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.
Efforts have long been underway by the UN to fully ban nuclear testing, by getting all member states to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Israel signed it in 1996, but, along with the US and other countries, has resisted ratifying it until the proper 'regional context and appropriate timing.'
Iran claims Sunni terror groups plotted imminent bombings in different parts of the country, including Tehran and a number of provinces, during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. This is rather ironic since Iran is recognized as the leading state sponsor of global terrorism.
Israeli and US delegations met in Jerusalem on Thursday to discuss a full range of security matters, including shared threats, terror organizations destabilizing the Middle East, opportunities for regional cooperation and other important issues, including Iran.
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.