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NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

The Weapons Wizard

By Ricardo Swire Mainstream media reports usually expound about superpowers America and Russia’s warfare engagements on various offshore fronts, the USA able to deploy 1,400,000 Active Military Personnel to match Russia’s 766,055 of a similar status soldier.

The Business of War

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The superpower ideological divide that previously structured world conflict is now obsolete. Governments in America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East have unconventionally turned to private military companies to intervene in conflict on their behalf.

One girl under 15 married every seven seconds – Save The Children

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters   By Temesghen Debesai One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia.

Syria rebels guardedly agree on truce but battles persist

Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters   By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry Government troops and insurgents fought in several parts of Syria on Sunday, apparently seeking to strengthen their positions on the eve of a ceasefire that Free Syrian Army rebels said they would observe but with major reservations.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: International Criminal Law

By Cynthia M. Lardner International criminal tribunals have been created to redress the harm done to millions of victims as a result of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, to provide reparations, and to act as a deterrent. Vested with the authority to proceed when nations are unable to effectively adjudicate matters internally and […]

Bahrain national reconciliation efforts stalled: US State Dept

Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters   By Warren Strobel and Yara Bayoumy Bahrain’s efforts to build national reconciliation after it crushed street protests in 2011 have stalled, and the Western ally in the Gulf has not implemented recommendations to protect freedom of expression, including nonviolent dissent, according to a U.S. State Department report obtained by Reuters.

Oman: a Peaceful Oasis in a Flaming region

By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini In a fractious, unstable region rife with conflicts, one country appears to be unscathed. It is telling that Oman emerged not only intact from the ramifications of the Arab Spring, but also shied away from the tense polarisation that has hijacked the rest of the Middle East.

Who is behind ISIS?

By Sattar Rind Is this news not enough for the world to stand up? On Tuesday morning thirty five innocent people were killed at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station by Islamic extremists in the European Union’s symbolic heart.

The Middle East: Was the Turkish Model replaced by an Iranian Role?

By Fadi Elhusseini Since 2003, Turkey has appeared as a valuable asset for global powers to invest in and as a leading actor in a region long described as sluggish towards democratic transformations.

Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism

By Sattar Rind It’s definitely interesting and vis-à-vis a dangerous development for the Muslim world that Saudi Arabia has announced 34 Muslim countries in the National Islamic Alliance against Terrorism, but Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, despite being important Muslim countries, are not included in this Islamic military alliance.

Hard Truth with Anant Mishra: Efforts to Consolidate Peace in War torn Africa

  By Anant Mishra Introduction “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams” – African Proverb.

REVISITING THE 2002 ARAB PEACE INITIATIVE

  By Anant Mishra ‘Revisiting the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative with special attention given to Clause 2.2 to determine the League’s position on what constitutes a “just solution” as well as to the Arab Spring’s impact on the Peace Plan’s implementation’:

Addressing the Palestinian Right of Return

  By Anant Mishra “You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees.”

The Middle East: Rising and Falling Stars

By Fadi Elhusseini In 2011, Turkey was seen as an unstoppable regional power and a rising star led by its Development and Justice Party (AKP). But the arrival of the Arab Spring heralded a deep change in the region. Turkey’s prominence began to fade and Iran’s potential appeared to be rising with the progress it […]

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy Part II: Syria’s Civil War

  By Brian Frydenborg Grading Obama on what has—and has not—been done by his administration regarding the Syrian Civil War

Lubna Taha – A journey into the art of illustration for children

  By Faten Daif Allah Arts such as painting, photography, sculpture, acting, music, singing, dancing and literature are all a source of education, nurturing imagination and tasting beauty. They nourish the soul and mind at the same time, while targeting both children and adults even if both target groups differ in materials.

EDUCATIONAL AND ECONOMIC POLICY IN POST ARAB SPRING NATIONS

  By Anant Mishra Many nations in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region have long histories of authoritarian government. In fact, Muslim countries—a category into which many states in this region fall—constituted 55% of the world’s undemocratic nations in 2005.

FEBRUARY PHOTOS

                      Introduction by Michael Organ   Matilde Gattoni’s photography shows the pain of survival, from workers burning in everyday blue to refugees in the aftermath of war. Each image tells its own powerful story, a truth directly from its subject’s beating heart.