Perspectives

US soldiers patrol near Camp Victory Base, in Somalia in 1993. [Getty]
Opinion: Trump’s instincts to withdraw US troops from the country were right. Now the Pentagon seems to be reverting to old, failed strategies, writes Michael Horton.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Gareth Southgate, England manager speaks to the media with Marcus Rashford at Wembley Stadium on September 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Opinion: Johnson and Patel muster faux outrage over racial abuse, but their policies and previous inaction tell a very different story, writes Taj Ali.
The Vienna office of the UN is reflected in a door with the sign of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on May 23, 2021. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP) (Photo by ALEX HALADA/AFP via Getty Images)
Opinion: A Middle East free of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons is possible, but it would require cooperation and transparency from all regional countries, including Israel, writes Emad Kiyaei.
Map of Somalia with Somaliland marked out in red. A hand placing a vote in a ballot box signifies the parliamentary elections held on 31 May 2021
Opinion: Somaliland's June parliamentary elections were praised yet again for their strong democratic character. Suhaib Mahamoud asks if this will advance claims to statehood and secure the international recognition sought for three decades.
KANDAHAR A CITY ON EDGE
Opinion: Almost 20 years after they arrived, US forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, leaving a resurgent Taliban and weak national government behind, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.
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Opinion: Three towering figures of the Arab left have died since 2020: Tunisian Gilbert Naccache, Syrian Michel Kilo, and Moroccan Abdellah Zaazaa. Khadija Mohsen-Finan revisits their trajectories over 50 years of activism and social upheaval.
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Opinion: Israeli propaganda on social media emphasises the beauty and femininity of female soldiers to distract from the violent crimes Israel is committing against Palestinians, writes Alainna Liloia.
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Opinion: Biden may have succeeded in forging a Europe-wide response to China, but he now faces his biggest challenge yet: getting Putin on board, writes Melvyn B. Krauss.
Yemen's water supply is far below "absolute scarcity" on the Fallenmark scale. [Getty]
Opinion: Water resources are drying up in Yemen, a country that has been ravaged by war for six years. Climate change, population growth, and poor agricultural policies are to blame, writes Helen Lackner.
Yemen's water supply is far below "absolute scarcity" on the Fallenmark scale. [Getty]
Opinion: Water resources are drying up in Yemen, a country that has been ravaged by war for six years. Climate change, population growth, and poor agricultural policies are to blame, writes Helen Lackner.