Middle East

October, 2014

  • 7 October

    A Culinary Tour of Eid Dishes Across Middle East

    Muslims mark Eid al-Adha celebrations with a feast. Thalia Rahme brings us some traditional and not so traditional recipes prepared by Muslims across the Middle East on that day.

September, 2014

  • 25 September

    What Arab Partners Will Get in Return for Syria Strikes

    Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Jordan are all on board against Islamic State. What’s in it for them?

  • 7 September

    ISIS and Dilemma of Sunni Arab States

    The reason why Sunni Gulf States support the IS is its strong opposition to the Shiites. It is not just Iran, which is 90 percent Shiite, that the Gulf Arabs believe to be a threat, but the Shiite population in their own countries. But the Saudis recently seem to have realized that their support of the IS and jihadism has resulted in the “chickens coming home to roost.”

  • 2 September

    Gaza Blockade — No Signs of Loosening

    Despite Israel and Hamas entering a ceasefire, aid groups are reporting no relaxation in Gaza’s crippling blockade by Israel. Some analysts are warning that the threat of the deal collapsing is real, especially as there appear to be few enforcing mechanisms.

August, 2014

  • 27 August

    Libya: The House of Cards Has Collapsed

    Ever since Gaddafi’s exit from the Libyan, the country has been a state in name alone, held together by a delicate balancing act of rival militias. But even this is now beginning to unravel, with devastating consequences for the country – and, potentially, for the rich Gulf petro-states who are watching these developments with barely-disguised terror. And unfortunately for them, no amount of unilateral airstrikes are likely to help.

  • 22 August

    Saudi-Iranian Rivalry And the New Middle East

    Although Saudi Arabia and Iran have never actually gone to war, the two states have clearly perceived each other as enemies and acted accordingly, engaging in proxy war with one another. The two states' claim to being an Islamic state, both claim leadership and guardianship of the Muslims in the region.

  • 9 August

    A U.S. Shift Away from Israel?

    U.S. civil society is more critical of Israeli actions in Palestine than ever. When will the U.S. government catch up?

  • 6 August

    Can Palestinians Prove War Crimes Against Israel?

    Palestinian leaders have announced to pursue war crimes charges against Israel during Gaza operation. But are they prepared for a legal battle?

  • 5 August

    Intervention, Evasion, Destabilization

    If Libya, Syria and Iraq are coming undone and Ukraine has been gravely destabilized, it is the result of interventions by big powers that claim to be international law enforcers when, in reality, they are lawbreakers.

  • 4 August

    A Public Health Perspective on Gaza

    Without meaningful negotiations between Israel and the de facto government in Gaza the prospects for a sustainable ceasefire seem remote. Without serious pressure being applied by the key international governments that materially support and sustain the current status quo, meaningful negotiations appear a remote possibility. The public health implications of this current state of affairs are frightening.