Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and…

Iranians Demand Change in Large Displays of Protest and Activism

Iran was struck by waves of anti-government and pro-government rallies during a period spanning the end of December 2017 and the beginning of January 2018. The anti-government demonstrators were drawn to action as a result of the rising prices of basic goods (specifically eggs and poultry), alleged corruption, lack of personal freedom and the country’s…

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on…

From Panama to Iqama: Justice not yet served in Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, the disqualified three-termed prime minister of Pakistan, landed into dilemma when the Panama papers came out in May 2016. That when Pakistan started discovering about Sharif’s ‘sharif’ traits. (sharif; Urdu for honorable and noble) Pakistan, the sixth most inhabited country, with a third world status came to know more about Panama papers. Pakistanis turned…

Opinion: Israeli Control Measures at Al-Aqsa

The adoption of new control measures by the Israeli government under the guise of national security at the mosque of Al-Aqsa came as a shock for thousands of Palestinians that were present for their customary noon prayers. At the same time, protests leading to conflict between Palestinians and Israeli armed forces quickly emerged and the…

Terrorism at its extreme: The Syrian Civil War and its consequences

ISIL was a product of the genocide in Syria. The genocide in Syria was ISIL’s greatest gift and ISIL was somewhat president Assad’s greatest gift. -Al Jazeera Has anyone ever imagined that one day we will open a newspaper and with every turn, with every page, the newspaper will be filled with bloodshed and the…

ISIS Continues To Threaten Geopolitical Security Throughout Eurasia

Introduction The threats of terrorism over Southeast Asia has never been new to the region, but with such groups like ISIS, this is another question to answer over what is going on in the region. In fact, the rise of ISIS in Southeast Asia seriously threatens the security of all regions in the area. So…

Analysis: Terrorist attacks in Tehran

Yesterday, 10 am IRST, 6 terrorist attackers had mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder. Killing 17 people so far. Terrorist attacks are extremely rare in Iran and people are not used to it. Last year, in the Ramadan month, police forces reported…

The Qatari Diplomatic Crisis Explained

On June 4th, Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic relations with Qatar. Later, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and a number of other countries joined the effort as well. This was quickly extended to a cut of all ties – including economic relations and airline flights. This crisis is just the latest event in the long…