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Islam and The Necessity of Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – The sectarian and religious conflicts ruling the Islamic world today are not a unique or new phenomenon, nor in the political and authoritarian dimensions when religion was used to mobilize support for rulers or regimes. The Christian west also witnessed conflicts and sectarian divisions between …

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The Reality Behind OIC Resolution On Kashmir

Much has been discussed about a resolution about the plight of Kashmiris and the Babri Masjid that was passed by the forty-sixth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Abu Dhabi in February this year. The resolution condemned India for its terrorism in Kashmir. The Contact Group on Jammu …

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Syrian economy suffers from sanctions and unemployment

By Areej Zaher -In a country which adopted socialism as a way of life, economic difficulties will be its penalty. The Syrian war brought not only blood and terror but also EU sanctions to Syrian stock holdings and ventures, and the Syrian people were most affected. Government expenditure especially defense …

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Think Tanks Activity Summary

The Foreign Policy Research Institute thinks that the American policy to withdraw from Syria is too fast.  They conclude, “With the clock ticking towards April, the United States is running out of time to reach agreement with Turkey and the SDF. Moreover, it will soon become quite apparent that U.S. …

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Beyond ISIS: Will the Terror survive?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* –I will try in this paper to present the more likely expected scenarios in short and will focus on two issues. First, before discussing the future of terrorism, we must first agree on the reasons that led to the rise of the extremism and the motives …

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Avoiding War With Iran

FEBRUARY 7, 2019   by Seyed Hossein Mousavian In his State of Union, President Trump focused his comments about the Middle East on Iran, the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), and the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. Despite his negative rhetoric about Iran, Trump did identify some …

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The US has used every possible coercion policy against Iran – and it failed

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/where-do-weaknesses-lie-iran-us-feud-27615304 Seyed Hossein Mousavian Tuesday 29 January 2019 Shortly after Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo embarked on a Middle East tour to mobilise US allies to “confront” Iran, his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted that “whenever/wherever US interferes, chaos, repression & resentment follow”. From overthrowing the democratically elected government of the late …

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Our Global Repressive Political Future

By Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 29 January 2019   As one looks out over the global scene, the outlook for democratic societies appears increasingly dismal. (I’ll avoid a complex discussion here about definitions of “democratic,” simply to note the broad spectrum of democracies that exist, each flawed in its own …

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Illegal migration is Tunisia’s biggest 2019 challenge

Tunisia’s biggest challenge in 2019 is to combat illegal migration from its naval borders. With the ongoing crisis in neighboring Libya the North African country’s geographical location makes it an ideal hub for migrants looking to set off towards the European Union (EU). by Arthur Blok* Tunisia witnessed some dramatic …

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Lebanon’s Very Special Tribunal

Since its inception in 2009, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague has divided Lebanon. Up until now far over half a billion USD has been spent and the meter is still running. In the past years the STL has made no arrests, it will probably never do …

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From Syria with Roses

By: Ibrahim Alalou A half acre of roses at my farm in Syria. I have a big farm in northern Syria. The story of the farm is worth telling, at least from my point of view. The reasons are many and it will take several posts but what better to start …

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End of a busy Year: A Fresh Start For Syria

By Areej Zaher* — By the end of 2018, Syria’s isolation days seemed to reach an end, and promising diplomatic ties with neighboring Arab countries were in the atmosphere. The visit of the Sudanese president Al-Bashir to Damascus and the re-opening of the UAE embassy marked a new era of …

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Is Trump Giving Up On Syria Easily?

by Areej Zaher*   President Trump has announced recently his intention of withdrawing US troops, estimated at about 2000, from Syria. This put him under the mercy of criticism by his own administration. This announcement came as he asserted the defeat of Islamic State. This led to a dispute among …

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Sesame: Not just a Street

Ibrahim Alalou   Halavah, A Middle Eastern sweet meal made from crushed sesame seeds and garnished with nuts.   Sesame Street was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett in 1969. The long running American children’s television series was broadcast in more than 140 countries. In 2001 there were over …

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Trump Moves to Quickly Exit Syria

Those who thought that the US was doomed to stay in Syria indefinitely (as was mentioned by the Pentagon last week) were surprised when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an article saying that the US military had been ordered to leave Syria as soon as possible. The WSJ revealed …

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The Yellow Anger Over The Green Ambitions

By Areej Zaher* — For the recent fifth weeks, France has gone through inevitable unrest due to the last government statements regarding the sudden rise of the diesel prices. The public’s objection for this laws has escalated, and the yellow anger has marked these outbursts. However, we have to uproot …

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Six factors shaping Iran’s missile decision-making calculus

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian   The UN Security Council convened Dec. 12 to address the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). US Secretary of State Pompeo said that Iran’s pace of missile activities has not diminished since the JCPOA and that the United States seeks to reimpose ballistic missile restrictions that were …

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THE REALIST ANALYSIS OF CHINA’S RISE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

By SYED MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN, LAHORE SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS   INTRODUCTION French revolutionary Napoleon Bonaparte once referred to China as a “sleeping giant, whose awakening would astonish the world”. (Lee, 2007) The giant found itself in slumber for much of its ‘century of humiliation’ characterized by invasions, massacres, occupations, plunder of public property and …

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Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian   In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement came a few weeks after President Trump declared that the United States plans …

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THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM- PAST TO PRESENT

  BY: SYED MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN —   “There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more historically dishonest than the secular Left’s relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square.”  Newt Gingrich[1] Perhaps this quote made by Newt Gingrich- former Republican Party presidential nomination and 50th …

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The Changing Face of American Conservatism

This week was a milestone in the history of American conservatism.  President George H. W. Bush died.  He was the one who promised a “kinder gentler” conservatism when he became president.  Yet, he led the first Gulf War and established the principle of interfering in Middle Eastern Politics – a …

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Facebook: The Rising Star in the Marketing World

By Qais Ahmadi* — Marketing is primarily the most important part of any business or organization. An efficient and effective marketing strategy will ensure the success of your business. In this era; the use of technology is on the rise.  There are many channels where you can advertise your business/product …

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Syrian Thyme: A Daily Bread Companion

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   I made this Syrian thyme mix.   What is Syrian thyme? It is a mix of thyme (Thymus vulgaris or Thymus syriacus) in Arabic (alzaater) with other ingredients that are made in semi-powdered form and consumed with pita bread and olive oil at breakfast or it …

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Women and the price of the Syrian war

By Areej Zaher* War and violence affected all, especially women and children. Whether it was internal, cross-border conflicts, religious or political, civilians will be caught in the firing line. And as a result, women will face life-threatening challenges. War can bring violence, sexual violence, abandonment, detention, physical injury or even …

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The Syrian Herbal Tea (Zouhorat Shameea)

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   A Syrian herbal tea blend(zouhorat shameea).زهورات شامية , In a world so stressed with caffeine consumption it is no wonder that many people turn back to local cultures for a relief. Natural plants blends had proven traits that had been passed through generations. In today’s story …

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