The Kardashians Changed Everything

September 09, 2020

They say money makes the world go round, but Kim Kardashian West surely chooses its direction. She seems to be able to do pretty much anything. Over the past 14 years, since the launch of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim and her family have become some of the most influential people in...

Are the Windsors the New Kardashians?

January 14, 2020

You can understand Meghan Markle’s frustration. There she is, half of one of the most illustrious, acclaimed and renowned couples on the planet. Practically every time she switches on the TV, she’s reminded of what could be. “All that money, publicity and influence — and what do they...

The Timeline of Jeffrey Epstein

August 10, 2019

Saudi Arabia Engages With Iraqi Shias

August 01, 2017

Saudi Arabia is getting closer to Iraq in a bid to curtail the influence of Iran. With the Islamic State (IS) on the ropes in Iraq, Saudi Arabia is forging ties to Iraqi Shia leaders and offering to help fund reconstruction of Mosul and other predominantly Sunni Muslim cities, which were...

Conflicting Fundamentalisms and Shia Political Power

December 10, 2016

For the US to understand the changing power dynamics in the Middle East, Iran’s historical arc and its guidance of Shia fundamentalism need to be understood. Since the election of Michel Aoun as president on November 1, a two-year political stalemate in Lebanon has concluded. His election...

Shia Lebanese Have Been Dehumanized and Forgotten

November 23, 2015

It’s not just the West that has treated the Beirut bombings with apathy, but also the rest of the Middle East.  Adel Termos did not hesitate to throw himself at the man he saw approaching a crowded mosque with an explosive vest. He was instantly killed when the bomb went off right in front of...

Swap Kim Kardashian With Amnesty International, Please

January 21, 2015

Public obsession with celebrity culture diverts attention from tragedies worldwide. The Internet was set aflame earlier this month — not by Kim Kardashian, but by three days of terror that brought France to a standstill. Seventeen people lost their lives over the actions of the Kouachi...

Iraq’s Maliki: Out of Favor With Shia Allies?

August 02, 2014

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani signals that Nouri al-Maliki should not cling to power. When Iraq's third largest city of Mosul fell to the Islamic State group on June 10, things appeared to be going well for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri...

The Fallout From Syria: Hate Speech in Indonesia

March 25, 2014

Jihadi groups propagate an anti-Shia narrative to mobilize Indonesian militants to fight in Syria. A hate speech regulation is desperately needed in Indonesia to contain the damaging effects of jihadi propaganda, as this narrative is increasingly used to mobilize Indonesian Muslims against the...

Sunni vs Shi’a: The Middle East Chessboard (Part 2/2)

September 06, 2013

Hostility between Sunnis and Shi’as has taken on an increasingly political core. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. This being said, gauging from personal interactions with many people hailing from both sects as well as the world of Twitter and Facebook, there is...

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