Saif al-Islam: where is he, and what next for Gaddafi’s son?

The fate of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi remains uncertain. Saif al-Islam had been held by militia in the town of Zintan since his father was driven from power by rebels: Col Gaddafi’s second son was long seen as a reformist force in his father’s administration, responsible...

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The problem with charisma in political debate

Throughout history, we have based far too many decisions on who is presenting the options available to us and how those options are being presented to us. Popular media tends to skim over the surface – particularly in the US – and does not mobilise its...

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How learning Arabic can help deconstruct Orientalist attitudes

بدي أهوة عربية وحمص No? How about this: Biddi ahwa arabia wa hummous. Now you can read it but it’s unlikely, if you’re not an Arab, that you can understand it. The word ‘hummous’ may stand out as an English word expropriated from Arabic. You...

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Is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism?

In my various debates, I often come across the position that anti-Zionist movements are intrinsically anti-Semitic in nature. A lot of people ask me to comment on this topic. The justification for this position is that Zionism refers to the re-establishment of Jewish people...

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In defence of Jordan B. Peterson

One of the hardest things about running a website like ours – a postcolonial research centre focused on Arab politics and society – is preventing a dominant liberal narrative from emerging. This is because many academics that take a serious interest in Arab society...

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