Jordan strategy against the Islamic State: a blowback effect?

Jordan stiffened its border security rules between Jordan and Syria to fight the smuggling of weapons, ammunitions, and drugs – a traffic that had increased by 300% in 2013 alone. It has also enhanced its surveillance system to defend itself against the infiltration of IS fighters, including installing a network of radar and surveillance towers … Continue reading “Jordan strategy against the Islamic State: a blowback effect?”

Mounting Tension with Iran sheds a Light on Dynamics of US Geopolitics

The question is also whether the evolution of the North Korea crisis suggests that other crises like Iran could evolve similarly even if there are no indications as yet of that potentially being the case and despite the fact that Mr. Trump at one point declared his willingness to meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. … Continue reading “Mounting Tension with Iran sheds a Light on Dynamics of US Geopolitics”

Human Rights in Turkey: A Tired Tune

Any discussion of Turkish human rights must mention the difficulties faced in cementing the rights of women and ethnic and sexual minorities. Femicide, violence against women and honour killings remain a stain on Turkish society and one that has traditionally been met with a lukewarm government response. The post Human Rights in Turkey: A Tired … Continue reading “Human Rights in Turkey: A Tired Tune”

Is Tunisia Really Democratising? Progress, Resistance, and an Uncertain Outlook

Tunisia is tending towards a hybrid system. The crucial point here is that such a hybrid system would probably not be able to carry out the key reforms which both the international com­munity and the Tunisian population ex­pect. Reforming the state apparatus and highly corrupt economic structures is im­perative to ensure sustainable social and political … Continue reading “Is Tunisia Really Democratising? Progress, Resistance, and an Uncertain Outlook”

France No Longer the First Choice for Moroccans Seeking Opportunities Abroad

It looks like Moroccan brain drain is becoming a reality as the labour market becomes increasingly internationalized, coupled with limited professional opportunities at home. If the country is unable to retain its skilled youth, its already struggling economy will face a bleak future. The post France No Longer the First Choice for Moroccans Seeking Opportunities … Continue reading “France No Longer the First Choice for Moroccans Seeking Opportunities Abroad”

US Ramps Up Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran, Targets Revolutionary Guards

Although Washington claimed the designation is aimed at confronting the IRGC’s destabilizing activities in the region, many in the US consider it as an unnecessary provocation. Given that the IRGC was already under a huge amount of pressure, including from sanctions, it is hard to see how the FTO designation will curb its regional influence … Continue reading “US Ramps Up Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran, Targets Revolutionary Guards”

Life Under Islamic State: A First-Person Account

Today, life is still difficult in many respects. Water is supplied from a place called Ain Dhikr to the north, but we still have no electricity and must continue to use solar panels to generate power for the time being. The JKBW’s presence also meant that some houses and other buildings were booby-trapped with explosives. … Continue reading “Life Under Islamic State: A First-Person Account”

The Syrian Regime’s Information War

As the Syrian uprising descended into an all-out civil war in late 2011, the propaganda started to pick up online. The flood of misinformation, in which all parties participated to various extents, helped distort the most basic components of the conflict. The post The Syrian Regime’s Information War appeared first on Fanack.com.

Sudan Revolution Flounders as Disagreements Deepen

The deepening disagreements have caused the negotiations to stall, with both sides accusing the other of having ambitions to assume power. With the negotiations still on hold, the fate of the revolution remains unclear as fears grow that it may be aborted before it achieves its aims. The post Sudan Revolution Flounders as Disagreements Deepen … Continue reading “Sudan Revolution Flounders as Disagreements Deepen”

Relevance of Arab League Again in Question Following Latest Summit

The Arab League has failed to play a meaningful role in any of the major crises that have beset the Arab world in recent decades, its sole contribution being to legitimize foreign intervention, which has incontestably made existing crises catastrophically worse. The post Relevance of Arab League Again in Question Following Latest Summit appeared first … Continue reading “Relevance of Arab League Again in Question Following Latest Summit”

Turkey’s Ruling AKP Manipulates Election Outcomes in Kurdish South-east, Leaves Municipalities Broke

