The Price of Fear, the Price of Dictatorship

Reuters photo

 

By

Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

Revisiting the Arab Spring

 

I grew up when there were curfews that lasted for days, when listening to the wrong radio station could land you in jail, when a stupid, illiterate “security/mokhabarat” could haul you to jail for no reason and I remember when and actually saw “darak” policemen on horses raid villages breaking into homes mixing rice, oil, lentil and flour in the middle of the floor.

Continue reading “The Price of Fear, the Price of Dictatorship”

Trump and the Palestinian State

Kobi Gideon/GPO

 

By

Dr. Fadi Elhusseini

Trump’s victory was a real shock, not only for decision-makers in every single capital on this planet, but also to experts and observers who saw nothing but a landslide triumph for the Democrats and Hillary Clinton.

Continue reading “Trump and the Palestinian State”

Venezuela: Time to Prevent Another Syria

John Moore/AFP

 

By

Cynthia M. Lardner

 

Comparing and Contrasting Venezuela and Syria

 

The world stands by in horror watching the Syrian War crisis unfold in the news. Now with over 150 countries, paramilitary groups and terrorist groups involved, there is no answer to the question of how to create peace. The harsh reality is that the peacekeeping and peacebuilding needed to start before conflict escalated into a civil war.

Continue reading “Venezuela: Time to Prevent Another Syria”

Temperament & Mood of People around the globe is fluctuating, as is the climate

By

Siddhartha Rastogi

Japan experienced a massive Earthquake a few days ago, followed by snow in Tokyo city after 54 years. The Philippines has been struck by five deadly typhoons in the last decade itself, displacing over four million citizens. India has witnessed three consecutive droughts just before 2016 and is witnessing ever decreasing monsoon rains. Beijing got covered with a thick layer of Smog a month back, for the second time this year.

Continue reading “Temperament & Mood of People around the globe is fluctuating, as is the climate”

Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots

AFP photo

 

By

Nehad Ismail

Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Continue reading “Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots”

Police Brutality… from Cairo to Minneapolis

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

 

By

Ahmed Tharwat

You know the situation here is bad when family and friends in Egypt are worried about me because of police brutality and not Islamophobia. The latest tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge is changing the conversation and debate on police brutality and racism in this country.

Continue reading “Police Brutality… from Cairo to Minneapolis”

Ankara’s loss, another’s gain

aris messinis

Aris Messinis

 

By

Zeravan Barwary

Syria has become a headache for Ankara as an aftermath of its official support for the Syrian opposition.

Continue reading “Ankara’s loss, another’s gain”