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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

Russia also settling into Libya

U.S. Ambassador to Tripoli Christopher Stevens being killed at the CIA headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012, was one of the most extraordinary developments witnessed by the Middle East in recent years. It was extraordinar... more

Cyprus: The foster and foreign land

Umar, the second of the Rashidun caliphs (meaning “rightly guided,”) did not approve Damascus Governor Muawiyah bin Abi Sufyan's request for permission to conquer Cyprus. Before writing a reply to his governor, the caliph asked Amr ibn al-As about th... more

Pragmatist, moderate, reformist, rich

“America is currently the world's super power. What difference is there between the U.S. and China, Europe or Russia? Since we can negotiate with them, why shouldn't we negotiate with America? Negotiation does not mean we embrace them. We can talk wi... more

Poor Yemen's oppressed children

Just 10 years ago, we went to the historic town of Jibla in the morning. Starting from the capital of Sana'a and targeting the traces of Islamic civilization in Yemen one by one, we deliberately happened to pass here. Jibla was hosting the magnificen... more

Cease-fire in Syria and the thoughts it spurs

Finally after six years of war and hundreds of thousands of deaths, the much-awaited cease-fire has been signed. Putting aside the controversies in the details and some of the groups not participating in the cease-fire, Russia and Turkey seem to have... more

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