With such emphasis on terrorism, it is understandable as to why “Yemen: the national security threat” is the most regurgitated perspective of Yemen. If you were to ask a stranger on the street, “what do you think of Yemen?” assuming that the respondent did not mistake your question for “what do you think of ‘Ye-man’ – a Jamaican accent on ‘yes man,’” the response would likely refer to either one of three issues: terrorism, poverty […]
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The Syrian Civil War, triggered ostensibly with the calls for sweeping constitutional reforms and to end the authoritarian regime of Bashar al Assad, is in effect more of a sectarian war from the domestic fronts to the international level. The Chinese-Russian proposal to probe into Syria’s chemical weapons under UN auspices and to block any debate on Syria opened the latest chapter of conflicting interests among the major powers. For a moment, this averted a […]
Tunisia’s Islamist government, contrary to expectations, did not fall apart in 2013. 2013 may not have been a happy year for Tunisia: carnage followed by frustration dominated the scene, after two opposition leaders were assassinated, and with an explosion of terrorism targeting security and army troops. Contrary to expectations, the Islamist government and its allies did not fall apart in 2013. Although the protests that erupted after Brahmi’s assassination were tenacious, they were not massive enough to […]
After two years of revolution, protests, and violence, it is unlikely that genuine democracy will flourish in the Middle East. Democracy, an ancient term and political system, is perceived today as the “ideal” form of governance. It is promoted by the West and lately aimed at the Middle East and developing world. Implementing democratic systems differs from country to country and it’s highly influenced by many factors. The main factors are considered to be: 1) […]
Arab Spring protests and the influx of more than half a million Syrian refugees pose new concerns for the Hashemite Kingdom. The protests in Jordan which began in 2011 were against price hikes and inflation. Jordanians also demanded limitations on King Abdullah’s powers including transforming the monarchy from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy (like in the UK). Rather than being appointed by the King, Jordanians want their prime minister elected by the people. […]
Almost two years after Mohammed-Tarek Bou Azizi’s slap on the face ignited a “Jasmin revolution,” Arab public opinion remains divided over the reasons, methods and outcomes of what has been called the “Arab Spring.” This unexpected uprising in a region where everything, including the regimes, seemed to be set in stone has been perceived and interpreted in many, often delusive ways. While the most optimistic forecasts imagine a happy end following a transition phase, skeptics […]
Many people in Syria miss their old lives, when they could go out of their houses without risking being shot by a sniper, or enter their homes without fearing being bombed, or buy bread without having to queue up for hours while risking being bombed. Suffocated by the pain brought upon them by a repressive regime that would rather set its own country on fire than leave power, they long for the days when death […]