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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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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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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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The Battle of Defeating ISIS and Rebuilding Libya Opinion 

The Battle of Defeating ISIS and Rebuilding Libya

For those who were against Gaddafi, the euphoric feeling that came with his fall will last many years, despite the ensuing difficulties of general lawlessness and the failure of governance which resulted from a lack of a working constitution. These factors and many more have demoralised the majority of Libyans, giving rise to many doubts, and leaving Libyans to rely on simple faith, especially in the first days of the “new order”. The absence of a proper system of governance and rule of law remains a problem, as well as the widespread…

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It Doesn’t Matter if Democracy is Incompatible with the Middle-East Opinion 

It Doesn’t Matter if Democracy is Incompatible with the Middle-East

This article is a response to an article by Osama Filali Naji claiming that democracy is compatible with the Middle East. *** 1. Introduction In The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau would once complain that the people of England were enslaved until they voted, though they thought themselves free. Nonetheless, in modern democracies, the vote and the ability to participate remains the universal precipice for democratisation. Yet those other democratic principles we have come to valourise hold much importance in our emancipation for which we vote, though this view is not…

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On the Limitations and Promise of Arab Millennials Opinion 

On the Limitations and Promise of Arab Millennials

This article was first published on: 03/10/2016 on Reformer Magazine @ https://reformermag.com/on-the-limitations-and-promise-of-arab-millennials-b5939ca24c7#.ivjeuxk94 26/10/2016 on Global Comment @ http://globalcomment.com/on-the-limitations-and-promise-of-arab-millennials/ While the media is ripe with discussion on the habits, behavior, and ideologies of American millennials, not much has been said about the lives of the young Arabs who spear-headed the 2010 Arab Spring revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain, Palestine, and Israel, and who played a role in the 2005 Cedar revolution which terminated with the forced exit of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Like their western counterparts typically…

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The “Arab Spring” – where did it come from?       (… the words, not the politics…) Opinion 

The “Arab Spring” – where did it come from? (… the words, not the politics…)

When I first moved to the Middle East, to Egypt in September 2010, the talk on the street was of despair. The government of Mubarak was presiding over a state of national self-hate and humiliation. No rights. No jobs. No prospects. No transparency. No respect. The politics of the mini-cab driver – naturally, the heartbeat of any society – was one of hopelessness. At least, that’s what they chose to talk to me about, a foreigner in their land. The ridiculousness of the situation in Egypt was emphasised when the…

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The grand problem of the French-British alliance on Syria Opinion 

The grand problem of the French-British alliance on Syria

By Osservatorio Italiano From http://osservatorioitaliano.org/read/149251/italia-il-grande-problema-dellasse-francobritannico-sulla-siria France and Great Britain fear a repeat in Syria of the Libyan scenario, i.e. a transfer of diplomatic influence from the Franco-Anglo-American axis to a Mediterranean axis, externally coordinated by a US – Russia agreement. Such a change has now become necessary given the emergence of new requirements related to the need to contain and eradicate the phenomenon of the infiltration of terrorists within European Union borders. Paris and London will not willingly give up diplomatic leadership over Syria, given the efforts made to bring down…

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What more can be done to help empower Libyan women? Opinion 

What more can be done to help empower Libyan women?

By Asma Shebani As it currently stands, we find an alarming detachment between civil society within developing North African nations. It is imperative that political forces attempt to promote, encourage and invest in enriching our civil society. It will certainly guide the way forward, as civil society is the mechanism through which North African women can empower themselves. This empowerment will blossom, allowing women to feel correctly established in the workplace, in the media, and most significantly in society. Thus, progressively integrating with the rest of the international community. In…

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