Wednesday, January 28, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (IPS) - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country under the banner Yemen Arab Republic back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: "Two poor countries have now become one poor country."
Monday, January 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (IPS) - Much has been written about King Abdullah's legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the role that Muhammad bin Nayef, the newly appointed deputy to the crown prince, could play in the new Saudi Arabia under King Salman.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - Flogging a dead horse, as the old idiom goes, is far removed from flogging a live Saudi blogger.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (IPS) - The horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has once again raised the question about violence and Islam. Why is it, some ask, that so much terrorism has been committed in the name of Islam, and why do violent jihadists seek justification of their actions in their religion?
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 06 (IPS) - This year, Arab political Islam will be greatly influenced by U.S. regional policy, as it has been since the Obama administration came into office six years ago. Indeed, as the U.S. standing in the region rose with Obama's presidency beginning in January 2009, so did the fortunes of Arab political Islam.
Monday, January 05, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan 05 (IPS) - For a moment, four years ago, it seemed that dictators in the Middle East would soon be a thing of the past.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
NEW YORK, Jan 04 (IPS) - A concerted disinformation campaign is being conducted to manufacture consent for military action against the government in Tripoli and the town of Misrata, which has been at the forefront of toppling the despotic Gaddafi dictatorship.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
WASHINGTON, Dic 03 (IPS) - The acquittal of former Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak is not a legal or political surprise. Yet it carries serious ramifications for Arab autocrats who are leading the counterrevolutionary charge, as well as the United States.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (IPS) - The recent killing of an Arab youth by the police in the Israeli Arab village of Kufr Kanna, outside Nazareth, the ongoing bloody violence in Jerusalem, and the growing tensions between the Israeli security services and the Arab community in Israel could be a dangerous omen for Israeli domestic stability and for the region.
Monday, October 13, 2014
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (IPS) - When the international pledging conference to rebuild a devastated Gaza ended in Cairo over the weekend - the third such conference in less than six years - the lingering question among donors was: is this the last of it or are there more assaults to come?
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