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…