Playing Politics With Religion

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (Wikimedia Commons / Irfan Ahson)

by James M. Dorsey Less than a month in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy one of his first issues, empowering militants and initiating international moves, long heralded by Saudi Arabia, that would restrict press freedom by pushing… Continue Reading  

Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Anti-war protest in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

By James M. Dorsey Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges… Continue Reading  

American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts

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by Arnold R. Isaacs Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a “post-truth era” and putting out “alternative facts” long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their… Continue Reading  

Israel: A Middle Eastern State

Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (Mick Harper via Shutterstock)

by Paul R. Pillar Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in… Continue Reading  

Islamist Hardliners Are Threatening Iran’s Very Survival

Mohammad Ali Jafari and Ayatollah Khamenei (Wikimedia Commons)

by Shireen T. Hunter    Since last year, Iran’s economy has seriously deteriorated as speculators have rushed to exchange national currency for dollars while others, fearing more troubles to come, have been moving their capital out of the country. Close… Continue Reading