In Captive Society, Saeid Golkar takes on the challenge of trying to explain Iran's Basij to a Western audience. This is a particularly difficult task given the shadowy nature of the inner workings of the Islamic Republic.
A number of terror attacks — both successful and thwarted — have disrupted celebrations of the holy month of Ramadan throughout the Muslim world.
The mass murder of nearly 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub by Omar Mateen, an American who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, has been widely condemned throughout the Middle East. Many commentators in the region have raised questions about the motivation behind the crime.
The targeted killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in Pakistan by a U.S. drone strike, less than a year after he replaced Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has dominated commentaries in the English-language dailies of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Although Abdullah Ocalan seems almost paranoid toward the United States and Western capitalism — "The way I was captured demonstrated that the capitalist modernity of which the USA is the world leader, is a system with no inhibition to oppress and abuse" (p.
However badly misnamed are the popular protests, uprisings, revolutions and civil wars that started spreading across the Middle East in the winter of 2010-11, it is abundantly clear that in most cases they did not result in peaceful transitions to inclusive democratic politics.
This week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels have once again elicited strong discussion in the regional media. Besides the usual messages of solidarity, many commentators in the Middle East have offered various explanations for the current state of affairs, what to do to counter future terrorist