N. HAFID, CGNEWS: Women now make up almost a third of deputies to the Algerian parliament, up from 8 percent five years ago.
PHILIP WEISS: ‘Why is our reputation so poor?’ asks Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Where do we start?
JUAN COLE: The Pentagon has launched an investigation into a class on Islam which characterises all Muslims as radical, violent extremists
SONIA BAHI, CGNEWS: It was a bold move which has divided opinion in the country. But has it set the example for other ‘Arab Spring’ countries?
ABDUL WASA AL-SAQQAF, CGNEWS: There are two key priorities that need to be resolved – the role of the army and the constitution.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Held up as a model of a modern Islamic state Turkey faces some formidable difficulties
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: They too now have a glimpse of the wrath of Congress and their funders for daring to speak against the occupation
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.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi is pushing government transparency, with officials with decision-making authority required to disclose financial status.
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.
MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: Neutrality would allow Palestinians to focus all their energies and resources on social development and nation building…
ABUBAKR AL-SHAMAHI, CGNEWS: The incoming government in Yemen have a very long ‘to do’ list. What, though, should be their immediate priorities?
MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: In the past, anyone who dared question military support for Israel would have been taken to task, labeled anti Semitic…
EMAN AL NAFJAN: A storm of controversy has erupted following a presentation by the Saudi Minister of Justice to lawyers in the United States.
STEVE ROYSTON: “This military occupation has lasted for over 64 years and is an affront to humanity and civilised values. It is high time that the international community took some responsibility.”
CGNEWS: Not a single woman was appointed to the recently unveiled Lebanese cabinet. 30 men now govern Lebanon. It’s, unfortunately, indicative of larger problems in society.
RAMZY BAROUD: A brutal crackdown, a divided opposition and U.S regional strategic interests are the principal obstacles to democratic change in Yemen. A tough call then.
JUAN COLE: I believe it’s legal but that doesn’t mean that the West’s military intervention in Libya has been wisely handled.