The reasons for the involvement of the west in the MENA region are not limited to oil and security. These are the arguments used by both local autocrats and western powers to maintain control. The real threat however is a global revolutionary movement.
Saudi Arabia must cover its tracks
by not only forcefully denouncing ISIS and JN but actively introducing stiffer
measures demonstrating that it is genuinely combating terrorism. How does this
play out in terms of royal power?
We need to raise
awareness about how the rich oil nations keep subsidising oil extraction whilst
agreeing that the world needs to cut emissions. Taxpayers cannot passively let
their governments do this.
A basic right for
Iranian women could be guaranteed within an Islamic framework of governance
provided those in government were inclined to interpret the faith in the spirit
of equality, says Shirin Ebadi.
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
The war on women continues to manifest
itself in different forms and intensity globally; tarnishing all societies with
a ‘bloody stain’. In Iran, hard-liner interpretations of Islamic principles dictate
gender norms, violation of which can be fatal.
Those arrested in Iran after the presidential election of June 2009 join the detainees from earlier moments of repression. The blogger and openDemocracy author Hossein Derakhshan is one of the latter. The anniversary of his incarceration is being marked by efforts to publicise his case, reports David Hayes.
(This article was first published on 30 October 2009. Hossein Derakhshan was released from prison on 19 November 2014)
Either the Islamic Republic wishes to
remain in its fundamentalist cocoon and alienate more educated, westward-looking
young Iranians, as well as be regarded as a pariah by the international
community, or it wishes to join the modern world
Islamic radicalism is the product of societal developments and it is not directly related to the religion of Islam. The lessons of Iraq are being actively ignored by the US and the west in general. The main tenets of American foreign policy, which have done well for extremism, are unchanged.
The term is heard whenever the Middle East or Syria are discussed, yet a talking head would be pressed to define what they mean by sectarianism. Mohammad Dibo speaks to two prominent Arab thinkers willing to assist our understanding by going back to the basics.
revised code allows judges to refer to non-codified law (Shi’i jurisprudence
which prescribes stoning for adultery) to reach their verdicts and widens the
scope of crimes like ‘sowing corruption on earth’ for which the punishment is
Inspired by the 1960s Russell tribunal
on Vietnam the ITC aims to document, clarify and publicise the treatment of
political dissenters and members of religious and ethnic minorities by the
Iranian government between 1981 and 1989.
While it is true that the US has, for
once, signed up to a UN Security Council statement which calls for an
"immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire”, this might still be
considered a tactical step to prevent more strongly worded resolutions against
Israel being proposed in the Security Council.
shows us that drawing on our private moments to make public demands has been an
effective way of claiming individual and collective rights in contemporary Iran,
even if it generally leaves the state’s authoritarian structures untouched.
Recent political events that have swept
across the Islamic world have fundamental implications for the most basic
principles of political Islam. Some speak of a new wave of Islamic modernism in
the Arab world. Meanwhile another Islamic context, Iran, is the setting for nothing less than
an ideological renaissance for Islam itself.
As violence in Iraq threatens to overshadow nuclear talks between the US and Iran, we must avoid the tendency to rely on simplistic binaries, and instead recognize the linkages between these challenging dynamics to encourage cooperation.
It is surely not overly pessimistic to
anticipate tension between Kurd and Sunni Arab in the months and years to come,
almost regardless of the outcome of the current fighting. But Kurds are looking
like much the best sort of neighbour in this desperate region.
Internally, Sistani’s words directly
addressed the fractured Iraqi political class. They are helping reunite Iraq’s
dithering Shi’a factions under the strategic priority of fighting terrorism,
and boosting moderate Sunnis.