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UN report tackles Arab despondency

Arab Integration, a report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, offers ways for Arabs to shake off the despondency currently consuming the Middle East.
A Shiite volunteer, who has joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, gestures from a truck in Baghdad, June 18, 2014. The United States is contemplating talks with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government in its battle with Sunni Islamist insurgents who routed Baghdad's army and seized the north of the country in the past week.  REUTERS/Ahmed Saad (I

At this moment, a sectarian divide is proliferating in a dangerous manner, and the “doctrine of responsibility of governments” to protect civilians is completely marginalized and, in certain instances, has been voided by the ongoing proliferation of terrorist groups whose ruthlessness is so alien to Arab and Islamic tradition and culture.

The growing disappointment, and at times disillusionment — given the promise of the Arab Spring, with the prospect of Palestinians having a sovereign and independent state with Jerusalem as its capital not forthcoming as promised, with the growing marginality of the Arab League and divisive politics in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and the current dangers of a sectarian civil war emerging in Iraq — and all the complexity, divisiveness, popular frustration, and flaws in the Arab situation and the growing disposition on the part of many Arab intelligentsia to give up on Arab nationalism have rendered disillusionment the prevailing sentiment, and resignation from hope the definition of “realism.”

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