Opinion



Questions about a stealthy virus

The Ebola virus species that has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa caught everyone by surprise when it erupted thousands of kilometers from its historical hotbed.



No solution to the human condition

As Alexander Pope famously wrote, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” The estimable Pope could afford to coin such highbrow quips because he was a poet, not a chief information security officer.



Do they hate us?

There appears to be a debate currently taking place on how those living in the Gulf states are viewed by their fellow Arab brothers and sisters in other countries in the region.



Victim of mismanagement

When people discuss Yemen, they usually refer to the large southwestern area of the Arabian Peninsula strategically sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Oman with thousands of miles of beautiful and pr



Revival of Silk Road

The phrase “Silk Road” evokes a romantic image — half history, half myth — of tented camel caravans winding their way across the trackless deserts and mountains of Central Asia.



Fear trumps wisdom in UK

For many months, government and media in the UK have been voicing concern about British Muslims who have traveled to Syria to enlist as jihadis, with the potential to return to the UK as trained terro



It’s not too late to stem the Ebola tide

Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued an unusually stark warning this week, declaring: “I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and go



It is easy to hate Malala

Over the past few weeks, what with the Nobel hoopla and all, everyone has had something to say or write about Malala Yousafzai.



Kingdom fighting terror with iron fist

On Oct. 5, Saudi Arabia hosted the annual conference in Mina, attended by heads of state and heads of delegations performing Haj from all Muslim countries.



Sectarianism in Mideast is not at all coincidental

Consider this comical scene described by Peter Van Buren, a former US diplomat, who was deployed to Iraq on a 12-month assignment in 2009-10.

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