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Responding to online racism, bigotry and Islamophobia Opinions 

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? Opinions 

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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How do religion and politics currently interact? Opinions 

How do religion and politics currently interact?

A few months ago, the Prime Minster of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was visiting President Putin, attempting to illustrate a political point by using an ancient Jewish religious story. Putin had no patience for it and responded: “We now live in a different world. Let us talk about that.”. We indeed live in a world in which adult men, who should know better, try to use or misuse God to support military aggressions. This subject could easily fill volumes of books, but I will discuss only a few thoughts on the matter. There…

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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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Libya: The Italians Have Left but We Remain Colonised

During my visit to Tripoli, I was able to observe various tendencies that alerted me to a complex regime of white supremacy and orientalism. Today, weddings do not only resemble the unification of two individuals, but also a way in which excessive spending, West-centric styles and contest for socioeconomic and class supremacy take place. Although it is neither typical Libyan or Arab tradition, bachelorette parties and bridesmaids have become an essential element of a wedding. In addition, the way in which wedding halls, tables and chairs are set and decorated…

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The Rise of the Right – A US Perspective

Since the presidential election, many of us in the US have been outraged. To us, people such as Donald Trump and Steve Bannon belonged to a lunatic fringe element. It still seems unfathomable that Trump was elected to be our President.  We feel a huge amount of betrayal from our fellow Americans; we feel as if we were ambushed; except those people were among us the whole time. But where do we go from here? We go with a new awareness that we must listen to everyone’s voice and be aware that there…

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Donald Trump – What Should Arab Millennials Expect?

This year’s election of Donald Trump will determine the fate of many Americans and the rest of the world population. The election exposed an alarmingly real division in American society. A division that means there is yet a lot for the ‘land of the free’ to work on. Clinton’s supporters can be divided as such: those who genuinely believe in her ideologies, mission and objectives, those who believe that it is about time ‘the greatest country in the world’ elect a female President, and those who are faced with no…

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

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

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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My Problems with Libya’s Citizenship Laws

If we were to sit back, put aside everything we had learnt, all the ideas that were passed down to us from one generation to another, what would we make of the meaning of marriage? By definition, marriage is the union between a man and a woman as partners in a lifetime-committed relationship. And if we were to add bits and pieces of the meaning of marriage in our society, we would start to understand the cultural lines that bound us and perhaps start to unravel the potentially problematic features…

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