Do We Need a Palestinian Gandhi or Mandela?

A Palestinian protester watches a salvo of tear gas canisters fall during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against settlements in the village of Beita in the occupied West Bank, on October 8, 2021. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFPMajed Kayali From time to time, Israeli political propaganda comes up with a question like: “Where … Continue reading “Do We Need a Palestinian Gandhi or Mandela?”

Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn

Tunisians raise national flags during a rally against their president along the Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on October 10, 2021.More than 5,000 people, according to observers, flocked to Avenue Bourguiba, to demonstrate at the call of various parties opposed to President Kais Saied, including the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Saied on July 25 … Continue reading “Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn”

Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn

Tunisians raise national flags during a rally against their president along the Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on October 10, 2021.More than 5,000 people, according to observers, flocked to Avenue Bourguiba, to demonstrate at the call of various parties opposed to President Kais Saied, including the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Saied on July 25 … Continue reading “Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn”

Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn

Tunisians raise national flags during a rally against their president along the Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on October 10, 2021.More than 5,000 people, according to observers, flocked to Avenue Bourguiba, to demonstrate at the call of various parties opposed to President Kais Saied, including the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Saied on July 25 … Continue reading “Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn”

Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn

Tunisians raise national flags during a rally against their president along the Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on October 10, 2021.More than 5,000 people, according to observers, flocked to Avenue Bourguiba, to demonstrate at the call of various parties opposed to President Kais Saied, including the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Saied on July 25 … Continue reading “Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn”

Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn

Tunisians raise national flags during a rally against their president along the Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on October 10, 2021.More than 5,000 people, according to observers, flocked to Avenue Bourguiba, to demonstrate at the call of various parties opposed to President Kais Saied, including the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Saied on July 25 … Continue reading “Tunisians Do not Remember, They Yearn”

May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing

Pictures of May Ziadeh. Source: Adnan MasoudYoussef Sharqawi To be a pioneer in writing and feminism, May Ziadeh kept a distance from the world. She neither wanted to belong to an abstract thought nor a group to defend. All she wanted was to empty herself from the whole world and belong to herself. The approach … Continue reading “May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing”

May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing

Pictures of May Ziadeh. Source: Adnan MasoudYoussef Sharqawi To be a pioneer in writing and feminism, May Ziadeh kept a distance from the world. She neither wanted to belong to an abstract thought nor a group to defend. All she wanted was to empty herself from the whole world and belong to herself. The approach … Continue reading “May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing”

May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing

Pictures of May Ziadeh. Source: Adnan MasoudYoussef Sharqawi To be a pioneer in writing and feminism, May Ziadeh kept a distance from the world. She neither wanted to belong to an abstract thought nor a group to defend. All she wanted was to empty herself from the whole world and belong to herself. The approach … Continue reading “May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing”

May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing

Pictures of May Ziadeh. Source: Adnan MasoudYoussef Sharqawi To be a pioneer in writing and feminism, May Ziadeh kept a distance from the world. She neither wanted to belong to an abstract thought nor a group to defend. All she wanted was to empty herself from the whole world and belong to herself. The approach … Continue reading “May Ziadeh: Pioneer of Feminism and Writing”

The Kurds will be the Kingmakers during Iraqi Elections

This picture taken on October 5, 2021 shows a view of electoral banners for candidates of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP/PDK) running in the upcoming Iraqi national elections, displayed along the side of a cafeteria building in the city of Zakho in the north of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Iraq will hold parliamentary elections on … Continue reading “The Kurds will be the Kingmakers during Iraqi Elections”

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over his children’s heads. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPBy: Ahmed Abdeen Yom … Continue reading “Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews”

Syrian Attempts to Rewrite the Chronicle of Humanity

A Lebanese university student reads an Arabic novel as she takes a break at the campus of the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut on April 21, 2009. JOSEPH BARRAK / AFPYoussef Sharqawi After the Setback of the June War 1967 and the impossibility of overcoming the poor Arab regimes, Syrian writers attempted … Continue reading “Syrian Attempts to Rewrite the Chronicle of Humanity”

What Does Israel Mean as a Nation-State for the Jews?

