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Only good governance can defeat Al Qaeda in Yemen - Sharqieh on Global Post

Only good governance can defeat Al Qaeda in Yemen

Analysis: As Yemen protests persist, anger at handling of fight against Al Qaeda.


By Ibrahim Sharqieh

Published: January 28, 2011 14:32 ET in Middle East

Global Post 


Though the Yemeni government has undoubtedly bolstered its efforts in the fight against Al Qaeda, its actions serve to contain, rather than to defeat, he terrorist threat. To dispel the organization from their country,…


Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on January 31, 2011 at 3:55am — 9 Comments

The Moment of Truth in the Greater Middle East

A reawakening has happened in the Middle East. This is incredible.

We must be a part of this reawakening.


I am not necessarily advocating a revolution but a great awakening as such.


I strongly advocate a people’s movement for change.


 We all do our part to be participating in the change.

It will happen.

Let us do our part to bring positive change in our region.


We all must express our solidarity withy the people…


Added by Sohail Mahmood on January 30, 2011 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

the stories we tell and how we tell them



     For the last three months, since being evacuated from Haiti,  I have been thinking about how genocides become permissible and violence encouraged  through storytelling. How we tell the story and who tells it makes the difference between  promoting  peace and resilience or creating  an army of ignorance and violence.  Whether the leaders is the one who cares only for his or herself, or is the ruler who serves the needs of their world (people, nature, spirit ) with…


Added by laura simms on January 30, 2011 at 12:42pm — 9 Comments

From Tunis to Egypt and Iran: Democracy in Subtitles

From Tunis to Egypt and Iran: Democracy in Subtitles

by Firouzeh Afsharnia

A simple fruit vendor sets himself ablaze in the sleepy hinterlands of Tunis as he finally snaps under the weight of the injustice of his life -- and overnight nothing is as it was before.   Martyr turned national hero, his scorched body triggers a deep pool of imbedded resentments from Algeria to Jordan and Yemen; and finally hundreds of thousands explode on the streets of…


Added by Firouzeh Afsharnia on January 29, 2011 at 9:24pm — 11 Comments

PaliLeaks, land swaps and desperate search of peace

The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict began on Sunday, 23th January 2011 by the Al-Jazeera website with Britain’s Guardian newspaper. A cache of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records covering…


Added by Ari Rusila on January 29, 2011 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Tunisian Revolution and its wider impact

Liberty-Work-Dignity: Tunisia : The People’s Revolution

Rene Wadlow*


The people’s revolution is on the march. When the freedom-loving people march — when the farmers have an opportunity to buy land at reasonable prices and to sell the produce of their land through their own organizations, when workers have the opportunity to form unions and bargain through them collectively, and when the children of all the people have an…


Added by Rene Wadlow on January 29, 2011 at 2:45pm — No Comments



17:30, june 28, 2010


in losing you

i have lost

the will

to live


against all edicts

all reasoning

all sermons

from pulpits high



day in day out




terror dawned

to start my day

the dusk of which

took you away


where can i again


the will

for it was you


all the…


Added by tahir wadood malik on January 29, 2011 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

general zia ul haq & Pakistan

i believe that general zia ul haq, the military ruler of Pakistan from 1977 till 1988 was the architect of the taliban phenomena, and the current situation we face is a consequence of his rule.



zia ul haq

had you known

how much we would have

to do more

to please the masters of fate,

keep your double clasp,

with the double hug in place,

and the grin and uniform intact.

would you still have

gone to…


Added by tahir wadood malik on January 29, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

What Secretary Clinton Does Not Recognize About Egypt’s Anti-Regime Protests

What Secretary Clinton Does Not Recognize About Egypt’s Anti-Regime Protests

Ibrahim Sharqieh, Deputy Director, Brookings Doha Center

The Brookings Institution

January 27, 2011 —


After the anti-Mubarak "Day of Rage" demonstrations ignited across Egypt on January 25, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary…


Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on January 29, 2011 at 1:03pm — 5 Comments

This week in conflict... January 22nd-28th, 2011


  • A new theory about hunger charges that traders in the global commodity markets are making billions from speculating on food while causing food prices to yo-yo and inflate. Changes to "hedging" rules in the mid-90s caused foods to be turned into "derivatives" that could be bought and sold among traders that had nothing to do with…

Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 29, 2011 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Pretending to be Asleep and other Problems of Globalization. The View from Rural India.

This is the beginning of an essay I am working on for a collaborative book on Ekta Parishad. The original is on my blog 


Rajaji looked up from the plate of food carefully balanced against the wind on his left hand and smiled like someone who…


Added by Paul Schwartzentruber on January 29, 2011 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

A Torn Page


It was friday and then friday used to be a holiday.Our teacher of Hifz-i-Quran had fixed Thursday as weekly leave for its shab-i-juma so we had to take our lesson of the hifz-i-Quran even on friday.To my bad luck and flaky memory i couldn't rote out last day's lesson.When he ran out of his dictionary of the obscene abusive terminology and tired with kicks and slaps.Hafiz sahib asked to bring his…


Added by Noor Ul Islam on January 29, 2011 at 2:08am — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Sudan is undergoing a schism, the dividing line being the north-south axis. North is the predominantly Muslim section, with large infusion of Arab genetics into the ancient black ethnicities of the area; south, the Christian section, with predominantly Negroid ethnicities as core…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on January 28, 2011 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Grassroots = No Brains?

A tweet caught my attention last weekend on a search that I follow:

“I am so tired w/ dealing w/ ‘Grassroots’ organizations here in #haiti Unfortunately grassroots=no brains +no money”

My unanswered response to this frustrated aid worker went something like this:

“Generalities of “no capacity” perpetuated about grassroots organizations does not do…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 28, 2011 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

After Tunisia: Our Poet Mourid Barghouti on Palestine

"Nothing goes off suddenly; even the earthquakes set in motion from the depth of the earth to the rooftops of villages."

This line from a poem I had written two decades ago jumped into my mind when the youth of Tunisia turned their ruler from a mighty dictator into a frightened rat looking for a place to hide and, in a month of civilian protests, managed to change history.

As I write these words now, images are coming from Cairo where the anti-Mubarak…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on January 28, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Peace and Society: From Tunisia to Egypt, and now Yemen

When protests erupted in the streets of Tunisia, some speculated that it would create a domino effect around North Africa and the Middle East. Just weeks later, mass protest movements have been seen in Egypt, and these have now spread to Yemen, where President Ali Abdullah Saleh has held office for 32 years. All the protests have had similarities, including rising anti-incumbent sentiment and anger over rising inequality and the view of rising nepotism within government. The latest protests…


Added by Institute for Economics & Peace on January 28, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

IPSI Peace & Security Report - 01/28/2011

IPSI's Peace & Security Report (PSR) is a concise weekly e-publication intended to keep busy students, academics, advocates, and practitioners in the conflict management community briefed on pertinent global news, events, and trends. Meticulously researched and written by IPSI, the PSR empowers us all to take a step back from our immediate deadlines each Friday and gain a greater understanding of the week's global events.…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on January 28, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

The State of the Union: How do Obama's comments relate to global peacefulness?

This week, US President Barack Obama gave the annual State of the Union Address, delivering both his outlook on America’s current state and his plan for the rest of his term. Throughout the speech, Obama mentioned a number of countries, both as friends to and competitors of the United States. But while they may be economically competitive, how peaceful are they?


Here’s a breakdown of some of the…


Added by Institute for Economics & Peace on January 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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