From an empirical-analytical point of view, what
has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died?
This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which
have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched
by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words)
Bosnian women live
with the malign consequences of a peace agreement engineered by internationals
between male war leaders. Syrian peace negotiations are heading the same way.
Recently Syrian women met with Bosnian counterparts to strategize for a peace
that delivers on the interests of women and civil society.
Our reviewer went to the theatre to find out. Coney, a British theatre company, have framed a political experiment that
places an audience at a crucial juncture in a nation's history: the success of
Many factors contributed to the revolutionary framework, however, all the players were striving for power. The one aspect, uniting all the Syrian people, which is constantly rejuvenated, is the organic desire for freedom and justice in the framework of a real nation state. Translation: العربية
عناصر كثيرة دخلت في السياق العام للثورة منها القريب ومنها الغريب عن ثقافتنا أخطرها العنف المتبادل بين النظام والجماعات الجهادية ، وكلها تتصارع لتجد منفذاً الى السلطة، أما العامل المتجدد والجامع للشعب بكل أطيافه هو النزعة للحرية والعدالة في ظل دولة وطنية حقيقية.
extent, wittingly or otherwise, is the leader of Hizmet – a worldwide religious, social, and political
movement – part of a mechanism
aimed at destabilizing and perhaps overthrowing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkish government?
As the civil war in Syria continues, refugees are desperately seeking refuge. It seems that Bulgaria has consistently preferred to engage in exacerbating the situation. Bulgarians have built a wall and are allowing far-right xenophobic rhetoric to prevail.
With the larger substantive issues of ceasefires and political transition at an impasse, the ground broken over humanitarian access has suddenly become a metric for whether the first phase of Geneva II will be considered a success.
There are over fifty Syrian women in Geneva this week. They are demanding a ceasefire in Syria and to be part of the planned peace talks in Geneva, January 22. Supported by international women's organisations, they are there to break the medieval narrative and to ensure that the voices of those who believe in humanity are heard.
The Baathist regime is indeed guilty of
great war crimes, but the human cost of a failed state would be a greater
catastrophe. Washington should have learnt this lesson from Afghanistan,
Somalia and Iraq.