The big question in the Kurdish-majority municipalities in the south-east of Turkey was whether the candidates for the leftist Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which won the most votes in the local elections on 13 March 2019, would be acknowledged as the winners. The post Turkey’s Ruling AKP Manipulates Election Outcomes in Kurdish South-east, Leaves Municipalities … Continue reading “Turkey’s Ruling AKP Manipulates Election Outcomes in Kurdish South-east, Leaves Municipalities Broke”

Syria’s Yarmouk Refugee Camp Closed Completely, Pending Reconstruction

The actual situation in the camp remains unclear. The residents have demanded that they be allowed to return to their houses, most of which have been reduced to rubble. The regime has refused the demand and continues to make promises about reconstruction, so far with few results. The post Syria’s Yarmouk Refugee Camp Closed Completely, … Continue reading “Syria’s Yarmouk Refugee Camp Closed Completely, Pending Reconstruction”

Changing the Face of Israel

Sadly, while most of the Arab countries were edging ever closer to Israel in recent years because of their common enemy Iran, the result of these elections will certainly deter further improvement of relations between Israel and Arab states. As a result, Israel’s regional isolation will only increase. Moreover, Israel’s very democracy, which has for … Continue reading “Changing the Face of Israel”

In Syria, Tensions Persist between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda Loyalists

Al-Zawahiri recently released a short video entitled Oppression, in which, unsurprisingly, he warns against oppression. The video features at the end a quotation from Ibn Taymiyya, saying, “God will support the just state, even if it is a disbelieving one, but He will not support the oppressive state, even if it is a believing one.” … Continue reading “In Syria, Tensions Persist between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda Loyalists”

Egypt Approves Constitutional Amendments Amid Widespread Vote Buying

The amendments include an extension of the presidential term to six years, which means al-Sisi, whose current term was due to end in 2022, can now stay in power until 2024 plus another six years if he is reelected. A 180-member Shura Council (senate) will be reinstated, of which a third of the members will … Continue reading “Egypt Approves Constitutional Amendments Amid Widespread Vote Buying”

Al-Bashir: why the ICC is between a rock and a hard place

The fact that al-Bashir has been deposed will again raise questions about whether there’s a possibility of seeing the former Sudanese president facing trial at the ICC. Commentators have already expressed different opinions on whether he will or won’t end up facing trial at The Hague. Views either highlight the fact that he’s likely to … Continue reading “Al-Bashir: why the ICC is between a rock and a hard place”

Palestinian Authority Facing Financial Crisis

This puts Abbas in a difficult position. He has repeatedly threatened to stop security coordination with Israel. Although he has never carried out the threat, there are growing concerns that security will be compromised if dissatisfaction with the PA boils over into anger. The post Palestinian Authority Facing Financial Crisis appeared first on Fanack.com.

In Libya, Allies Rally Behind General Haftar’s Tripoli Offensive

French President Emanuel Macron has played a double game by declaring support for the GNA while aiding Haftar behind closed doors. Although Paris has never formally admitted to backing the general, it has provided political cover, weapons, training, intelligence and special forces assistance. The post In Libya, Allies Rally Behind General Haftar’s Tripoli Offensive appeared … Continue reading “In Libya, Allies Rally Behind General Haftar’s Tripoli Offensive”

Israeli Elections: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Yet a deeper explanation of the results lies not only with the tactics employed but also with changing demographics in Israeli society and growing internal divisions. It is also important to note the years of relative calm Israelis have experienced despite the con-inued occupation. Indeed, the occupation was rarely mentioned during the election campaign, except … Continue reading “Israeli Elections: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same”

With Their Books Increasingly Banned, Writers in Egypt Under Threat

The situation for Egyptian writers is growing increasingly difficult, with many in exile or even facing imprisonment at home. Voicing critical or alternative views on politics, morality or religion has become a red line and many writers are now afraid to publish at all. The post With Their Books Increasingly Banned, Writers in Egypt Under … Continue reading “With Their Books Increasingly Banned, Writers in Egypt Under Threat”

