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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Libya’s Swimming Militiamen

There is a video doing the rounds at the moment of armed militiamen inside a residential compound belonging to the US embassy in Tripoli. The video shows the militiamen jumping into a swimming pool from a balcony while other armed fighters cheer them on. The circumstances surrounding this video are illogical, as is the joy of these armed fighters as they dive into the pool. Is this an expression of the state of chaos in Libya today, or is this group seeking to send a political message to a speci...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2014

Opinion: When Syrian Soldiers Become Victims

I have discovered I am not the only person who suddenly feels alert or wary when scrolling down their news feeds on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. This is especially true when I see a picture of a head or a body looming at the bottom of the screen. No sooner do I hold my breath in anticipation of once again seeing a severed head being brandished in front of the camera than someone comes along and justifies bringing images such as this onto my and hundreds of others’ screens. These days, ful...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Monday, 1 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Time to Heed the King’s Warnings

It was as if the current fight against terror erupted out of nowhere, as if the entire world was stable and peaceful. When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began to wreak...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Monday, 1 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Obama and the Absence of Strategy

It was good that US President Barack Obama was recently honest enough to admit that his government doesn't have a strategy to deal with the terrorist organization known as the Isla...

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Wafiq Al-Samarrai
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on : Sunday, 31 Aug, 2014

Opinion: Biden’s Gift to ISIS

Once again, US Vice President Joe Biden returned to talk about the possibility of dividing Iraq into three federal states—Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish. As a man advances in age...

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Mshari Al-Zaydi
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on : Sunday, 31 Aug, 2014

Opinion: The “Trend” of Criticizing Political Islam

Some say, whether out of ignorance or negligence, that the current criticism of Islamists and political Islam is nothing more than a trend that will soon fade out of fashion. H...

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Osman Mirghani
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on : Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014

Opinion: Can the disintegration of Iraq still be averted?

If things continue in the same vein that we are witnessing today, Iraq as we know it will not exist for long. There are strong indications that this is not being said to intimidate...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014

Opinion: Three Stories of Jihadist Incitement

Security forces in the town of Tameer, north of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, said they arrested eight citizens following appeals by locals to intervene and rid the town of them...

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Tariq Alhomayed
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on : Friday, 29 Aug, 2014

Opinion: Iran’s foreign policy is shifting

At the same time it was revealed that Iran had decided to keep Gen. Qassem Suleimani away from the Iraqi file and instead assign to him the Syrian one, the president of Iraqi Kurdi...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 29 Aug, 2014

Opinion: No Room for Shades of Grey

Like most events in history, the current crisis in Iraq has had several unintended consequences which are likely to impact regional politics for some time to come. On the ideologic...

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