Negotiations and wars have demonstrably failed to bring any resolution to Israel and Palestine. But while history is littered with failed partitions, there is another way. The challenge is to decouple peace from land, and recognize that security depends not on territory but on equal treatment.
The kingdom’s new Foundation Day plays down the false idea that the Saudi state legitimized itself through Wahhabism, with political authority divided between the ruling Al Saud dynasty and the religious establishment, and helps to reveal how it gained its legitimacy via a hybrid normative tradition that included Arabist and Salafist elements.
In the eyes of his supporters, Trump possesses extraordinary powers that are wielded for good and against evil. Who cares if he is flawed? So what if he lacks certain distinctively human qualities? What does it matter that he is rude, authoritarian or even a criminal?
Israeli leaders, and Western discourse at large, have long reduced the Palestinian national struggle to particular leaders or factions. Palestinian people, according to this perspective, are little more than puppets manipulated by those leaders, human shields behind which they hide or collateral damage of Israel’s military campaigns.
Amid the raging chaos in the region, a potentially significant yet little-noticed development unfolded in northeastern Syria in mid-December. The General Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) formally ratified its constitution, intriguingly dubbed the Social Contract. The term, reminiscent of Rousseau's musings on a liberal society, bore an ironic twist as the AANES eschews liberal politics.
If Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s New Year’s resolution in January 2023 was to gain international acceptance, then she has succeeded. Love her or loathe her, the perception of her as an unreliable firebrand with neo-fascist sympathies has changed. But her authoritarian style of governance remains a danger.
Witchcraft has been a constant theme in African soccer over the years. As the Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicks off in Ivory Coast, magic practices will likely still be present, if more discreet and less visible, shaping how players and teams perceive the game.