World News Insights: Opinion Articles

I know in advance, given the tense— if not explosive— current political circumstances, that this article will be condemned in some quarters, and be met with bewilderment and discomfort in others. Nonetheless, anything less than a blunt conversation would be inappropriate. The region finds itself in…

Eyad Abu Shakra

It is perhaps acceptable, during national wars, to calibrate cultural life to wartime necessities. Accordingly - and only as an exception and for a limited period of time - some expressions seen to potentially benefit the side fighting the nation and its people could be banned. However, it is…

Hazem Saghieh

The night of April 13-14, 2024 has taken up a distinguished position in the memory of the region. It has been a long time that newsrooms were so fervent to learn the latest developments. Perhaps the night of March 19-20, 2003 - when American rockets rained down on Baghdad to oust Saddam Hussein -…

Ghassan Charbel

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, as Mahatma Gandhi allegedly said. After Iran’s massive retaliation for the Israeli strike against Iran’s diplomatic compound in Damascus, it now falls to US President Joe Biden to prevent subsequent rounds of escalation from blinding the entire Middle…

Andreas Kluth

Can technology alone stop the collapse of natural systems, without addressing the root of the problem and changing production and consumption patterns? This question surfaces whenever scientists announce a breakthrough such as developing genetically modified plants and animals to withstand climate…

Najib Saab

Our all-American belief that money really does buy happiness is roughly correct for about 85 percent of us. We know this thanks to the latest and perhaps final work of Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize winner who insisted on the value of working with those with whom we disagree. Professor Kahneman,…

Cass R. Sunstein

Months of death, hunger, and destruction. Every person on Earth has experienced it. The corpses, screams, terror, destruction, disease, and hunger have shaken humanity's hearts, lived in their eyes, and stirred anger across the globe. Israel is waging a war against humanity in Gaza. It is not a…

Abdel Rahman Shalgham

Two crimes: the evidence from one seems to indicate that it had been the work of an intelligence service (Israel's Mossad), and the other seems like it had been perpetrated by an organized crime ring, but the evidence shows signs that it was political. We have not seen the circumstances and details…

Mustafa Fahs

With the campaign for the election of the next European Parliament heating up it is becoming clear that the union of 27 democracies that together form the largest economic bloc in the world is not in good shape. To be sure, the European Union isn’t quite on life-support as its arch-foe Vladimir…

Amir Taheri

Several anniversaries overlap in Sudan during the month of April, which is associated with pivotal events that have left their mark on the country's journey and the lives of its people. It began with the uprising of April 1985; then came the 2018 revolution and the sit-in at the General Command…

Osman Mirghani

Every time I write, as I did last week, that I don’t think anti-Zionism is necessarily antisemitic, I get emails from Jewish readers that are angry, disappointed or sometimes simply baffled. “Israel is the political entity through which the Jewish people exercises its natural right of self…

Michelle Goldberg

Optimism regarding the likelihood of a truce and hostage exchange deal, through the ongoing talks in Cairo, is on the rise. This optimism has not been sprung by dramatic Israeli initiatives or flagrant concessions by Hamas. Rather, a deal seems more likely because the Egyptians, Qataris, and…

Nabil Amr