In War Torn countries, Child Marriages are on the Rise

In addition to the short-term damage it inflicts on the young bride or groom, child marriage is also the cause of longer-term suffering, including rape, unwanted pregnancies, lack of access to education and the continuation of poverty in the family. The post In War Torn countries, Child Marriages are on the Rise appeared first on … Continue reading “In War Torn countries, Child Marriages are on the Rise”

In Gaza, ‘We Want to Live’ Protest Movement is Cry for Help by the Poor

Gaza is already on the brink of collapse as a result of the decade-long blockade. Hamas’ crackdown on the We Want to Live movement has pushed Gazans closer to the edge. A widespread uprising, which seems increasingly likely, is expected to impact Israel too. The post In Gaza, ‘We Want to Live’ Protest Movement is … Continue reading “In Gaza, ‘We Want to Live’ Protest Movement is Cry for Help by the Poor”

US Anti-Iran Policy in Iraq: Countering Tehran’s Upper Hand

But to replace Iran’s exports to Iraq, the US and its allies need to have Iraq’s ruling elites on board, which is highly unlikely given that many of them are backed by Tehran; and provide real alternatives for Iraq’s need for Iran’s electricity and gas, which is also highly unlikely in the next two years … Continue reading “US Anti-Iran Policy in Iraq: Countering Tehran’s Upper Hand”

In Yemen War, Complex Ground Reality Hinders Peace Process

The conflict is also seen as part of a regional power struggle between Shia-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, with the Gulf Arab states backing Hadi and accusing Iran of supporting the Houthis financially and militarily. Iran denies the accusation. The post In Yemen War, Complex Ground Reality Hinders Peace Process appeared first on Fanack.com.

Donald Trump: Golan Heights Bombshell reverses 40 years of US Policy and throws Middle East into Turmoil

Despite the immediate headlines, Trump’s tweet has little significance for the Heights. The international community, including the UN, is not going to shift its position on their status. And, while Netanyahu may be boosted, the Israeli presence will continue to depend on the strength of arms, the expansion of settlements and the acceptance of actors … Continue reading “Donald Trump: Golan Heights Bombshell reverses 40 years of US Policy and throws Middle East into Turmoil”

Pollution in Algeria

Despite the numerous environment-related laws and national plans that have been passed to preserve and protect the environment, especially in major cities, pollution remains a major concern (50 per cent of the cases of bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer and others are caused by environmental pollution). This situation is burdening the public treasury, which allocates hundreds … Continue reading “Pollution in Algeria”

In Egypt, Cairo Opera Sounds Hopeful Note after Shaky Revolutionary Years

While there has long been mixed Egyptian and international opera groups performing in Cairo, the first exclusively Egyptian opera company was established in 1964, following the foundation of the Cairo Conservatoire in the 1950s. After the old opera house burned down, the company continued performing in other theatres in Cairo and Alexandria. The post In … Continue reading “In Egypt, Cairo Opera Sounds Hopeful Note after Shaky Revolutionary Years”

Turkey Plants Its Flag in Christchurch

The campaign aims to establish Turkey as a leader of the Muslim world in competition with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and, to a lesser degree, Morocco. As part of the campaign, Turkey has positioned itself as a cheerleader for Muslim causes such as Jerusalem and the Rohingya at a moment that Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading “Turkey Plants Its Flag in Christchurch”

Amal Suleiman: An Historic Female Ma’dhun Who Has Conquered Old Habits

As of June 2018, Amal had documented nearly 3,000 marriages and 200 divorce cases in the Ash Sharqiyah Governorate. She believes that most cases of divorce are caused by the spouses’ use of mobile applications, namely Facebook and WhatsApp, in addition to some spyware programs used by the spouses to act out their feelings of … Continue reading “Amal Suleiman: An Historic Female Ma’dhun Who Has Conquered Old Habits”

Haftar Conquers the South, Eyes Tripoli

Despite backing elections to avoid bloodshed, Haftar has said that his patience is waning and that he has sleeper cells that he could activate in west Libya in a bid to seize the capital. In the eyes of many observers and former aids, Haftar clearly just wants absolute power. The post Haftar Conquers the South, … Continue reading “Haftar Conquers the South, Eyes Tripoli”