An ultra-Orthodox Jew inspects a Lulav (Palm branch), one of four species used during the celebration of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles, in a Jewish Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem on September 20, 2021. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPMajed Kayali By perpetuating its view of the nation-state of the Jews, Israel attempts – practically and legally … Continue reading “What Does Israel Mean as a Nation-State for the Jews?”

The Iraqi Elections: A Zero-Sum Catastrophe

A tuktuk car drives past a large poster of Iraq’s populist Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr, in Sadr City, east of the capital Baghdad, on July 15, 2021. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFPHussein Alzoubi Early parliamentary elections will take place in Iraq on 10 October 2021. According to Hudayfa al-Mashhadani, a researcher in Iraqi political affairs, … Continue reading “The Iraqi Elections: A Zero-Sum Catastrophe”

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over his children’s heads. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPBy: Ahmed Abdeen Yom … Continue reading “Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews”

Syrian Attempts to Rewrite the Chronicle of Humanity

A Lebanese university student reads an Arabic novel as she takes a break at the campus of the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut on April 21, 2009. JOSEPH BARRAK / AFPYoussef Sharqawi After the Setback of the June War 1967 and the impossibility of overcoming the poor Arab regimes, Syrian writers attempted … Continue reading “Syrian Attempts to Rewrite the Chronicle of Humanity”

What Does Israel Mean as a Nation-State for the Jews?

An ultra-Orthodox Jew inspects a Lulav (Palm branch), one of four species used during the celebration of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles, in a Jewish Ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem on September 20, 2021. MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPMajed Kayali By perpetuating its view of the nation-state of the Jews, Israel attempts – practically and legally … Continue reading “What Does Israel Mean as a Nation-State for the Jews?”

The Iraqi Elections: A Zero-Sum Catastrophe

A tuktuk car drives past a large poster of Iraq’s populist Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr, in Sadr City, east of the capital Baghdad, on July 15, 2021. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFPHussein Alzoubi Early parliamentary elections will take place in Iraq on 10 October 2021. According to Hudayfa al-Mashhadani, a researcher in Iraqi political affairs, … Continue reading “The Iraqi Elections: A Zero-Sum Catastrophe”

PRIVATE TESTING SUBMISSION FORM VINCENT

if(!gform){document.addEventListener(“gform_main_scripts_loaded”,function(){gform.scriptsLoaded=!0}),window.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,function(){gform.domLoaded=!0});var gform={domLoaded:!1,scriptsLoaded:!1,initializeOnLoaded:function(o){gform.domLoaded&&gform.scriptsLoaded?o():!gform.domLoaded&&gform.scriptsLoaded?window.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.addEventListener(“gform_main_scripts_loaded”,o)},hooks:{action:{},filter:{}},addAction:function(o,n,r,t){gform.addHook(“action”,o,n,r,t)},addFilter:function(o,n,r,t){gform.addHook(“filter”,o,n,r,t)},doAction:function(o){gform.doHook(“action”,o,arguments)},applyFilters:function(o){return gform.doHook(“filter”,o,arguments)},removeAction:function(o,n){gform.removeHook(“action”,o,n)},removeFilter:function(o,n,r){gform.removeHook(“filter”,o,n,r)},addHook:function(o,n,r,t,i){null==gform.hooks[o][n]&&(gform.hooks[o][n]=[]);var e=gform.hooks[o][n];null==i&&(i=n+”_”+e.length),null==t&&(t=10),gform.hooks[o][n].push({tag:i,callable:r,priority:t})},doHook:function(o,n,r){if(r=Array.prototype.slice.call(r,1),null!=gform.hooks[o][n]){var t,i=gform.hooks[o][n];i.sort(function(o,n){return o.priority-n.priority});for(var e=0;e

Underage Marriage in the Middle East and North Africa

Minimum legal age of marriage for girls in the Middle East and North Africa. Source: Girls Not Brides Contents Introduction Poverty Religion Conflict and Insecurity Consequences of Child Marriage Underage marriage (also called minor marriage or child marriage) may be defined as marriage under the legal age. The legal age in the Middle East and … Continue reading “Underage Marriage in the Middle East and North Africa”

