Arab Spring

The 'Islamic State' Monstrosity: Can the Middle East Rise Up From the Ashes?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The Arab world, the heart of ancient civilisation and birthplace of the three Abrahamic faiths, is now haunted by a mounting monstrosity: the so-called Islamic State (IS).

A Widening War: We're Back in Iraq

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When the history books come to be written, someone will doubtless compare the self-immolation of the Tunisian street-seller Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010, which sparked the wave of Arab uprisings, with the shot fired by the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Each was a single act that no one could have foreseen would lead to the appalling carnage that followed. And each reshaped the world, destroying great political powers and sowing the seeds for future instability.

Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

James Snell | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.

Inside The Arab Revolution - Book Review

Nehad Ismail | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Unlike most of us, Koert Debeuf is no desk researcher. He is a courageous and committed political blogger, opinion maker and Middle East expert, who travelled extensively in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and Turkey...

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Amira's Story

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Every night, when Amira goes to bed in the crowded room that she shares with her five young children, she lies awake, frantically worrying about what the following day has in store for them. Will she be able to find food? Will the children be safe if they venture out, into streets where gunmen, bombs and bullets are a constant threat?

The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Without justice there can be no peace in Bahrain, and that won't change as long as the UK is happy to promote and provide political cover for an illegitimate government that is inflicting untold misery on its own citizens. Only by ending the political and military support that is strengthening the regime can the UK ensure that it is promoting human rights and acting the best interests of the people of Bahrain.

The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

James Snell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Should Employers Reward More Employees for Their Social Media Profiles and Personal Brands?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Business today means leading and empowering professionals towards branding themselves, and being less precious about top-down control. Help people to be themselves and trust that they will return the favour by bringing brands and campaigns to life, just like Pinocchio.

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.

Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?

Amelia Amin | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

The future for Bahrain is uncertain. However, one certainty amidst the chaos, is that change is Bahrain will remain a mirage so long as the king is bolstered by so much international support. Let's not beat about the bush, the British government is publicly supporting a oppressive and undemocratic government in Bahrain.

Do Protests In Bahrain Really Matter?

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

After hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Bahrain and fought with security services to mark the third anniversary of the Arab spring-insp...

Prince Charles Should Be Promoting Human Rights, Not Acting as an Arms Dealer

Andrew Smith | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Smith

If we are to be judged by the company we keep then Prince Charles has a lot of explaining to do. This week the future king has been strutting his stuff on the international stage, with highly publicised visits to dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain.

Look Who's Backing Egypt's Military Rulers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

Tony Blair has thrown his weight behind Egypt's government, despite it being blamed for a bloody crackdown on dissidents. Journalists have been imp...

Egypt's Three Years on the Misery-Go-Round

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The heady days of Egypt's "Arab Spring" are now a distant memory (indeed I always doubted that Egypt's revolution would very easily shake off decades of authoritarianism). Now, nothwithstanding the wishful thinking of the Egyptian tourist industry, the future looks bleak for Egypt.

The Egyptian Brotherhood Speaks: Morsi Is the New Mandela

Tam Hussein | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Dr. Abdel Mawgud Dardery enters the café in Cricklewood wrapped up in a Manchester United scarf, with the Rabaa badge prominently pinned on his jacket. Dardery has become a nomad wandering from country to country unable to return to Egypt after his party, the Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by Sisi's military junta...

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria: Interview With the Former Leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

Tam Hussein | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Despite the brutality of the Syrian civil war, the Muslim Brotherhood has again become one of the main players on the ground, after years operating underground. I spoke with Ali Sadreddine Al-Bayanouni, the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood from 1996 to 2010.

Looking Back in Anger: The Plight of the Syrian Refugees

Gary Kent | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week I visited the Domiz refugee camp for the third time in six months and saw many children at school and play. Once again, I was struck by their cheeriness and resilience. I wanted to find some of the children I met in June but the camp has mushroomed since then from 50,000 to 75,000 so it would have been difficult.

The Perks and Pitfalls of Studying Abroad

Luke McManus | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a few.

Arab Spring or Arab Autumn? The West Should Support Arab Women to Speak Out

Sherine Ibrahim | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sherine Ibrahim

So why is the west failing to make democracy and women's rights central to aid and trade policies in the region? Why does the EU's aid package to the region - which is supposed to link funding to democratic reform - make no mention of women's rights among the benchmarks governments must meet to keep the money flowing?

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

Noam Chomsky Exclusive: A Conversation on the Waning of American Power

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Holmes

As Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for the past 58 years, Chomsky has long courted controversy with his criticism of the legitimacy of American power from his position on the American left...

One Young World: Digital Innovation No Substitute When Activating Young Leaders

Danny Bartlett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

On Monday, 23 September, I found myself humbled not by the words of a statesman, but by a fictional anthropomorphic bear...

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.