JAMES M. DORSEY: Held up as a model of a modern Islamic state Turkey faces some formidable difficulties
EMAN AL NAFJAN: Saudi conservatives appear to be spoiling for a fight with the IOC over women’s participation in sport.
DANIEL M. VARISCO: What is it about us a species that we seem to be in a state of perpetual conflict?
DAVID CORTRIGHT, CGNEWS: We asked Afghan women how they believed their hard won rights could be secured.
RANIA AL MALKY: Egypt is on the brink of an Islamic abyss. The Freedom and Justice Party’s tattered poker-faced mask has fallen… So they say…
DANIEL M. VARISCO: Nature abhors a vacuum and so does hatred. It needs to be fed and encouraged.
JUAN COLE: A civil war, a playground for regional interests, the return of the Taliban – this is the horror that Afghanistan now faces.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: While it’s been a mixed year for women globally there are many advantages to being a woman in Oman
JAMES M. DORSEY: The $744,000 pitch outside a $39 million penitentiary-style building is intended to reward the most cooperative of the 120,171 inmates.
LISA SCHIRCH, KARIM MERCHANT, CGNEWS: There seem to be an ongoing litany of serious mistakes by the U.S in Afghanistan
JUAN COLE: Obama’s apology was intended to prevent more US troops from being killed. Gingrich is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
JUAN COLE: The last crackpot Neocon plan cost America $1 trillion and nearly 5,000 soldier’s lives. The latest one is meeting resistance.
DANIEL M. VARISCO: The World Press Photo of the Year has been revealed. Is it the defining image of the ‘Arab Spring’?
DAVID ROBERTS: It appears that both the United States and Iran’s domestic political requirements have spun the region into a dangerous spiral.
JUAN COLE: Many of the dangers to which I pointed in last year’s list still exist, of course, but a whole host of new difficulties has emerged.
DANIEL M. VARISCO: It is a picture that has sent shockwaves around the world and provoked shame throughout Egyptian society.
MICHAEL J. TOTTEN: Sectarian clashes between Christians and Muslims are increasing daily throughout Egypt. Coptic leaders are understandably cagey…
MONDOWEISS, MATTHEW TAYLOR: Whatever one thinks of The West’s role in this revolution, it should not have a free pass to engage in more oil imperialism.