Iran eyes change in Egypt and Saudi Arabia very differently

If a foreign observer had been present in Tehran during the recent parliamentary elections in Egypt, he or she would have been surprised by the lack of enthusiasm displayed by

Israeli MKs call for assassinating Bishara, expelling Arab MKs from Knesset

Deputies in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) have called for assassinating former Arab MP Azmi Bishara, describing him as "terrorist".

The False Promise of ‘Direct Talks’

We should start pondering the consequences that there will be no resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict during this generation, says Rami G. Khouri.

The impresario: Gilles Kepel, scholar of radical Islam

After a series of books established him as a world-famous analyst of radical Islam, Gilles Kepel decided to stop writing and start mapping a renaissance in Gulf-Europe relations. John Gravois

Witch-hunt begins in Israeli schools and colleges

Hundreds of Israeli college professors have signed a petition accusing the education minister of endangering academic freedoms after he threatened to “punish” any lecturer or institution that supports a boycott

Beyond Islamists

This nagging issue just will not go away: How do local or foreign governments best deal with leading Islamist groups in the Middle East and South Asia? Do you engage,

It’s obvious, go talk to the Islamists

Since the rise of this generation of Islamists, native and Western governments alike have adopted two major strategies: politically containing movements like the Muslim Brotherhood by allowing them to have

Opening Rafah border helps ease tension in Middle East

Egypt’s decision to open the border with Gaza at the Rafah border crossing serves to ease tension in the Middle East after a crisis in which Israel attacked a flotilla,

“Mad dog” diplomacy: a cornered Israel is baring its teeth

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel is responding to growing domestic scrutiny of its human rights abuses and increasing international isolation, and to the erosion of its deterrence, by introducing new

IOF must stop harassment of human rights defender

Amnesty International has called on the Israeli authorities to end their harassment of a human rights activist whose week-long detention by the Israeli authorities was extended today.