What has caused the sudden massive influx of Syrian refugees in Europe? Was it the warmer summer months, which made risking a passage by rickety boat across the Mediterranean more inviting? Is it the fact that the situation has grown worse in Syria, as Bashar Al-Assad’s regime seems to be losing steam against rebels and IS, and the … More Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?
It is not uncommon for political enemies to end up becoming allies. Middle Eastern politics are at a historic juncture right now, with long-standing alliances being shaken up and new deals being brokered between fervent enemies. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 incorporates the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran nuclear deal, into international law, finally opening up … More Iran, Turkey and Trying to Make Friends with “Terrorists”
In the Middle East, Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 21st, not in May as is customary in the United States. As is expected nowadays, Arabs took to social media to praise their mothers including, of course, Arab celebrities. A good many of the Arab female chanteuses I follow on Instagram posted about the special … More Mother’s Day in the Middle East
When the bombs stop, what will be left of Syria? Will there be any salvageable homes, businesses, roads, farms and trees? It’s been more than three years since the Syrian Civil War took shape, yet nothing has been gained by either side. In fact, the longer they fight, the more everyone stands to lose, whether … More Syria: What, and Who, Will Be Left to Rule?
The situation in Syria is growing worse and worse, excellent case of foreign policy run amok, at least on behalf of the United States of America. Here, a look at the situation in an international affairs context. The “Right to Protect,” or R2P, is a concept in international diplomacy that details that one country can … More R2P in Syria leads to….WW3?
Determining who has the biggest influence is a selective process that, no matter how neutral one tries to be, ends up being biased. Forbes recently released all manner of “Most Powerful People of 2012” lists, and the general criteria seems to be money: CEO’s and business leaders abound, although the majority of those who aren’t … More Power Players in the Middle East: Who’s In, Who’s Out
Enough is enough. Reading news coverage of the Middle East is more often than not a somber affair. Don’t get me wrong: most news, wherever you are, is depressing, but it always seems to be the same story in Arabia: human rights (and humans) being crushed. Tyrannical governments. Islam and oil being pretty much the … More When Enough is Enough
The situation in Syria has no doubt escalated beyond what anyone imagined: it’s been nearly a year since the rioting began, and yet the al-Assad Regime is still in place. What makes the situation even stranger is that no one is stepping in to help. When the situation in Libya got ugly-i.e., Gaddafi refused to … More Seriousness in Syria