydoun Rwanda. East Timor. Myanmar. The world has a cruel habit of ignoring humanitarian disasters until it’s too late. Old habits die hard, and the people targeted by state-led ethnic cleansing programs even harder. But the reports of mass concentration camps and the criminalisation of Islam[…]
OPINION by Safa Joudeh Last week The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Israel issued statements announcing a breakthrough in Pan-Arab efforts to broker a comprehensive ceasefire agreement between the two parties. Even as Israel launched a fresh round of attacks on civilian areas in Gaza in recent days, the Egyptian[…]
OPINION by Ramzy Baroud The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza’s ‘Great March of Return’ protests. The Strip’s dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy’s leg, as it was later amputated. His father,[…]
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