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The Amman hotel bombs have ripped through peaceful Jordan. They represent a dangerous and potent fusion of domestic dissent, revulsion at American influence, Iraqi-influenced insurgent violence and global jihadism, writes James Howarth in Amman.
The British government has suffered a major defeat on its post-7/7 counter-terrorism proposals, but its plans still threaten the democratic balance between security and liberty, and thus jeopardise both, say Stuart Weir & Andrew Blick.
The second siege of Fallujah by United States forces in November 2004 inflicted huge damage and casualties on the Iraqi city. Scilla Elworthy asks what went wrong, and what strategy could have worked better for civilians and military alike.
Pakistans aid efforts are in chaos. The jihadi bombs in New Delhi are venomous. But a limited border opening across Kashmiri lines offers hope for real peace between India and Pakistan, says Muzamil Jaleel.
When the earth shook and the mountains shuddered for a few minutes on the morning of 8 October, the hostile line of control (LoC) that has split the Himalayan region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan since 1947 suddenly disappeared.
The rhetoric of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ambition of George W Bush are making an attack on Iran more likely.
The terrorist attacks in India are already having a significant impact on Indian Muslim opinion, says Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr in New Delhi.
The idea that a Muslim community is a European neo-colonial invention is a myth; rather, the emergence of this community represents a rebuke to European claims to universalism, argue Cemalettin Hasimi & Shehla Khan.
The return to Vietnam-era body-counts of enemy dead in Iraq is a signal of a military strategy in deep trouble.
After six years of stalemate, talks between Serbian and Kosovon Albanians on the future constitutional status of the disputed territory are imminent. James Walston, recently in Kosovo, assesses their likely outcome.
A TV documentary series about citizen-soldiers in Iraq and their families at home is a moving portrait that exposes growing doubts about the war, says Robert W Snyder.
Both multiculturalists like Tariq Modood and Bhikhu Parekh and their solidaristic critics like Gilles Kepel and David Goodhart are locked into the dead-end of identity politics. The real challenge is to create a genuinely inclusive and liberal public space, says Paul Kelly.
The departure of Syrian military forces has left affected village communities in Lebanon with mixed feelings, reports Alex Klaushofer.
The jihadi-led aid efforts after the cataclysmic Kashmir earthquake expose deep fractures in Pakistani politics, reports Jan McGirk.
They say that not even a single leaf on a tree can shake in Pakistan without the army and its dreaded intelligence service, the ISI, knowing about it.
The actual meaning of true peace based on justice is that Israel must be punished before a Palestinian is allowed to greet an Israeli in the street. The Palestinian writer Samir El-youssef dissects the language of Omar Barghoutis call for a boycott of Israel.
There appear good reasons for most people to think that the world is becoming a more dangerous place. In the four years since the 9/11 attacks, the George W Bush administration has pursued a vigorous counter-terrorism policy that has already terminated two regimes and has, at a conservative estimate, seen at least 40,000 people killed, most of them civilians. United States forces are mired in a deep and bitter insurgency in Iraq, and almost 20,000 more troops are active against a determined Taliban guerrilla force in Afghanistan; they have also engaged in border clashes with Syria, and are involved in a tense standoff with Iran over the latter’s nuclear developments.
Europeans tendency to view immigrants from Algeria and Turkey, Pakistan and Iraq as belonging to a single, homogeneous Muslim community reflects an essentialist, neo-colonial view of the other which carries negative political consequences, argue Hazem Saghieh & Saleh Bechir.
Iraqs people vote on their draft constitution on 15 October. A single sentence in the document may be the key to its success, says Tamara Chalabi.
The Iraqi constitution may lead to the countrys disintegration, says Zaid Al-Ali. How did Iraqis reach this point?
Are the thwarted al-Qaida attacks proclaimed by George W Bush evidence of success or failure in the war on terror?
Serbians displaced from Kosovo after the 1999 war, like the disputed territory itself, are in limbo. John Dyer reports from Krusevac, southern Serbia.
Leftists like Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk, John Pilger, and Arundhati Roy are not misguided progressives but on the other side of freedom, says Eli Lake.
As usual, God is being unjustly blamed for tragedies that are the consequence in large part of human failure. Maruf Khwaja weighs the balance of cosmic justice and earthly negligence revealed by the Kashmir earthquake.
Even before the devastated coasts and archipelagos of the eastern Indian Ocean had revealed their dead after the tsunami of 26 December 2004, obscurantist mullahs in Pakistan were explaining away to the faithful the largest seaborne disaster in recorded history as Allahs punishment of those who had turned His land into the playgroun
United States forces cannot win in Iraq, but neither can they retreat in disarray. So what next?
Much of the lefts opposition to the Iraq war and the Bush administrations anti-terror campaigns voiced by figures like Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk, George Galloway, Naomi Klein, and John Pilger has blinded it to the need to engage with real problems and threats, says Sasha Abramsky.
Britains multicultural model is held responsible for the London bombs of July 2005. Rather, says Tariq Modood, it needs to be extended to a politics of equal respect that includes Britains Muslims in a new, shared sense of national belonging.
A rebuff from the United Statess Nato partners over counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan reveals the military and political pressures facing the Pentagon.
Israels breaches of human rights and international law give moral force to the argument for an international boycott, says Palestinian writer Omar Barghouti.
Iraqi realities belie Washingtons picture of military progress and bring closer the prospect of civil war and division of the country.
The differences among British Muslims should not be aligned with the events of 7 July in London. Both the BBCs John Ware and Ehsan Masood in openDemocracy have got the community wrong, says Abdullah al-Kateb.
openDemocracys editor Isabel Hilton introduces a selection of the reflections and analyses we have published about the two hours that shook the world.
A Katyusha rocket attack on United States warships in Aqaba, Jordan, is a telling indicator of the evolving al-Qaida menace.
The United States government is not merely incompetent but criminally negligent in its response to Hurricane Katrina, argues Thomas R Asher.
Those opposing a cultural and academic boycott of Israel should examine the South African precedent, says Jacqueline Rose.
May we first thank you for giving us this opportunity to produce this report. We were surprised and pleased when the International Security Policy Group at 10 Downing Street contracted us to produce a report for them four months ago, as we thought this was an innovative attempt to obtain a wider view of the progress of what you still call your "global war on terror".
As you will recall, our previous consultancies in this field were for a somewhat different group, the Strategic Planning Cell of al-Qaida, and we are pleased that you and your British colleagues have recognised that, as consultants, we will work with anyone.