Is “Islamic feminism” a solution for the Arab world? Opinion 

Is “Islamic feminism” a solution for the Arab world?

According to gender statistics, Arab women are amongst the most disadvantaged socially, politically, and economically. Arab states continue to have one of the lowest rates of women’s political representation at 17.4% (IPU 2017), which indicates that Arab women are under-represented in governance and decision-making positions. The issue of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is largely unrecognised due to social norms and persistent patriarchal patterns that are difficult to modify. The most important contribution that women can make to these male-dominated societies is being mothers and…

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Russia: a neoconservative nation? Opinion 

Russia: a neoconservative nation?

Iraqis often say that Iran and Saudi Arabia fight their wars with each other in disregard of the Iraqi people. The geography of the area explains how this is so. Iraq sits directly between the two. It might also be said that other superpowers, the United States and its on-going challenger, Russia, also fight their power struggles over the backs of various nations. Much of the world sits between the goals of these monoliths (at least from the perspective of a Eurocentric world map) and suffer constant manipulations. That Russia…

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AM attends European Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on Yemen Internal News Policy Recommendation Press Release 

AM attends European Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on Yemen

On Thursday 3rd August, our Senior Adviser, Lawrence Joffe, represented Arab Millennial at an ECFR roundtable on Yemen. Other attendees at ECFR’s London address included human rights lawyers, journalists, ambassadors and regional business stakeholders. The discussion centred on the extent to which foreign trade should be conducted with Yemen in light of human rights abuses in the country. AM had contributed to the discussion, liaised with potential partners and hopes to influence policy – albeit indirectly – in the region.

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9 disruptive tech predictions for 2027 Opinion 

9 disruptive tech predictions for 2027

In the last 10 years, a lot has changed. In 2007, the idea of a smartwatch that could tell you if you have an irregular heartbeat, or that knows the best time to wake you up in the morning, seemed like science fiction. Now it is science fact. The lines between science fiction and realistic predictions for the future are blurred. So, what about the next 10 years? Sure, you can’t always make future projections based on historical trends – but we can try our best! Here are some of…

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Can “confirmation bias” ever be beneficial? Data & Statistics 

Can “confirmation bias” ever be beneficial?

What is confirmation bias? Confirmation bias is a tendency for individuals pursuing research or debate to (consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously) select evidence and research that promotes their initial arguments and inclinations. In other words, instead of pursuing genuine, open and honest research and formulating a sincere conclusion based on the evidence amassed, “confirmation bias” tells us that we have a tendency to begin with our conclusion and end with a selective research methodology that explains why our conclusions are valid. Standard research methodology: (1) Research > (2) Conclusion Confirmation bias: (1) Conclusion >…

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4 Libyan women millennials should watch out for Opinion 

4 Libyan women millennials should watch out for

I believe when women come together, magic happens. I was first inspired by Oprah Winfrey. She has shown me what a powerful woman is. She has shown young girls and women that they are unstoppable and capable of whatever they set their minds to. She believes in educating girls and providing the right tools for them to conquer the world. In the process of preparing this article, I was searching on social media and asking friends to provide names of women who have achieved in our society. I was blown…

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Responding to online racism, bigotry and Islamophobia Opinion 

Responding to online racism, bigotry and Islamophobia

Disclaimer: May contain offensive language. I’m not sure why it always takes senseless tragedies for people’s true colours to come out, but here we are, and here I am, writing again. May had been eye-opening to say the least. On the back of two horrendous terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in my country, I have to say I’ve been absolutely floored by the vast extent of myopic statuses and comments I’ve seen on Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook unfriend button has been a really good friend to me this week….

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Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” Book Review 

Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

4/10 Originally written in Portuguese, Paulo Coelho’s book follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd  from Spain through North Africa to the pyramids of Egypt. This had become a highly popular book during my time at university – and still is – so I became inclined to read it. However, without sounding like too much of a Hipster, the last time I read a popular book (The Kite Runner) I was left very disappointed. In some ways, I shouldn’t have been surprised. I previously read Paulo Coelho’s Veronica Decides to Die which…

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What is the relationship between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Daesh? Opinion 

What is the relationship between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Daesh?

Recent news Last month, Saudi Arabia severed ties with Qatar over its role in ‘supporting terrorism’ throughout the region. Tensions had risen following an incident where the Qatari state-run news agency published a story which falsely attributed comments which expressed support for Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Qatari government categorically denied the story and the Foreign Minister blamed hacking whilst disregarding the comments as ‘fake news’. Yet the Saudi Arabian and Emirati based broadcasters ran the story regardless. The…

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Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin Book Review 

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin

6/10 I have never read a book full of so many enigmas. It is interesting, for example, that Lenin should come from an elite family and aspire to expose capitalism and the bourgeoisie. At the same time, doing so propelled him into further international attention and advanced Lenin’s power as leader of the USSR. So perhaps this book is not as selfless as it appears to most Leninists. Leninism vs Marxism One of the stand out features of Imperialism is the path through which Lenin takes the Marxist vision. Whereas Karl…

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