Arab writers, seeking to become more like Israel, called on their countries to to develop their judicial systems and a democratic form of government, to stop repressing citizens and to invest in education.
The hopes that the Arab Spring five years ago would lead to more opportunities for women have largely not panned out. However, there are women in all areas of life who have become leaders in their own way and are fighting for more freedom. Here are the stories of five women.
Dr. Entesar Al-Banna , a columnist for a Bahraini daily, wrote she was shocked that many young Arabs idolize Hitler- a phenomenon she says stems from the wave of violence afflicting the region and, as a result, people are looking to someone who challenged the rest of the world.
Patrick Clawson, director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said it was very peculiar the Iranians put the S-300 missile system at Fordo, a site they’ve long claimed would be impenetrable to attack.
While countries in the Middle East jail, persecute and even execute gay people, Israel respects all of its citizens regardless of race, religion or sex – and yet it is the only country so strongly vilified by the West for alleged human rights abuses.
British and French interests of 1916 created a host of problems over the next century. Today, Israel should worry about the different world views that have developed between itself and the West. But the new situation also presents Israel with opportunities.
‘With 60 percent of the population below the age of 30, the Arab world is characterized by its vast youth population.’ A comprehensive poll of the trends among young Arabs in the Middle East also shows that a majority reject ISIS.
In a true sign of change in the Arab world, Kuwaiti media personality Yousuf ‘Abd Al-Karim Al-Zinkawi called on all Arab and Muslim states to recognize Israel, openly and without delay, and stop calling it “the Zionist Entity” or “the Israeli occupation,” terms which undermine Israel’s legitimacy.
Is the Middle East on the path to a full-blown Sunni-Shiite confrontation? In what may be a precursor to a military conflict, Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties after Iranians attacked its embassy over the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.