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In nearly three decades, the Internet has evolved from being an innovation in communication technologies into an economic addon then into a instrument of radical social and economic transformation. By the end of the second decade of the 21st century, the Internet, now dominated by social media platforms, wielded material and political power that surpassed that of many of the most developed nation-states. At one point in 2019, the wealth, in terms of market capitalization, controlled by some of the top technology companies, like Apple, was larger than the national GDP of 181 nations out of 195. For this…


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With the war on Yemen going against Saudi stated goals, three years ago, (5 June 2017), Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed isolating sanctions. Three years later, none of their conditions, which included, primarily, shutting down Aljazeera, ending Qatar’s support to the Muslim Brotherhood, and severing diplomatic relations with Iran, is realized. That decision essentially broke down the GCC. Now, United Arab Emirates, under the leader of an ambitious and aggressive emir, compared to his father, is normalizing relations with Israel. What will UAE receive in return?

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Echoing the ideals of many Enlightenment thinkers and their struggle against the encroachment of the Crown and the Cross on individual rights, John Locke penned that the proper function of government is to ensure men’s rights to “life, liberty, and property.” In 1776, the drafters of the U.S. Declaration of Independence adopted an edited version of that ubiquitous statement substituting “property” with “the pursuit of happiness,” a right derived Locke’s writings, still. Nearly two hundred years later, representative of about 58 nation-states drafted the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reaffirmed the same rights in its third article…


The Unintended Consequences of Saudi rulers’ recklessness: a True GCC called PGC

During the last of week of November, the Emir of Kuwait sent out formal invitations to all leaders of member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, originally and still commonly known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to attend the 38th summit (December 5, 2017). The rulers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and United Arab Emirates, declined, sending instead political appointees of the 3rd order to represent them, which must have been seen as a personal insult to the elder Emir of Kuwait…


To assume that Trump, and Trump alone, to the exclusion of all other politicians, has authoritarian tendencies is as naïve as believing that a progressive president will pursue a human rights centered agenda to the exclusion of all that stand against that agenda. All politicians, once they experience the power that comes with the executive office, are prone to be or to becoming authoritarians. The need for term-limits, separation of branches of government, freedom of the press, freedom of expressions, rule of law, and safeguards against government overreach and abuse of power is premised on that universal politicians’ instinct to…


Trump said many things that offended many people. Muslim Americans were among those offended by many of his comments. Now that he is elected to be the 45th president of the United States, should Muslims freak out?

To answer this question, I will include this essay I drafted in June of this year, when some of my colleagues approached me to apologize for the offensive comments then candidate Trump had made. I said that this is not a passing moment: Trump will be president. Here he is: President-Elect Trump and in about two months he will lead this country… to somewhere. I did not publish the essay then because it could have been seen as an attempt to influence young voters, like the ones I have in my classes. Now that the elections are over, I thought…


Abstract: The organization known today simply as the “Islamic State,” or by its Arabic acronym, Daesh (English, ISIL), has historical and ideological roots that go beyond the territories it now controls. These deep roots give Daesh confidence that it will succeed in dominating the world, but give others reasons to believe that it will fail in controlling even a single nation. …

AHMED E. SOUAIAIA

Prof. SOUAIAIA teaches at University of Iowa. He writes about human rights, international affairs, political economy. Contact info @ https://ahmed.souaiaia.com/

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