JUAN COLE: The Pentagon has launched an investigation into a class on Islam which characterises all Muslims as radical, violent extremists
NEWS FROM SYRIA: The Red Cross issued a rare political statement on Syria to highlight the critical situation facing citizens there.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: This regional popularity is an asset and the UAE should make every effort to nurture the conditions that built this reputation.
JUAN COLE: Romney clearly doesn’t have the slightest idea what he is talking about, and seems intent on alienating 1.5 billion Muslims
JAMES M. DORSEY: Held up as a model of a modern Islamic state Turkey faces some formidable difficulties
NEWS FROM SYRIA: It’s time that Syrians properly addressed the issue of sectarianism instead of pushing it to one side.
DANIEL M. VARISCO: What is it about us a species that we seem to be in a state of perpetual conflict?
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Mecca has become a smokeless environment, with Shisha, religiously suspect, being banished to the city’s limits.
SYRIA NEWS WIRE: It began with a small demonstration by young people in Deraa. The flames have spread and now engulf the nation.
AZIZ ABU SARAH, TALIA SALEM, CGNEWS: A new, self-funding tourism initiative promotes active interfaith dialogue.
MUSTAFA ABDELHALIM, CGNEWS: It works in many European countries and in Turkey. Why not in Egypt?
RACHEL MCARTHUR: Ragheb has been praised by critics for his fairness, but it has not been clear if he was going to return for the next season – until now.
ROB L. WAGNER: His religious comments were ill-chosen but they are not the only reason that he is in serious trouble.
JUAN COLE: The last crackpot Neocon plan cost America $1 trillion and nearly 5,000 soldier’s lives. The latest one is meeting resistance.
HAJAR ABDUL RAHIM, SUHAIBWEBB: My parents fled Syria to avoid jail, torture and possible death. I have begun to appreciate truly the price they paid.
MOHAMED EL-SAYED, CGNEWS: A very unlikely relationship indeed is beginning to take shape.
DAVID ROBERTS: Working out exactly what must be done is fiendishly difficult; anyone who says they have a solution is grossly underestimating the complexities.
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: Is Israel a haven for the free press? Hardly. It allows extensive use of gag orders to protect the state, the military, and the wealthy.