Author Archive: Mohammad S. Moussalli

What Our World Needs Most: True World Leaders

What Our World Needs Most: True World Leaders

In this Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyses the detrimental aftereffects of indecisiveness and inaction of the international community and world leaders on the world. He argues for change in the criterion through which people select their leaderships We often hear many senior citizens, parents and grandparents talk nostalgically about the good old days of their time. […]

 
 

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

UN: A World Forum of Bystanders

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the chronic impotency of UN and failure of the Security Council to maintain world order, resolve conflicts and enforce peace. On January 1920, fourteen month after the end of the First World War, the League of Nations (LN) was founded to maintain world […]

 
 

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

ISIS: Another Resurgence of Radical Islamists

In his Op-Ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli analyzes the current security situations and political dilemma in the Middle East in view of ISIS savagery. Last June, a major offensive launched by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq & Greater Syria (ISIS), also known as “The Islamic State” (IS), succeeded in no […]

 
 

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

Realpolitik: A Polished Name for Political Immorality

The moral pattern of politics has degenerated many times over the past six decades or so. Then, politicians and people’s representatives were primarily picked out for their governance skills, civil commitment, moral principles and human values before other qualities. In earlier times, the cost for election pledge-breaking, ill-advised lawmaking and […]

 
 

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

Why We Need New Humanized Mobilization Groups

The unprecedented technological advancements in mass media and telecommunications have broadened the options of knowing what is going on in this turbulent world. Nowadays, people see how terror attacks, kidnapping, bloody armed conflicts and civil wars roam all around the globe. Thereon they wonder why the concerned authorities did not […]

 
 

Lebanese Politicians Nullify UDHR’s “ Right to Housing ”

Lebanese Politicians Nullify UDHR’s “ Right to Housing ”

The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 have demoted communism and socialism to the least importance upon which capitalistic notions flourished all around the world. Since then, the dominant economic trends revolve around the economic theory of deregulation of the markets and noninterference of governments, theorized as the Free […]

 
 

Why None Succeeded to Reform Arab Bureaucracies

Why None Succeeded to Reform Arab Bureaucracies

During the first decade of this century, both governments and organizations were occupied by several analytical processes to reevaluate their achievements and shortcomings, cope with the mainstream trends of people, and of course, make plans for the future. Developed countries and advanced organizations have skillfully utilized most of the novel […]

 
 

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

The Fall of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League

In the wake of the Second World War, the presence of powerful international and regional organizations, which can preserve peace and play effective mediatory roles between nations, emerged as an imperative requirement to all nations. To address that global need, international organizations and regional leagues, such as the United Nations (UN), the League of […]

 
 

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Why Geneva Talks Won’t Stop the Syrian Bloodbath

Now as thirty-four months ago, on every international and regional news channel you watch, transnational newspaper you read or human rights centered websites you explore, you will find analytical articles condemning the ongoing Syrian bloodbath.  You will also come upon uncountable number of commentaries preaching the necessity for direct negotiation […]

 
 

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Why Iran is Overeager to Master the Middle East

Despite the presence of so many transnational problems, Iran’s nuke program and the Syrian dilemma are by far the most controversial issues on the international political theater. Navigating away from discussing over again the machinated failure of the international community to stop the first massacre of the 21st century (the terrorizing […]

 
 

Obama Foreign Policy Puts Arab-U.S. Alliance at Risk

Obama Foreign Policy Puts Arab-U.S. Alliance at Risk

If you intend to visit any Arab country, you are likely going to come across many indignant people criticizing the so-called international community for being a mere self-serving interest group. No matter where you are, whether at street corners, cafes, recreational facilities, social clubs or at any political gathering, you […]

 
 

Whom to Blame for Muslims’ Unending Nightmares

Whom to Blame for Muslims’ Unending Nightmares

Every now and then, you read some comments or hear people blaming Muslims and Arabs for the ongoing chaos and unending violence currently happening throughout the world. At large, people, mainly those living in the North Western hemisphere, criticize most of the Muslim world, Arab countries in particular, for being […]