Homosexuality Can also be Used To Deceit Others

Achraf, a 26-year-old Tunisian gay artist, arrives to attend the opening of the second edition of the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival in the Tunisian capital Tunis on March 22, 2019. FETHI BELAID / AFPHakim Marzouki There is a strange eagerness in the Arab world to crawl to Europe. All age groups want to come to … Continue reading “Homosexuality Can also be Used To Deceit Others”

The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve

Hundreds of stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, demonstrate to demand citizenship and other rights as Kuwait’s elite anti-riot police uses tear gas to disperse them in Jahra, 50kms west of Kuwait City, on March 11, 2011. YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFPYoussef Sharqawi The Bedoons in Kuwait have suffered for decades from marginalization and exclusion, in addition … Continue reading “The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve”

The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences

A Tunisian youth shows tear gas canisters that he collected on the ground as he stands on a road that residents blocked to prevent the police and trucks from using it following clashes between Tunisian security forces and residents over social protests related to Tunisia’s natural gas facility of UK based oil company Petrofac on … Continue reading “The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences”

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over his children’s heads. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPBy: Ahmed Abdeen Yom … Continue reading “Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews”

9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. DOUG KANTER / AFPPaul Rogers: Professor of Peace Studies, University … Continue reading “9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict”

9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue

A hijacked commercial plane crashes into the World Trade Center 11 September 2001 in New York. The landmark skyscrapers were destroyed in the attack. AFP PHOTO SETH MCALLISTERJared Ahmad: Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication , University of Sheffield As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important to reflect … Continue reading “9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue”

Child Rights In the Middle East and North Africa

Millions of children are being denied their human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.  Factors such as poverty, violence, and displacement, among others, have led to children being forced to work, miss out on school, and engage in marriages while under the age of 18.  Many children are also kept behind bars in … Continue reading “Child Rights In the Middle East and North Africa”

Homosexuality Can also be Used To Deceit Others

Achraf, a 26-year-old Tunisian gay artist, arrives to attend the opening of the second edition of the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival in the Tunisian capital Tunis on March 22, 2019. FETHI BELAID / AFPHakim Marzouki There is a strange eagerness in the Arab world to crawl to Europe. All age groups want to come to … Continue reading “Homosexuality Can also be Used To Deceit Others”

The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve

Hundreds of stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, demonstrate to demand citizenship and other rights as Kuwait’s elite anti-riot police uses tear gas to disperse them in Jahra, 50kms west of Kuwait City, on March 11, 2011. YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFPYoussef Sharqawi The Bedoons in Kuwait have suffered for decades from marginalization and exclusion, in addition … Continue reading “The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve”

The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences

A Tunisian youth shows tear gas canisters that he collected on the ground as he stands on a road that residents blocked to prevent the police and trucks from using it following clashes between Tunisian security forces and residents over social protests related to Tunisia’s natural gas facility of UK based oil company Petrofac on … Continue reading “The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences”

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over his children’s heads. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPBy: Ahmed Abdeen Yom … Continue reading “Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews”

9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. DOUG KANTER / AFPPaul Rogers: Professor of Peace Studies, University … Continue reading “9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict”

9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue

A hijacked commercial plane crashes into the World Trade Center 11 September 2001 in New York. The landmark skyscrapers were destroyed in the attack. AFP PHOTO SETH MCALLISTERJared Ahmad: Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication , University of Sheffield As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important to reflect … Continue reading “9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue”

Health in the Middle East and North Africa

Yemeni women suffering from cancer sit on makeshift beds in the corridor of the National Oncology Centre in the country’s third city of Taez, on April 29, 2021. AHMAD AL-BASHA / AFP Contents Introduction Latest Articles Introduction The quality of the healthcare system is one of the most important indicators of the well-being of society. … Continue reading “Health in the Middle East and North Africa”

