Middle East

Palestine 2021: the year apartheid went mainstream

What has the year 2021 meant for the struggle of the Palestinian people? At a glance, it may seem that the situation has only worsened, and this is indicated by the numbers of children and young people killed or imprisoned,…

Israel-Jordan relations: Can climate diplomacy culminate into stronger strategic partnership?

In Arabic, there is an adage, “bid-dak il-in-nab wil-la tqaa-tel in-nna-toor?” “Do you want the grape, or do you want to fight with the [vineyard] watchman?” Last week Jordan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed the largest-ever energy…

“One step closer” to eliminating WMD from the Middle East

By Sharon Dolev, Emad Kiyaei, and Tony Robinson | Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction (the November Conference) held its second meeting…

Palestine: Unfulfilled rights, unfulfilled promises

Since 1977, on or around 29 November every year, the United Nations has commemorated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The date was chosen because of its significance for the Palestinian people. On this day in 1947,…

UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East

The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on all Middle East States to transform the vision of a region with no nuclear weapons, or other weapons of mass destruction, into a working reality. Antonio Guterres was speaking in New York at the second session…

Achieving The Possible Against the Odds: “A Middle East Nuclear and WMD Free Zone”

By Tariq Rauf [1] In normal times, the second session of the “United Nations Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction”, scheduled to take place from 29 November…

US coverup of Syria massacre shows the danger of the Assange precedent

The New York Times has published a very solid investigative report on a US military coverup of a 2019 massacre in Baghuz, Syria which killed scores of civilians. This would be the second investigative report on civilian-slaughtering US airstrikes by…

Ulema-state alliance hinders democracy and development in the Muslim world

In September 2021, Turkey House was inaugurated in New York with a high-level state ceremony that included the presence of President Tayyip Erdogan. The ceremony began with a prayer recited by Turkey’s top Islamic cleric: the chairman of the Directorate…

“Sindyanna of Galilee”: Extending the olive branch between Arabs and Israelis

Sales of award-winning olive oil worldwide helped empower 300 Arab women By Coco Cresswell In 1996 Hadas Lahav, a Jewish Israeli social activist, had a vision: a future of Arab-Israeli coexistence. That same year, through co-founding Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led social…

Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

By Ahmet T. Kuru Junaid Hafeez, a university lecturer in Pakistan, had been imprisoned for six years when he was sentenced to death in December 2019. The charge: blasphemy, specifically insulting Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Pakistan has the world’s second strictest blasphemy…

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