Opinion

Who is Zakzaky, Nigeria’s Shi’i cleric under illegal detention?

*** this is an edited and syndicated piece originally published by Abbas Farshori in The Best of Africa *** A …

How can religious leaders beneficially contribute to peacebuilding dialogue?

The paradoxical relationship between religion, politics and conflict is a contentious issue within political science and has garnered much debate …

Murad and Kavanaugh: contrasting accounts of global justice

It is a great disgrace that we, as humans, somehow became immune to heinous acts of sexual violence. In fact, …

Post-Brexit Britain: a dance with dictators

Since the Brexit referendum results were announced, and the subsequent months of continuous bitter negotiating, various political analysts, journalists and …

Why China is ramping up investment in Africa

While the world is busy with proxy wars in Syria and Yemen, immigration to Europe & Donald Trump’s Twitter account, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Are there any lessons for the West from Middle-Eastern masculinity?

The phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ has become somewhat of a cliche in the Western world. As a go-to catchphrase, it has …

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 *** …