Did ISIS “hijack” the Arab Spring?

Across the Middle East, ISIS emerged out of the ashes of failed aspirations. The Arab Spring promised so much and, in the end, delivered relatively little. Hopes for democracy, freedom and economic opportunities were replaced by chaos and lawlessness in some countries. The derailment...

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Is Wahhabism responsible for atheism in the Arab World?

Wahhabism is an Islamic doctrine named after author Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-92) in Najd, Saudi Arabia. Incidentally, ibn Abd al-Wahhab began a reformist movement that sought a return to the purity of the first reading of Islam as practised by the first three generations...

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The double standard of linking criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

Monday 14th May, the US moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests commence in Gaza resulting to disproportionate violence from Israel. Both those killed and those injured enter the double digits. Tuesday 15th May, Palestinians commemorate Nakba. An emergency UN meeting is held...

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My gripe with monarchy

It seems almost conceivable that, in 2018, we still have governments that obtain their power through hereditary decree. Inside and outside the Arab world. Instead of earning their right to rule and enjoy all the benefits and responsibilities associated with this right, rule and...

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How Likud and Hamas have both undermined the Israel-Palestine “peace process”

Recent Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria are a stark reminder of the importance of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and re-stabilisation of the Middle East. Although the issue inevitably arises when discussing peace in the Middle East, extremism, aggression and terrorism remain pervasive...

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