Soldiers at an IDF base participate in the democratic process on Election Day. Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Israeli democracy and its military challenges

Commentary: There have been all kinds of aspects of militarization in the country, but Israelis are loyal to their democratic system

Troops loyal to the Tripoli government patrol the area near Abu Qareen, Libya in September. Photo: REUTERS/Ayman Al-Sahili

Libya: lights and shadows of the peace process

Commentary: The parties involved in the Tunis talks were willing to respect the truce but little inclined to make political concessions to their counterparts. Uncertainty hangs over the Libyan peace process in which the role of the national players is often influenced and manipulated by the various international sponsors

The Emir of Qatar, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and Turkish President Tayyp Recep Erdogan. Photo: Turkish Presidential Press Office

A new great Islamic crescent: the Turkey-Qatar axis from the Caucasus to Libya

Commentary: From Libya to Armenia, from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, the Turkish leader keeps on trying to play a leading role, with the support of his friends in Doha. The two "friends of hard times" are becoming increasingly aggressive but probably even weaker.

Photo: John Stillwell/PA Images via REUTERS

Tax havens

Commentary: Financial flows in search of secrecy or fleeing corporate taxation increase inequalities and vulnerability to crises and cause unquantifiable political damage. Meanwhile this capital shrouded by banking secrecy infiltrates Western political systems and destabilizes them as poverty and unemployment increase

UN special envoy Stephanie Williams speaks as Tunisia's President Kais Saied listens to her during the opening ceremony in Tunis on November 9. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Libya: at what point is the night?

Commentary: UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the civil war get underway, but for a number of reasons, including the long shadows of the external sponsors of the two main warring factions, the road to peace will not be paved with roses

A mosque is seen in the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, Israel. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israel and its Arab citizens

Commentary: A survey shows a significant change this year in the way Arab citizens in Israel identify themselves. According to the findings, Israel's minorities define themselves mainly as Israeli, and half of them identify themselves as Arab-Israeli 
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