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Bringing civilization to the ulema class

When it comes to ikhwan (brotherhood), generally, the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood organization comes to mind. Yet, there was another brotherhood in the recent history of the Middle East, which was quite different from its namesake group in terms o... more

Tiran and Sanafir are not just islands

Egypt has been going through its most tense days since the ouster of its first democratically elected President Muhammed Morsi in 2013 via a military coup. The reason for the tension is the transfer of the two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, situated eas... more

Architects of crisis

The comprehensive siege that some Arab countries have launched against Qatar about 10 days ago provides a clearer picture of the Middle East. A front, which was formed by Egypt and the UAE and to which Saudi Arabia and Bahrain later joined, is in a h... more

The Gulf’s new ‘terrorist’ list

Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which blockaded Qatar from air, land and sea, issued a "list of terrorists" including 59 people and 12 institutions last evening in order to further restrict the blockade. People from nine Arab countries were... more

Futile efforts

Last Wednesday in this column you had read about the diplomatic and political crisis between Qatar and its neighbors. Despite the agenda normally changing quickly in the Middle East, the Qatar-based tension is interestingly getting deeper as it conti... more

Qatar, the Gulf's naughty child

Gulf countries ended the last week in the shadow of an interesting diplomatic crisis. The crisis that broke out with statements attributed to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, praising Iran, published by the Gulf country's state news agenc... more

Rethinking Nakba once more

It has been 69 years since the founding of Israel was declared at a theater hall in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948. The period that led to the displacement of approximately 750,000 Palestinians and the destruction of more than 500 villages and towns with t... more

Mubarak's release and what comes to mind

News came recently from Egypt, the country where a democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was toppled through a military coup and imprisoned, that shows how the law works there. Hosni Mubarak, who had to leave his post as president with th... more

Farewell to Libya’s last lion

A news item we received from Libya in recent days got lost among the hot agenda topics again. A 110-year-old man had passed away in the country's eastern city of al Bayda. This man, who is remembered as “a true hero” by those who knew him, was the la... more

The Arabs and us

Sultan Selim I had expanded the borders of the Ottoman Empire toward the Arab region with his famous expeditions in 1516-1517 after defeating the Safavid Persians in the Battle of Chaldiran. In a twist of fate, the regions Selim took over through war... more

From old Hamas to new Hamas

It was 35 years ago, right at about these times, the Syrian city of Hama was under intense bombing. Fighter jets were bombing the city from the air, while tanks were entering the narrow streets of the old city through collapsed buildings. The 27-day ... more

Jerusalem in between proposals and threats

A day after Barrack Hussein Obama sat in the presidential seat on Jan. 20, 2009, an interesting article was published in The New York Times, one of the most read newspapers in the U.S. The article on Palestine was suggesting that the solution for the... more

Obama's legacy

“I came to Cairo in search of a fresh relationship based upon mutual interest and mutual respect and based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition.”The U.S's newly appointed President Barack Hussein Oba... more