Arab World

THAINKHALI, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 25: Mayina Khatun, 80, suffers from depression and fatigue from her difficult journey from Myanmar one week ago September 25, 2017 in Thainkhali camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 429,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi downplayed the crisis during a speech in Myanmar this week faces and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly last week, focusing on the humanitarian challenges of hosting the minority Muslim group who currently lack food, medical services, and toilets, while new satellite images from Myanmar's Rakhine state continue to show smoke rising from Rohingya villages.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The Rohingya Are the New Palestinians

The plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. But will that be enough to save them?

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

How Trump’s Black and White World View Met Reality in the Middle East

Trump’s uncritical embrace of Saudi Arabia is not advancing U.S. interests — it is escalating regional tensions and instability, and providing more room for America’s adversaries to gain influence.

US President Donald Trump (C) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (3rd-R) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (2nd-R). / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Russian Hackers Create Qatar’s Diplomatic Disaster?

U.S. investigators think Moscow planted fake news to start a fight, and have been on the ground in Doha.

Arab soldiers surrender to Israeli soldiers 13 June 1967 in the occupied territory of the West Bank.  On 05 June 1967, Israel launched preemptive attacks against Egypt and Syria. In just six days, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, the Golan Heights of Syria, and the West Bank and Arab sector of East Jerusalem (both under Jordanian rule), thereby giving the conflict the name of the Six-Day War. / AFP / PIERRE GUILLAUD        (Photo credit should read PIERRE GUILLAUD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Arab World Has Never Recovered From the Loss of 1967

Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the intellectualism that once lit up the Middle East has been all but extinguished by corrupt regimes and perverse religiosity.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11:  President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower  on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is TrumpÕs first official news conference since the November elections.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump’s Farcical New Beginning With Muslims

The president’s trip to Saudi Arabia isn’t the start of a new relationship with the Arab world; it’s militarism, disdain for human rights, and caricature of religion.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations before a UN General Assembly vote on upgrading the status of the Palestinians to non-member observer state on November 29, 2012 in New York City. With many European nations in favor, it looks certain that the Palestinians will win the coveted U.N. recognition as a state today.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Don’t Waste Arab-Israeli Cooperation on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Trump shouldn't prematurely risk the opportunity to assemble an unprecedented coalition on efforts to bridge the Middle East's most enduring political divide.

yemen crop

U.N. Warns Yemen Could Be on Brink of Famine

The crisis comes as the United States weighs sharp cuts to U.N. humanitarian aid programs

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11:  U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an event to recognize emerging global entrepreneurs May 11, 2015 at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the world participated, ahead of President Obamas travel to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya this summer, in the event which focused on  investing in women and young entrepreneurs.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Barack Obama Was a Foreign-Policy Failure

The 44th president of the United States promised to bring change but mostly drove the country deeper into a ditch.

TOPSHOT - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on March 13, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Primary voters head to the polls on March 15th in Florida. / AFP / RHONA WISE        (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dear Mr. Trump, Don’t Desecrate My American Bible

An open letter to the president-elect from a Middle Eastern immigrant who has become an American patriot.

A picture taken on April 21, 2016 shows US President Barack Obama (C-L) attending a meeting with Saudi King Salman (C) and Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C-R) during the US-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016.
During a meeting with Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia Obama said that "No country has an interest in 'conflict' with Iran".



 / AFP / Jim Watson        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Strikes Back

In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia has increasingly taken matters into its own hands.

A picture taken on April 21, 2016 shows US President Barack Obama (L) meeting with Saudi King Salman (R) during the US-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016.
Despite concerns about Iran's behaviour, neither the US nor Gulf states wish for conflict with the Shiite nation, Obama said. "None of our nations have an interest in conflict with Iran," he said at the close of a meeting in the Saudi capital with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.



 / AFP / Jim Watson        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

For Middle East Peace, Look to Israel’s Arab Partners

Obama should focus on facilitating the burgeoning relations between Israel and America’s most important Arab friends.

A member of the Temple Institute holds a one-year-old flawless goat in an enactment of the preparation for the renewal of the Passover sacrifice in the third Jewish Temple on April 2, 2012 during a display to the public in Jerusalem. The slaughter of the lamb was conducted in precise way according to Biblical references that ensures a quick and painless demise. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Authorities: Jewish Men Tried to ‘Disturb Peace’ with Goats in Jerusalem

Israeli police are worried that attempts to carry out sacrifices in the Old City could spark tensions with Palestinians.

UNDISCLOSED, GERMANY - AUGUST 12:  Empty baby beds stand in the maternity ward of a hospital (a spokesperson for the hospital asked that the hospital not be named) on August 12, 2011 in a city in the east German state of Brandenburg, Germany. According to data released by Eurostat last week Germany, with 8.3 births per 1,000 people, has the lowest birth rate in all of Europe. Eastern Germany, which not only suffers from a low birth rate, also has a declining population due to young people moving away because of high unemployment in the region. Europe as a whole suffers from a low birth rate and a growing elderly population.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Israeli Politician: My Wife Should Not Have to Give Birth Next to an Arab

An Israeli Knesset member said his wife should not have to give birth next to an Arab woman.

ssnp

The Eagles of the Whirlwind

A militia allied with the Syrian government is gaining ground and popularity. But it’s not just fighting to preserve President Bashar al-Assad’s state — it’s trying to redraw the borders of the Middle East.

Load 10 More Articles

You have read 0 of 5 free articles

Global Thinkers 2015 Issue Cover