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Meteoric rise of Islamic State
The architects of the commuter-train attacks in Mumbai may succeed in pushing India and Pakistan towards renewed confrontation, says Maruf Khwaja.
The coordinated attacks on Mumbai's commuter trains are the latest chapter in a sustained covert war against India by Pakistan-sponsored Islamist terror groups, says Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi.
The evening of 11 July 2006 saw the execution of a series of eight bomb explosions at seven locations on local trains and stations in Mumbai (Bombay) at peak hours. At the time of writing, an estimated 190 persons had died, with numbers still rising, and many of the over 600 injured still in a critical state.
Palestinians' retreat into neo-tribalist politics under Yasser Arafat lies at the root of the latest phase of conflict with Israel, says Jim Lederman.
The British government remains in denial about the connection between its foreign policies and the London bomb attacks of 7 July 2005.
"I think the terrorists have already won to a certain extent …. Without planting an actual bomb, they have forced everyone to think the unthinkable." Planning officer, Westminster Council, London, January 2005
The arrival of women on Kuwaits political stage is matched in significance by the quiet rise of Islamists, says Raymond Barrett.
Britains government has refused to learn the crucial lesson that the security and political aspects of fighting terrorism are single parts of an integrated whole, says Rhiannon Talbot.
The Gaza assault is long-planned and the seizure of the young Israel soldier Gilad Shalit just a pretext, says Thomas R Asher.
The effect of the London bombs was to aid the powerful and damage the weak. Campaigners for global justice must not be deflected, says Ann Pettifor.
Israel's destruction of Palestinian infrastructure in Gaza has more to do with its strategic objectives than with concern for one kidnapped soldier, says Guy Grossman.
It is no coincidence that the commando assault on 25 June 2006 that resulted in the death of two Israeli soldiers and the abduction of Corporal Gilad Shalit took place merely a day after the two main Palestinian political movements, Fatah and Hamas, reached a consensus over the "prisoners' document" that proposed a shift towards dialogue with I
A year after the suicide-attacks in which four young British Muslims killed fifty-two travellers on London's transport network, what has been learned and what has changed?
Israel's land invasion of Gaza is a gift to hawks on both sides of the conflict, who see strategic gains to be made. Amid fears of all-out war, Jane Kinninmont traces the straining political fault-lines.
The American judges' ruling against the Bush administration's military-tribunal plan for Guantánamo detainees is a historic moment, says Zachary Katznelson of Reprieve, which represents thirty-six clients in the camp.
On 29 June 2006, the United States Supreme Court struck a blow for the rule of law, deciding in every respect against the Bush administration in the case of Hamdan vs Rumsfeld . The court sent a clear message that President Bush's policies in Guantánamo are unacceptable.
The determination of Britain's political elite to maintain the country as a nuclear-weapons state is rooted in a half-century of military planning to which the possibility of tactical and first use of nuclear weapons is central.
In just five words, Gordon Brown, the United Kingdom's chancellor of the exchequer and would-be successor to Tony Blair, has intentionally reignited the debate over the future of Britain's nuclear weapons.
The Taliban are proving a formidable enemy in face of the sophisticated technology, tactics and personnel of the United States and British military.
Guantánamo is both American prison and un-American mindset. The violations it embodies reflect how far the Bush administration has travelled from legality, says Rami G Khouri.
The domestic, regional and exile pressures on Bashar al-Assad's regime are still a long way from threatening regime change in Damascus, says Anoushka Marashlian.
The United States's focus on the middle east, al-Qaida and terrorism is also a surrogate for long-term strategic competition with China for the world's oil resources.
The chain of command involved in the massacre of Iraqi civilians at Haditha reaches far beyond those directly involved.
The insurgent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan are exerting severe pressure on United States and British forces and there is more to come.
The dissolution of Kuwait's parliament and the calling of early elections reflect developing social and economic fissures in the Gulf emirate, says Raymond Barrett.
The renewed insurgency in Afghanistan owes much to the way the Taliban were overthrown in 2001.
Montenegro's vote for independence closes a political chapter in former Yugoslavia, but Vesna Goldsworthy finds that the map of the heart is not so neatly redrawn.
Pakistan's classification as a "failed state" reflects the collapse of Pervez Musharraf's authority, says Irfan Husain.
Hizbollah has attracted Iranian friendship and US hostility since its emergence during Lebanon's civil war. With regional tensions rising, the leading Islamist group is now at a crossroads, says Abigail Fielding-Smith.
Fresh from London's Palestine Film Festival, Saeed Taji Farouky relives the laughter amid the darkness and reveals humour's precious, humanising power.
Montenegrins' vote on their republic's asymmetrical state union with Serbia on 21 May emphasises the ongoing transformation of the Balkans, says TK Vogel.
The supporters of an Iraq divided into three ignore the lessons of Iraq's history, says Reidar Visser.
Three official reports into the July 2005 bombings suggest that Britains establishment is evading the connection between the attacks and the Iraq war.
The new Israeli prime minister's "convergence plan" is a Trojan horse, warns Jesse Fox. Ehud Olmert's record in office shows that he is not preparing for peace.
The building of a massive new United States embassy and military bases in and around Baghdad signals the US determination to remain in Iraq for the long term.
In the only country in the world where women are forbidden to drive, one pioneering woman obtained a pilot's licence last year. This year, a few determined female students have embarked on Saudi Arabia's first ever engineering degree for women. In the midst of rapid economic growth and social change, Saudi Arabia is a place of paradox, an extremely conservative desert kingdom where you can sit in the world's only gender-segregated Starbucks franchises and use a mobile phone that recites the Quran.
The expansion of the opium economy in Afghanistan is contributing to a deteriorating security situation in the country.
A militaristic approach and a law-based vision are competing to shape the world's anti-terrorism efforts, says Sadakat Kadri.
Efraim Halevy presided over such controversial Israeli policies as targeted assassinations. The former Mossad chief talks to Jane Kinninmont about the challenges facing Israel and the prospect of engaging with Hamas. It's time to "think the unthinkable".