Politics

November 13, 2014

Resisting ISIS! Beyond Secularism and Religious Fanaticism

by Martin Accad The Middle East is in turmoil! That’s a bit of an understatement. Are you feeling frustrated and helpless about it? This has been an ongoing feeling for me since ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) hit the headlines and invaded our private imaginations relentlessly through […]
July 18, 2014

A Plea to My Christian, Muslim and Jewish Friends

By Martin Accad Israeli assault on Gaza. IS(IS) assault on everybody. US assault on Iraq, still vivid in everyone’s memory. Self-proclaimed Muslims attacking the NY twin-towers. Self-proclaimed Jews burning alive a young Palestinian teenager. Self-proclaimed Christians promoting the apocalyptic heresy of “Christian Zionism” to justify the ethnic cleansing of the […]
May 1, 2014

Celebrating International Workers Day: For Real this Time!

By Sara Obeid No matter how much you may love your job, few things are more exciting than a day off. This Thursday, May 1st, many countries across the planet celebrate International Workers Day with precisely that…a day off. In Lebanon, the first things one thinks of on International Workers’ day […]
October 24, 2013

My Allah Is More Authentic Than Your Allah!

By Martin Accad The Malaysian Supreme Court finally confirmed last week what many in the Evangelical community have been suspecting in recent years: Muslims and Christians worship different gods, and we must establish clear theological and linguistic boundaries, lest our people get confused! The first time I heard anyone suggest […]
September 11, 2013

Remembering Rightly: A 911 Reflection from the American at IMES

As the American at IMES, I feel compelled to share with you the following prayer: Remembering once again the lives lost in the sick tragedy of 12 years ago today, my prayers are with all of the friends and families still suffering from the loss of their loved ones. Yet, […]
July 12, 2013

Egypt (Part 2): Not Everyone is Rejoicing about the Fall of Mursi

The situation in Egypt is complex and rapidly evolving. Division is rife and the stakes for the region and beyond are extremely high. Opinion is also split on the rights and wrongs of the recent deposing of President Mursi and the methods taken. As such, IMES features two very interesting and […]
July 11, 2013

Egypt (Part 1): Light at the End of the Tunnel

The situation in Egypt is complex and rapidly evolving. Division is rife and the stakes for the region and beyond are extremely high. Opinion is also split on the rights and wrongs of the recent deposing of President Mursi and the methods taken. As such, IMES features two very interesting and […]
June 1, 2013

The Day Hamas Walked Away from Damascus: What Future for the MENA Church? (Part 2)

By Martin Accad In my blog post last week, I suggested that Hamas’ shift from its allegiance to the Syrian regime back to its ideological roots in the Muslim Brotherhood was setting new priorities in the regional politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. It is redefining Sunni-Shi‘i […]