Egypt: Parliamentary Polls Hang in the Balance
Amid increasing calls to postpone parliament elections, and to rally, instead, behind Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah Al-Sisi, newly-created secular political parties feel further weakened, and are seeking to build alliances to assure they continue to exist.
Saturday 06-09-2014 01:27 PM
Saudi Media Campaign Against Islamist Militancy
Since the anti-terror measures the Saudi government enacted earlier this year, the Saudi media has been launching a campaign to demonize Islamist activism.
Thursday 04-09-2014 12:38 PM
The "New Cold War" in the Middle East
The successes of the extremist Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, and the dangers the group pose to the West, have reactivated the United States' interest in the Middle East...
Tuesday 26-08-2014 08:50 AM
Is the US in Danger of Mission Creep in Iraq?
White House officials are reportedly anxious to calm rising concerns about a 'slippery slope' to a US combat role in Iraq, as the Pentagon has authorized air strikes against strongholds of Islamist militants, from Washington Tom Regan reports...
Monday 18-08-2014 08:35 AM
Egypt: Brotherhood Receives Another Blow
A recent Egyptian court ruling that dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, has dealt another crippling blow to the country's oldest Islamist movement.
Thursday 14-08-2014 08:58 AM
Turkey's Erdogan: Vaulting Ambitions
Turkish president-elect Erdogan began the process of picking his successor as prime minister. But his critics warn that Erdogan, with his roots in political Islam and intolerance of dissent, would lead Turkey further away from Ataturk's secular ideals, Mohamed Hemish reports from Istanbul...
Tuesday 12-08-2014 08:39 AM
The Threat of a Yazidi Genocide
While much of the rest of the world remains focused on the Gaza War, the crisis in Iraq continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. The new phase of the crisis began on August 3, when the militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), captured three key towns in northwestern Iraq...
Saturday 09-08-2014 09:26 AM
Syria: Lesser of Two Evils
Assad can rest assured that his regime’s survival is guaranteed. So long as there are graver threats to the region, no one will be seriously considering his removal. He is now free to play the role of valuable ally in this latest round of the “war against terror”, Edward Dark reports from Aleppo...
Sunday 03-08-2014 10:50 AM
Two Islamists Vie in Turkey’s Elections
As Turkey prepares for its first ever popular presidential elections, two candidates have been formally announced. And both hail from a conservative, Islamist background, Mohamed Hemish reports from Istanbul...
Saturday 26-07-2014 11:43 AM
A Year After Morsi, Egypt's Turmoil Not Over
After a year in which Sissi was the actual decision maker in Egypt, even before officially taking over the presidency, Brotherhood protests did not stop, neither did terrorist attacks in which over 500 police and army soldiers and officers were killed, writes Khaled Dawoud from Cairo...
Thursday 17-07-2014 06:37 AM
What is Happening in the Village of Tfeil?
The small village of Tfeil is found on a plateau of Lebanese land that juts into neighboring Syria. In fact, some might take Tfeil for more of a Syrian village than a Lebanese one. They use Syrian currency, 30 percent of the population are Syrian nationals (another 35 percent are native Syrians who
Tuesday 15-07-2014 07:35 AM
Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Muslim-majority Countries
In a new survey released on July 1st, the Pew Research Global Attitude Project found that fears about extremism are on the rise in countries with substantial Muslim populations, and that groups like Hizbullah, Hamas and al-Qaeda are viewed with increasing negativity by citizens of these countries...
Sunday 13-07-2014 09:50 AM
The loss of nuclear materials in Iraq has raised the alarm as the government said ISIS militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul. But nuclear proliferation experts have downplayed the move, writes Bryan Gibson...
Saturday 12-07-2014 09:59 AM
Who Is the Self-proclaimed 'Caliph'?
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic self-proclaimed "caliph" of a state straddling Iraq and Syria, is increasingly seen as more powerful than Al-Qaeda's chief. The French News Agency (AFP) has made a profile for one of the world's most wanted militants...
Sunday 06-07-2014 11:17 AM
US Condemns ISIL's Declaration of Caliphate
The United States has said that the declaration by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of a caliphate covering the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria is just ...
Tuesday 01-07-2014 08:46 AM