Sectarian divides—and their manipulation by those in power—are increasingly fueling conflict across the diverse countries of the Middle East, spilling over borders and contributing to ongoing violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. Yet in the nineteenth century the region was considerably more tolerant than Western Europe at the time; a high degree of religious… more
“We’re ridding the world of polytheism, and spreading monotheism across the planet,” an ISIS preacher recently said in a video recording. Behind him one could see the ISIS faithful using sledgehammers, bulldozers, and explosives to destroy the eighth-century-BC citadel of the Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, ten miles northwest of Mosul in northern Iraq, and the colossal statues of… more
President Obama is visiting Saudia Arabia today. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East affairs correspondent who has covered the Arab region for New York Review of Books, BBC, Financial Times, and the author of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, talks about the destruction unleashed in the Middle East by European nationalism and need to… more
With ISIS dug in, the Israel-Palestine peace process in worse shape than ever, and the advances of the Arab Spring largely rolled back in almost every country in the region, it is hard to have hope for the Middle East. But in Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, Nicolas Pelham, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, presents an original… more
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union, was for many years synonymous with excruciating hours of EU talks that drag on only to yield watered-down compromises wrapped in legalese...
In Holy Lands, longtime Middle East journalist Nicolas Pelham presents a strikingly original and startlingly optimistic look at the region. Sure, there's plenty of bad news and cruelty to report on, but Pelham also tells the story of those who are embracing diversity and trying to live side by side with all types of people, in the… more
Much has been written about ISIS, and much has been made about the group's bloodlust. The self-proclaimed Islamic State has a fondness for public massacres and beheadings, raped thousands of Yazidi women, looted museums, and destroyed historic sites. ISIS's celebrations of depravity, and the force and speed with which it has taken to its violence,… more
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