Reversing migration flows: The battle we can’t afford to lose

Thursday, 19 October 2017

As the world celebrated World Food Day, with an emphasis on the role of migration in food security, it was remarkable how many times the term “rural development” was mentioned in both official and non-official statements. Indeed, “rural development” was being used to such an extent that everyone seemed to be trying to align their work with this “new” concept. In fact, this 40-year-old concept, adopted by IFAD from its earliest days, continues to reflect the ...

Khalida Bouzar

The populist Trump versus an international Trump

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The most controversial issue in the US is definitely not Iran. It’s actually a matter that’s related to sports and human rights and it got embroiled into a debate on patriotism, creating wide social and political divisions, after President Donald Trump tweeted about it. American football players decided to show their rejection of racial discrimination against African-Americans by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Trump viewed this as an insult to the US, to the ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

To succeed, US needs to rediscover itself as a ‘smart power’ country

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

After the Second World War, the Cold War era between the US and the USSR lasted four decades and ended with the total collapse and dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1991. This epic confrontation between America and the Soviet Union was a new kind of war with no armies or battles. Instead, the tools of ‘Soft Power’ were the dominant force in the US and gave them the upper hand in the war and eventually led for them to win. In the 1990s, Harvard professor Joseph Nye coined a new ...

Dr. Naif Alotaibi

Do Pakistanis need to pay the price for US failure in Afghanistan?

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The United States of America began the war in Afghanistan in late 2001 after the mysterious terror attack, said to be carried out by Al-Qaeda, on the World Trade Center in New York and elsewhere in the United States. Following the attack, US President George W. Bush announced that “those who are not with us are against us.” Bush then declared war on Afghanistan to punish the Taliban government on the grounds that it had provided shelter to Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who was ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Aung San Suu Kyi has not changed – We simply ignored evidence of her ideology

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Rohingya exodus into Bangladesh has now exceeded half a million with approx half of those being children. At this rate, we can expect the entire Rohingya population to be ethnically cleansed by the end of the year. One of the most reported aspects of this crisis in the international media has been the puzzling response of the leader of the country, the long-loved global icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. It would seem we are still finding personalities and personality politics easier to process than ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

North Korea: Beijing acts tougher over missile launch

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Even before China joined all other members of the United Nations Security Council to condemn the latest show of missile bravado, the Chinese leadership had been preparing for this vote to indicate that their patience is also running out with North Korea. The Chinese leadership met to discuss North Korea’s launch of a second Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile in the dark of the previous night, and the subsequent announcement from President Moon Jae-in of South Korea that Seoul would be ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

India’s rapprochement with Israel partly due to disorder in the Arab world

Friday, 14 July 2017

On July 4, 2014, al-Baghdadi made his only appearance to the world from the historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul. He urged Muslims around the world to obey him as their leader! Three years later on July 4, 2017, Baghdadi’s forces were fighting his last battle in Mosul before being cornered and rounded up. On that day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and told him: “We have waited a long time for this visit, 70 years”. ...

Huda al-Husseini

Six arrested in Spain, Britain, Germany for ISIS links

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Six people have been arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany accused of links to ISIS, and the indoctrination and radicalization of potential members, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday. The arrests, organized by Spanish police in conjunction with police in Germany and Britain, detained four people in Palma de Mallorca, one in Britain and one in Germany, the ministry said. The police forces from the different countries co-operated using European Union agencies set up to help share ...

PM Sharif rushes home as Pakistan fuel truck fire death toll reaches 157

Monday, 26 June 2017

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll from the blaze to 157. The truck, carrying some 25,000 liters of gasoline, was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed on a highway outside the town of Bahawalpur early on Sunday. Dr. Nahid Ahmed at the Nishter Hospital in the city ...

Is the UN failing Rohingyas?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The UN office in Myanmar is in disarray as the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Renata Lok-Desallien, is due to leave the post prematurely. The office she presided over has been described as ‘glaringly disfunctional’ in internal UN documents, and the Coordinator’s strong emphasis on development programs and on having a good relationship with the Burmese government at the expense of human rights issues in the country has drawn sharp criticism from international ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

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