SUSAN COLLIN MARKS, CGNEWS: As the world mourns a great leader there are lessons for all of us in how he conducted politics and led his country
RAMZY BAROUD: It’s looking increasingly likely that major protests will resume in Yemen in the new year.
NASHWA HUSIEN ALY: I am a repentant Morsi voter. There were good reasons I believe to vote him in but better reasons for him to be removed
JUAN COLE: Many of its provisions will be welcomed by secularists, in particular those with plenty of money but there are some fundamental contradictions too.
“We must not rely on oil alone as the main source of our national income. We have to diversify the sources of our revenue and construct economic projects that will ensure a free, stable and dignified life for the people.” Sheikh Zayed
DAVID WESTLEY: Dubai and Abu Dhabi may become less Arab in the way London is less English than it once was, but both would be much more UAE.
JAMES DORSEY: They’re trying to maintain a balance but given the fact that the regime is increasingly painting them as Islamists how long can that last?
GHADA DALY, CGNEWS: The apathy that Tunisian young people feel for politics is being re-directed in a positive direction into varied civil projects
NASEEM TARAWNAH: It’s curious watching while other countries decide what to do with the place where you live.
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Two years after sweeping to power Morocco’s ruling party is living on borrowed time, it seems
The heavy propaganda for an Iraq War waged by the Bush administration and the Blair government in 2002-2003 came back to haunt the Anglo-American alliance on Thursday when the British parliament voted 285 to 272 not to authorize a military strike on Syria.
JUAN COLE: The heavy propaganda for an Iraq War waged by Bush, Blair governments came back to haunt the alliance on Thursday when parliament voted not to authorize a military strike on Syria.
Activists have stepped up calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to bring conditions for its majority foreign work force in line with international labor standards.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Activists have stepped up calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to bring conditions for its majority foreign work force in line with international labor standards.
ABUBAKR AL SHAMAHI, CGNEWS: One word seems to be inevitably linked in the common mind to the beautiful, complex land of Yemen – terrorism
RAMZY BAROUD: in the words of Victor Hugo ‘to simplify is to be an idiot’ and when assessing the turmoil affecting the Middle East there is a lot of simplified commentary
Some early reports spoke of 120 dead in the first 40 minutes, including two policemen (9 policemen were said to have been wounded). Alarabiya was still only reporting 5 dead several hours after the push against the squares began.
JUAN COLE: Early reports spoke of 120 dead in the first 40 minutes, including two policemen. Alarabiya was still only reporting 5 dead several hours after the push against the squares began.
MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: American Muslims do not understand why the U.S. government and military chose to publicly try Hasan on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.
RAMZY BAROUD: The parallels between the two countries are uncannily similar. What route will the Egyptian people choose?
It’s peace process time again--and with it comes the trope that Israelis are ready for a two-state solution. That sentiment is accompanied by polls showing the same: that Israelis support the principle of two states for two peoples. But an examination of Israeli polls shows that nothing like a viable Palestinian state that would be acceptable to the Palestinian population is on the table.
MONDOWEISS: It’s peace process time again, and with it comes the trope Israelis are ready for a two-state solution. However, examination of polls shows that nothing like a viable Palestinian state is actually on the table.