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Jonathan Freedland
Jonathan Freedland

Trump’s Jerusalem policy is an act of diploma...

Not content with taking the United States to the b...

Not content with taking the United States to the brink of a nuclear conflict with North Korea, US President Donald Trump is now applying his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hot spot in the world. With a...

Leonid Bershidsky
Leonid Bershidsky

West backed the wrong man in Ukraine

It’s become increasingly clear that the United Sta...

It’s become increasingly clear that the United States backed the wrong people in Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko, who had briefly served as Ukraine’s foreign minister, looked worldlier than his predecessor, the deposed Viktor Yanukovych, and spok...

Alan Philps
Alan Philps

What happens to elder statesmen (and younger...

The sidelining of Robert Mugabe at the age of 93...

The sidelining of Robert Mugabe at the age of 93 after 37 years in power in Zimbabwe illustrates a growing problem – what to do with political leaders who will not or cannot depart the scene. Even at his advanced age, and having laid waste to the co...

Tariq A. Al Maeena
Tariq A. Al Maeena

The price of fatherhood

While Sharia permits legal marriages for a man wit...

While Sharia permits legal marriages for a man with up to four women, it does so with very stringent conditions. That, however, does not stop a number of Saudis from ignoring many of those strictures in pursuit of multiple nuptial ties.Saudi males tr...

Farhan Bokhari
Farhan Bokhari

Is Pakistan on auto-pilot?

The end of a three-week protest in Islamabad last...

The end of a three-week protest in Islamabad last Monday lifted a practical siege of the Pakistani capital and the prospect of growing paralysis surrounding some of the country’s major cities. The manner in which the protest mounted and eventually en...

Daniel Bardsley
Daniel Bardsley

How did the Muslim world fall behind on scien...

It is a question that has long vexed researchers...

It is a question that has long vexed researchers from this region: why did the Muslim world, which once led the way in science, fall behind? The issue is as pertinent now as ever, with the Middle East still lagging behind the global average when it...

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