Common Ground News Service

Palestine: Educational Boycotts Are ‘A Very Bad Idea’

Palestine: Educational Boycotts Are ‘A Very Bad Idea’

DR DANIEL MOSES, CGNEWS: Ecomomic boycotts are one thing but banning people from both sides speaking to each other for educational purposes is wrong.

 James M. Dorsey

Football ‘Ultras’ At The Heart of Egypt’s Latest Unrest

Football ‘Ultras’ At The Heart of Egypt’s Latest Unrest

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?

 Naseem Tarawnah

Melancholy Meets Impotence: Being An Arab In the Middle East

Melancholy Meets Impotence: Being An Arab In the Middle East

NASEEM TARAWNAH: It’s curious watching while other countries decide what to do with the place where you live.

 Steve Royston

Why Are There So Few Good Books About Saudi Arabia?

Why Are There So Few Good Books About Saudi Arabia?

STEVE ROYSTON: A recently published book on the Kingdom seems to be designed to pander to all of the usual Western prejudices. Why so?

 Crossroads Arabia

Saudi Film To Win An Oscar? ‘No Thank You!’

Saudi Film To Win An Oscar?  ‘No Thank You!’

CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi made film Wajda has been nominated in the Best Foreign Film category for the Oscars. But the country doesn’t even have a cinema!

 mai abdul rahman

Twenty Years On: The Lies We Are Still Told

Twenty Years On: The Lies We Are Still Told

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: The hope has long since disappeared. Since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin Israel has pursued a relentless course.

 Common Ground News Service

Shia vs Sunni: Lessons From The “Peace of Exhaustion”

Shia vs Sunni: Lessons From The “Peace of Exhaustion”

SHEIKH MUSTAFA CERIC: Protestants and Catholics fought each other for decades in Europe before they decided to sign a peace treaty. Let’s look at lessons learned

 Ramzy Baroud

Gaza and Ramallah, Apart: Fragmentation of Identity

Gaza and Ramallah, Apart: Fragmentation of Identity

RAMZY BAROUD: The physical distance between Gaza and Ramallah belies the significant issues surrounding Palestinian identity today.

 Crossroads Arabia

Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”

Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”

CROSSROADS ARABIA: A quiet revolution in how young Saudis approach their studies and future careers is underway in the Kingdom

 Ramzy Baroud

The Weird World of Mahmoud Abbas: No-One’s Listening

The Weird World of Mahmoud Abbas: No-One’s Listening

RAMZY BAROUD: Israel has consistently tried to mould Palestinian leaders in its ideal image. In Mahmoud Abbas they have an unqualified success

 Mondoweiss

Strike on Syria: The Lobby’s In Overdrive

Strike on Syria: The Lobby’s In Overdrive

MONDOWEISS: As the vote in Congress nears there is one group of ‘cheerleaders for war’ who are working particularly hard.

 Common Ground News Service

“I Say Yemen, You Say…” A Word Association Test

“I Say Yemen, You Say…” A Word Association Test

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

‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Islamic Winter’? Simplification Not Useful

‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Islamic Winter’? Simplification Not Useful

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

 Steve Royston

The Trench Revisited: Another View of Saudi, Oil and Progress

The Trench Revisited: Another View of Saudi, Oil and Progress

The Trench is the second in a quintet that explores the corruption of society by oil, and of those who extracted it, exploited it and enriched themselves in the process.

STEVE ROYSTON: The Trench is the second in a quintet that explores the corruption of society by oil, and of those who extracted it, exploited it and enriched themselves in the process.

 Jonathan Cook

‘We Fight With Our Imagination’: Feted Director Speaks

‘We Fight With Our Imagination’: Feted Director Speaks

JONATHAN COOK: He’s will not let Israelis forget about the impact that their occupation has on everyday Palestinian life.

 Tabsir

Ponder or Pander? The Point of Writing A Blog

Ponder or Pander? The Point of Writing A Blog

DANIEL M. VARISCO: When you make the big decision to write a blog you are faced with a number of important choices

 Steve Royston

A Natural Evolution: Don’t Meddle With Culture, Government.

A Natural Evolution: Don’t Meddle With Culture, Government.

STEVE ROYSTON: It’s a discussion without end – what should governments do or not do to promote authentic Arabic culture? And what does this actually mean?

 Crossroads Arabia

Take Causeway To Bahrain? Prepare for a Long Wait

Take Causeway To Bahrain? Prepare for a Long Wait

CROSSROADS ARABIA: Traffic across the King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain is increasing hugely year on year. What’s to be done?

 Ramzy Baroud

Welcome To the Media Circus Whose Name is ‘Negotiation’

Welcome To the Media Circus Whose Name is ‘Negotiation’

RAMZY BAROUD: Prepare yourself for cliche, ‘grin and grip’ photo opportunities and nothing of susbtance – here comes the so-called ‘Negotiation Process’

 Juan Cole

‘Inhumanity’, Not ‘Sexting’, Is Anthony Weiner’s Real Problem

‘Inhumanity’, Not ‘Sexting’, Is Anthony Weiner’s Real Problem

JUAN COLE: Weiner’s been caught out again. The really big deal about him though is his unwavering support for virulently anti-Palestinian policies