A Reckoning for Raqqa

by Laila Ujayli Before the start of the Syrian war, my family used to spend summers in Raqqa, the eastern city that the self-described Islamic State (ISIS or IS) illegitimately claimed as its capital. During those long summer days years… Continue Reading  

Desert Chieftains, Modern World

by Richard Sindelar As the Riyadh Comedy Club’s hit show, “How Am I Gonna Explain It Today” keeps ‘em rolling in the aisles, media pundits, analysts, and a wide range of governments are sorting through the dislocations, damage, and even… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu Chooses Trump over U.S. Jews…Again

by Mitchell Plitnick On Saturday, Robert Bowers, a right-wing gunman strode into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and began shooting. When he was finished, he’d murdered 11 people. Donald Trump led the quick march to bizarrely… Continue Reading  

Bedouin Village Community Is Failed by Self-Serving EU “Concern”

by Ramona Wadi There’s no denying that Khan al-Ahmar has managed to generate and sustain international scrutiny. Since Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled there was no impediment to the demolition of the Bedouin village, the clamour over its impending demolition ranged from activist support… Continue Reading  

Is Oman Helping Netanyahu Make Peace with Saudi Arabia and Iran?

by Sigurd Neubauer Sultan Qaboos Al-Said seemingly took the world by surprise when he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat last week. The British-educated Qaboos, who is also the Arab world’s longest serving monarch, has played an indispensible… Continue Reading