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Red Cross slams conditions of displaced Syrians

As the fighting in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour intensifies, with both the US-backed SDF and the Syrian Army closing in on Islamic State group positions, thousands of Syrians are being displaced. Many are fleeing the conflict zones and forming temporary camps in nearby areas. Yet while attempting to escape danger, these refugees still find themselves … Continue reading

Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of trying to oust government

Bahrain’s state television on Wednesday accused Qatar of attempting to overthrow the government in Manama, upping the stakes in a diplomatic crisis that has seen Doha isolated in the Gulf. Along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June on accusations that the emirate supports Islamist extremism and is too close … Continue reading

Tunisian president vows to usher in new era of gender equality

Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi has vowed to increase gender equality in the country, on Sunday proposing to scrap imbalanced inheritance laws and to allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. At a speech for national women’s day on Sunday, the president pledged to take legislative steps to remove the laws, which comes on the … Continue reading

Egyptian journalist’s health deteriorating in prison, says HRW

  Concerns have been raised about the health of imprisoned Egyptian journalist Hisham Gaafar, held without since charge since late 2015. Gaafar, who is 53, is receiving inadequate healthcare from the Egyptian authorities, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Monday. Gaafar is the director of the Mada Foundation for Media Development, a private … Continue reading

Tunisia’s Unfinished Revolution

  Tunisia has a significant claim to fame. Not only did it ignite the revolutionary flames of the Arab Spring, it was the only nation to make a triumphant transition from dictatorship to a flourishing democracy in this series of uprisings. Prior to travelling to the country, I myself held these same misconceptions – about … Continue reading

Corbyn’s foreign policy would make both Britain and the world safer: let’s rally behind his vision

Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents never cease to attack his unorthodox foreign policy stance.  This has ranged from recently being called “irresponsible” and a “threat to our national security” by defence secretary Michael Fallon, to former Prime Minister David Cameron pettily labelling Corbyn a ‘terrorist sympathiser’. Let’s not forget the contribution that the pro-Tory media outlets have … Continue reading

How a new (and perhaps the last) Israel-Hezbollah war will breakout

Israel and Hezbollah relations are beyond repair. It is inevitable that a conflict between the two will emerge. Neither side could claim victory in the inconclusive war of 2006, despite both professing themselves as the winner. Tensions have remained at boiling point since, and neither have been shy about directing threats at each other. Naftali Bennett … Continue reading

Why Syria is Iraq once again

The Syrian war propaganda clearly justifies US intervention. Sound familiar? No doubt you have all heard about the alleged gas attack by the Assad regime in Idlib. While hundreds of Syrians were directly suffering, people pinned the blame on different actors in the region: some have obviously blamed Assad, including the Western media; others say it is a ‘false … Continue reading

A step into Qatar: Peace, Prosperity and Inequality

An evening at the ‘Souq Waqif’ in Doha. “Here, it is very peaceful” A Qatari immigrant from Bangladesh tells me. “The government looks after its people, there is very little crime, and there is much order in society.” I arrived in Qatar in almost unbearable heat– peaking at 50 degrees. Even many locals found it … Continue reading

For peace in Syria, one has to look further than Assad’s future

The world has its eyes firmly set on the Syrian Civil War; a future settlement for the region is far from established. The dispute from world powers over Assad’s future is largely the cause of this indecision; the US and NATO want him gone, while Russia and China want him to stay. The longer it … Continue reading