Iran’s nuclear problem must be re-visited

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The decision by US President Donald Trump to prolong the lifting of some sanctions against Iran for a further 120 days has reopened the four-year old “what to do about Iran” debate. While some have condemned Trump for renewing sanctions relief for the mullahs, others have castigated him for his call to re-negotiate the “nuclear deal” connoted by his predecessor Barack Obama. Conducting the “what to do about Iran” debate in a calm and constructive way isn&rsquo ...

Amir Taheri

Issue of guardianship of the jurist and Iraqi elections

Friday, 19 January 2018

Is there an Iraqi constitutional text which stipulates that the most famous Shiite cleric in Iraq is a ruling reference? According to Iraqi researcher and author Rasheed al-Khayoun, there is nothing in the 2005 constitution that leads to this conclusion and there are only formulas that highly respect “great references,” just like they respect “national powers.” Why is there an urgent presence by political Shiite groups for the Shiite reference, who is currently ...

Mashari Althaydi

Iran’s costly Syria war mainly behind its manifold crises

Friday, 19 January 2018

Many have congratulated Iran that its recent crisis has come to an end and some even traveled to Tehran to congratulate officials face to face. However, the crisis has not ended and it’s actually very complicated. According to some media reports, increased prices of poultry and poultry products sparked the protests. The Iranian authorities claim that egg prices increased by 40% due to bird flu. Egg prices increased by 30% in last November while the price of the Iranian rial in the black ...

Huda al-Husseini

Trump: The Media Incinerator

Friday, 19 January 2018

I have discussed earlier about the bias of the American media towards former US President Barack Obama. This fascination was because of Obama’s charisma, the eloquence of his speech and his social intelligence.As such, the media overlooked all his political blunders. However, the media has dealt with his successor President Trump in a very different manner. It overlooks his achievements and exaggerates his mistakes.The reality is that Trump also contributed to his poor relations with the ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

Green grows my garden: Spreading roots of ethical investment

Thursday, 18 January 2018

As societies begin to grapple with global environmental issues, the art of investing and lending for environmental goals has now taken root promoted by bold venture capitalists and investment managers. Green finance is no longer a fringe industry but is spreading its roots pushed by like minded governments and technological breakthroughs in alternative energy and environmentally friendly solutions. Ignoring this trend comes at a risk to traditional investment and finance managers. Climate ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Categorizing books and the curious case of Sad Tropics

Thursday, 18 January 2018

When Claude Lévi-Strauss published his book Tristes Tropicos (Sad Tropics) in 1955, critics were not sure how to categorize the book as it’s like a novel but it’s not exactly a novel. The book resembled travel literature but it was not that either. It looked like a scientific anthropological manuscript but it did not include any sources.Some commented saying the book is thorough in its research in primitive races. However, he surprised them with his poetic and literary style. ...

Reem Al-Kamali

The significance of new explosions in Baghdad

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The explosion at the Tayran Square in Baghdad earlier this week is the worst terrorist attack to target the capital and its citizens in a long time. We can draw one conclusion from this attack which was carried out in this particular area and after one day from the explosion at the Aden Square: Terrorism is back. Nothing prevents terrorism from returning to how it was years ago when it struck on a pretty much daily basis. Many believed terrorism escalated during that past phase due to security ...

Adnan Hussein

Pakistani fatwa against terrorism, what’s new?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Will a fatwa (or religious edict) forbidding suicide bombing in the name of jihad actually stop these satanic acts? Theologians affiliated to terrorist outfits base their thoughts on a number of arguments and a collection of text, whether they are Qur'anic or prophetic, or from the sayings of the ancient Salafis to give their actions the required religious cover. This arena has been a battleground between clerics and official and semi-official religious institutions and theorists or ...

Mashari Althaydi

The Bitcoin bubble may soon burst

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

There has been a lot of talk about the digital currency Bitcoin with calls to invest in it along with claims about the high return that investors have already received.Bitcoin, an electronic virtual currency, is not issued by the central bank of any country and has no reserve or financial authority to ensure its value as well as to regulate transactions so that customers can approach these authorities in the event of any malpractice.Dr. Abdullah Dahlan, an economic columnist, wrote recently in ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

The ‘impossible state’ and challenges of modernity

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

With the wave of changes taking place in Iran, the decline of the ISIS, and the prospects of al-Qaeda’s return, questions about the religious state and its relations to ethics and modernity have returned the fore. The state cannot survive under the theocratic system unless it has effective modern institutions.Therefore, it is claimed that Iran is a modern state and not an Islamic state because of the existence of constitutional arbitration councils that safeguard the interests of the ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

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