April 29, 2021
A Major Rights Group Says Israel Is Guilty of Apartheid. It Might Fracture the Status Quo in Washington [TIME]

April 29, 2021 On Tuesday, the U.S.-based rights organisation, Human Rights Watch (HRW), accused Israel of two crimes against humanity: the crime of apartheid, and the crime of persecution. Other organisations, including Israeli ones, have previously made similar claims; but it is the first time that such designations have been made by an international organisation of […]

March 16, 2021
Reflections on the Middle East, Islam, and Foreign Policy: An Interview with H.A. Hellyer [RELIGION & DIPLOMACY]

March 16, 2021 Dr H.A. Hellyer FRSA is an academic, think-tank analyst, and media commentator who researches the interchange between public policy, international relations, security studies, and religion. His work is focused on the West and the Arab world—the two worlds that he is originally from by heritage and by upbringing. A scholar at the Carnegie Endowment […]

February 8, 2021
Right-wing terror is the most urgent threat to societies – not just in the West [NATIONAL]

Feb 8, 2021 Two seemingly unconnected events took place last month, one in Singapore, the other in Washington. News of the latter spread throughout the world: supporters of former US president Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill. The former, however, is less well-known but could have been deadlier. A young, far-right extremist in Singapore planned to copy […]

January 26, 2021
Powerful Scholars and Clerics of Power: Remembering Shaykh Emad Effat [JADALIYYA]

Jan 26, 2021 “I urge everyone, especially my students, to pause and reflect. The gauge is not the success of the revolution but taking a stand. Revolutions can be aborted, and sincere calls can be defeated. Some prophets, peace be upon them, will come alone on the Day of Judgment, some were killed, and that […]

January 25, 2021
Arab spring, European winter [POLITICO]

Jan 25, 2021 Ten years after the beginning of the revolutionary uprisings of the “Arab Spring,” many in the region are wondering if things haven’t simply come full circle. Egypt, where protests erupted on January 25, 2011, saw its democratic experiment fall less than two years later. And while Tunisia, where the uprisings first started, may […]

January 7, 2021
Call it what it is: An attempted coup [POLITICO]

Jan 7, 2021 In Washington, what was supposed to be a formality in the transition of presidential power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden turned into a spectacle of the highest order: A lame-duck commander in chief encouraging his followers to disrupt the outcome of a democratic election and storm the nation’s institutions. Order was, eventually, restored […]

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