Yemen Conflict Will Be A Hit or Miss, But Not Total War

The conflict in Yemen has reached a breaking point, and pushed the “King of the Jungle,” Saudi Arabia, to take military action against Houthi rebels. The early morning of March 26th saw the initiation of Operation Decisive Storm, a campaign led by Saudi Arabia and backed by a coalition of Gulf States to restore President…

Where Is ISIS Moving, and How Far Can It Move?

It seems that ISIS is always on the move, whether in retreat or in advance, inciting violence and committing mass atrocities. The militant organization gains territory here, loses some there, wins a town, loses a village, and continues its attempts to advance on the battlefield and through social media. But where exactly is ISIS moving…

Closing ‘Gitmo’ Won’t End Terrorism, But It Will Clean Up Our Image

The Guantanamo Bay prison has been a controversial issue from its inception in 2002, to President Obama’s campaign to close the prison, and to the recent torture reports. It’s been a fight on both sides of the aisle, with a range of arguments being presented on whether or not to close the prison. Recent comments by…

Jordan’s Executions In Response To “Islamic State” Raises Concerns

The Islamic State has come yet again into the world’s attention through brutal means. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot who was captured by militants, was shown to have been burned alive while caged. The video included a message to the anti-Islamic State coalition to stand down or face a continuation of similar executions. Nations reacted…

Bahrain’s Revolution On Hold Due To Regional Power Struggle

The Middle East has seen a complete upheaval as a result of the Arab Spring. Syria and Libya have descended into violence, Egypt is wrestling with new governments and leaders, and Tunisia is on the path towards a new and fresh nation. There are nations like Bahrain that continue to struggle despite crackdowns and lack…

Difference Between “Islamic State” and Boko Haram

The threat of attacks from militant groups unfortunately fill the air in several regions. Growing frustrations with governments and ideologies have secured breeding grounds for some of the most ruthless organizations. The two, Boko Haram and the Islamic State, have carved out a territory for themselves and their new caliphate, displacing and killing thousands. The…

Saudi Arabia’s Status As A Religious Focus Complicated Human Rights

With the succession of Salman to the Saudi crown at the loss of King Abdullah, there is a strong discussion on the future progression of human rights in Saudi Arabia. While Abdullah stood out as a reformer compared to his predecessors, the road towards greater rights was moving at an extremely slow speed. Saudi Arabia…

“Islamic State” Actions Enforce Religiosity and Power Status

The current status on the “Islamic State” is still in a gray region: It still is operational in many regards yet is slowly being pushed by coalition forces. The void in Syria gives a large space for their operations in terms of conquest and economics. North Iraq continues to face the harsh punishments prescribed by…

If You Don’t Fit The Mold, Pick A Side

Gender for many exists in the binary format of male and female, masculinity and femininity. There’s an inseparable link between gender and sex built and upheld by our society. But even within this binary there are degrees of gender expression and an almost competition on who is more of their assigned gender. Men need to…

The Catch 22 of Terrorism Overly Simplified

Flashing across the media spectrum we typically see scenes and updates from far off places like Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The war on terror continues and we truly want to end this fight. Whether it is leaving the nations to fend for themselves or taking an active role, the debate on how to end the…

On the Edges of The Binary and Society: Sufism’s Role in Social Tolerance of Hijra and Transgender Communities in Pakistan (Academic Article)

Islamic society has been wary of accepting gender nonconforming individuals such as transgender people and hijras in South Asia. They face violence, discrimination from families, society, and the government, and rampant poverty within this group. Yet with Sufism as a major tradition in Pakistan, the second largest Islamic state, social tolerance towards the hijra and…