Analysis articles

Israel’s dual system of justice

Many people argue that racism is fundamentally the hatred or dislike of someone based on their race or origins. Israel has redefined what it means to be racist, broadening it out to include someone who hates or discriminates against someone else for other reasons, including religion and politics. That is the kind of racism that […]

Russia : sound, fury, but not much clout

Strategy is the central political art, writes Lawrence Freedman in Strategy: A History. “It is about getting more out of a situation than the starting balance of power would suggest. It is the art of creating power.” If this is so, consider the case of a country that is economically smaller than Italy, Australia, or […]

It’s a lonelier world now for Putin

Russian rulers have long been content to accept fear and awe in lieu of respect and admiration, and by that standard, Vladimir Putin shone in 2016. This year that is proving a tougher gig to keep up as he prepares for what might be his last presidential election in 2018. Last year Putin’s boldness, combined […]

Makkah : Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has set out an inspiring future for the Kingdom at a time of global economic volatility. But to fulfill this, a critical step will be to revitalize the holy city of Makkah. Vision 2030 recognizes this. Envisaging the Kingdom as “a global hub connecting three continents, Asia, Europe and Africa,” and […]

Two broken unions?

British Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke the infamous Article 50 on March 29, formally kicking off divorce negotiations with the other 27 EU member states. Britain will leave the EU, with or without a deal, in March 2019. But this is not the only union under threat, as Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has […]

Cambodia rejects ‘dirty debt’

Cambodia-US relations will further deteriorate if Trump insists on collecting debt incurred by an illegitimate regime. The United States has renewed its demand for Cambodia to repay a war debt of $500m amid President Donald Trump’s push to improve the state budget. Such a demand has met with an outcry from Cambodian political leaders and […]

War in perpetuity

Top American military commander Gen Nicholson’s call for the deployment of more Nato troops to Afghanistan has come with an eerie sense of déjà vu: the continuation of the longest war in US history.While testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Nicholson characterised the conflict as a stalemate. In straightforward language, his statement amounts to […]

Daesh insurgency and rivalry

As the battle for Mosul reaches its final stages, what we are witnessing is ISIL’s transformation, not its demise. “The battle now is in the final stages,” Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi said on March 14 of the government offensive to retake Mosul from ISIL. “They are cornered, and if they will not surrender they […]

Scottish independence echoes of Ireland and the UAE

In Edinburgh, St. Patrick’s Day – the Irish national holiday celebrated around the world by the country’s huge diaspora – offered an opportunity to assess how a possible independent Scotland might work.If Ireland’s example is anything to go by, the Scots would face a tough time, but they have advantages Ireland did not have when […]

When the Irish Invaded Canada

We let these people into our country, and what did we get but an epidemic of cholera and criminals. They filled the jails and mental hospitals, the orphanages and poor houses. More than half of those arrested in New York City, just before the Civil War, were Irish. “Scratch a convict or a pauper, and […]

A reminder of America

We love the US without any “buts.” When one loves, one is committed for the long term. Your country has always shown great vision and tolerance. Even when the US has moved toward isolationism, it has always responded when needed. Two world wars proved this, as well as America’s vision, its great ability to provide […]

Limits of identity politics

The BJP’s victory in U.P. is quite a watershed. The party has come to power in the State before, but never with such a high vote share (more than 41% along with allies). Yet, besides the BJP’s win, what is significant in this election is the rout of the SP and the BSP, two representatives […]

Dutch to elect Wilders

Populist Geert Wilders’ biggest impact on Dutch politics is shifting the mainstream discourse to the far right. 2016 was the year of the Brexit referendum and the victory of Donald Trump. It was the year of a “patriotic awakening”, according to various European nationalists. Many wonder if 2017 will also be a year of patriotism. […]

Future of Iran deal

US-Iran relations have always been complex, but they are likely to become more so due to President Donald Trump’s opposition to the nuclear deal. The issue becomes all the more important at a time when they may need to cooperate in their fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The nuclear deal, or the Joint […]

Going pink

Public transport anywhere in the country is a nightmare, and one can only feel sympathy for the millions dependent on it. Barring a couple of big-ticket projects in Islamabad and Lahore, there are the problems of tattered, privately owned vehicles that care as little for safety standards as they do for the traffic rules. On […]

Struggle for decolonization

The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have accused Banksy of Pale-ploitation – of making profit off Palestinian suffering, normalising the occupation, beautifying the wall, […]

Muslim dilemma on two fronts

To much of the world, the words “Islam” and “Muslim” have become synonymous with extremist groups. This is a great injustice, but we should not submit to the propaganda of evil regimes and groups, or defend them in the name of defending Islam and Muslims. Their extremist Islam is not ours. Fundamentalist religious concepts have […]

Liberating Mosul and Raqqa : The end of evil?

Iraqi troops are advancing in Mosul, taking new districts from Daesh. The liberation of the city is entailing high civilian losses and a humanitarian crisis, the scale of which is yet to be evaluated. The psychological consequences of Mosul’s occupation by Daesh will become apparent, as its devilish ideology has been poisoning the whole population. […]

The test of power

The late US President Abraham Lincoln believed “nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” As the midway point in President Donald Trump’s first 100 days passes, it has clearly been a tumultuous period in US politics. Trump, conscious of the criticism he has faced, […]

Game changer for nature

In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast for her family and gets her two children, 9-year-old Fathimah and 5-year-old Ahmed, ready for school, which starts at 7:30am. Once she returns home, she tidies her house and takes care of the laundry, […]

Ahmadinejad and Trump on Twitter

Less than two months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already outperformed his Iranian rival in demagoguery, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making him look like a novice. No wonder the two-term president thinks he has some catching-up to do. He published an 11-second-long video on Twitter on Sunday, urging people to follow his newly opened account, and […]

Sexy veils and missing feminisms

This Women’s Day, Muslim women must rally against marketing strategies that present buying things as empowerment. Two weeks ago it was running shoes. Nike, the shoe manufacturer whose logo is a fixture in the global consumer imagination, released an online advertisement that features a woman in a headscarf running through the old neighbourhoods of Dubai. […]

How to win a feminist battle

Liberia was very effective at killing itself during the civil war. Our population is around 4.5 million people, and during the 14-year-long civil war around 250,000 people were killed, and many more displaced. The use of child soldiers, sexual violence and attacks on civilians were rife during the conflict. In April 2003, seven of us […]

March 8 : Women’s Day

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. In many countries, IWD is an occasion to honour and praise women for their accomplishments. IWD is a national observance in many countries. According to UN Women, the original aim is to achieve full gender equality for women the world has […]

Iran has its own Osama

He is well-known as the Middle East’s deadliest and Iran’s most dangerous man. He prioritizes offensive tactics and operations over defensive ones, and rejoices in taking overconfident selfies with his troops and proxies in battlefields in many countries, including Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. When it comes to authority, he is Iran’s second man after […]