 
 

Why Arabs and Muslims Downplay Women’s Rights

Why Arabs and Muslims Downplay Women’s Rights

No matter whom we are or where we are in the world, one cannot deny that human rights and civil liberty are the foremost, after politics, controversial subjects of discussion of our time. By all odds, the most debate-provoking topic in any human rights discourse is the issue of women’s […]

 
 

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

  As centuries ago as now, we find many policy makers, politicians and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard is a shrewd political craft. They simply justify and identify this double play as a mean to attain goals of interest. Apart from the far-flung stigmatization […]

 
 

What Egyptian Protesters Assert to the World

What Egyptian Protesters Assert to the World

On June 30, the political focus of most people was at Tahrir Square, in Cairo, to see the scheduled mass demonstrations, which were called up in opposition to Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, and against the dominance of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt’s political life. Millions of Egyptian protesters flooded into Cairo’s […]

 
 

The Crux of Middle East and Arab Dilemma

The Crux of Middle East and Arab Dilemma

Mohammad S. Moussalli discusses the crux of Middle East and Arab dilemma, and makes suggestions so that to establish security and peace in the world. Whenever you get involved in a political discussion concerning the question of peace and security in this chaotic world, you will find out that Middle East […]

 
 

When America Leads From Behind

When America Leads From Behind

After a long busy day, many people search the web or switch on their cable television, to know what is coming about in this uncertain world. On every international news channel and portal website, they see guiltless people being deliberately harmed, tortured or killed, every day. Around the world, from […]

 
 

The Persistent Demand of All Arab People

The Persistent Demand of All Arab People

Most foreign residents who happen to live or work in the Arab region are accustomed to hear the majority of Arab nationals and expatriates complaining about the living conditions and socio-political situations of their native countries. Nowadays, Arabs tend to be freer to express their frustration and condemnation of the […]

 
 

The Real Call of Arab Civil Societies

A protestor during the uprising in Syria

The modern concept of civil society is centred on the idea of free joint action between individuals within private and official associations to achieve equitable societal settings and comfortable socioeconomic conditions. Typically, the causes and effects of social and civil movements are mainly of socioeconomic and socio-political nature. On the […]

 
 

One of Ali Baba’s Caves of the Middle East

One of Ali Baba’s Caves of the Middle East

In essence, a sovereign state is a socio-political association of people that has a representative political system, autonomous judiciary, nationally and internationally acknowledged governing body and self-rule over a recognised demarcated geographic area, which is not subject to other authority or state. Consider a state that could not uphold full […]

 
 

Poverty: The Matrix of All Troubles

Poverty: The Matrix of All Troubles

At the onset of this millennium, the World Bank (WB) established a set of international development targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to reduce poverty by half on 2015. On that point, during the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Dubai, […]

 
 

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

The relationship of a national authority to citizenry has been the subject of age-long arguments and indeterminate discourse. Most political theorists and analysts have unremittingly debated the way, whether by constraint or consent, social order should be maintained. And what is the best political formation and governance pattern in which […]

 
 

Why Arab Spring countries missed their first base?

Why Arab Spring countries missed their first base?

It is a customary practice to see Arab people browse for fresh news of the ongoing Arab revolts, called the Arab Spring. They find civil unrest in Tunisia, riots and regime destabilisation in Bahrain, tribal armed clashes in post-Gaddafi government in Libya, military conflicts with Islamic fundamentalists in Yemen, recurrent […]

 
 

Why Nationalism couldn’t overshadow Islamism

Why Nationalism couldn’t overshadow Islamism

The existing interminable regional conflicts among several nations along with the recurring armed clashes between political factions, fundamental groups and state authorities are common features of this era. Since the last four decades, conflicts and disagreements are becoming more fundamental and conceptual than being circumstantial and temporal. In the Muslim […]