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by James M Dorsey on 13 Apr 2021 1 Comment

The Iran survey’s results as well as observations by analysts and journalists like Pelham stroke with responses to various polls of Arab public opinion in recent years and fit a global pattern of reduced religiosity. A 2019 Pew Research Center study concluded that adherence to Christianity in the United States was declining at a rapid pace. The Arab Youth S...

by James M Dorsey on 12 Apr 2021 0 Comment

Among the Middle Eastern rivals for religious soft power, the United Arab Emirates, populated in majority by non-nationals, may be the only one to emerge with a cleaner slate. The UAE is the only contender to have started acknowledging changing attitudes and demographic realities. Authorities in November 2020 lifted the ban on consumption of alcohol and coha...

by James M Dorsey on 11 Apr 2021 0 Comment

Trouble is brewing in the backyard of Muslim-majority states competing for religious soft power and leadership of the Muslim world in what amounts to a battle for the soul of Islam. Shifting youth attitudes towards religion and religiosity threaten to undermine the rival efforts of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and, to a lesser degree, the United Arab Emirates,...

by Thierry Meyssan on 10 Apr 2021 1 Comment

Science is by definition universal: it observes and develops hypotheses to explain phenomena. However, it is expressed in different languages and cultures, which are a source of misunderstanding when we do not know their specificities. For example, viruses are living beings according to the European definition of life, but mere mechanisms according to the...

by James M Dorsey on 09 Apr 2021 1 Comment

Former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has papered over a rare public dispute in the ruling Jordanian family in a move that is unlikely to resolve long-standing fissures in society and among the country’s elite that echo multiple Middle Eastern fault lines. Differences over socio-economic policies, governance, and last year’s normalization of relations...

by Jaibans Singh on 08 Apr 2021 3 Comments

In a panel discussion recorded some days ago by Brighter Kashmir (a Kashmir-based daily newspaper), this columnist while speaking about the recent initiative on “resolution of issues” between India and Pakistan, observed that there have been many earlier occasions when tall leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr. Manmohan Singh, LK Advani and others have take...

by Vladimir Odintsov on 07 Apr 2021 1 Comment

Although the US is considered a “country of immigrants,” xenophobia and racism are historically inherent in American society. One clear indication of this is that, until recently, only white Anglo-Saxon and Protestant residents, who were the majority of the US population, considered themselves “100 percent Americans”. Therefore, it is not surprising that ra...

by R Hariharan on 06 Apr 2021 0 Comment

As expected, the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” (A/HRC/46/L.1Rec.1) with 22 countries voting for it while 11 against (for Sri Lanka) on March 23. Eleven countries including India abstained. Sri Lanka Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Guna...

by James M Dorsey on 05 Apr 2021 3 Comments

Two initiatives send the clearest signal, yet, that China may be gearing up to play a greater political role in the Middle East. Touring the region this week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi laid out five principles Middle Eastern nations would need to adopt to achieve a measure of regional stability. He called on the region’s rivals “to respect each other, uphold ...

by Seth Ferris on 04 Apr 2021 1 Comment

Once again the British Royal Family is in the news. As always, there is a chorus of, “Why are they so important? Who cares about them?”… and then followed by a frenzy of eagerly devoured media reports about these uninteresting, unwelcomed people. This process demonstrates exactly why the royals are important. They are supposed to represent everything that is...

by Vladimir Platov on 03 Apr 2021 2 Comments

India’s regional strategy aims to strengthen its status not only as a regional leader in South Asia, but also as an important pan-Asian player. However, despite its leading position in the region, India, for a number of objective reasons, faces difficulties in promoting South Asian regional cooperation projects. These reasons include, in particular, Indo-Pak...

by F William Engdahl on 02 Apr 2021 3 Comments

Prevailing financial sector “wisdom” holds that while the bond and stock markets of the US and EU are dangerously inflated following huge COVID borrowings and unprecedented central bank measures, that China is the one example of a market suitable for investment as it has managed to get beyond COVID and restart its economy. A closer look at recent official me...

by James M Dorsey on 01 Apr 2021 0 Comment

Saudi Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, a popular but controversial religious scholar who has been mostly in solitary confinement since 2017, appeared in court this week only to hear that his case had been again adjourned for four months. Charged with more than 30 counts of terrorism, a term that is broadly defined in Saudi Arabia to include adherence to atheism and p...

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