Out of the Spotlight: Democracy and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

With the media mostly focused upon Taliban aggression, less attention has been given to an important human rights topic: gender equality and democracy in Afghanistan. Despite a male population of which only 35% believe that women should have equal representation in government positions, and only 51% believe women should be allowed to work outside theContinue reading “Out of the Spotlight: Democracy and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan”

Hope in the Middle East: Female Militants Combat the Islamic State

Kurdistan’s female militants are making history in their battle against the Islamic State (IS). These women have played a major role in halting the advance of IS and are currently involved in the fight for a key border in the Syrian town of Kobani. Kobani has been under regular attack by the Islamic State, whichContinue reading “Hope in the Middle East: Female Militants Combat the Islamic State”

Asylum Seekers in Israel

An estimated 53,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel between 2006 and the beginning of 2014. Israel, which took over reviewing asylum claims from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2002, has been widely criticized for its treatment of them. Recently, however, the government has been attempting to reform its stance towards migrants. WillContinue reading “Asylum Seekers in Israel”

The Price of Security: Egyptian Freedom in the Age of Sisi

Ever since the Arab Spring, Egyptian politics have been a mess. Beginning with the successful ousting of US-backed technocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Egyptian people have been taken on a tumultuous political journey. After winning Egypt’s first democratic presidential election by a razor thin margin, Muhammad Morsi of the Egyptian Brotherhood-backed Freedom and JusticeContinue reading “The Price of Security: Egyptian Freedom in the Age of Sisi”

The forced labour behind the great constructions

At first glance, the large structures stand out reaching up into the sky. Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, stands among them as one of United Arab Emirates’ greatest creations. Enormous malls, beaches, hotels and other aspects of the luxurious life one can live in Dubai or Abu Dhabi are what most see when theyContinue reading “The forced labour behind the great constructions”

The Unlikeliest Members of the Islamic State

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is reported to be using social media to recruit new members from Europe, North America and Australia according to the International Business Times. The United States Department of State said it is aware of dozens of U.S. citizens fighting for ISIS, and the British government estimates thatContinue reading “The Unlikeliest Members of the Islamic State”

Religious Oppression and the Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt in Focus

The Egyptian government has struggled to consolidate its power since the fall of Hosni Mubarak; the Muslim Brotherhood now dominates the newly elected government. The fact that a religious political organisation is the dominant political power has brought unwelcome consequences for religious minorities in Egypt. Coptic Christians represent the single biggest religious minority in theContinue reading “Religious Oppression and the Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt in Focus”

The future of Saudi Arabia lies in Hamza Kashgari

(and incidentally, vice versa…) On the occasion of Mawlidon February 4, 2012, Hamza Kashgari, a columnist for the Jeddah-based daily Al-Bilad, published three tweets about an imagined meeting with Muhammad, addressing him as an equal. One tweet read, “On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, IContinue reading “The future of Saudi Arabia lies in Hamza Kashgari”