The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve

Hundreds of stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, demonstrate to demand citizenship and other rights as Kuwait’s elite anti-riot police uses tear gas to disperse them in Jahra, 50kms west of Kuwait City, on March 11, 2011. YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFPYoussef Sharqawi The Bedoons in Kuwait have suffered for decades from marginalization and exclusion, in addition … Continue reading “The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve”

The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences

A Tunisian youth shows tear gas canisters that he collected on the ground as he stands on a road that residents blocked to prevent the police and trucks from using it following clashes between Tunisian security forces and residents over social protests related to Tunisia’s natural gas facility of UK based oil company Petrofac on … Continue reading “The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences”

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over his children’s heads. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPBy: Ahmed Abdeen Yom … Continue reading “Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews”

9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. DOUG KANTER / AFPPaul Rogers: Professor of Peace Studies, University … Continue reading “9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict”

9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue

A hijacked commercial plane crashes into the World Trade Center 11 September 2001 in New York. The landmark skyscrapers were destroyed in the attack. AFP PHOTO SETH MCALLISTERJared Ahmad: Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication , University of Sheffield As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important to reflect … Continue reading “9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue”

Environment in the Middle East and North Africa

A man walks past a stream polluted by an oil spill near the village of Sukayriyah, in the countryside south of Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled northeastern Hasakeh province, on July 19, 2020. – Oil pollution in Syria has become a growing concern since the 2011 onset of a civil war that has taken a … Continue reading “Environment in the Middle East and North Africa”

The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve

Hundreds of stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, demonstrate to demand citizenship and other rights as Kuwait’s elite anti-riot police uses tear gas to disperse them in Jahra, 50kms west of Kuwait City, on March 11, 2011. YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFPYoussef Sharqawi The Bedoons in Kuwait have suffered for decades from marginalization and exclusion, in addition … Continue reading “The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve”

The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences

A Tunisian youth shows tear gas canisters that he collected on the ground as he stands on a road that residents blocked to prevent the police and trucks from using it following clashes between Tunisian security forces and residents over social protests related to Tunisia’s natural gas facility of UK based oil company Petrofac on … Continue reading “The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences”

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew swings a chicken over his children’s heads. According to Jewish beliefs, the ritual is supposed to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFPBy: Ahmed Abdeen Yom … Continue reading “Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day for the Jews”

9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. DOUG KANTER / AFPPaul Rogers: Professor of Peace Studies, University … Continue reading “9/11 Did Not Change the World – It Was Already on the Path to Decades of Conflict”

9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue

A hijacked commercial plane crashes into the World Trade Center 11 September 2001 in New York. The landmark skyscrapers were destroyed in the attack. AFP PHOTO SETH MCALLISTERJared Ahmad: Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication , University of Sheffield As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important to reflect … Continue reading “9/11: How Politicians and the Media Turned Terrorism into an Islamic Issue”

Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

TOPSHOT – (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on November 23, 2020 shows a general view of Cairo’s Tahrir Square (R to L) on February 18, 2011 as it is filled with protesters celebrating the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak a week after the massive protests against him, which had erupted after a revolt … Continue reading “Politics in the Middle East and North Africa”

The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve

Hundreds of stateless Arabs, known as bidoon, demonstrate to demand citizenship and other rights as Kuwait’s elite anti-riot police uses tear gas to disperse them in Jahra, 50kms west of Kuwait City, on March 11, 2011. YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFPYoussef Sharqawi The Bedoons in Kuwait have suffered for decades from marginalization and exclusion, in addition … Continue reading “The Bedoons in Kuwait: A Crisis Hard to Solve”

The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences

A Tunisian youth shows tear gas canisters that he collected on the ground as he stands on a road that residents blocked to prevent the police and trucks from using it following clashes between Tunisian security forces and residents over social protests related to Tunisia’s natural gas facility of UK based oil company Petrofac on … Continue reading “The Tunisian Youth: A Revolutionary Rage with Disastrous Consequences”