Mehreen Yousaf

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Assessing the Arab Spring Uprisings After Four Years

Exactly four years ago, Tunisia’s corrupt autocracy pushed Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor, too far. After local inspectors seized his produce for failing to pay yet another bribe, he went to a provincial governor’s office, doused himself with paint thinner, and set himself on fire. His fury …

The disastrous triumph of the Arab Spring

Four years after the first street protests, the shock waves are still being felt across the Middle East<p>The word tragedy is overused, but it seems fitting enough for the Arab Spring. Air crashes, earthquakes, fatal illnesses: these are sad, devastatingly so maybe, but they lack that necessary …

Malcolm X's assassination robbed the world of a Muslim civil rights visionary

Malcolm X is associated with violent black nationalism. But his conversion to Sunni Islam helped bring him back into the mainstream of American life. His assassination 50 years ago robbed the civil rights movement of a powerful leader<p>When Malcolm X was assassinated, <b>Time Magazine wrote</b> that he had …

Yemen's neighbours demand UN action to halt rebel advance

Gulf Cooperation Council warns of possible intervention if no action is taken against Houthis, who have taken control of Sana’a<p>Yemen’s Gulf Arab neighbours gas warned that if the world failed to act against the Shia rebels who have toppled the Yemeni government, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

George W. Bush Is Intervening in Iraq—Again

When Iraqi tribal leaders came to D.C. looking for help against ISIL, the White House refused. Then the former president made a call.<p>The meetings with Biden and Slotkin reinforced what many in the delegation suspected: Despite the administration’s vow to defeat ISIL, the United States places a …