• Why the war on Gaza is bad for Israel

    Published on : 18 08 2014

    Israel’s Gaza war has cost the country far more than the death of 64 soldiers, with growing domestic discontent and negative economic repercussions.


  • Is Abbas ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish state?

    Published on : 23 02 2014

    PLO Central Committee member Nabil Amr has been quoted as saying that a recognition by the Palestinian Authority (PA) of Israel as a Jewish state is possible in some form.


  • Egypt’s new constitution: legitimizing an illegitimate order

    Published on : 30 12 2013

    Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour has set January 14 and 15, 2014, as the dates for a referendum on the country’s amended constitution. Amr Moussa – former Minister of Foreign Affairs under Mubarak and the 2012 presidential candidate – is chairman of the (fifty-member) Committee tasked with amending the 2012 constitution.


  • Killing Democracy or Killing Mollah?

    Published on : 16 12 2013

    Prison authorities in Bangladesh have hurriedly carried out the execution of Abdul Qadir Mollah, an Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-i-Islami Bangladesh (JIB), following an equally swiftly conducted hearing by a full bench of the appellate division of the Supreme Court which upheld his death sentence.


  • The paradoxical Cairo junta

    Published on : 20 10 2013

    The military junta in Egypt, headed by army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, seems to be thoroughly stupid as it is manifestly criminal.


  • Mali’s fight with militants is far from over

    Published on : 17 10 2013

    Sitting in front of her house on a quiet street in Gao, Bintou Yatarra, 28, pokes a feathered bird in a pot of hot water. Beside it, two small fowl have been skinned, their wings and feet neatly tied together with string. Yatarra, heavily pregnant with a white T-shirt stretched over her belly and red […]


  • Will U.S. strike Syria without major ally Britain?

    Published on : 31 08 2013

    Analysts are divided over whether the United States will press ahead with a punitive strike against the Syrian government for purportedly using chemical weapons against civilians on Aug. 21, in light of British lawmakers voting not to take part.


  • World plans for a post-Assad Syria

    Published on : 03 04 2013

    For more than two years, the world has stood by as the violence in Syria has intensified.


  • Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf: Risking it all?

    Published on : 27 03 2013

    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former president, is back home after more than four years in self-imposed exile. He is hoping to re-assert his influence ahead of the country’s elections in May.


  • Why Assad will fight to the end

    Published on : 10 02 2013

    A striking fact about civil wars is that the outcome is often clear months or even years before the war ends. Jefferson Davis knew he would lose the American Civil War after the fall of Atlanta, yet continued to fight to the end. Muammar Gaddafi almost certainly knew that he would lose the war in […]