THE Zionist project represented by Israel is a fundamental threat to the entire Middle East. Despite the attempts by Arab dictators to demonise Palestinians and downplay the threat from Israel, many remain unconvinced.
In 2013, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal told former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview that “the threat is from . . . → Read More: Middle East minus Israel equals peace
(By JONATHAN SACKS) Islamic State’s creed embodies evil in the name of a sacred cause. To defeat it, we must recover the values that can bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together.
The West was caught unprepared by the rise of Islamic State, as it was a decade and a half ago by the attacks . . . → Read More: Separating religion and violence
(By Salman Ali) Dispensation of justice has also remained flawed, delayed and, in some cases, non-existent in Pakistan.
The state of human rights in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh, is pathetic. Every citizen of Pakistan is entitled to basic human rights through national and international bindings, laws and the Constitutions; the state is responsible for the . . . → Read More: Human Rights: A critical issue
Who was Muhammad Akhlaq? He was a young hard working Muslim living in a village in India. One day the village priest told the Hindus of the village that Muhammad Akhlaq had slaughtered a cow and that its meat was in a freezer in his home. Hardly anything to bother about yet the . . . → Read More: From “Incredible” to “Extremist” India
(By Gary Younge) The tragedy lies not only in the trauma of the victims but in the apparent helplessness of the political class.
Within the American polity there is a cyclical requiem in the wake of each mass shooting — a predictable collective lament for a calamity that ostensibly everyone regrets and nobody can resolve. . . . → Read More: USA finds water on Mars yet can’t protect its people
IN today’s India, secular liberals face a challenge: how to stay alive.
In August, 77-year-old scholar M. M. Kalburgi, an outspoken critic of Hindu idol worship, was gunned down on his own doorstep. In February, the communist leader Govind Pansare was killed near Mumbai. And in . . . → Read More: How India is killing the free speech
Médecins Sans Frontières has pulled its staff out of the crisis-hit Afghan city of Kunduz after a US airstrike on its hospital, labelled a war crime by the group.
MSF says 22 people were killed by the bombing, which Afghan officials now claim was in retaliation for fire from Taliban fighters hiding in the hospital. . . . → Read More: US airstrike kills doctors without borders in Afghanistan
Since 1997 Nawaz Sharif has unflinchingly espoused the cause of peace with India. But vested interests and domestic political compulsions in both countries have never allowed his initiatives to come to fruition.
In 1997, Mr Sharif designed the composite dialogue with India’s Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral but the latter couldn’t sell Kashmir’s inclusion in . . . → Read More: Why Sharif’s peace strategy has flaws
One police official saw his promising career flatline and was dogged by minor misconduct charges until he took early retirement this year.
Another endured a long suspension before being fired last month, but not before a sex video surfaced that purported to show him with a mistress. (Apart from the receding hairline and healthy mustache, . . . → Read More: PM Modi becomes untouchable, Indian police demoralized
(By Kamran Bokhari) While the Muslim world is plagued with the scourge of religiously inspired armed nonstate actors, geosectarianism is another equally lethal challenge that is brewing in its core. In fact, the Sunni-Shia struggle on a geopolitical scale is actually aiding jihadism and vice versa, especially as Iran is on a path toward international . . . → Read More: The struggle for dominance