Scramble for Djibouti: Saudi Arabia’s first foreign military base

In recent years, there has been a race to secure a foothold in the Horn of Africa. I went into greater depth about the merits of China’s expansion into the continent of Africa in a syndicated article published by Arab Millennial; however, Middle-Eastern states are...

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The Arab World needs a psychological revolution

This week I decided to travel near the border separating Morocco and Algeria for some primary research for my website and doctoral proposal. I was, of course, on the Moroccan side. Aside from the contraband Algerian fuel that Moroccan smugglers were selling at reduced prices on...

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The dark side of Speakers’ Corner: online bullying and abuse

*** Disclaimer: I am not a perfect Muslim nor do I think that all Salafi-Wahhabis are the same; in this article I am responding to the majority Salafi-Wahhabi narrative that I can see in Speakers’ Corner *** Recently, I have been reluctantly attending Speakers’...

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2 areas where Middle Eastern ‘masculinity’ prevails Western masculinity

The phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ has become somewhat of a cliche in the Western world. As a go-to catchphrase, it has been used to represent the ostensible harms that traditional and normative masculine behaviour – often derided as ‘patriarchal’ – diffuses into society. A crucial...

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Oman’s unique role in balancing power in the Middle East

*** This article was featured in a paper presented by Shatha Sbeta to Middle East Dialogue in Washington DC *** If the Strait of Hormuz is the door to the Persian Gulf, controlling it means assuming geographic, economic and political power through controlling two-thirds...

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