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...

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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...

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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,...

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“Democracy is incompatible with the Middle East” – a response

I would like to thank Laura Hawkes for her inputs to this article. I would also like to thank Lorenzo Raffio for his constructive feedback during its development. *** 1. Introduction Today, only 36% of Arab youths feel that the Middle East has improved in...

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What does Brexit mean for Arabs?

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, about 52% of British voters chose to leave the European Union. The decision had serious implications. The pound sterling became volatile, Scotland is considering another referendum for independence and there’s talk of Northern Ireland uniting with the Republic of Ireland....

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